Out and About: Previewing Hawkers Windermere New Weekend Brunch #EatHawkers

Hawkers Windermere - Weekend Brunch

This past weekend, we were invited to preview the new Hawkers Weekend Brunch at their Windermere location, and I have to say, it’s a winner.

The brunch debuts May 4, at this location only for now, and features a variety of sweet and savory Asian dishes on the a la carte menu.

Here’s a few of the dishes you’ll be able to enjoy off the brunch menu:

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Out and About: Enjoying Brews and Food at The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket and Whiskey Caramel Brussels Sprouts

You might not think you can get good BBQ at Disney Springs, but thanks to the opening of The Polite Pig in April 2017, you now can.

I recently attended a beer and food pairing at the eatery, but they were nice enough to let me try a few other items, as well.

The Polite Pig is from the same people that brought you the outstanding Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, so I expected a quality selection of BBQ, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Out and About: Checking out the New Menu at World of Beer

Check out CitySurfing Orlando's review of the new menu at World of Beer's Downtown Orlando location, on Lake Eola.

World of Beer is known for its beer selection – naturally with a name like that – but during a recent media event, I discovered their food is just as noteworthy.

I joined my friend Dawn of Come See Orlando as her guest at the downtown Orlando location, and enjoyed a sampling of items from the menu, including some new items.

They started us off with a German pretzel that was literally as big as our heads. Drenched in butter and salt, it was served with a stone-ground mustard and a brown ale beer cheese (normally extra, but worth the splurge), it was a great appetizer and paired well with several of the WOB beer selections.

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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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Out and About: Sampling the New LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is just a stones throw from Walt Disney World, making it a popular destination for tourists, conventions, and golfers. It also has a new restaurant that might help it make a name for itself in culinary circles as well.

LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - photo John Frost

The LakeHouse restaurant is a new dining concept that offers upscale breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, along with cocktails, in a beautiful setting that takes full advantage of all the beauty that Florida has to offer.

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Out and About: Lafayette’s Orlando Serves Up New Brunch at Pointe Orlando

Lafayette’s Orlando is full of southern charm and good food, so when I heard they were now offering a Sunday Brunch, I grabbed Joan and we went to check it out.

Lafayette's Orlando

The restaurant is located on the 2nd Level of Pointe Orlando, in between I-Drive and Universal Blvd, next to sister eateries B.B. King’s and Itta Bena.

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Out and About: Tom+Chee Offers Tasty and Affordable Food in Disney Area

One of my go-to comfort foods has always been the grilled cheese sandwich, which is why I was happy to hear Tom+Chee was opening their first Florida store in Lake Buena Vista.

Tom+Chee Lake Buena Vista

I had the chance to try a few of their menu items this week, and I have to say it takes my fave comfort food to another level.

Tom+Chee first gained national exposure when they appeared on an episode of Shark Tank, but they’ve also appeared on ABC’s “The Chew,” Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food Nation,” and NBC’s “The Today Show” where they were named one of America’s best new sandwiches.

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Out and About: Trying the Summer Menu at the New Marlow’s Tavern in Waterford Lakes

Earlier this week, I joined my fellow Orlando bloggers at Marlow’s Tavern in Waterford Lakes to try them out. This location is the brand’s third in the Orlando area, and it has been open only a week.

Marlow's Tavern in Waterford Lakes

We were seated on the covered outdoor patio, which was kept cool by overhead fans with misting capabilities. Offered a choice of drinks to sample, my friend Joan chose the Grapefruit Ricky, a crisp tangy drink made with Smirnoff Vodka, fresh grapefruit and lime, and St. Germaine. She really enjoyed it.

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Out and About: Grand Opening of Rock & Brews Oviedo with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

Rock & Brews Oviedo

Earlier this month, I attended the grand opening media event for the new Rock & Brews Oviedo. Founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, the eatery is the first Florida location for the chain.

The event started with Simmons and Stanley leading the Pledge of Allegiance with several veterans by their side, then a ribbon cutting to officially open the restaurant.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons about to cut the ribbon to open Rock & Brews Oviedo
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons about to cut the ribbon to open Rock & Brews Oviedo

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Out and About: Tasting Modern Indian Cuisine at the New American Gymkhana in Dr. Phillips

American Gymkhana

This last week we were invited to check out a new restaurant opening in Dr. Phillip’s “Restaurant Row” called American Gymkhana, which offers what they call “Modern Indian” cuisine. Over an evening of drinks and passed samples, we were able to try quite a few things off the menu.

American Gymkhana Hunter's Blood Bar and Drinks

We started the evening in the lounge area, dubbed Hunter’s Cocktail Lounge. A short menu of signature mixed drinks were listed, along with a few wine and beer choices. Based on the bartender’s recommendation, I opted to try the Adraki Punch, a citrusy punch featuring fig-infused vodka, homemade honey-ginger syrup, and a mix of lemon and grapefruit juices. It was tangy, with a hint of sweetness, and I felt it paired well with the food samples. We were also offered champagne while we ate.

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