Tuesday, October 7, 2014

American Q Restaurant at B Resort And Spa in Lake Buena Vista

I spent a delightful Monday evening this week at a tasting for Orlando’s newest BBQ concept, American Q.  This unique restaurant combines the fun and excitement of a Brazilian-style carving and buffet experience with the traditional American flavors of barbecue.  It’s a relaxed, rustic setting with a restored 1951 red Ford truck as the centerpiece, holding the salad bar. Executive Chef Justin Leo created an inspired menu that gives guests a true tour of the best of BBQ.

I started with a Dragonfruit Smash cocktail. This unusual drink combines muddled dragon fruit, tequila, basil simple syrup, lemon and mint, with a big slice of dragonfruit as a garnish. The flavor was very sweet and tropical, but the lumpy texture from the dragonfruit seeds takes some getting used to.  Still, it’s a fun way to try this exotic fruit for the first time!

The bar snacks are truly worth the trip, especially the signature Swine Candy.  I’m not usually a fan of sweetness and bacon combined, but this snack is truly exceptional.  Smoked bacon is roasted with molasses & bold spices to a crunchy-chewy texture, and I liked pairing it with the yummy tater tots.  

I also loved the blue crab and rémoulade stuffed deviled eggs, a nice twist on this vintage favorite.
Visitors to Florida often want to sample alligator meat, and American Q’s alligator boudin is a nice way to cross that off the bucket list. Nicely smoked with rice, roasted tomatoes, peppers & okra, it’s like a Cajun jambalaya in a sausage.

I tried all three types of ribs, and my favorite was the Memphis Baby Backs, nice and meaty with a mild sauce, served with a refreshing apple and caraway coleslaw.

Then it was on to the Flatbed Buffet- an all-you-can-eat bargain at $34.95 for adults, $10 for kids. The servers did a great job explaining the regional sauces: Kansas City, Carolina, Texas Mustard, and a Florida-inspired Mango Heat.  They helped us pair them with the delicious smoked meats.

My favorites were the House Made Andouille Sausages, Smoked Pork Shoulder with Spiced Onions, and Picanha of Beef.  

But the star of the evening was the Brisket Of Beef with Texas Bark.  I’m a brisket connoisseur, having traveled all over Texas to experience different preparations. And I was shocked to discover that this was the most tender, most intensely smoky and juicy brisket I’ve ever tasted. I really enjoyed pairing it with the very nice loaded baked potato salad from the buffet. I’ll make the trip to American Q just to experience that brisket again.  

Oh and for the dessert too! Many restaurants just phone in their desserts, or serve some frozen and reheated standards. But American Q makes each one in-house, and each is incredibly delicious.  

The classic Berry Cobbler, served in a mini cast iron pot, is rustic perfection with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I also loved the Croissant Bread Pudding with warm apple compote and whipped cream. The piece de resistance was the decadent S’mores Pie.  This stuff is serious! The layered graham crackers, gooey chocolate cake, and toasted marshmallow topping makes it a chocoholics dream come true. 

I was wowed from beginning to end at American Q, and I highly recommend it for both locals and tourists alike! Located in the B Resort & Spa in the Downtown Disney area of Lake Buena Vista:
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southern Moon Smokehouse now serving Brunch Saturdays & Sundays

Southern Moon BBQ is now serving brunch every weekend starting Saturday the 27th and will be every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 ‪

They are located on Curry Ford near Crystal Lake next to Winn Dixie & Rogue Pub.

They have some really great creative dishes that are a great mixture of breakfast/brunch and BBQ. One of the best things about Southern Moon is they make almost everything in house even most of the bread.
Tropical Mimosa: lychee, mango, guyaba juices, sparkling wine
I'm not a Mimosa person but this was really good, alcohol was mild, juices were sweet

Pulled Pork Pancakes - Smoked pulled pork shoulder over fluffy corn griddle cakes served with whipped honey butter and whisky maple syrup.$10.99
This was my favorite dish, the pork didn't have a strong BBQ flavor so it didn't overpower the pancake, the corn cakes were very good, the cornmeal was obviously made in house, it had plenty of real chunks of corn.

Brioche French Toast - French toast topped with seasonal berry compote. $7.99
 The grits were nice and creamy, in the dishes below, they also had good flavor, grits are hard to do well and they know how to do them right here.

Q Grits - Creamy cheese grits topped with brisket. $6.50

Q Grits - Creamy cheese grits topped with pulled pork. $6.50

Pumpkin Spiced Latte Martini - House made coffee liqueur, Crop Organic Pumpkin Vodka, amaretto and house made ginger beer 

BBQ Benedict - House biscuit topped with smoked short rib, poached egg and Carolina gold hollandaise. $8.99

French toast, hash, grits

Hash Brown Casserole - Crispy hash browns smothered in cheese and creme fraiche topped with your choice of BBQ meat. $9.99

Smoke House Frittata - Filled with tomato, melted onion, and cheese baked fluffy to order. $5.99

Scotch Quail Egg - House sausage wrapped around quail egg, breaded and deep fried served with our Carolina gold hollandaise nestled in a bed of fresh greens. $5.99

Southern Moon Smokehouse Southern Brunch Menu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Redlight Red Light Chili Cook-Off.

On October 26th 5-10pm Redlight Red Light will be hosting an epic Chili Cook-Off.


On October 26th Redlight Red Light will be hosting an epic chili competition featuring chilies crafted by AT LEAST 12 different chili masters!

A onetime suggested donation of $10 (or whatever you choose, folks) gets you a bowl of each chili! That's 12 bowls of chili! The proceeds for this event are going to Orlando's own, Armando y Jorge's Orlandoñan Hot Sauce, to help them raise money for a new steam kettle cooker! Support local!

Do you have a great chili recipe? Put your money where your mouth is! There are still spots open to share your chili with everyone and compete for the prizes! The top 3 winners will be decided by voting cards from everyone attending.

Prizes include, but are not limited to:
$50 Redlight Redlight gift certificate
Redlight Redlight Shirt
Redlight Redlight glassware
$30 Will's Pub Gift Certificate
A case of Goofy Boots and Uncle Mills hot sauces
$50 St. Matthew's Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden gift certificate
$50 Gators Dockside Baldwin Park gift certificate
The Peacock Room gift certificate for 10 Car/Pumpkin Bombs
...many more to come!

Fee to enter the competition is $10 and comes with two beers on the day of. Call Redlight Redlight at (407) 893-9832 to get yourself signed in!

There no rules as far as fillers are concerned. Meat is not always the most important ingredient! We love the other stuff, too! Minimum amount required is 4 gallons and the chili is prepared prior to the event. We will provide bowls, utensils, and napkins. If you're not using a crock pot, bring a table top burner!

Royal Indian Cuisine

New Indian Restaurant opening today September 18th, 2014 in Casselberry in the old Brick & Fire location next to Smokey Bones

Lunch Buffet Daily $9.95

Closed from 3-5 daily then open for dinner, no buffet at dinner time. Closed Mondays.

Decor is very nice and clean, staff is friendly, food is tasty.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kamayan: A Filipino Feast

Kamayan: A Filipino Feast event @EastEndMkt on September 22nd from 7PM-9PM.

Featuring Francis Biondi from MasterChef

MasterChef Top 15 contestant Francis Biondi and Kappo at East End Market present: KAMAYAN, a hand-to-mouth Filipino feast! No plates, no silverware. Just a lot of great food and cocktails. Chef Jonjie Sibayan from PAO Cafe Filipino Restaurant in Tampa will also be joining in for this event, bringing the Filipino food movement across I-4.

A KAMAYAN is a traditional Filipino way of communal eating with your bare hands. No plates or silverware are necessary (but will be provided) for this casual, family-style dinner on top of the East End Market in Winter Park, FL. Try a variety of traditional Filipino delicacies from vegetarian tastings, to different pork/meat dishes, and whole fish, as they are spread atop mounds of steamed rice and banana leaves.

CRAFT COCKTAILS and BEER will be paired with the dinner and provided throughout service. René Nguyen from Orlando's top speakeasy, Hanson's Shoe Repair, will be pairing craft cocktails for the Kamayan Filipino Feast on Monday, Sept. 22!
Francis Biondi: MasterChef Season 5 Top 15 Contestant

Kappo at East End Market

PAO Cafe

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pig Floyd's more pics

I already did a full post about Pig Floyd's Here but I had some more pics to share from a second visit.

They are now open from 4 pm daily. Soon they will be open for lunch as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Broissants are Back at Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park for Magical Dining Month!

Ever since Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park discontinued their popular Broissants last year, fans of the fried croissant doughnuts have been clamoring for their return.  So owners Jami and Kevin Wray decided to bring them back, weekends only, for Magical Dining Month.  These rich yet delicate pastries are light and buttery with many flaky layers, but the toppings are the real stars. Fresh, house-made sauces include dark chocolate & caramel with fleur de sel.  

Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite dessert combo, and the Nutter Butter Broissant is my favorite way to enjoy it. It's filled with peanut butter, topped with warm milk chocolate sauce, with a crumbly Nutter Butter topping.  Jami was inspired by Winter Park's new Trader Joe's to create the ultimate indulgence: a Broissant topped with their Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter and milk chocolate!

If you smell the enticing aroma of fried dough and chocolate when walking down Park Avenue this September, you might want to drop in and satisfy your Broissant craving! Last day you can get these is Sunday, September 28th.
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