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Sleuth’s Dinner Theater Travel Review – Orlando, FL

This review was done by Marshall (AKA The One True Hazard)

Sleauths _ Zainey Laney

 

As a celebration of October, the Month of Two Birthdays around our household, we managed to wrangle a few seats over at the I-Drive area’s famous Sleuths Dinner Theater. I-Drive is well known for the sheer number of dinner theater concepts that have sprung up around there, and we have seen most of them. Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, and Pirates come to mind. They all run off a similar formula. Gather everyone together in a waiting area/bar/gift shop until show time, then wrangle them into the show area and give them chunks of the show while they eat their dinner.

Sleauths Gift Shop _ Zainey Laney

Sleuths is the same kind of concept, but instead of a high-action stunt show in a massive amphitheater, you have a more intimate theater gathered near a small stage. The show is, as the name would suggest, a mystery for the audience to solve. There are many different shows available at Sleuths, so even if you go multiple times, you’ll get a different experience. Because of the smaller theater, and the type of show that it is, much of the performance is not only interactive with the audience, but improvised a bit.
Sleauths Bar _ Zainey Laney
We enjoyed the show. It was lots of fun. I don’t really want to ruin the show for you, so I won’t really get into the nitty-gritty details, but ours was a murder mystery at the Squire’s Inn in England. The characters were off the wall, and the actors really got into them. After seeing things unfold up until the murder, we received the main portion of the meal. After that, we got to question the suspects, which was lots of fun. This is where the actors could really show off their improv skills, as they would not only respond entirely in character, but could easily segue weird questions into the pre-scripted, multi-character scenes that would reveal content. Then, we got dessert, followed by accusations.
Sleuths Stage _ Zainey Laney
This was where the show fell a bit flat. As someone who was raised watching Poirot and other Agatha Christie mysteries on PBS, the final result was… unsatisfying. As the only piece of definite evidence as to whodunnit was left until the end to be revealed, it could literally be ANY of the suspects right up until the reveal. The suspects all have a motive, and no alibi. It feels as if they could change the ending right there with a quick whisper behind stage and nobody would be the wiser. That grinds my gears. This could have just been the Squire’s Inn story that did this, but I have no way of knowing.
So, after a full discussion of the show, lets move on to the consumables. The bar has a full assortment of drinks, and several house drinks that looked very good. There was a chocolate mint drink that was very tasty. Once you get into the show, you have unlimited soda, beer, and wine. The lasagna was much better than the food we’ve had at other dinner theaters, and Vince’s steak seemed to meet his expectations. Deserts were a bit of a let down, as the chocolate cake was dry and dense.
Sleuths Dinner _ Zainey Laney
All in all, Sleuth’s is a fun experience, but I would only go again if I could get a discount. At the price, its food is in need of a little upgrade. The show was entertaining, and a good way to spend an evening with friends. I would like to see if all the other shows have the same lackluster ending, but take this bit of advice: think of this less as a mystery show, and more of a comedy. You’ll enjoy it better.
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FSL Xylem Earbud Review

 

Today we are doing a product review!!!

 

Future Sound Lab Xylem Headphones _ Zainey Laney

I was recently given the opportunity to review these earbuds from Future Sound Lab. As a hearing impaired person, I find it is always a struggle to get headphones that work well.

There are quite a few things I love about these. First, they are light weight so they don’t hurt my ears or give me headaches after a little while. Also the wood give it a nice clear quality that I really appreciate. There is no crackling or static from these, just pure clear sound. Also the sound is loud and not muffled.

The earbuds do come with microphone and volume control which is very handy.

Overall, as earbuds, they are very good quality!

FSL XYLEM earbuds are available on AMAZON. They are on sale right now for $14.99!

 

From the Company:

Eco-friendly construction
You may not have a cape or super-powers but you can do your bit to save the earth with these premium quality wooden earphones. Wood offers several advantages over plastics and metal and that is why it is used in the construction of premium, high end speakers and musical instruments.
Powerful vibrant sound with naturally enhanced bass
The wooden chamber of the FSL Xylem is designed specifically to reflect bass frequencies and yet absorb high frequencies. The result is a powerful bass sound with a fine detailed high end. Only a wooden chamber can provide this natural acoustic effect and the Xylem has been fine tuned to high definition audio standards.
Control your music and calls
A discreet integrated microphone and remote put you in complete control of your music and calls. Play, pause, skip track, previous track as well as answer and end call at the touch of the button without reaching for your phone.
Note: track controls may not be compatible with all devices
Compatibility
The FSL Xylem is universally compatible to work with all audio devices with a 3.5mm socket – that means just about anything portable like your smartphone, tablet or iPod etc.
Lifetime customer service and 3 year warranty
FSL prides itself on it’s customer care and we want you to be happy with your product for years to come. Our faith in our products is why we offer a 3 year warranty and offer our customers support for the lifetime of the product.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

It’s Travel Thursday with some more Epic Travel.

Marshall recently had the opportunity to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with Chris. Here is his take on one of the most popular halloween events in Orlando.

Mickeys Not So Scary with Chris and Marshall _ Zainey Laney

 

I recently had an opportunity, alongside MovieGuy84, to check out Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This is not the first time I had been to the Party, but it was the first time I had been there on an invite. Okay, technically as a +1 on an invite. Thank you, MovieGuy. If you want me to sum up the rest of what I’m going to say, you should definitely go, and a lot an entire evening for it up tomidnight. You’ll be tired the next morning, but it’ll be good fun.
Mickeys Not SO Scary Castle _ Zainey Laney
Each year, they kick off the night with a show. In previous years, most were disappointed with the production and direction of the shows. I’m pleased to say that Disney has addressed that. This year features the Sanderson Sisters of Hocus Pocus fame, their long-overdue-induction into the society of Disney Villians, and a lot of elbow rubbing with other villainous headliners. The sorcerous sisters have come back from their slumber and are attempting to brew their Hocus Pocus Party Potion. They need several ingredients that are all supplied by various ne’er-do-wells including Dr. Fusilier, Oogy Boogy, and Maleficent. It’s all very campy, and yes, that’s the point. Personally, I felt that Oogy Boogy’s part was a bit weak as far as story line, but this is about fun, not high literature. The Sanderson Sisters were perfectly decked out. They looked exactly like their movie counterparts, and moved and sang just right. Disney really did them justice here, and the show really made the night for me.
Mickeys Not So Scary Boo to You Parade _ Zainey Laney
After that, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hallow fame came riding through to kick off the Boo-To-You parade. If you haven’t seen this before, it takes various attractions from around the Magic Kingdom on parade, blending their theme songs with the parade music in an earworm that will please and annoy you for two and a half days after. A fun highlight is the zombie undertaker dancers for the Haunted Mansion. As they dance, they drag their shovels on the ground, throwing up a shower of sparks. So fun. If I’m not mistaken, they’ve added Wreck-It Ralph characters near the end of the parade, close to the Goofy Float. I liked Vanellope running around and saying hi to everyone.
Mickeys Not So Scary Boo to You Parade _ Zainey Laney
Now, you can’t have a fun Halloween without Trick-Or-Treating, and Disney supplies. Many of the attractions are shut down and become candy zones where you can load up. Interestingly, Pirates of the Carribean was also shut down. Possibly because George doesn’t want to work nights. My recommendation is to wait until during or after the night’s fireworks display to do your candy runs, as the lines will be shorter. We managed to hit all the stations, see the show, parade, and fireworks, and ride three rides all during the event without breaking a sweat. While you’re about, you should check out the Haunted Mansion, as all the staff have revealed their undead selves (via great makeup jobs) in the moonlight, and one of the ghostly ladies will be out for a meet-and-greet. Great photo ops are to be had all over the park, as just about every character is hanging out to meet you. Now, I mentioned the fireworks display. Really, I wasn’t much of a fan of it. Having seen it before, and having so much of it de-synced was a bit of a turn off. I hope they’ll update this in future years.
Mickeys Not So Scary Fire Works _ Zainey Laney
All in all, this was a great event, and I hope to go again one year. If you have the opportunity, kids or no, you should definitely go. It isn’t a scary Halloween. It’s a fun, exuberant romp through all the festivities you remember from your childhood. And your inner child will thank you.
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Until Next time,
Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney
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Stefano’s Grill Review – Orlando

We recently had the opportunity to try out Stefano’s Grill which is located in the Dr Phillips area about 10 min from Universal Orlando. Not only were we using some gift certificates, but we wanted to experience the Magical Dining program.

This program consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $33 at this specific location. Other locations deals may differ. This program runs until the end of September and you can get more information at this site.

For our party, Chris was the only one who opted for the plan (mainly because I am a picky eater). Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of his dessert, but the rest is picture below.

Appetizers:

Fries and Zucchini _ Zainey Laney

Marshall and I split the Parmesan Garlic fries and the Fried Zucchini. The zucchini is a tempura batter consistency and was so delicious. It was probably my favorite thing the whole night. The fries were standard.

Flatbread appatizer _ Zainey Laney

Chris samples the flatbread and as you can see he ate most of it before I could get a picture. It was shrimp and spinach but he said there was not enough shrimp on there. Definitely tasty though!

Calamari _ Zainey Laney

Vince has expensive tastes so he went with the calamari. I cannot comment on the taste myself since I cannot stand fish, but he said it was quite delicious.

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For my entree, I sampled the Bolognese Rigatoni. The sauce was very good and it was a generous portion of meat. So much, that I could not finish it.

Flatbread _ Zainey Laney

Marshall’s entree was the Three Meat Flatbread. For the price, it was very filling, especially because it was the one of the most inexpensive things on the menu. He recommended a side salad as well.

Steak _ Zainey Laney

Chris got the Steak. The chef is a butcher by trade so the cuts of meat were very much quality cuts. At the top of the picture you can see some garlic. We were a little jealous of this, as they took a whole head of roasted garlic and squeezed it onto the plate. Then they mashed it up to put over the top of the meat. I love garlic so this was heaven!

Veal _ Zainey Laney

Vince got the veal and while it does not look very colorful, it was definitely tasty to him! You can see that there is a lot of care that goes into these dishes, but if you are looking for vegetables, I found them to be sparing. We could have really used some more as I am practically a vegetarian.

 

Zainey Friends _ Zainey Laney

On the whole, if you are looking for a nice Italian restaurant, Stefano’s Grill is definitely unique. It is a mom and pop run establishment that is cozy. The service was excellent and it was not too busy (though I recommend reservations).

Check out more review in my Epic Travel section. And until next time:

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Bocco 4 Pack Silicone Travel Bottles- Large 3 oz Bottles Review


Ever since the airlines have been making stricter limitations on traveling, I have been searching for bottles that would be perfect for me to use. I had found some similar to these before, but I wanted to highlight what an awesome product this is, even if you aren’t traveling!

 

Bocco Bottles _ Zainey Laney

So let’s start with the basics. Four 3oz silicone bottles come to a pack and they are enclosed in a zipper pouch, which is approved for airline travel. You can get them in a variety of colors depending on what you want. There is a little section cup on the side of the bottle which allows it to attach to a shower wall (although sometimes this does not work quite as well as I would like). Although it is a flip top bottle, the lid unscrews to reveal a wide mouth so there is plenty of room to add liquids in, without the aid of a funnel.

My favorite part though is around the plastic lid. If you pop off the silicone bottle, you can get to a plastic ring around the lid. This you can turn to indicate the type of product your have in the bottle. There are a few pre-printed categories but there are also a few blank so you can write in your own! This is such a nice touch, especially if you are like me and forget what is in where.

So, tips for using this product when not traveling; My favorite is when I have just a little amount of product left in a large bottle and I don’t want to keep it in my shower. I use these to take up less room! Another use would be for lotion if I need to stick it in my purse or put in my desk at work. Lastly, when I make my own body cream (shea and cocoa butter, is the best!) this is great container to use to apply. Be forewarned that the bottle is not recommended for oil based products. The solutions are endless!

Bottles can be purchased for $23.99 on Amazon (Prime) and while that may seem a little pricey, think about all the time you might use these!

From the Company:

Say goodbye to leaky, single-use plastic travel toiletry bottles…
Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles are designed to give you a peace of mind when traveling:
– Food Grade Squeezable Silicone – Soft yet durable silicone construction helps avoid wasting product, allowing you to get every last drop. Squeeze and release to get exactly how much you want without globs of excess oozing out.
– Leak Proof Technology – 3 leak-proof cap wall and no dip valve to prevent leaks and spills
– ID Window – Adjustable, labeled rim identifies product contents. Conveniently labeled Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Soap, and Sunscreen. 3 blank labels for you to write product contents.
– Large Bottle Opening for fast, drip free fills.
– Built-In Suction Cup -Temporarily attach to smooth surfaces such as hotel tiles for easy reach in the shower. Moisten suction cup for better holding power.
– NEW & IMPROVED Clear Reusable Travel Pouch with Zipper Closure- No more digging around for a Ziploc bag.
– 100% BPA Free & FDA Approved– Safe for food use. It’s purpose goes beyond traveling. Use around the kitchen to store Sauces or Baby Food. Fill them up with your favorite toiletries to bring along to the Gym, Work, Camping or in your Purse
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links.