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By Kismet Kohn

The Muddy Root is a Kava bar in Oviedo, specializing in teas and coffees. It's the perfect place to visit if you want a chill night or want to participate in their weekly activities, such as bingo or trivia. Let's check out all that spot has to offer!

The Menu

The Muddy Root specializes in Kava, a tea made from a plant that is supposed to have relaxing or energizing effects. They offer Kava cocktails that are made by trained baristas based on alcoholic cocktails. For example, the Kava Mule is delicious and contains the same ingredients as a Moscow Mule but the kava tenders replace the vodka with Kava. If Kava isn’t necessarily your thing they also serve normal loose-leaf tea and coffee along with snacks. 

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By Holley Long

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner—how will you spend it? Luckily, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Orlando to celebrate the Irish holiday, and we’ve gathered a few ideas to help you plan. 

8th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Fest

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day all weekend long at the 8th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Fest. Hosted by Crooked Can Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Downtown Winter Garden, the festival will feature live celtic music, Irish dancers, traditional dishes, and more. 

Starting Friday, March 17 and running until Sunday the 19th, the Celtic Fest is free and open to all ages. If this event sounds like your speed, make sure you wear comfortable shoes so you can dance the night(s) away!


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By Kismet Kohn

If you’re looking for a restaurant that celebrates Mardi Gras on a daily basis, Tibby’s is the perfect place right here in Central Florida! Their large New Orleans-inspired menu and eccentric decor make it a fun and tasty stop.

The Menu

Since Tibby’s is centered around New Orleans, the menu offers a variety of New Orleans cuisine. Their Fried Pickle Slices are a delicious appetizer to start with and of course, the Gumbo is delicious as well. The Chicken and Waffles are perfect for you if you want a southern delicacy. They also offer a wide range of Po Boys and Cajun Baskets authentic to New Orleans!

The Atmosphere

Tibby’s is known for its eccentric New Orleans decor, and their three locations have different centerpieces…

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By Yasmene Warren

Everybody is always looking for ways to up their home decor game, or maybe they’re in search of a home gadget they didn’t know they needed. Either way, at Crazy Hot Buys in Orlando, the buying possibilities are endless! Let’s check it out!

What is Crazy Hot Buys?

Crazy Hot Buys is a liquidation store located on Sand Lake Road in Orlando. Here, everything is listed at the same price — no matter what the product is. Liquidation stores are stores that typically buy unsold or returned products from retailers like Amazon and sell them for less than their retailed value.

Crazy Hot Buys is open every day except Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Prices and the Buys

Each day…

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By Yasmene Warren

Feening for something new and fresh to satisfy your taste buds? If you’re looking for good eats and unique drinks, then The Moderne in Mills 50 is here to bring you both!

All About Moderne

The Moderne is a restaurant and cocktail bar located on East Colonial Drive in the Mills 50 district. It focuses on deconstructing classic drinks and rebuilding them, as well as providing its own unique take on culinary dishes that reflect the culinary diversity in Mills 50.

This restaurant just began doing reservations, which can be made through Google or OpenTable! There is a 10 minutes grace period on reservations, so be sure to get there early as parking is limited. There’s indoor, outdoor and bar seating to choose from, but of…

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By Yasmene Warren

No passport? No problem! If you’re in search of a fresh place to get some unique Mexican food from the comfort of your own city, then the search ends at Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park!

What is Pepe’s Cantina?

Pepe’s Cantina is a restaurant located in downtown Winter Park on New York Avenue. It takes authentic Mexican ingredients and combines them with what its website describes as “innovative culinary techniques.”

There are currently a total of three locations, with the other two being in Clermont and DeBary. You can stop by the Winter Park location on Sundays and Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Menu Breakdown

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By Kismet Kohn

George’s Cafe is the perfect spot to grab a bite in Winter Park. They have a delicious brunch menu and an aesthetic atmosphere suitable for everyone!


If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast George’s Cafe is definitely the place for you! Every Saturday and Sunday they have a prefixed menu for their breakfast buffet, featuring eggs, bacon, chicken and waffles, fruit, and more. The price is set so you can get as much food, and coffee, as you want. Their lunch offers something for everyone, including salads and sandwiches. If you’re not too hungry, their award-winning chili is another great option.


George’s Cafe is an inside and outdoor restaurant and since a Winter Park family independently owns it, it…

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By Kismet Kohn

The Heavy is located in Downtown Winter Park and is home to beautiful plants, flowers, home decor, and more! The hours vary depending on the day and if they have events going on inside but most days you can stop in anytime between 10 AM and 6 PM.

The Greenery

The Heavy has a wide variety of plants available for customers to buy, ranging from a small succulent to a massive monstera. There are some plants available year-round but the best kinds tend to be seasonal. In the spring and summer, they offer carnivorous plants, including venus fly traps which are the perfect house plants for Floridians! If you don’t want to worry about the upkeep of your plants there is an entire outdoor section featuring succulents and cacti that will…

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By Holley Long 

It happens too often: we see a photo of a cute, hand painted home decor piece we want to recreate, but the cost of materials and lack of space to complete it make the project not worth the effort. 

Thankfully, there’s a place that lets you live your creative dreams by removing those roadblocks. 

What is Pinspiration? 

Founded in 2015 by a mom who knew all too well the frustrating barriers to creativity, Pinspiration offers visitors the tools and supplies they need to bring their DIY project visions to life. While you can create many of the projects on your own, there are also workshops and classes to help guide your artistic ambitions. 

Along with supplies and tools, the studio has an inspiring and fun environment to…

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By Yasmene Warren

It’s freezing in Orlando! Or at least, it is inside Orlando’s Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream shop! Check out how this business puts a chilling twist on everybody’s favorite frozen treat.

What is Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream?

Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream is an ice cream shop that specializes in making ice cream that is frozen with liquid nitrogen in house. Each ice cream flavor is made to order, so you can watch as the liquid nitrogen vapors emit from the mixing bowl itself. Liquid nitrogen freezes ice cream at -320 degrees, which is why they’re able to make your order so quickly in store.

Located in East Orlando on Alafaya Trail is where you’ll find the magic happening. There are also two other locations in Lake Mary and…

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