Author: Arlene Laboy

Orlando Micro Wedding Guide: Packages for Mini Celebrations

Many of 2020’s events and celebrations, including weddings, have unfortunately been canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19. Lucky for us, Orlando knows how to adapt! Some of our local event venues and vendors have crafted wedding packages specifically for nuptials…

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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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Best of August: Our Favorite Date Night Events in Orlando this Month

Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty to do around The City Beautiful! From the 29th Annual Florida Film Festival (with virtual options this year!) to Orlando Philharmonic’s virtual Summer Serenades Series, here are our favorite August…

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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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Best of July: Our Favorite Events for Date Night in Orlando

Summer (and that Florida heat) is here! This month brings a mixture of both in-person and virtual events to liven up your date nights. From a pop-up curbside pickup dinner for two celebrating SoDo’s eateries to a virtual July 4th…

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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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Best of June: Our Favorite Date Night Events in Orlando

Welcome to June! This month brings the official start of summer, as well as a mix of both virtual and in-person events for you and your honey to enjoy. From virtual wine tastings to a drive-thru safari and baby goat…

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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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Best of May: Our Favorite Virtual Events in Orlando this Month

Welcome to May! While we know these last few months haven’t been typical for our local community, we hope you are taking care of yourselves and enjoying increased time at home with your loved ones. If you want more ideas…

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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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Easter Dinner To Go: Local Picks for a Holiday Feast for Two

Easter Sunday is going to look a little different this year for most of us, as we can’t have family over or dine at our usual restaurants. However, many local restaurants have pivoted to curbside and takeout orders, even offering…

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Best of April: Our Favorite (Virtual) Happenings This Month

We really appreciate you doing your part to help social distance during this crazy time. While we’re still not able to be around each other for a fun time, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a fun time together virtually….

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How to Have a Gourmet Orlando Date Night at Home

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

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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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Best of March: 50+ Events for Date Night in Orlando

Welcome to March! Now that winter is nearly gone (let’s face it, we’ve only had a handful of cold days so was it really here?) it’s time to enjoy more sunlight and get ready for Spring. To help you enjoy…

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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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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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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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Best of February: Our Favorite Date Night Events This Month

This content is proudly supported by Orange County Library System (OCLS) The month of love is here!! There are so many unique ways to enjoy date night in February. From cooking classes to an Orlando City Soccer themed pub crawl, here…

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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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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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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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Top Orlando Events for 2020: Concerts, Festivals, Plays and more!

Welcome to 2020! If you and your boo are in need of date night inspiration, look no further! Our list of top Orlando events for 2020 is full of concerts, food and wine events, plays, cooking classes and more to…

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Best of January: 45+ Orlando Events For Date Night This Month

This content is proudly supported by Orange County Library System (OCLS) The new year – and new decade – is here! Whether you want to take a healthy cooking class to start the year off, catch a performace at the…

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