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Plus, the 13 hottest restaurants in Orlando right now and Florida students are staying masked... for now.
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🍜 Ramen lovers, are you ready to rumble?

Plus, the 13 hottest restaurants in Orlando right now and Florida students are staying masked... for now.

By Katie Johnston

It’s Thursday, the sun is shining (maybe), there’s a storm brewing somewhere (because there always is during a Florida summer, but also maybe because Tropical Storm Mindy is moving around in the gulf), and after a months-long battle, it’s official: Public schools in Florida can impose mask mandates at their discretion

Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper reiterated last month's ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order prohibiting school mask mandates was unconstitutional. The judge determined the blanket ban violated Florida’s new Parent’s Bill of Rights and echoed his previous findings during a court hearing yesterday, emphasizing that the state cannot ban school districts from imposing mask mandates while it appeals his Aug. 27 ruling.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office said they’d be appealing Cooper’s latest ruling as well. In the meantime, many school districts are mandating masks, some with medical-only opt-outs (Orange County) and others allowing opt-outs from parents (Seminole County). I’ll keep you posted if anything changes. 

That'll do it on the masking for now. Let’s switch gears and dive into some delicious food news, shall we? (I know, I know, that usually goes down in the inbox on Wednesdays, but my days are all confused from the long weekend, so here we are. 🤪) 

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Chew on this, Orlando

🍽 Wanna know the 13 hottest restaurants to visit in Orlando right now according to local food writer, Faiyaz Kara? You’re in luck. Check out his roundup and then let me know how many you’ve already frequented, alright? (Eater

🍜 Where are our ramen fans at? Because you’re going to want to snag this hot ticket fastRamen Rumble is back after a yearlong hiatus and will once again pit six restaurants against each other in the battle of the “broth belt.” This year’s Ramen Rumble is happening at Morimoto Sushi and proceeds from the event will go to Give Kids the World. Get your tickets here for the Sept. 28 showdown. (Orlando Sentinel

🍕 Lazy Moon is expanding to Maitland. The UCF-bred big a** pizza joint has plans of moving into the former Einstein Bagels at 441 S. Orlando Ave., though no formal lease has been signed yet. (Orlando Weekly) 

🧁 Light on the Sugar is heavy on the gas. Last month, the popular Winter Park bakery opened a sister location Sugardough Bakehouse in Audubon Park. And now, in an effort to “meet the demand,” they’re planning a second Light on the Sugar location, again in Winter Park.  (Orlando Sentinel

🔥 The James Beard Foundation is coming to town in November. It’s making a stop in the City Beautiful on Nov. 4 as part of its new Taste America series. Reyes Mezcaleria’s Chef Wendy Lopez and Seito Sushi’s Chef Huy Tin will host a multi-course meal with drink pairings and tickets start at $300 per pair. (Bungalower

☕️ Mills 50 coffee connoisseurs Qreate Coffee debuted their new fall flavors last week and I don’t know what’s got me more excited: The Witcher or Sweater Weather? Also, this is your friendly reminder that they really do put the “create” in Qreate. (Qreate Coffee on Instagram)

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Today

🍿Take a road trip back into time at the Silver Moon Drive-In movie theatre every day (Lakeland)

🍷 Explore old vines and new ways of thinking at this wine tasting at Swirlery (SoDo)

🍿Sob your eyes out while watching Disney's saddest movie, "The Fox and the Hound" and while also realizing the film is now 40 years old (Winter Park)

🎴 Have your fortune told and consume tasty wine at the weekly ladies' night going down at The Falcon (Thornton Park)

💦 Watch pro wakeboarders doing their thing after Surf Expo (Lake Buena Vista)

Tomorrow

🗣Sign the kiddos up for free interactive improv and creative writing workshops Friday (Parramore)

🍿Watch a doubleheader of "Malignant" and "Reminiscence" on the big screen at the Silver Moon Drive-in (Lakeland)

🎶 Dance like no one is watching at this Taylor Swift x Olivia Rodrigo pop-up party happening at Neon Beach (Downtown)

🎟 Learn to make something delicious from Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski at Plaza Live (Milk District)

🖼 Check out local photographer Jim Hobart's latest solo exhibit "HYDRA" featuring his new underwater art (College Park)

🍿Watch the cult classic, "Beetlejuice", on the big screen in the parking lot of Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🔮 Awesomos Maximo! Make your way to Downtown Kissimmee for a wizarding world experience (Kissimmee)

🎶 Jam out to three days of country music at this outdoor fest through Sunday (Kissimmee)

Saturday

🛍 Support local biz while getting your eating/drinking/shopping on at Virginia Live (Ivanhoe/Mills 50)

🎃 Get your fill of local Halloween-themed items at this pop-up shop happening at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🏈 Cheer on UCF to a win over Bethune-Cookman College (UCF)

🎶 RSVP for the Bach Festival Society's free concert commemorating 9/11 (Downtown)

🍿Watch the movie trash that is "Grease 2" at The Nook on Robinson weekly (Milk District)

⚽️ Root for the Orlando Pride to secure a W against Racing Louisville FC (Parramore)

Sunday

🍿 Don't miss this purrfect opportunity to watch the best cat videos on the web, on the big screen, at this year's Cat Video Fest happening at the Enzian (Maitland)

🎶 🎶 Head to Timucua Arts for an open house performance by PolyJamorous(SoDo/Online)

🛍 Shop local artisans at this traveling pop-up then sample local beers at Hourglass Brewing (Curry Ford West)

🛍 Shop local makers at this monthly pop-up outside of Will's Pub (Mills 50)

🍿Reserve your "pod" to watch "Despicable Me" on the big screen outdoors at the Frontyard Festival (Downtown)

🛍 Shop local BIPOC makers at this weekly pop-up in Hannibal Square (Winter Park)

🎟 Will it be you in the library with a candlestick? Don't miss an interactive version of the fan-favorite movie, "Clue" (Winter Garden)

Monday

🎟 Whack-a-Ouiser at Breakthrough Theatre's version of "Steel Magnolias" playing now through Sept. 20 (Winter Park)

One more thing

The rapper Lil Nas X is showing love to local nonprofit Bros in Convo via his latest "album reveal". While promoting his new album, "Montero", Lil Nas X released a "baby registry" of sorts, asking followers to donate to charity and community activist orgs that correspond with each of the album's 15 tracks. Corresponding with the song, "That's What I Want," is Bros in Convo, a local transinclusive, "Black Queer-led org that promotes and provides health equity to Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving men in Central Florida." You might recognize the name from our previous interview with its fearless leader, Daniel J. Downer. 😉

You can make a donation directly to the org here and know that your money goes towards things like groceries, healthcare, transportation, and technology for our local Black LGBTQ+ community.

Do something nice for someone today, whydontya?

'Til tomorrow!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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