🍔 This email will make you very hungry
Plus, UCF joins other Florida colleges in tackling social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
Know what I realized yesterday? Cartographers are really cool. (That’s people who draw maps, for those of us who are pretty sure they know what it means but could use some extra confirmation. Hi, that was me yesterday!)
Anyway, during my daily internet roaming to find all the news I think Pulptown readers could use, I found someone on Reddit who spent the last month creating a map of Orlando just because. It happens to be really pretty, although he’s waiting to discover a road or neighborhood he might’ve missed.
Head here to see if your home street made it to the map.
And in more Reddit fun finds, this AP Capstone student welcomes your opinions on Florida’s high speed rail system, this guy wants suggestions for solo COVID-friendly adventures in Central Florida, and this very useful pro-tip for Pub Sub purveyors: You can sign up for Pub Sub sale text alerts on your phone.
Alright, let’s talk about the boozy new Taco Bell, arguably the best burger in town, and UCF football.
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What Orlando is talking about
🌮 Taco Bell Cantina opened in downtown yesterday and it was all my Facebook feed could taco bout. 🙃 The cantina offers the fast-food institution’s traditional menu along with more upscale options and, very importantly, serving up sangria, beer, wine, and “twisted freezes”. It’s open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Hey, I read it on Bungalower.
🍔 According to recent results from the annual Orlando Burger Week, the Mamba Tribute Burger at Alex’s Fresh Kitchen in Casselberry is the best burger in town. Which is sadly fitting, as we just hit the one-year anniversary of Kobe’s passing. The burger itself is an Angus beef brisket and beef chuck blended with 24 spices and topped with fried jalapeños, fried pickles, garlic aioli, butter lettuce, and Gouda cheese sauce. And because you can’t have a proper burger without bread, it’s all sandwiched between toasted brioche buns. See a pic of the monster yourself on Orlando Weekly.
🍜 Orlando foodie reporter Faiyaz Kara just broke down the best eateries opening in Orlando this year and I think it’s worth bookmarking. Whether it’s Bombay Street Kitchen, The Monroe, Kaya or Perla’s Pizza, there’s still lots to look forward to, Orlando. Head to Orlando Weekly for the full list.
🛣 Scandal’s a-brewing over the I-4 Ultimate Project. Well, among its contractors anyway. You’re gonna have to head to the article for the full scoop, but in so many words, one arm of the contractors managing I-4 construction is suing the lead group, alleging that it has mismanaged money and “violated fiduciary responsibilities to the detriment of partners”. Orlando Sentinel’s got the scoop.
🏈 University of Central Florida football head coach Josh Heupel announced yesterday that he had accepted a job at University of Tennessee as its head coach. Heupel’s departure is effective immediately; he’s joining former UCF Athletic Director Danny White, who now serves as UT’s Athletic Director. ESPN goes into more detail if you want it.
🎓 Three Florida universities have come together to launch a consortium addressing social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within their programs. FIU, UCF and University of South Florida will spend the year championing a “Year of Reflection” where they’ll take on global, national, and local happenings impacting their campus communities and apply their findings to research and programming for faculty, staff, and students. Visit FIU News for more info.
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Things to do
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🍷 Go on a tour of the best wines in the world via this new tasting course offered by Kcuvée, Orlando's new wine school (College Park)
🎶 Tap your feet to the feel-good folk music of local act Beemo at this week's outdoor concert at Plaza Live (Milk District)
🍿 Watch our new favorite movie, "Our Friend" at the Enzian or stream it from your couch (Maitland/Online)
👻 Go on a historical walking ghost tour of downtown Sanford Fridays and Saturdays (Sanford)
🎟 Venture back to prehistoric times at this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Feb. 7 (I-Drive)
🚘 Head to Old Town for this muscle car show and cruise Fridays (Kissimmee)
🎶 Jam out at this family-friendly outdoor concert series Saturdays through Feb. 27 (Apopka)
🧗 Go climbing at Blue Swan Boulders and then take a yin yoga courtesy of Black Bear Yoga (Creative Village)
💻 Join us for free intro classes surrounding UX design, Coding, Data, Python, and more! (Online)
☮️ Take a yoga class in the sculpture garden at the Mennello Museum c/o Full Circle Yoga (Loch Haven Park)
🎶 Head to Keel & Curley Winery for a day of outdoor fun and country jams (Plant City)
🛍 Shop local makers at the vintage pop-up market happening at Ace Cafe (Downtown)
🇹🇭 Don't sleep on the Isaan pop-up menu happening at Pom Pom's today (Milk District)
🍿 Support the Enzian while streaming this "intoxicating" and "haunting and mysterious" flick to your living room through Thursday (Online)
🗣 Tune in for a special Black History Month program courtesy of the Eatonville Library and the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce (Eatonville)
🌱 Sign up for this free class at Leu Gardens to learn all about endangered and endemic plants (Audubon Park)
🖼 Don't miss this African diaspora art show between Black Theatre Girl Magic and Orlando Museum of Art through Sunday (Online/Loch Haven Park)
☮️ Take a yoga class under the trees in Gaston Edwards Park Wednesdays (Lake Ivanhoe)
☮️ Spend the morning in savasana in Mead Botanical Gardens Wednesdays (Winter Park)
☮️ Namaste first, then stick around for a cold craft brew at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)
🎟 Go back to prehistoric times for this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Sunday (I-Drive)
🗣 Join Orlando Magic leaders in a conversation about social inequality and what the organization is doing to combat it (Online)
One more thing
Don’t let these cooler temps scare y’all. It’s still shaping up to be a beautiful weekend to get outside. If you’re in need of some inspiration, this “Outdoor things to do in Orlando” collection from Yelp is a good place to start.
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown