Plus, what's poppin' at Perla's Pizza

🔥 These 9 women-owned restaurants are so hot right now

Plus, what's poppin' at Perla's Pizza 

It’s Hump Day y’all, and I hope you’re hungry because today’s newsletter is guaranteed to work up an appetite.

But first, here’s your friendly reminder that Orlando Shakes is debuting its performance of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” tonight at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola. 

Tickets for tonight and tomorrow’s preview shows start at $22 and go up from there. From Friday onward, ticket prices start at $32.

Hopefully, the rain forecasted for this afternoon will finish up before the 7:30 p.m. start time. And if you’re waiting for the weekend, it’s shaping up to be a chilly one with highs around the low 70s — perfect for some outdoor theater! 

But until then, sit back, relax, and let’s talk about Orlando’s food scene.

Real talk — is there anything hotter on the menu these days than birria? Everyone seems to be getting in on the Mexican food craze, and Antojitos Loco’s is making heatwaves of its own with its new birria pizza-meets-quesadilla as captured here by local foodie @emibefeasting | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

Chew on this

🍸 There’s a new martini-themed bar coming downtown. The Oliv Bar opens in the old Bagel World and former Two Chefs oyster spot on North Magnolia on Friday. It’s a micro bar with a focus on gin and vermouth and is owned by the V Group. (Orlando Weekly

🇮🇳 Bombay Street Kitchen — a new fast-food Indian and international street food concept — opened this week on OBT near the Florida Mall. It’s a vegetarian-friendly eatery with kathi rolls, dosas, chaats, curry, and more Indian staples on the menu. There’s even an outdoor patio calling your name. BSK’s owners also operate Tamarind Winter Park and Bombay Cafe. (Bungalower)  

💅 Local food blog Tasty Chomps rounded up nine of the best women-owned restaurants in Orlando and I need a social-distanced friend date to Loading Gastrobrunch in St. Cloud stat. Any takers? (Tasty Chomps

🍹 If you’re looking for a new cocktail recipe, Orlando foodie Scott Joseph is making signature drinks from local restaurants. In his latest installment, he’s learning how to concoct the Blue Rebel cocktail from SoCo with the help of mixologist Tim Wilz. Bourbon fans take note. (Scott Joseph

🍪 For all of our bakers out there (I’m looking at you, Arielle R.!), you’ve probably gotten a whiff of Netflix’s “Nailed It!” already. The popular cooking show has been around for five seasons, and this go-round, you’ll see one of Orlando’s own compete for the title. Jones Levenson appeared on the March 26 episode alongside his mom, Laura, for a chance to win $10,000. (Orlando Sentinel)

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🌿 Happening Now: NEA Big Read

Just last week, Katie, our director here at Pulptown, sat down with Orange County Library System’s Chief of Lifelong Learning, Lynette Schimpf for an Instagram Live chat to talk about the upcoming NEA Big Read, what we’ll be reading (it’s “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren btw), and upcoming events to check out at your local library branch. 

Add these upcoming Big Read events to your cal: 

Today Women in STEM Panel Learn how these women got where they are today.

April 17 Big Read keynote - A talk with Hope Jahren Hear from the author.

See the full list of upcoming events the library is hosting this year.

Check out Katie’s chat with the library

Did you eat yet?... with Christian Ziegler managing partner of Perla’s Pizza 

Alright, alright, alright. 

We’re back with the third installment of our new series, “Did you eat yet? Every Wednesday, I’ll “sit-down” with a local restaurateur, chef, or foodie to talk about how they got their start, their favorite meals in Orlando, and maybe even sneak in a secret recipe or two. Along the way, we’ll also be spotlighting local farmers and grocers or just talking general food news. (Check out last week’s feature on local CSA boxes here.)

Today, we’re talking to Christian Ziegler, managing partner of the fairly new and very popular Perla’s Pizza in Ivanhoe.

Meet Christian Ziegler, Partner at Perla's Pizza, Director of Operations for Fast Casual Concepts at Taglish Collective

Christian, tell us when you knew you'd get into this business. In Montana when I was 18, my first real job was in the restaurant industry. I fell in love with it. I never pictured myself staying in it this long but the allure of the fast-paced environment, hard work, and the camaraderie that comes with this industry has kept me engaged.

How did the restaurant/your business/your role come to be? Some of it has been being in the right place at the right time accompanied by hard work and a willingness to learn. I left the restaurant industry for a year and worked in the mental health field. I lost that job because of layoffs and I reached out to Mike Collantes of Taglish, who I knew through a mutual friend. Two hours later, he said, "that will work" and then sent me an address saying to be there at 9 am and his restaurant was opening the following week. I showed up at a grocery store food court the next day, and we had amazing chemistry in the kitchen and restaurant operations. A year later, I'm here as a partner, making pizza at Perla's. I know I don't know everything so I try to stay hungry, put my head down, and just work.

Your favorite movie star calls and asks to come over for dinner. What're you making/serving? If Michael Cera hits me up for dinner I am definitely making our Part-Time Lover pizza for him.

What is one Orlando food-related news story that you think people need to be paying more attention to? Soseki, they are killing it and bringing something absolutely unique at a high level that is different than anything else in Orlando.

You're moving. What is your "last meal" in Orlando? My last meal in Orlando would definitely be Hunger Street Tacos, they are one of my favorite restaurants. I would try and order one of everything

Your calendar opens up and you get one happy hour with an Orlandoan of your choice. Who's it going to be? Why? And where are you meeting them? I have been sober for a long time but I would definitely take my mom out to the Old Sanford Jailhouse for their Orange Blossom Old Fashion.

How can Pulptown readers best support you right now? Come eat at Perla's Pizza, take a photo, and share it on your social media.

Fill in the blank (specific to your time in Orlando): 100 years from now, I hope I'm remembered for... I'd rather people remember the food from places I worked at rather than remembering who I am.

Find out what Orlando meal beckons Christian the most, how Perla's pivoted during the pandemic, and what Orlandoan he's taking as his date to happy hour (and what they're drinking) by heading to read the full interview here. Oh and p.s., local photographer @iamdavidlawrence is popping up at Perla’s this Saturday and taking Instant Polaroid Portraits from 12-5!

What restaurant, chef, foodie, or farm should we feature next time? Slide into my inbox,, subject line: Chew on this, Katie.


☮️ Take a mid-week break with a yoga class in the garden (Winter Park)

👟 Lace-up for a run slash scavenger hunt through the downtown bungalows (Lake Eola)

🌈 Join local trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary community leaders for a conversation around the importance and impact of International Transgender Day of Visibility (Downtown)

🔖 Take an art class and learn to make these folding accordion books with artist Catherine Cross (Loch Haven Park)

🎉 Close out Women's History Month with this virtual celebration of sisterhood (Online)

🍻 Venture over to Tuffy's Bottle Shop for a night of shuffleboard fun and Wicked Weed beers (Sanford)

👰 Mix up a cocktail or two and mingle with other locals who work in Orlando's wedding industry (The Milk District)


🎶 Make moves to Lil' Indies to catch a performance by the great Kaleigh Baker COVID-19 safety protocols strictly enforced (Mills 50)

🎶 Jam out with local jazz and funk ensemble, Leisure Chief at this week's outdoor concert at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

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

🎤 Watch Opera Orlando's performance of "Carmen" in-person at the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown) - Sponsored


🎬 Hey cinephiles, watch this year's Oscar shorts on the big screen at the Enzian or stream 'em to your living room through April 8 (Maitland/Online)

🎬 Pony up for a night of "Sister Act 1" outdoors on the big screen and some good eats from Jimmy Hulas

🐝 Learn the basics of beekeeping like what goes into maintaining a hive and how to acquire bees (Online)


🏑 Ready your quarenteam and head to the shuffle courts for a good ol' fashioned-game of shuffleboard (SoDo)

🚲 Go on a bike tour and learn about some of your favorite spots in Ivanhoe Village (Ivanhoe)

🌸 Spring Fiesta in the Park is back at Lake Eola and you're invited through Sunday (Lake Eola)

🍿 Head to The Nook for a night of movie trash (they're watching "Catwoman") and tasty local brews (Milk District)

🎶 UCF Choirs invite you to an evening of music celebrating unity and the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement (Downtown)

📚 Check out this day-long celebration of books including writing workshops and a panel of bestselling authors from all over the country like NYT best-selling author Angie Thomas, in conversation with Ayana Gray (Online)

🐰 Hop over to Delaney Street Baptist Church for Easter Fest '21 including games, crafts, an egg hunt, and lots of fun for the whole family (Delaney Park)


🖼 Take a guided tour of the Orlando Museum of Art's current exhibit: A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean (Loch Haven Park)

🍻 Sunday Funday proper with fitness first followed by brunch and brews at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

👋 Make friends with other couples in Orlando over a virtual coffee chat (Online)

One more thing

Now’s the time to check out Delaney’s Tavern in SoDo if you haven’t already. It’s this week’s site of Tasty Chomps x Orlando Foodie Forum’s new “A Taste of…” series, and for $39, you can get a special pre-fixe 3-course dinner from a secret menu now through April 4.  

To keep things extra spicy, the restaurant of choice changes every 10 days. 

Alright, did I do my job? Are you hungry? Starved? Famished? Thirsty? Tell me what you’re eating and drinking these days and who I should interview next. Slide into my inbox with your suggestions. OK? 

‘Til morning, 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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