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Plus, 17 socially-distanced things to do this weekend.
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🍗 Flavortown comes to the City Beautiful

Plus, 17 socially-distanced things to do this weekend.

The Year of the Ox is upon us. 

Today kicks off Lunar New Year, a day traditionally spent celebrating with family, food, and red envelopes as you bid farewell to the old year to welcome in the new one.

Because of the pandemic, most celebrations have gone virtual this year, and some canceled, including the annual Central Florida Dragon Parade. But what's not canceled is the takeout ox box down below from Hawkers. In addition to lo mein, dumplings, spring rolls, and other culinary delights, there's also a chance to win free Hawkers for a year. Be still my heart. 💘

Also worth putting on your radar: Divertastic Dining, a monthly dinner gathering by the same folks who bring us Fusion Fest every year, is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration Thursday, Feb. 25 at Taste of Chengdu in Baldwin Park. Tickets are $50 and you can head here to learn more about the menu and COVID-19 safety protocols.

All that deliciousness for $36.88, now through Feb. 26. 📸: @eathawkers | 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 

📈 Tax season begins today. And it’s guaranteed to be a confusing one for most people. That’s because the pandemic has greatly impacted old ways of doing things. For example, losing a job, gaining unemployment, not receiving a stimulus payment — it all adds up. 👉 This article from ClickOrlando might help. 

🚲 Pine Street is getting a bike lane. The city shared yesterday that they’ve begun the design process for a two-way, 10-foot-wide cycle path. It’d be part of the city’s proposed 8.5-mile bicycle beltway project that will connect Gertrude’s Walk and the Orlando Urban Trail along with other planned routes. Bungalower breaks it down for us.

🍗 Flavortown comes to the City Beautiful. Look no further for your dinner plans, we — or rather Guy Fieri — has you covered. That’s right, everyone’s favorite Food Network host is opening up a delivery-only restaurant in Orlando. You can order from Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen through its app, GrubHub, Uber, and other delivery services, or through the website. Nothing says romance like wings and cheesesteak egg rolls, amirite? 🙃 Get the scoop from Orlando Weekly.

🕹 Electronic Arts confirmed that the new EA Sports College Football Game will be created in the game developer’s Orlando office, hopefully creating hundreds of new jobs for the community. It should be a big year for EA — it's moving its offices to Creative Village later this year. Read more on Fox35.

🎹 Longtime Orlando music blog Shows I Go To just gave Ben Rosenblum’s show at Timucua Arts Foundation its seal of approval. Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist, composer, and a graduate of Columbia-Juilliard. He’s performing live at Timucua at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. tonight, and you can even stream the show online. Tickets are available here

*Editor’s note: In yesterday’s newsletter, I made a mistake and said that the opening night of the Van Gogh Affect was last night. I was wrong. It’s tonight at 7 p.m. at SNAP! Orlando studio. I’m sorry I misled you, but this means you can still attend tonight, so win-win? 🙃 Thanks Julie for catching my mistake! 

In COVID-19 headlines… 

😷 The Orange County Jail is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak with 62 infected inmates and 14 infected correctional officers. It’s the first outbreak for the jail since the pandemic started and so far, no one has been hospitalized. For now, that means some restrictions on visitation and inmate movement. Orlando Sentinel has more.

💉Wanna know how and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine around Central Florida? Start with this list of resources from ClickOrlando.

💖 We played Cupid for our members

Today, Pulptown+ members are getting a guide on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, pandemic style. We scoured the internet for COVID-19 safe activities and put them together so our members can make sure the holiday is the best it can be even in this bizarre year. 

Want access to our special guides and the knowledge that you’re the reason why we can make this newsletter? Become a member today.

Things to do

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Today

🤖 Experience Otronicon and learn more about STEM with onsite and virtual experiences, including exhibitors, speakers, and workshops through Monday (Loch Haven Park)

🖥️ Connect with STEM experts to explore how science and technology can help you make your world a better place through Monday (Online)

🧗 Rock climb with a friend — buy a one-day pass and get the second for $5 (Downtown)

🎵 Head to Timucua Arts Foundation (or tune in virtually) for a night of jazz by pianist, composer, and accordionist Ben Rosenblum (SoDo/Online)

🍿 Grab a ticket for the Love Your Shorts film fest through Sunday (Sanford)

💘 Celebrate Valentine's Day with "Kiss Me, Shakespeare", a holiday cabaret through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)

Tomorrow

🤖 If you're a student or recent grad looking to make a career in tech, check out this event by Black Orlando Tech (Loch Haven Park)

💻 Donate your gently used technology to local students and families in need at Otronicon this weekend (Loch Haven Park)

💘 Shop the Valentine's Day Pop-Up at Paper Goat Post featuring local businesses and fresh flowers, sweet treats, art, and gifts (Ivanhoe)

🍷 Head to Swirlery Wine Bar for an outdoor wine and music V-Day social (SoDo)

🛍 Celebrate Galentine's Day with an outdoor brunch and some local thrifting (Milk District)

🎉 Celebrate Black History Month with a two-day festival filled with food, fun, a run, and important dialogue in Hannibal Square (Winter Park)

🎟 Grab tickets to the Monster Energy Supercross event happening at Camping World Stadium (West Oaks)

Sunday

🍻 Make it a boozy V-Day with a local brew and pie pairing courtesy of Orlando Brewing and Winter Park Pie Company (SoDo)

🎶 Calling all Air Supply fans, they're hosting their first-ever global stream, "Love Letters" for V-Day (Online)

💝 Head to the brewery for a V-Day Date Night and the can release of their Valentine's special brew, I Choose Me (Ivanhoe)

🐕 Treat your favorite four-legged friend to a dog day afternoon at the brewery (Ivanhoe)

Monday

🛶 Go out for a paddle on the Winter Park Venetian Canal Tour (Winter Park)

🍷 Sit back, relax, and sip some Malbec on this fine Monday (Thornton Park)

Tuesday

🍿 Watch the cult classic "Black Dynamite" on the big screen at the Enzian (Maitland)

🍻 Head to Persimmon Hollow for a night of local brews, good eats, and bingo (Thornton Park)

🍻 Get your good eatin' on at Aardvark and pair your meal with cold local brews (Curry Ford West)

💃 Step out for an extreme hip-hop and step class with Gio and Mayte (Dr. Phillips)

Wednesday

🎟 Go "Down the Rabbit Hole" at this pop-up theatrical experience at Mead Botanical Garden through March 14 (Winter Park)

☮️ Rise and shine with yoga in the garden (Winter Park)

🗣 Pull up a seat at the table to talk about the intersectionality of Black history and LGBTQ+ history (Online)

🎟 Take a virtual tour of the Orient Express and solve a mystery at the same time (Online)

Thursday

🎶 Travel to the "Big Easy" with the Best in Brass: New Orleans Brass Band at the outdoor Front Porch Series at Plaza Live (Milk District)

🛍 Shop local vendors and enjoy some live music at this outdoor weekly pop-up market (Thornton Park)

🏡 First-time homebuyer? Check out this workshop (Mills 50)

One more thing

(🎨: @pulptown, 📸: @pompomsteahouse)

... also insert the Mills 50 bowl at The Neighborhood Eatery, this ice cream shake from The Greenery Creamery, new florals from The Heavy, I mean, I could go on and on.

Were we able to put your feelings into words? Check out the rest of our Orlando-themed V-Day cards on Instagram and tell us what you'd add, the sillier the better.

See you in your earbuds on Monday for the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast and in your inboxes again on Tuesday!

Be kind out there. (And stay dry, it's looking like a wet one!)

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown