One-stop fill-ups for empty tanks 

sure to tempt even hardcore stay-at-homes to hit the road.

First, the aperitif: The "Bloody Mary Cook-Off" at downtown rockspot Back Booth (37 W. Pine St.; 407-999-2570), where bartenders from SKY60, The Globe, Dexter's and other clubs compete for the title "Best Bloody Mary." Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, seven bucks buys a day's worth of samples of grain alcohol disguised as a juice cocktail.

Take a few weeks to recover and then it's on to more substantial fare: the annual "Taste of Winter Park," on April 14 at the Winter Park Farmer's Market (200 W. New England Ave.). There's an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord with "tastes" from Winter Park faves Allegria Wine Bar, Jockamo's, Fiddler's Green, P.F. Chang's and more. Call 407-644-8281 for tickets and info, and start dieting now.

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