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House of Blues is launching Bayou Brunch

1490 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 934-2583
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House of Blues Orlando’s Bayou Brunch Transforms Traditional Brunch Into Epic Dining Experience with live music performances by Brown Bag Brass Band.

Answering the prayers of music lovers and foodies everywhere, House of Blues Orlando, known for its live concerts featuring top music acts, unique entertainment and mouthwatering menu offerings, is launching Bayou Brunch, a new weekend brunch event that is guaranteed to rock your taste buds and your soul!

Beginning August 3rd, every Saturday and Sunday, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will take Southern hospitality to a whole new level.

The new Bayou Brunch will feature delicious Southern-inspired menu items, like Biscuits and Gravy, freshly made Omelets, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee and more, as well as bottomless brunch beverages and a Build Your Old Fashioned Bar.

Additionally, for all those that crave a little more bite to their brunch, the Orlando location will turn up the dining experience a few notches with live music from Brown Bag Brass Band, who will entertain guests with Dixieland, Jazz and Brass band selections.

Cost: Buffet is $33 for adults (10+) and $15 for children (3-9), Children under 3 are free

Regular Restaurant & Bar menu available at 11:30 AM, Alcohol, Tax and Gratuity not included

Featured Menu Items:
Salads: Southern Salad, Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit, Peel and Eat Shrimp

Breakfast: Omelet Station, Scrambled Eggs, Candied Bacon, Andouille Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken & Waffles

Lunch: Chicken Tacos, Pork Tacos, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee, Jalapeno and Cheese Cornbread, Carving Station with Ham and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables

Desserts: Bourbon Bread Pudding, Assorted Desserts

Drink Specials:
Build Your Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and garnish bars ($12 each)

Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s ($15)

Happy Hour pricing on select beer, house wine, and well cocktails

*All menu items subject to change without notice.

For more information, please call House of Blues Orlando at 407-934-2583 or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/orlando.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to Celebrate National Rum Day

9101 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600
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Throughout the month of August, enjoy $10 rum flights and additional rum specials on August 16th.

Additionally, a portion of the sales from each Don Q cocktail sold during the month of August will benefit CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), a national 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances.

August 16th is officially National Rum Day, and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is celebrating with a variety of specials. At Cuba Libre, rum is the celebrated spirit and National Rum Day provides the perfect opportunity to showcase its versatility and flavor.

Throughout the month of August, guests will be able to enjoy two pre-selected rum flights at a discounted price of $10 each. Flights of rum include three one-ounce pours. The complete list of flights available is listed below.

EL COQUI FLIGHT:
Named after the Puerto Rican frog with a unique sound, Don Q is what islanders drink when they want to relax on the beach...Don Q Single Barrel, Don Q Añejo, Don Q Gran Añejo.

KIRK AND SWEENEY FLIGHT:
Named after a wooden rum running schooner that shipped spirits from the Caribbean to America during prohibition. The distillery is based in the Dominican Republic...the flight includes...Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year, Kirk and Sweeney 18 Year, Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year.


Additionally, on Friday, August 16th, guests can partake in Cuba Libre’s extensive collection of rums, featured flights and rum-based libations for half the price.

This special offering will be available exclusively at the bar during happy hour. Cuba Libre’s rum list showcases over 90 premium and flavored varieties from Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tortola. Rums are priced between $8 and $84 per shot. 


As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from each Don Q libation sold during rum month of August will be donated by Don Q to CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) - with Cuba Libre matching the donation.

This is the restaurant’s third fundraiser for this non-profit organization whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Barry Gutin, principal and co-founder of GuestCounts Hospitality, LLC, which owns and operates Cuba Libre, serves on the board of directors for CORE so it is a cause close to his heart.

$10 rum flights will be available August 1st through August 31st, 2019. On Friday, August 16th, guests will be able to enjoy Cuba Libre’s extensive collection of rums, rum flights and rum-based mixed drinks at half price, exclusively at the bar during happy hour which is available Monday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is located at 9101 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32819, (407) 226-1600. For additional information, please visit www.cubalibrerestaurant.com.

Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Since its inception in 2004, CORE has raised over $4M to help over 600 children from families across the industry and the country. For more information, or to nominate someone in need, please visit http://www.coregives.org/.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar opened in Philadelphia in 2000, Atlantic City in 2004, Orlando in 2009 and Washington DC in 2010 to much acclaim, giving guests a passport to Cuba's intriguing flavors and culture. The restaurant’s name, which translates to “a free Cuba,” signifies a hope for the future of the treasured island nation. Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s menus feature tantalizing tastes that reflect Cuba’s culinary traditions, as well as the emerging modern cuisine he is experiencing during his continuing travels to Cuba.

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Sixty Vines is coming to Orlando in 2020

110 Orlando Ave., #12.
Winter Park, Florida 32789
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Sixty Vines, known for seasonal cuisine inspired by the wines of Napa Valley, will open its first Florida location in the spring of 2020. 

The roughly 8,000 square foot restaurant will be located at 110 Orlando Ave., #12, Winter Park, Florida 32789. 

Often referred to as “the winemaker’s restaurant,” Sixty Vines delivers simple, yet flavorful, food paired perfectly with a large variety of wines.

Sixty Vine’s innovative wine-on-tap program allows guests to enjoy individual glasses of wine served at the perfect temperature. It’s also eco-friendly: each pressurized steel keg used to store on-tap wines saves 26 bottles from going in a landfill. That’s more than 2,340 lbs of trash over its lifetime!
 
Guests can dine with a view of the open kitchen and charcuterie bar. And, like the other Sixty Vines locations, Winter Park will also feature an enclosed greenhouse patio offering a wine garden experience and full bar, as well as private dining spaces
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“We think Sixty Vines will be a perfect addition to the growing restaurant scene in the Orlando/Winter Park area,” said Steve Shlemon, CEO of Whiskey Cake Holdings which operates Sixty Vines. “In addition to introducing guests to our seasonal menu, we think they’ll also enjoy our unique wine program, which is different than anywhere else in the market.”

Sixty Vines in Winter Park will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Sixty Vines has two locations in Plano, TX and Dallas, TX, with a Houston, TX location coming summer 2019. To learn more, visit www.sixtyvines.com.
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Omakase with an American Kitchen Twist..

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
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As a chef who’s traveled the world and experimented with an array of unique cooking styles and exotic ingredients,Chef Venoy Rogers has a passion to incorporate new methods at American Kitchen that allow guests and locals to experience something new when visiting Orlando.

Now Chef Venoy is offering Omakase style tastings which Chef Venoy dubbed “Amerikase”(both for American Kitchen and American cuisine.)

o·ma·ka·se

/ˌōməˈkäsā,ōˈmäkəsā/ (in a Japanese restaurant) a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef... a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it up to you"

“One of the key differences of Amerikase from traditional Omakase is that instead of one bite courses (usually sushi,) we take an American approach and make it our own by doing 2-3 bite courses depending on the budget,” explains Chef Venoy.

“This is perfect for us because we are not technically a tasting or fine dining restaurant, but we have the culinary chops to produce some outstanding dinners in this format and its attracting locals. Being that it is Omakase style, I am able to use dishes from my menu and other ingredients that I may already have in the kitchen to allow for maximum profitability and all while promoting American Kitchen.”

Currently, American Kitchen is offering 6-8 courses at $100 per person, by word of mouth.

Below is an example of some recent Amerikase menu offerings.

Mexican Corn” with Butter poached Spiny Lobster, Brown Mole and Crispy Chicken Skin.

Koji Cured Local Wild Boar Belly Tortellini and Ramp Pasta, Umami Broth, Fairy Ring Mushrooms.

Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef ® Ribeye with Umami Hollandaise, Fermented Parsnip and Grilled Chanterelles.

New England Razor Clam “Chowder”.

Kampachi Crudo, Coconut Curry, Toasted Sesame, Shio Koji, Whiskey Barrel Aged Fish Sauce, Petite Lucky Shamrock Elder Flower.

Cured Tuna and Yuzu Compressed Watermelon Avocado mousse, Green Apple, Pickled micro daikon, furikake, House-made Kiwi Vinegar, Honeysuckle.

If you are interested in this style of dining, whether a date night, group event, or business meeting, Chef suggests reaching out directly to the restaurant’s General Manager at (407) 827-3080 and she will work closely with Chef Venoy to customize a menu that focuses on what’s in season but also cater to your palette.
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Dochi Donuts Pop Up is back at Boxi Park!

6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 536-9666
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Mark your calendars because Boxi Park, the new innovative outdoor and entertainment park located at Lake Nona Town Center, will be hosting another pop-up container takeover this weekend with the famous Japanese Mochi Donuts, Dochi.

These delicious and popular donuts will be available from Friday, July 26th to Sunday, July 28th and will be priced at $2.50 per donut, $13 for half dozen donuts. 

Make sure to snag your donuts because they sold out quickly last time!

Boxi Park is Central Florida’s First All-Outdoor Entertainment and Dining Venue Constructed Out Of Repurposed Shipping Containers.


13 total shipping containers feature a different chef-driven restaurant concept, serving fast-casual dishes intended to enliven the palate with bright, fun flavors. Additional containers feature walk-up bars and a beer garden.

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Caffe Positano -Sanford


1665 WP Ball Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 531-1151
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Food is not a commodity at Caffé Positano’s…it’s a passion. Owned by two brothers and two cousins, the authentic Italian foods and flavors of Positano, Italy have been brought to Central Florida.

Close friends since childhood, these family members prepare food with only the finest ingredients. Virtually each meal is prepared for you as you order. There are no pre-cooked or pre-packaged foods in this kitchen.

The sauces are made fresh each day; the house salad dressing is made from scratch with olive oil, red vinegar, and seasonings, and then whipped into a creamy consistency. No thickeners or cream are added.

Vegetables are cooked “AL DENTE”, which means they are not over cooked, in order to retain vitamins, flavor, and texture. They use only the finest imported Italian pasta, and Gnocchi, which can often be heavy, but here it is melt in your mouth and as light as a feather and is made fresh daily in house.

The use of extra virgin olive oil is a must and they do not use any type of tomato paste. Be assured that only the finest ingredients are used to prepare your meal. In an age where pre-cooked and pre-packaged foods are the norm, you can come to Caffé Positano’s and enjoy a relaxed environment with a freshly cooked meal…the way it’s supposed to be.

The Apopka Location is the original, and offers a bit more of a higher end sit down and eat restaurant experience, whereas the Sanford location is a straight up cafe. They do have plenty of seating and table service, but it's more of a cafe environment than the original in Apopka. 


The Garlic Knots here are top notch! Loaded with butter, garlic and Parmessan, these things will disappear fast.

The Caprese was simple and delicious with fresh sliced tomato, thick slices of fresh Mozzarella, olive oil, basil and black olives.

We really enjoyed the Calamari, Nice and lightly battered with a good crispness and not chewy at all.

The Eggplant Rollatini was awesome as well, with eggplant stuffed with Ricotta cheese and topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Stromboli was simply amazing. You can order this in a variety of ways, this one was a simple pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese. The dough was buttery and magnificent, and it was fully loaded. 

Surprisingly, the hot wings, and the curly seasoned fries here were quite impressive as well.

The Baked Lasagna with Ricotta, Mozzarella Cheese and Meat Sauce was quite delicious.

I love a good Veal Parmigiana, but it is getting increasingly harder to find. The one at Caffe Positano is on the money...delicately smashed, breaded, fried, and served with the right amount of tomato sauce and pasta, puts this dish in my favorites category.

We really enjoyed the simplicity of the Sanford location with great service and even better food. This place is good for a quick bite, or a sit down and eat meal with the family. 

My next venture shall be to the original in Apopka, but I was very impressed with the Sanford spot.

Caffe Positano Sanford is open on Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday they are open to 10:30 pm, and Sunday they are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Caffé Positano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Fuel BBQ


120 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 328-4848
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It’s still amazing to me, being born and raised in Sanford FL., that the little small town and not much of a downtown has, almost overnight become a foodie and craft beer destination.

There is literally blocks and blocks of craft beer places to visit, and almost as many restaurants, from fast casual to full service, the food scene in Sanford has been making quite a bit of noise lately.

The owners of The Alley, a family owned and operated live music venue in the Historic District of Downtown Sanford that specializes in live performances of all genres of music that has been in business since 2005, decided to get in on this all new foodie craze and opened up Fuel BBQ.

Chris and Michelle Johnson decided to open the small space they had next to the Alley Bar and turn it into a fast casual simple service BBQ joint with an emphasis on Old School Slow and Low BBQ.

With the help of Pit Master Clay Watson, who also moonlights in a blues rock band, they put together a pretty simple and straightforward menu of BBQ classics like Brisket, Ribs, Jim Beam infused High Octane Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken and a variety of sides.


The St. Louis style ribs are pictured here with the customary side of cornbread and BBQ Beans. The ribs were very tender and fell off the bone, but the flavor was not very impressive, and these had some fatty sections, more than what I am accustomed to. The beans however, are delicious. 

Meats are available by themselves, or on a Kaiser roll bun. The Brisket at Fuel is pretty impressive. It has great char and bark, and really good flavorings. This one was served up on a Kaiser Roll with nothing else except for choice of available housemade BBQ Sauces that are at the table.

High Octane Pulled Pork is made with the traditional pork butt that you would get on the basic menu selection if you order Pulled Pork, but this one is made with a High Octane Jim Beam Bourbon sauce to give it a little extra kick.

The Bus Stop, is a sandwich creation of Brisket and regular Pulled Pork with Coleslaw, although the coleslaw is on the side. As you can see from the above photos, I am not very impressed with the creativity at Fuel BBQ. I understand the part of ordering meats, or a sandwich, but the sandwiches are just really plain and boring, even this one...I feel like I missed the Bus. I am probably spoiled by some other local places as well, but adding a few extra things to these sandwiches would go a long way.

I did really like the variety of table side sauces they had available, especially the Mustard.

Overall, It was good, not great BBQ. I really feel like if they put a bit more creativity into making sandwiches and maybe a few different menu items...and a tad more seasoning into their overall smoke process, they could be really really good.

Fuel BBQ is Closed on Monday, but they are open everyday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the exception of Friday and Saturday, as they stay open until 10:00 pm.

Fuel BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Miami Grill is Open in Kissimmee

4799 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 785-6745
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Miami Grill, the trailblazing fast casual concept led by a stellar senior management team that includes board member, Armando Christian Perez (a.k.a. Pitbull), and known for its fresh, modern approach to South Florida’s flavorful fare, is growing in the Central Florida region by adding its first Miami Grill restaurant in Kissimmee (located at 4799 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway).

Positioned near the tourist areas of the Orlando theme parks, the new 2,400 square foot restaurant offers seating for 62 guests, will be open late night and has a double window drive-thru to provide expedited service.

“It’s the first time we are building the new prototype from the ground up,” said Jonathan H. Vogel, Chief Operating Officer for Miami Grill. “We are thrilled to be part of such a vibrant community and we look forward to bringing the sizzle of South Beach to Kissimmee. Our fans have been telling us how excited they are to have us as part of their community.”

The new restaurant comes on the heels of the Miami Grill & Bar that opened in Daytona Beach earlier this year.

This location offers guests a diverse menu featuring signature items such as Philly cheesesteaks, wings and gyros as well as antibiotic and hormone free Angus steak burgers, grilled chicken and fish, delicious fresh made salads, beer and wine and the iconic fan-favorite, Miami Grill seasoned fries.


The menu will also have a Latin flare including Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, tostones, Materva and Jupina soft beverages, and imported Latin Presidente beer. It’s all served up with excellent guest service, high quality ingredients served fresh and made to order and a South Beach vibe.

Guests will also have a choice of having their favorite menu items delivered to them by Uber Eats, Door Dash or Postmates. Catering will be available to make that special occasion, event or party a hit with family, friends and co-workers. Additionally, guests will be invited to sign up for a loyalty program where they will earn extra perks.

“Our belief is quite simple – Everything Goes,” added Vogel. “We always want to deliver a best-in-class dining experience for our guests.”

“We’re excited to expand the brand to the Kissimmee/Orlando market,” says Evan Friedman, Executive Vice President. “The expansion of Miami Grill is crucial to our overall success and we look forward to developing the brand throughout Central and North Florida. We are actively seeking qualified franchise partners and additional sites in the DMA.”


The chain started with a single restaurant in Key West, Florida in 1983: Mr. Submarine. From there, it experienced rapid growth as “Miami Subs” during the 90’s, garnering a cult-like following. In 2012, Miami Subs partnered with international music sensation “Pitbull” to truly take the company to another level, while subsequently rebranding as Miami Grill.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, Miami Grill is the hottest fast casual concept to hit the market, developed by the same owners as Miami Subs, Miami Subs Capital Partners 1, Inc. and key equity partner, Armando Christian “Pitbull” Pérez. 

Miami Grill and its “Everything Goes” concept embody the taste and sensations of South Beach and provide a diverse menu unlike any other chain in the category. For franchising and other information, visit www.miamigrillfranchise.com.
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