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August 26, 2014

Central Florida’s arts-and-entertainment season gears up. We’ve sifted through the choices to compile our annual “Can’t Miss” list. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chase Padgett, winner of the Best Original Work award at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, returns to Central Florida to perform two of his one-act creations at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden.

by Michael McLeod and Harry Wessel

August 26, 2014

Now’s the time to celebrate your favorite incredible entrée, delectable dessert and spectacular server. |VOTE HERE|

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2014

Here’s how 16 amateur climbers, four of whom were cancer survivors, pulled together to reach the summit of the world’s highest freestanding mountain. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only about 20 percent of climbers reach Uruhu Peak, the highest of Mount Kilimanjaro’s three summits, and about 100 people a year die trying.

by Marc Middleton

July 24, 2014

A UCF senior who has endured two long, brutal battles with cancer wouldn’t wish his life on anybody else — but he’s stronger for having lived it. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarred and Dr. Vincent Giusti, the doctor who saw him through his battles with cancer, first as a child, then as a young adult.

by Jarred Paluzzi
photographs by Rafael Tongol

July 24, 2014

The spectacular Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando is a coming-of-age story in more ways than one. Here are seven of those ways. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fire-breathing dragon serves as a formidable security guard for Gringotts Bank, at the far end of Diagon Alley — Universal’s riotous, meticulously fashioned evocation of a key part of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world.

Here’s how life got better for you last month: From now on, no matter how bad things get, you can always say you have the most fabulous alley in the world in your own backyard.

June 26, 2012

An insider’s guide to the finer things, from home to health, from art to attire. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING

Pampering service highlights Orlando’s most elegant eateries.

Many restaurants serve up a measure of pampering with their appetizers and entrées. But a handful of local dining establishments go much further. At these elegant eateries, the combination of plush décor, expert service and blue-chip, chef-prepared food can be as sublime an escape as a brief stint on a Caribbean island.

June 26, 2012

An insider’s guide  to the finer things, from home to health, from art to attire. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOPPING

How personal consultants refine and define your fashion sense.

Personal shopper Marianne Ilunga. Photograph by Rafael Tongol.

May 31, 2012

Unlike most of the other key figures in the Casey Anthony murder trial, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick avoided the spotlight, did her job and kept her opinions to herself. In an exclusive interview with Orlando Home & Leisure, she opens up for the first time about her life, her career and the explosive trial she’s trying to put behind her. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Randy Noles
hair and makeup by Elsie Knab • photographs by Rafael Tongol

May 29, 2012

Orlando can be a great place for singles. We bypass all Internet algorithms to factor in a few of the more unusual dating and socializing options for the solo set, from intercontinental romances to relationship possibilities that might be waiting right around the corner. Plus, local author Liz Langley on how love can make you crazy. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timing is everything. Until they met by chance at a birthday party in an Orlando bar, Aaron Bean and Katie Merrigan counted themselves among the thousands of singles in Orlando. “We’ve talked about it. If we hadn’t met just then, it wouldn’t have worked out,” says Aaron.

by Michael McLeod
hair and makeup by Elsie Knab
photographs by Ken Lopez

May 15, 2012

From an overachieving Pomeranian to a game-changing CEO, from Cinderella’s Castle to Tiffany’s mansion, we’ve got it all in part one of our annual salute to the coolest people and places in Orlando. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

April 21, 2012

From an overachieving Pomeranian to a game-changing CEO, from Cinderella’s Castle to Tiffany’s mansion, we’ve got it all in our annual salute to the coolest people and places in Orlando. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2012

Sometimes all you need is a favorite dish and a familiar face. Here are a few of the local hangouts where you can find sustenance for both body and soul. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Rona Gindin
photographs by Rafael Tongol

March 27, 2012

One of the hottest graduate-school programs at the University of Central Florida offers would-be video-game designers a chance to create bizarre characters and strange worlds for fun and profit. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Harry Wessel • photographs by Rafael Tongol

Blake Battle is no slacker.

February 28, 2012

The colorful, Mayan-themed architecture of the historic Maitland Art Center, part of the Art & History Museums-Maitland, provides a perfect backdrop for showcasing this season’s bright and breezy fashions. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Marianne Ilunga
hair & makeup by Elsie Knab
photographs by Rafael Tongol

February 27, 2012

All those screwball-comedy nightmares that plagued Cary Grant and Myrna Loy when they embarked on a big-screen building project are easily avoidable, with a little preparation. |READ|


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A spectacular courtyard highlights this European-style home built by Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Homes. Ulibarri, like most builders, prefers to work with a builder-approved subcontractor list.

February 20, 2012

Jim Blandings didn’t set out to build a new home. He and Muriel originally bought a ramshackle, Revolutionary War-era relic with the idea of restoring it to its original glory. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skilled remodelers, such as Victor Farina of Farina & Sons in College Park, can not only rejuvenate a home – they can also turn a bland backyard into a spectacular outdoor living area.

By Randy Noles

February 18, 2012

What if your home was so energy efficient that the utilities company sent you a check every month instead of a bill? It’s rare, but the technology is available to build so-called “net-zero” homes, which actually produce as much or more energy than they consume. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weather Channel’s Dr. Anna Marie wanted a home that was energy independent. Jim Lucia of Lucia Custom Home Designers delivered a net-zero project that generates more energy than it consumes.

By Randy Noles

January 30, 2012

With all of the hotels, convention centers, ballrooms and other event spaces throughout Metro Orlando, there are almost too many options. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some couples forgo traditional ballrooms for less conventional options such as the Maitland Art Center (above).

By Katie Farmand

With all of the hotels, convention centers, ballrooms and other event spaces throughout Metro Orlando, there are almost too many options. It can be overwhelming to evaluate them all while searching for the perfect wedding or reception venue.

January 30, 2012

When Gabriela Othon Lothrop was planning her wedding, she and her husband-to-be, Michael Lothrop, knew they wanted to make the food a big part of the celebration. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caramelized pear with mesclun greens, sugared pecans and gorgonzola cheese from a locavore wedding reception feast prepared by Arthur’s Catering.

By Katie Farmand

When Gabriela Othon Lothrop was planning her wedding, she and her husband-to-be, Michael Lothrop, knew they wanted to make the food a big part of the celebration. And not just any food.

January 30, 2012

You wouldn’t think of excluding a beloved family member from your wedding. Particularly a family member who, unlike your fiancé, loves you unconditionally and licks your face when you feel sad. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica and Enrique Duprey, with their dogs. See their profile for more on their wedding.

You wouldn’t think of excluding a beloved family member from your wedding. Particularly a family member who, unlike your fiancé, loves you unconditionally and licks your face when you feel sad.

January 30, 2012

It’s just dessert, right? Ask any bride that question, and watch how she responds. Wedding cakes have never been just dessert. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal cakes by Party Flavors Custom Cakes (above) range from classical to avant-garde.

By Katie Farmand

It’s just dessert, right? Ask any bride that question, and watch how she responds. Wedding cakes have never been just dessert. Wedding cakes are towering tributes to a special day and a special union.  

January 30, 2012

The Waldorf Astoria offered the perfect backdrop for Scott and Maryam Brazdo’s elegant ceremony, which also featured international flair and some moments of musical mirth. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Waldorf Astoria offered the perfect backdrop for Scott and Maryam Brazdo’s elegant ceremony, which also featured international flair and some moments of musical mirth.

January 30, 2012

Crystal Blauweiss describes her wedding theme as “classic elegance.” And indeed, the beach wedding held at Costa d’Este in Vero Beach was timeless and beautifully designed. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Blauweiss describes her wedding theme as “classic elegance.” And indeed, the beach wedding held at Costa d’Este in Vero Beach was timeless and beautifully designed.

From the picturesque seaside setting to the simple white roses and hydrangeas that adorned each table, every detail was sophisticated and refined.

January 30, 2012

As a young girl, Jessica Lannes-Duprey often daydreamed about her perfect wedding. “I wanted everything to be romantic and magical, and for my vision of this day to become a reality,” she says. |READ|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a young girl, Jessica Lannes-Duprey often daydreamed about her perfect wedding. “I wanted everything to be romantic and magical, and for my vision of this day to become a reality,” she says.