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The annual Central Florida Fair returns to Orlando for its 108th year! Enjoy a midway featuring rides, games and food, along with live music and entertainment, animals, STEM competitions and events, culinary competitions, and so much more. Come celebrate the community and make lifelong memories with your family and friends!

Posted by Karyn Smith on March 4th, 2020 9:54 PM

Top 7 Places You Need to Eat in Florida in 2017

By Henry Muggridge

Florida has a vast selection of ethnicities which creates for a melting pot of several different forms of delicious cuisine spread all over this lovely state. From Cuban subs in Miami to pho at Korea town in Orlando. The state offers such a vast array of different types, styles and just some down right cool places to eat, whether its over looking an ocean to a shake shack on the beach, to a vast selection of fine cut meats at a Brazilian steakhouse. Florida has it all to offer from fine dining to food trucks and in my opinion that is what makes it great, there are choices for everyone. So on this list ill take you through some of my favourite/coolest places to eat in 2017.

1. Versailles, Miami

Lets start off down south with a personal favourite, a place I always go to when I'm in Miami. Versailles combines all of my favourite things: Good portions, good prices and good food, all in a lovely setting. It doesn't hurt that they've been a Miami landmark for more than 40 years. They are famous for there Cuban sandwich, which I would highly recommend as a personal favourite.

2. Teak Neighborhood Grill, Orlando

Teak uses fresh, local and organic ingredients as often as possible. A specialty here is the Drunken Monk, a half-pound Angus beef burger topped with Angry Orchard onion jam, roasted cherry tomatoes, smoked bacon, herb Mayo, provolone cheese and chips topped with melted white cheddar cheese served on a pretzel bun. If that doesn't make your stomach growl, you're probably dead inside. Again another personal favourite and would highly recommend to anyone and its location is perfect as its situated by Universal Studios, so a great place to pop for dinner after a long day out having fun in the sun.

3. 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Orlando.

Florida hasn't always been as well known for its barbecue as other Southern states, but 4 Rivers just might change that. This place has been rapidly taking over Florida in the past few years, expanding from one man with a brisket obsession to several locations across the state. They serve all there meals on these cool trays with paper on top and then your sides and meat laid out nicely with a sort of at home BBQ vibe, I personally love it. The brisket that they serve is unreal to the point where they sell bumper stickers that are just simply I <3 and the 4rivers logo, they seem to be on every other car you see driving in Florida, proof they must be doing something right.

4. TacoLu, Jacksonville.

TacoLu isn't as old as some of the other restaurants on this list, but every North Florida foodie with a working taste palette would recommend it in a heartbeat. Not only is the food to die for, the place itself is really cool. They have big spray painted murals on the walls and a really cool back outside area equip with heat lamps just

incase it gets a tad chilly on those winter Florida nights. The only problem is its popularity, so plan your visit wisely as the queues speak to the quality and dining experience that awaits you inside.

5. Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City, Tampa.

This list would not be complete without Florida's oldest continuously operating restaurant. Columbia Restaurant in the historic neighborhood of Ybor City has been serving succulent Spanish and Cuban dishes since 1905. It has since branched out to Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach and Orlando, but nothing can replace a visit to the original. The inside of these takes you back to a finer era in dining. All the servers are dressed in what basically look like tuxes, the floors are tile and the room is scattered with interesting pictures and inside flowers giving you that authentic feeling that you are actually eating in a foreign country. I personally love the food here, they are famous for a salad called the 1905, its hands down one of my favourite meals and is always great for a group outing.

6. McGuire's Irish Pub, Pensacola

McGuire's not only serves up a mean steak in a unique atmosphere; they also make their own beer and boast one of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the world. Oh, and if you're looking for a place to be on St. Patrick's Day, this is it. They have tried and succeeded in recreating a pub like atmosphere from live music to football, rugby, tennis etc on the TVs. If you are visiting its a lovely little slice on home, the menu includes several authentic dishes including fry ups with black pudding and various things made using their home brewed beer.

7. Blue Heaven, Key West

Blue Heaven is an iconic beacon of Key West culture. It has a whimsical atmosphere with folk art, live music, lush foliage and cats and chickens roaming free. They also lay claim to the best Key lime pie on the planet. As this being one of my personal favourite deserts I can vouch that this is the hands down best key lime pie I've ever had, hands down. It may be last on the list but then they do say save the best for last.

I hope that this article was informative to the reader, and go out there and try some different things. There are so many other restaurants out there other than outback, sizzler, chills etc live a little and venture outside of your comfort zone, I promise you, you shall not be disappointed.

By Henry Muggridge. 

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Posted by Karyn Smith on January 6th, 2017 11:36 AM


Friday, July 15, 2016  

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Decline in available inventory sends Orlando median home price soaring 15 percent in June

The median price of Orlando homes sold during the month of June increased 15 percent compared to June of last year, the result in part of yet another double-digit decline in inventory.

“Orlando’s inventory has now seen 12 consecutive months of year-over-year declines with the month of June recording an 11.85 percent drop, the steepest to date,” points out Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association President John Lazenby, Colony Realty Group, Inc. “Low interest rates continue to be a contributing factor to the increasing buyer demand, and coupled with depleting inventory, is continuing to drive up the median price, which at $207,000, is the highest since July 2008. Current demand even helped generate a 5 percent increase in sales compared to last month, despite the limited choice of available homes.”

Median Price

The overall median price (all sales types and all home types combined) for the month of June 2016 is $207,000, a 15.00 percent jump compared to the $180,000 median price in June 2015. The median price is up 1.97 percent compared to the May 2016 median of $203,000.

The Orlando median home price has now experienced year-over-year increases for the past 59 consecutive months; as of June the median price is 79.22 percent higher than it was in July 2011.

The year-to-year median price of normal sales increased 4.88 percent, while the median price for foreclosure sales increased 3.54 percent and short sales increased 14.54 percent.

The median price of single-family homes increased 12.50 percent when compared to June of last year, and the median price of condos increased 19.76 percent.

Completed Sales

Members ORRA participated in the sale of 3,513 homes (all home types and all sale types combined) that closed in June 2016, a decrease of 2.50 percent compared to June 2015 but an increase of 4.96 percent compared to May 2016.

Sales of normal homes increased 16.50 percent in June 2016, while foreclosures decreased 60.12 percent and short sales decreased 30.56 percent. Sales of single-family homes decreased 0.88 percent year over year; condo sales decreased 5.67 percent.

Homes of all types spent an average of 62 days on the market before coming under contract in June 2016, and the average home sold for 96.93 percent of its listing price. In June 2015 those numbers were 67 days and 96.99 percent, respectively.

The average interest rate paid by Orlando homebuyers in June was 3.45 percent. Last month, the average interest rate was 3.62 while this month last year homebuyers paid an average interest rate of 4.08.

Pending Sales

Pending sales – those under contract and awaiting closing – are currently at 5,512. The number of pending sales in June 2016 is 20.07 percent lower than it was in June 2015 and 9.27 percent lower than it was in May 2016.

Normal properties made up 72.48 percent of pending sales in June 2016. Short sales accounted for 15.48 percent, while bank-owned properties accounted for 12.05 percent.


The number of existing homes (all types combined) that were available for purchase in June is 11.85 percent below that of June 2015 and now rests at 10,629. Inventory increased by 0.72 percent (76 homes in number) compared to last month.

The inventory of normal homes decreased 1.11 percent, while foreclosures decreased 67.62 percent and short sales decreased 44.68 percent.

The inventory of single-family homes is down by 10.26 percent when compared to June of 2015, while condo inventory is down by 21.80 percent. The inventory of duplexes, townhomes, and villas is down by 7.05 percent.

Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 3.03-month supply of homes in Orlando for June. There was a 3.35-month supply in June 2015 and a 3.15-month supply last month.


The June affordability index is 161.30 percent, an increase from May’s index of 160.96. (An affordability index of 99 percent means that buyers earning the state-reported median income are 1 percent short of the income necessary to purchase a median-priced home. Conversely, an affordability index that is over 100 means that median-income earners make more than is necessary to qualify for a median-priced home.)

Buyers who earn the reported median income of $57,209 can qualify to purchase one of 4,571 homes in Orange and Seminole counties currently listed in the local multiple listing service for $333,888 or less.

First-time homebuyer affordability in June increased a fraction to 114.70 percent from last month’s 114.46 percent. First-time buyers who earn the reported median income of $38,902 can qualify to purchase one of the 2,144 homes in Orange and Seminole counties currently listed in the local multiple listing service for $201,817 or less. 

Condos and Town Homes/Duplexes/Villas

The sales of condos in the Orlando area were down 5.67 percent, with 399 sales recorded in June 2016 compared to 423 in June 2015.

Orlando homebuyers purchased 287 duplexes, town homes, and villas in June 2016, which is 12.50 percent less than in June 2015.

MSA Numbers

Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in June (4,192) were down by 3.41 percent when compared to June of 2015 (4,340). To date, sales in the MSA are down 0.24 percent.

Each individual county’s monthly sales comparisons are as follows:

  • Lake: 1.44 percent above June 2015;
  • Orange: 3.09 percent below June 2015;
  • Osceola: 12.32 percent below June 2015; and
  • Seminole: 0.55 percent below June 2015.

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor MFRMLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or MFRMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Due to late closings, an adjustment is necessary to record those closings posted after our reporting date.

ORRA REALTOR® sales, referred to as the core market, represent all sales by members of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, not necessarily those sales strictly in Orange and Seminole counties. Note that statistics released each month may be revised in the future as new data is received.

Orlando MSA numbers reflect sales of homes located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties by members of any REALTOR® association, not just members of ORRA.

Posted by Karyn Smith on August 3rd, 2016 12:15 PM


The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, invites fans to Spend the Night with Alice Cooper. The legendary musician and "architect of shock-rock," known for rattling cages and undermining the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, will bring his personal brand of psycho-drama and dark, horror-themed theatrics to the Walt Disney Theater on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 8 p.m.

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Posted by Karyn Smith on August 3rd, 2016 12:14 PM
  • August 12, 2016
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  • Address: 1490 East Buena Vista Drive,Lake Buena VistaFL 32830
  • Time: doors open at 7:30 p.m. show begins at 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15.00 ADV/ $17.00 DOS
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The Molly Ringwalds are The World's Greatest 80's Experience. Hailing from Sheffield, England, this legendary quintet has been able to combine their individual and very formidable talents to create the true essence of the most radical decade to ever be called "The 80's." From their days of building a following at a pub located in a large portion of a big city near a small village located south of a place you've never heard of, to selling out large venues in the United States, The Molly Ringwalds are an indescribable act. Luck and circumstance brought these young lads together. The rest is the history of the 80's.

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Posted by Karyn Smith on August 3rd, 2016 12:13 PM


The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, announces Maxwell, live in Orlando as part of his SUMMERS' Tour 2016. After announcing his new album "blackSUMMERS'night" and his first new song in seven years, "Lake by the Ocean," the soul-star will perform in the Walt Disney Theater on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the performance will be on sale to the public Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Tickets start at $45.00.

Maxwell redefined classic soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut ‘Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.' It earned Grammy nominations, double platinum status and RIAA gold for the single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." The platinum albums ‘Embrya' (1998) and ‘Now' (2001) followed. After eight years, 2009's ‘BLACKsummers'night' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 13 gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA. Maxwell's highly anticipated new album ‘blackSUMMERS'night' will be released July 1 (Columbia). His new single "Lake By The Ocean" was released on April 8, 2016. 

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Posted by Karyn Smith on August 3rd, 2016 12:11 PM


Every Saturday afternoon through the month of July, Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards will host a live outdoor concert. The Summer Music Series features a local band each Saturday that is sure to keep the crowd singing and dancing along to their popular hits. Parking and admission into the concert are complimentary!

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Posted by Karyn Smith on August 3rd, 2016 12:06 PM

Crazy '80s Pub Crawl

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back in time to the 1980s when big and spiky hair and shoulder pads were the rage during this downtown Orlando pub crawl. Wear your bright or zippered clothes, break-dancing pants, suits with thin ties and other garments from that decade when visiting the Wall Street Plaza, The Lodge, Finnhenry's, Lizzy McCormack's Irish Pub, Sly Fox, The Beacham, Independent Bar, Ember, Chillers, Big Belly Brewery and Latitudes. Pub crawlers will receive four free Coors Light beers, vodka call-brand cocktails or Jagermeister shots and $2 Coors Light beers and $3 vodka call-brand cocktails and Jagermeister shots. Got the munchies? Stop by the Pita Pit and receive 50 percent off throughout the pub crawl.

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Posted by Karyn Smith on July 16th, 2016 11:46 AM

Downtown Orlando Food Tour

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Walk through downtown Orlando while stopping at five restaurants including, Artisan's Table, Ferg's Depot, Le Gourmet Break, Avenue Gastrobar and The Golden Knife.

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Posted by Karyn Smith on July 16th, 2016 11:41 AM

Storytelling with Kari

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Posted by Karyn Smith on July 16th, 2016 11:34 AM


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