Saturday, July 13, 2024

Notable News and Social Media posts July 13th

Kai Kai BBQ opening soon


Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Sampaguita, Sunday, July 21st

BOGO Single Scoops

11 am - 3 pm

BOGO Soft Cream

3 pm - 10 pm (close)


Wild Boar Kielbasa at Hinckley's Meats East End Market


Charlie's Bakery is also having an ice cream deal on July 21st


Monday, July 8, 2024

M'ama Napoli Italian Bakery & Deli Winter Park

Nestled in the heart of Winter Park, Florida, Mama Napoli is a hidden gem that brings the authentic flavors of Italy to your doorstep. Whether you're craving a delicious pizza, a hearty sandwich, or a smooth espresso, Mama Napoli has you covered. This charming Italian market and eatery opened in June 2024 and offers a wide variety of groceries, prepared foods, and delightful treats that transport you straight to Naples.

Groceries: A Taste of Italy at Home -

Along with the food they serve, Mama Napoli prides itself on offering Italian groceries. From imported olive oils and vinegars to artisanal pasta and sauces, you can find everything you need to recreate your favorite Italian dishes at home. They also carry a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and fresh produce that are perfect for putting together an antipasto platter or a home cooked meal.


One of the highlights of Mama Napoli is their pizza. Their pizzas boast a perfectly crispy crust with a soft interior. The menu features classic favorites like Pomodoro and Pepperoni, as well as unique creations such as the Mortadella or Prosciutto. Each pizza is handmade with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

Sandwiches: Hearty and Delicious

Mama Napoli's sandwiches are crafted with freshly baked bread and stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings. Options range from the Focaccia, loaded with meats, cheeses, and herbs, to the Panini sandwich, featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and Parmesan. These hearty sandwiches make for a satisfying lunch or dinner option. One thing to note their paninis are not pressed or served hot. 

Espresso Drinks and Pastries: A Sweet Finish

No visit to Mama Napoli is complete without indulging in their espresso drinks and pastries. Their espresso is rich and aromatic, providing the perfect pick-me-up. Pair your coffee with one of their delectable pastries, such as cannoli, tiramisu, or biscotti, for a truly Italian experience. Mama Napoli's espresso and pastries are sure to delight.

Visit Mama Napoli

Ready to experience the flavors of Italy? Visit Mama Napoli at:

M'ama Napoli Italian Bakery & Deli

965 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

(321) 972-6525

Social Media:

- [Instagram]

Mama Napoli in Winter Park is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves Italian food. Whether you're shopping for groceries, grabbing a bite to eat, or enjoying a coffee and pastry, you'll find that Mama Napoli offers a warm and welcoming taste of Italy in the heart of Florida.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Discovering Danilo's Pasta Bar at East End Market

Located upstairs in the vibrant East End Market, in a shared space with the Neighbors cocktail bar, Danilo's Pasta Bar offers a delightful culinary experience that combines the essence of authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Recently, we had the pleasure of dining there. 

Danilo's Pasta Bar presents diners with two distinct options: à la carte dining or the Chef's Counter experience. Both promise a journey through delectable flavors, but there are notable differences to consider.

- **À la Carte**: Ideal for a casual meal, the à la carte option allows you to select individual dishes at your leisure.

- **Chef's Counter**: For a more immersive experience, the Chef's Counter provides a curated multi-course meal, complete with personal interactions with the chef and a deeper dive into the intricacies of each dish. This option, priced at $86 or $146, also comes with the added perk of real plates and silverware, enhancing the overall dining experience.

**The Pasta Bar Experience

- $86 Chef's Tasting or $146 Grand Tasting

- 6 or 10 course gastronomic experience served family-style at the Chef's counter

- Includes chef's snacks, curated pasta, plus seasonal and locally inspired courses


During our visit, we sampled several standout dishes that showcased the culinary expertise of Danilo's team:

- **Bison Meatball Appetizer**: These tasty meatballs were a perfect start to our meal, offering a unique twist on a classic appetizer. They went very well with the bread.

- **Mushroom Bucatini**: Rich and earthy, the Mushroom Bucatini was a highlight, featuring perfectly cooked pasta and a deeply flavorful sauce. This was my favorite menu item.

- **Wagyu Bolognese**: The Wagyu Bolognese was a hearty and satisfying main course, with the high-quality beef adding a luxurious touch to the traditional dish. I liked the shape of this pasta.

The fact that Danilo's shares it's space with the Neighbors cocktail bar means they have a extensive drink menu. We tried a cocktail and some wine. 

The atmosphere at Danilo's is warm and inviting, with thoughtful decor that complements the culinary journey. The service was commendable, with attentive staff ensuring a pleasant dining experience.

One aspect that stood out, however, was the use of disposable plates and plastic utensils for à la carte diners. While the food itself was delightful, the disposable dinnerware detracted from the overall experience. On the other hand, diners at the Chef's Counter enjoyed the added elegance of actual plates and silverware.

Danilo's Pasta Bar operates within the dynamic East End Market, making it a convenient and accessible dining destination for locals and visitors alike. Be sure to check their hours before planning your visit to ensure a seamless experience.

In summary, Danilo's Pasta Bar offers a memorable dining experience with a few caveats. Whether you opt for the casual à la carte option or the more refined Chef's Counter, you're in for a treat with their expertly crafted dishes. Just keep in mind the difference in dining ware when making your choice.

Danilo's Pasta Bar is located at:

East End Market 2nd floor

3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803


  - Monday to Thursday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

  - Friday to Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

  - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Link to their Menu:

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Gather TV Show

Here's an interesting video I found on Tori Tori's social media feed

"Welcome to the premiere episode of Gather! This groundbreaking culinary and craft beer pairing series brings together world-class chefs and craft beer makers to create unique craft beers that pair perfectly with each chef's dish. It also tells the stories of the communities and cultures that inspire, support, and celebrate these passionate creators.

In this episode, join us as we team up with Michelin-rated Chef Sonny Nguyen from Tori Tori, Edoboy, and Domu in Orlando, FL, and brewer Bobby Bowen from Bowigens Beer Company to craft a unique beer, 'Atsumeru,' specifically designed to pair with Chef Sonny's delicious yakitori. Discover the rich history and vibrant culture of Orlando's Mills50 district as we explore the local community and its culinary gems. Atsumeru is an IPA brewed with sake rice and green peppercorns. Don't miss this flavorful journey!"

Other ways to watch 

News and Notable Social Media Posts 2nd week of July

Braza Orlando - in the packing district 
Picanha Bagel, that's unique

Red Panda Noodle at Ivanhoe Lager House Sunday July 7th
23 N Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32805
Different menu than usual. 
Sunday Brunch at A La Carte Sodo Food Truck Park
Sunday July 14th

Burritos and Bowl at Redlight Redlight today