🍹Cocktails to-go could outlast COVID-19
Plus, Orlando's new salty pastries and direct flights to Hawaii.
It’s the weekend, friends!
And what a week it’s been. It’s been a rough one over here, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that — how’re y’all doing?
Weather-wise, the forecast says we’re looking at highs in the 80s over the weekend and lows in the — you guessed it — low 60s. It’s supposed to cool off again by Wednesday night, so be sure to bundle up and take your vitamins! (For a lot of reasons.)
Let’s jump into it, shall we?
We’d really love to dive headfirst into the weekend with a pre-pandemic day at Devil’s Den. Have you been? | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸:: @lisaleelucas, #️⃣ @pulseofcfl)
What Orlando is talking about
Florida lawmakers are considering a proposal to change the laws around to-go cocktails. State Sen. Jeff Brandes plans on introducing a bill at the 2021 legislative session that would enshrine buying alcohol to-go as a permanent, perfectly legal, non-emergency amenity. The pandemic prompted the practice, and it’s something many local bars and watering holes can really get behind. (News 13)
The wait is over, Orlando: The Salty Donut is opening its first location here next week. Orlandoans have been teeming with anticipation since the popular South Florida doughnut chain announced it was coming to Audubon Park earlier this year. Right now, it’s giving away free boxes of doughnuts to 60 winners a day in a “preview” lottery. (Bungalower)
Thornton Park can rejoice: There’s a new restaurant coming to the district and it’s a popular one at that. F&D Cantina is opening in the former Jax/City Fish location early next year. The restaurant is part of the F&D Woodfired family, though this concept specializes in Mexican food rather than Italian. (Bungalower)
Orlandoans will be able to fly direct to Hawaii starting Mar. 11. Hawaiian Airlines announced earlier this week that it would start nonstop flights out of MCO to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, making us the only airport in Florida with a direct connection. (News 13)
In COVID-19 news…
Florida recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases yesterday since July 25, the last time the pandemic was in a peak period. The department of health reported 11,335 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 1,094,697. There were also 129 new resident deaths confirmed, bringing statewide resident fatalities to 19,591. Of the 21.5 million people who call the Sunshine State home, about one in 20 have now been infected. (Orlando Sentinel)
Rebekah Jones, the former state employee who spoke out about Florida’s reporting of COVID-19 cases, has raised more than $200,000 on GoFundMe after her home was raided by state police on Monday. (We told you about it here.) She intends to spend the money on legal fees and securing new computers. It’s worth noting that video footage of the raid was released yesterday and there have been a few discrepancies about what and how things went down. (Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald)
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Things to do
🍿 Venture to Lake Eola for an outdoor viewing of the holiday movie, "The Santa Clause" (Lake Eola Park)
🎄 Celebrate Christmas all month long at the outdoor Jolly Creek Festival through Jan. 2 (Kissimmee)
☮️ Get down to some hip hop while also getting into downward dog for this virtual yoga party/practice (Online)
🎄 Grab your tickets to see "A Fringemas Carol: a live socially-distanced Dickens-inspired theatrical journey" through the park through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)
🎄 Tune in for some holiday-themed musical theatre and contemporary music interlaced with dramatic readings, engaging poetry and heartfelt storytelling (College Park)
🎄 Tackle your Christmas gift list at local boutique, Darling Authority's Holiday Sip + Shop (Longwood)
🔆 Learn to make gorgeous accent pieces for your home and office at this pop-up workshop at Good Crowd (College Park)
🍷 Support local and drink lots of wine on the 12 Wines of Christmas stroll through the neighborhood (Ivanhoe)
☮️ How balanced are you? Enough to do yoga after a couple of mimosas? FK Your Diet hopes so (Edgewood)
☮️ Take a yoga class with cats but act fast — tickets sell out quickly due to small class sizes to maximize social distancing (Downtown)
🛍 Get your holiday shopping done while supporting local at the Hourglass Collective Holiday Market (Hourglass District)
🎻 Rock into the holiday season at the 8th annual free holiday show from Vioelectric, the only string rock band of its kind (Downtown Orlando)
🎄 Keep that Christmas spirit going with jazzy holiday music and other fun at Season of Sparkle (College Park)
🛍 Shop the outdoor vintage market going down at Ace Cafe (Downtown)
🐶 Take your pups to Ivanhoe Park Brewing today for a photo with Santa (Ivanhoe)
🎶 Experience the spirit of the holidays with an outdoor performance by the Orlando Philharmonic at Plaza Live (Milk District)
🎄 Take off on a holiday photo scavenger hunt while supporting local biz (Lake Mary)
🎄 Head to the Holiday Enchanted Forest to take a peek at more than 40 decorated trees through Jan. 2 (Clermont)
🎨 See what local artists have been up to through quarantine at The Falcon Bar's latest art exhibit and grab some $4 Malbec while you're at it for Malbec Mondays through Jan. 15 (Thornton Park)
🎶 Head to Winter Park Village for some outdoor live music Tuesdays (Winter Park)
🛍 Support your local farmers (and drink wine!) by shopping the Holiday Sip and Shop at Southern Hill Farms (Clermont)
🍷 Head to Swirlery Wine Bar for a Godiva chocolate + wine pairing night or call ahead and pick up your set to participate at home (SoDo)
🎄 Grab the kids for this Grinch-themed drive-through Christmas event to "Whoville" (Longwood)
🛍 More holiday shopping! Get it done at this neighborhood pop-up market/hang (Thornton Park)
🎄 Celebrate the holiday season with Right on Key, a high-energy a cappella group, as they perform your holiday favorites in a fresh, new way (College Park)
🍷 Cozy up with bottle(s) of wine and Kcuvée's virtual wine-tasting course (Online)
One more thing …
Every week on our podcast, we share five local accounts we think you should be following on Instagram. Pig Floyds, the infamous barbacoa place in Mills 50, was one of the first we recommended because a) its food is delicious, b) the captions are always on point, but most importantly c) Patrick. His dancing brings us great joy, and we thought it would to you too: Here’s the latest.
Have a good and safe (but fun!) weekend, folks.
See you on Tuesday!