Monday, January 29, 2024

Ice Cream for Breakfast at Kelly's

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day was created by Malia Grace’s mom and aunt in 2013 in honor of her memory after Malia Grace passed away from cancer in 2010.

She loved ice cream and her family wanted to commemorate her birthday in a way that would be fitting for Malia Grace.

During her wish trip at Give Kids the World, Malia Grace had the opportunity to Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast and it was a highlight of her family's experience.

February 18th has become an annual international childhood cancer awareness event. Each year the celebration has grown; increasing support for those fighting, celebrating the survivors and remembering the children we have lost.

During the month of February, Kelly's Ice Cream will be donating a portion of proceeds from certain flavors to Arnold Palmer's Hospital for Children. 


On the date of February 18th, 50% of the proceeds earned on ice for breakfast will be donated as well. Additionally customers can donate during their visit in February all month long.


The two featured ice cream flavors are Blueberry Pancake and Maple Bourbon Bacon. I got to try both and I really loved the maple bourbon bacon, it had real pieces of crispy bacon.


So go out to one of the Kelly's Ice cream locations and enjoy some ice cream and make your donation. 


More Details here: https://www.kellyshomemadeicecream.com/eaticecreamforbreakfast

Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Drake

 


The Drake, a highly anticipated new restaurant, has finally opened its doors in Orlando after gaining a loyal following as a popular food truck. With its brick-and-mortar debut, The Drake brings its signature flavors and creative cuisine to a new level. 


We started with the mushroom meatball appetizer, it had an interesting flavor. Very rich, maybe a little salty for some. Good in small amounts. 



Next we had the Winter Greens Salad - Roasted Local Squash, Kale. Pumpkin Seeds, Feta, Tomatoes, Red Onions. Honey Sherry Vinaigrette $15. It was excellent, well mixed and good combination of flavors.


For our main courses we opted for the Mushroom Risotto and the Duck entree. 



The Fungi Jon Mushrooms Risotto Miso Dashi was a creamy, savory delight with Siano Fior di Latte Burrate and Broad Beans adding a pop of freshness. 


Meanwhile, the Duck, Duck, Goose entree - made with Strudel, Aged Breast, Foie Gras, Pomegranate Gastrique, and Quince was a great entree with its rich flavors and textures. Each bite was a masterful combination of flavors and techniques.


We finished with dessert, I let the server make the selection, she suggested the Pavlova de Maiz Corn Husk Meringue, Local Corn Custard Brown Butter Ice Cream $12. It was a bit unique, the ice cream was good, but the Custard was not my favorite.


Overall the staff and decor were very nice and I look forward to returning. 






361 N Rosalind Ave Suite 1, Orlando, FL 32801

https://maps.app.goo.gl/juiTLN1E5c866CU56

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Prato Winter Park

We had dinner at Prato, a regular destination for us. They consistently have creative and unique dishes.

Red Pepper Corn Soup - tangy with a nice crunch from the corn, onion topping. They always have great seasonal soups.

Watermelon, Avocado Salad. This had compressed watermelon, I liked it but the creaminess of the avocado puree didn't pair well with the watermelon in my mind. However my dining companion loved it.



Squid ink pasta with Shrimp - Squid Ink shells with a strong tomato sauce



Lamb Ravioli - the broth was super light, lamb filling was fantastic.



Mustard Spaghettini - this is our go to dish every time, the best pasta dish in town.


Prato is always busy, we can usually get one or two seats at the bar, reservations are strongly recommended.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/vp78y9y8VL4B3R2q8

124 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

https://www.prato-wp.com/


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Mi Ranchito Querido

Mi Ranchito Querido is a Mexican food truck on Semoran.

I had the Campechana - Chorizo and beef taco.

Pretty sure the tortilla was hand made.


Very good and generous portion.

Next time I'll try the Huarache 

I recommend this truck. Great prices and tasty tacos 

185 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807

#AzaleaPark

#Mexican

#Taco

#TacoTruck

#Orlando

#OrlandoFood

#OrlandoMexican



Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Pigzza



After what seems like years of anticipation, Pigzza has opened. Directly next to local music mecca Will's Pub on Mills Ave, the old garage that sat empty for quite a long time has had an amazing transformation, they even kept the garage doors. Pigzza will be an important part of the Mills/50/Virginia neighborhood.

Serving pastas, pizzas and a nice variety of related items, the theme is Italianish with some bbq ingredients on certain dishes.

For example you can select a pizza or a sandwich that has smoked brisket on it, or a smoked sausage app with meatballs. There's a pizza with bbq chicken and Alabama white sauce. 

Adding the bbq ingredients to Italian dishes definitely makes for some interesting combinations.

Food Menu


The owner of Pigzza has been well known in the Orlando Restaurant scene for many years with the Treehouse Truck and Pig Floyd's just up the street. 

Pigzza has a great wine list as well, much longer than I expected. They also have a good selection of cocktails, beer and sangria.


Wine and Beer Menu

On my visit I was able to try an appetizer, cocktail, pasta and dessert.

I began with the olives and cheese appetizer, nice flavors and good start to the meal. 

With my meal I tried the Paloma cocktail, nice refreshing taste, the banana peppers were an interesting ingredient.

Next was the parpadelle pasta. Pictured is the half portion. This had a good simple flavor with the pulled pork, cilantro and lemon. 



I finished with the Banana Tiramisu, good combination of sweeteness and banana.


Overall I can't wait to explore the rest of the menu, there are lots of intriguing items. 

Pigzza takes reservations via Resy

Address and Links:

Pigzza

1050 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 704-8223

https://pigzza.com/

https://maps.app.goo.gl/X3rBHsWy28JkStje6

https://www.facebook.com/PIGZZA

https://instagram.com/pigzzaonmills


Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Norman's Orlando

After years of anticipation, Norman's Orlando has finally opened on Sandlake.

We had dinner there this evening and it was an elegant and delicious experience. 



Norman's 3.0 is located in the Dellagio Plaza on Sandlake Road. 7924 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.normans.com/

They have a bar, patio and the main dining room. The decor is stylish and the service is formal. Our server was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable.

We started with some bread rolls, served with butter and salt and pepper. I wasn't really sure what the intention was with the salt and pepper so I just sprinkled it on the butter after I spread it. These rolls had a unique texture. 



We started with a seafood appetizer Shrimp Ceviche with the salsa of life and cucumbers, this was tangy.

Next up was my favorite of the meal...


Brazilian styled Shrimp & Mussel chowder $20 - made with saffron, orange, star anise in coconut milk. This was very tangy and so delicious I could have easily ate another full bowl. This seems to be chef Norman's twist on Moqueca

For my entree I had the scallop dish.



Seared Diver Harvested Sea Scallops over fermented black bean sauce. Served with tortellini filled with a very creamy cheese.

As you can see the scallops were seared perfectly. The sauce with black beans which was a unique choice. 

The tortellini was filled with boniato and queso fresco. I had never heard of boniato, but apparently it's a relative of the yam and it's popular in South Florida where chef Norman has a lot of history. Boniato


My dining companion opted for the fish entree. Pan-cooked fillet of Key West Yellowtail Snapper - served with Swiss chard and garlicky mashed potatoes and citrus butter.  $39


We finished with a decadent dessert. 


Dedo de Chocolate (chocolate finger) - Chipotle chocolate mousse salted butter caramel, macadamia bark, chocolate sorbet - $13

This was quite rich and delicious.

Overall dinner was excellent and we will definitely be returning. 


Here is the menu from the night we went, they will possibly change the menu on a regular basis so don't expect to see all the exact same items. Since my visit they have added an adobo pork dish. What will you choose?

Dessert Menu 

Additionally they have a separate menu at the bar.

Bar Menu

Patio


Wine Cellar

Norman's Orlando

(321) 754-1025

Reservations strongly suggested


Additionally I would suggest reading chef Norman's autobiography. I'm really enjoying it.


This is also worth a listen.