Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar is back at Orlando City Soccer August 1st


The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar was named Orlando's Best Tailgate by Orlando Weekly for our pre-game appearances at the Orlando city Soccer home games.  We're back August 1st, 3:30-7:30 at Orlando City Soccer's FanZone which is located at the Citrus Bowl at the corner of South and Rio Grande. Free admission, all trucks take credit cards, beer is for sale, grab our food and take it back to your tailgate. 

Aug 1st trucks (all subject to change without notice)
  1. 900 Degreez
  2. Burgers Gone Wild
  3. Ice Cream Social
  4. Korean BBQ Taco Box
  5. Rubio's
  6. Swede Dish
This week's e-newsletter "8 things we like" --->

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keep Moving Orlando. No seriously MOVE!


Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for the City of Orlando. By providing multi-modal forms of transportation, we are able to offer those who live, work and play in Orlando options for getting around Downtown Orlando. Join us for the next What’s Up Downtown on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center located at the Orlando Public Library. During this event, you’ll learn about transportation options around our vibrant Downtown area. Guest speakers will be Emily Thompson, Transportation Planner of the City of Orlando’s Transportation Planner Division, Sarah Elbadri, Communications and Sales Manager of Juice Bike Share, David Parks, I-4 Ultimate Public Information Officer, and Amanda Day, Founder of Day Communications. 

We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP below.
  • Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center located within the Orlando Public Library
  • 101 E Central Blvd 2nd Floor, Orlando, FL 32801
  • RSVP here
Parking: First hour parking validation provided for City Commons Parking Garage located on 460 Boone Ave. You are encouraged to take advantage of Downtown Orlando’s complimentary LYMMO for transportation. The Magnolia and Central stop is adjacent to the Orlando Public Library and is utilized for both the LYMMO Orange and Grapefruit Line.

About What’s Up Downtown: What’s Up Downtown takes place on the first Thursday of each month and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the exciting developments and initiatives in Downtown Orlando. For more information, please contact Rose Garlick at or call 407.246.3789. Please be sure to RSVP below.

Chicken + Waffles Breakfast Sandwich at Swine & Sons


Swine & Sons brand new breakfast menu includes a unique treat: the Fried Chicken & Waffle'wich. It includes smoked honey, pickled gypsy peppers and... wait for it.. a cornbread waffle. (!!!)

Weekday Hours are as follows:
  • Breakfast 7-11am
  • Lunch 11am-3pm
  • Limited menu (grab-and-go options, charcuterie, beer & wine) 3-5pm

4 New Disney Food Trucks

4 new Disney food trucks have made their debut at Walt Disney World during a test run at the Dolphin & Swan Resort, home to the restaurant Il Mulino.

As you can see, they're very different from the huge over-designed theme-hogging cafeteria busses seen at Disney Springs.

These are teensy itty bitty trailers with no wraps and very little signage. The hitch is in clear view of guests. Each looks about the same size.

Source: Disney Food Blog (Web | Facebook

American Dreams serves hot dogs, hamburgers, kebabs and beer.
Photo credit: Disney Food Blog

Java's Coffee + Sweets serves standard coffee drinks, mini cupcakes (!!!), mini eclairs, cookie, brownie, Italian ice push pop and water/soda.
Photo credit: Disney Food Blog 

Juan and Only serves tacos, nachos and margaritas and beer. 
Photo credit: Disney Food Blog

The Oasis serves beer, frozen drinks (pina colada, strawberry daquiri, mango daquiri) and Caipirinhas (Caipirinha with cachaca, lime and sugar; Caiprissima with rum, lime, grapes and sugar; Caipiroska with vodka, lime sugar and fresh strawberries) 
Photo credit: Disney Food Blog

Vintage Clothing Shop Harlow Resale Boutique in Winter Park


Harlow: A Resale Boutique (Web | Instagram) opened a few month ago in Winter Park at 631 W Fairbanks. It's a designer consignment boutique open M-F 10:30-6 Sat 10-5. 407.960.6993 

#thinkregional Drive out to Winter Springs for Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

By Mark Baratelli
Hashtag Creator Du Jour

Everyone has the potential to stuck in a downtown-centric culture run, thinking the only way to experience authentic and real anything it to go downtown. To avoid this, please consider taking on a #thinkregional attitude. This will expand your idea of what is available to you for culture and food and make you think of your city as not just your city, but the cities around it. Where your city is located with regards to other cities is just as important as what exists inside your city's boundaries. 

Here's one reason to #thinkregional for dinner and lunch. 

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria (Web | Facebook | Twitter) opened its first Orlando-area location at 1468 Tuskawilla Rd #1020, Winter Springs, FL 32708. 

This is how we learned about it. We were on a panel at NPR about local food along with Tastychomps' Editor Ricky Ly (web) and Food personality and educator Emily Ellyn (web) when the owner of Bavaros, who was in the audience, invited me to eat with him that night at his restaurant. I took him up on the offer. He comped everything full disclosure, but did not pay me to write this story. 

Me and the boyfriend drove 20 minute to Winter Springs (I am totally unfamiliar with the area) and landed at Bavaros. You'd never know from the outside how LOVELY it is on the inside. It's jammed inside a strip mall and hides all the greatness inside. 

The food is all homemade. The pasta, the sauce, the pizza dough, the desserts, everything.

The design of the interior is fancy/casual. You don't have to dress up and you'd feel comfortable, but you can if you want and still feel comfortable. The lighting is perfectly dim with an orange glow. The centerpiece of the room is the kitchen. Visually, it takes up 70% of the room. You feel like you're inside the kitchen a little bit. 

A giant orange glowing oven tiled in little sparkly tiles is swept over to the left. It's stunning and IG-worthy. The show is watching the servers and cooks, all running around making excellent food. 

Everyone seems to know everything. There wasn't a question I asked that someone didn't have an answer for. 

Douse your experience in wine, sit back and enjoy a great indulgent meal you *know* is homemade because you can *watch them making it by hand right in front of you* and sit for a couple hours in a lovely atmosphere. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Insomnia Cookies Near UCF

Insomnia Cookies (Web | Facebook) opened at 12101 University Blvd #225, Orlando, FL 32817. It's a rapidly expanding late-night bakery concept founded in a college dorm room in 2003.  They specialize in delivering cookies right to the doors of individuals and companies. They have more than seventy locations. 

Deluxe S'mores

Deluxe triple chocolate chunk

All the varieties

Monday, July 27, 2015

Swine + Sons Breakfast: Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich and More


Swine & Sons is now doing a breakfast menu Monday through Friday 7am-11am. The menu is printed below and will include the following:
  • hot egg sandwiches
  • quiches
  • pastries
  • house cold brewed coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • rotating seasonal specials. 
Weekday Hours are as follows:
  • Breakfast 7-11am
  • Lunch 11am-3pm
  • Limited menu (grab-and-go options, charcuterie, beer & wine) 3-5pm