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The Orlando Science Center will host Science on Tap, a beer-centric version of its popular Science of Wine event, on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Loch Haven Park (yes, it’s an outdoor event; dress accordingly). Attendees will have the chance to sample sample-size sips from more than 30 breweries while exploring interactive science demonstrations. (No pop quizzes – that would be the Science of Soda.)

Also on tap, to use a trite phrase that somehow seems appropriate here so I’ll allow it, will be live entertainment, food trucks and games of cornhole and giant jenga, which I assume involves stacking very tall people.

General admission tickets are $60, $50 for OSC members and young professionals (assuming said professionals are over 21). There is a designated driver ticket available for $30. Those who purchase a ViP ticket for $90 get into the event at noon (it also gets you two ickets for a full pour of your choice, something not available to GenAd ticket holders). Food purchases are extra. Tickets and more information here.

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I had hog but somehow the hen escaped me. And it gets top billing.

This was at the Hen & Hog, a new quick-serve restaurant in Winter Park that is ostensibly a renamed and relocated reboot of the Mason Jar Provisions that previously was in Thornton Park.

The new menu is similar to the old, with sandwiches, salads, burgers, a few larger entrees and assorted “snacks” and starters.

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Local Flavor is a collaboration with The Community Paper.

Dharma Southern Kitchen is a vegan restaurant in the Milk District’s Market on South that opened in 2015. Chef/Owner Shaun Noonan shares his recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes, which uses a cornstarch slurry in place of the usual egg wash.

Noonan says there are two keys to this dish: finding truly green tomatoes and slicing them no thinner than 1/2 inch. Otherwise, he says, you’ll end up with mush.

The finished tomatoes may be used in a sandwich, as shown in the photo, or eaten with a knife and fork as an appetizer.

Click here to see the full recipe at YourCommunityPaper.com.

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Stefano box

Flog favorite Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs is taking an innovative approach to subsidize some of its costs. Although it’s a popular dining destination for many, it also has a lot of takeout orders, a sector of the business that likely ramped up during the pandemic and continues to be a strong suit.

But increased takeout business brings increased costs in the form of takeout containers and pizza boxes. Owner Alejandro Martinez saw an opportunity there and is offering the containers as advertising surfaces – mini traveling billboards – to local businesses and slapping flyers for local companies on the pizza boxes and to-go bags that are picked up or delivered to homes in Winter Springs, Oviedo, Casselberry and Winter Park. Very smart. And a win-win-win situation: Stefano's costs are defrayed; businesses get noticed; and customers get Stefano's terrific food.

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Malta Ext

I was strolling around Valletta, the capital of Malta, as one does, and came across Is-Suq Tal-Belt, an indoor food market off Merchants Street and decided to go in. It’s a sizable place – three floors – and similar to food halls you’d find in the states, with a variety of stalls selling all manner of food and drink.

But I was drawn to the Merkanti, which bills itself as selling Maltese street food (yes, street foods not sold on the street is a thing in Europe, too). It had a variety of grilled meats and stews in steam trays on display behind the glass panel. I was intrigued by the laham taz-ziemel, which is a traditional Matese preparation of horse meat.