Best Orlando Restaurants

Our Dining in Orlando area includes reviews about the Best Orlando Restaurants.  Steakhouses, Seafood, Italian, Cuban, Fine dining and more.

Orlando Area Restaurants

Best Orlando Steak Houses in Central Florida
Best Seafood Restaurants in Orlando
Best Italian Restaurants in Orlando Central Florida
Best Latin Restaurants in Orlando
Best Asian Restaurants in Central Florida
Best Mediterranean Restaurants in Central Florida
Best Latin Restaurants in Central Florida
Best American Restaurants in Central Florida

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Downtown Disney in Orlando

August 1, 2015 by  
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Experience the magic of Disney for free!  Downtown Disney in Orlando is located within walking distance from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa on the banks of Village Lake.  Admission and parking are free.

Downtown Disney offers over 70 shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants such as Wolfgang Puck Café, Bongos, and the Rainforest Café.  The west side is home to the House of Blues Orlando and world renowned Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba.  Come experience Disney Quest, check out the largest Disney character store in the world, visit Planet Hollywood, or simply relax and experience leisurely lakeside dining.

Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL

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Shopping Orlando & International Drive

July 31, 2015 by  
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Shopping in Orlando Florida


Shopping in Orlando Florida is truly a shopper’s paradise filled with its many upscale fashion malls, factory outlet stores and even flea markets. Orlando welcomes more almost 50 million visitors annually and is second to Las Vegas for visitor tourism. Orlando Shopping truly has it all with designer name boutiques, malls, outlet centers and world renowned attractions, dining and entertainment districts.

Orlando fashion malls offers a large selection of choices and may tend to appear more expensive and up-scale than the many of the Factory Outlets but they offer truly a large range of prestigious designer shops. Pointe Orlando Pointe Orlando is a popular, open-air mall, filled with specialty boutiques and shops, restaurants and plenty of entertainment options.

Prime Designer Outlet Center and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores are very popular factory outlet shops that are located just over one mile from Walt Disney World.
Many of these outlets stores and malls offer Orlando discount coupons and special event sales.

City Walk is full of shopping and entertainment. The Bass Pro Shop and Ron Jon Surf Shop are hot spots for Orlando gift shopping and souvenirs.

Harley Davidson fans won’t want to visit Orlando without shopping the Harley shop, which in addition to selling Harley t-shirts and collectibles, they also displays some pretty cool motorcycles.

Florida Mall is a regional Shopping Mall conveniently located just minutes from Orlando International Airport on International Drive.  Many limos, tour operators and hotels provide Shopping trips to Florida Mall that includes round trip pickup & return from your hotel.

Orlando Shopping International Drive is home to designer boutiques with deep discounts to outlet malls and quality shopping at bargain basement prices, Orlando’s popular International Drive Resort Area is better known for serious shoppers.

One of the best places to do some Orlando shopping is Downtown Disney. They have major Shopping Complexes in all of the Resort Areas. At Disney World alone they provide an endless amount of shopping opportunities.

Other popular shopping spots in Orlando include The Mercado a Mediterranean style complex offering superb designer shopping and restaurants.

Fashion Shopping in Orlando at the Mall at Millenia includes Central Florida’s only Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s anchor Mall at Millenia along with Macy’s. Domestic and foreign visitors will be tempted by an unlimited international collection of

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Rix Lounge in Orlando

July 31, 2015 by  
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One of the best nightclubs in Central Florida, Rix Lounge, located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, is Central Florida’s best upscale lounge.  The Rix lounge is inspired by Mediterranean design and offers state-of-the-art lighting and sound, rotating entertainment, and specialty drinks and appetizers.  The Rix Lounge is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, party all night, or take in a one-of-a-kind VIP experience.  Reservations are available.

Rix Lounge
1000 W. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

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Blue Man Group – Central Florida’s Best Entertainment

July 28, 2015 by  
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Blue Man Group- one of Florida’s Best shows at Universal Studios Orlando. Read more

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Wall Street Plaza Downtown Orlando

July 28, 2015 by  
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Wall Street Plaza is Central Florida’s best entertainment destination.  The Wall Street Plaza in Orlando is located next to Heritage Square Park and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando.  The Plaza offers lunch, dinner, and late-night dining and features eight bars, each with its own flavor. 

Wall Street Plaza
18 Wall Street Plaza
Orlando, FL  32802

The Globe

One Eyed Jack’s

Monkey Bar

WaiTiki Lounge

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Universal CityWalk Orlando

Universal CityWalk in Orlando is the hottest spot for dining, shopping, and entertainment.  This 30-acre complex offers Central Florida’s best in live music, dining, dancing, shopping, and entertainment.  Come and experience Blue Man Group, go dancing at The Groove, or just chill out at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.  There is always something happening at CityWalk!

Universal City Walk
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Night Clubs at Universal CityWalk

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The Mall at Millenia in Orlando

July 25, 2015 by  
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The Mall at Millenia is Central Florida’s ultimate shopping destination.  In addition to offering the latest fashions from Milan, Paris, and New York, the Millennial Mall offers amenities such as valet parking, foreign currency exchange, and a multi-lingual concierge services in an effort to provide you with the most convenient and pleasurable shopping experience in Florida.
At The Mall at Millenia you will find over 150 stores such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, as well as numerous boutiques and specialty shops.  The Millennial Mall also offers several upscale dining options such as Pf Chang’s China Bistro, Brio Tuscan Grille, and the Blue Martini.

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839

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Practical Steps to Get Out of Debt, Even in a Bad Economy

During better times, most of us racked up substantial amounts of debt which are coming back to haunt us now. The average American is sitting on about $9,000 in credit card debt alone! The dire statistics on home mortgage foreclosures speaks to the state of the current economy. While most of us never intended to get in debt over our heads, just about everyone is now focusing on how to make ends meet and then to get out of debt. A formidable challenge, indeed!


However, if you’re prepared to batten down the hatches and get serious, there are ways to get out of debt. Dealing with finances is not everyone’s favorite task, but when times get tough, you’ve got to accept that your former lifestyle needs a good dose of downsizing. This is not to say that getting out of debt needs to be an excruciatingly painful process of complete deprivation. As the old saying goes, “when you’ve got a lemon, make lemonade.”  In order to get out of debt, you need to re-prioritize your needs versus desires. Let’s take a look at how you can restructure your lifestyle and expectations and start getting rid of debt.


First, you’ll want to work up a spreadsheet that reflects your current expenditures. Save every receipt for every purchase and payment you make each month. If you’re behind on a payment, analyze those receipts and see where every dollar went. Go over that spreadsheet and be brutal in assessing each expense. I can guarantee that you’ll find plenty of items you paid for that were not necessities.


Magazines are a good example. This entertaining reading material has become an extravagance, some sporting prices of $10 for a single issue! If this is one of your indulgences, you really don’t need to give up the entertainment – read online. Most magazines have websites where you can get all the entertainment you want for free.


If you buy just one magazine per month, let that $10 go towards a credit card payment or the utility bill. If you subscribe to a satellite TV service, examine the bill. Do you really watch all 200 channels? Cutting back to a more modest package – and price – can easily save you $20 a month. How about your cell phone plan; can you trim some of that cost? Probably. When you are trying to get out of debt, every dollar counts. The $75 pair of shoes – do you really need them or is this a luxury you might do without? Just these three examples of those little incidentals add up to $105 a month.


The trick to taming your budget is to identify what constitutes a luxury. As you’re perusing your spreadsheet, remember that food, shelter, required insurance, and utilities must come first. Everything else is beyond survival. Have a family sit-down and brainstorm how you can cut expenses. This can almost become a sort of game, a reverse of  Who wants to be a Millionaire?”  This game is called “How much money can I not spend?”


Put that money you’ve cut from the budget to paying down a credit card instead. You’ll find you get far more satisfaction by whittling down that credit card debt than enjoying these few luxuries. You’ll actually feel happier as you see your debt creep down. Credit card debt is one of the most insidious types of debt instruments. The interest never quits and if you’re late on a payment, you’re fined a substantial penalty and suffer an increased APR as well. Each time you make more than the minimum payment, on time, you’re one step closer to getting out of debt.


Another quite effective technique you can use to get out of debt is to make use of credit counseling services. Get online and check out the services with a ‘.org’ suffix to the url. These organizations charge nominal fees and can assess your specific financial picture, negotiate lower interest rates, and put together a payment plan that helps you get out of debt in the least amount of time.


Doing the weekly food shopping can be a shocking and depressing experience. If you want to get out of debt, do yourself a favor by planning menus that coincide with the weekly sales. Use coupons and rain checks. Never shop when you’re hungry. If beef is on sale, stock up and spend a Saturday morning making several meatloaves, portioning out burger patties and frying up some taco-seasoned beef and meatballs. Freeze whatever you won’t use immediately and pencil these meals in to your meal calendar. Shop the grocery outlet stores for big savings on canned goods and other non-perishable staples. The truly diligent shopper can realize 40-50% savings on food costs. Now that’s a mouthful for your budget!


If you want to get out of debt, you’ve got to redefine for the times. Identify the expenses that are necessary and start slashing those which are not. Realize that every dollar you save is a dollar earned. Right down to paper towels – besides saving a tree, buying microfiber, re-washable cloths is an eco-friendly and budget friendly alternative. You have a handy wipe and help the environment too.


To get out of debt, be practical.  Correctly identify your necessities and put every excess dollar towards your debt. If you employ all of these strategies, you’re on your way to financial freedom.


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Apartment For Rent in Central Florida

When you’re hunting for an apartment for rent in Central Florida cheap apartments that near work that are nice – are the real prize. They’re also hard to find. If a cheap price is your main criteria, these are easy enough to locate. However, cheap apartments generally carry some undesirable “features,” such as a marginal location, a distance from public transportation, or being poorly maintained. Most people don’t want to live in a noisy area, or in an old building with peeling paint. So how do you go about finding an apartment near Orlando that you can afford, while enjoying a nice living environment?


Central Florida housing costs have dropped in recent months so have apartment rents. Square footage is the name of the game – the larger the apartment, the more you’re going to pay. So, to begin with, you want to look for a smaller apartment than you might like. If you’re a single person, looking for a 1-bedroom apartment, think it through and see if a studio apartment might suit your needs. You’ll get a much nicer apartment, albeit smaller. You might also look for an apartment in a private home with a separate entry. This sort of situation gets you a cheap apartment with more amenities than you’ll ever find in the 1 bedroom apartment at the same price in a comparable neighborhood. So you need to decide how much a separate bedroom is worth. Go shop the used furniture stores and see how much a sofa bed runs. It’s likely that you’ll save at least $100-$200 a month by making up your bed each night, but in exchange for the inconvenience, enjoy a dishwasher in the kitchen and a spacious shower.


If you’re willing to take some time in finding that ideal, cheap apartment, you might also want to look into sublets. A lot of people, through various circumstances, have an apartment that they want to hang on to while they’re on an extended vacation or business trip. They don’t want to have to pay the rent while they’re gone and are willing to sublet for a period of time, at a reasonable price. This is profitable in other ways, such as having an occupant to avoid that vacated look that might attract burglars.


Another option in cheap apartment hunting is the house sitting situation. You may have to spend some time tracking down these opportunities, but among the cheap apartment options, this can be one of the best. Here, the owner or renter will be traveling for a period of time, but need someone to maintain the yard or feed and walk pets. In this scenario, the apartment or house sitter is offered free room and board in exchange for looking after the apartment or home. Just like the sublet, this isn’t a permanent situation, but the price can’t be beat. During the tenure of the sublet or house sitting, you have plenty of time to find that ideal, cheap apartment.


During your apartment search, do the networking thing. Let everyone in your social and work network know that you’re looking and the price range you’ve got in mind. This can be one of the easiest ways to find the nice, cheap apartment of your dreams.

With a good plan and some diligence, there’s no need to settle for a place in which you’d rather not live.

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