Monday, January 21, 2019

We Heart Hearts - Orlando Meats Dinner


Orlando Meats is having a multi-course dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, February 14. Exact menu details are a surprise but it expect a variety of innovative dishes featuring hearts, very appropriate for Valentines Day.

MX Taco new restaurant in the Milk District

MX Taco is now open in the Milk District featuring dishes that are influenced by pre-Hispanic Mayan culture, featuring Pueblan and Oaxacan sauces and more.


"The roots of MX Taco began many years ago in the kitchens of Mexico when Chef Ryan Manning’s passion for the culture and cuisine of Mexico eventually took him south of the border where he worked alongside some great chefs and discovering some of the most unique dishes from towns, cities and states across the culturally rich country.
 
Upon returning to the United States via Washington D.C. he began to build upon the idea of sharing this rich culture with the American palate, exposing people to the unique taste of the different regions of the historically rich Mexican nation. He began to cater via The Ritz-Carlton to this specialized cuisine including being called upon by the Mexican Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C. to cook at The Mexican Cultural Institute for special events. 
 
Ultimately though Chef Manning wanted to return to the city that had become his home, Orlando, where he built a solid foundation of his culinary career in the heart of some of the largest hotel companies including Disney and The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. "
 
I recently visited and tried many of the tacos and other menu items. I was very impressed with the unique flavors and creative ingredients.
 
Menu

Menu Back

House Made sauces

Interior - It's a small cozy place


Aguas Frescas: Horchata, Jamaica, Pineapple, Horchata con coco, Sandia(Watermelon)


Bistec con Salsa Roja - braised steak, pepper sauce, avocado

Salsas and Guacamole

Esquites - Mexican Street Corn - very tasty!

Mole Poblano - chicken, cotija cheese, sesame seeds, crema

Shrimp Tikin-Xic - Achiote, bitter orange, Pickled onion

Carnitas - confit pulled pork, onion, cilantro

Cochinita Pibil - bitter orange, pulled pork, pickled onion

House made black refried beans, Ryan told me how they use Toasted Avocado leaves as an ingredient which is traditional in some parts of Mexico

Camote con Mole - sweet potato, mushroom, beans, queso cotija, pickled onion, salsa mole - This was very unique and creative, not your typical taco

Avocado Ice Cream with chocolate, toasted coconut and nuts - very creamy and delicious



Exterior


I highly suggest you go try them for yourself, very good food in an up and coming district of Orlando.

Social Media Links:
http://www.mxtacorestaurant.com
https://www.facebook.com/mxtacorestaurant/
https://twitter.com/mxtacoorlando
https://www.instagram.com/restaurantmxtaco/


Address: 207 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
 
Hours:

Monday11AM–10PM
Tuesday11AM–10PM
Wednesday11AM–10PM
Thursday11AM–10PM
Friday11AM–10PM
Saturday11AM–10PM
Sunday11AM–10PM    

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hula-Licious: Battle of the Food Trucks

Hula-Licious: Battle of the Food Trucks at Center Lake Park on Saturday, January 5th, from 4pm to 9pm when 30+ food trucks will be competing for the championship. Come check it out and compare your favorites to the judges' favorites. 

https://m.facebook.com/events/624752884594332

This Hula-Licious Food Truck Culinary Cook-off will be held at the large parking lot located at the corner of Oviedo Boulevard and Center Lake Lane.

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗰𝗸𝘀
Kona Dog
The Maine Thang
El Gran Castillo
Wholey Smokey Waffles
Pizza a Cone
Hot Asian Buns
The Jamaican Jerk Hut
Jakes BBQ
TJ’s Seafood Shack
Mazatlán Tacos
Korean Taco Box
Brooklyn Shaved Ice
The Truffle Truck
Lees Famous Cheesesteaks
Grandma’s BBQ
Willy T’s Crab Shack
A Lo Cubano Kitchen
Churros N Cream
Donut Central
The Naked Cupcake
Cousins Maine Lobster
Amish Pretzel
OMG Tacos Over The Border
Andy’s Eats
Hayburner
Chicken Bites
Box on the Road

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sushi Pop Winter Park

Sushi Pop Winter Park is now open

115 E Lyman Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number (321) 203-2282

Sunday, Monday-Thursday 5-10pm
Friday and Saturday 5-11pm.

Follow them 
#sushipopwp and @sushipopwp https://www.instagram.com/sushipopwp/


 Regular menu:

Greens

Cold Tastings

Hot Tastings

Moriawase

chef's daily assortment of the freshest fish

Nigiri Specials

2 pieces per order

Nigiri & Sashimi

2 pieces with rice and 3 pieces without rice

Roll Out!

classic, innovative and reinterpreted sushi rolls

 

MX Taco opening this January in the Milk District

Java January at The Glass Knife

It’s Java January at The Glass Knife
 
The have a new single-origin, ethically-sourced coffee named Colombia Carlos Diaz  for the farmer who grows the beans on his farm in Cachipay, Colombia. The Glass Knife has partnered with Onyx Coffee Lab for the exclusive sourcing and distribution of Colombia Carlos Diaz.
 
Also during Java January, already underway at The Glass Knife, we will offer one complimentary cup of coffee to each guest with their purchase.
 
Additional coffee-focused events and promotions include barista “takeovers” featuring local celebrities with portions of the sales going to the celebrity’s charity of choice, special pour over classes featuring the new coffee and 20% off on all bagged, retail coffee and brewing equipment.
  


This counter-service dessert shop sells sweets, savories and coffee
 
Address: 276 Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours:
Thursday7AM–10PM
Friday7AM–11PM
Saturday7AM–11PM
Sunday7AM–10PM
Monday7AM–10PM
Tuesday7AM–10PM
Wednesday7AM–10PM
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Phone: (407) 500-2253

Pour Over Coffee 101: The Chemex Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 PM

A la carte - Food Truck Park

A La Cart is now open in Orlando, it's a food truck park with some permanent and some rotating food trucks. They have tables and chairs and bathrooms. They serve beer and drinks to go with your food truck food. Wonderful place to hang out and eat some great food.

https://www.alacartorlando.com/

609 Irvington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
Google Map

HOURS

Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Phone Number (407) 776-4693












Monday, November 12, 2018

Burnt Ends are the Bomb at Oklahoma Joe's

I love trying all the new BBQ restaurants around Orlando, so I was excited to get the invite to a tasting of the new Oklahoma Joe's BBQ opening up in Daytona Beach. We have a lot of North Carolina and Texas BBQ here, but Oklahoma-style BBQ is a new thing here in Florida. Oklahoma Joe's One Daytona is the only Florida location of a Tulsa-based restaurant run by Joe Davidson, one of the winningest BBQ masters ever. I tasted through the menu and found some definite winners.


I was really impressed with the baked beans- they have a lot of smoked meat flavor, with an addictive sweet-spicy thing going on. They're made with a lot of different kinds of beans, and they're not too sweet, just perfect with the BBQ. I loved the pulled pork sandwich as well- it's nice and lean but not dry. I tried it with all the different sauces- they have regular BBQ, hot, and mustard-based sauces that are all really good.

The real stars of the tasting were the burnt ends. They're also known as "Meat Candy" and they're unlike anything I've had in Florida. The pitmasters take the fatty part of the smoked brisket and cube it, then soak it in bbq sauce and smoke it again for 3 hours. It comes out all caramelized and tender- kind of like a sweet bacon with lots of meat. I totally recommend trying these out!

The restaurant itself is bright and open, with a great big back porch with lots of TVs for watching football or Nascar. It's in ONEDAYTONA, directly across from the Daytona International Speedway, right behind the Bass Pro Shops. It's a great place to stop in for a meal on the way to the beach or a road trip. Check it out next time you're in Daytona Beach!



Monday, July 23, 2018

Stasio's Italian Deli - Now Open in the Milk District

Stasio's Italian Deli is open as of today in the Milk District, on the Southwest corner of Bumby and Robinson.

They serve subs, Italian deli meats and salads, Italian coffee, pizza, hot and cold foods and desserts.

I had their signature sub with red peppers, Italian meat and lots of mozzarella. It was good. Also tried the Iced Coffee and the Cannoli Cup, everything was very tasty and enjoyable.

210 N. Bumby Orlando, Florida 32803