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DRIP Show Orlando

DripWater

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.

DripScene

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.

DripSand

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.

 

DripShirtWet

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!

 

 

http://www.ilovedrip.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ilovedrip

 

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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Taverna Opa Orlando

TavernaOpaHummus

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.

TavernaOpaInteriorUpon 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.

 

TavernaOpaHummusTavernaOpaTzatzikiAt 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.

 

 

TavernaOpaRiceChickenLambChopSpanakopitaAh, 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.  

BaklavaDuring 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!

http://opaorlando.com/

HOURS:
Sun – Thurs 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat 11:00am – 2:00am
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Nile Ethiopian

Combination Plate

If someone were to ask me, what does Ethiopian food taste like, I really wouldn’t know what to say.  Being the adventurous eater that I am, I decided to go to Nile Ethiopian Restaurant.  Driving up to the restaurant, I began to have some doubts about this place.  It’s located right in the super touristy part of Orlando.  I-drive.  From my past experiences, the food on I-drive isn’t something to brag about.  While sitting in traffic (as expected on I-drive), I had plenty of time to wonder what kind of food I would be having tonight.  Oh, google maps, don’t fail me now!  I finally find the place, located behind Buffalo Wild Wings.  This is not a restaurant one would happen to stumble upon.

Entrance Some of my vegetarian friends recommended this place, so I had some idea about this place.  As I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a server.  The warm earthy tones in the restaurant was a nice touch.  To my right, I see this coffee ceremony set up.  I am really digging the ambiance of the place.  There is the usual dining area and to the left of the restaurant is the traditional style seating.  Unfortunately for me, they had been very busy and didn’t have the areas cleaned.

 

Inside the Nile

 

Nile Honeywine

Nile Beer

As I browsed through the menu, the homemade honeywine caught my eye.  Honey… mmmmmm.  I always enjoy mead so this was right up my alley.  I had fun drinking out of this glass.  I could compare this to mead but this is much tastier.  Imagine mead with more fruity flavor and less cough syrup-like flavor.  I could probably drink 4 more of these.  Probably not a good idea though.  There was also some Ethiopian beer, Hakim Stout.  I was a bit hesitant on the beer at first since I’m not an avid beer drinker.  It wasn’t as bitter as I would have thought it to be.  I could possibly drink all of this too. *gasp*  I think I’m making progress with beer.

 

Chef's combination

The menu has plenty of selections, vegetarian items, poultry, beef, lamb, seafood.  The Chef’s Special caught my eye since it allows me to try different entrees.  I’m definitely about variety!  The Chef’s Special included: Chicken Doro Wat, Doro Alicha, Beef Alicha, Beef Tibs, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Lentils, and Split Peas.  The yellow split peas was good overall, but nothing terribly exciting.  I felt the same way with the red lentils.  The cabbage had a lot of flavor as well as the collard greens.  I think the chicken doro alicha was quite tasty.  It was my first time eating Ethiopian food and I didn’t realize there were no serving utensils.  I had to use injera to eat my food.  Injera is a type of flatbread made from teff flour.  You can expect a sour flavor and traditionally, it’s even more sour.  I thought it was plenty sour already.  The texture was a bit different to say the least.  Imagine a soft, spongy, cold, slightly sticky crêpe.  So, you rip pieces of the injera to grab your food.  The sponginess was great in sopping up the sauces.  The meal itself was on top of injera.

This truly was a learning experience.  Definitely a filling meal!  Overall, everything was quite flavorful and I definitely recommend it for everyone to experience at least once.

 

 

Oh, and if you’re wondering what Ethiopian food tastes like, I’d say it’s has hearty, earthy flavors.  It’s like Indian minus the spiciness with some Mediterranean influences.  Better yet, you guys try it and tell me what you think of it! :)
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