Plus, The 502s are so hot right now and here’s where you can see ‘em
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🍽 How to celebrate Black Restaurant Week

Plus, The 502s are so hot right now and here’s where you can see ‘em

It’s Wednesday y’all, and it’s going to be a little chilly again today. We’re looking at highs in the low-to-mid-60s and lows in the 40s. In other words, today’s a good day to train for this weekend’s Annual OUC Orlando 5K. Or you could just go for a run, seeing as you might actually make it a whole mile without sweating. And considering how hot it usually is year-round, that’s a feat around these parts.

But we’re not here to bore you about the weather. Let’s skip to the good stuff, like the new coffee shop opening in Audubon Park this week, Black Restaurant Week and the guests of honor playing at the Plaza Live’s Front Porch Series tomorrow. 

Speaking of glorious weather, you know what would be nice right about now? Glamping at the Westgate Ranch. Somebody get me that experience, please and thanks in advance. Thanks for the tag, @orlandodatenightguide. |  Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @westgateresorts)

What Orlando is talking about  

If you’re driving around downtown today, you’ll find that Anderson Street westbound between Magnolia and Orange Avenue is closed. And it’ll remain that way through May 2021 while the Dr. Phillips Center hosts the six-month-long Frontyard Festival. As a refresher, you can take a free yoga class daily on the lawn, catch a free show by local musicians for lunch, or buy tickets to enjoy one of the upcoming outdoor performances from the safety of your pod. (ClickOrlando

Florida’s in the middle of Black Restaurant Week, and if you didn’t know, now you know. The event runs through Sunday, and according to co-founder Derek Robinson, its aim is to highlight Black-owned eateries as well as provide valuable resources through virtual events to help Black entrepreneurs with their business. See the full list of participating restaurants here. (Orlando Weekly

Lobos Coffee Roasters is officially opening tomorrow in its new spot in Audubon Park if all goes as planned. The ol’ Marathon gas station went from fueling your car to fueling your productivity — see what we did there? OK, we’ll see ourselves out. (Bungalower)

The Plaza Live is hosting The 502s tomorrow night at its weekly Front Porch Series. The folk-pop group just about broke TikTok last month with its hit “Magdalene”. Seats are expected to go fast for this one, so we encourage you to get your tickets now. Live music outdoors in this nice of weather? Sign us up. (Orlando Weekly

This story of the man who was rescued after spending 11 hours out at sea clinging to his sinking boat is the feel-good story we all need. While Cape Canaveral is usually outside of our coverage zone, it’s still our neighbor and the world could use more happy endings these days. (Florida Today

In COVID-19 news… 

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said his staff is researching ways to punish repeat offenders of COVID-19 protocols. This could prove hard to do considering Gov. DeSantis made the call last month to prevent local governments from instituting COVID-related regulations. But Demings’ team is looking into it anyway, as some local nightclubs and venues aren’t implementing any preventive measures whatsoever. (Bungalower

🎁 Santa’s shopping local this year

The holiday shopping season is here, and all this week we’re giving Pulptown+ members a special sneak peek of our 2020 Orlando Gift Guide. 

We’ve got local ideas for what to get everyone on your list — from the fashionista who’s always looking sharp on Zoom to the foodie who knows staying home is no reason not to eat well. 

Want in on the action? Head here to sign up for Pulptown+, and keep an eye on your inbox for the goods.

Things to do

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👟 Go for a run and then grab some local brews at Persimmon Hollow after (Lake Eola)

🍗 Visit the East Altamonte Food Pantry for a home-cooked meal (Altamonte Springs)

🎄 Drive a little north to cut down your own Christmas tree through Dec. 13 (Eustis)

🍹 Take a holiday cocktail tour of Sanford through Dec. 31 (Sanford)


🎄 Head to Orlando Museum of Art for its Deck the Walls event (Loch Haven Park)

🍻 Meet some of Orlando's creatives at this socially distanced happy hour (Thornton Park)

🍷 Sit outside and wine down at Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux weekly (Audubon Park)

🗣 Got questions about evictions during the global pandemic? Tune in for this virtual discussion (Online)

⛄ Don't miss the annual holiday edition of What's Up Downtown with performances by Mad Cow Theatre, The Russian Ballet Orlando, and Opera Orlando (Lake Eola Park)

🍷 Get to know the difference between Prosecco, Cava and Champagne at Kcuvée's holiday wine tasting of Bubbles from Around the World (College Park)


🎵 Experience the thrilling, musical adaption of "A Christmas Carol" presented by the CFCArts Children & Youth Arts Programs (Winter Park)

🎄 Enjoy a classic holiday barbershop experience with The Humdingers through Saturday (College Park)

🎅 Grab the kids for Santa's reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and local author Russell Troutman's book, "Ernie the Elf and the Special Gift" (Online)


☠️ Check out this giant citywide scavenger hunt coming to Orlando (Downtown)

🍷 Celebrate SoDo businesses with Pinots from Swirlery and Poinsettias from Harris Landscaping (SoDo)

🎵 Experience the thrilling, musical adaption of "A Christmas Carol" presented by the CFCArts Children & Youth Arts Programs. (Winter Park)


🥘 Learn to put a spin on classic holiday sides for your upcoming Holiday Soirées with this class in College Park (College Park)

🚸 Join national thought leaders in mapping children’s safest path through the pandemic by gathering virtually on December 8 for the free Built to Thrive summit. (Virtual)

One more thing …

In random news, today’s newsletter was written while listening to Spotify’s carefully curated Time Capsule album made just for me. I’m not gonna lie, “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service still gets me in my feels, as does “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand“ by Primitive Radio Gods. And if you ask me, Chingy’s “Right Thurr” is still a banger. 

What song would be in your time capsule playlist? I really wanna know — doing my best to learn the most about who I’m talking with out there. 

Au revoir my friends,

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown