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100 things you must do in Orlando before you die

A list of things everyone who lives in Orlando should do at least once

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73. See a Footlight Players drag show at the Footlight Theater and Cabaret Lounge at Parliament House. (410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, parliamenthouse.com/footlighttheatre) 74. Attend the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival (May 15-28, 2014, Loch Haven Park, orlandofringe.org).

75. Freak out at a Varietease show at the Venue (511 Virginia Drive, thevenueorlando.com). It’s like a drag show burlesque disguised as performance art on the ledge of sanity.

76. All of the juices at Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen (inside the new East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, facebook.com/skyebirdorganic) are fresh-made and organic, but we swear the Thai Hot – spinach, celery, cilantro, apple, orange, lime, lemongrass and jalapeño – gives you a little buzz on top of all that clean energy.

77. Enjoy the naked lady wallpaper at Wally’s Mills Ave. Liquors (Wally’s Mills Ave. Liquors, 1001 N. Mills Ave., wallysonmills.com).

78. Don a superhero costume and help fight evil (in the form of nuisance graffiti, litter and other crud blemishing the face of the City Beautiful) on a monthly Super Joy Riders Do Gooders Bike Ride (facebook.com/SuperJoyRiders).

79. Try the vegan “ribs,” “eel” or “lamb” at Garden Café (810 W. Colonial Drive, 407-999-9799), which serves up startlingly specific replicas of traditional Asian dishes made of mushrooms, vital wheat gluten, mountain yam and other non-soy proteins. While they sometimes taste little like the animal they’re imitating, the sauces and seasonings make them worthy of exploration by all.

80. Wander the grounds of the eccentric, gorgeous Maitland Art Center (231 Packwood Ave., Maitland, artandhistory.org), founded as an art colony in 1937 and dotted with charming little studio/cottages and kooky Mayan Revival carvings.

 

81. Reserve the chef’s table at Luma on Park (290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-4111, lumaonpark.com). From the moment you’re seated under the spotlight and served some off-menu tidbit or other, you’ll have a play-by-play view of all the haute kitchen action.

82. Get drunk with John Morgan.You may not be able to schedule your inebriation occasion with the celebrated “For the People” attorney from TV, but it does happen, and usually when you least expect it.

83. Experience the face-numbing Sichuan peppercorns at Chuan Lu Garden (1101 E. Colonial Drive, 407-896-8966, chuanlugarden.com). Order the traditional cumin lamb, loaded with the explosive little buzzers, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when your tongue starts tingling.

84. Wait … and wait … and wait for Trader Joe’s to open. A 12,500-square-foot store is planned for the corner of North Orlando Avenue and West Morse Road, with an announced opening date no more specific than “2014.”

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