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Spotlight: Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro


The Lunar New Year celebration begins today and ushers in the Year of the Dog. Dog years are my favorites, even though they seem longer than the others. Sometimes called Chinese New Year, the event is celebrated by several Asian countries. It’s never on the same day but rather is tied to the occurrence of the first new moon between January 1 and February 20. The moon will be newest on Feb. 16 this year. So you might see some celebrations around town, especially in the area of Mills 50 where there is a high concentration of Asian businesses and restaurants. Look for lanterns, red ribbons and firecrackers. There might be dragons. And you can participate by dining out at …
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Image: Paul Bayer, who was inducted into the Hitler Youth at age 10 and died at age 17 in Nuremberg, valenciacollege.edu
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Spotlight: History, Theatre, Art Fest and Lunar New Year


An exhibit documenting both the rise of the Hitler Youth and the indoctrination of one boy, Paul Bayer, who was inducted at age 10 and by 17 was ordered to man an anti-aircraft position in Nuremberg which eventually ended in his death is the topic of The Short Life of Hitler Youth Paul B. The exhibit runs Saturday 8 to 3 at Valencia College Lake Nona Campus. The fictional account of a couple who has come to Lockerbie, Scotland, to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard Pan Am Flight 103, destroyed by a terrorist bombing in 1988, is the focus of the play “Women of Lockerbie” running tonight at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at …
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Spotlight: Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar


I’ve lost track of all the businesses that have occupied the space at 4315 N. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. I’m pretty sure my first encounter with the massive property on the shore of Lake Fairview was with Shooters Waterfront, an Orlando version of the Intracoastal Waterway hot spot from Ft. Lauderdale that opened here in 1990. Didn’t last long. The new tenant is Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar, which is similar to Shooters in that it is an inland location of an open water eatery, namely Port Canaveral. But Grills differs from the old Shooters in one major aspect: It offers good food to go with the view. Because of its proximity to water, Grills has always …
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Image: Shakespeare in Love, Orlando Shakes FB Page.
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Shakespeare, Ballet, Folk Fest and Sample Dishes from Food Trucks


A festival devoted to short films screening 80 shorts over four days is coming your way this weekend called the Love your shorts festival at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Go to loveyourshorts.com. Young William Shakespeare’s life is changed after meeting a woman who inspires him to write one of his greatest plays in the stage adaptation of the film “Shakespeare in Love” playing all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Go to orlandoshakes.org. And speaking of Shakespeare, Orlando Ballet is doing “Romeo and Juliet” set to Prokofiev’s rich score all weekend. For details google Orlando Ballet. Indie Folk Fest is back this year with live music, crafts, art and food Saturday noon to 5 at Mennello …
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Spotlight: Copper Rocket Gets New Owners


Does anyone remember when the former owner of Copper Rocket bar went on a tirade and fought with his fans and detractors on Facebook and then deleted it all? Well if not, you can read the entire ridiculous thing on thedailycity.com. We screen-shot the whole thing. That owner also was chosen to be on a reality show in which a bar expert comes into a bar, addresses the interior design and problem employees (and owners!) and fixes everything. Even though he had that help, for reasons I admittedly do not know, he sold the bar to one of the owners behind Foxtail Coffee. This “Foxtail Coffee presents the new and improved Copper Rocket” version won’t be a coffee bar though. …
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Spotlight: Tacos El Rancho


The tacofication of Central Florida continues. No food trend has held quite as strongly as tacos. Not that tacos are new. The taco as it’s known from its roots predates the arrival to Mexico of Spaniards, who apparently were able to just walk in because there was no wall to keep them out. And some of those early tacos were just as creative in their fillings as some of our tonier craft tacomongers, with such things as whole, small fish in a tortilla wrapper. There are few rules involving tacos. As long as you have a tortilla as your base, what you put inside is up to you. Corn tortillas are a bit more traditional, but you’re more likely to …
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