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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!
I love I-drive, it’s full of food, music and fun times. Taverna Opa has all three. Some of the locals may be dissuaded to coming here due to the fact it’s on I-drive but I embrace it. How many places can you go on a weekday and feel like it’s the weekend? One of the great things about living in Orlando is that, I have the ability to play “tourist” and then go back to my normal routine. Taverna Opa gives me that experience and I’m certain for anyone else who goes, they’ll have a great time.
Taverna Opa is a Greek restaurant highlighting food and entertainment. It’s located on the second floor of Pointe Orlando, next to B.B. Kings Restaurant. Ample seating is available inside, it’s great for groups and celebrating any occasion. I remember the last time I was here, I was celebrating my birthday. And yes, I did get on top of the table. It’s been awhile since I had been back but I’m glad I went again.
Upon entering, there’s a massive tree in the middle with lights. Full bar on the left, the kitchen is straight ahead. It’s definitely spacious inside. People are dancing, paper napkins are being thrown in the air, just fantastic atmosphere. (For those wondering about the paper napkins being thrown, it’s been four times recycled.) They even have a belly dancers here. If all this entertainment isn’t your thing, there is outdoor seating too.
At Taverna Opa, they give you a wooden mortar and pestle where you mash your own hummus. The hummus here is more of a typical flavor. I prefer a heavier garlic flavor but it certainly was enjoyable with the warm pita bread. If chickpeas isn’t your style, the Tzatziki appetizer is very good. It’s a cool strained cucumber-dill yogurt served with pita bread.
Ah, spanakopita, a definite favorite of mines. Classic spinach and feta pie in phyllo dough. The combination of spinach and feta cheese can’t be beat. I also ate some of lamb chops. Absolutely delicious! It’s succulent, flavorful, cooked perfectly and not to mention it’s marinated for 36 hours. I highly recommend getting the lamb chops. The chicken kabobs is another good option. It’s a tender chicken breast on stick with delicate subtle flavors. Great for those who want to enjoy the natural flavor of chicken. The chicken kabobs is served with the spinach rice. I do feel the name “spinach rice” is a bit misleading because as I ate the rice, I wasn’t thinking “Boy, I really taste that spinach”. Nonetheless, I thought the rice tasted great.
During my meal, I had the Eros Martini. Very tasty, if I do say so myself. It’s got Absolut raspberry vodka, cranberry juice, and a splash of lime. The Pomegranate Martini had Pama liqueur, Absolut citron, a splash of cranberry juice and a splash of sour. Not bad but the Eros Martini was definitely tastier. There’s a full bar here with lots of drink choices whether it’s beer, wine, liquor, or specialty drinks.
Last but not least, I had some baklava. I will admit, I’m not the biggest fan of baklava because often times, I find that it’s too sweet for me. I really enjoyed the baklava here. It was sweet but not to the point where I could only have a few bites. The baklava had great balance between the spices and honey. Yum!
As I enjoyed my meal, I had the opportunity to speak with Evan (one of the managers) and Vassilis Coumbaros (the general manager). Evan took the time to talk to me about some the special events they have here. Vassilis (aka Victor) came by and we chatted for a little bit. Great guys and I just had an all-around great time here, between the food and the festivities.
Come for the lamb chops, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re wanting to go somewhere with some good eats and fun times, this is the place! OPA!
Sun – Thurs 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat 11:00am – 2:00am
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