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By Kismet Kohn

The Cloak and Blaster is a tabletop tavern and game shop that offers drinks, food, games, and more! If you enjoy games such as Dungeons and Dragons or just normal card games, definitely check this tavern out.

Exterior (left) and interior (right) of The Cloak and Blaster

The Menu

Their menu is uniquely curated toward game lovers and geeks, including food and beverages. Their drink menu is extensive, covering everything from beers, to craft cocktails, to shots. 

My favorite drink is perfect for all of the Harry Potter lovers out there - Butterbeer! Their version is alcoholic, made to taste like the original butterbeer from Universal with a splash of bourbon mixed in. If you can’t choose which drink you want, you can roll a d20 die and they will pick one for you based on the number you…

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By Holley Long

Summer is almost here, and with the kids out of school you may be looking for ideas to keep them occupied. While the Disney and Universal theme parks are fun, sometimes adventures in the great outdoors call to heart. 

Read on to learn about five such adventures in and near Orlando that will let you and your family experience nature, learn about Florida wildlife, and get the adrenaline pumping. 

Wekiva River Guided Kayak Tour

Couple sitting in kayak on beautiful river

Image by Wekiva Outfitters

The 16-mile Wekiva River is home to all kinds of native wildlife, like alligators, manatees, and wading birds. During a 4-hour kayaking tour of the river, you and your family can learn about the local ecosystem from an experienced guide. 

Lunch is included in the tour…

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By Holley Long

The Pozek Group team assisted a buyer with a beautiful home last month in Winter Garden, selling for $1,280,000 in the Hickory Hammock community.

Exterior of blue detcahed home in Hickory Hammock

The Home 

This two-story, 5 bedroom, and 4.5 bathroom home is stunning from top to bottom, and if there’s one thing to highlight it’s that there is a LOT of space. An open floor plan puts the spacious kitchen and living room in the same area, but off on either side of the home’s entry are two flexible rooms to be used for whatever purpose, like an office, a formal dining room, a private sitting room, or something else. 

Immediately upon reaching the second floor, you’ll enter a gigantic loft, complete with a bar (we know who we want hosting sports parties). The…

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By Yasmene Warren

Some places have it all, and this place is one of them! Dezerland Park is a one-stop-shop for all things amusement, and it’s one of Orlando’s many gems. Let’s check it out!

The Deets on Dezerland

Dezerland Park is one of Orlando’s many fun-filled indoor amusement parks located on International Drive. However, this is actually the largest in all of Florida!

This place has all sorts of indoor attractions like go-karting, bowling, rage rooms and more, as well as gift shops, cafes, and museums.

Interior of Dezerland Park

Dezerland is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays. They also have free parking!

What to Do at Dezerland


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By Kismet Kohn

If you want a night out with some friends without going Downtown, check out The Courtesy. This speakeasy themed bar offers a variety of bites and craft cocktails, and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the mood-lit atmosphere.

Door sign of The Courtesy

Image by The Courtesy

The Atmosphere

The Courtesy is a smaller bar where “The Pleasure is Ours, The Courtesy is Yours”. The walls are lined with carefully laid bricks and wood, and the warm lights give it a cozy feel where you want to sit down and grab a beer or wine. Inspired by evolution and traditional cocktails, this is an independent bar that feels like its own world.

Image by The Courtesy

The Food

The Courtesy offers many small but filling food options that pair perfectly…

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By Yasmene Warren

Changes are coming to Orlando’s Lake Nona region, and some of them are pretty big. Here are a few of the major changes addressed at the Spring 2023 Lake Nona community meeting that are coming to the area.

A New Library

After countless petitions and signatures, Lake Nona finally got approved by the Orange County Library System in the summer of 2022 to receive a library on Dowden Road.

Group of people announcing new Lake Nona library

Image: Official Approval for new Lake Nona Public Library - August 2022

This new library will be built next to the impending Southeast Government Center west of Narcoosee Road and east of the Orlando International Airport. It is expected to employ around 20 employees and will be complete with a shared stage and outdoor space.

The grand…

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By Yasmene Warren

Are you looking for a place to get some fresh Hawaiian and Filipino cuisine? Well look no further because Orlando has just the place for you, and it’s called OverRice.

All About OverRice

OverRice is a restaurant on the Northside of Orlando, located on Lee Road, and serves Hawaiian and Filipino dishes.

OverRice has been serving the Central Florida community since 2011 and was initially a food truck that would make weekly stops in places like Leidos, Tasty Takeover and Lake Eola.

More recently, OverRice went from being on wheels to becoming a brick and mortar establishment just last month in March.

Exterior of OverRice in Orlando

This restaurant is still operating under its soft opening hours, and you can chow down on Wednesdays through Fridays for…

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By Holley Long

Running out of places to brunch on the weekends? You may not know this, but Barrio at Waterford Lakes Town Center has a whole menu of delicious brunch tacos! Read on to learn more about the restaurant and what you can expect during your dining experience. 

Exterior of Barrio bar and restaurant

What is Barrio?

From the outside of the Orlando restaurant, it’s hard to miss the skull imagery that’s part of the signage. Inside, Day of the Dead-inspired murals deck the walls and other decor pieces, from a giant skull at the entrance to the intricately engraved chandeliers, leave you fully immersed in the holiday from the moment you walk through the doors. 

This theme is represented across all the Barrio restaurants. While Barrio at Waterford Lakes is…

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By Holley Long

The Pozek Group team assisted a buyer just this past week with a beautiful home in Kissimmee, closing at $550,000 in the Westside Calabria neighborhood after a few months on the market.

Exterior of yellow home in Kissimmee

The Home

Built in 2013, the two-story home is a short-term vacation rental that has a lot going for it. The home's 6 bedrooms (two of which are master bedrooms) give family and friends plenty of room for their own space, and 4.5 bathrooms allow everyone to get ready quickly for a day or night out in Orlando. An upstairs loft can be used as a play area for children, and the Disney-themed bedrooms will help get the kids excited for a trip to the theme parks.

Outside, the home backs up to a wooded area, offering privacy and a peaceful view of…

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By Kismet Kohn

After a long day walking through Downtown Orlando, what better way to end the night than enjoying a fine glass of wine or perfectly crafted cocktail? The Guesthouse is truly a neighborhood bar, where downtown natives will spend their night laughing and socializing until closing time.

People sitting at bar at The Guesthouse

The Atmosphere

The Guesthouse has an earthy and calm atmosphere, which makes it a great bar to stop in after a long week. Bright white walls and the natural sunlight that the large windows bring in make you feel like you're right at home. You can stop by most days from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM, with Saturday and Sunday opening at 1:00 PM.

The bar is filled with plants and greenery throughout the building, making it feel natural and welcoming.…

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