A heavenly start: Start the day off on the right foot with a delicious cup of coffee and conversations at Foodies Cafe, and look out for the friendly owner Aminah, who first sold us on the cafe’s homemade cakes bar. Bring a friend so you can try both the breakfast sandwich and the chicken and waffles.
Past and present: Head over to Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture for a tour and history lesson of the old Wells’Built Hotel, South Street Casino, and Orlando’s African-American heritage. Go all in with a $10 “Explore More” ticket, and you’ll also get admission to the Orange County History Center. This Friday is a great time to visit, as Wells’Built is hosting a reception celebrating the passing of the Civil Rights Act at 7 p.m.
Eat local: High tail it to Nikki’s Place for some of Chef Nick Aiken’s good cookin’. We can vouch for the bargain $5 special, loaded with Southern staples like collard greens, candied yams and baked chicken.
Thirsty? The new-ish Brew Theory is not just any ol’ brewhouse. Its 12,000 square feet of brew heaven includes a beer lab, homebrew shop, taproom, podcast room, and space for pop-up kitchens. The word on the street is that locally-loved food truck Tamale & Co. has signed on to pop-up there soon.
Volunteer: Like what you see in Parramore? There are several ways to give back to the community. We suggest volunteering your time. Reach out to ArtReach Orlando to see what they’re working on or schedule a time to stop by one of the many Parramore community centers in the neighborhood and ask how you can volunteer. Our personal favorite stop? New Image Youth Center to learn more about what they’re doing with Parramore youth.
ICYMI: Check out our other installments from this week highlighting the Parramore community and the changes happening there.
Between our sister publication The New Tropic and Pulptown, we’ve been rifling through the questions that you submitted about the recount this week and think we’ve prepared answers to most of them. Today’s the day we’ll know more about where we stand.
What decides whether we’ll have a hand recount after the machine recount is done on Thursday?
It’s all a numbers game. The recount process got going because the difference between the candidates’ vote totals was 0.5 percent or less in several races (including, of course, the races for governor and U.S. Senate).
The hand recount happens if that difference drops to 0.25 percent or lower. And as it stands right now that would lead to a second round of recounts in the senate race and the race for agriculture commissioner.
Is this a machine count or a human one?
The recount happening this week is a machine count but many elections departments around the state are already preparing for a manual or “human” recount, which will involve checking ballots by hand for undervotes or overvotes. That’s when a person didn’t bubble in a candidate or accidentally bubbled in two votes.
If the vast majority of votes cast were through electronic voting machines, why is a recount necessary and why is it taking so long?
The recount process is determined by state law so there was really no way around it once the races became close enough to require it. As far as the timing, well, that’s also due to state law. Even if counties like Broward and Palm Beach weren’t moving so slow in their counting process, they would still have until tomorrow to report the results of their recount.
Thanks to Ariel Zirulnick, and a few readers who asked to remain anonymous, for these questions. We’re working hard to answer more of your questions so stay tuned and head here for a quick look at how the process began and what’s next. The deadline for counties to report their numbers is today at 3 p.m. so we’ll see how it all shakes out and keep y’all updated.
Paving the way for pedestrians. Getting to Universal Orlando on foot is about to get easier, thanks to a covered pedestrian bridge that crosses nine lanes of traffic to connect the theme park with businesses on the other side of Kirkman Road. Set to open in January, the walkway was constructed as part of the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project. (Orlando Weekly)
A classy commute. What’s it like to ride in one of Brightline’s new high-speed passenger trains? From leather seats to sparkling wine, taking a trip on the South Florida rail line is an elevated experience. The privately-owned company plans to expand to the Orlando area in 2021, competing with the less expensive — but also less luxurious — SunRail commuter train. (Orlando Sentinel)
Shake-up at the Sentinel. Orlando’s daily newspaper is going through major changes as parent company Tribune makes moves to combine resources at the Sentinel and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Sentinel publisher Avido Khahaifa — the paper’s first African-American publisher — is out, and Sun Sentinel publisher Nancy Meyer is now in charge of both publications. Tribune has also announced a company-wide round of voluntary buyouts. (Orlando Weekly)
Rent relief. The Orlando City Council has approved plans to add 415 units of affordable housing to the Parramore neighborhood, with some of the funds going toward repairing and updating older buildings. That should provide some relief to low-income renters as new luxury units continue to drive up prices. (Spectrum News 13, WFTV 9)
Historic digs. An unnamed co-working company is reportedly in the process of buying the historic Angebilt Hotel, an 11-story structure that was once Orlando’s tallest building. Tenants have received legal notices stating that the sale will close in early January. (Bungalower)
🎙 FRIDAY, NOV. 16: You’re going to want to see the amazing pianist Adam Golka’s live performance in at Timucua Arts Foundation, we just know it. Plus, as a Pulptown reader, you get a discount. Use the code “Pulp” on the checkout page. (SoDo)
🎉 SATURDAY, NOV. 17 Help us rock the block for Maxine’s on Shine’s 7th Anniversary Party benefitting the Orlando City Foundation and Local Love (Colonialtown)
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🛍 Shop, sip and stroll along Park Avenue (Winter Park)
🍷 Does there exist a better trio than wine, chocolate and cheese (Mills 50)
🎟 Attend this networking event at the new Modera space (Downtown)
🍩 Get in line for these doughnut ice cream sandwiches (SoDo)
🗣 Be a part of the conversation on hate crimes (College Park)
🍽 Have what it tastes in Apopka? No really, we’ll be the judge (Apopka) 🆕
🎪 Through Nov. 25 Experience the Venardos Circus (Winter Garden) 🆕
FRIDAY – HAMILTON TIX GO ON SALE
🎈 Through Sunday Check out this cool hot air balloon show (Baldwin Park) 🆕
🍁 Through Sunday Cooler temps make this fall festival even better (Longwood)
🎟 Through Sunday Got a crazy idea? This is the weekend to share it (Downtown)
🕰 Through Sunday It’s a good weekend to go antiquing (Mt. Dora)
👗 Through Sunday It’s Dapper Day at Disney (Disney) 🆕
🚞 Go on a culture tour on the SunRail (Winter Park/Downtown)
🧘🏻♀️ Practice yoga under the stars (SoDo)
🥩 Grab a steak and head to the springs (Wekiva)
🎄 Kickoff the holiday season by lighting up the city (Ivanhoe)
🧘🏻♀️ Get your downward dog on in the gardens (Winter Park)
🧐 Take a peek at your family history with local genealogist (Downtown)
🍻 Thank God for Sanford Beer Week and this free beer fest (Sanford)
⛹🏾♂️ Cheer on the Orlando Magic to a W as they take on the LA Lakers (Parramore)
👟 Run a 5k while simultaneously popping bubbles (West Colonial)
🍽 Papa Llama and Mercantile Coffee are popping up at The Heavy (Winter Park) 🆕
👟 It’s a 5k, fitness and reggae festival all in one (Baldwin Park) 🆕
🛋 Don’t miss out on the annual Sofa and Suds (Sanford) 🆕
🛍 Shop 45 local artisans at the second Orlando Flea (Downtown) 🆕
🐶 Grab the pooch and head to the park for Barktoberfest (Lake Eola) 🆕
📖 Cozy up with a book outside at this free event (Lake Eola) 🆕
🐶 Take the pups for a paddle before spoilin’ ‘em at brunch (SoDo/Edgewood) 🆕
📽 Imagine the world you want to live in through these short films (Winter Park) 🆕
🕺 Grab your tickets for this Bollywood spectacular (Parramore) 🆕
🍁 Get crafty and make your own cornucopia while sipping vino (Audubon Park) 🆕
🎻 Listen to the sounds of the greats Tchaikovsky and Mozart (Milk District) 🆕
🎉 Head to The Venue for a night of Foxy’s Den dancing and fun (Ivanhoe) 🆕
🎟 Get to Networking with Red Carpet Monday at Lion’s Pride (Downtown) 🆕
🍻 Our kind of school: Beer Flight School (Downtown) 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.
We’re a week away from Thanksgiving and wondering if you have a local someone in mind who makes your day a little more awesome. Maybe it’s the radio show host who puts a smile on your face, the barista who always brightens your morning or your favorite parking garage attendant. Whoever it is, we’d love to give ‘em a shout-out in next week’s newsletter. Drop us a line by responding to this email, telling us their name and what about them makes you smile, then we’ll handle the rest.
Be kind to one another, Orlando,