About Us

With a passion for great events, unique places, good food, and thrifty entertainment, theORLANDOAN is one of Central Florida's premier online city guides. With regular Weekend Previews, editorial pieces, and Orlando-inspired merchandise, theORLANDOAN's primary goal is to chronicle the journey of a city coming into its own. Along the way, we hope to build an appreciation for Orlando and show off what The City Beautiful is all about. 

theORLANDOAN was founded by Alex Lenhoff and Andi Perez (now Yelp's Orlando Community Manager), two kids with a nerdy passion for their city. Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email us@theORLANDOAN.com.

Alex Lenhoff  |  Co-Founder and Writer
When he's not drinking beer from a giant glass boot, Alex is the blog's creative director, one of the writers, and a tech wizard (just kidding, it's Blogger!). He does interviews with people you may not have heard of but will be glad you did. He started this blog to help make the case that Orlando is secretly awesome.

Tairí Pérez  |  Writer and Social Media Coordinator  
Tairí is the blog's resident vegan correspondent, corgi-lover, and event finder. She uses her innately sassy writing style to help create our Weekend Previews, writes original pieces on exploring Orlando, and interviews awesome locals. Tairí is also one of the blog's Instagrammers and helps keep our social media outlets lively. 

Tina Craig  |  Photographer 
Tina is an Orlando-based documentary-style photographer. From people and places to local venues and hand-made items, her photographs put the "beautiful" in The City Beautiful. You can see more of here work here.

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Are You Following Them? Best Orlando Twitter and Instagram Accounts
by Ashley Belanger, Marriott Traveler, 2015
"Follow the Orlandoan to explore Orlando's affordable underground." 
Embrace the Outdoors in Orlando
by Julie Earle-Levine, New York Magazine, 2015
"theORLANDOAN helpfully outlines Orlando’s best bars, restaurants, and cultural goings-on from the perspective of cool young locals." 
with Pat Green, WPRK, 2014

by Chris Osborn, One Travel, 2014
"...this blog offers loads of tips on making the most of your time in Orlando from where to get the best coffee, where to buy local and what's on this weekend."
by Edwin Martinez, Orlando Through My Eyes, 2014

by Dave Plotkin, Orlando Weekly, 2014

by Ben Reed, Orlando Water Hole, 2014

by Daniel Pacchioni, WPRK's Local Heroes, 2013

by Kathryn Stelljes, ThinkDowntownOrlando, 2013

by Alyssa Shaina Lieberman, Her Campus, 2013

Local bloggers explore unique spots in Orlando
by Nada Hassanein, Central Florida Future, 2013

Mentions of #OrlandoDoesntSuck 

Awards honor 'forward-looking' urban projects
by Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel, 2014

Orlando's East End Market shifts foodies' view of city
by A.D. Thompson, USA Today, 2013

Teege’s List of Reasons Orlando Doesn’t Suck
by Teege Braune, The Drunken Odyssey, 2013

by Jessica J. Saggio, Seminole Chronicle, 2013

by Sarah Peerani, Choose Love & Go, 2013

A disclaimer on photos: Many of the photos on this blog are ours, but some are borrowed from other sites. Borrowed images are linked to their sources, but if you find a picture that you don't want us to use, please let us know.

A disclaimer on events, restaurants, and sites: We try to thoroughly research and/or go to all the events we write about.  Unfortunately, we can't guarantee the quality of any events or if it's still going on--please be sure to check the event's or venue's official site before you go!