Monthly Archives: March 2012

Happy National Food on a Stick Day!

Hot Dog Wrapped in Fries on a Stick! (Courtesy: buzzfeed.com)

After years of hiding out in back alleys and the corners of Fair Parking lots, food on a stick is finally stepping into the spotlight! It’s National Food on a Stick Day and I hope you celebrate with one of these amazing choices I found on http://www.buzzfeed.com.

Tornado Potato!

The Spamsicle!

Mini Cinnamon Rolls!


Letter to the Anchor

Kayla's Letter

One of the best parts of my job is getting to visit kids in school. They always pretend I’m way more important than I actually am (we all know kids have wild imaginations). The best part, after the visit they send us thank you letters. Those letters always include amazing pictures!

A big thanks to Kayla from Englewood Elementary school in Orlando for this pic. It looks like Bridgett and I at the Anchor desk. It’s pretty cool that she knows we stand on steps under the desk! She also was kind enough to write in Troy’s doghouse! Thanks Kayla!


Karaoke and Karate!

The man pictured above decided to put on quite a show during a Karaoke night over the weekend. According to people inside a local Applebee’s, Jeffrey Lee Thompson’s karaoke was so bad and offensive that the manager shut the music off. Witnesses told police this wanna-be pop star proceeded to punch the manager, knocking him out cold. Then, abandoning all reason, he bragged in front of our camera’s about his knockout punch. You may wonder why he is shirtless? Apparently, the singer became so entrenched in his performance that he started taking off his clothes.

Courtesy: The Wedding Singer

This goes along with a feeling I’ve been serenading about for a while. Karaoke should be banned! In the past, I’ve watched as people stumble up to the stage to shriek out something sounding like “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places,” only in this version Garth Brooks swallowed razor blades.

Personally, I don’t enjoy watching people make a mockery of my favorite songs. I’ve heard versions of “I Will Survive” that I did not think I would live through. Honestly, I’m “All Out of Love” for people who ruin Air Supply (OK I’m done). Then, these hapless folks walk off the stage and everyone tries to convince them to go on tour.

This is the beginning of my grassroots campaign to limit amateur singing to showers, cars and American idol! Please join in the fight!


Noles are Where the Heart is!

Courtesy: bleacherreport.com

Rule number one of March Madness brackets and Fantasy Football: Never pick with your heart. If you choose your own team to win, your decisions are based on emotion and bias! I normally live by this mantra. But this year, forget that noise!!

My Florida State Seminoles are a #3 seed and they’re headed to the dance hotter than the hashtag #DwightHoward.  The Noles have racked up 4 wins against Duke and UNC alone. They have the senior leadership and big bodies to hang with anybody! To be honest, I don’t want to feel torn if my favorite team makes it to the Elite 8 and I’m disappointed when the Noles beat the team I picked to win over them. This year I’m a homer and I have never been more excited for March madness to begin! Go Noles!


Drag me to the Drag Races!

When my dad told me he got tickets to see the Gator Nationals in Gainesville.  I had two immediate thoughts. A: I probably wouldn’t see many people there because they would all be wearing camouflage. B: The “people watching” would be epic. I’m talking the center of the mullet and skull tattoo universe. And, I love hanging out with the old man, so I decided to make the trek up I-75.

The lunch buffet!

I ended up getting very disappointed by the whole ordeal. My Pops got some great tickets which put us in a section that included a continental breakfast, ridiculous lunch buffet, and a group of people who were polite and courteous. No one even had the common decency to spill beer on me or blow cigarette smoke in my face.

Cute Couple!

This was the placid scene in front of me. A husband with his arm around his wife with the perfect excuse to not hear a word she is saying. For some men, hearing the sound of your wife’s voice during sports ranks somewhere between nails on a chalk board and a crying baby (not me!). This is the event for you. No one talks! It’s pointless to even try.

As for the event itself, well I must say it was pretty amazing. Watching cars blaze from standing still to 320 miles per hour in a matter of 3.7 seconds is something you cannot grasp until you see it in person. When the Top Fuel dragsters take off, they rattle your insides. It’s hard to breath for the brief second they are in front of you. I have never felt anything like it. If you forget your ear plugs, you will do some serious damage to the old hammer and anvil. Maybe it’s the redneck DNA that courses through my veins, but I had a ball. Thanks for the experience Pop!


Mad Props!

We just found out the weekly winners of perfect restaurant inspections.  Here are the good ones from the Department of Business and Professional regulation.

Orange County

CAFE LA BAMBA

1000 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS PL

ORLANDO, FL  32819-7601

Last Inspected: 02/28/2012

CHUCK WAGON

DISNEY’S FT WILDERNE

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL  32830

License Number: NOS5809712  Last Inspected: 02/28/2012

CROWN LOUNGE

12401 INTERNATIONAL DR

ORLANDO, FL  32821

License Number: SEA5810088  Last Inspected: 02/29/2012

FARRISON, IRENE

9500 SATELLITE BLVD.

ORLANDO, FL  32837

License Number: MFD5851289  Last Inspected: 03/02/2012

KIMINOS

1200 EPCOT RESORT BLVD

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL  32830

License Number: SEA5805718  Last Inspected: 02/29/2012

MEADOWS SNACK BAR

3520 N FORT WILDERNESS TRL

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL  32830

License Number: NOS5804005  Last Inspected: 02/28/2012

OASIS

13800 SR 535

ORLANDO, FL  32821-6327

License Number: NOS5803793  Last Inspected: 02/23/2012

OVER (THE) FENCE BAR-B-Q

6422 MILNER BLVD

ORLANDO, FL  32809

License Number: MFD5853335  Last Inspected: 02/29/2012

Osceola County

HWY 192 COMMISSARY

5795 W IRLO BRONSON

KISSIMMEE, FL  34746

License Number: NOS5910963  Last Inspected: 02/28/2012


Roaches in Restaurants

Since we started my new “Behind the Kitchen Door” segment, I’ve been diving into inspection reports for restaurants in our area daily. In the past week, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation has shut down 3 restaurants in central Florida due to roach activity. Here are the offenders:

-Big John’s Country Drive on 138 North Central Avenue in Oviedo

-Fuji Express on 3201 East Colonial Drive in Orlando

-Denny’s at 12375 State Road 535 in Orlando

Now, these places have since cleared inspections. The DBPR sent inspectors back (the day after the temporary closure) and found no roaches. I’m told restaurants must show a receipt from an exterminator and pass inspection to open back up.