Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month returns August 27th

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Those looking to visit new restaurants in Orlando can enjoy deals soon during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. It kicks off on Friday, August 27th and runs until October 3rd. More than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $ 37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu during the dining promotion.

On the list is Spanish restaurant JALEO at Disney Springs by Chef José Andrés. Course options include Traditional Pan con Tomate y Queso Manchego, Setas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas, Gambas al Ajillo, Paella del Dia, Flan al Estilo Tradicional, and more. It is the biggest of the JALEO concepts by the chef.

Also of interest is The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park run by James Beard-nominated Chefs James and Julie Petrakis. Options for order include Chilled Gazpacho, Cape Canaveral White Shrimp & Grits, Mushroom & Gruyere Beignets, and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta.

The Venetian Chop House

“Now in its 16th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining continues to evolve with new features to make it easier for diners to research restaurant options, share plans and recommendations with others and even create a weekend getaway,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. 

“Magical Dining is an important program for our community because of both the money raised for charitable organizations and the support it provides to our local restaurants, who are still working hard to recover from a challenging year.” 

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar

La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is on the list with Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Donna Scala at the helm. The restaurant offers a mixture of traditional Italian and California new age cuisine. Options include Mafaldine Alla Lina which features porcini and pork ragu, tomato, reggiano, Risotto with sautéed shrimp, sweet peppers, English peas, melted leeks, and truffle cheese, and Butterscotch Pudding paired with house-made toffee.

New restaurants participating in 2021 include 310 Lakeside, 310 Park South, Adega Gaucha, Aurora at the Celeste, Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe and RusTeak at Thornton Park.

Visitors and locals can also enjoy special discounts at local hotels during Magical Dining Month with more than a dozen hotels participating. 

The new website built for this year’s dining month features a new tool for diners to “favorite” must-try restaurants and view a customized map with their selections. Diners can also share their list with friends, making it easier than ever to create a Magical Dining game plan.

Participating restaurants also have the chance to add a bonus Magical Dining menu option that is not offered on the regular menu in effort to offer more creative freedom beyond a prix-fixe menu.

If you’re looking to try a new place, there are plenty to choose from this year for Magical Dining Month.

Carlos Eats

August 25, 2021 |

100+ restaurants participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2018

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Taking a trip to Orlando soon? Something delicious is cooking in “The Theme Park Capital of the World”.

Prepare to enjoy some serious dining deals for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. 100+ restaurant will be offering three course prix-fixe meals for $ 35 per person. The restaurant month is sponsored by American Express and will run from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, September 30th.

It’s a great way to try restaurants that you’ve been wanting to experience. New additions for 2018 include first-time vegan options as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.

$ 1 from every meal will be donated to a local charities Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

According to Visit Orlando, “Proceeds from Magical Dining Month will help Best Buddies expand its programs into Orange County middle schools with high populations of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This mentorship program helps improve students’ quality of life and foster an inclusive middle school culture, by erasing the barrier that typically separates students with disabilities”.

Also: “Proceeds from Magical Dining Month will help the Down Syndrome Association expand its emergency and crisis fund, pay for potential medical needs not covered by insurance, and fund therapy scholarship programs.”

Some notable restaurants on the list include Morimoto Asia, Wine Bar George, K Restaurant, Pharmacy Orlando, Seito Sushi Baldin Park, and more. You’ll find everything from local hotposts to chains and even some steakhouses and upper-tier restaurants on the list.

Check out for the full details, menus, and more.

Carlos Eats

July 12, 2018 |

February is Heart Month

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    February is Heart Month! Tampa Bay METRO is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay and is delighted to share some events for the week of February 1 – February 5 to get involved locally […]
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February 1, 2017 |

Eurozone economic sentiment improves for second month

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(AP) Confidence in the economy of Europe’s 19-country eurozone is up across the region for a second successive month thanks in particular to greater optimism among consumers.

The Economic Sentiment Indicator, a monthly survey by the European Union’s executive Commission, rose to 104.7 points in May from 104.0 in April, according to a report Monday.

Consumers expressed greater confidence over the general future of the eurozone economy, the prospects for employment as well as savings. Industry managers also sounded more upbeat, in particular about a rise in orders.

Among the eurozone’s biggest countries, France saw the strongest rise in confidence, with Germany enjoying a smaller uptick.

The industry and retail sectors expressed a greater interest in hiring, a potential boon to a region still blighted by high unemployment.

Bay News 9 – business

May 30, 2016 |

The American Heart Association Encourages Tampa Bay to Support Heart Month

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Take action this February to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke


American Heart Month, which was first declared in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, takes place every February. Heart Month raises awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively, of Americans.

Taking place during American Heart Month is National Wear Red Day®, an icon day that was started in 2003 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. National Wear Red Day falls on the first Friday of every February (Friday, Feb. 5, 2016). This day is dedicated to educating people about women’s heart health, and raising awareness to help fight heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action!

This February, the AHA is encouraging Tampa Bay businesses, organizations and community members to support Heart Month by Going Red. When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women, more lives are saved. Today, in the U.S. about 285 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day. Research also shows that people who join Go Red For Women live healthier lives: more than one-third have lost weight, more than 50% have increased their exercise, and 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.

Don’t forget to share your GO RED photos and heart healthy activities on social media. Use the hashtags: #TBGoRed and #GoRedWearRed, and tag the AHA Tampa Bay:; Twitter, @HeartTampaBay; and Instagram, HeartTampaBay.

Visit for free resources and to learn more.


  • What: Kick off National Wear Red Day with a heart healthy activity! The American Heart Association invites Tampa Bay Area residents to join them on a one-mile walk on Bayshore Boulevard. Walkers will get red balloons, shoelaces, and stickers to honor those who have suffered from heart disease or stroke. There will also be special red hats for survivors.
  • When: Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Where: Park and meet at Tampa Woman’s Club: 2901 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa FL, 33629
  • What: American Heart Association, St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and Healthy St. Pete are offering free blood pressure screenings. St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, an American Heart Association Tampa Bay Board Member, will be in attendance to show her support for heart health. Everyone who gets their blood pressure taken will receive a free Heart Month goodie bag.
  • When: Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Municipal Services Center
  • Address: One Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg
  • What: After you get your blood pressure taken, stop by Bayfront and make a pledge to reduce your sodium consumption. Make it permanent by getting your photo taken and printed onsite with the infamous SALT MAN!

Did you know the AHA recommends Americans consume 1,500mg or less of sodium every day and that the average American consumes 3,400mg a day?

  • When: Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m-1 p.m.
  • Where: Bayfront’s East Lobby: 701 6th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • What: The American Heart Association donated handmade red knit beanies for all of the CVICU babies at All Children’s Hospital. On National Wear Red Day, a Golden Retriever therapy dog named Maya will deliver the hats to the babies. Throughout Heart Month, ALL children at the hospital will receive red beanies.
  • MACY’S WEAR RED DAY SALE Since 2004, Macy’s associates and customers have helped raise more than $ 55 million to support Go Red For Women.
    • From February 3-8, if you purchase one of three red dresses or exclusive Go Red For Women Ideology activewear, 10 percent of the purchase price goes to Go Red For Women!
    • Customers can also save when they buy a Go Red For Women red dress pin at any Macy’s store. Learn more and get additional Go Red savings at

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February 4, 2016 |

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure?




Most often, epileptic seizures don’t require medical assistance. However, there are some things you can do to help the person:

  • Seizure-First-AidStay calm. Frequently, a person having a seizure will be confused and disoriented. Your calm demeanor and reassuring words are helpful during and after the seizure.
  • Keep the person safe. Remove sharp or hard objects in the area. If the person is mobile, guide them to a safe place. Never put anything in their mouth and never hold the person down.
  • Time the seizures. Call 911 if a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or repeats.

The Neuroscience Institute at Florida Hospital Tampa is a Level-4-accredited epilepsy center by the National Association for Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which means we offer complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring and extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment.


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