🐢So, the sea turtles had a good year...
PLUS, Orlando is cloudy with a chance of Doshibox this week.
Welcome to a cloudy Tuesday, y’all.
The forecast says we’re looking at a high of 70 and a low of 52 today, which is pretty similar to what we’re looking at for the rest of the week. But don’t hang up your winter jacket just yet — the weekend’s high is 63 with a low of 41. Brrr!
Speaking of cloudy, you remember that children’s book and subsequent movie adaptation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? Well, looks like Orlando’s facing cloudy with a chance of Doshibox this week, har, har. WTF is a Doshibox, you ask? Read on, friends…
@doshibox is Orlando’s newest virtual kitchen concept brought to you by Omei Restaurant Group, the same folks who brought us BENTO Asian Kitchen. Starting Friday, you can pre-order or have one of their amazing doshiraks delivered to you! Think of a bento box but for Korean food. Emi recommends the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). 🔥. Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @emibefeasting)
What Orlando is talking about
Debatably "fun" fact: Orlando International Airport was the busiest airport for departures in the U.S. over the holidays according to TSA. While the numbers were higher than airport officials anticipated, they were still down 42 percent from 2019’s pre-pandemic holiday season. Nevertheless, economic experts suggest that these numbers could infer a faster economic recovery for Orlando. (News 13)
Portillo’s announced an opening date of March 2 yesterday and hot dog aficionados everywhere rejoiced. If you’re not excited, get excited: Their food is the closest Orlandoans can get to going to Chicago for the real thing. 😋 (Orlando Sentinel)
Downtown Orlando is on track to get a new food hall. South Orange Provisions — a 10,000 square foot space with nine food halls — will be taking over the bottom space of the new SunTrust building downtown presumably sometime this year. While renovations are ramping up, there’s been no announcement regarding a formal opening date. (The Daily City)
Exploria Stadium will once again host the SheBelieves Cup. This year’s event will kick off Feb. 18 as Brazil takes on Japan and the USA faces off against Canada. Bonus: USA’s two January matches against Columbia are also happening at the stadium. (Orlando City SC)
Kissimmee’s infamous and controversial Star Motel was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. Late last summer, the Orlando Sentinel reported how the motel was facing foreclosure and that residents were living there with no power, water, or a working sewer system. No injuries were reported, and so far, few additional details have been released. (Orlando Sentinel)
Good news for Orange County tenants who've been negatively impacted by the pandemic — the county's COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program has been extended through Jan. 29. This means that renters and residents can still apply for up to $4,000 in rental assistance. (Orlando Weekly)
The pandemic has been hard on everyone… except sea turtles. That's because there were fewer tourists flocking to our beaches which in turn, preserved sea turtle nests. (ClickOrlando)
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Things to do
Submit your events to our calendar.
🛍 Go thrifting at this pop-up market outside the Veranda (Thornton Park)
🍿 Pull up for this drive-in movie at the Audubon Park Covenant Church (Audubon Park)
🗣️ Learn how purpose-driven business leaders can model MLK to embed DEI in their company cultures. (Online)
👟 Go for a run with the Hourglass Brewing Running Club weekly (Curry Ford/Longwood)
☮️ Head outdoors for this yoga and HIIT pop-up class (Lake Eola)
🗣 The city of Sanford wants to hear from you in this virtual community workshop (Online)
🛍 Shop the Orlando Vegan Market pop-up at the Veranda every other Wednesday (Thornton Park)
🗣 Hear from Rep. Anna Eskamani and other local officials about the latest unemployment legislation and how to fix a broken system (Online)
😁 Learn more about mindful intimacy with this Tantra 101 class (Orlando)
🥬 Bring your appetite (and your mask) to this vegan food tour of the "Almond" Milk District (Milk District)
🛍 Peruse miles of antiques at this outdoor collectors' extravaganza through Sunday (Mount Dora)
🍻 Enjoy local art, crafts, food, and music from all over Central Florida while trying Orlando Brewing's new beer release to finish off Orlando Beer Week (SODO)
🍺 Celebrate nine years of Gnarly Barley's tasty sammies and good brew (Belle Isle)
🛍 Shop local makers at the Bazaar Botanica happening at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company (Ivanhoe)
🛶 Take a paddle tour of Dog Island and add in some much-needed yoga for this outdoor excursion (Maitland)
⚽️ Cheer on the USWNT to a win over Colombia in the first international friendly of the year (Parramore)
🎶 Check out this local jazz ensemble in City Arts' latest In Between Series (Downtown)
One more thing …
Have you listened to yesterday’s episode of 15 Minutes in Pulptown yet? We talked about this week’s hot topics, our top event picks for the week, and gave you recommendations for the five IG accounts you should be following right now, including @peersupportspace, @doorlandonorth, @phatashbakes, @enziantheater, and @eolacoffee.
Hey, we’re here to serve, Orlando — we’ll (virtually) meet you wherever you are, whether it’s in your inboxes or in your earbuds.
See you again tomorrow, friends.
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
P.S. Did you miss the Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest over the weekend? If you did, you didn't. 😉 Because you can still catch 25 of the shows online now through Thursday. Tickets start at $5 or you can secure an all-access online pass for $75. Support local arts!