Author: Arlene Laboy

Where to Cozy up for a Holiday Coffee Date (and What to Order)

The holiday season brings back familiar activities every year: festive music playing, decorations and lights going up, and cozy beverages to warm up with! It got us thinking about all of our amazing local coffee purveyors and what seasonal drinks…

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Best Restaurants to Host an Orlando Friendsgiving Celebration

The time of year has come to plan holiday gatherings, both with family and your closest friends! Hosting a Friendsgiving celebration is a fantastic way to bring your friends together and enjoy a great meal and conversation. Below you’ll find…

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Elope in Orlando: Packages and Locations for Mini Celebrations

Orlando is a wonderful location for destination weddings and elopements. Ready to begin your wedding planning, but unsure where to start? We have compiled local elopement locations and places for a small wedding in Orlando that you might not have…

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75 Awesome and Free Things to do in Orlando this Fall

Planning romantic dates with your honey doesn’t have to be expensive, and Orlando has a good lineup of free things to do that won’t cost you a dime to enjoy! Now that summer is slowly making way for fall and…

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5 Paired Up Workout Dates for Active Couples

Finding the motivation to work out is tough. If your willpower isn’t ironclad when you start a new workout routine, you can easily fall off that routine in a few weeks. Couples who exercise together during workout dates tend to…

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Our Favorite Spots for Disney Springs Happy Hour

When you are looking for a place with a wide array of dining options and entertainment, Disney Springs is a top choice. And while you may think this premier date night destination comes with a high price tag, there are…

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Orlando’s Most Instagrammable Spots for Couples

Orlando has a multitude of beautiful places and spaces, and it got us thinking – what are the most Instagrammable places in The City Beautiful? Well, our wonderful readers came through and provided us with tons of ideas. Grab your…

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At Home Date Night: Delicious Goods from Orlando Gourmet Markets

For a more intimate date night that will truly foster a connection with your partner have a gourmet date night at home! Head to one of our local delis, butchers, and markets for the best ingredients, and then prepare the…

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11 Orlando Coffee Shops For Serious Coffee Lovers

Orlando coffee lovers are fortunate in that there is no shortage of places to get a quality cup of coffee. There are some places, however, that are intentional about where their coffee beans originate. They work to ensure the growers…

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Best Orlando Restaurants According to Local Food Writers

Have you ever wished you could know exactly what the top Orlando food writers and critics deem as the best Orlando restaurants? Lucky for you, we did all the work for you! We’ve compiled a thorough guide to the best…

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Our Favorite Local Restaurants for Easter Dinner in Orlando

Easter Sunday is April 17, 2022, and after the past few years, many local restaurants have expanded curbside and takeout options. We’ve compiled some of our favorite picks for Easter dinner to go, as well as restaurants with impressive menus…

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75 Fun and Free Things to do in Orlando This Spring

Whether you’re located in Seminole or Orange County, there are a number of awesome (and FREE!) activities that should be on your radar for this spring. Movie lovers, music lovers, art lovers and those wanting to learn more about our…

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Day Trip: Our Guide for Spending a Day in Melbourne

Day trips are a necessary component of having a great, ongoing relationship with your partner. They allow you to connect over memories and current events during the drive to and from your destination while helping you make new memories upon…

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Food Trucks and Pop-Ups Around Orlando

Orlando has a bevy of great restaurants, and when it comes to food trucks and pop-ups, we’re also lucky to have some incredible options! While our favorite food truck meet ups have been temporarily put on pause, we’ve compiled a…

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Our Favorite Date Night To-Go Dinner Deals for Two

Date nights may look a little different lately but are more important than ever to bring you and your partner closer together. Making recipes at home is an awesome way to connect, but takeout is also great for those days…

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Support SoDo’s Local Businesses with a Virtual Pop Up Dinner for Two

In order to create a fun date night experience that continues to keep you safe, the SoDo District is hosting a Virtual Pop-Up Dinner for Two this Friday featuring several of the restaurants in their district that you can pick up…

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Orlando’s 30-Day Resturant Week, Bite30, Returns July 15 – August 16!

While your summer plans might be on hold, that won’t stop you from finally getting to enjoy Orlando Weekly’s Bite30 presented by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits! Bite30 is a city-wide promotion lasting 30 days that features a number of restaurants…

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50+ Orlando Area Black-Owned Restaurants and Shops to Support

The mission of our publication has always been to inspire couples to spend quality time together by exploring the many amazing things our city has to offer. But we’re equally dedicated to supporting and uplifting our local Orlando community as…

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Change Up Date Night with Hilarious Virtual ShakesBeer: Hamlet Edition

Our local Orlando arts community has been incredibly innovative and fast to adapt to current social distancing guidelines. From virtual museum exhibits to a virtual wine party and at-home science experiments, we’ve had a bevy of ways to enjoy date night…

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Beaches Near Orlando to Enjoy While Social Distancing

There’s nothing like salty air, sunshine and sand in between your toes to reset your entire week! I am a hardcore beach lover and while we are still socially distancing in my household, we did venture off to the east…

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Orlando Restaurants Reopening for Dine In and Takeout

By Arlene Laboy and Stephanie Patterson Florida’s Phase 1 reopening means some of our favorite Orlando restaurants are reopening their doors for dine-in at 25% capacity. Another perk of living in Florida is that many of our local restaurants have…

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Exploring Orlando’s Hidden Gems with @lego_explore_orlando

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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Happy Hour At Home: Orlando Cocktails and Brews To Go

UPDATED JUNE 26, 2020 I don’t know about you, but between social distancing, distance learning, and work, I could sure go for a happy hour date. Since we’re still practicing social distancing in Orlando, I thought it would be a…

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Celebrating a Special Occasion At Home While Social Distancing

For those of us who are celebrating milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, or something else, our options have become limited during social distancing. My family has already had three celebrations so far since social distancing began in Orlando, but we’ve decided to…

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What’s Springing Up on I-Drive This Spring

Anyone who lives in Orlando has made a trip or two down to International Drive. While this area remains a tourist’s paradise, local residents can also find several fun options for a date night experience that feels like leaving town…

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Double Date: Prato + Gelato on Park Avenue in Winter Park

Winter Park’s Park Avenue is a foodie paradise. Hungry visitors have an array of restaurants to choose from, with cuisines ranging from Turkish to Italian and Modern American. We recently had a pretty awesome idea to set out on a…

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A Culinary Map of our Favorite Date Night Spots on Sand Lake Road

You’ve likely heard of the famous Restaurant Row area of Dr. Phillips – the portion of Sand Lake Road that’s home to a plethora of dining options all within a mere few miles. It’s also one of the best places…

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11 Romantic Valentine’s Day Experiences on I-Drive

We are clearly proponents of celebrating with your honey year-round, but Valentine’s Day is special! This year, I-Drive has lots of special dinners and events for celebrating the day of love! Hence, we’ve compiled our favorite Valentine’s Day on I-Drive…

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New Ways to Enjoy Date Night in Sanford with @sanford365

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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Start the New Year with Self Care Month in Ivanhoe Village

Wellness is a top New Year’s resolutions, and unfortunately self care is often forgotten due to our busy lives. If you’d like to start incorporating treat yo’ self activities into your routine, Ivanhoe Village has deemed January Self Care Month…

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Cheers! A Guide to Hotel Happy Hours

How many times did you want to attend a hotel party in high school or college because you thought it would be amazing? Now that you’re an adult, it’s hotel party time any time you can have a staycation at…

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