Plus, 28 of Orlando's most historic, longest-standing restaurants AND a live puppy cam.

👀 "I hope you brought snacks, you might be here a while."

Plus, 28 of Orlando's most historic, longest-standing restaurants AND a live puppy cam.

Hey, hi, hello there. 

It’s a little warm out there today, y’all. We’re actually looking at a high of 90. 👀Five days shy of spring, and it’s already feeling like summer out there. 

Today, we’re talking: a new nonstop flight to Honolulu, Orlando’s longest-standing restaurants, a daily puppy cam, and introducing you to our latest “Local to know”. Let’s get started, shall we?

Speaking of beautiful weather, Tatyana captured this post recently of a day at Lake Eola, and for all of the people moving to Florida (more on that tomorrow), trust me when I say, we get it. 📸: @tatyana_posazhennikoba #️⃣: @pulseofcfl | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about

✈️ Honolulu is officially a hop, skip, and nonstop flight away from the City Beautiful. Hawaiian Airlines now offers a twice-weekly nonstop flight route from MCO to Honolulu and will increase that to three in the summer months. Prior to this, Orlando was one of the largest U.S. travel markets to the Hawaiian Islands without nonstop flights. (Hawaiian Airlines)

🍝 Our buds over at Tasty Chomps rounded up 28 of Orlando’s most historic, longest-standing restaurants and posed the question: How many have you been to? I’m sitting pretty at 15 over here, having eaten at just a little over half. That said, I feel like this just became the ultimate Orlando foodie challenge — to hit all 28. Who's with me? (Tasty Chomps)

🏞 Seminole County is where it’s at for us outdoorsy folks. (I say outdoorsy as I like being outdoors but for full transparency, I’m afraid of alligators, black bears, sticks cracking...) Officials just proposed a $91 million master plan to build 200 miles of additional recreational trails and pathways in the area. County commissioners will decide in April what projects they’ll move forward on. (Orlando Sentinel

🐶 In the midst of a global pandemic, local animal rescue groups are rising to the occasion. Case in point, Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit with an Orlando location, just made it possible for us to watch six-week-old puppies play and sleep and do all the cute puppy things FOR FREE. (Fox35

In COVID-19 news… 

💉 Police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers in Orange County are all eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of age. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings received the green light from the state on Monday and now any staff in those agencies can get the vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center. (Orlando Sentinel

  • Related: As it currently stands, more than 50% of seniors aged 65 and older in Central Florida counties have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (WESH
  • Take action: Lake County leads the area with 70% of its 65 years-old and up residents already having received one vaccine; however, it’s still looking for volunteers to help get more people vaccinated. Call 1-866-201-6909 to help.

Locals to Know: Lauren of Doe Creative Co. 

I reached out to Lauren of Doe Creative Co. back in January after seeing a friend’s post. It was a picture of the latest edition of Daily Doe, a quarterly newspaper that highlights creatives of all kinds. Between the logo, the font, and the mission, I was hooked. 

Lauren obliged to my interview request and here we are, three weeks into our new, okay, maybe just more consistent, “Locals to know” series. (Check out my sit-down with Dorsa of WOW Rolling and my interview with Orlando Permaculture.)  

Lauren, tell us about your work in Orlando. Your day job and any volunteer work, too. I've always got a few plates spinning. On the personal end, I do quite a bit of photography along with branding consultation, digital illustration, and modeling. Anything I can get my hands on that's pushing the envelope is something that perks my ears. In the midst of creative output, my sights are set on developing Doe Creative Collective: an organization designed to give creators an atmosphere where they can connect with one another, learn from each other, lean on those around them, and ultimately carve out their place in a sustainable creative career. 

Doe Creative Collective is still a baby with big dreams. Our plans are in progress to grow the output and opportunities provided through the collective. We're currently working on the third issue of Daily Doe, a quarterly newspaper that highlights independent creators of all kinds. 2021 has a few more treats up the sleeve, including a podcast on how to better communication and artist mentorship opportunities.

Aside from cultivating the collective, I'm also the woman behind the curtain at Mordecai Coffee, a pop-up coffee shop stationed in Winter Park at Calvary Orlando Church. It's been a labor of love creating the identity of Mordecai and our hope is to continue partnering with local events and to long-term open a space for late-night caffeine-fueled studies, passion projects, and procrastination alike. 

What's your all-time favorite Orlando moment? Every single drive through downtown coming from 408 to I4 at night is like seeing the city enchanted. Seriously, try it sometime. Put your favorite movie's score on and roll the windows down even if it's raining (that might be taking it a bit too far but this is hypothetical so roll with it). Magic. (Editor’s note: Lauren’s not wrong!

If you could have a billboard in the middle of Downtown, what would it say? "I hope you brought snacks, you might be here a while." (Spoken like a true Florida transplant. Your editor here would know!

You can change one thing about Orlando. What's it gonna be? Perfectly functional public transit ;) (AMEN!)

What's a project you're working on (big or small) and how can Pulptown readers help you with it? As we ramp up our output with Doe, the projects coming up and continuing on (including Daily Doe) will unfold through the support of our Patreon. We're unbelievably thankful for the support already being received so well through Patreon and around town. This collective has been my dream for nearly 10 years, and the newspaper is a small glimmer of that dream coming to life. I pinch myself all the time. 

Fill in the blank (specific to your time in Orlando): 100 years from now, I hope I'm remembered for… Two things. First, making a lasting impact on the art community. Bringing artists together, uplifting other Orlando creators, and putting great work into the world. Second, being the most impractically dressed regular at all my favorite spots.

Find out Lauren’s “last meal”, what business is doing the most during the pandemic, and the one Orlandoan she wants to happy hour with all ze time by heading to the full interview here

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Promotion from Orange County Library System

🎉 5 events to celebrate Women’s History Month 

Join the Orange County Library System – in partnership with the Orange County Regional History Center – in a series of events focused on women’s contributions in the sciences and arts.

Here are the upcoming virtual events: 

Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. 3/16

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, fighter for conservation and women’s rights. 3/17

Grace Hopper, computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. 3/18 

Joanne Hardin Morgan, the first woman in NASA’s Launch Control Center. 3/19

Imogen Cunningham, known for her portraits and images of plant life. 3/19

See the full list of Women’s History Month events


🇭🇺 Fly clear across the map for a virtual tour of Budapest (Online)

🇮🇱 See what's waiting for you in Israel via this guided virtual tour (Online)

🎯 Play bingo, win prizes, and drink beer at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

🍿 Support the Enzian while streaming the new film, "Test Pattern" right to your living room now through Thursday (Online)

🏑 Cheer on the Solar Bears to a win over the Florida Everblades (Parramore)

💉 Donate blood and save a life at T.G. Lee (Milk District)


☮️ Take a yoga class in the garden at Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)

☘️ Enjoy a hearty St. Paddy's Day meal of bangers and mash and shepherd's pie followed by lots of Irish beer at Orlando Brewing (SODO)

☘️ Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with live music and Irish eats at Claddagh Pub (Curry Ford West)

☮️ Start your St. Patrick's Day strong with yoga in the garden (Winter Park)

🖼 Take an exclusive tour of the current exhibit, "A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean" at Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)


🌸 Design your own spring floral arrangement via Facebook Live at In Bloom Florist's Spring Virtual Design Class (Online/SoDo)

🎶 Jam out to Jordan Foley and the Wheelhouse at this week's outdoor concert at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

🇨🇳 Travel the world and take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China (Online)

💪 Run off that green beer before settling in for a nice easy yoga practice (Winter Garden)

🗣 Learn about the Central Florida woman journalist who took on the KKK in a segregated Florida (Online)

📚 Grab the kids and tune in as Orlando firefighters read bedtime stories on Facebook (Online)


☮️ Finish your week strong with a yoga class under the stars before indulging in a few tasty local brews (SoDo)

🌍 Join the Fridays for Future Orlando crew for a global climate strike outside city hall (Downtown)

☮️ Honor this Feel Good Friday with a virtual yoga class with Mo (Online)

🎉 Embrace spring's arrival with a rooftop party at the Grand Bohemian (Downtown)


🛍 Peruse local collectors' vintage, toys, comics, and the likes at this pop-up thrift shop (Thornton Park)

🍻 We're halfway to Oktoberfest — break out the lederhosen and dirndls for this outdoor/indoor drink fest (Ivanhoe)

🍿 Break out the blankets and chairs for beer and the big screen at Nora's Sugar Shack (Ivanhoe)

🍿 Grab your blankets and your fam for an outdoor movie night in the neighborhood (Colonialtown North)

🎶 Belt out your favorite Disney classic at this outdoor Broadway performance at the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)


🛍 Shop plants, art, vintage and more at this weekend's Bazaar Botanica at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Shop local BIPOC makers at this weekly outdoor pop-up market (Winter Park)

One more thing 

Okay, so we all know about the satirical news site, The Onion, right? (In case we don't, everything it says is fictional and meant to be a funny poke at what could almost be interpreted as real news. Remember, I said satirical.) Anyway, it recently made a local connection to Orlando with its headline of "New technology allows police to see what suspects would like while riding the Rock’n’roller coaster." It's fake guys, but it certainly grabbed my attention.

'Til tomorrow, friends.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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