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Big Bang Bazaar Indie Craft Show Maitland



I had seen tickets for Big Bang Bazaar Craft Show on Living Social before and hadn’t purchased it.  Indie Craft Show…  What does that even mean?  Well, one of my friends had a ticket and I had opportunity to check it out.


BigBangBazaarMaitlandSo it’s usually held at the Maitland Civic Center.  Be forewarned, parking can bit tight.  And it was really crowded inside.

So, how would the Feisty Foodist describe the Big Bang Bazaar?  “Etsy in your face.”  For those who are unfamiliar with what ‘Etsy‘ is, it’s a website where you can buy vintage and homemade items.  It can be anything from jewelry, artwork, clothes, household items, and all sorts of random stuff.




There were lots of vendors here and definitely a lot of variety of things being sold.  It almost made me think of the vendors at MegaCon.  Artwork, clothes, and what not.  So like a girlier version of MegaCon.  Also lots of neat things, like recycled gift cards made into jewelry from Red Rooster Jewelry.


BigBangBazaarRebeccaWilliamsArtHere’s is some artwork that I thought looked pretty nice.  You can check out more artwork from Rebecca Williams at The Art of Rebecca Williams.


I even got some soap samples from Lucky Day Soaps.  You can actually contact Christy Conner and have custom soaps made.  How cool is that?  And if you’re interested in making some of your own, she’s got some recipes listed on her site as well.


So, it’s definitely something cool to check out.  Lots of unique items.  Many local vendors.  And…. I managed to find a TARDIS!!


I went to the Big Bang Bazaar event on September 7, 2013 but fear not, there’s another one coming up for the holiday season. December 7 & 8, 2013 from 11 am to 6pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.  Kids under 12 are free.



Player 1 Video Game Bar Orlando


Player1VideoGameBarVideo games.  Alcohol.  Music.  Each is individually great but when combined, it’s AMAZING!  There’s a new bar in town in the Lake Buena Vista area.  Near Kobe Steakhouse and Backstage Billiards, I share with you Player 1 Video Game Bar.

Player1ArcadeGamesPlayer 1 has Atari 2600/5200, Colecovision, NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, Nintendo64, Sega Saturn, Playstation 1, Sega Dreamcast, PS2, PS3, X360 and PC games.  Seriously?!  Seriously.

So you go inside, pay a cover (typically it’s a $5 cover).  The cover includes all the gaming consoles although if you want to play at a game table, you have to have a bar tab open.  There’s definitely a lot of nostalgia going on in here and I loved it.  It’s a different environment and you can get some good people watching in.  The bartenders were dressed like Sonic and Tails.


There’s a good variety of draft beer and bottled beers.  I don’t claim to be a big beer drinker but was happy to see the selection of mead and ciders here.  Player 1 also serves wine.




I tried a premium Swedish cider called Kopparberg.  Very tasty but… very very sweet.



There’s some separated gaming areas and you play video games at the bar as well.  It’s a fun place and I found the prices here to be fair. Some locals may think it’s a bit far to come here and check this place out but I think you’ll find it to be a fun place.  Let your video game nerd out!



Mon-Fri: 5pm-2am
Sat-Sun: 4pm-2am

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DRIP Show Orlando


Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind show?  If you don’t mind or actually like getting wet, DRIP is definitely something to check out.  DRIP is multi-sensory show involving live music, water, paint, sand, and strobe lights.

It’s located on I-drive, right behind Denny’s/Senor Frogs.  It’d probably be best to pay for parking unless you want the thrill of maybe having your car towed.  You can come in an hour prior to show time.  Shows are only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays nights.  Tickets are generally $35.  I brought my own ear plugs but if you forget to bring them, it’s $1 a pair.

DripPaintStationSo you go inside, mingle around, get a t-shirt if you so desire.  Tickets with the DRIP t-shirt is $43.  Staff is available to cut it and do all sorts of neat stuff to it.  Then there’s the bar with the 4 colored beers, wine and when I went, they had pizza.  An oxygen bar is also available.  Then there’s paint station, have fun, it’s washable paint!  I got one of the shirts and started getting my art on.  Paint,  mingle, drink, and wait.  Although show time was at 9 pm, it didn’t start till quite a bit afterwards.

Apparently, the cast had consisted of male and females but my show was all females.  For some individuals, they may not enjoy that aspect.  For some… it may be even more appealing.

DripStageThe beginning started abruptly but it was entertaining.  It definitely got everyone’s attention.  The show began at the bar and moved to the “theater” area.  We all migrated over there and stood against the wall.  There are no seats aside from the bar area, so you will be standing the whole time.  I had no clue what the storyline was but it doesn’t take terribly long to figure out.  The basic gist was a love story gone awry.


Here’s a little snippet of some of the show:

You could hear my friend telling me to watch out.  This was merely seconds before water balloons bursted against the walls above my head.  So I knew I was going to get wet…. but I didn’t realize how wet and sandy I would have gotten.  There were some scenes where both my friend and I were looking around bewildered.  “WTH is that water coming from?!”  If you want the full experience, stand in the middle area.

DripBandI really enjoyed the music a lot but I was definitely glad I brought the ear plugs.  I thought the music sounded great and it was coordinated well with the lighting.  It had a grungy feel, nice bass.  I am ALL about the bass!

The choreography was cool to watch.  It was interesting to see how they used elements like water and sand with the dancing.  I can’t say I’ve seen pants filled with sand before.  The dancers here really don’t mind getting messy.


I HIGHLY suggest bringing a change of clothes.  The website suggested sneakers (make sure you don’t bring your nice kicks.)  I wore my flippy-floppies instead and I sure was glad I did.  Squishy shoes are no bueno.  My friend and I ended up stanky from all the colored beer, water, sand and paint.



DripBackSo yeah, got some paint, water and sand on me.  Front AND back.  All in all, I had a lot of fun. Fantastic music, good show, creative choreography, and nice lighting effects.  The show last about 2 hours-ish.

FYI: Every Thursday night, after the show DRIP has local artists selling some artwork.


Who knew you’d find something like this on I-drive?!  Check out a cool show and get messy!






For those who love a deal, LivingSocial currently has 2 tickets for $38.  There are also some other discounts for 4 or 6 tickets.

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Colors And Bottles Orlando


I talk about food ALL the time but I do have other interests as well.  I promise I’m not eating 24/7.  Let’s see, some of my other interests would include music, photography, and random adventures.  So, not terribly long ago I purchased a Groupon for Colors & Bottles.  Colors and Bottles is a website that specializes in painting classes in select cities.  What you do is, go to the website, select the city you’re closest to, pick out the art you would like to paint and purchase a ticket.  The painting classes are not at a specific location but rather a few different ones depending on which date you picked.  So the artwork and the location varies, also some of the classes are BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage).

You can go on the website and look at the different artwork they have up.  The styles vary and the prices do too.  Expect to pay around $20-35.

It’s fun because you make your own artwork.  I seriously haven’t painted anything since I was in 5th grade, so it was pretty exciting to me.

The original artwork I picked out got changed at the last minute so I signed up for a different class instead.  My location for the event was the Falcon Bar in Thornton Park.  It was a small place and it filled up pretty quickly.


There was the artist and an assistant who helped her out.  We had our little aprons on, a blank canvas and some paint.  I was pretty eager since it had been ages where I painted anything for “art”.  Painting the house doesn’t count!  Well, since the class was at the Falcon Bar, alcoholic beverages were available.  I, however, didn’t drink because I wanted to be focused.  Not sure how buzzed artwork would turn out.  I generally like to try things sober first.  It’s…usually a good idea.


Well, our instructor would tell us what colors to blend, the direction to paint and all that good stuff.  It was fun mixing the colors and at one point. she told us to get creative.  You don’t have to tell me twice!

I went completely off the original path and I loved it!  Colors and Bottles is great for private events!  It’s just $35, you pick the date, location, and your painting.  I really enjoyed it and got to explore the artistic side that I didn’t know the Feisty Foodist had in her.

I present to you…“Mango of the Night”!  My first masterpiece!  I may have to sign up for more classes and start a collection.  It was a fun time and definitely great for groups!  The prices are reasonable especially since they supply everything to you.


Go ahead, sign up, try something different and the most important thing, have fun!