Thursday, January 31, 2019

Appetite for the Arches Returns March 2 to Rosen Shingle Creek

SAVE THE DATE: Get ready for Appetite for the Arches on March 2nd, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel as top chefs create memorable dishes using McDonald’s ingredients! Don’t miss this unique event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. From unique savory samples to delectable desserts, this event is the perfect opportunity for foodies to experience a unique twist on the chef tasting event.

 Julie and James Petrakis from the Ravenous Pig, Orlando's own #hunkychef Kevin Fonzo, and chefs from Dovecote, LUMA on Park, The Rusty Spoon, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Morimoto Asia, and Talk of the Town Restaurants, among others, make this a rare opportunity to taste Orlando's finest cuisine all in one place, and all for a great cause!

I went to Appetite for the Arches a couple of years ago, and it was incredible. I loved meeting all the chefs and discussing the ways they used basic ingredients to make truly special dishes. Find out more and get your tickets on the Appetite for the Arches Facebook Page. See you there!

Why Tin & Taco Wins at Mexican Food in Central Florida

I absolutely adore Mexican food, and here in Orlando, we have tons of good choices. For me, a Mexican place has to have a hook, something that's so crazy delicious that it draws me back again and again. Light, crispy fresh white corn chips. Handmade tortillas. Smoky Chipotle infused salsa. Savory shredded beef. The basics of Mexican food are simple, so there has to be something extraordinarily to take it over the edge. And Tin & Taco has that something.

Tin and Taco is owned by the people who bring you Gringos Locos, but it's a very different concept. More than any other Orlando taco shop, it reminds me of my favorite Austin-based chain, Torchy's Tacos, because of the inventive flavor combinations and handcrafted sauces that make each taco unique. But for me, the magic element is the way they bake crispy cheese onto the outside of the flour tortillas. I've never seen this done before, and the extra crunch and flavor this imbues to each taco is truly magical.

I'm just a little bit addicted to Tin & Taco and I visit the SoDo location on Michigan at least once a week. There are so many taco choices that it's going to take me a while to eat through the menu, but I'm doing my best!

Here are some of my favorites so far.
Al Pastor: shredded pork, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh pineapple, mango pineapple vinaigrette, cotija cheese

Chicken Bacon Ranch: shredded chicken, white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, homemade ranch (I ordered it without the pico de gallo)

Brisket Bomb: smoked brisket, craft beer queso, ancho chipotle sauce, cotija cheese (I ordered it without the pico de gallo)

Tacosaurus: Angus ground beef, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, white cheddar, crushed Doritos, southwest sauce, Cotija cheese

Steakout: carne asada, pico de gallo, toasted sesame & wasabi aioli, house pickled onions, Cotija cheese

Off the hook: sushi grade ahi tuna poke style, mixed greens, toasted sesame & wasabi aoili, pico de gallo, sesame seeds

I usually stick to the basics when I order tacos, but at Tin & Taco, I've tiptoed into exciting combinations that fuse Asian with Mexican flavors, and I'm not sorry! They wow me every time. Plus, the people who work there are super-friendly and welcoming. AND they have delicious Stubborn Sodas on draft with crushed ice. Try it out and let me know what you think, I'm sure you'll love Tin & Taco like I do!

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.

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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


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

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Address: 207 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803


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.

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.

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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
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

 Regular menu:


Cold Tastings

Hot Tastings


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
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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.

609 Irvington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
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Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Phone Number (407) 776-4693