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EXTRACT Juice & Tapas Bar in Winter Park

I’ve driven by EXTRACT Juice & Tapas bar in Winter Park several times, and gazed at the folks who seemed to be enjoying its charming atmosphere as I breezed by. This past weekend I got to experience this health-conscious neighborhood joint, and I’m happy to say I’m a fan!

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Outdoor seating

Now, I’m the first to say (and it’s quite clear by looking over our “Food” section) I’m not the healthiest eater in the world, but I’m taking strides to make better decisions, so I was certainly eager to check-out EXTRACT. My dining buddy and I both opted for the great little brunch offer they’ve got going – three courses and all-you-can-drink Sangria for $27! Yup…and we did NOT drank all we could drank! Let’s take a look.

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Brunch menu

Please keep in mind their brunch menu could change at any time. This is just what it looked like when we dined here.

There’s a great variety on the menu, and diverse enough that just about anyone should find something they like. Scroll through the gallery to check out all the amazing noms we enjoyed! I can honestly say everything was really good, but for me the standout had to be the mini Italian sliders with pretzel crisps. So simple but so tasty!

This is just what’s on the brunch menu. There are many, many other dishes on their regular menu, including affordable smoothies (some local places charge a buttload for smoothies!). It’s also a dog-friendly establishment so if you’re looking to get out with your pooch on a beautiful Central Florida summer afternoon, go for it!

Location deets:

EXTRACT Juice & Tapas Bar
400 W. New England Ste 13
Winter Park, Florida 32789

See what folks are saying about EXTRACT on Yelp! Have you been? We’d love to know about your experience.


Bike to Work with Buddy


Leave your car at home May 9, and bike to work along the Orlando Urban Trail!

Color Me Rad Race Giveaway Winner

logo_hdThanks to you guys who entered our sweepstakes to receive two (2) complimentary admissions to the upcoming Color Me Rad Race in Orlando. Randomly drawing a winner using, we’re happy to congratulate Pam!

Pam: Can you please email us at pulseofcentralflorida[at]mail[dot]com at your convenience, so we can provide you with the promo code you’ll need to redeem your tickets?

For everyone else interested, we were given a code for 20% of the purchase of any admissions. The code is: CFLT5CMR14.

We’d love to hear about your experience if you participate in the Orlando Color Me Rad Race. Have fun!

Color Me Rad Race Entry Giveaway

We’re giving away two (2) FREE entries to the upcoming Color Me Rad race when it hits Central Florida later this month. Not familiar with Color Me Rad yet? Well, you soon will be:

Similar to some other races we’ve seen pop-up in the past few years, but each one definitely has its own personality, and this one is no exception.

“Color Me Rad is a 5K that fires off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, color mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your boss will finally remember your name, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.”

And these guys ain’t messin’ around. Check out all of the cities throughout the country where the Color Me Rad event is being hosted:

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You can find tons of information about the event on the Color Me Rad website. And don’t forget to leave a comment in this post about why you’re looking forward to this and why you’d like to win! We’ll keep it open ’til this coming Sunday (3/9) at 6pm EST, and then randomly draw a winner. Good luck!

Keep up with Color Me Rad:


Discovering a new place to burn some calories is always pretty cool. Thinking back, the last time I was this excited about a ‘find’ was when my good friend, Dena Davis, started her boot camps at Lake Eola.

This morning, I headed to the 6 a.m. spin class at SWEAT Gym in College Park.  Even though I lived right across the street for years, I never made it in until I moved 20 minutes away.  Sigh, my timing sucks, but better late than never, right?

The moment I walked in, I knew this was the type of gym where people go to get down to business.  It’s not ultra-fancy, but you get the feeling immediately that you’re about to get a killer workout.  And, even at 6 a.m. the place is bustling. Hell, there was a class even earlier than the one I attended and it was packed!  The next 45 minutes were awesome–Beth Lewis led a group of about 12 of us on a high-energy workout sure to leave your legs in noodle-mode for the rest of the morning.

Classes are $15 for dropins, but the gym also offers 6-packs and a few other options.  Wanna train?  That’s an option, too.  One look at hardbody-owner Laura Allen and you’ll be hooked.  So, if you’re looking for a way to offset all the pumpkin pie you plan to inhale over the next week or two, head on over to SWEAT.





Central Florida Life on Instagram

More of Central Florida seen through the Instagram lens. Enjoy (and if you know where any of these places are, chime in)!



Central Florida Life on Instagram

Central Florida has many great “photo opps.” Sometimes ya gotta look for them, often they find you (you just have to be ready). And when we are ready we try to capture them on Instagram. While some of these great photos make their way into our posts, they mostly don’t warrant a full blog post, so we Instashare them.

For these, we thought it’d be fun to start a little series called “Central Florida Life on Instagram,” where from time-to-time we’ll feature various photos caught over a week or two. Here’s the first…we hope you enjoy!


Know where any of this were snapped? We’d love to hear it – let’s make this interactive. And if you’re on Instagram yourself and aren’t yet following us, and would like to, feel free at (handle @PulseofCFL on the App).

What’s your favorite lake in Central Florida?

We spend quite a bit of time at Lake Davis just south of downtown Orlando. It’s not only close to where we live, but it provides a great out-of-the-way place to exercise, be quiet, and just enjoy the beautiful downtown skyline.

Lake Davis certainly isn’t the only lake in Central Florida. In fact, we’re kinda known for the number of lakes we actually have. So, we’d like to know what’s your favorite lake? If it’s not one of the choices feel free to add one.

Central Florida Seasons

Our weather has been all over the place the past few weeks, and right now we seem to be experiencing something magical! Curious to know, which season do you most enjoy in Central Florida?

BRINK Magazine 2013 Calendar

We’ve been supporters of Central Florida arts/entertainment/culture magazine BRINK pretty much since the beginning (and they’ve been big supporters of ours as well). Great content, and the folks at the helm are pretty rad. So we’re happy to share with you all that the BRINK 2013 calendar is currently available for sale here. Why not support this fantastic local project for simply $4.99? (There’s also a free digital version, if you prefer, but why not shell-out the cash?!)

Brink Calendar

BRINK Magazine 2013 Calendar

Additional information can be found and purchases made here.

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