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Spotlight: Naguará K’arepas


Are you an arepas fan? If so, you’re going to want to get over to the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail and try Naguara K’arepas. If you’re not an arepas fan, you should also go here; you’ll soon be a fan. If you’re not sure whether you’re a fan or not, it might be that you just aren’t familiar with them. Arepas are essentially little round corn cakes made with masarepa, a ground cornmeal. Think of a fatter type of tortilla or a South American version of a pita. Like those devices, arepas can be stuffed sandwich-like with any variety of good fillings. They’re especially popular in Colombia and Venezuela, where they’re part of the daily diet. …
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Spotlight: OMART, The Lake, Jazz and Film Fest


An international group of 18 artists are featured in an exhibition exploring the impact of the vast scale of commerce and immigration worldwide on contemporary life. Very topical! The show Baggage Claims runs all weekend at Orlando Museum of Art. The newest collaboration between Crealdé School of Art and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation offers a contemporary and historic window into the culture and landscape of Central Florida’s Lake Apopka during an exhibition called “The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka.” The show runs all weekend at Crealdé School of Art. Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra is performing a show called The Vocal Jazz Summit with some of Orlando’s best jazz and R&B vocalists tonight …
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Spotlight: Laurel Latin


There’s something about the name Laurel Latin Cuisine that I find quite forgettable. And that’s not good for a restaurant that’s hidden off the main thoroughfare, tucked in the back of a building on Park Avenue. So when I arranged to meet a friend for lunch in Winter Park, I said, “Let’s go to that new restaurant.” “Fine,” she said, “what’s the name?” “I can’t remember,” I responded, “but it’s where Paris-Bistro used to be.” “Paris Bistro is gone?” She was shocked, even though she works just a few blocks away. That might help to explain why Paris-Bistro is gone. Now that I’ve eaten there, I think I’ll have an easier time remembering Laurel Latin Cuisine. The menu is an …
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Spotlight: Seven Things to do in your House


Here are 7 things to do in your house inspired by the website lifelovebeauty.com. Write your holiday cards. You need a pen, those cards you bought December 26th last year for 80% off and a list of people who like you. Let’s be honest, if the list is long you’re probably fake and if it’s short you’re most likely horrible. Exchange full-body massages with your significant other… or pets. Play hide and go seek inside. Depending on the layout of your house, it may be too easy to find your opponents, so you might want to make up new rules. Like not hiding or seeking. Rearrange your house. Take two chairs away from the dining room table and see how …
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Spotlight: God Is a Scottish Drag Queen, The Drowsy Chaperone, Craft Fair and Magical Dining Month


Orlando’s favorite out of town fringe show “God Is a Scottish Drag Queen” is back in Orlando and I still haven’t seen it. Well I’ve been busy with feeding the homeless and planting trees along inner city streets and adopting all the stray kittens so…  The show features a man in a dress. Thanks RuPaul! “God Is a Scottish Drag Queen” plays this evening at 7 and Saturday at 2 and 7 at The Venue in Ivanhoe Village. An ambiguously gay man in an ill-fitting sweater leads the audience through the cast album of his favorite lost Broadway musical (that never was). While he plays the record and talks the audience through the story, the musical comes to life in …
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Spotlight: Magical Dining Month Returns


It’s here! Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, which somehow defies all principles of the modern Gregorian calendar by running more than five weeks, runs through Oct. 1. More than 100 restaurants are participating this year, up from 65 in 2016, including for the first time some well-known Disney restaurants. So even with 38 days, you’re not going to be able to visit them all. (No. NO. Stop arguing, you just can’t do it.) Also up this year is the cost, $35, two bucks more than 2016, and they’re not even paying Emeril Lagasse an endorsement fee this year. So you’re going to have to do some research to narrow your decision. Here’s how I go about choosing which Magical Dining …
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Spotlight: LemonShark Poke


Sometimes when a food fad starts trending, we scratch our heads in befuddlement of what all the fuss is about. (I’m looking at you, cupcakes.) But occasionally, you’ll happen upon someone who is doing the current food a la mode in such a way as to produce an aha moment, where you say, “OK, now I get it.” If you’ve been wondering about the surge in restaurants offering Hawaiian raw fish bowls, your eureka! is waiting for you at LemonShark Poke on Restaurant Row. For those still unfamiliar with it, poke is similar to Japanese chirashi, which features raw fish served over rice. But whereas the fish in chirashi is basically the same as sashimi — that is, sliced in …
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