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The H Cuisine is Open in Dr. Phillips

7512 Dr Phillips Blvd #80
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 930-3020
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New to the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, The H Cuisine offers a diverse Mediterranean menu prepared by chefs with international experience, gained from working at some of the finest restaurants around the world.

Combined, they have traveled to more than 70 countries to learn about different tastes, foods and ingredients, and bring what they have learned from these culinary adventures to Orlando. It is owned by local entrepreneurs, Fuat Hasaglu and Ahmet Ozhamurkar.

An open-fire kitchen concept allows guests to enjoy different styles of fire cooking methods, including charcoal-oven cooked and charcoal-grilled dishes, slowly-cooked barbecue, smoked dishes, sustainable seafood, handmade dried and rested meat, Turkish spicy Sucuk and meze dishes, which will win the hearts of vegetarians. The menu includes seasonal ingredients purchased from local Anatolian producers.

The open kitchen counter allows guests to feel the warmth of the live fire as they watch the chefs preparing exclusive menu items. Guests can also enjoy table-side experiences with the chefs when they order select items from the menu.

A signature experience at The H Cuisine, shared platters for two to four guests, can be reserved and include braised lamb shoulders and 12-hour braised veal shank with root vegetables and wine. 

The bar at The H Cuisine serves a wide range of domestic and imported beverages, including beer, wine, raki and cocktails with premium liquor options available. A perfect location to relax or gather with friends, the bar offers a unique experience after work, during lunch and before and after dinner. Coffee enthusiasts will love another signature menu item at The H – Turkish coffee.

The H Cuisine is the perfect new spot for local and visiting foodies, business, convention and group meetings, and life celebrations.

The restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating. Reservations can also be made online through Open Table. The hours of operations are Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Reservations can be made by calling 407-930-3020.
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MidiCi Italian Kitchen - Daytona Beach

1860 Victory Circle.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 271-4811
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At MidiCi the mission is to bring friends together around pizza because it behaves like a friend, it connects people. It crosses barriers and unites people.

The pizza served here is the Original. Pizza with a capital N. Neapolitan Pizza.
The way Italians invented it over 300 years ago. It is authentic, made with few and fine ingredients, and accessible to everyone.

Staying true to Neapolitan heritage, the dough is made with only four fine ingredients – non-GMO double zero flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast. The authentic and pure garnishes include – crushed non-GMO Italian peeled tomatoes, fresh whole mozzarella and non-GMO, Italian extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.

They serve way more than pizza here too, with a great selection of meat and cheese boards, antipasto dishes, salads, desserts, beers, wines and some really good coffee too.

This is fast casual, so you do have to walk up to the counter and place an order, but that is where the fun starts. They have a few classic styles of Neapolitan pizza you can choose from, as well as specialty pizzas, and of course you can make your own pizza with whatever toppings you wish.

One of the big differences between the Midici we visited in Kissimmee, and the one in Daytona Beach is a Liquor License. Midici Kissimmee serves wine and beer, but this location has a full bar, with great cocktail options like these two drinks...The Angel's Margarita on the Left and The Devil's Margarita on the right are both made with Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime juice, simple syrup. The Angel is sweet with blackberries and the Devil is heat with Fresno Chili Peppers.

Burrata with Melon & Prosciutto is a great antipasto selection to start your meal at Midici. This is served with Burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction drizzle with wood fired Neapolitan bread. All appetizers are served fresh with balsamic reduction and wood-fired Neapolitan bread.

The House Meat & Cheese Plate with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), Goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, rosemary ham (cotto), prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese) is big enough for 2. This is served with Kalamata olives, dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey.

We really enjoyed The Italian Salad. This is made to share, and it’s full of seasonal greens, Romaine lettuce, Neapolitan salami, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, Kalamata olives, Parmesan, crushed croutons and tossed in a housemade Italian vinaigrette dressing.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a new addition to all Midici menus, and it is made with Angus ground beef sauteed with herbs in a housemade Italian tomato sauce served over spaghetti. This was very good, but I could have used a little more sauce.

Calzones are also new on the menus here, and while they have a variety of options….Do not miss out on the Truffle Calzone! This is simply amazing...made from truffle cream, black truffle cheese, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan and basil.

We made a custom pizza using the New York Margherita as the base that includes marinara sauce, fresh shredded mozzarella and parmesan and we topped it with applewood smoked bacon cherry tomatoes and feta cheese, and it was excellent.

Although the Nutella Calzone at Midici is simply phenomenal, sometimes all you have room for is a an Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato. This is perfection in a cup, and a great way to end your evening.

Midici Daytona is open from Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.

If you are in the area, stop by and grab some great food, and enjoy a cocktail or two.
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Cinco Tacos + Tequila


140 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-725-7100
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In the land of Tacos and Tex-Mexerys opening up on what seems like a weekly basis in Orlando, what could be better than another taco and Tex-Mex spot right? 

Only this time we are going to make it a more upscale persuasion and call it Cinco Tacos + Tequila.

Cinco is all about bold flavors, varied textures and delicious aromas from a scratch kitchen and a colorful decor with the sound of diners laughing together. Cinco Tacos + Tequila has a main goal of bringing a total sensory experience to the Winter Park restaurant scene.

The new eatery has opened up at the former site of Carmel Kitchen, 140 N. Orlando Ave with a Cali Mex concept, taking the flavors of favorite Mexican dishes and adding an artistic twist.

Signature dishes at Cinco include: Tableside Guacamole, Adobo Fried Chicken, Pizza Stand Nachos, Fajita Chimichanga Samosas, made-to-order desserts and an impressive assortment of street tacos.

Of course, complimentary chips and salsa will begin every meal. But the new concept isn’t just focused on excellent dining. The restaurant also has a fun, upbeat vibe with plenty of signature drinks to set the mood. The bar offers mixologist inspired takes on the classic margarita while still boasting an impressive list of more traditional cocktails.

The complimentary chips and house made salsa were a decent way to get started.

A pair of House Margaritas made with Sauza Tequila and house made sour mix were pretty smooth.

Ceviche de Camarones, or a fancy Shrimp Ceviche is made with fresh shrimp served on top of sliced cucumbers. These were pretty good and a great light bite appetizer.

Cinco Nachos are large and in charge and have really great flavor, with house made tortilla chips, cotija cheese, queso, chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa and cilantro and are great for sharing.

The Grande Margarita on the left is served on the rocks with strawberries, mango, silver tequila, triple sec, fresh lime and is served over bubbling dry ice...pretty tasty and very entertaining. The Bubbly Pop on the right is a glass of Champagne with a house made fresh fruit popsicle in the glass.

Arroz con Pollo is served with seasoned and sauteed chicken breast, avocado, Mexican rice, black beans, mixed vegetables, pico de gallo, and chipotle lime crema in a fancy presentation.

The Ancho Chile Salmon was pretty impressive. It is made with wild caught salmon, ancho chile honey glaze, Mexican rice and black bean puree.

The Pop Martini with pineapple infused Vodka and a rim of pop rocks on the left and a Blue Raspberry Lemonade with Svedka Vodka blue raspberry vodka and fresh made lemonade is on the right. Both were great cocktails and fun to drink.

Here’s a nice shot of the bar at Cinco, and I will have to say, they are pretty creative with the drink menu here. Almost everything we tried was flavorful and fun to drink with great presentations and fresh flavors.

We visited during a partial soft opening, so the dessert menu was not available yet, and I was a tad disappointed that I did not get to try the Churro Donuts, or the Bannanas Foster Butter Cake, or the Lime Vanilla Creme Brulee.

Cinco has several specials planned throughout the week, including Taco Tuesday and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Brunch will offer diners a selection of small plates, as well as tableside mimosas and bloody marys. We really enjoyed the food and the concept here, even if there are like 10 taco and and Tex-Mex establishments in a 5 mile radius, so we hope they last and do well here.

The kitchen and Bar at Cinco opens at 11:00 am from Monday to Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday they open at 10:00 am. Friday and Saturday, the bar is open until 2:00 am, and the kitchen closes at 1:00 am.

Cinco Tacos + Tequila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Grape & The Grain Wine Bar Announces Official Grand Opening On Thursday, August 23

1110 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 674-6156
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Since first opening their doors, visitors of The Mills 50 District have given its newest resident “Grape & The Grain Wine Bar” a very warm welcome, and now Grape & The Grain is celebrating the closing of the season and their official grand opening with a special “Summer Wine Down” event on Thursday, August 23.

From 5pm-9pm, all are invited to the intimate, artsy, relaxing craft beer and wine garden to invigorate all the senses and enjoy Grape & The Grain’s large variety of international fine wines, local craft beer, frosé, frozen sangria and more, with the first 100 guests receiving a free glass of Prosecco.

In addition, the evening will feature a special appearance by in-house artist Jay “J Bon” Bonadio “The Unsigned Artist” and live art to be auctioned off for A Gift For Teaching charitable organization to help provide children with school supplies. Plus, Flamenco Guitarist Jorge Mendoza will perform live inside with DJ Leony spinning in the garden and a popular local food truck on-site.

Grape & The Grain serves a wide variety of wine spanning the globe, a generous selection of craft beer from local breweries, frosé, sangrias, Prosecco on tap, a mimosa bar on Sunday, small plates like charcuterie and specialty cheeses, food trucks and various live musicians on weekends to round out the tranquil vibe.




The 1,200 square foot Spanish-style, vintage interior houses a rotating for-sale art exhibit that pushes the limits, with a new local Orlando artist featured every six weeks.  

Most enchanting is Grape & The Grain’s spacious outdoor garden with a 1,000 square feet wood deck and grass area, covered trellis with Edison bulb lights, Adirondack chairs and a private driveway for food trucks, all wrapped in a custom fence lined with hanging succulents and seven-foot Italian Cypress trees.
Grape & The Grain is owned by seasoned hospitality and real estate professionals, husband and wife team Christian Arqueros and Alexie Fonseca, along with sister Maritza Arqueros.  

“We’ve been fortunate to travel throughout Europe and South America over the years, and one thing we always loved most was sitting in a ‘piazza’ enjoying a glass of wine, watching the people walk by and the musician playing the sax or accordion for a euro going table to table,” says Alexie.  “That spun the idea of how can we get something like this in Orlando? Why wait for someone else? We can create it ourselves. The timing was just right, we found a hidden gem in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Mills 50 and turned it into a vision we’d been working on for years.”
Grape & The Grain invigorates all the senses with local food, art, music and culture conspiring with wine to create the most unique evenings experienced in Orlando. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends to engage in sparkling conversation or making new ones as you unwind, sample, savor and enjoy.
Join Grape & The Grain Wine Bar for “Summer Wine Down” celebrating the official Grand Opening on Thursday, August 23 from 5pm-9pm.  Grape & The Grain is located at 1110 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.  

Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am, Sunday 1pm-7pm.  For more information, call 407-674-6156 or visit www.grapeandthegrain.com.


 
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4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck Set For Late August in Disney Springs

Disney Springs Marketplace
Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830
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The award-winning 4R Restaurant Group will launch its newest concept in late August with the opening of its 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck located in the Marketplace at Disney Springs. 

The eatery will debut a variety of new signature dishes, including a Taco Cone and Burrito Bowl filled with choice of meats such as Brisket Barbacoa or Pork Sofrito.

The 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck will also offer stand out vegetarian options like the Squash Blossom Burrito. Additionally, decadent desserts such as Dulce De Leche Churro Balls will be available.

“It’s an honor to open the 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck at Disney Springs in the company of so many talented chefs and award-winning restaurants,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “Our first-ever daily 4R offering at Disney Springs will provide an opportunity for tourists to savor an authentic local brand. It will also give Floridians who know and love our food an all-new 4R experience and chance to enjoy dishes that are not currently available at any of our 4 Rivers Smokehouses.”

Inspired by his recent culinary adventures in Mexico City, Rivers has developed the food truck’s barbacoa-style menu. Dishes will feature signature 4 Rivers meats such as brisket and pulled pork, but prepared using traditional barbacoa techniques – methods with roots in the Caribbean and ultimately perfected in Mexico.

The opening of this Mexican-inspired barbacoa eatery marks the first time a 4R location will be available to guests at Disney Springs. The 4R Cantina Barbacoa menu has been crafted with the same pride and passion that has earned 4 Rivers Smokehouses some of the culinary world’s highest accolades, including recently being named “America’s Best Barbecue Chain” by The Daily Meal.


The 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck at Disney Springs will be the only 4 Rivers location to offer service seven days a week – including Sunday. Following in the philanthropic footprints of the 4R “Barbecue Ministry,” all net proceeds from sales every Sunday will support The 4R Foundation, which in 2017 helped more than 950 local schools, churches and charitable organizations. All other 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations will remain closed on Sundays.

For more information visit www.4Rsmokehouse.com.
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Chef Manny from Food Network Star is Hosting a Cooking Class...



2009 W Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 872-1333


Prestige Fitness is pleased to present “Build A Better Breakfast Cooking Class” featuring Chef Manny FD from Food Network’s Next Star Television Show. 

Chef Manny is currently in the final 3 and on Sunday we will see if he makes it to the finale!

Manny, 30, prides himself as being a food-loving firefighter, regularly cooking up meals for his colleagues. Originally from Miami, Manny was exposed at a young age to different cuisines, including Caribbean, Cuban and Haitian, which he incorporates into his recipes. Manny’s goal is to make food fun again, while sharing his unique culinary point of view with the world. Manny has the experience, personality and desire to become the next Food Network Star!

Chef Manny, or Manny Washington is a Central Florida resident and will be teaching a class on August 18th from 2pm to 4pm at Hebni Nutrition in Orlando. Cost is $35 per person for this cook along class with free swag!

Come Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 4 pm for a cooking class that will fire up your tastebuds!

Chef Manny will have you laughing and learning as he teaches this HANDS ON CLASS that will feature sweet potato breakfast boats, crispy baked veggies and more.

It’s healthy, it’s tasty and it’s not too hard to make.

Each attendee will have their own workstation and ingredients provided so they can cook along with Chef Manny. You will also be provided the recipe to take home with you, so you can recreate the dish for your friends and family and showcase your new cooking skills.

PLUS, there will be a few surprises for all who attend including a door prize valued at $200!

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at www.PrestigeFitnessFl.com/cooking-classes


Class Location: Hebni Nutrition, 2009 West Central Blvd, Orlando 32805

*Class size is limited to 40 participants. Advance registration required. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.*
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