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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Out and About: Create Your Nature Offers Healthy Delicious Food in Winter Park #getyourbowlon

Create Your Nature Offers Healthy Delicious Food in Winter Park

If you’re looking for a a quick, healthy alternative to your average breakfast or lunch spot in Winter Park, then you’ll want to check out Create Your Nature.

Dan and Kim Dill opened the eatery in 2016, out of a desire to provide a healthy lifestyle for their family, including their two daughters. They discovered, and fell in love with, the acai bowl concept while on vacation.

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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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15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida

15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida - Santa

Sunshine, sandy beaches, and temps in the 80s don’t invoke Christmas, but Orlando has a lot of ways to get into the holiday spirit. From theme parks to resort spectaculars to winter carnivals, Central Florida has plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays.

Here are our picks for the ten best ways to celebrate Christmas week in Central Florida:

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up December 15 2016: Fig & Julep, Shantell’s Cafe, PDQ

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menu items, limited menus, new openings, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

PDQ has added the Honey Butter Chicken sandwich to its menu

PDQ has added the Honey Butter Chicken sandwich to its menu. It’s made with fresh chicken breast fried, then dipped in homemade honey butter and served with bread and butter pickles on a toasted brioche bun.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up November 5 2016: DoveCote, Urbain 40, Orlando Brewing

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

DoveCote debuts a new Sunday brunch

DoveCote debuts a new Sunday brunch on November 6. The brasserie-style brunch menu features a variety of French-inspired dishes by Chef Clay, including his signature Croque Madame , Chicken & Sausage Casserole, Pearl Sugar Waffle and, of course, a classic French Fine Herb Omelet. Costs are a la carte.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up August 6, 2016: Osprey Tavern, Whiskey Orlando, Ethos Vegan Kitchen

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

@OrlandoMainStreets 2016 Restaurant Week Returns July 30

Don’t forget Orlando Main Street Restaurant Week is still in effect until August 13. Participating restaurants are offering a select prix fixe menu with price points of $5 to $30. Read our post from last week for more information.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 24, 2016: The COOP, The Sanctum, Crafted

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

Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29
Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29. The event is free, and starts at 6:30pm (though I recommend arriving early). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum Hosts ‘Displacement: Symbols and Journeys’ This Summer

Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park

This summer, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park will host a summer exhibition called “Displacement: Symbols and Journeys.”

Inspired in part by the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, part of the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition looks at multiple manifestations of displacement.

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Cocina 214 Hosts 4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas for Charity May 1

It’s almost May, which means it’s time for Cocina 214 in Winter Park to kick off the month with the 4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas on May 1.

4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas at Cocina 214

Proceeds from this fun chihuahua race will benefit Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up April 22, 2016: The COOP, Bad As’s Sandwiches, Four Seasons Orlando

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, cocktail dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie at The COOP

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie (of Soco Thorton Park and Baoery Asian Gastropub) for the next installment of The COOP‘s Chef Series on Wednesday, April 27.

The interactive demo will include Chef Richie’s Chicken Fried Steak with Truffled Pan Gravy and Chef Rivers’ Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. Samples of the demo dishes will be served, and each guest will leave with recipe cards.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up April 15, 2016: K Restaurant, The Rusty Spoon, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando

In this week’s dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, free food, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

K Restaurant and Wine Bar in Orlando
K Restaurant will celebrate its 15th anniversary on April 24 with a backyard party. Chef Kevin Fonzo will be joined by chefs Kathleen Blake, James and Julie Petrakis, Greg Richie, Jamie McFadden, Austin Boyd, and Henry and Michele Salgado for a family-firnedly fete featuring food, wine, and live music.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up March 25, 2016: Morimoto Asia, Portobello, Konbini, RA Sushi, Bacchus Bash

In this week’s dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, limited menus, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Morimoto Asia Spring 2016 limited cocktails

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs has debuted several new spring cocktails that sound delicious and refreshing. Priced at $14 each, enjoy a Tokushim Negroni (japanese citrus shochu, antica formula vermouth and orange peel), a Gingered Apple cocktail (aviation gin, lime, simple syrup, ginger pear, and muddled asian pear and apple), and a Sparkling Spring (sparkling wine, hibiscus simple syrup, yuzu lemon juice, and domaine de canton).

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CitySurfing Orlando’s 2016 Picks for Easter Dining in Orlando

Don’t feel like cooking for the family this Easter? Not to worry…the Orlando area has many restaurants happy to do the cooking – and dishes – for you!

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Easter Brunch in Orlando

If you don’t already have reservations, here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks for the best locations to enjoy Easter dinner this year:

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57th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Returns March 18-20

One of Central Florida’s best art events is the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy it when it returns March 18-20, 2016.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

The event features 225 fine artists from around the country exhibiting their works in Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park.

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