In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a new Mexican restaurant, new happy hours and lunch/brunch offerings, other new openings, and more…
Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria has set November 9 as their soft opening date at their Winter Springs location (5248 Red Bug Lake Rd). The Mercado style demo kitchen will offer a 360 degree view of fresh food being prepared right in front of your eyes.
The food is traditional Mexican, drawing from all the regions of Mexico like street corn from Guanajuato to 24 hour slow roasted XX Equis Carnitas from Michoacán and Habanero Spiked Short Rib from Mexico City.
The Fresh Market continues its Central Florida expansion with opening of its newest upscale grocery store in Orlando at 1500 N. Mills Ave (near Virginia Dr).
Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, outdoor grilling, food sampling throughout the store, and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee will be free to the first 1,000 customers and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 3,000 customers
The new store will house over 24,000 square feet of culinary delights, including a bakery that produces 30 freshly baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide selection of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered to the store several times per week, and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, as well as a produce department with more than 400 items and a large organic selection.
The company has also announced they are already planning to open another Central Florida location in Winter Springs (5920 Red Bug Lake Rd), it’s 36th in the state. No opening date has been announced.
Have you shopped at The Fresh Market? I sometimes shop the location in Dr. Phillips, when they have special promotions or events happening.
The Scottish-American Society of Central Florida was founded in 1976 to celebrate and carry on the Scottish traditions here in the US. One of their most popular events is the annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games.
This year’s games will be held the weekend of January 19 – 20, 2013, at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, FL.
Come out to cheer the athletes tossing rocks and trees. Watch dancers and listen to bands. Dance to the old tribal rhythms. Meet distant kin in Clan Row. See how far you can carry a boulder. Even if you aren’t Scottish, you’ll enjoy immersing yourself in the culture.
A Saturday pass gets you admission to the games from 8am to 9pm, and includes the evening ceilidh (party). For adults, it is $17 in advance and $20 at the gate.
A Sunday games pass offers admission from 9am to 5pm. It is $12 in advance for adults and $15 at the gate.
Children 6-11 are $5 both days.
For more information, to buy advance tickets or to get directions, visit flascot.com.
As Monty Python would say, if it’s not Scottish, it’s crap.
If you feel that way, or just want to check out some good old fashioned Scottish heritage, then you’ll want to be at the 2011 Central Florida Scottish Highland Games.
The two-day event, happening this weekend January 15 and 16 in Winter Springs, includes competitions for pipe bands, soloists, drummers, athletics, dancers, hashing run, and archery.
There are also dancing exhibitions, live music and, of course, plenty of food and drink. Not to mention more clan tartan than you can blow a bagpipe at.
The whole event takes place at Central Winds Park (1000 E. SR 484) in Winter Springs, FL, with the exception of a special sold-out Friday night Whisky Tasting that takes place at the Altamonte Hilton.
Tickets for Saturday are $17 in advance (purchase online) and $20 at the gate for adults. Sunday adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Discounts are available for children 6-17.
[Image courtesy Central Florida Scottish Highland Games]