Out and About: The Glass Knife Debuts in Winter Park

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

The name comes from owner Steve Brown’s mother and her collection of vintage 1920’s era glass cake knives, many of which are on display inlaid in the communal wood table that occupies the center of the eatery.

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Out and About: Fresh Kitchen Opens in Waterford Lakes

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Fresh Kitchen offers a streamlined menu of gluten-free items offered in a customizable bowl format. Dairy-free and even vegan combinations are possible.

Diners choose from Six bowl (two bases, two proteins, and two vegetables along with a sauce for $9.99); Four bowl (two bases with one protein, vegetable and sauce for $8.29); and a Kids bowl (one base, protein, vegetable and sauce for $6.99).

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Central Florida Foodie Events for November 2017

Italian Festival 4-Course Dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort

November 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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Bite30 Returns in June 2017 with Orlando Dining Deals

Bite30 Offers Orlando Dining Deals in June

Once a year, the Orlando Weekly produces a culinary event called Bite30, that offers great prix fixe deals at select restaurants for an entire month.

From now until June 30, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus that offer multi-course lunches or dinners at a set price of $30. Diners get the opportunity to try multiple dishes on the restaurant’s menu for about the cost of a single entree, and restaurants get to showcase their specialty dishes.

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Out and About: Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.

Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 21, 2017: Portobello, The Halal Guys, Tijuana Flats

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations

After seven years, Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations. James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master, Tony Mantuano, is leading the development of the restaurant, which will still offer Italian cuisine. The revamped eatery, still operated by Levy Restaurants, is set to reopen Fall 2017.

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Ace Cafe Orlando Hosts Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017

Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando - mock up

Orlando get your engines ready…North America’s first Ace Cafe will host its Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017.

All three days of the grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW R nineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Memphis’ Rockin’ Jason D. Williams

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MidiCi Kissimmee Hosting Free Margherita Pizza Weekend May 5-7

MidiCi, a Neapolitan-style pizza company, is opening its first Florida location in Kissimmee

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Central Florida, is hosting a free Margherita pizza event this weekend, May 5 to 7, 2017.

The Margherita is one of the restaurants most popular pizzas, featuring ingredients representing the Italian flag: basil (green) and mozzarella (white) on a bed of crushed tomato sauce (red).

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Rock & Brews Opens Second Central Florida Location in Orlando April 24

Rock & Brews Oviedo

Rock & Brews, the rock-inspired restaurant brand co-founded by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will open its second Central Florida location on April 24, 2017.

It will be located in the Lee Vista Promenade at 6897 South Semoran Blvd, in Orlando, near OIA. The 6500-sq-ft restaurant will offer the brand’s signature quality American comfort food with a California twist and two full bars stocked with the largest selection of international and craft beers in the area.

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10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

If you’re like me, nothing is more satisfying than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently so many others agree with me, April 12 has been declared National Grilled Cheese Day.

If you want to partake of a tasty grilled cheese in honor of the holiday, here are ten places in the Orlando area which have managed to elevate the sandwich above the norm.

Here are the CSO picks for where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (in alphabetical order):

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Out and About: A Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando

Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando - mock up

The popular Ace Cafe is expanding their brand and has chosen Orlando as the first North American location. We got a hard hat tour of the work-in-progress renovations of the downtown location last week, and it was impressive.

Ace Cafe Orlando is located on a three-acre block at the corner of W. Livingston St. and Garland Ave. (across from the Lynx station). It was originally the Harry P. Leu Building, and in the years since, has been home to The Edge and 8 Seconds night clubs, among others.

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Out and About: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Brings Flavortown to Orlando

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been an iconic restaurant on Disney property since it opened, but many wondered if the recent remodel and revamp would change the great food and fun atmosphere.

It did…and for the better, in my opinion.

The finished version of the Planet Hollywood Observatory features three floors of seating inside, with a new outside screened terrace that offers a great view of Disney Springs.

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