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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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Spotlight: Tandoori Bowl


Next up in the assemblage line of restaurants: Indian cuisine. Tandoori Bowl is a new restaurant on Alafaya Trail in Oviedo that employs the “one from column A, one from column B…” style of meal construction. Indian cuisine being what it is, however, you can expect more columns. Here you start with your carb, either white rice or brown, which is simple enough. (You also have to begin by choosing regular or large size bowls; regular is plenty big.) Next you choose your protein, which might be chicken, lamb, paneer, chickpeas, pork or steak. Pork or steak? Holy cow, what kind of Indian restaurant is this? Then you add a vegetable, a less contemplative decision in that only carrots or …
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Spotlight: Museums, Garden Workshop and Human Trafficking Awareness


Have you ever walked through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College? The objects in the museum’s permanent collection date from antiquity to the present day. The works in this installation periodically change and on occasion feature long-term loans in conversation with works from the permanent collection. But act fast. The collection on loan leaves the museum December 2020. For details go to cfam.rollins.edu. An exclusive exhibition of Escher’s work, including personal items, woodblock prints, art and more are on display all weekend at Museum of Art DeLand. For details go to moartdeland.org. Help build and install rows of raised garden beds that will eventually be seeded, weeded, harvested and re-planted by and for the community. Participants will learn …
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Spotlight: Film Fest, Quilt Show, Dance and Walking Tour


Combining the excitement of competing independent films from more than 36 countries with the goodwill of cultural exchange, International Peace & Film Festival includes performances, a national costume fashion show, vendor booths, awards ceremony and after parties. The Festival runs Saturday 10am-11pm. For details go to peacefestival.us. Quilts are time-consuming passion projects that, once complete, display creativity, detail and loads of hard work. Well there’s a convention for that! The World Quilt Show is in Orlando with vendors, workshops, lectures and more. The World Quilt Show runs all weekend 10 to 5. For details go to quiltfest.com. A dance troupe combining extreme lighting effects with high energy dance moves is coming to Orlando. The troupe’s name is Illuminate and their …
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Spotlight: Theatre, Otronicon, and Drag Race Star Aja


Erotic desire, romance, magic and tragedy are mixed to give life to this theatrical satire from Federico García Lorca called Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. This play runs at Mad Cow Theatre all weekend long. Now I beg of you, before you buy your ticket, ask the salesperson if the actors in the show have been paid on time. They will be shocked at your question. But that theatre has a publicly known reputation for not paying their actors on time and if you want to support live theatre you want to support those organizations that treat their actors with respect. Otherwise, go see a movie. For more information go to madcowtheatre.com. Orlando Science Center is bringing back …
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Spotlight: A Look Back At The Restaurants That Opened, Closed And Made News


Before we jump into a new year of eating, here’s a re-accounting of the restaurant reviews and news from 2017. Notable Openings included: Muddy Waters, which brought the food and ambience of New Orleans to Thornton Park. Hunger Street Tacos — continued the gourmet taco trend. Reyes Mezcalaria — took over the Citrus restaurant space. Mai Bistro — brought the fast-casual concept to Vietnamese cuisine. Nonno’s Italian Restaurant — The LaCommare family is back with their comfort cuisine from the Old Country. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar — A third restaurant from the folks who brought you Luma on Park and Prato. Ace Cafe Orlando — The first North American franchise of a motorcycle and music themed restaurant in North London. …
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