Sunday, December 23, 2012

Orlando ClandesDine #1

The Daily City and Chef Bryce Balluff are having their first pop up dinner Saturday January 26th, 2012. I've been hearing about this for a very long time but glad it's finally come to fruition. Chef Bryce runs the Fork in the Road food truck and has an impressive resume so this will be a great event. Orlando ClandesDine #1

The menu will be revealed at the event only but to get a feel for the Chef's style check out the Facebook page from his food truck

Orlando ClandesDine #1
Saturday January 26, 2013
7:30pm - 11pm
Say It Loud, 1121 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
Admission: $75 per person
Menu: A five-course menu to be revealed at the event only.

Order tickets here:

Monday, December 3, 2012

B&B Junction

B&B Junction is a new restaurant in the old 4 Rivers location on Fairbanks. Layout and seating is almost exactly the same as 4 Rivers was. I even think they have the same drink machine.

It just opened a few days ago. I went today and had a nice Pecan smoked bacon burger with onion jam, it was nice. I ordered it medium rare and it was cooked correctly. The bun tasted good with a nice crisp edge. The bacon was a tiny bit tough and I would have liked a generous amount of jam but I can order it that way next time.

I had a slice of the bread pudding with bacon caramel on top, it was kinda dry and they put a ton of caramel sauce on which is probably way too much for most people but I didn't mind.

They have a huge beer selection and wine too! No bud light thank god. B&B stands for Beers and Burgers.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Chili Daddy's Pop Up Restaurant at Fish On Fire

Chili Daddy's restaurant closed a while ago but lately he's been doing a few events here and there. This past weekend he made an arrangement with local restaurant Fish on Fire where they would serve his chili creations along with their normal menu. He made an impressive array of menu items, many were very creative. Here are some pics and the menu. Hoping he will do this again soon as it was a great experience.

Follow Chili Daddy on Facebook to find out about the next event.

Smoked Chicken Wing Chili Poutine from Chili Daddy, Smokey & bold served over crisp fries, topped w/ Bleu Cheese Crumbles

Ancho Chili Cheeseburger

Chili Flight - Mango Chicken, Texas Red, Pork Verde

Moon Pie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I often questioned about where a good weekend or Sunday Brunch can be found in the Orlando area. I have a few places I like to go, but I turned to my Twitter followers and asked them their favorites, here are the suggestions I got.

OLV in Sodo has a great brunch with a DJ and indoor and outdoor seating and buffet.

Stardust Coffee on Corrine Drive serves brunch Here is a menu: link

 I like going to brunch by so I can hit the market afterwards. Enjoyed & SonomaDraught 

  cafe perks in Sanford on 17-92! My personal greasy spoon:) 

The Virgin Olive Market, Houlihan's

The Briar Patch in Winter Park also serves a great breakfast any time of day.

Dexter's is still a favorite, love their chicken and biscuits, and of course their mimosas. 

Keke's and the Grand Bohemian. 

White Wolf Cafe. 

another place that didn't get mentioned is Fresh Cafe in Winter park.  Check out the menu here: Menu

Also Cask & Larder has an amazing brunch. Check out a couple writeups from fellow bloggers:

Please feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Thanksgiving Day Dining 2012 at Hilton Orlando via The Daily City Link
Tasty Chomps List Link extensive list Link
Visit Florida Blog List
Visit Orlando Blog Great list 
Open Table Link

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Chef's Table at The Edgewater Hotel Winter Garden

Recently I made the journey out to the cute downtown of Winter Garden to try a place I'd heard a lot of great things about The Chef's Table restaurant. I was so happy that all the great things I'd heard about the restaurant were true. It was a wonderful meal and experience in a classic setting.

When you first arrive the place looks like just a bar and normal restaurant but if you've reserved a chef's table experience you'll be escorted to the back past the sign that says "employees only" to a hidden dining room next to the kitchen. Depending on which table you get you'll be to view the chefs in the kitchen preparing your meal.

When I think of a kitchen environment in a restaurant I think of steam, fire and yelling, pots clanging, dishes being broken, this was not at all like that. It was a very calm and quiet experience.

Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and most of the details of the dishes, he had obviously cooked many of the dishes himself previously. He was very kind and friendly and accommodating to our every query and request. 

The 3 course meal($55 per person) was wonderful in every aspect and we opted for the additional cheese course($16 combined) which filled us up too much to finish dessert! There is also an optional wine pairing($23 per person).

The Foie Gras appetizer was rich and excellent, on top of a layer of cream and apples with a wonderful caramelized brulee topping, I couldn't get enough.

I also tried the Ahi Tuna Tartare appetizer which was Ceviche-like with mango salsa and spicy mayo served in a martini glass, great flavor as well. There was a superb mixture of flavors in the Tuna dish.

My main course was a mountain of pork, a huge bone in pork chop topped with pork belly and peaches on a bed of white bean Cassoulet.

Duo of Duck - Pan roasted duck breast, whole grain mustard spaetzle, red cabbage aigre doux, crispy duck leg confit, cornbread puree, pickled peach

Berry Mille Feuille - Frozen vanilla berry custard, blackberry vanilla compote

Here is a link to an article about the Chef's Table by Orlando Magazine

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ravenous Pig Tasting Menu

Starting October 16th, Ravenous Pig debuted it's 5-course Tasting Menu! Chef de Cuisine, Joseph Burnett will be utilizing seasonal ingredients & his creativity for this menu. The tasting menu will be completely separate from the a la carte menu & a wine pairing option - chosen by Chad - will be offered as well. The menu includes rabbit & duck liver terrine, miso pumpkin risotto, chestnut dusted skate wing, pork three ways & dessert & a optional cheese course. 

The standouts to me were the Grade A Foie Gras and pear balls with pickled mustard seeds, the pork belly with excellent candied mustard greens and corn puree. 

Amuse Bouche , sunchoke with creama, trout roe inside a Lake Meadows Farm Eggshell

Foie gras with peach mostarda, hazelnut croquant, port poached pears with pickled mustard seeds, rabbit loin in leek ash, bay leaf ash

Miso Pumpkin Risotto

Chestnut Roasted Flounder

Pork Three Ways pork tenderloin, pork belly, headcheese w/ blood pudding puree

Pork Belly with Corn Puree

Cheese Course Fleur De Marquis Sheep's Milk Cheese with Herbs, quince paste with 18th century oats

Dessert: Apple Terrine with sea salt-caramel ice cream, Rosemary crumble
 Cost is $65 for 5 course menu with amuse bouche, you can add a cheese course for $8 and wine pairings with the whole menu for $35 additional.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sunday Brunch at Cask & Larder

Zucchini bread, PB&J pastries, cinnamon rolls, Beignets from @casklarder brunch 
Grits with fingerling potatoes, soft boiled egg, pickled ham hock, Gouda

Grits with fingerling potatoes, soft boiled egg, pickled ham hock, Gouda
Fried chicken and waffles from @casklarder brunch, buttermilk ricotta, maple balsamic 
English Muffin Canadian Bacon, Foie Gras! Scrambled Egg, Maple-Mustard syrup, mustard greens

Brisket Pastrami with potato pancake & fried egg


Brand New Winter Park Restaurant: Fresh Cafe - Organic, Locally Sourced

Brand New Winter Park Restaurant: Fresh Cafe - Organic, Locally Sourced

Today I had the chance to experience a new and exciting Cafe/Restaurant in Winter Park on New England across the street from Dexter's and next to Chez Vincent.

Fresh Cafe just opened earlier this September, their focus is on locally sourced organic healthy food. They cater to all diets, vegetarian and carnivores alike.

I started off with the spreads and bread which featured the following spreads with grilled pita bread: garlic hummus, cucumber Tzatziki sauce and goat cheese/sun-dried tomato spread. My favorites here were the sun-dried tomato spread and the grilled pita bread. The spread was really creamy, smooth and had a great flavor, the grill marks on the pita bread pieces was a really nice touch and added to the taste.

Next up I had the Ms. Saigon Asian inspired salad($8) with grilled chicken added. The chunks of chicken were generous and large and again had a nice set of grill marks on them adding a nice light char to the flavor. The salad itself was medium sized with vegetables on a bed of black rice. The vegetables were julienne Cabbage, Daikon, Cucumbers, Carrots, Scallions, Peanuts, Cilantro, mint, basil sesame-ginger dressing

In addition to unique salads they also have a nice variety of sandwiches and a daily soup special.

Staff and owner were all really friendly and service was good. Prices averaged about $10 for lunch with dinner being a bit higher. They are open for lunch and dinner.

Phone: (321) 295-7837




Other pics:

Fresh Café on Urbanspoon