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There is Still Time to Enjoy Magical Dining


If you haven't had a chance to enjoy Magical Dining month then there is still time left to experience one of the many great restaurants that offer a fixed three course menu for $33 a person. 


Magical Dining runs through October 2, 2016. Here's the link to the site to look up the restaurants and their menus:

Wahlburgers in Orlando

Wahlburgers in Orlando

Orlando's newest attraction is Wahlburgers restaurant in downtown Orlando. The restaurant had a celebrity opening with the brothers Donny, Mark and Chef Paul Wahlberg along with Joey Fatone from New Kids on the Block fame. The event was well attended and participants got free Wahlburgers t-shirts.

Wahlburgers is located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Church Street in the heart of downtown Orlando.

Wahlburgers is a sit down restaurant with a takeout area and a full bar area. The decor is all about the Wahlberg family, with movie posters and quotes, along with green chairs, accents throughout and a bank of TV screens at the bar.

The food at Wahlburgers is delicious. The burgers are fresh and have their own unique flavors. The menu offers different types of burgers such as the BBQ Bacon Burger (Pictured above) one of their Signature Burgers, The O.F.D. (Originally from Dorchester), another Signature Burger or the House Burgers. The menu also offers different items such as "The Melt", the Haddock sandwich and Thanksgiving Day (Fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Paul's orange cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo). If you are looking for a unique taste try the Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Very Tasty) or the Onion rings (Thinly sliced fried Bermuda onions tossed in sea salt and parsley).

Wahlburgers isn't just hype they have good food and atmosphere, they are definitely worth checking out!



200 S Orange Avenue

Orlando, FL 32801

Wahlburgers Orlando website


Mon-Sun 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

5 Fun Things To Do This Valentines Day in Orlando

5 Fun Things To Do This Valentines Day in Orlando

If you are going to be in Orlando this Valentines Day then here are 5 quick ideas for things to do:

  1. Go to a Theme Park

There are tons of fun and romantic things to do at the theme parks on Valentines Day like Disney, Universal or SeaWorld, make a day of it!

2. Hang out in Winter Park

You can watch chocolate being made on site at Peterbrooke Chocolatier along with shopping and a bevy of restaurants to choose from.

3. Visit I-Drive 360

Experience the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds wax museum or Sea Life Aquarium.

4. Go to Disney Springs

Enjoy all the specialty shops, restaurants and activities at Disney Springs.

5. Dine on Restaurant Row - Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips Area

There are plenty of great dining choices on restaurant row, get ready to eat well!

Those are just a few ideas that can help you to enjoy your Valentines Day in Orlando! Enjoy!

Bistro CloClo - French Food at Its Best

Bistro CloClo - French Food at Its Best

I was whisked away to France for an hour or so one afternoon when visiting Bistro CloClo in Dr. Phillips. We truly enjoyed the French cuisine and atmosphere.

The Bistro offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seats are covered and provide the outdoor parisian cafe feel (Except with protection from the Florida rain). The interior has a nicely classic look with beautiful rich red walls and hung artwork.

So now that the scene is set, let's talk about the food. I started off with a very tasty French Onion Soup (Soupe A L'oignon), seasoned just right not to salty!

The entrees were very well prepared and quite delicious! I had the Coq Au Vin and my wife had the Butternut Squash Raviolli. Both were well executed and very enjoyable meals.

To top off a great meal we had their Crepes with Strawberries and Nuttela! It was an excellent ending to a great meal.

If you are looking for a little taste of France then Bistro CloClo is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a meal.


Bistro CloClo

7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard Suite 22, Orlando FL 32819


Sunday - Thursday 11 AM -10:00 PM

Call: 407-745-5405

Shake Shack is Coming!

Shake Shack is Coming!

Front shot

Front shot

Shake Shake the iconic hamburger stand is coming to International Drive. The International Drive location will open it doors for the first time on Wednesday August 19th at 11:00 am. Now all the visitors and guests attending conventions in the area can sample the classic hamburgers, fries and milk shakes from Shake Shack.

Shack Shack also has a Winter Park location that opened last year and has been wildly successful. If you are in the area Shake Shack will serve you a burger experience that you will remember! I recommend the Smoke Shack Burger, it is really good, just take a look for yourself below!

Smoke Shack Burger

Smoke Shack Burger

And of course you have to try one of their rich shakes. If you are going to stop by be prepared for lines because people are willing to wait for their burgers!

Shake Shack

8359 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819



Sunday-Thursday, 11AM - 11 PM

Friday & Saturday, 11AM - 12 AM

The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant

If you are looking for a great place to eat that has unique food and rich history then the Columbia Restaurant is the place to go. The restaurant is known as Florida's oldest restaurant and has been family owned since it started in 1905. The original location was first opened in Ybor City (Outside of Tampa) in 1905. Now there are locations in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach, Riverwalk Tampa, Tampa International Airport and Celebration (Not far from the Disney Parks area).

The menu offers traditional Spanish cuisine such as paella and tapas along with a number of Cuban influenced dishes. A must try dish is their famous "1905 salad" tossed table side freshly for you. It is definitely worth trying, their special homemade dressing is excellent! The food is outstanding especially their Spanish rice which is served with each meal.

The seating areas are comfortable and make any visit enjoyable. You have the option of eating inside in the classic dining room with all the rich history and aesthtic or eat out on the patio and enjoy a great Florida day or evening.

If you are looking for something different than the chain restaurant experience than give Columbia Restaurant a try it won't disappoint.


Columbia Restaurant (Celebration)

649 Front Street Celebration, FL 34747 (407) 566-1505


Sunday - Saturday (11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.) Open 365 days of the year. Serving Lunch & Dinner daily.

Things to note

Casual attire is fine, but they do not allow sleeveless shirts on men.

The restaurant offers a Children's Menu.

Reservations Accepted

Live music Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the Tapas Bar.


Union Burger Lake Nona's Newest Restaurant

Union Burger Lake Nona's Newest Restaurant


The Lake Nona area is near and dear to our hearts.  When we moved to the Central Florida area we moved to the promising Lake Nona community (which is southeast of the Orlando International Airport).  This growing community is home to three new hospitals and anticipating growth of over 100,000 in the next few years. New to the Lake Nona area is Union Burger.  This hip burger joint aims to please.  The restaurant offers burgers, fish sandwiches, beer and wine, milkshakes and all the other "normal" things you could imagine when visiting a restaurant specializing in burgers.

Union Burger

Union Burger

Inside Union Burger

Inside Union Burger

I tried the most popular burger, the Bourbon Street burger.  It comes with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and smoked bacon.  The burger is filled with everything I LOVE.  Perhaps they can touch of chipotle mayo and name it after me.  Well, I can dream.



Bourbon Street Burger and Sweet Potato Fries.

Bourbon Street Burger and Sweet Potato Fries.

Stop by Lake Nona and visit Union Burger.  You will enjoy the burgers, fries and beverages.

Union Burger

9680 Narcoossee Road, Unit 103 Orlando, FL 32827 T. 407-745-4510

Starbucks Reserve

Starbucks Reserve

When visiting Downtown Disney (Soon to be Disney Springs) make sure you drop in and visit the new Starbucks Reserve! This particular Starbucks has some awesome design and aesthetic features that make it very unique. It is a special Starbucks Reserve store that offers special small batch coffees from around the world that are only available at Reserve stores. The store also has some unique design features like a touch screen wall that kids can write on and correspond with another Starbucks location and a living wall in the shape of the Starbucks logo. The store is also built to be environmentally sensitive by having a green roof that filters rainwater and reduce the stores carbon footprint. Even if you are not a fan of coffee it is worth stopping in just to see how cool the store is!




Park Avenue Walking Food Tour

Park Avenue Walking Food Tour

Coming this weekend is the Park Avenue Walking Food Tour on June 6th and 7th. The event will highlight food from various Winter Park restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. The cost is $47 per person. For more information visit their website at The event will be held in downtown Winter Park on Park Avenue. Exact meeting location will be giving out after ticket purchase.  

Tin Roof: Live Music, Great Food

Tin Roof: Live Music, Great Food

The I-Drive 360 Complex has a number of new things but one specifically bright spot is the Tin Roof restaurant and bar! It is a great place to relax, enjoy live music and have a good time with great food, it's not your typical bar.


The atmosphere is pretty lively with big screen TV's on most of the walls and colorful background decorations and surroundings. Check out their website and get an advance schedule of their live acts that they showcase at least 5 nights a week.


The food is really good with lots of flavor. Some of their recommended dishes are the the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Shrimp (RHCP), O-Eye Mac and Cheese (Really good!) and the Smashville 8oz Angus burger. You may want to also try their Brunch which is offered on both Saturday and Sunday. My particular favorites are the Hot Chocolate Pancakes, the Andouille Hash and their Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer.

The Tin Roof is a great place to stop in after experiencing some of the attractions in the area like the Orlando Eye or Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. If you are looking for a fun atmosphere with good food then stop in and try Tin Roof.

8371 International Dr.

Orlando, FL 32819

Hours: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM


Great Places for Easter Brunch in Orlando

Great Places for Easter Brunch in Orlando

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

The resurrection of Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday.  Since moving to Orlando, we celebrated Easter by attending church, Dream Life Center, and then headed to a nice restaurant or dinner with family and friends.  We would like to make some recommendation for Easter brunch.

Restaurant Row AreaOcean Prime (Where we are eating)

We are going to Ocean Prime for Easter brunch with friends.  In fact we are celebrating our friend’s birthday there.  We’re excited about trying the braised short ribs and crab and eggs.

7399 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819, 407-781-4880

I-Drive Area

Café Gaugin

Café Gaugin in the Rosen Centre Hotel offers a great brunch.  Brunch is from 11:00am-5:00pm.  Complimentary valet parking, champagne, mimosas and a great menu make this brunch unforgettable. Cost: Adults: $41.95, Children (ages 4-12): $16.95, Children under 4 are free (Price does not include tax or service charge)

Reservations are highly recommended.  Call 407-996-8551.

The Brick House Tavern and Tap

The Brick House offers a buy one entrée get one free on Easter.  The special is offered one per table with a reservation Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm.  Try brunch specials like Smoked Salmon Benedict, Bison Benedict or Crispy Duck Hash.

Downtown Orlando

The Grand Bohemian Hotel

The Grand Bohemian Hotel offers an Easter jazz brunch featuring Daniel Jordan - sax & Ed Krout - piano from 10:00am - 4:30pm (brunch hours extended for Easter).  This upscale hotel offers great food and ambiance.  Brunch is typically $45 for adults and $15 for kids.


Other Options for Easter Meals


Publix is a local grocery store with locations all over Orlando.  You can purchase your entire Easter dinner at Publix.  You can plan your entire Easter meal including ham, corn casserole with bacon, Tuscan zucchini and strawberries with lemon cream.

Gargi's Lakeside Italian Restaurant

Gargi's Lakeside Italian Restaurant

If you are looking for great authentic Italian food in Orlando with a breathtaking view then look no further than Gargi's Lakeside Italian restaurant just north of downtown on Lake Ivanhoe. Gargi's has excellent service and wonderful food. If it is a nice day choose to sit on the patio and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Ivanhoe.

The food Gargi's is outstanding. The menu carries many recognizable classic Italian dishes. I recommend  trying their soup, the Stracciantelle. It is made with chicken broth, egg whites and finished off with wilted spinach. I also recommend the Marsala, it is well prepared and when they have it available try the Veal Marsala. I can also recommend the Veal or Chicken Saltimboca. Both dishes are executed quite well and have excellent flavor.

If you are looking to try Italian in Orlando then give Gargi's a try.

Hours of operation:

  • MONDAY - THURSDAY:11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • FRIDAY:11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
  • SATURDAY:12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • SUNDAY:03:00 PM - 09:00 PM

(407) 894-7907

1414 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804

Cask and Larder: A Great Brunch Spot!

Cask and Larder: A Great Brunch Spot!

Orlando has some great places to have brunch as we have discussed in previous posts (See our post "Top 5 Brunch Locations in Orlando"). One of the restaurants listed in that post is Cask and Larder in Winter Park. They offer a Brunch Menu from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sundays. One outstanding thing about their Brunch Menu is that there are traditional brunch items with a southern culinary twist. Nothing they serve is quite like you would expect but is pleasantly delicious! A great example of this is their Biscuit and Gravy served with a pepper jelly. They also serve  Chicken and Waffles made with a corn bread waffle with cheddar, sweet relish, dill creme fraiche and smoked honey (Very different but, quite delicious!). When visiting Orlando Cask and Larder is a great stop for Brunch. They also serve lunch and dinner so anytime you stop by you are likely to have an delicious and enjoyable meal.

Cask & Larder

565 West Fairbanks

Winter Park, FL 32789



MON - WED Bar opens for Happy Hour at 4:00 Dinner 5:00-10:00

THURS - SAT Bar opens for Happy Hour at 4:00 Dinner 5:00-10:00 Bar Late Night Dining & Happy Hour 10:00 - Midnight

SUNDAY Brunch 10:30-3:00 Dinner 5:00-10:00 Bar Happy Hour 3:0

10 Things to do this Valentine’s Day Weekend

10 Things to do this Valentine’s Day Weekend

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

10 Things to do this Valentine’s Day Weekend

It’s the weekend of love.  It doesn't matter if you are married or single; Valentine’s Day is a great time to love and to be loved by others.   If you are visiting Orlando or a local resident, here are a few things you can do to enjoy the weekend.  It’s still time to make some plans.  This Valentine’s Day is going to be a great one for you.

  1. Enjoy a nice dinner.

Orlando has so many nice restaurants to fit any budget.  We can recommend several restaurants (use our trip consultation services), but it’s important to make a reservation when dining out on Valentine’s Day weekend.  Contact the restaurant directly; use the Disney app or Open Table to make a reservation on property.

  1. See a Valentine’s Day movie

Orlando is a great place for a romantic Valentine’s Day movie.  The AMC theater, Fork and Dine gives movie goers an opportunity to have dinner and a movie in one location.  Coming out Valentine’s Day weekend is The Last Five Years, 50 Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service.  Take your pick of these new releases or something still at the theater.

  1. Make your own chocolate

You can buy your own chocolate at some local chocolate shops (Godiva, Peterbrooke, etc.) but you can also schedule a visit to The Chocolate Kingdom.  This chocolate factory allows you to make your own chocolate (milk, dark or white) bar filled with nuts or candy.

  1. Go Dancing

Dancing is fun and gives you a good workout.  There are several places to go dancing in Orlando.  Bongo’s Cuban Café at Downtown Disney provides a live band on the weekend and great food.  There are also several dancing clubs in downtown Orlando and Universal CityWalk.

  1. Go Bowling

Kings Bowling Alley is a nice place to hang out.  You can do a lot more than bowling at King’s Bowl.  You can sing Karaoke, have dinner, play pool and watch the big game.  See our blogpost for more.

  1. Go to the Spa

Check out the spas at the Four Seasons, Wyndham Grand, Ritz Carlton or the Waldorf Astoria. These four are all highly rated. There are also independent spa locations that you can enjoy.  It really doesn't matter if you get a facial, full body massage or nail service, you will enjoy your time at the spa.

  1. Have a picnic

Leu Gardens has a Valentine’s Day Stroll.  From 7-10pm, you can pack your picnic blanket, dinner and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Ricky and the Buzzcatz, Daniel Heitz Band and The Shed Hounds.  The cost is only $17 per person or $22 on February 14th.

  1. Enjoy some Jazz

Jazz Tasting in Maitland is a nice place to enjoy some good food and live jazz.  Enjoy the smooth sounds of the JT Quartet at 8pm this Valentine’s Day.  I recommend making a reservation because it can get crowded.

  1. Hang out at a theme park.

A great date or place to hangout can happen at any of the Disney parks, Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld. The good thing about hanging out at a theme park you will be able to dine at some great restaurants.

  1. Stay home or at the hotel.

Some of the most romantic times are spent at home or in my hotel room.  Cook a great meal or order some takeout and just enjoy the evening.

Bonus:  Go shopping

If you have a significant other, take them shopping.  Some stores will have special activities and sales this Valentine’s Day weekend.  It doesn't matter which mall you go to or boutique just enjoying a nice stroll through the mall will make anyone happy.

Do something special and enjoy your Valentine's Day weekend in Orlando!

Kings Bowl - Great Family Fun!

Kings Bowl - Great Family Fun!

If you are looking for an evening of family fun and entertainment then stop by Kings Bowl! It is a really fun bowling alley with dining area, bar and screens. They offer 22 lanes along with Foosball, pool tables, ping pong tables, full size shuffle board table,  outdoor boccie ball court, 60 HD screens and private spaces for private parties.  

If your looking for a great entertainment spot for the whole family Kings Bowl is a wonderful choice!

Kings Bowl Orlando is located at: 8255 South International Drive, Suite 120 Orlando, FL 32819


Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 3:00 PM – 2:00 AM & Friday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Italio-Great Casual Dining

Italio-Great Casual Dining

If you are in the greater Orlando area then stop by Italio in Winter Park. It is a great stop for casual italian dining, Think Chipotle but italian. They offer three main options salad, pasta and wrap. The have a plethora of options for each and it can be individualized to fit any taste. Italio also offers several appetizers such as Rissoto balls, Calimari, and Italio Sticks. They even offer Cannoli Chips, a tasty dessert treat. If you are looking for something new to try stop by Italio and bring your appetite!


276 S. Orlando Ave.

Winter Park, FL 32789


Monday - Sunday

10:45 am - 10:00 pm

Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park

Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park

I admit I salivated when looking at Peterbrooke's Chocolatier's Instagram post.  I had to comment on the white chocolate covered strawberries (they are my weakness).  Little did I know that Owners Kevin and Jamie Wray actively post and respond to comments.  We exchanged comments and next thing you know, Bill and I are visiting after church on Sunday.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier sits on the corner of New England and Park Avenue in Winter Park.  The door is always open, even in the summer because the smell of chocolate has a way of drawing people in to the shop.  When you enter the chocolate shop, there are chocolate baskets all around the room.  There is a section of dispensers that pour out chocolate covered raisins, almonds, milk duds and more.  Keep walking toward the back of the store you will find the case of gelato (which was quite tasty).  At the back of the store you will find the glass partition showing the workshop (I'm not sure how they resist the chocolate).  We were there to witness an employee making their popular chocolate covered popcorn.  In fact, it is one of their best selling items.  You can purchase a bag online for $9.  After a quick sample, we could see why it's so popular.

One unique thing about Peterbrook Chocolatier is that they can customize almost everything.  They make cute cases out of chocolate that can be used to keep special items.  Jamie Wray makes custom chocolate shoes (average cost is about $40).  She can even make them with a red bottom!

The store was buzzing with Valentine's Day preparation.  There were messages of love in English, French and Spanish.  After talking with Kevin for a bit we enjoyed some gelato and the beautiful day in Winter Park.

Make a stop by Peterbrook Chocolatier in Winter Park and follow them on Instagram at @Peterbrookewp.  You will be drawn to the chocolate just like I was.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Winter Park

300 Park Avenue South Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: (407) 644-3200 Monday-Thursday: 10am-10:15pm

Friday-Saturday: 10am-11:15pm Sunday: 11:00am-10:15pm

Please Note: There is another Peterbrooke Chocolatier in the Alafaya area of Orlando.  This shop is also independently owned by someone else.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Waterford Lakes Town Center

869 North Alafaya Trail, Suite Q-09 Orlando, FL 32828 Phone:(407) 384-7800 Monday-Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm

Top Chicken and Waffles Destinations

Top Chicken and Waffles Destinations

Orlando is a great destination for great dining. Finding great places that serve Chicken and Waffles is easy to do. Here is our list of the top 5 places:

5.  Brickhouse- The Brickhouse is a great destination to get great tasting chicken and waffles.

4. Nona Blue- Wonderful place to get a nice traditional brunch. The Chicken and waffles are pretty traditional but, very flavorful. Chicken and waffles is offered as part of their Sunday brunch menu.

3. Mellissa's Chicken and Waffles- You have to follow on Facebook and Twitter to find out where this food truck will be serving but, the chicken and waffles is worth it. The waffle is of high quality and the chicken is quite delicious. They offer great combinations such as the Buffalo Chicken Waffle, the OG (A waffle with country gravy, syrup and butter) or the Ultimate Combo (Chicken, a fried egg, bacon, gravy and syrup on a waffle).

2.Hash House a Go-Go- The chicken and waffles at Hash House is pretty unique because the waffle has bacon baked into it. The chicken is unique because they serve a full on Chicken breast with delicious and savory sage seasoning.

1.  Chef Eddies- The most celebrated chicken and waffles in Orlando and the reputation is deserved. Chef Eddies offers more options than any other restaurant (10 different waffles) for chicken and waffles. Their waffles are quite flavorful and the chicken is excellent!

Let us know what you think! We are always willing to try somewhere new!

Enzo's Italian Restaurant on the Lake

Enzo's Italian Restaurant on the Lake

When you are looking for fine dining options in Orlando please consider Enzo's Italian Restaurant on the Lake. The restaurant is located in Longwood, which is quite a ways from the attractions are but, the drive is worth it if you like authentic Italian food and outstanding service.


The menu is a classic Italian menu full of well executed dishes and the atmosphere is very comfortable but definitely a fine dining establishment.


Enzo's Italian Restaurant on the Lake

1130 S. Hwy. 17-92  •  Longwood, Florida 32750

407.834.9872  •  Fax 407.834.6647

New Years Eve in Orlando

New Years Eve in Orlando


We are only a few hours away from 2015.  If you don't have plans, it's not too late to make some.  Orlando is a great city with a lot to do. First and foremost, it is important to be safe.  If you are going out, make sure you go out with family or friends and use taxi service like Uber or Metro Cars if needed.  AAA also offers a service called Tow To Go that offers a free and confidential local ride for AAA members and non members until 6:00 AM January 1st.  free and confidential.

Here are four things you can do to bring in the new year.

1.  Check out hotel celebrations.  Every major hotel will have a New Years Eve Party.  Here are a few links

a. The Four Seasons Orlando.  See our blog post about this new hotel.

b.  The Hyatt Regency Orlando on International Drive.  See our blog post about this hotel.

c.  The Rosen Centre.

d. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando 

 2.  Go to church.  Churches around town will have a mass service or a New Year's Eve celebration.  It's a great way to get a positive message before the new year.  Our church, Dream Life Center, has a New Year's Celebration.  Here is the invitation.

Dream Life Center

Dream Life Center

3.  Go downtown Orlando

There is the Aloft hotel, which always has activities.  A ton of restaurants and clubs.  Also this year Billy Joel will be performing at the Amway Center tonight at 9:30 PM.  Get tickets through Ticketmaster.

 4.  Go to Universal Orlando

Islands of Adventure closes at 11:00pm on New Years Eve.  Universal Orlando closes at 12:30am.  There is a laser show and fireworks at Universal.  You can even enjoy Universal CityWalk.  There is a big countdown and fun.

CityWalk offers a number of nightclubs and bars.  Most have a cover charge.

4.  Hang out at Disney

The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios are all open until or past midnight.  There will be family friendly parties, fireworks and festivities to help you bring in the new year magically.

You can also go to Downtown Disney.  There are restaurants and night clubs there as well.

Whatever you do be safe and have fun.