Celebrate any occasion the old-school way with champagne cocktails like they did in the classic film "Casablanca." Martinis with a twist, Bellini cocktails, mimosas and other concoctions are being served at bars and restaurants around Orlando. Find out where to go to drink like a movie star in the Citysearch champagne cocktail guide. (Photo coutesy of Blue Martini)
Every year, people are reciting New Year's Eve resolutions while making a toast, wearing a hat or blowing a noisemaker. Some of these declarations are kept, but many or most are put to the wayside. This year, make 2010 the year for a better you by keeping your promises to others and most importantly, to yourself. (Photo courtesy of The Spa)
Club-goers and barflies left the hustle and bustle behind while experiencing Central Florida's nightlife world this year. Some bars and clubs are new and others are landmarks. The drinking and dancing destinations gave patrons a chance to cheer their favorite sports team on with drink in hand, shake their tooshie like it was 1984 or feel as if they were on vacation while stepping inside Cuban and Mediterranean ambiances. Click through and see if you agree, but note that our Top 10 is randomly listed and not necessarily in our order of preference. (Photo courtesy of Ember)
Adventurous diners embarked on a culinary journey where cuisines abounded at restaurants this year. Barbeque, international fare and seafood ruled Orlando's cookery charts. Some restaurants are new (like Kouzzina by Cat Cora, left) and others are classic spots. Newbies also have a chance to take a break from their restaurant routine and step outside of their comfort zone by enticing their palates with something new before 2009 is over with. Click through and see if you agree, but note that our Top 10 is randomly listed and not necessarily in our order of preference.
Party like a rock star and say goodbye to 2009 at joints all around Central Florida. Venues are already chilling the champagne and getting the hats and noisemakers ready for the biggest celebration of the year. Find out where the action is before ringing in the New Year.
Holiday hoopla is overflowing around Orlando this year. Area resorts and theme parks have transformed into winter wonderlands featuring glistening garland, parades, entertainment and frozen creations. From "The Nutcracker" to holiday light displays, find events full of seasonal cheer by catching a glimpse of these yuletide options before the elves pack up and leave. (Photo courtesy of Gaylord Palms)
The economic crisis doesn't have to get you down during this year's holiday shopping season. You also don't have to worry about spending a bundle on your loved ones this year when the marketplace has bargains galore right at your fingertips. Find out where you can save more and spend less in the Orlando Citysearch shopping guide.
Add some pizzazz to your party-planning by hosting a themed fete or celebration at one of these fun Orlando-area facilities (such as the Orlando Museum of Art, left), instead of at your home or at the office. Looking for the ideal location doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore either. Let the Orlando Citysearch party guide come to the rescue.
The martini has come a long way since James Bond's "shaken and not stirred" preference and other stiff options that were served with an olive or two back in the day. Flavorful and creative frou-frou concoctions with cotton candy to Red Bull energy drink ingredients rule bar menus in this decade. Find out where to experience martini madness in our Orlando Citysearch guide.
The childhood song "On Top of Spaghetti" by folk singer Tom Glazer comes to mind when I think of or eat meatballs. There are various meatball creations and dishes besides the ones you normally eat with spaghetti at restaurants around town. Take a gastronomical global trip in Orlando Citysearch's meatball guide.