Event Planning – DailyCity panel series

Friday evening, I went to an event on event planning (circular thought, yes?). It was organized by Mark Baratelli of The Daily City. There was lots of great information, and I tried to write down as much as possible. I got nearly all of the discussion, in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way. There were representatives from BarCampOrlando, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, Orlando Fringe Festival, Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, Florida Film Festival, Nerdapalooza, and the Orlando Puppet Festival. Enjoy the link below, and reach out to me with feedback tim [@] timrosenblatt.com


Real Orlando, Real Entertainment

Last weekend, I saw my first-ever interpretive ballet. We got tickets to the opening night of Don Quixote at the Bob Carr Center in Downtown Orlando. Now, I’m not the kind of person who ordinarily would go to an interpretive ballet, but I still had a good time, despite not understanding most of it (and despite the old-people-perfume). The guy playing Don Quixote was hilarious — walking around with his lance and jutted chin.

The reason for this post is to tell you about an offer going on in Orlando. It’s called Real Orlando, Real Entertainment. This is a great offer, and seems to be getting surprisingly little attention. The skinny is that for $99, you get 7 tickets to different cultural events in Orlando. There’s one ticket per type of event, and you can choose which event you go to of each type. So, you’ll get theater, art museums, ballet, opera, orchestra (I’m gonna see John Williams!), and a few others. I think they even threw in some bonus tickets to dress rehearsals. These tickets are ordinarily around $40 each, and you get 7 of them for $99. Do the math.

This is an insanely great deal, and it helps support art & culture in Orlando. This is an up and coming city, and I think this deal is a great opportunity to get out there and get a sense of what’s next.

Orlando commuting.

Apparently the local schools have made some changes to their hours. High schoolers go at 9am, elementary school at 7am. It’s had a noticeable effect on traffic in the mornings, in a way that is opposite of good.

I made a list of things that I would rather do than my morning commute, but realized it was too obscene and grotesque to be posted on the internet.

Instead, I drew a picture of the various routes I could take for my morning commute. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. You can try and let me know what you think about it, but I’ll probably be stuck in traffic.

Orlando Restaurants (Fratellos & El Cerro)

If you’re in the East Orlando area, and are looking for a good bite to eat, let me clue you in on some local deliciousness.


Fratellos is an Italian-American takeout/delivery store with some amazing pizza and subs. Everything they serve looks like real food, no mystery mush. They say their dough and sauce are made fresh every day, and I believe it. The dough alone has a good yeast taste, so it must be fresh. The oven-baked subs are also awesome.

El Cerro

Mexican-American. Nothing too authentic, but it’s a good choice for a group with picky eaters.

This is the hardest-working staff in the food service industry. The way I see it, if my cup (water, sweet tea, or other delicious thirst-quenching liquid) doesn’t sit empty, the staff is paying attention to the table. It’s like the food service equivalent of “keep your eye on the ball”. At El Cerro, my cup hardly ever drops below half-full. The staff is always friendly, and they get the food to you very quickly.

Also, definitely get the queso dip. It’s delicious.

BTW: Here’s a plug for eFoodi.com from Demetri Spanos. Demetri’s working with us on the Loud3r project (or “those ‘3r’ sites”), and he’s got a thing for making data very useful, so I look forward to good stuff from the site. I’ve started using his site to keep track of my food-related stuff. I like how it’s not just a restaurant site, or a recipe site, but also drinks and informational articles for utensils/techniques.