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Magical Dining 2014 – K Restaurant Wine Bar

Magical Dining 2014 – K Restaurant Wine Bar

by weallgottaeat @ We All Gotta Eat

After following Chef Fonzo on Twitter for a while now and drooling over his dishes, as well as Michelle’s desserts, we finally made it in to K Restaurant in College Park. Here was this year’s Magical Dining menu: I started … Continue reading

Mama’s Fixins Soul Food and BBQ Food Truck in Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mama’s Fixins Soul Food Truck Mama’s Fixins is a brand spanking new soul food truck here in Orlando, making its debut at the Oviedo Marketplace edition of theDailyCity.com’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar summer series. Mama don’t play around when it comes to her soul food or her food truck business as this truck is modded with its own bbq smoker in the back. It probably the largest truck on the road right now, kind of like the boy band ultra deluxe tour bus version of a food truck. I ordered the baby back ribs with two sides for $10 and a dessert of peach cobbler for $3. My good friend and neighbors Mr and Mrs Mega Yummo ordered the savory oxtails and rice for $12. My baby back ribs were delicious: juicy and fall off the bone pork meat basked in a sweet and tangy bbq sauce thats been made with a love and care that only Mama could provide. My sides were pretty good as well: the mac and cheese and the collard greens went well with the whole southern comfort food theme and left me a bit sleepy after this full and satisfying meal. I had barely enough room for the peach cobbler at the end, which I thought was decent but could be better with an adjustment to the crusting for the cobbler pie. It would also be great served hot with a side of vanilla ice cream. I also go to try Mega Yummo’s oxtail which I thought was a bit salty and may not have been the best ox tails I have ever had, it definitely could be better for the $12 price tag. I would recommend the ribs over the oxtails at this moment. @mamasfixins or facebook.com/mamasfixins Tangy ribs and mac n cheese and collard greens, oh my! Peach cobbler Savory Oxtails via megayummo

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs opens on National Spaghetti Day

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to the media preview and grand opening of Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante with a special dedication moment including leadership from Disney, Patina Restaurant Group and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Following the dedication, we went inside the brand new Italian restaurant for a media reception and we celebrated National Spaghetti Day with some apps, pasta, wines, cocktails and sweet treats; perfect for the occasion.  Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is a warm and dreamy restaurant with friendly staff, delicious food, and airline themed aesthetics that is adventurous and playful. The backstory is that the building was a once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s.  Italian immigrants Maria and Enzo owned a small bakery business inside the airline terminal and they purchased the entire building after the airline terminal closed down.  As an airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to the abandoned airline terminal and to open a spacious restaurant in it was a dream of his and Maria, who both wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to guests at Disney Springs. CACIOCAVALLO FRITTO – fried sicilian cheese, spicy tomato and pomodoro sauce SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA – burrata and meatballs ARANCINI DI CARNE – fried rice stuffed with meat ragù, peas and mozzarella.  They were delicious! PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED BREADSTICKS CHERRY TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA SKEWERS Delicious TIRAMISU! These were the best CHEESECAKE POPS that I have ever had in my life! CANNOLI– sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips, candied orange.  It was the best cannoli that I have ever had in my life! Randomly selected guests will be upgraded upon arrival to the First Class Lounge and will receive a more upgraded level of service.  Guests 21 years of age or older will be served a complimentary glass of Prosecco and kids will receive a complimentary airline pin. Be sure to book a reservation at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, link below, so you can experience this amazing new restaurant for yourself! BONUS: We also got to take a tour around the new Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar. …and The Edison. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante The Landing, Disney Springs, 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (407) 560-8466 mariaandenzos.com Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 enzoshideawayfla.com The Edison 1570 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 theedisonfla.com

Lake Nona Food Truck Bazaar

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

TheDailyCity.com’s popular Food Truck Bazaar returns to Lake Nona and Fashion Squarethis weekend. On Saturday December 17 in Lake Nona, the Food Trucks will rally at CrossPointe Church, 11002 Lake Hart Dr., Orlando, FL 32832 and on Sunday December 18 Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 East Colonial Drive, both are from 5pm-9pm.The below are some photos taken a few weeks ago from the Lake Nona Food Truck Bazaar! The lovely weather and crowds of families, enjoying the food truck fare in the Florida afternoon. I visited the Silver Bistro, a new food truck here in Orlando, usually located at the new food truck stop on 17/92 in Winter Park. They specialize in interesting fusion sandwiches such as the Miami Seoul ($8), a satisfying cuban sandwich made with roast pork, ham, gruyere cheese,  and a kick of kimchi pickled cabbages tucked in cuban bread. My partner enjoyed the Super Moose ($8) a prime rib sandwich,  reminiscent of a roast beef sandwich, served with au jus and home made horse radish sauce. The Miami Seoul, a Cuban with a touch of Korean kimchi The Super Moose, a slicked prime rib / roast beef sandwich The Cuban from Twisted Cuban Monsta Lobsta roll truck

The Food Truck Bazaar at Fashion Square Mall – February 12th 2012

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mark Baratelli of TheDailyCity.com, producer of The Food Truck Bazaar and promoter of all things Orlando It’s been almost a year since the first Food Truck Bazaar was held at Discovery Church in Orlando and what a year it has been. Ever since then, food trucks have arrived in a big way on the Orlando Food scene and the foodie landscape will never be the same. Featured spotlights on the Cooking Channel, Fox 35, and even a new Best Food Truck category in the Orlando Sentinel’s Annual Foodie Awards, and more have all brought attention and acclaim to the ever-growing food truck world. There has been a lot of criticism about the hours and locations of these food trucks, some who appear and disappear and reappear at the slightest excuse or cold breeze or only showing up at food truck events rather than operating in a dependable location and time. This happened to me personally a few times when I tried to show up at a food truck spot and there were no food trucks there. To be safe, just check their twitter feeds ( I try to gather them all in an easy list here https://twitter.com/#!/TastyChomps/orlando-food-trucks ). Usually if they haven’t tweeted in a day it means they’re probably not out operating. The food truck landscape is still shaping and evolving to the needs of the city as well as the business needs so please do be patient. This past weekend, almost as a sign of the maturing food truck industry, the largest food truck bazaar in the history of the city went down in the back parking lots of the Orlando Fashion Square Mall with 35 food trucks on site. The truck’s offerings ran the gamut from barbecue, soul, Caribbean, new American, Vietnamese, Middle-eastern, Sushi, cupcakes, desserts, crepes, pretty much all you could want from every cuisine all conveniently located in a two block radius. It was one of the coldest Sundays of the season but many families and participants still came out to enjoy the good food. I saw one of the new trucks in town “Saigon Sizzle”, a Vietnamese food truck based out of Orange City.  The owners of Saigon Sizzle are a friendly and sincere Asian American husband and wife team who are proud to show off their menu of banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese rice noodle bowls with grilled pork and chicken, and rice platters, all topped with your choice of sriracha, soy sauce, or thai sweet and spicy chili sauce at the table. I knew I probably won’t be travelling to Orange City any time soon so I had to take the opportunity and order the chicken and pork tacos ($6 for two) from the Saigon Sizzle food truck. The tacos were full of fresh grilled soy sauce and fish sauce marinated chicken and pork, pickled carrots, cucumbers, and fresh herbs all wrapped in a soft tortilla. It was enjoyable, especially with the great abundance of fresh veggies in the taco and the added topping of the spicy chili sauce. I wish them much luck out in Orange City and hope they get to come down to Orlando more often, though it will be tough to compete with the great Vietnamese restaurants in the Mills 50 district at the heart of the city. Saigon Sizzle food truck of Orange City Grilled beef and rice noodle platter Vietnamese Chicken and Pork tacos from Saigon Sizzle A few stops down, the large white truck of Island Paradise sat with its large grill hooked up to the back and scenes of the Caribbean island life and Christian scriptures graffiti-ed on the sides. The proprietor is a kindly woman with a big smile and roots from the islands. The menu consists of ribs, jerk chicken, goat, oxtail, and other Caribbean/Jamaican staples. I ordered the jerk chicken with fresh cabbage and mac and cheese ($11) platter, a huge meal probably about two hearty meals worth in a styrofoam to go container. The jerk chicken was the best I have had in Orlando, the chicken was tender and flavorful, full of all sorts of delicious spices and peppers, and it had that awesome grilled/smoked flavor that you can’t get anywhere else, like you are back in St. Martin or Jamaica enjoying some nice barbecue on the beach side. Wonderful. The cabbage was also very flavorful and delicious, steamed and cooked to perfection. I loved their steamed cabbage. The mac and cheese was also pleasant and a treat for my inner child, though it’s no friend to my health. They are usually located near Rio Grande and Church Street but I would call them to be sure 407-928-6336    Jerk Chicken from Island Paradise with Steamed Cabbage and Mac and Cheese Also spotted at the Food Truck Bazaar, the cute new truck for The Crepe Company, found most days at the Winter Park Food Truck Stop on US 17/92. They make both savory crepes with ham and turkey and cheese, etc. as well as sweet crepes with nutella, banana, and more. The Crepe Lady  Nutella and Banana Crepe from The Crepe Company Sisters May and June enjoying the warm crepe in the cold winter afternoon at the Food Truck Bazaar in Orlando  Big Wheel Food Truck ! Big Wheel’s Fresh Plant City Strawberry soda made with a iSi Twist and Sparkle soda maker  Big Wheel Food Truck’s Moroccan style seared Florida Octopus with braised chickpea ragut, creme fraiche, and chive $8   5 Gastronomy, one of the new boys in town!   The Pimanti sandwich from Wicked Wiches of Tampa! The Original Korean Taco Box I , a classic! FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR SCHEDULE 5-8PM 1st Fridays Kissimmee: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave 1st Saturdays Sanford: Hood Ave at Seminole Blvd 1st Sundays Orange City: Lowes, 901 Saxon Blvd 2nd Fridays: Casselberry: City Hall on 17-92 2nd Sundays Orlando: Fashion Squaure Mall 3rd Sundays Oviedo: Lowes on Red Bug Lake Rd 4th Sundays Lake Nona: CrossPointe Church, 11002 Lake Hart Dr ABOUT The Food Truck Bazaar is (1) friends & family eating together (2) outdoors (3) from local food trucks (3) in an unexpected and often under-utilized urban space: a parking lot. As the original mobile gourmet food truck party in Central Florida started in March 2011 by Mark Baratelli, The Food Truck Bazaar (http://www.TheFoodTruckBazaar.com/) makes monthly stops at cities across Central Florida. FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_172747776112435 WEBSITE: http://www.TheFoodTruckBazaar.com/ TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/TheDailyCity WHO PRODUCES THIS? Mark Baratelli mark@thedailycity.com KNOW BEFORE YOU GO 1. Expect long lines 2. Some trucks will run out of food 3. Expect to experience 1 – 2 trucks 4. Prices are $6-$10 per meal 5. Picky kids should bring their own meals 6. Bring your own chairs, tables, tents. Think tailgating. 7. Some trucks take credit cards and all take cash.

Korean BBQ Taco Box in Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Today I had the chance to drop by the Korean BBQ Taco Box for lunch. They just opened up yesterday (shout out to Big Bad Voodoo Lou from Chowhound for the find!) and I was dying to try their goods. I was delighted to find that they have a pretty long list of about 10 items or so available at their food truck. Located at the northeast corner of Primrose and Colonial Drive right across from Total Wine, the bright yellow RV truck with the sign “Grand Open” and “Korean BBQ Taco Box” was hard to miss. I actually met a friend Chris R. from Yelp here by chance. I ordered their Spicy Pork Taco Box for $5.99, a great deal considering it comes with the taco, a spicy korean Chicken wing, two dumplings, two beef sushi roll fried, and these two rice/beef balls as well as a side salad with dressing. I buy a drink from the nearby Citgo to support them too as they are the landlords for the korean bbq taco truck. They will be stationed there for the time being with no plans of mobile service according to the owners, who recently migrated to Orlando from Virginia. The spicy pork taco came out quite delicious, spicy with that Korean red paste kick and lovely in the soft tortilla with lettuce and onions. A delightful lunch along with the awesome sides. It would be nice if they start serving mini tacos so we can mix and match or maybe a combo taco box with three different tacos (yes I know i’m just being greedy) Some things to note: – Ask for Kimchi ~ its not given automatically – Cash only! Most of the items range from $5.99 to $6.99 so its pretty affordable – Parking is easy at the Citgo as there are lots – There is a table for two – Buy your drinks at Citgo – Give them a call about hours, not sure what time they close Overall, I think this place is going to be a favorite especially among for those late-night drunken cravings. It is definitely a welcome addition to the foodie scene and is great “street food”. . . .

New Food Truck in Orlando : THE BATTER BOWL!

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

The Batter Bowl is a brand new food truck in Orlando serving up delicious dessert treats. I recently saw them for the first time at The Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall. I got their chocolate and peanut butter push pop cake, a unique dessert as its container is a plastic push pop tube like the old popsicle push pops you would get as a kid. I thought that was very creative and charming to put their dessert in a container like that. The chocolate cake was moist and scrumptious and the peanut butter filling was delicious. I think they should increase the cake to filling ratio though to balance the sweetness. Thumbs up! The menu includes goat cheese brownie, mojito (vanilla cake infused with mint leaves and topped with lime/rum glaze and a party umbrella), Red Velvet Push Pop, Chocolate and peanut butter push pop, Chocoholic, Creme Brulee, and Tiramisu. Follow them on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/batterbowltruck The next Food Truck Bazaar will be held at Avalon Park this Sunday July 24th 2011

Celebrating Shake Shack’s Shacktoberfest

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

When there's a chance to eat limited menu items at Shake Shack, I'm always down to go. Recently we went to Shake Shack

Orange County Brewers Bring Crafts to Downtown Orlando

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We may have found our new favorite hang out location. Orange County Brewers open industrial design features exposed brick walls, wood accents, a beautiful Florida-themed mural and customized ceiling design, long tables/group interior seating and outdoor seating via patios in the front and rear of the brewery. Inside or out, it is pet friendly so bring your furry four-legged puppers! In addition to regular food and drink service, OCB will offer tours, and Brewmaster Amanda will organize multiple group activities that will involve education for anyone who would like to learn more about beer. OCB beers will also be distributed via City Beverages. Led by Head Brewer Amanda Roberts, the brightly-colored, 3,400 square-foot facility located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street, will brew a variety of different styles of beer, including Ales, Lagers, Pilsner, Stouts, IPAs, Hefeweizen and Porters. Whether you are a beer lover or not, you’ll end up finding a beer at OCB that you will love with the help of Amanda and her beer-loving family. Order a flight to try a number of beers or go big with a full glass! Also, OCB offer a wide selection of wine if that tickles your fancy. Orange County Brewers will include a full service craft pizza kitchen with a wood-burning oven called “Orlando Pizza and Wing Co.” serving pizza, wings, salads and sandwiches. These wings…are brilliant. From the time OCB open, they start to smoke their wings. The skin is wonderfully crispy while the meat is tender and juicy. Try the wings with some sauces. Our favorite sauces include: Classic Buffalo, Strawberry Jalapeño and Pineapple Habanero. The Classic Buffalo is our #1 choice; keep in mind that not all buffalo sauces are delicious, but this is excellent. The Strawberry Jalapeño is very fresh and we believe it will taste great with salads too. The Pineapple Habanero is unique and delicious with a slight kick at the end. The Mac & Cheese Pizza is creamy and savory. with a chewy, yet crispy crust. It was the first time I tried a Mac & Cheese Pizza and this was not a let down. The Tree Hugger Pizza is full of flavors and textures. The goat cheese makes the pizza different from others and it is quite different. This is a healthier choice when choosing a pizza. Orange County Brewers is located at 131 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. Hours of Operation Sunday thru Wednesday 11:30am-12am Thursday thru Saturday 11:30am-2am Happy Hour 4pm-7pm For more information, call 407-914-2831 or visit www.theocbrewers.com and www.facebook.com/orangecountybrewers.

Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall 2011

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Last Sunday, on June 12 2011, TheDailyCity.com hosted the first of a series of Summer Food Truck Bazaars rotating almost from week to week at three locations throughout Central Florida. The event was hosted at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall, with the next bazaars occurring at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall and Parliament House. I headed over to the home of friends and fellow bloggers Pearleen and Al (of Megayummo.com) to carpool over to the Oviedo Marketplace for the Food truck bazaar. Food bloggers teaming up to fight hunger and highway tolls! The Oviedo Marketplace, a shadow of its former self and a relic of our once national obsession with indoor malls, gained great exposure due to this event. Maybe it will bring renewed attention to the Oviedo Mall and Fashion Square Mall and bring new foot traffic to their shops. On this particularly hot Florida summer afternoon, over 15 food trucks lined up in tow out in the Oviedo mall parking lot. The food trucks included Big Wheel Provisions, Red Eye BBQ, The Crooked Spoon, C&S; Brisket Bus (first time debut!), Arepas El Cacao, Firehouse BBQ, Mama’s Fixins (first time debut! – a soul food truck), Mobile Deli (also a first timer), Pupusas Truck, Sunset Italian Ice, The Traveling Gourmet, Treehouse Truck, The Winter Park Fish Co, The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck Hundreds of foodie followers from all over Central Florida descended upon the bazaar, lining up with their fold-up tailgating chairs, and then chowing down on the latest and greatest mobile grubs. Families, friends, parents, children, grandparents, people of all backgrounds came together at this spot to relish and celebrate in the only thing that binds them all: a love for food. I thought the scene was fascinating, a community alive again. The following is a list of future event dates and locations for theDailyCity.com’s Food truck bazaars: JUNE June 12 Oviedo Mall June 19 Fashion Square Mall 5pm-10pm June 26 Parliament House 6pm-10pm JULY July 10 Oviedo Mall 6pm-10pm July 17 Fashion Square Mall 5pm-10pm July 24 Parliament House 6pm-10pm AUGUST Aug 14 Oviedo Mall 6pm-10pm Aug 21 Fashion Square Mall 5pm-10pm Aug 28 Parliament House 6pm-10pm For more info, visit http://www.thedailycity.com/2011/05/thedailycitycom-food-truck-bazaar.html Mark Baratelli, organizer of theDailyCity.com Food truck Bazaars C&S; Brisket Truck Corned Beef Sandwich from the CS Brisket Bus via @eatlocalorlando Pork and chicken bulgogi taco lettuce wraps from Mobile Deli @eatlocalorlando The Travelling Gourmet Sunset Italian Ice The Mango italian ice tasted “like they took a whole bunch of mangos and smashed it into the ice.” said Julius aka “Droolius“. It was fresh and definitely every bite tasted like biting into a fresh mango. Megayummo enjoying her Italian ice @ucfbiggie we finally meet! Pork arepas from Arepas El Cacao were amazing: filled with cheese, pork slices, and more all wraped in an arepa or rice cake. This is a dish most popular in Venezuela.  

2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Intro + Global Marketplace Menus

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

Today is the official start of the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The festival runs for 62 days this year from September 14th until November 14th.

Sneak Peek of K Restaurant’s Brunch Menu Items Debuting This Sunday

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible. The talented kitchen staff The amazing serving staff Pork Belly Benedict Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Fried green tomatoes Shrimp and Grits Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night: Arancini Oysters with champagne Oysters with herbs Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit Shared Vegetable Platter K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables Lemon Meringue Tarts French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!) Chocolate Mousse Torte Almond Cake – fresh blackberries Their beautiful outdoor patio Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them! K Restaurant 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 872-2332 http://krestaurant.net/

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Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi’s Chef’s Multi-Course Tasting Event

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

At Yuki Hana they provide guests with a beautiful, modern dining experience and the freshest, most flavorful Japanese dishes around.  From innovative sushi featuring fresh fish from the world’s finest markets to flavorful fusion dishes prepared with locally sourced veggies and herbs, every plate on their menu is fun, flavorful, and a new adventure.  No matter the occasion, they are always more than happy to welcome you in and treat you to an unforgettable evening of bites and sips.  Visit them and experience the finest in Japanese cuisine all under one roof. Every season Yuki Hana hosts a special dinner showcasing their chef’s creativity and talent.  We were invited to their Chef’s Multi-Course Tasting Event and as always, we were impressed with how creative and well thought-out each dish was.  Not only did the food look good but it also tasted delicious as well.  Each dish that came out was like an exciting surprise, we were all blown out of the water with their innovation, presentation and quality.  Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi exceeded our expectations with every dish that they delivered that night.  They are like food scientists, they know their stuff, they are creative, and they just keep getting better and better.  You can tell that each dish was hand made with hard work, love and intention. Begin – Butterfly Pea Crystal, Citrus Sake Appetizer – Amuse-Bouche, Squash Dumpling 1st Course – Cape Cod Oyster, Wasabi Foam, Cocktail Pearl, Lemon Confit 2nd Course – Shima Aji, Wasabi Asparagus, Kombu Chip, Crispy Garlic, Ume Ponzu 3rd Course – Nigiri Tasting Mussel (mussel puree, garlic chip) Hamachi Tartare (tobiko, cured egg snow) Tuna (tare, avocado) Kohada (charred negi vin) Break – Frozen White Chocolate Lychee Gusher 4th Course – Seared Shiromi, Cabbage Menage, Bacon Seaweed, Dashi Aioli (My favorite!) 5th Course – Roasted Beef, Oxtail Croquette, Pickled Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Sphere, Roasted Leek, Honey Soy (my second favorite!) Dessert – Persimmon 5.0, Gelato, Compressed, Gel, Meringue, Soup (it was delicious!) Special thanks to owner Ping Jiang and her talented staff for their hospitality and amazing food!  Be sure to check out Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi soon, you won’t regret it! Albert DeSue – Executive Chef Steven Phan – Head Sushi Chef Edwardo Mena – Sous Chef Lance Herbas – Sushi Chef Steven Chang – Sushi Chef (Cover photo and last photo taken by Quay Hu) Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi 3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765 (407) 695-8808 http://sushiyukihana.com

Food Network Shows in Orlando

by remysrefuge@gmail.com @ Remy's Refuge

If you’re anything like Amanda’s brother, before each vacation you probably browse the Food Network’s map to see if any of the restaurants that you’ve seen on television are located near your destination. We’ve saved you the trouble in this post! While our favourite television shows haven’t yet made it to the Orlando area (Man […]

Wall St. Plaza Cantina Introduces New Menu

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Wall St. Plaza Cantina brings a new Feliz Hour taco menu with new tacos and deals you can only get on Tuesdays between 2-7pm. We were invited to try each as well as Terremoto’s new tequila. The tacos can be served on soft white flour, white corn tortilla, or hard yellow corn shells. The white corn tortilla is a tad dry for my fancy, but the hard yellow corn shell was good. Yet, our favorite has to be the soft white flour tortilla. Taco de Pescado (back left) – white fish grilled “a la plancha” and topped with shredded cabbage and cilantro cream. The grilled fish is tender and has a good kind of unique taste. $2 Tuesday Taco (back center) – choose ground beef or shredded chicken. In this case, we tried the ground beef. It’s a traditional taco of Wall St. Plaza Cantina on a hard yellow corn shell with shredded iceberg lettuce as well as topped with Monterrey and cheddar cheese. It is simplistic, yet delicious. Pollo Frito (back right) – fried chicken strips tossed in a house honey chipotle sauce before being topped with shredded cabbage and cilantro crema. This was my favorite taco of the night. Sweet with a slight hot kick to the end. The chicken has a crispy coating from being fried; yet, it does not heat up the cabbage and cilantro crema, which makes me very happy for it not to do because the cabbage and cilantro crema adds a fresh touch to the taco. Tico Taco (front center) – house braised, shredded pork with onions, cilantro on a white corn tortilla and a signature tico sauce. The shredded pork is slightly dry,  but the flavors are nice. The onions add a nice crunchy texture to this dish. Terremoto was present with their jalapeño lime infused tequila as well as their churro infused tequila. You can have them in a margarita form or shot form. Both are tasty depending on your mood! For more information, please visit Taco Tuesday.

Best Snacks at Disney

by remysrefuge@gmail.com @ Remy's Refuge

Disney food is more than just your average amusement park fare. There’s certainly more than just hot dogs and pretzels on the menu! And, if you’re the queasy-on-rides type, snacking is definitely the way to go because the last thing you want to do is be jostled around on a full stomach. Jennifer over at […]

New Restaurants April 2017

by noreply@blogger.com (Chris Roberts) @ Eat Local Orlando

What are your favorite or least favorite new restaurants and other food related businesses?



Here are some new places that look interesting:


Big Kahuna Poke bowls on Tuskawilla, https://www.yelp.com/biz/big-kahunas-island-style-bowls-winter-springs

Tin and Tacos: https://www.yelp.com/biz/tin-and-taco-orlando

Omelet Bar: https://www.yelp.com/biz/omelet-bar-orlando

Capsized Kitchen: https://www.yelp.com/biz/capsized-kitchen-orlando

Reel Fish: https://www.yelp.com/biz/reel-fish-coastal-kitchen-bar-winter-park

Mesa 21: https://www.yelp.com/biz/mesa-21-orlando

Hello world!

Hello world!

by saigonsizzle @ Saigon Sizzle

This Saturday 2/11: Food Trucks in Downtown Longwood! Gastro-Truck will be there along with The Twisted Cuban, Louie’s Bistro Kell’s Kitchen (Italian Food Truck) and us – Saigon Sizzle (Vietnamese Food Truck). Beer & Wine will be available thanks to Connolly’s Irish Pub. Also, the Orlando Bow Tie Club will have some awesome antique and … Continue reading

Yum Yum Cupcake Truck in Orlando, FL

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

It was late Saturday afternoon downtown and the Pillowlando, the International Pillow Fight Day festivities organized by my friend Brian Feldman, just ended. In the midst of the rubble at the Dr Phillips art center on Orange Avenue stood a bright yellow and silver polished truck. It was the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck! Founded by local couple Joey (UCF alumni and the head of the marketing, business side) and Alex (the baker man), this new bakery on wheels is sure to delight the sweet tooth in us all. Refurbished from a 1973 Chevy stepvan (a old state prison truck in its past life), it now is the mobile home to hundreds of cupcakes, running on sweetness fuel. Joey and Alex have lived in San Francisco and Philadelphia where the food truck scene is already thriving. It only seemed natural to start one here on their own, something where they can put their passion into. With the help of the City of Orlando, they had their paperwork and licenses done in no time (compared to some of the lengthier processes in other cities) and were ready to roam the city beautiful, particular Audobon Park Farmer Market, Sanford Farmer Market, and this coming Wednesday at the Food Truck Pod event at Firestone on Orange Ave in downtown Orlando at 6pm! On this day, they were just about to head out when I had the good fortune to catch their ear on twitter, and so they stayed just a little longer for me and my partner to arrive on the scene to pick up some fresh cupcakes: red velvet and chocolate ($2.50 each). The chocolate cupcake was moist and sweet, soft and tasty, definitely a favorite. The red velvet cupcake though less moist was still a great piece of cupcake, probably giving other establishments in the area a call to pause and take heed of these young men and their beautiful Yum Yum truck. This week they unveiled their newest flavor: peanut butter cupcakes (the winning flavor of the month in a vote off against carrot cake). Follow them on twitter at twitter.com/yumyumtruck_fl and on facebook at www.facebook.com/theyumyumtruck Can’t wait to open! The Red Velvet Cupcake and the Chocolate cupcake from Yum Yum cupcake truck! TIP: check them out on twitter.com/yumyumtruck_fl to find out where they are at the moment  …and then go to them and get some yum yum cup cakes! ps X Factor is coming to audition in Miami this April 7! theyre looking for singers ! . . . .

NYE Dinner at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Wagyu Gyoza We were invited to the All You Can Eat NYE dinner at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi and it was the perfect last meal to finish off 2017.  The ambiance of the restaurant is dreamy, perfect for a date night, the owner and staff are super nice, and the food is innovative while still maintaining its integrity and delicious taste.  You never know what to expect when you order at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi because they always blow you away with their creativity; it’s always a nice surprise whenever your food arrives at your table and is presented right in front of you.  Overall, it is a fabulous restaurant that you need to experience for yourself, especially during their special event dinners! Butternut Squash Soup Roasted Seasonal Vegetables Octopus Fritters Seared Pork Belly With Seasonal Vegetables With House Curry On The Side Chicken Yakitori Oxtail Taco Oysters House Cured Salmon Assortment of Nigiri – Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail (Chef’s Pick) Ahi Poke Assorted Rolls – American Dream Roll, Fuji Mountain Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Fire Cracker Roll (with scallops fried on the top), Citrus Roll (with cobia on top), Katana Roll (with tuna on top), and Salmon Madness Roll Sake Steamed Clams Banging Shrimp Chocolate Cake Japanese Cotton Cake Matcha Creme Brûlée Sake Poached Pear Be sure to check out Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi soon!  They host many special events so follow them on instagram (@yuki_hana_sushi) to stay up-to-date!   Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi 3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765 (407) 695-8808 http://sushiyukihana.com

La Empanada Food Truck – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

La Empanada is a lovely food truck brought to you in partnership with the good people of Black Bean Deli, the famous Cuban sandwich shop on US 17/92 in Winter Park and winner of numerous “Best Cuban” awards from around Orlando (I think they are thinking Cuban sandwich not Cuban cuisine? =) ). The truck was actually originally owned by the parents of Andres Corton, head chef of Black Bean Deli. According to their kickstarter.com site, Mami and Papi Corton sold Cuban Sandwiches across East Orlando in this very truck (pre-renovation and upgrades) for over 20 years. Andres, along with friends Gabrielle Arnold and Janelle Luce, used their kickstarter page to help get some seed money to fix up the truck and accomplished their goals, opening their shiny new truck doors in late 2011. The empanada is a staple of Cuban as well as most Latin American cuisine, very popular as a snack and appetizer / street food and often referred to as “envelope food” where different ingredients such as ham, cheese, olives, eggs, you name it, are all stuffed inside the pastry dough inside. They are then baked or fried for enjoyment. Some of the best empanadas in Orlando can be found at La Empanada, not too greasy or overly fried, these delicious pockets of joy are a delight. On a recent trip to the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, I found them just off of New England Avenue a block or so away from the market on a beautiful central Florida Saturday morning. The truck itself is very sleek and clean with a very hip, retro look. The empanadas sit inside a glass case by the main window of the truck, where usually there is a variety of 6 choices daily (changes seasonally) of savory and sweet for empanadas ($3) and also a side like soup or salad. I had the picadillo empanada, a Cuban classic, stuffed with tasty ground beef, bits of carrots, potatos, green olives, and golden raisins. I also ordered the lentil sloppy joe made with spicy tomatoes, green bell peppers and onions. I enjoyed these empanadas much more than others I have had around town, which often were too greasy or fried or the ingredients weren’t all that great. Baked and filled with great, tasty ingredients, these empanadas at La Empanada were very good, especially with some rooster sauce! I washed it all down with a can of Parrot brand Young Coconut Juice with pulp, refreshing and lovely. Besame, La Empanada , besame mucho….como si fuera esta noche la ultima vez. Follow them on twitter to find their latest locations at @laempanadatruck or follow them on facebook.

Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

One of the world’s tastiest holiday traditions will receive a “Florida-style” twist with the debate of a limited time only “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar. This menu is offered from December 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018, including a seven-course seafood and wine Christmas Eve extravaganza to kickoff the celebration. The December 24 dinner will begin at 6:30pm and is limited to the first 25 guests. We were invited to taste the menu as a sneak peak to provide everyone insight of what is to come! The Bahamian Conch Fritters are served with a mango sauce. The mango glaze adds a nice sweetness to the conch fritters. Conch fritters are crispy, yet smooth in textures. The flavors are mild without the mango sauce. The Red Grouper Ceviche is fresh and cooked nicely with a lemony zest. The Smoked Rainbow Trout Fish Dip is a tad salty, but balanced when eaten with some saltine crackers. The trout has a texture similar to tuna. Be careful as it may have bones. The reception snacks above are paired well with Col De Salici Extra Dry Prosecco, which is a vintage Prosecco. The Mayport Shrimp on Grit Cake with Seafood Gumbo Sauce was cooked really well. The grit cake is crispy on the outside, while smooth and creamy on the inside. The shrimp was caught off of Jacksonville, FL. The Nueske’s Applewood Smoke Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Butter Beans has an abundance of textures and flavors that blend well when eaten all together. When taken apart, the bacon may be salty so make sure you’re eating it with the scallop and butter beans. The scallop is very delightful and cooked well. The butter beans were very smooth and a type of bean I would like for someone who is not fond of beans. The savory and salty plates are paired with the Stags Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Sauvignon Blanc. It is very smooth with so many notes of fruit. The fruit notes are prominent in smell before it hits your palate. The Whole Fried Hog Snapper and Black Sea Bass with Smothered Tomatoes & Okra is paired with Spatz & Hall Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. The Fried Hog Snapper is very fresh with a corn flour seasoning. The meat has a slight sweetness to it. The Black Sea Bass is slightly dry in certain sections, but very tender and moist in other regions because the moistness depends on what area you pull the meat from. Nonetheless, the fish is very fresh! The outside is very crisp and flavorful. The Lobster Ravioli is very fresh and house made. It is served with a Seafood Bolognese Sauce that brings it all together. The lobster ravioli even tastes great alone without the sauce if you are sensitive to red sauce. It is paired with Stags Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red that is full in flavor. The oyster of the Gulf Oyster Shooters (featuring Tito’s Vodka) is very fresh. There is a rim of Old Bay around the glass that goes well with the shot. It is absolutely earthy as it is suggested by the menu. The Famous Carrot Cake is famous for a reason as it is moist and has a chewy texture to it, which is delightful in my opinion. The Red Velvet Layer Cake is very moist and thick as it coats the palate. The cakes are paired with the Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti. The Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti is very smooth and delightful for a dessert wine as I am not usually fond os sweet wines. This dessert wines is not as sweet as the usual dessert wines that are paired. For more information, please visit Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar or their “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Facebook Event.

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Saigon Sizzle - Food Truck, Orange City

Saigon Sizzle - Food Truck, Orange City


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Celebrating National Donut Day 2017

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

Happy National Donut Day! On this food holiday I usually spend it celebrating by eating donuts at different locations, looking for that donut with balanced sweetness and perfect texture.

Treehouse Truck – a quick look at the menu and truck

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I had the chance to drop by quickly at the Treehouse Truck and try their sweet potato fries ($2.00) I hope to come back again next time and try more of their items mainly the Chimoo sandwich!! here are some photos:   The Treehouse truck! Menu Sweet potato fries, crispy and delicious make sure to follow them on twitter to find out where they are http://twitter.com/TREEHOUSETRUCK

Best Gluten-Free Menu: Work & Class | Best of Denver® 2015: Your Key to the City

Best Gluten-Free Menu: Work & Class | Best of Denver® 2015: Your Key to the City


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If you're gluten-free, the question at the ever-popular Work & Class isn't "What can I eat?" but "What can't I eat?"

Niffty Fiffty’s Diner – Food Truck

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Niffty Fiffty’s Diner is one of the new food trucks in town that focuses on nostalgic, home made cooking. I recently had a chance to visit them at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park for a community fundraiser. They cure and smoke their own bacon, and also brine their corned beef, and pastrami in house, an impressive feat for any dining establishment these days. They also smoke their own marinated chicken breasts, BBQ pulled pork, BBQ pulled chicken, beef jerky, and beef brisket. The menu ranges from burgers and sandwiches to their very scrumptious, meticulously handmade desserts like cookies, brownies, and cheesecakes. The powdered milk yeast buns that they use for their burger buns are even made in house from scratch. You may remember the strawberry souffled cheesecake that was available elsewhere before can now be found here at Nffty Fiffty’s Diner, and is indeed still a great treat. The signature sandwich is Kick’in it Pittsburgh, with crispy potato fries and apple cider vinegar cole slaw on the sandwich. I had the opportunity to try one of the Pittsburghs and must say it’s now one of my favorite sandwiches in Orlando, the rich pastrami going well together with the sweet and sour apple cider vinegar cole slaw…all together very refreshing.   Kick’in It Pittsburgh Sandwich – Your choice of our own house-made corned beef, pastrami, or chopped steak, topped with cheese, crispy fried potatoes, oil & apple cider vinegar cole slaw, and vine-ripe tomatoes on thick hand sliced Italian bread $8.00   Niffty Fiffty’s delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Spekulatius Cookie Crumb crust, topped with a Chantilly Cream made with Chinese Five Spice and Dark Rum – based on Marcel Desaulniers Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Cheesecake from the 1992 James Beard Best Dessert Book Winning Death By Chocolate. Marcel now operates Mad About Chocolate in Williamsburg, VA. http://www.madaboutchocolate.us/madaboutchocolatehome.html     You can find Niffty Fiffty’s Diner on Thursday, January 10th from 5 MM to 9PM at the Edgewood Farmers Market (at City Hall in Edgewood). They are also open from 10AM to 2PM every Friday at Food Truck Fridays at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland. Check their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NifftyFifftysDiner for up to date news on locations. You can preview their menu (subject to change), below:      

Yappy Hour at K Restaurant + Wine Bar

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

On Monday, Dec. 11, K Restaurant launched their first, monthly, Yappy Hour. To inaugurate this series of tail-wagging fun they have partnered with Woof Orlando from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orlando locals are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends out and enjoy free spent-grain dog treats made from local breweries and enter-to-win two raffles with prizes including gift certificates for a free grooming. We were able to experience what “Doggie chaperones” can expect when it comes to tongue-in-cheek Yappy Hour dishes from Chef Ryan McLaughlin as well as drink specials as K Restaurant is excited to share that they just received their full liquor license. Crispy Pig Ears are fried with dates pepper hot sauce and herbs. The pig ears are sliced thinly to make them crispy like a chip. They are lightly salted and delicious with or without the hot sauce. Be careful, the hot sauce is thick and has a major kick to it. “Pawsta” is fried ravioli with ricotta filling. Served on marinara with pecorino cheese and herbs. The fried version of ravioli is very airy like a puff pastry. Each ingredient subtly blends well together upon the palate. “Milk Bones” are veal bone marrow bones with charred bread and radishes. The bone marrow is very smooth and works well with the bread and radishes. The charred bread adds a saltiness to each bite. We almost ordered a second round of this dish! The Cosmo-paw-litan (left) is made with vodka, orange shrubb, lime, and cranberry juice. A simple drink to socialize with. The Snoop Dog (right) was our favorite out of these two. The Snoop Dog is made with gin and pineapple juice; it is like a tropical version of a Screwdriver. Since we were still slightly hungry after all the samplings, we ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi off the main menu, which changes up from time to time so you can come back to try new items all the time. The Ricotta Gnocchi is made with duck confit, butternut squash, garden greens, brussel sprouts, and sage veloute. Everything is made in-house and as fresh as possible for each order. Our specific plate was a tad more salty than I would prefer, but the dish is still delicious nonetheless. The Ricotta Gnocchi was paired nicely with a 2014 Carmenere made in Valle Del Maule, Chile. This wine has a smooth and solid flavor with notes of spices, black cherry and blackberries. For more information, visit the K Restaurant & Wine Bar Event Page.

First Look: Metro Diner at UCF – University Blvd

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

“Where the Locals Eat” Known as one of the best places for breakfast in Jacksonville, winning multiple accolades, Metro Diner has finally expanded further into the Orlando area near the always brunch-happy UCF area in East Orlando. The first Central Florida is in Altamonte Springs. Founded in Jacksonville in 1992, over 25 years ago, Metro Diner specializes in breakfast specials and comfort diner food and was recently featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network. Let the flavor town train roll on! On a recent visit, the place was packed with local professionals in from the cold on their lunch breaks. People love breakfast and brunch in Orlando and there seems to be more and more options each day. I ordered their signature Fried Chicken and Waffle – the fried chicken was nice and crispy, but the waffle was the real star – light and fluffy yet also with a nice crisp. The strawberry butter was also a wonderful touch to this sweet and savory dish. Fried Chicken & Waffle $15.49 Half a fried chicken and a Belgian waffle, topped with powdered sugar and sweet, strawberry butter. Served with their special honey tabasco, sweet and spicy sauce. Metro Diner 11650 University Blvd Orlando, FL 32817 https://metrodiner.com/locations/florida/orlando-university/

Seasonal Features + Fun Cocktails at Duffy’s Sports Grill

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I’ve been a fan of Duffy’s since I was young, growing up in South Florida where the chain is quite prevalent, well-known for their tasty wings and sports bar atmosphere. They recently opened up a few restaurants here in Orlando and invited us to check out their new seasonal menu. My favorite was the Oktoberfest inspired fried pork schnitzel! Here’s a quick look at the new Seasonal Features + Fun Cocktails at Duffy’s Sports Grill (Address: 315 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) Their Lobster Tacos, Tequila Lime Steak Tacos, Jumbo Lump Crab Macaroni & Cheese and Blazin’ BBQ Cheeseburger are the newest specialty features on their football menu. Blazin’ BBQ Cheeseburger includes: 1/2 lb. char-grilled Certified Angus Beef® with signature Jack Daniels® Single Barrel BBQ sauce, pepper-jack cheese, hot bacon and hot bacon jam, grilled onion, pepper-crusted bacon and house-made burger sauce on a toasted King’s Hawaiian® roll with choice of one side.   New menu item on the regular menu includes: New York Reuben, featuring ½ lb. shaved corned beef with sauerkraut and swiss cheese on grilled rye bread. Homemade Meatloaf- made from scratch daily, while supplies last. Mussels Marinara   New cocktails include: Southern Sling, featuring Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Banana Liqueur and Bitters Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, a special barrel selected just for Duffy’s with subtle notes of caramel and spice with bright fruit notes and sweet aromatics. Served neat or on the rocks

First Look: Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mai’s Bistro is a new fast casual restaurant that has opened up in Orlando’s Mills 50 District, specializing in Vietnamese street food such as banh mi, Vietnamese sticky rice, and banh cuon rice crepes. They bake their own bread and sweets and make everything in house. On a recent visit, I loved their banh cuon rice crepes and their variety of both sweet and savory Vietnamese sticky rice (xoi). You could get bbq roast pork, chinese sausage, or shredded chicken for savory sticky rice and jackfruit for sweet sticky rice. They bake their bread from scratch on site and their grilled pork banh mi is one of the best i have had. Their staff was very friendly and hospitable. Will try again soon and update! Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50 830 E Colonial Dr A, Orlando, FL 32803 Menu: maibistrousa.com Phone: (407) 730-8538

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Central Florida Food Truck Schedule


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Orlando Food Truck Events This Weekend

Orlando Food Truck Events This Weekend


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There’s some more Orlando food truck action coming this weekend, courtesy of TheDailyCity.com and the legion of food trucks combating the gritty parking lots of Orlando! Dig: June 8th 6-9 PM …

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar presented by TheDailyCity.com

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Had a great time tonight at the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar presented by TheDailyCity.com Despite the huuuuge crowds, the weather was nice and the food trucks were fun. Next time hopefully the event will have more food trucks and more food so they don’t run out 😉 i know it was frustrating for some people to stand in lines for an hour and then find out the food is gone. everyone was great though c’est la vie For more info on the trucks at the event tonight, visithttp://www.thedailycity.com/2011/02/thedailycitycom-orlando-food-truck.html For a lovely map made by Chris R of all the food trucks in Orlando visit, http://eatlocalorlando.blogspot.com/2011/03/orlando-food-truck-map.html Mark Baratelli, proprietor of TheDailyCity.com and the proud father of the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar   Korean BBQ Taco Box   ! they were selling their boxes for $5.00 only this night The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck! – one of the first to sell out of their stuffs this night 🙁 The owners of the Yum Yum truck were still gracious enough to stay around and give out interviews to people though!  Shipyard Emporium and their Linda Bean Maine Lobster Rolls went out fast! Pupusas, a Salvadorean stuffed Tortilla! The Taco Lady truck Winter Park Fish Company truck passersby The Crooked Spoon’s special bazaar menu : Mini Crooked Spoon Sliders and Asian Chicken sliders for $2.50 Tony Adams and Big Wheel Provisions Food truck Tater tots with glazed kumquats Whoopie pies from Bees Knees Sweets (theyre like giganto cakesters) Whoopie Pie Red Eye BBQ Truck The Big Daddy burger smothered in mac n cheese the mac n cheese….the sampler! Look out for the next event coming up soon! maybe fashion square mall in may? Were you at the event? what do you think they should do to improve? post below in the comments section!,...

Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen – Fall Menu Tasting

Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen – Fall Menu Tasting

by weallgottaeat @ We All Gotta Eat

The perception of Barnie’s as being only the purveyor of fine coffees and teas is slowly changing with the efforts of some fierce marketing campaigns by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen’s elite team of marketing gurus.  The fact that Barnie’s has been … Continue reading

Pizzeria Roberti in East Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pizzeria Roberti can be found tucked in a small corner on the east side of Orlando, off of Curry Ford and Chicksaw Trail. Here you will find one of the best pizzas in Orlando – from the crispy, tasty house-fermented crust to the house-made mozzarella cheese, Pizzeria Roberti is the real deal. Joseph Roberti, owner and chef of Pizzeria Roberti, takes a lot of pride in his work and it shows through the quality of the food here. Roberti tells us, “Our pizza on the surface is a New York Style Pizza, but underneath it is much more complex than that. In reality it is a combination of Artisan style pizza, Neapolitan style pizza, and traditional New York style pizza.” “Our dough is made from cultivated yeast produced in house similar to the production of artisan sourdough breads (Artisan characteristic). Our sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and less than a handful of all fresh ingredients (Neapolitan characteristic). We bake our pies in a traditional bakers pride pizza oven (New York characteristic), but we cook them at a high heat between 550 and 575 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to a Neapolitan characteristic). Our cheese is a combination whole milk and part-skim Grande Mozzarella (New York characteristic).” “Every ingredient of our specialty pies is produced in house. Our specialty slice pies are often garnished to order not unlike a dish coming out of a high end restaurant. And that is just the pizzas. We also have beer, wine, salads (all dressings made in house), subs, appetizers (such as our homemade fresh mozzarella), pastas (all sauces made in house), and vast catering menu. We are off to a great start in developing our concept and look forward to continually evolve as we grow. “As a kid my father used to take me to a local pizza shop a few days a week and the cooks used to teach me little things here and there. By the age of 8 or 9 I made my first slice pie. Fast forward a bit to 14, I was now living in Orlando, Fl, and about to start high school. I was looking to get started in my cooking career and I got my shot at a neighborhood pizzeria & bar. I started as a prep cook, then learned the hot line, then pizza station, and even serving from time to time.” “I liked my job but had ambitions for more, I wanted to pursue a career as a professional chef. As soon as I got my license I took a job on I-drive as a dishwasher in a much bigger and more known restaurant. It was a step backward, but it was also a foot in the door with a successful brand. Fast forward again about 3 years, I worked at few spots around Orlando, most notably the Citrus Club under chef Scott Haegele, and went to culinary school.” “Upon graduating culinary school I decided to go back to New York to learn how to transition from a cook to a chef. I got my shot, this time with accomplished chef Hung Huynh who took me under his wing, trained me, and gave me the exposure and opportunity to work with many great culinarians.” “Fast Forward another 4 years, I’m living in Miami, at this point a chef myself running various kitchens. In 2015 I created a company “Motion Hospitality Group” as a hospitality consulting business, with the intention of one day opening a place of my own. Fast Forward to today where Motion Hospitality Group currently owns and operates its first restaurant concept: “Pizzeria Roberti”.” What are your first childhood food memories? One of my first memories with food was when I was around 5 or 6, my parents weren’t home and my brother was watching me. He must have fallen asleep or something, and I made an apple omelet. The first thing I have ever cooked by my memory. What are some of your favorite dishes at Pizzeria Roberti? My favorite dishes at the pizzeria are the pesto & margherita pizzas, chicken marsala with farfalle pasta, and the pizza dough zeppoles. What do you like to cook for “comfort food” at home with your family? My Favorite thing to eat at home is Mom’s Lasagna. The Sauce “Our pizza sauce consists of a combination of San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and all fresh ingredients including fresh herbs and garlic. San Marzano tomatoes are known for their natural sweetness and low acidity.” The Dough “Our dough is made in house with our specially cultivated yeast, which is fermented on premise. This is an important characteristic of our dough because it creates a more robust flavor and the natural fermentation of our dough, makes it healthier and more digestible.” Pizzeria Roberti Address: 2751 S Chickasaw Trail Suite 107, Orlando, FL 32829 https://pizzeriaroberti.com

First Look: Sticky Rice Lao Street Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Had a truly delicious lunch today at Sticky Rice Lao Street Food! Located on the first floor of Bikkuri in Mills 50, the owners of Sticky Rice has transformed the small restaurant into something resembling an outdoor Laotian night market stall with dark ceilings and low, wooden tables. The menu is very affordable with most dishes ranging from $4 to $5, perfect sizes for sharing over Laotian beers with friends if one chooses. You’d be tempted to order the whole menu. It reminded me of places my uncles would go to enjoy grilled meats and beers (they serve BeerLao here!) late into the night growing up. Alot of the food had flavors that reminded me of my childhood, though Vietnam is a neighbor of Laos there are some similarities as well as differences in the cuisine. I loved the char on the grilled chicken wings seasoned in fish sauce and sugar, and the crispy pork rice lettuce wrap which had little crunchy bits and pieces of roast pork. It’s important to note that the sticky rice order is meant to be eaten with other dishes such as the pork sausages or beef jerky rather than alone – making a perfect combo of carbs and meat. They also had a delicious noodle soup that reminded me of Vietnamese banh canh or udon noodle soup called khao piek sen. khao piek sen noodle soup Another favorite was the pork tapioca dumplings, sticky chewy white balls of tapioca stuffed with crispy pork and garlic! pork tapioca dumplings Save room for dessert like the sweet pandan jelly in coconut milk, mango sticky rice, and coconut gelato on purple sticky rice served inside bamboo. We dunked our sticky rice in the sweet coconut milk for that extra sweetness. Overall very impressed by the food and the authenticity of flavors at Sticky Rice – definitely will bring my family back here to try. Go soon and with friends and enjoy Orlando’s first and only Laotian street food restaurant! They are open 11:30am to 10:00pm daily. Sticky Rice Lao Street Food 1915 East Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida https://www.facebook.com/pg/StickyRiceStreetFood

100th Blog Post – Local Food Truck Love and the Food Truck Bazaar

100th Blog Post – Local Food Truck Love and the Food Truck Bazaar

by weallgottaeat @ We All Gotta Eat

As you may or may not know (where have you been?), I love food trucks!  Since this is my 100th blog post, I’m going to go on and on about some of my favorites, and post lots and lots of … Continue reading

Big Wheel Provisions Food Truck – where Local is Lovely…

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

A line started to form on a street corner as the sun began to beam down on the downtown Orlando pavement. Friday lunch time and it was about high noon for some afternoon delight. My carpool buddy Sean and I made our way over to the orange truck (on the corner of Washington Ave and Orange Ave) where everyone was gathering. This here was no ordinary truck but rather one of the first “gourmet” food trucks to hit Orlando, Big Wheel Provisions Food Truck headed by Chef Tony Adams. Chef Tony is taking names. Big Wheel Provisions isn’t new to the foodie scene in Central Florida, having a long established presence at the Audobon Park Farmer’s market and others, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients that change seasonally and taste great. Its a movement to take back our food from the processed, mass produced, and generally unnatural food product industry that is so prevalent in American diets today. The Big Wheel Food truck is beautiful to look at; trimmed in oranges and eggshell whites, its large windows give you a peak into the kitchen area where you can see the chefs preparing your meal to order. At the Big Wheel Provisions Food truck, their menu changes pretty much daily so you have to check out their twitter at twitter.com/bigwheeltruck for the most up to date information about whats going on for the day. On this day, I ordered the special hot lunch with succulent, locally raised beef meatloaf, with big wheel bacon (they make it, ham, charcuterie etc themselves!), and served with a side of delicious mashed Florida reds. They also serve desserts and bakery items from local Bee’s Knees Sweet Treats (you can find them at the College Park and Audobon Park Farmer’s Market weekly). I got the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie with sea salt, one of the best cookies I have had in a while with just the right amount of sweetness and the perfect consistency, not too soft and not too hard, just right. My friend Sean ordered the local pork pesto sausage (homemade by Big Wheel Provisions) on homemade pretzel bread (locally baked by the Olde Hearth Bread Company) with sweet onions and peppers as well as the Big Wheel fries with their home made ketchup sauce, both of which were “delicious”. The Special Hot lunch Meatloaf with Mashed red potatoes The Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie with sea salt from the Bee’s Knees Pork pesto sausage with sweet onions and peppers  The big wheel fries! dine here at the ironing boards !  They are also opened late til 2/3 on certain days and have a separate night menu for dinner and after party tastes. Overall, I loved this place. I hope Big Wheels keeps on turnin’, out some great local and fresh food for many years to come. Local is lovely indeed. Tip: They are usually located off of Washington Ave and Orange Ave in downtown Orlando, but you never know when they may be at a new location. To be safe visit their twitter at twitter.com/bigwheeltruck

It’s National Fried Chicken Day!

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

Happy National Fried Chicken Day! This food holiday is celebrated on July 6th of every year. One of my favorite places for fried chicken is at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta

2018 Orlando Food Predictions You Want to Know

by C Major @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Happy 2018, Food Friends! Can we all agree that glitter and unicorn desserts are so 2017? Well maybe not, but a girl can dream. I caught up with some of Orlando’s coolest chefs to find out what they see coming to a table near you in 2018, and here’s what they had to say. The Verdict: Crazy desserts are out; smaller, savory sweets are in Asian eats are here to stay RIP to unnecessary gluten-free dishes Say hello to veg cuisine, it’s here and it’s not playing HAWKERS Asian Street Fare – Kaleb Harrell  “Ethnic desserts – We are revamping our entire dessert line because we feel customers are ready. Desserts that have a savory edge, are fruit-based, or just have ingredients outside of mainstream will gain popularity as the size of desserts decreases. Today’s customer would rather have a few bites of something amazing to end their meal than a bowl of corn syrup. Savory cocktails – This one has been on the fringe for a while, but I think 2018 is the year for savory cocktails to take hold.  Think meat stocks, dry rub ingredients, and vegetable instead of fruit juices.  Fast and fresh – This is the mecca for market share in lunch business.  A few companies are doing well and expanding quickly, but it’s a race to see who keeps consistency. Virtually every diner is looking for a fast, and ultra fresh lunch option. How many days can you eat a Chick-fil-A salad for lunch? Vinegars and sours – Fermented flavors are gaining more popularity and will continue in the next year. Look for pickling, fermenting, gourmet mustards, and generally bold flavors in small quantities to continue.  Cheese and charcuterie are amazing, but the accoutrements are starting to take center stage.” Black Rooster Taqueria – John Calloway “I think we will see a lot of cauliflower. Gluten-free has reached its peak, so we will see more artisan and/or rustic breads and people milling their own flours. Mexican will still be everywhere, but I believe Indian food is the next big cuisine. Food as medicine will also be a big focus. From all of the juice bars to doctors and nutritionists prescribing specific foods and diets, we’ll be getting back to our roots with the earth healing our bodies.” K Restaurant – Michelle Hulbert “I think there will continue to be interest smaller desserts – that are portion-control friendly. Over-the-top, gigantic desserts will be a thing of the past. The healthier sides of sweets will include more seasonal fruits.  I think in general we will see a larger focus on vegetables as the star and less starch-heavy dishes.” K Restaurant –  Ryan McLaughlin “I think in 2018 we will see a continued movement toward more vegetable-forward dishes, a dedicated focus on limiting food waste, and an even stronger movement within the chef community to support small, sustainable farms that are focused on the ethical treatment of animals.” Tapa Toro – Wendy Lopez  “I see familiar foods becoming more prominent on menus at restaurants. Think pork rinds and hot dogs. They will be reimagined with new ingredients and presentations. I think we’ll start to see lesser-known cuts of meat appear on menus around town – like Vegas strip and Oyster steak. We’ll start to see more family-style dining options at restaurants. At Tapa Toro, we see groups of people passing plates around the table. Why commit to one entree when you could try a little bit of everything?” Pizza Bruno – Bruno Zacchini “I’ll start with pizza! For me, I see Neapolitan pizza still going strong but new styles and types will become the next thing from Detroit squares to Roman thin crusts and artisan slice pies with farm-to-table ingredients. Pizza has so many styles most people have never seen so it’s really wide open. Overall fast casual is going to keep happening and moving forward with counter service places and places focusing on singular dishes done extremely well.  Flavors for me are Middle Eastern, more regional Asian (think Bangrak), and Italian, of course! I also think that in 2018 we’ll continue to see veg-centric cuisine making its way onto more menus.” Valhalla Bakery + Valkyrie Doughnuts – Celine Duvoisin  “I see a bubble bursting of the stuff on stuff on stuff on stuff. (Not that I’m not going to do excessive shit until it dies.) I think that more Asian popularity will happen, I foresee a rise in proper ramen coming to town and possibly Asian desserts. We’ve hit this wall of sugar hell, with no one hitting the less sweet almost savory desserts. Hopefully an end to the gluten-free obsession. My fingers are crossed for more Mediterranean-type places that focus on macro-based foods as fuel instead of insanely over designed places that don’t have the food to seal the deal.” Is this roundup missing something, or are you seeing a trend worth sharing? Comment below and cheers to new year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! +++

Free smoothies for a year to first 50 guests at the grand opening of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to check out the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park and we got to try a few of their menu items.  I LOVE smoothies.  They are my favorite thing to consume whether I am at work, home, or just finished a grueling workout and want something ice-cold and replenishing in my system to hold me over until I get ahold of some food.  Fortunately, Tropical Smoothie Cafe sells smoothies and hot items, so you can get both on the same stop.  The new Winter Park store is beautiful, bright, clean, and inviting and the smoothie and hot items were fresh and delicious.  You can expect to see me in line tomorrow morning trying to win free smoothies for a whole year! Detox Island Green (seasonal) – Spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana & fresh ginger (naturally sweetened).   The serving is generous, the smoothie had a great consistency and it tasted fresh.  I really enjoyed the fresh ginger in it too, since it’s so good for you! Cali Chicken Club Flatbread – Bacon, smashed avocado, tomatoes, romaine, mozzarella & basil garlic mayo.  This was my favorite! Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Made it vegetarian by substituting the chicken strips with Beyond Meat®Chicken-Free Strips, no lite ranch & mozzarella, and adding extra avocado & veggies.  It includes tomatoes, romaine and buffalo sauce.  This was my second favorite! Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich – Bacon, tomatoes, a romaine spinach blend, swiss & lite ranch on ciabatta Kale & Apple Slaw – It was really good.  The best kale & apple slaw that I have ever had in my life.  I loved the flavors of their sweet dressing, apple slices and julienne carrot married together to balance out the kale which is naturally bitter but so good for you as well! Be sure to drop by the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park early tomorrow,  January 10, for your chance to win FREE smoothies for a year!  They open at 7:00 A.M. Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park 501 N Orlando Ave. Ste. 209B Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 637-5002 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Scenes from Tasty Tuesdays in The Milk District with Orlando Food Trucks

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This past Tuesday, I ventured out to the intersection of Robinson St and Primrose Drive near the T.G. Lee milk factory for Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District. I’ve actually come by here a few times in the past month or so on the way home from work to pick up a few items to try for dinner. The convenient thing about this event set up is that all the bars (The Milk Bar, Sandwich Bar, Spacebar, etc.) along Robinson Street in the Milk District area open up to allow you to bring the food in so you have a place to sit with your food. You can order a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, and enjoy the food with out having to stand around awkwardly or on the street corner squatting like you’re fresh off the boat. The Milk District has steadily grown in popularity these past few years – I don’t think the name for it has been around for even that long – since Lonely Planet featured them for a CNN article on the top destinations in 2012 which included Orlando. Check out this great 76 second video from Robert Reid, editor of Lonely Planet on the “real” Orlando, which includes pieces on the Jack Kerouac house in College Park, Viet town in Mills 50 district, and the Milk District The area is growing and so is Orlando, and I think Tasty Tuesdays is a wonderful event to bring this place to life even more. Food trucks change almost weekly, so check the Tasty Tuesdays’ Facebook page here for detailed info: http://www.facebook.com/TastyTuesdaysOrlando I visited a few trucks that evening, and took a few to go as well. My first stop was Big Wheel Food Truck where I tried their Asian braised duck wings and the heirloom chicken quarter dishes. I’m always amazed at how Chef Tony Adams can create a menu that is so unique, locally-based, and so tasty every week, and served gourmet-style straight out of the food truck at that. I trotted off to the Spacebar to find a seat and snap a few shots while enjoying a nice bottle of Captain Eli root beer from the bar. Asian Braised Duck Wings $9, duck wings slow braised in soy, mirin, nuoc cham, hoisin, scallion, sesame, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and local honey and served with Fresh Scallion Japanese Sticky Rice and Roasted Enoki Mushrooms Roasted local heirloom chicken quarter with chorizo, pequillo pepper, and Old Hearth stuffing with dark meat chicken with some creme fraiche $10.50 Inside the Spacebar of the Milk District BBQ Chicken and gouda empanada from La Empanada truck, pretty much one of the most amazing empanadas in existence I also visited my old favorite, The Crooked Spoon food truck (check out their video on The Cooking Channel’s Eat Street!! ). I wanted to see how they were holding up since my last visit many months ago, and I am happy to report that they are still as amazing as ever. I ordered the Crooked Spoon burger, their signature angus beef burger with onion marmalade, spring mix of greens, tomato, swiss cheese, and chipotle aioli all encased in a lightly charred, toasted brioche bun. The burger was cooked to perfection, soft, flavorful, savory and sweet. One of the very best burgers in Orlando bar none. It’s served with a side of housemade rosemary seasoned potato chips in a paper bag. I could seriously eat this every day. Hats off to the team over there at the Crooked Spoon for all of their hard work in that hot trailer kitchen and still creating some wonderful dishes for us to taste. The Tasty in Tasty Tuesdays in the making Homemade rosemary seasoned potato chips The Crooked Spoon burger, one of the best burgers in Orlando, an angus beef burger with onion marmalade, spring mix of greens, tomato, swiss cheese, and chipotle aioli all encased in a lightly charred, toasted brioche bun

New Cocktail Launches During Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Orlando

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

I stopped by Raglan Road at Disney Springs for their Great Irish Hooley celebration. I’ve covered the Great Irish Hooley before and it’s a celebration to mark six months until St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory drink was a must. I normally go with a pint of Guinness but I was told they launched a new cocktail made with Irish Gin called PJ’s Poison. PJ’s Poison – Gunpowder Irish Gin, housemade orange marmalade, muddled orange, Fever-tree tonic The cocktail was so refreshing! “PJ’s Poison” is made with Gunpowder Irish Gin, housemade orange marmalade, muddled orange, Fever-tree tonic. It’s very easy to drink and a tad dangerous because it’s the perfect refreshment for hot weather. While it was released for the Great Irish Hooley during the Labor Day holiday weekend, Raglan Road plans on keeping it on the drink menu. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin It’s always a good time at Raglan Road and this was a nice treat to discover this cocktail at the Hooley. Looking forward to going back again for another PJ’s Poison in the …

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery

by weallgottaeat @ We All Gotta Eat

I was invited, along with several local bloggers (and a certain food critic that we all know and love), to preview some menu selections from the new Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery at beautiful JW Marriott Grande … Continue reading

900 Degreez Food Truck – featuring Wood-Fired Oven Pizzas

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Artisan Pizza in just 90 seconds – all served from a food truck. That’s what Chef Drew Soifer, a long time resident of the greater Orlando area, is cooking up with a new concept in the food truck world – a one-of-kind truck called 900 Degreez. This converted container truck features a bespoke imported Italian wood-fired oven that can cook a pizza in an unbelievable 90 seconds. The truck façade features an all-glass panel that allows customers to view the chefs at work. Chef Drew created a menu consisting of artisan pizzas, which includes his specialty, the EIEIO pizza that is a white mozzarella pizza with sliced fuji apples, apple bacon and garlic. 900 Degreez also serves garlic knots, Italian breads, baguettes and other baked goods. Other pizzas include: The Greek $11 Spinach, minced garlic, shredded mozzarella and feta cheese. Hercules Court $10 Sliced Fingerling potatoes, walnut pesto sauce and shredded mozzarella. The Big Island Pizza $10 Fresh sliced pineapple, sliced ham, red sauce and shredded mozzarella. Farm to Table $11 Rendered pork, caramelized onions, blue cheese and shredded mozzarella. Spade & Hoe $10 Sliced heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives, onions, red sauce and mozzarella. The 35-foot truck weighs 33,000 pounds, with the oven itself weighing in at 3,500 pounds, so large in fact that Chef Drew was required to obtain a CDL. Chef Drew says, “As the popularity of food trucks increases, Orlando has experienced unparalleled growth in this market. I believe food trucks will be around for a long time and I look forward to being a part of it.” “I decided to open the artisan pizza truck because it made more sense to be mobil versus being at a fixed location. I could have opened in a great location but then I would have had to deal with all the overhead that comes with that. Like rent, electric, water, a much larger staff etc.. In addition when I lived in San Francisco I experienced my first wood fired brick oven pizza and the experience was amazing. The flavor and the texture of something that was cooked in 90 seconds was awesome. Something so simple and flavorful was what I wanted to bring back to Orlando. Our pizza dough is made fresh daily and doesn’t contain any preservatives or stabilizers that are often found at a majority of pizza chain restaurants.” Chef Drew is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute. He honed his culinary skills with top rated chefs including the late Jean Louis Paladin, as well as Charlie Palmer and Cindy Hudson while working in renowned restaurants such as the 4-Seasons, NAPA restaurant and Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. “Throughout my experiences with the different chefs, they always placed a huge emphasis on the quality of the ingredients and making sure the customer was always satisfied. This rings true with me today. Quality is far more important than quantity,” Drew told us in a recent e-mail interview. 900 Degreez has been in operation since mid April and we can be found all over the Orlando area. The best way to find them is to go on their website at www.900degreezpizza.com and go to the “Find Us” page. There you will see all of their upcoming events with times and locations. Contact: Chef Drew Soifer 900degreezpizza@gmail.com www.facebook.com/900degreez www.twitter.com/900degreez www.900degreezpizza.com

First Watch rolls out new single-origin coffee nationwide, supporting women growers in Colombia

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Florida-based breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant chain First Watch has recently unrolled a new coffee program, called Project Sunrise, using a new single-origin coffee sourced from women coffee growers in Huila, Colombia. The coffee program helps support a women-led growers organization called Mujeres en Café in Huila, Colombia. Traditionally, the coffee growing industry in Colombia has been male-dominated. Due to the country’s decades-long civil conflict, many women in Huila lost their husbands, brothers and sons and have now taken over the family business. Together, they formed Mujeres en Café and embarked on a mission to create sustainable businesses that elevate the lives of their families and improve conditions in their rural communities. “During our visit to Huila, we met groups of women in several villages who have dedicated their lives to producing great coffee. They are proud of their work and were eager to welcome us into their homes, walk us through their farms and share their stories,” Shane Schaibly, corporate chef and VP of culinary strategy for First Watch, said in an announcement of the new coffee program. “Each year, we serve more than 8 million cups of coffee in our restaurants. Through Project Sunrise, that gives us 8 million incredible opportunities to support these hard-working women and their families in Huila in 2018.” The high-quality beans these women grow and harvest in Huila are exported to the U.S. and roasted by the experts at Royal Cup Coffee in Birmingham, Alabama, exclusively for First Watch. The restaurant company pays a premium for these single-origin beans, which will be relayed back to the women farmers in Huila to help improve their quality of life and help facilitate their operations. Schaibly spent months working with coffee growers and roasters to develop a coffee that would complement the complex dishes, flavors and textures found on the First Watch menu. First Watch’s new Project Sunrise coffee fits the bill – it features a medium body, with hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for an ideal complement to First Watch’s variety of fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. For more information on First Watch’s Project Sunrise, visit blog.firstwatch.com. We were recently invite to try some of the new coffee at First Watch as well as sample some seasonal dishes like the millionaire’s bacon, four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle, and the cinnamon chip panacake. I enjoyed their new coffee, particularly the rich depth of flavor that complimented the dishes well.

Lake Nona Food Truck Bazaar presented by TheDailyCity.com

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This Sunday Oct 30th 2011 TheDailyCity.com is bringing the Food Truck Bazaar to the Lake Nona area for the very first time! Location: CrossPointe Church Orlando, 11002 Lake Hart Dr., Orlando, FL 32832. View Larger Map The church is having a (free) Fall Festival as well there. Too much fun! 4:30-8pm. Know Before You Go 1. Expect to wait in long lines. While the food is delicious, it does not come fast. Why? Its not fast food. These are restaurants on wheels. Plan to wait. And please note: we (The Daily City) have no control over the speed at which the lines move. The food trucks themselves control that. 2. Some trucks will run out of food. This can happen even while you’re waiting in line and if you show up to the event too late. 3. Bring chairs, tables, tents: think tailgating. If you want to sit down while in line or while eating, bring a chair. 4. Many of the trucks have loud lawn mower-sounding generators attached to them. With 15 – 20 trucks in one spot, it can get pretty noisy. You’ve been warned. 5. Most trucks now take credit cards, but sometimes the credit card machines (these days which are now ipads and iphones!) can break down, so bring cash. Ones and fives (not tens and twenties) are VERY welcome by the vendors. TRUCKS (ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE) Dinner Trucks: C&S; Brisket Bus, Firehouse BBQ, Melissa’s Chicken & Waffles, Winter Park Fish Co., Tastebuds Catering, Dandelion Vegan Truck, The Crooked Spoon, The Mobile Deli (Korean), The Pupusas Truck, Korean BBQ Taco Box, The Travelling Gourmet, Big Wheel Provisions, Treehouse Truck, The Gator Truck. Dessert Trucks: Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, The Batter Bowl, Sunset Italian Ice, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, The Crepe Company, Gastrotruck LAKE NONA SCHEDULE 5-9pm Oct 30 | CrossPointe Church Orlando* Nov 19 | CrossPointe Church* Dec 17 | CrossPointe Church* *11002 Lake Hart Dr., Orlando, FL 32832 http://www.myfoxorlando.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=8705 TheDailyCity.com food truck bazaar: MyFoxORLANDO.com

Celebrating the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord buffet

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed red cabbage and apples, Jansson’s temptations We were invited to celebrate the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord – a nationwide event at participating stores.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes were $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under). IKEA Food Range and Product Developer, Peter Ho, says, “The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike.  It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.” The cutest Christmas reindeer!  An IKEA employee informed me that they were sold out, unfortunately. Swedish cheeses, crispbread, thin bread, softbread Gravad lax with mustard sauce Christmas ham Swedish potato salad Hard boiled eggs Assorted desserts Daim cakes with and without chocolate, Swedish fish Coffee, tea, fountain beverages Pickled herring, Swedish cucumber salad, Red beet salad, Hard boiled eggs, Christmas ham, Gravad lax with mustard sauce Poached salmon, Jansson’s temptations, sautéed red cabbage and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy Swedish Santa Lucia processional Swedish Santa Thank you Swedish Santa for the complimentary tote bags! (Source credit: IKEA) IKEA 4092 Eastgate Dr. Orlando, FL 32839 +1 (888) 888-4532 ikea.com/us

Droolius 7 Year Blog Anniversary

by Julius Mayo Jr @ Droolius

It’s hard to believe I started this blog 7 years ago. A project created to showcase my photography has turned into a brand, with opportunities to travel and also teach food photography. Speaking at conferences and teaching how to photograph food has become a regular occurrence in the past year. We hosted our first Capture the Bite workshop which was a success with food and travel influencers at Disney World. We have more photography workshops planned in the near future and those will be announced as details unfold. Ok enough reflecting, let’s get to the food! To celebrate this occasion we stopped at Jollibee, a Filipino fast food restaurant from the Philippines, for lunch with the family and ended with Halo Halo for dessert. No better way to celebrate than sharing this nostalgic Filipino dessert with my family who was in town for my uncle’s 90th birthday celebration and a mini-family reunion. “Halo Halo” means “mix mix”, which is what you do when eating this dessert. Ingredients include sweet beans, jellies, coconut jelly, fruits, covered …

Saigon Sizzle Food Truck

Saigon Sizzle Food Truck


Traveler Foodie

Saigon Sizzle | Vietnamese Cuisine. My first encounter with this food truck was late one evening at the Fashion Square Mall. It was their first outing to Orlando. Their food was nicely displayed in…

Menu at Saigon Sizzle Food Truck, Orange City

Menu at Saigon Sizzle Food Truck, Orange City


Restaurant Guru

The actual menu of the Saigon Sizzle Food Truck. Prices and visitors' opinions on dishes.

Inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – now through December 30th

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Don’t walk, run.  Epcot is hosting its inaugural International Festival of Holidays now through December 30th.  It is a great event packed with seasonal food and beverage specialties, festive merchandise, and live entertainment only being offered exclusively during the festival. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of their 11 World Showcase nations.  Enjoy unique food and beverage offerings at the expanded Holiday Kitchens abound – with a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase! We toured the new Festive Center which includes the “Cookie Nook” and other festival goodies.  Cookie Nook is the brand new & biggest feature at Odyssey.  Cookie Nook has already sold over 10,000 cookies since it opened last week. Make your own FREE snowflake ornament at the Festive Center (same building as Cookie Nook) and take it home with you or hang it on the mini Christmas tree. Lunch time!  All food items for the festival are distinctly different to celebrate different traditional food from different regions. Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, Germany – Cheese Fondue In a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes featuring Melissa’s Produce Yukon Holiday Kitchen, Canada – Seared Salmon with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup American Holiday Table – Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce Feast of Three Kings – Roasted Pork with Smashed Yuca and Pickled Green Bananas Thank you Epcot for the generous goodie bags! Rockin’ the festive Disney ears with my celebrity friend and Disney expert, Lou Mongello. The festival includes merchandise that you cannot find anywhere in the world, exclusive to Disney, and some for only this park – like artisan Reinhard Herzog, who creates personalized glass-blown ornaments at the Holiday Market. Festival gear and exclusive Annual Passholder t-shirt (middle). Explore the Festival – We encourage you to enjoy some of the cultural entertainment throughout World Showcase at your leisure including: Sigrid Meets Julenissen The Christmas Gnome (Norway) – Celebrate the season with laugher, as the unsuspecting storyteller Sigrid encounters Julenissen, a magical, mischievous gnome. El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia (Mexico) – Inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Coco” and the celebration of Dia de Muertos. Mostly Kosher (Between Morocco and France) – Capture the joy of Hanukkah and Klezmer music with this unique, high-energy indie band. Joyful: A Celebration of the Season (Fountain View Stage) – The ‘JOYFUL!’  singers celebrate two holidays of the season— Christmas and Kwanzaa—with spirited, uplifting R&B, Pop and soul-stirring renditions of classic holiday music. Voices of Liberty (American Adventure Rotunda) – Embrace the spirit of the season with the festive a cappella holiday music of the Dickens Carolers. Candlelight Processional at America Gardens Theatre – A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 5-piece orchestra and a glorious massed choir.  The celebrity narrator that evening was actress/comedienne Ana Gasteyer from but not limited to: Saturday Night Live and Mean Girls. NARRATORS Nov. 24- 26 – Laurie Hernandez – NEW! Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer – NEW! Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak – NEW! Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell – NEW! Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis – NEW! Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder – NEW! Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson Festival of the Holidays version of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  The World Showcase Promenade comes alive nightly with the brilliance and splendor of music, lights, lasers, water fountains and custom pyrotechnics.  With the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at its center, this special musical finale brings the message of peace and goodwill. I am going to wrap this up like a gift!  Be sure to check out the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Holidays before it ends on December 30th, you don’t want to miss this! (Source credit: Walt Disney World) Epcot 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 (407) 939-5277 https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/holiday-festival/

Avalon Park Food Truck Bazaar !

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

On the evening of Sunday July 24th from 6pm-10pm, TheDailyCity.com put on the first ever Avalon Park Food Truck Bazaar. The food trucks present included Mama’s Fixins Soul Food, Winter Park Seafood Co., C&S; Brisket Bus, The Travelling Gourmet, Tastebuds, Sunset Italian Ice, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, Batter Bowl Truck, The Crepe Company cart, Pupuseria, Firehouse BBQ, Big Wheel Provisions, Treehouse Truck, Korean BBQ Taco Box (2), The Crooked Spoon, Island BBQ Jerk Chicken Truck, and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice cart. Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles truck was out of commission that evening but will be up and running later. Under the hot Florida sun, the trucks were lined up into two rows one on each side of the big park and stage near downtown Avalon Park by the Publix. I was at the event selling food truck apparel with my long time friend Michael Cho, co-owner of Impress Ink Tees screen printing and apparel shop (located on Goldenrod road near Colonial Dr). It was our first time selling shirts and I think it was pretty successful. The food truck shirts had designs ranging from “Truck Eat Sleep” to “Stay Hungry with a food truck made of foods” and a I heart (food truck) food truck”. We had quite a few sales and I also had a great time meeting a few readers of this very blog. It was so fun meeting and talking to people who have read my posts over the years and followed me on twitter and facebook. I was pleasantly surprised that some people were even at the Avalon Park Food Truck Bazaar because they heard it from my twitter account! The next time we will be out with the food truck shirts to be sold in person is at the Oviedo Mall Food Truck Bazaar on Sunday August 24th, so if you have a chance come by and say hello! Overall, it was a great event and many of the vendors sold out of food. C&S; Brisket Bus for one sold out of over 350 lbs of meat alone in 4 hours. The good folks over at The Crooked Spoon said that this was their busiest night EVER! I am sure these bazaars will continue to be a success and hope that the food truck scene will keep on truckin! Ride on! Thank you to everyone who bought a food truck shirt! You can buy them at the Oviedo Mall bazaar on Sunday August 14th! check out MegaYummo’s gear!! awesome food blogger and neighbor 3D Lasik table – Best Street team ever with amazing Lemonade from Publix . A True LIFESAVER in the Florida Heat The Crepe Company – They rock!! My coworker Jessica models the BBQ Pork Boat with Coconut rice and beans from CK’s Jerk Shack Gourmet Island BBQ! Monica and Theresa modelling the chimoo and deep fried PBJ from Treehouse truck! Deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich from Treehouse truck om nom nom The ultimate chimoo sandwich from Treehouse Truck CK’s Jerk Shack Gourmet Island BBQ, a champion BBQ and caterer http://www.ckjerkshack.com/ Jerk Pit Master Mark Robinson at the helm! God Bless this man and his food! Coconut water, Ginger beer, a boat of bbq pork, and a boat of bbq chicken – the pork and chicken were some of the best I  have ever had. The smoky bbq flavor and island sauces went perfectly together in this dish. The succulent pork and chicken were both literally fall off the bone tender. Big thumbs up to CK’s Jerk Shack! The Batter Bowl Truck! They sell awesome desserts Late Night Dessert from the Batter Bowl Truck – $5 TIRAMISU The tiramisu was soft and sweet, almost like a creme brulee but with that familiar taste of chocolate, coffee, and lady fingers. See you at the next event: The Oviedo Mall  Food truck Bazaar on Sunday August 14th. If you can’t wait till then, make sure you follow all the trucks on twitter to find out where they are at! There are usually meet up during the week after work! For more info, visit: http://tastychomps.blogspot.com/p/orlando-food-truck-guide.html

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

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Each year from late September to mid-November, EPCOT hosts an International Food and Wine Festival!   Set up all around the World Showcase are kiosks offering samplings a variety of international foods. Each taste ranges in price from $3-$8. Get a pre-paid gift card and swipe at each kiosk to make the experience hassle free! Photo […]

Second Harvest Food Bank presents: Chef’s Night Featuring Chef Trina Gregory-Propst, Pastry Chef/Owner of SE7EN BITES

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Chef Trina Gregory-Propst is amazing.  She was the one who recommended my family’s restaurant, Saigon Noodle and Grill – Bumby to the Food Network producers when they asked her if she knew of any good Vietnamese restaurants in Orlando to be featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.  My family had no idea that Triple D was coming to our city (for the first time ever) so we did not expect to be contacted by them, however, when they reached out to us we knew that it was truly a blessing sent from God.  We accepted the offer to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and it has changed our lives for the better.  We are now recognized worldwide and we have met so many loyal Triple D fans from all across the world.  Chef Trina’s restaurant SE7EN BITES was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives” and both of our restaurants are located in the Milk District, so we are actually neighbors.  What an honor it is to put our city and district on the Triple D map with Chef Trina.  My family cannot thank her enough for what she has done for our small restaraunt business.  We are so grateful for her and her awesome wife’s friendship! Chef’s Night is an evening at the food bank featuring some of Central Florida’s best chefs and cuisine, all to benefit their Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program.  The Culinary Training Program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.  When you support Chef’s Night, you are helping to change lives, and help pull your neighbors in need out of poverty. SE7EN BITES specializes in nostalgic southern comfort food with a modern twist.  Chef Trina has loved to bake since her Grammy first introduced her to baking when she was a child.  Grammy helped develop Trina’s love for all things sweet.  Add in a professional culinary education, talent and passion and the result is a great recipe for local Orlando Goodness.  Chef Trina created a 5-course “Brinner” menu, a delicious combination of breakfast served at dinner.  Special thanks to SYSCO for donating all of the food to Chef’s Night to make the event a success. Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar Deviled eggs with candied bacon (best deviled eggs that I have ever had in my life!) Pimento Cheese Biscuit bites with sweet red pepper butter (so yummy!) Appetizer Course – Fried grit cake with tomato jam, Andouille and dressed Arugula Salad Course – Citrus Pistachio Salad Main Course – Colonel Marmalade in the Kitchen with a Knife.  Biscuit stacked with Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, over medium egg, sausage gravy and finished with a dollop of Orange Blossom Marmalade (so delicious!) Dessert Course – Cinnamon Roll Sundae Grammies, Cinnamon Roll topped with Vanilla Ice Cream Espresso Maple Caramel, Garnished with Milk & Salted Caramel Crumble Chef Trina with her awesome wife, Va Propst. The talented Se7en Bites staff This lovely lady just got hired by Chef Trina to work at her restaurant, SE7EN BITES!  Big congratulations!!  (P.S. – She looks familiar.  I think we went to high school together.  So cool!) Follow @themichaeljavier on instagram – he’s a cool dude, I want his charisma! If you missed out this year, be sure to join us at the next Chef’s Table at Second Harvest Food Bank!  Details will be posted on their website so keep an eye out for it. (Source credit: Second Harvest Food Bank) Second Harvest Food Bank 411 Mercy Drive Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 295-1066 feedhopenow.org Se7en Bites 617 N Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 203-0727 se7enbites.com  

Bulla Gastrobar – Winter 2018 Menu

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Winter, brief it may be, has arrived to Central Florida with the latest frosty blasts covering most of our region this past week. The Spanish-inspired Bulla Gastrobar has recently debuted their Winter Menu, featuring savory, hearty dishes that will certainly warm any foodie’s appetite this winter. Here is the menu: Sabores de Invierno Winter Menu Padrones Rellenos $8 – Shishito peppers stuffed with Mahon cheese, encrusted with panko crumbs and a spicy tomato dipping sauce Caldo Gallego $8 – Galician Soup, White beans, pork shank, chorizo, kale Piquillos a la Vizcaina $11 – Ground beef and pork stuffed piquillo peppers, bechamel sauce, black currants Lechon Asado $23 – Slow Roasted Pig, Pork Demi, Panadera Potatoes Chuletas de Cordero $23 – Lamb Chops, Honey Beer Reduction, Kale, Potato Foam Some of my favorites from the menu included the: Padrones rellenos, crunchy panko crusted, stuffed shisito peppers filled with mahon cheese – each bite oozes with warm cheese – perfect. The Piquillos a la Vizcaina, stuffed piquillo peppers were both savory and sweet – savory from the ground beef and pork and bechamel cheese sauce but also a touch of sweetness from the black currant reduction and nutty sliced almonds. If you are a fan of lamb chops, try the chuletas de cordero – subtly sweet from honey reduction, it’s a hearty dish with delicate potato foam and crispy kale. My absolute favorite on the menu is the lechon asado, thrice cooked slow roasted pig with a pork demi sauce and panadera potatoes – thick and juicy, the pork just melts in your mouth with the crispy pork skin is a fantastic treat. The menu lasts all winter until March so visit soon! Bulla Gastrobar 110 S Orlando Ave #7, Winter Park, FL 32789 bullagastrobar.com

The Crooked Spoon – Food Truck – Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

The Food Truck craze has officially entered Orlando in full swing: (Check out this awesome article by Sandra Pendicini of the Orlando Sentinel on the Food Truck craze in Orlando here and theDailyCity.com’s Food Truck Guide and Orlando Food Truck Bazaar event on March 29 here) More and more gourmet type food trucks are hitting the streets and The Crooked Spoon has answered the call. They are currently located at the Chevron gas station on the corner of Fern Creek and Colonial Drive near Bumby Ave during lunch hours and relocate to the Dr Phillips area for late night festivities. The Crooked Spoon is headed by Chef Steve, who has worked at Tavern on the Green in New York City, K Restaurant and Wine Bar and Citrus in Orlando in the past along with Allie, the very sweet pastry /sous chef who also happens to bake the cookies for The Crooked Spoon. Tools of the Trade at the Crooked Spoon My friend and I ordered the Crooked Spoon Burger and the Mac N Cheese to share. We also got the potato salad and apple-papaya sauce for sides. The Crooked Spoon Burger ($8) is a meaty Angus beef burger with soft buns made locally from the Olde Hearth Bakery topped with a chipotle aioli sauce, sweet caramelized onions, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato. It definitely ranks up high as one of the best burgers in Orlando at this point in time. The Crooked Spoon Burger $8 Potato Salad! My favorite however was the Mac N Cheese ($8) from The Crooked Spoon, made with a 6 cheese blend, roasted red and yellow peppers, bacon, and toasted bread crumbs. The decadent serving was enough to fill up two people and luckily I had my friend with me to share this heavenly, cheesy, mac-y delicious creation with, otherwise it would most definitely have ended up all in my tummy. Magnificent.     The Crooked Spoon’s Mac N Cheese!  The Crooked Spoon’s Mac N CHEESE!The other items for lunch at The Crooked Spoon include Fish Tacos, Bistro Ham, Rustic Garden Salad, Mediterranean Chicken Salad, and Cranberry Turkey. They change their menus often so check back (sometimes they have a pork quesadilla on the menu!). Most of the items run around $8 and a combo with a drink and a side for $2 more. I will definitely be back to check out more items from the Crooked Spoon! Some tips: They accept both cash and credit. You might want to bring a chair or table with you as there is no seating (i used the trunk of my car to set everything for eating lol) To find out about where they are throughout the day, like them on facebook at facebook.com/thecrookedspoon or follow them on twitter at twitter.com/thecrookedspn The Crooked Spoon food truck…its awesome. , . .

Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall August 2011

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

The Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar hosted by TheDailyCity.com at the Oviedo Mall took place this past Sunday August 14th 2011. I arrived to a rather wet scene, the Central Florida skies had become overcast with intermittent rain storms. The rain poured for a few minutes before slowly dissipating, allowing food truck lovers to head out from their cars, where we had all been hiding, and lined up to sample the delicious food truck offerings at the bazaar. Food trucks at the Oviedo Mall included C&S; Brisket Bus, Firehouse BBQ, Melissa’s Chicken & Waffles, Tastebuds Catering, The Crooked Spoon, The Pupusas Truck, Korean BBQ Taco Box, The Travelling Gourmet, Big Wheel Provisions, Treehouse Truck, Gastro-Truck, Mama’s Fixins, CK Jerk Shack Gourmet Island BBQ, The Gator Truck, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, The Batter Bowl, Sunset Italian Ice, and The Crepe Company. I had the chance to eat a few pupusas from the tiny yellow Pupusa truck with my buddies. A pupusa is a Salvadorean dish made from a thick corn tortilla and filled with beans, cheese and pork or chicken. The pupusas are served with a side of salsa and some curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar), which go very well together on top of the pupusa if you so choose. Pupusas! The Fall 2011 schedule for Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar includes: Sept 11, Oct 9 and Nov 13, 5-9pm all three nights. There is no December bazaar. All Oviedo bazaars happen at Oviedo Mall. also, if you enjoy food trucks in Central Florida, make sure you vote for your Favorite Food Truck for Food Network’s THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE going on RIGHT NOW! Click here to vote: http://foodtrucks.teamdigital.?com/ You can vote up to 10 votes a day. Food trucks in the Great Food Truck Race nomination include Big Wheel Mobile Food Truck, CK Jerk Shack Gourmet Island BBQ, C&S; Brisket Bus, and KalbiHau5.

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Tastes and Sounds of Downtown at Club Firestone

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ food trucks – Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

This is an awesome weekly event at the Club Firestone parking lot off of Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. It features local food trucks, musicians, artists and more. They usually occur every Wednesday from 6pm-12am so check it out soon! Here is their facebook page for more info http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tastes-and-Sounds-of-Downtown/110821802339880 Here are a few photos from the event! Treehouse Truck! Korean BBQ Taco Box II A Happy Camper Orange Blossom Pilsner mobile The Stage Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles Truck Droolius and Megayummo! Mobile Deli Food truck – specializing in Ssam Korean tacos Pork Bulgogi Taco ($3.20) Megalo burger from Treehouse Truck Big Wheel’s Crispy tater tots with spicy pimento cheese $5 Soft Shell Crab sandwich from Big Wheel Truck Crispy flatbread with home made smoked duck from Big Wheel om nom nom

Holiday Specials at BRIO Tuscan Grille

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

(Seasonal!) White Chocolate Berry Bread Pudding: vanilla bean gelato, housemade berry sauce, anglaise ($6.95) On this chilly day, I cannot stop thinking about this warm and beautiful seasonal dessert.  It was so rich and decadent, with all the right flavors. My mom and I had to wait a little bit for it because the kitchen wanted to make it hot and fresh right out of the oven for us, hence why the vanilla bean gelato was instantly trickling down from it, but it was worth the wait. ‘Tis the season at BRIO Tuscan Grille! The restaurant is offering many ways to celebrate this season, from new menu items, seasonal dishes and cocktails and special events including: Sat. Dec. 16 – Breakfast with Santa Sun. Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve party with complimentary prosecco, party favors, balloon drop and live music. Call BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village at (407) 622-5611 and ask for the manager, Kiki, for more information! Nationwide: – Facebook & Instagram Contest: BRIO’s “12 Days to Win!” Facebook and Instagram contest gives fans a chance to win various prizes from Monday, Dec. 4–Friday, Dec. 15. BRIO will post a different question regarding the holidays each day. Those with winning answers will receive incredible BRIO prizes such as: gift cards, brunch for six, a chef’s dinner, a Happy Hour party for 12, and BRIO for a year (a $1,200 value)! – Bonus Gift Card Offer:  From Monday, Nov. 13–Saturday, Dec. 30, BRIO guests will receive a $25 bonus card with every $100 in gift cards purchased. The bonus card is valid Monday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, March 15, 2018. BRIO gift cards can be purchased at a local BRIO restaurant or online at www.BrioItalian.com/giftcards. (NEW! ) Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Cheddar cheese sauce, creamy horseradish, Gorgonzola, green onions, celery, house-made potato chips ($5) (NEW!) Crispy Shrimp Brio – Spicy Remoulade, green onions ($6) (NEW!) Warm Margherita Dip – Four cheese blend, tomato compote, Reggiano, basil, grilled ciabatta ($5) (Seasonal!) Spicy shrimp bruschetta – Fontina, charred tomato, lobster butter ($12.50) Bulleit Nog-Chata: Bulleit Rye whiskey, RumChata, simple syrup, crème anglaise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon sugar rim ($9) Salted Caramel Martini: RumChata, Kahlua, Absolut Vanilla, caramel swirl, salted rim ($9) Two-Course Combos: your choice of soup or salad, with choice of entrée: Soups – Soup of the day, Lobster Bisque (add $1) Salads – Brio Chopped Salad, Caesar, or Wedge Surf & Turf: 14-oz. strip steak, black pepper shrimp, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus (the two-course meal is priced at $34.95 with this entrée) Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Glazed Peppers (light entrée): farro, quinoa, grape tomatoes, asparagus, capers, Marcona almonds, feta, pesto vinaigrette (the two-course meal is priced at $19.95 with this entrée) Grilled Branzino: roasted red & gold beets, farro, Marcona almonds, marinated kale, lemon vinaigrette, feta (the two-course meal is priced at $26.95 with this entrée) Caramel Mascarpone Cheesecake – Anglaise sauce, vanilla whipped cream ($4.25) Thank you Mom for being my plus 1 to a few of my foodie events!  Be sure to check out BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village soon for the holidays! (Source credit: BRIO Tuscan Grille) BRIO Tuscan Grille 480 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 622-5611 http://brioitalian.com

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