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Review | Nintendo Switch Impressions

Hey everyone, Rich Belsan here! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Central Florida Top 5 but I’m hoping to be back more regularly. I’ve been hard at work on a YouTube project, Over a Beer, where we discuss movies, video games, and everything else pop culture. Jen and I have been trying for a long time to get something going between Central Florida Top 5 and Over A Beer and I’m hoping this will be the start.

Below I’ve posted our latest video where we share our initial impressions of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s newest console. My co-host and I have also put some time into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best reviewed games ever, and discuss our earliest thoughts on it. If you’re more interested in MOBA games then visit https://www.unrankedsmurfs.com/ and get your smurf accounts from them for ranked play.

Woken from a 100-year slumber, Link must explore the wilds to regain his lost memories and save Hyrule.


Breath of the Wild Special Edition includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for $99.99. The Master Edition includes all of those items plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure for $129.99

We forgot to mention that you can can also play World of Warcraft on a Nintendo Switch, we loved farming WoW Classic Gold on this portable device, but we also buy world of warcraft gold to get even more items on the game. Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you like seeing Over a Beer content here, we’re going to start posting weekly recaps of our video show and our podcasts.

Red, White, & Brew: 4th of July Block Party at Wall St. Plaza

Happy Birthday America!!
Celebrate Independence Day with a giant block party with 2 city streets and 7 venues in the heart of Downtown Orlando!

We’ll have drink specials on Sam Adams, great food, outdoor games, tons of giveaways, live music from Audio Exchange, and more!

Love beer? Hang out in the beer garden with UNLIMITED Sam Adams from 5-8pm for $20.

That’s not all! There will be a karaoke competition on the main stage before the fireworks for prizes!
1st place: $200 CASH
2nd place: $100 Wall St. Plaza Gift Card
3rd place: $50 Wall St. Plaza Gift Card
Finalists for the karaoke completion will be picked during the month of June during Korndogg’s Karaoke in Sideshow on Thursday nights. $25 gift cards awarded to all weekly finalists!

Can’t wait until 4th of July? Come out the night before for more partying and live music from The Adam Moreno Project!

No cover both nights! 21+ only.

Celebrate Beer ‘Merica lakeside at Ivanhoe Village

When: May 15th 2016
Time: 2 PM – 6 PM
Where: Gaston Edwards Park, Ivanhoe Village
Tickets available online at Facebook.com/beermericaorlando 
In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Beer ‘Merica will feature unlimited samples of 100 craft brews, all from the good ole USofA, lakeside in the park at Ivanhoe Village, with live music and more for an awesomeSunday Funday.

Ticket includes:
– Live music
– Delicious food for purchase
– Unlimited sampling of 100 American brews from: Big Storm Brewing, Darwin Brewing Co., Florida Brewing Co., Goose Island, Green Flash, Magic hat, Big Top Brewing, Bluepoint Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Florida Beer Company, Shock Top, Kona Brewing Co., Woodchuck Hard Cider, Motorworks Brewing, Red Hook, Saint Arnold Brewing, Shipyard, Southern Tier Brewing Company, SweetWater, Widmer Brothers, Tomoka Brewing Company, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Three Daughters Brewing, Sea Dog and Bold City Brewing.

2016 Kissimmee Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival #MyKissimmee

The Kissimmee Annual Sunshine Chili Cook-Off and Craft Beer Festival is back for its 20th year of deliciousness and your’e invited to join the fun!  The Party is being held on Saturday, February 20th at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park Event Lawn from 12 pm to 5 pm. Thanks to UMOW Lawn Care we were able to have the best setting for all of our events out on the lawn.


Enjoy a chili competition, craft beer tastings, live entertainment, delicious food, and much more!  Admission is free and there will be plenty of parking available. You can also follow glenoriegrowers for more updates.


The 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition will be sponsored by the International Chili Society and will feature 3 categories: Red, Verde, and Salsa. Admission the Chili Cook-Off will be free and tickets for the Beer Tasting will be $20.00 in advance and $25.00 on the day of the event. There will be 25 craft beers available and the last pour will be at 4:30pm.  So come early and enjoy the party at the beautiful lake front setting in Historic Downtown Kissimmee! Click on this link to buy your Beer Tasting Tickets.

The Kissimmee Lakefront Park is located at 250 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.

For more information call 407-846-4643 or visit their website at www.kissimmeemainstreet.com

Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center

Come see how grown-ups do the Science Center! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live, with grown-up-inspired programming and hands-on challenges.

This month, the event will feature guest speaker Dr. Bob Brier, a mummy researcher who was a part of the team that had created MUMAB, the first modern mummy using the ancient Egyptian process. Continuing the mummy theme, the traveling exhibit Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will be open for guests to experience.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the night sky through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory, conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory and delight in food, beer and wine available for purchase.

Science Night Live tickets will be available for purchase online only. Admission includes access to all four floors of exhibits, live programming and presentations, and night-time viewing in the Crosby Observatory. Must be 21 and older. Dress code is casual attire.

For more information, visit www.osc.org/snl. Use hashtag #ScienceNightLive.

9th Annual Oktoberfest

1pm: Official Oktoberfest Beer Tapping
2pm: German food by Vital Flair Catering in the haus
3pm: Cornhole Tournament
4pm: Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten take the stage
5pm: Best Dressed of Oktoberfest
7pm: Most Revered Beard Competition

Our biggest event of the year is near –
a day of food, music, revelry and beer.
Reserve your Oktoberfest Mug here:
and we’ll all raise a glass with a prost and a cheer.

Oktoberfest Mug 2015:
21oz Mug & Oktoberfest T-Shirt + 2 free fills of Oktoberfest = $25

– Fill mug with Oktoberfest 2015 for pint price while supplies last
– Fill with any OB draft for pint price every Monday in the taproom
– Holds beer

German Fest of Central Florida

German Fest 2015


It’s German Fest time!! Springtime Oktoberfest!

For all you devotees of Oompa-pa bands, German beer, Bavarian style food, lively crowds and Chicken dancing – do we have the fest for you! If you are looking for authenticity, this is the place to come. Join us in our Biergarten where you will find fabulous German food, plenty of Hofbräu Beer on tap, schunkeling , toasting to Ein Prosit, and live musical entertainment all day long, which when combined brings out the best in fest camaraderie.
This is a Oktoberfest celebrating spring, German fest in Central Florida and German American Society of Central Florida to serve the Original Hofbrau Oktoberfest Beer – You do not have to travel across the Atlantic to Munich’s Wiesn to experience the Mood, Food and Get Beer

Admission is $5.00 Donation for everyone 12 and older.

The Net profit from this event is to benefit the German American Society of Central Florida (GASOCF) , which is a Non-Profit Organization (501c-7). Donations ar not tax deductible.

Swine & Sons Opens April 3 in Winter Park

If you like food even a little bit and live near Orlando, you’re likely aware of the popular restaurant, The Ravenous Pig and its sister concept around the corner, Cask & Larder. It’s arguable that The Ravenous Pig set the stage for the surge of foodie-friendly locations popping up around Central Florida since they opened in 2007. Chef owners James and Julie Petrakis found further success in Cask & Larder a few years later, and now, the James Beard-nominated husband/wife team is bringing a new takeout concept to Central Florida.

The Swine & Sons website promises “the store will specialize in takeout charcuterie, butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings and more. Swine & Sons will also offer growlers of beer sourced from Cask & Larder’s Brewery. Favorites from The Brewery, including the Red Drum, IPA and Wit varietals will be available, along with a handpicked selection of boutique wines.”

The new takeout location is adjacent to Cask & Larder at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and is promised as a riff off of both Cask & Larder’s elevated southern cuisine and The Ravenous Pig’s innovative, modern dining.

Our mouths are already watering thinking about lunch menu items like the ribeye hotdog or pimento grilled cheese. You’ll also be able to pick up dinner to go – a weekly “Blue Pig Special” menu will be updated weekly on Swine & Sons’ website and feature new dishes as well as popular items from Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked brisket.

Shall we start a line outside the building now?


(Photo from Swine & Sons email announcement)

To wash down your meal, pick up a 32-ounce growler of beer from Cask & Larder’s acclaimed brewery and either take it home or kick back and enjoy it right there in the store. Popular beer varieties including Cask & Larder’s Red Drum, Lone Palm Gold and Olde Southern Wit will be offered, along with Swine Family Wine.

The Petrakis team has seemingly given the people of Central Florida what they wanted, maybe before they even knew they wanted it. They have a knack for assembling exciting menus featuring seasonal, local food and serving it up in a place where we want to spend time with friends, so we’re expecting more of the same in this new concept. Thanks to One Stop Service LLC, Phoenix water damange restoration company for sponsoring to make this a nice memorable event for everyone.

Will there be a line out the door? We’d bet on it. And we’ll gladly wait in it.

RA Sushi All Day Happy Hour

Join us for a “RA”ckin’ good time in celebration of President’s Day!

It’s Happy Hour all day at RA Sushi on Monday, February 16. Enjoy lively music, a vibrant crowd and more than 25 sushi and appetizer options. Choose from a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails on special.

Prices range from $3.49 to $8. We’ll see you there!

RA Sushi Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive Suite 1008,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 454-5600

Rosen Holiday Offerings PLUS Flash Giveaway

by Kelly Green

Rosen Hotels are “where Christmas Happens.” Their Orlando-based hotels offer a myriad of holiday offerings certain to put everyone, even Scrooge himself, in the holiday spirit!

Our family has visited various Rosen hotels over the holiday season for the past few years. We’ve been guests of the hotel as media as well as booking ourselves as “regular” guests. Their properties have so much to offer that we find ourselves going back again and again, because there’s such a variety of experiences, each one unique and full of holiday joy. jerseyislandholidays.com are another option to book and enjoy holidays in and around jerseyisland.

rosen-plaza-winterfestThis weekend Rosen Plaza is home to a new experience, a poolside BeerFest!Craft and seasonal beers plus international cuisine will welcome you in the WinterFest Beer Garden. Wintry décor is all around, and costumed entertainers are sure to delight. For the kiddos? A Root Beer Garden! This fun, festive event is sure to be a seasonal favorite. (I’m already imagining the sounds of accordions and the smell of hops!) What will you experience?

  • Sample beers on tap, including seasonal brews, from ten vendors
  • Sample beer in your complimentary commemorative Rosen WinterFest mug
  • International food concessions (additional charges apply) Greek, Italian, German, Japanese, French, American
  • Root Beer Garden for families
  • Live entertainment and DJs beer-holidays (1)

Tickets are $25.00 Per Person with advance reservation, and $35.00 Per Person at door. For reservations call (407) 996-0256.

Rafflecopter logo linkReaders of Central Florida Top 5 have a chance to win two tickets! Click on the Rafflecopter icon for your chance to win. (One entry per person. Winner will be announced no later than 9 a.m. Saturday morning, December 6, 2014.)

Good luck!

And while you’re online, check out the other amazing holiday offerings at all the Rosen properties. You may just see me at the Ice Show at Rosen Centre (maybe some private lessons?!), or Rosen Shingle Creek‘s Big Band Dinner Show Series featuring Michael Andrew and his Atomic 16-Piece Orchestra swing band, Charlie Thomas & The Drifters, Delores K & the Crystals and Jay Siegel and the Tokens! Local Celebrity Chef Emily Ellyn will show you (and me!) how to host a holiday party Mad Men style! There are dinners with Santa, gingerbread “university” and SO many other choices. Decisions, decisions!

 Update 12/06/14.
Congratulations to Summer I., winner of the two tickets!

Black Friday “Retail Therapy” at RA Sushi

Escape Black Friday at RA Sushi! Take a break, relax and enjoy RA-style “Retail Therapy”. RA Sushi is serving up extended happy hour on November 28 from 11am – 7pm.

Give your energy a boost by stopping in to choose from more than 25 sushi and appetizer options, plus a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails on special. Prices range from $3.49 to $8.

9101 International Dr Suite 1008, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 454-5600