Diner en Blanc // Secret Pop-Up Picnic Coming to Orlando in Fall 2016

Orlando to host its first ever Diner en Blanc in Fall 2016 and the waiting list is now open for registration.

The popular Parisian-style pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Orlando for the first time ever this Fall 2016. The exact date will be announced later on. If you want to be part of this inaugural event, register now on the waiting list at orlando.dinerenblanc.info/register.

Le Dîner en Blanc ("Dinner in White") began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognize one another. Le Diner en Blanc is now held in over 60 cities all over the world with over 100,000 annual guests.

Diner en Blanc - Paris

Diner en Blanc - Paris

To uphold Le Diner en Blanc’s tradition, guests of around the world must dress head-to-toe in white and are requested to bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware, and a gourmet meal.

A large part of the excitement surrounding Le Dîner en Blanc is the secrecy surrounding the event location which is kept secret until the very last moment. Guests are given rendezvous to a departure point when they purchase their tickets.

“Le Diner en Blanc is about coming together, celebrating life, movement, creativity, friendship, dining, elegance, etiquette, wine, wine, and wine” states Fabie Reid, Managing Partner of J.A.G.A. Productions. “Simply a magical night not to miss."

Date: Fall 2016
Venue: Secret location - Orlando, FL
Price: To be confirmed

[ CLICK to Register FOr Diner En Blanc Orlando ]

About Diner en Blanc International
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 60 cities in more than 25 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

About the Hosts
J.A.G.A. Productions, also known as Just Another Grand Affair is an event management and consulting company that focuses on the production of large scale grandeur functions in the Central Florida region. Thanks to local hosts Tashima “Tash” Johnson, Fabie Reid, Lisa Greenwood, and Christopher Abrahams of J.A.G.A. Productions.

Facebook: Diner en Blanc - Orlando
Twitter: @DinerEnBlancORL
Instagram: @DinerEnBlancORL
Website: dinerenblanc.info

Love Your Hair Color // Pure Aveda Salonspa

Spring is the season of new beginnings.

This month I teamed up with Pure Aveda Salonspa for the Love Your Hair Color Campaign and I'm in love with my effortless balayage hair customized color by Pure Aveda Salonspa Designer Gina. I've been a long-time fan of Aveda and respect the company's commitment towards environmental sustainability and mission to care for the world. While Aveda specializes in hair care, additional plant-based offerings include skin care, make-up, body, aromas and lifestyle products. Aveda's innovative formulas leave hair damage free, full of shine, and feeling healthy.

On an early Saturday morning, the Pure Aveda Salonspa was buzzing with customers. The modern spa adds vibrance to downtown Mount Dora, which comes from the creative energy and talent from the staff at Pure Aveda Salonspa. Gina worked with me to review hair color styles and customized a color to match my request using Aveda's full spectrum deep hair color formula. Aveda's full spectrum deep hair color is up to 96% naturally derived* with conditioning sunflower, castor, and jojoba oils.

The color service included a stress-relieving experience, basic style, and makeup refresh or hand massage ritual from the stress-fix line. Pure Aveda Salonspa designers use a variety of Aveda products during your service. My hair color service included products from the Color Conserve collection and Air Control hair spray (my favorite!) was also used to complete the style. The team at Pure Aveda Salonspa did an incredible job and I'm excited to rock my new look!

Click Here // to download this coupon and receive $25 towards your first hair color experience at Pure Aveda Salonspa.

Pure Aveda Salonspa // (Facebook/Instagram)
206 West Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757

Pure Aveda Love Your Hair x The Orlando Girl
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint and this technique creates a soft and sun-kissed natural looking hair color.
Pure Aveda Love Your Hair x The Orlando Girl
Pure Aveda Love Your Hair x The Orlando Girl

Shop the Aveda essentials: Color Conserve Shampoo // Color Conserve Conditioner // Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment // Color Conserve Daily Color Protect // Stress-Fix Soaking Salts // Stress-Fix Body Lotion // Stress-Fix Body Creme // Air Control Hair Spray

Follow #avedacolor and #pureaveda for inspiration, and find your own custom color at Pure Aveda Salonspa. Mention this offer and enjoy a $25 gift towards your first hair color experience at Pure Aveda Salonspa

Market Monday // Audubon Park Community Market

In one of Orlando's vibrant bungalow neighborhoods, the Audubon Park Garden District is filled with boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, and other services. Also home to The Audubon Park Community Market, a weekly gathering of growers, ranchers, fishermen, chefs, artists, handcrafters, musicians and neighbors. Every Monday, the market is set up in the Stardust parking lot with a wide selection of local food, art, and live music.

Audubon Park Community Market // http://audubonmarket.com/
Location: 1842 E Winter Park Road
Date: Every Monday (rain or shine)
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
**Note** Be prepared for neighborhood/after work traffic and search for parking along the street.

The Daily City + Hunger Street Tacos // Some of my favorite things at the Audubon Park Community Market. #ORLANDOISWONDERFUL

The Daily City + Hunger Street Tacos // Some of my favorite things at the Audubon Park Community Market. #ORLANDOISWONDERFUL

Hunger Street Tacos // TACO de Suadero:  braised brisket with chorizo, onion, cilantro, lime, and house avocado salsa verde served on two freshly made soft corn tortillas.

Hunger Street Tacos // TACO de Suadero: braised brisket with chorizo, onion, cilantro, lime, and house avocado salsa verde served on two freshly made soft corn tortillas.

Full Vendor Lineup for 2/29/2016

Authentic Empanadas
Traditional empanadas made from scratch.  Vegan options available! (Facebook)

Buttermilk Bakery
Expertly-made sweet and savory treats, including homemade pop tarts, croissants and more. (Instagram)

Dixie Dharma
Southern-inspired vegan vittles from the Market on South. (Facebook/Instagram.)

Earth Movers Farm
This small Leesburg farm specializes pastured eggs, poultry and pork. (Facebook)

Enamored with Nature
No-nonsense, allergy-friendly foods and personal care items made with whole ingredients. (Facebook/Instagram)

Fleet Farming
A hyper-local, bike-powered urban farming program + A small-scale distributed agriculture system. (Facebook/Instagram)

Flour Life
Beautiful confections, cakes, French Macarons, and other baked goods made from scratch with love. (Facebook/Instagram)

Heart of Christmas Farms
Hydroponic veggies, raw milk and raw milk cheeses, local honey, and more. (Facebook)

JJ Juice
Locally- and Freshly-made aloe vitality drink, aloe plants, and more.  

Keely Farms Dairy
Raw Milk, Yogurt, and Cheeses; heritage pork, and farmstead goods from a pristine 100 acre farm in New Smyrna. (Facebook)

Living Vitalitea
A locally owned company specializing in raw, full flavored Kombucha. Each bottle is handcrafted from beginning to end. (Facebook/Instagram)

Handmade, GMO-free, Central American Tortillas and Pupas. (Facebook)

My Yard Farm
Locally grown goodies, featuring microgreen blends, local citrus, and Lake Meadow Naturals Eggs. (Facebook/Instagram)

Orlando Fresh Bread
Savory goods, including baguettes, Italian loaves, pizza crusts, and real NY-style Bagels. (website)

Orlando Meats
Grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and pork, and other humanely-raised meats from Florida. (Facebook/Instagram)

Ozark Dreams
Preservative free, locally grown and sourced ingredients, canned for use on their own or in your favorite recipes. (Facebook)

The Farm at Rockledge Gardens
Fresh-Pocked veggies from a small, sustainable hydroponic farm. (Facebook/Instagram)

Stardust Video & Coffee
Carrot Dogs, Brats, Chili, and craft beer out in the market.    

Tamale Co. *NEW
Handmade, frozen, gluten-free tamales made with fresh ingredients, along with signature salsas & sauces. (Facebook)

Wandering Wonton
Handmade wontons and other goods inspired by the chef's extensive travels and Cambodian, French and Thai heritage. (Facebook/Instagram)

Wild Ocean Seafood
Wild-caught seafood, fresh from Florida's waters. Pre-orders only this week.

{ Click Here to View the Vendor Lineup / Updated Weekly }

12 Valentine's Day Adventures in Orlando

Celebrate the month of February with some Valentine's day adventures. Here are romantic and fun local ideas that won't hurt the bank.

{ 2/5/16 } Leu Gardens Movie Date Night featuring “What If”
Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden. Blankets or chairs are recommended. Picnic basket dinner and alcohol are permitted. Curbies and Peak Season Pops will be selling grilled items, desserts and drinks.
Admission: $6 adult / $3 child (K-12th grade) / Free for Leu members
Website: http://www.leugardens.org/date-night-movie-february-5-730-p-m/

{ 2/5/16 - 2/7/16 } Orlando Ballet: The Firebird & To Familiar Spaces In Dream
Enchantment, romance and the mysterious Firebird herself are the inspiration for Igor Stravinsky’s classic and masterful score based on Russian legend of an exotic bird’s magical protective feathers.
Tickets: $44 and up
Website: http://www.drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events/Shows-Events/Orlando-Ballet/20920-orlando-ballet-the-firebird-and-to-familiar-spaces.stml

{ 2/6/16 - 2/7/16 } Mount Dora Arts Festival
Fine arts festival in Downtown Mount Dora with oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography. The festival features local and regional musical entertainment at a main stage in Donnelly Park.
Admission: Free
Website: http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/arts-festival/ 

{ 2/6/16 - 2/13/16 } Truffles & Bubbles: Valentine's Chocolate Tasting
Learn to hand dip and package an 8-piece gift box of specialty limited edition truffles with Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park. Choose from: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Balsamic Dark Chocolate Popping Sriracha (made with popping crystals) Milk Chocolate Mü Coco Cappuccino Milk Chocolate Classic Truffle.
Ticket: $35
Website: https://squareup.com/store/PeterbrookeWP

{ 2/7/16 } Bach Festival Valentine Concert
Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra play an intimate concert in Winter Park’s Central Park. Bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket and spend the afternoon on Park Avenue.
Admission: Free
Website: http://bachfestivalflorida.org/event/valentine/

{ 2/7/16 } Vintage Valentine
An afternoon of swapping and shopping with food trucks, vinyl, clothing, jewelry, household items, accessories, pop culture items and more.
Admission: Free
Website: http://audubonparkgardens.com/2016/01/29/vintage-valentine/

{ 2/9/16 } Orlando City Open Practice
Orlando City’s Open Practice provide supporters with an up close look at Head Coach Adrian Heath and the team’s preparation for their second season in the nation’s top-flight, as they begin working toward their mission of advancing into the playoffs in the 2016 MLS campaign.
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.orlandocitysc.com/openpractice

{ 2/11/16 } Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
An evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and tastings with over 25 participating businesses.
Ticket: $15 cash only
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/146202299090497/ 

{ 2/12/16 } Retro Game Night
Play treasured games from the past, including Parcheesi, Pictionary, Chinese checkers, Clue, Battleship, Candy Land, Mystery Date, Scrabble, Twister, and classic video games. New additions to Retro Game Night include GIANT games, and karaoke! Pizza, retro snacks, and a bar will be available. 
Admission: $5 advance / $7 non-members / Free for members
Website: http://www.thehistorycenter.org/event/retro-game-night/?event_date=2016-02-12

{ 2/13/16 } Paws in the Park
Orlando's largest dog walk to raise awareness and money to benefit homeless pets.
Registration: Donation varies
Website: http://www.pawsinthepark.org/

{ 2/13/16 } Indie-Folkfest
Love-fest brings together local artists, musicians, and food and drink specialties for a grand picnic in the Sculpture Garden that overlooks Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Cultural Park. Pack your blanket, and spend the afternoon enjoying a nonstop lineup of music. Bring a picnic or indulge in foodie-friendly small plates, and craft cocktails.
Admission: Free and food/drink cost varies
Website: https://orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com/

{ 2/13/16 } The Dinner Party Project Love Feast
5-course meal with cocktails by Old Forester and beer selection by Redlight Redlight. Also celebrating 5 things to love about Orlando: Downtown Credo, The Human Experience, the Creative City Project, East End Market and Redlight Redlight
Ticket: $75
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-2nd-annual-tdpp-love-feast-tickets-20817937010