Rumor has it that it’s National Bison Month, which is perfect timing considering the World Cup final is right around the corner, and you’re probably thinking of all the delicious things you can snack on Sunday while you watch Germany and Argentina go head to head in one of the most anticipated finals of all time.
Chances are those super fit soccer players also got you thinking about how to make your sports food a little healthier, and bison is a pretty good option. Most standard red meat dishes can be substituted with bison mean, which is leaner, has less saturated fat, and still has a hearty amount of protein. Prime Life, sold at The Meat House in Winter Park, offers a few delicious game day options that are already sous vide (meaning partially cooked, vacuum-sealed and chilled for easy at-home making), like bison chili, burgers, corned brisket, hangar steak, and even osso buco. Check ’em out. There’s something for everyone.
Plan a patriotic holiday with our list of 10 of the best July 4th fireworks shows and events you can find in and around Orlando.
RED, HOT AND BOOM
July 3 The City of Altamonte Springs’ Independence Day Celebration includes live entertainment from today’s hottest performers, plus children’s activities, vendor booths, food, drinks and a 25-minute firework display synchronized with a mix of patriotic and contemporary hits. 4-11 p.m. 407-571-8863. Cranes Roost Park. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs.
OLDE FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY
July 4 Wear your red, white and blues, bring a blanket and enjoy live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Choir Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, watch or participate in a bicycle parade, munch on free hotdogs and much more. The Morse Museum of American Art also hosts an open house from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A bike valet is available from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park.
DISNEY’S CELEBRATE AMERICA!
July 4 Celebrate Independence Day at the Magic Kingdom with a “Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at 9 p.m. The holiday-inspired “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” at Epcot Center begins at 10 p.m., and a special fireworks presentation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place at 10 p.m. Each event is included in regular park admission. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista.
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
July 4 Enjoy a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics. Included with regular park admission. 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando.
FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
July 4 Celebrate the Fourth in the heart of downtown Orlando, with music, vendors and a fireworks show over the lake. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.
A SCI-FI 4TH OF JULY
July 4 Celebration Town Center joins forces with MegaCon to bring the first ever Sci-Fi themed Independence Day to Central Florida. Science fiction costume contests, bounce houses, live music, games and a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free.
STAR SPANGLED SANFORD
July 4 Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Sanford, with fireworks over Lake Monroe. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. 1st St., Sanford. 4-10 p.m. sanfordfl.gov
RED, BRICK AND BOOM
July 4-6 LEGOLAND Florida celebrates with backyard games and a party in Miniland USA. Families can build their own star to add to the park’s first American flag made of thousands of LEGO bricks. Fireworks at 9 p.m. each day.
BALDWIN PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY BASH
July 5 Afamily festival with live entertainment, an art stroll and fireworks over Lake Baldwin. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando.
COKE ZERO 400
July 5 This holiday weekend classic race features fireworks on and off the track. Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
CELEBRATE MOMS AT LEU GARDENS
May 11 Enjoy a stroll through 50 acres of gardens, including Florida’s largest rose garden, the butterfly garden and the historic Leu House Museum. Free for mothers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando.
MOTHER’S DAY ON THE WATER
May 11 Eat, drink and relax while listening to live music with views of Lake Barton. Enjoy a mimosa or go for a boat ride around the lake. Reservations are preferred. 12 p.m. $23.95 plus tax. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (407) 996-63385310 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK
May 11 Treat mom to brunch at Rosen Shingle Creek’s Café Osceola. Enjoy 44 edible selections, including traditional breakfast items, unlimited champagne, and an abundance of desserts. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (407) 996-6338. 11:30 a.m.-7:30p.m. 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
MOTHER’S DAY IMPROV SHOW
May 11 Grab tickets to SAK Comedy Lab’s Mother’s Day show. The best and brightest performers improvise a comedy show for Mom and the whole family. Reservations are highly recommended. $12-15. 2 p.m. 29 S. Orange Ave. Orlando
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 18 There’s still time to surprise Mom with a trip to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, where the topiaries are the biggest draw. Check out the fascinating plant life and munch on food from one of the many outdoor kitchens. 200 Epcot Center Dr., Lake Buena Vista.
BELLALAGO’S ANNUAL BELLAPALOOZA
This family friendly arts and crafts fair features carnival games and a 9 a.m. Easter egg hunt for kids ages 1-10. After the hunt, enjoy food trucks and live music. Free. 1220 Lago Vista Ct. Kissimmee.
MAGIC 107.7 EASTER EGG HUNT
Enjoy breakfast and take pictures with the Easter Bunny himself at the Longwood Community Building before sending the kids off to hunt for eggs (there are supposedly 18,000 eggs to hunt, assuring that all the kiddos go home a winner) and enter basket design competitions. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave, Longwood.
EASTER EGG HUNT WITH EASTER BUNNY VISIT
Pony rides, hay rides, bounce houses and BBQ make this annual hunt a local favorite. Snap a photo with the Easter Bunny and enjoy fun activities like facepainting and dancing to live music. Free. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Painted Oaks Academy, 15100 Lake Pickett Rd., Orlando.
SANFORD’S EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Hunt for eggs with the Easter Bunny and celebrate with some festive facepainting. Ages 12 and under free. 10 a.m. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. 1st St., Sanford.
WINTER PARK 60th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Over 10,000 eggs are being placed throughout Central Park for kids to enjoy finding. Afterward, treat them to the designated candy area. Free. 9:30 a.m. Central Park West Meadow, downtown Winter Park.
METRO LIFE CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT
Festivities begin at 10 a.m., with hunts taking place starting at 11 a.m. for ages 1-10. Free. 910 S. Winter Park Drive, Casselberry.
by Alexis Senior
As a publication that includes dining reviews in every issue we put out, we think it’s important to support National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So we’ll be taking our love of food writing one step further and sharing some healthy recipes with our readers over the next few weeks. For our first recipe, High Plains Bison, which can be found locally at The Meat House, has given us a delicious, low-fat take on artichoke dip.
1 bison hickory smoked sausage link, ¼ inch diced
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (packed)
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons light sour cream
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts packed in water, well drained, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
¼ teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, oregano, pepper, and garlic until blended. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts and diced bison sausage, and then transfer mixture into a small casserole dish. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cover mixture and refrigerate). Bake dip until heated through, about 20 minutes (30 minutes if chilled). Preheat broiler. Sprinkle dip with remaining tablespoon of parmesan cheese and paprika. Broil until cheese melts. Serve with tortilla chips.
To learn more about bison, its health benefits, and to find other recipes, visit http://www.thebisoncouncil.com. And if you decide to try this dip, let us know what you think in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter using #omagchat. Your thoughts may get published in an upcoming issue of Orlando magazine!
DARK SKY FESTIVAL
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 The town of Harmony in Osceola County turns down the wattage for this 11th annual festival dedicated to star-gazing. Millions of stars are visible through telescopes. Live music, NASA exhibits, guest speakers (including astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave), and the Starlab Mobile Planetarium add to the low-light action. Downtown Harmony Town Square, southeast of St. Cloud.
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS
Mar 1. Watch your favorite Looney Tunes cartoons at the History Center while enjoying a pancake breakfast with the kids. Pajamas welcome. Afterwards, tour the The Art of Warner Bros Cartoons exhibit. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando.
PORT IN THE STORM
Mar. 1 Locally based men’s e-commerce site Cloak & Dapper will host its one year anniversary event—complete with a runway show of their 2014 Spring Collection, plus tasty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—at Orange Studio. 7 p.m. 1121 N. Mills Ave., Orlando.
Mar. 1 Celebrate the restoration of Lake Apopka and the more than 360 species of birds that have returned to this environmentally retored area. This is a free festival, with over 75 exhibitors, bird tours, food and entertainment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY AT MOVIE IN THE PARK
Mar. 1 7 p.m at Quinn Strong Park, 347 S. Maitland Ave., between Packwood and Ventris, Maitland.
35th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Mar 2. The City of Winter Park hosts the only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Central Florida. Get your green on and head from the Winter Park Country Club to Lyman Avenue. 2 p.m. Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park.
ORLANDO MAGIC VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ers
Mar 2. The Magic take on the 76ers at the Amway Center. 6 p.m. 400 W Church St., Orlando.
OSCAR WATCH PARTY AT THE ENZIAN
Mar 2. The independent theater is showing the 86th Academy Awards. Enjoy dinner and drink specials, a paparazzi-lined red carpet, and the big show on Enzian’s screen and outdoors at Eden Bar. Free. 6:30 p.m. Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland
WAR HORSE AT BOB CARR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Through Mar. 2 The musical version of the movie utilizes large-scale wooden puppet horses that interact with the human cast. The story focuses on Albert and his beloved horse Joey, who is sold to the English Cavalry and shipped to France during World War I. Joey’s epic journey, his will to survive, and Albert’s determination to find his horse takes him on an adventure through war-torn Europe. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 1 and 8:30 p.m. 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 800-745-3000.
THE MUSIC MAN AT THEATRE UCF
Through Mar. 2 There’s trouble in River City, and Harold Hill is in town to make it better or worse, depending on your perspective. The university’s theater and music departments collaborated to revive this classic American musical. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. UCF campus, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando. 407-823-1500.
by Hancel Deaton
You may have already guessed that we’re talking about our pure chocolate cover for our February issue feature, “Chocolate Unwrapped,” which was created from scratch in the kitchen of Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park.
After Orlando magazine’s creative director, Jenifer Kresge, and art director, Christine Dupont, came up with the design concept, the idea was presented to the artisans at Peterbrooke, who made two molds of the design. The next step involved hand-painting white chocolate into one of the molds to create the white lettering. Then, milk chocolate was poured into it and evenly distributed by placing the mold onto a vibrating table. Dark chocolate was painted into the swirls of the second mold; and both were left to cool.
A last-minute decision by our creative team gave the edible cover the crowning touch: a broken corner with a few chocolate crumbs to give the appearance that it had been nibbled. And in truth, it had been. The cover barely lasted the day in our office–it was just that good. You can find Peterbrooke at 300 S Park Ave. in Winter Park, FL.