Sunday, October 8, 2017

Gideon's Bakehouse

This place sells out of Cookies every day. Must be amazing, that's the word on the street.

From their FB: "Gideon's Bakehouse is a dessert project built from an old forgotten dream. We've combined our love for baking with the recipes in a 1898 diary of a young boy named Gideon who dreamed of opening a bakery. Our cake slices are built off of classic recipes and our cookies set the standard for what a cookie should be. 6 ounces. Hand crafted. Melt in your mouth. Flavor packed. You won't experience anything else like it. The cookie revolution has begun!"

Inside the East End Market
3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida

Donut Central & Fuelpresso

New Donut and Coffee place on Aloma just east of 436

 Donut Central & Fuelpresso

Orlando Meats

Orlando Meats is now open, Butcher and Restaurant

728 Virginia Drive, Orlando, Florida


Gumbo Wars event Oct 14th at Fish on Fire

Pastry in the Park Event

More details on Osprey's Facebook Link


Kadence Sushi and Sake

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lombardi's Seafood Market and Cafe

Lombardi's in Winter Park has been around a long time as a seafood market. Initially a wholesaler they now sell to the public and now have a Cafe. They are located on Fairbanks in Winter Park just west of 17-92.

Cafe Hours
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Here is one of their recent menus


It's fresh. It's smoked. It's a Florida must have. Served with crackers, carrots, celery, jalapenos and pickles - 6.98
3/4 Pound of large Shrimp. Steamed with Old Bay .Served with drawn butter and Old Bay. - 9.98
½ pound Flash fried calamari and pepperocini served with basil aioli and lemon - 7.98
Taste of Maryland. Two Maryland style lump crabmeat crab cakes served over lightly dressed salad - 8.98
Lombardi family recipe. It's what Grandma used to make - 4.98
Pint - 4.98 | Quart - 8.98

Cream Of Mushroom
Lobster Bisque
New England Clam Chowder
We have our fresh homemade soups ready for you to take home and heat later in our retail case.
Lil' Mates

popcorn shrimp
cheese quesadilla
chicken fingers
House Specialties

It's Caught on our boat, F/V Fishmonger off of Fort Myers Beach. Doesn't get any Fresher. Grill it, Blacken it or Fry it. It's Local - 15.98
A New England classic. Fresh Maine Lobster, cooked to perfection and lightly tossed in our house made dressing, served on a fresh grilled roll - 15.98
Lightly blackened fresh fish served with citrus slaw, cilantro and sriracha mayo on flour or corn tortilla - 8.98
Fresh Whole Snapper. It's fresh, lightly seasoned and fried. Want it pan seared? No problem! Served On A Bed Of Greens - 14.98
Steamer Baskets
Steamer baskets served with regular drawn butter or Frank's hot sauce butter.

Single Items Baskets
½ lb
1 lb
Shrimp with Old Bay
Snow Crab
Middleneck Clams (1 dz)
Choose from list below or Mix & Match; fried, blackened or grilled
Choose a basket or atop a salad
Choose 2 half portions for higher priced item.

Fish of the Day 9.98
Fish & Chips 9.98
Native™ Salmon 10.98
Rainbow Trout 10.98
Grouper 15.98
Fried Clam Strips 8.98
Crab Cake 8.98
Sea Scallops 12.98
Fried Oysters 12.98
Shrimp 12.98
Served with fries, hushpuppies
and coleslaw.
Choose from House
or Caesar.
Fish of the Day

Special of the Day
1 pound lobster served with steamed garlic potatoes and a beer
Served with fries, coleslaw, lettuce & tomato on brioche bun.

Fish of the Day 9.98
Grouper 15.98
Chicken 6.98
Po Boys
Topped with a signature Po Boy sauce. Served with fries, coleslaw, lettuce & tomato

Fish of the Day 9.98
Shrimp 9.98
Oyster 12.98
Clam Strip 7.98


They even have their own Lombardi's App!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Restaurants April 2017

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,

Tin and Tacos:

Omelet Bar:

Capsized Kitchen:

Reel Fish:

Mesa 21:

Florida Film Festival 2017

The Florida Film Festival will be held Friday April 21st-Sunday April 30th at the Enzian theater in Maitland. They have a number of great events with some spectacular food, chefs and restaurants involved. They also are showing a few food related movies.

The highlight for food lovers is the opening night party.

Opening Night Party:

Friday, April 21

Celebrate opening night of the 2017 Florida Film Festival with a thrilling new film, THE HERO. Sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots—a moveable feast where you can mingle and celebrate with all the folks who will be your new best friends for the next 10 days. Eat, drink, be merry, and discuss all the films you cannot wait to see at the festival ahead.

Participating restaurants, bars, and select vendors include: Arthur's Catering, Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ, The Copper Rocket Pub, Cuisiniers, Enzian Theater & Eden Bar, Hourglass Brewing, Hunger Street Tacos, La Empanada, Pizza Bruno, Rogue Pub, Rosen Shingle Creek, Southern-Glazer's Wine and Spirits, Ten10 Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co., and Tito's Vodka.

6PM: Champagne & appetizers served
6:30PM: Theater doors open
6:55PM: Welcome and introductions
7:10PM: Begin film: The Hero preceded by “5 Films About Technology”
8:30PM: Party starts for “Party Only” ticket holders
8:30PM-Midnight: Dinner & drink stations open outside
9:30PM: Film lets out
10:30PM-1AM: Dessert served inside Enzian
1AM: Event ends

Another event related to food during the film festival is:

Locally Fresh!

  • Sun, April 23rd 11:00AM - 2:30PM Enzian & Eden Bar
Locally Fresh! Scrumptious Cinema
Sunday, April 23

Feed all your senses! Central Florida farmers and food purveyors partner-up with local filmmakers at this utterly unique (and mouth-watering) event—a festival favorite! Filmmakers Matthew Tullo, Miguel Gomez, Julia Spada, Brett Downey, Loretta Troutman, Alex Reynoso, Donald Tynes, Sheri Kebbel, and Veronica Jaramillo dig into the stock and trade of what makes Central Florida delicious. Watch their documentaries highlighting The Dinner Party Project, Ten10 Brewing Co., and The Fresh Stop Bus, accompanied by cooking demonstrations and sumptuous samples. A feast for the eyes… and the taste buds.

Locally Fresh! Farmers Market
Sunday, April 23

After Locally Fresh! the lawn at Eden Bar transforms into a Farmers Market, filled with local products fresh from the field. Get to know Central Florida’s finest famers and vendors.


Here are a few of the movies that are food related:

New Chefs on the Block

New Chefs on the Block
  • Sun, April 23rd 2:30PM - 4:20PM Regal Winter Park Village A
  • Directed by: Dustin Harrison-Atlas
  • USA, 2017, 96 minutes
  • Florida Premiere
In the restaurant business, hard work doesn’t always pay off. Nearly 50% of restaurants fail in their first year, while 60% don’t even make it to their second year. Two chefs—Frank Linn of Frankly…Pizza! and Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury—with blind determination and even slimmer odds, struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants in Washington, DC. In parallel development, these two young ambitious chefs with very different personalities and restaurant styles reveal the journeys and the hardships of bringing their visions to life. Construction delays, skyrocketing costs, rookie mistakes, and the growing pains of new restaurants push both chefs to the brink. Who will make it? NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK delivers a nitty-gritty real-life look into the adversities, pressures, and enormous rewards of opening a restaurant. Featuring legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer, Michel Richard, Mike Isabella, and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman.


  • Sat, April 22nd 2:00PM - 3:00PM Regal Winter Park Village A
  • Directed by: Andreas Johnsen
  • Denmark/Netherlands/France/Germany, 2016, 73 minutes
Part eco-doc, part food film, BUGS begs the question: how tasty can a queen termite really be?  This gorgeous film features two intrepid researchers from the Nordic Food Lab, who travel the world in search of exquisite insect flavors. Not only do they seek cultures in Australia, Kenya, Uganda, Italy, Japan, and more that feast on crawly things, they work to create haute cuisine from local maggots and bees. And young chef Ben Reade and food-science researcher Josh Evans eat it all. The founders of the world-renowned Danish Restaurant NOMA created the Nordic Food Lab as a “non-profit, self-governed, open-source institution that investigates food diversity and deliciousness.” These young missionaries are as concerned with sustainability and economics as with good food, which makes BUGS a beautiful, insightful, worldwide investigation into the complicated promise of protein from insects.

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

  • Directed by: Peter Byck
  • USA, 2016, 15 minutes
  • Florida Premiere
Meet Will Harris, a truly awesome guy. His journey from industrial rancher to sustainable, humane food producer will fascinate and inspire you.

Kasa Tapas Downtown Orlando

Kasa Tapas has been open in downtown Orlando for a few years now. The theme is menu comprised of diverse small plates(tapas) with global influences


We started our meal with a duo of cocktails, one was called "The Gin Joint"

Kasa has a tapas themed menu and recommends 2-3 orders per person. Our first item was the Pork Belly Poutine a Canadian tradition with a gourmet twist. It was rich and filling.

Pork Belly Poutine - Fingerling potatoes, chorizo gravy, Wisconsin Wisconsin​ cheese curds, queso fresco, 63 degree egg

Next up was a sous vide Pompano this was a nice counterpart to the poutine. Edges were crispy, flavor was mild but good.The acidity of the blistered tomatoes balanced the sauce.

Seared Pompano from togarashi-spiced baby bok choy, baby heirloom tomatoes, lemon caper, beurre blanc.

The third dish was Yucca with a gouda cheddar and truffle fondue. Often I find that truffle flavor can overpower a dish but that was not the case with this one. One minor complaint the yucca still had the spine, a center piece that runs down the middle of the yucca root, had to extract that from some of the pieces.

Yucca with dip


Our final dish was a special sushi roll creation the Chef made for us. It's not on the menu but they are considering adding it. It was creative and unique. I really enjoyed the sauce as well.

Chef's special creation Sushi - tuna with goat cheese and avocado, panko breaded flounder topped with slivered almonds, green onions and red peppers over avocado chive sauce.

Overall I think Kasa offers some really unique and creative tapas and dishes at a fair price.

Their space is expansive and clean.

We'll be back.

They have a variety of drink specials for happy hour and certain days, check their social media for the latest details.




  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 11:30 am - 9 pm
  • Wed: 11:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thurs: 11 am - 10:30 pm
  • Fri: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
  • Sat: 5 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Sun: 11 am - 9 pm

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lobster Ceviche From Luke's Maitland

Lobster Louie Ceviche from Luke's Maitland

Great tangy flavor.

Sushi Pop

Went to dinner last night at Sushi Pop Oviedo, had a lot of different items. Salmon Belly, Bluefin Tuna, Buffalo Rock Shrimp. Here are a few photos. Great as always.  
Tasmanian Trout with chives and bourbon barrel maple syrup.

Korean Fried Chicken Wings

Salmon Belly - Blood orange ponzu, sesame seeds, radish, olive oil, kaiwari, fried pickled shitake mushrooms, lemon grass xo on Himalayan salt

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sourdough Bread House in Maitland

Sourdough Breadhouse opened for the first time yesterday 2/27/17

I had a omelette and some orange juice both were good.

the space is very clean and quiet, good place to do some work.

Follow them on instagram

110 N orlando ave

maitland plaza suite 1

Maitland, FL 32751.

Monday, September 12, 2016

1921 by Norman Van Aken in Mount Dora

This past weekend I attended a chef's dinner with Norman Van Aken at his new restaurant in Mount Dora. It's affiliated with the Modernism Museum across the street, with art and decor from the museum creating intimate, unique spaces throughout. Van Aken is a James Beard award winning chef who's considered the father of modern Florida cuisine. He chose Mount Dora for its historic charm and proximity to the finest farms in the state, creating what he considers to be the ultimate in Florida farm to table cuisine, and having experienced several dishes from his repertoire, I have to agree.

The evening began promisingly, with the most delicious sangria I have ever experienced. 1921's sangria is on tap, and is made with effervescent Rose Vinho Verde, peach brandy, and lemon. Light and sparkling, the flavors meld perfectly. The bartender is a veteran of Winter Park's The Ravenous Pig, and he created a version of their famed Gin and Jam, with house-made Bing cherry jam, lemon, lime, and honey syrup.
 Flounder ceviche in passionfruit juice with torched sweet potato. Light and flavorful.
New to the menu this evening was Chef Van Aken's version of a potsticker dumpling, with Florida spiny lobster and rock shrimp in country ham dashi with shiitake and lobster mushrooms.

Roasted Florida red snapper in coconut curry with conch fritters, charred pineapple, and Seminole pumpkin. I'd never tried Seminole pumpkin before, and it was the biggest surprise of the evening- a delicious smooth flavor and crisp yet creamy texture. 

Wood grilled dry aged New York strip with crispy shallots, and a creamy potato and cauliflower casserole.

Florida wreckfish, which is like grouper but even more sweet and tender, with pesto-vegetable gnocchi and corn relish. The roasted tomato was mind-blowingly perfect, from Tina's Pride in south Florida. The produce and fish are delivered daily, the chefs even know the name of the boats where the fish were caught the day before. Freshness and quality of ingredients make each dish outstanding.

Korea Town fried cornish hen in a crisp batter with a delicately spicy/sweet glaze.
And for dessert, a semifreddo: Georgia peach shortcake with peach custard, brown sugar crumble, peach jam and whipped cream. Perfection!

1921 by Norman Van Aken

142 E. 4th Ave., Mt Dora, FL 32751

 (352) 385-1921