Friday, July 03, 2015

Swirlery Wine Bar Opens in Downtown South Orlando

Swirlery Wine Bar (Facebook) opened this week at 1508 E. Michigan Street in Downtown South business district. Photo Credit

Soft opening crowd (Photo from Facebook)

Window lettering getting put on (Photo from Facebook)

Interior shot showing wooden bar and wooden wall

A "before" shot of the facade

44 Restaurants at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

The 26th installment of Orlando's Taste of the Nation® (Website | Facebook | Twitter) is coming up!
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2015 6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
  • WHERE: Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando 
  • TICKETS: $150 each 
  • ATTIRE: Cocktail / Semi-Formal 
Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America. 
  • 4Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop 
  • A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek 
  • Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort 
  • B Resort and Spa and American Q 
  • B.B. King's Blues Club 
  • Black Fire Bull 
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine 
  • Cafe Tu Tu Tango 
  • Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek 
  • Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando 
  • The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia 
  • Cress Restaurant 
  • Cuba Libre 
  • Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill 
  • Emeril's Tchoup Chop 
  • Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties 
  • Fresh Point 
  • Fulton's Crab House, Downtown Disney 
  • Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 
  • Itta Bena 
  • JJ's Grille 
  • JW Marriott 
  • K Restaurant and Wine Bar 
  • Lafayette's Music Room 
  • Marlow's Tavern 
  • MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 
  • Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort 
  • Opa Orlando 
  • Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside 
  • Orlando World Center Marriott 
  • Red Wing Restaurant 
  • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld 
  • Seasons 52 Fresh Grill 
  • SeaWorld Orlando 
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - Culinary Training Program 
  • Soco Thornton Park 
  • Symphony Pastries 
  • Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
  • Three2OH Ice Cream
  • TR Fire Grill
  • Universal Orlando Resort 
  • Urban Tide Hyatt Regency 
  • The Whiskey 
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom 
Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guests will enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction and Instant Wine Cellar game.

There are four pre-events to look forward to:
  • July 30: World of Beer invites guests to toast to Taste of the Nation with select craft brews. One dollar for each pint sold at its Dr. Phillips location (7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando) on July 23 from 4:00 p.m. to close and its downtown Orlando location (431 E. Central Blvd.) July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to close will directly benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 
  • July 1 thru Aug 5: Eola Wine Company welcomes guests to raise a glass to end childhood hunger with a series of weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 5 for a $15 donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Eola Wine Company is located in downtown Orlando at 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 
  • July 7 thru August 8: The Ancient Olive is fighting childhood hunger with olive oil by donating $1 for each bottle of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between July 7 and August 8. The tasting bar for premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars is located at 324 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Spice & Tea Exchange, located at 309 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, will also donate $1 for each gourmet grinder blend sold. Proceeds from both events will support Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 
  • Throughout the month of July: Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is committed to helping end childhood hunger locally and across the country with their Roti for a Cause campaign. Throughout the month of July, guests can enjoy a free round of Hawkers’ signature Malaysian-style flatbread Roti Canai for donating a minimum of $2 to Share Our Strength’s childhood hunger relief programs. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation. Hawkers Asian Street Fare has two locations: 1103 N Mills Ave., Orlando and 1001 Park St., Jacksonville. 
With a 26-year legacy of combating childhood hunger locally and across the nation, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation has raised millions in critical funds to support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength.

“Last year, the Coalition served more than 300,000 meals, and Taste of the Nation's fundraising efforts helped make that possible,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “Childhood hunger ends one meal at a time, and that responsibility must be a community effort. Taste of the Nation is a perfect example of our community coming together to help those in need, and we couldn't be more grateful."

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored nationally by media sponsor Food Network, and in select markets by Emmi Roth USA, OpenTable, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. Special thanks to local sponsors AmeriFactors, Regions Bank, Darden Restaurants, Quality One Wireless, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Heron Lawn and Pest Control.
Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. For more information, visit

4th of July Soco Restaurant Cheap Dranks Before the Fireworks

Soco Restaurant (Website) at 629 E. Central Blvd., Thornton Park, Downtown Orlando is doing Happy Hour specials all night on 4th of July. Perfect spot to booze it up before the fireworks downtown at 9:30pm. 
  • $3 Beers
  • $4 Cocktails
  • $5 House Wine
  • $6 Martinis 
Call for reservations 407-849-1800.

Also, to compete with the bottomless mimosas at the Lake Eola Farmers Market, is doing bottomless mimosas for ten bucks 11am to 3pm with the purchase of entrée. Every Sunday they do Happy Hour with drink specials including $3 Bottled Beers, $4 Well Cocktails, $5 House Wines and $6 Martinis and Old Fashioneds.

5-Course Beer Pairing Dinner inside Jake's American Bar

Jake's Beer Dinner, a five-course beer pairing event (menu), takes place in the private Clipper Room in Jake's American Bar inside the Lowes Royal Pacific Hotel (6300 Hollywood Way Orlando, FL 32819) Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7:00pm. Buy Tickets


Choclo / Leche de Tigre / Jalapeño / Coriander
Cigar City's Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale

Grilled Feta / Frisée / Grape Tomato
Radish / Mint-Lime Vinaigrette
Cigar City's Cucumber Saison

Parmesan & Roasted Poblano Corn Bread
Beer & Peach Marmalade
Cigar City's Tocobaga Red Ale


Zellwood Corn & Barley Succotash / Maduro-Chipotle Q Sauce
Cigar City's Maduro Brown Ale

Cigar City's Strawberry Creamsicle IPA

2015 Epcot International Food + Wine Festival to Spill Into Future World For the First Time Ever


One million people come to Epcot each year just for their International Food + Wine Festival. For the first time ever, this year the 53-day festival will place food kiosks inside Future World. This area of Future World will be labeled "Next Eats."

Two of the booths inside Next Eats have been announced and are themed after the tv show The Chew:

1. Sustainable Chew Marketplace (menu)
  • Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle
2. Chew Lab (no menu available)
  • Described as "a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends."
Five episodes of The Chew will tape at Epcot October 7, 8, and 9 and air October 12-16. Source

The festival will be running September 25 - November 16, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

S'mores Cup From Olde Hearth Bread Co at East End Market Available Only on Weekends


Olde Hearth Bread Company has a new product: the s'mores cup. Each cup is a layering of handmade graham crackers sweetened with a little honey and filled with chocolate ganache about a third of the way and topped with authentic, hand-mixed marshmallows. It's available only on the weekends at East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803).

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Jipangyi J-Shaped Ice Cream Cones - Bring to Orlando #BringToOrlando


If an Orlando-area restaurant wants to bring the J-Shaped ice cream cone known as Jipangyi to Orlando, here's a wholesale place to buy the specialty cones. It's a big hit in the Philippines and a new truck opened up in New York selling it in June. 

The benefit (besides looking like a goofball while holding it) is that the ice cream doesn't make a mess. The cone is made of puffed corn and is gluten free. 

Bring to Orlando! (Photo Credit | Source

Bloody Stumps at Ivanhoe Exit Still Bleeding

The bloody stumps near the dead I4 Ivanhoe Village exit are still there. These are photos we took Wednesday July 1. We love this kind of guerrilla art. More!