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Rosen Hotels in Orlando Gives the Gift of Affordable Travel

8442 Palm Pkwy,
Golden Oak, FL 32836
(Other Locations Available)
(407) 996-7300
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The holiday gifts arrive early this year at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando, where the company is offering a special package for guests to enjoy incredible savings on stays now through early 2020.

Starting now, guests can book the "Christmas in July" package that features a four- night stay for just $250 including tax. The package can be booked as a stay or as a gift certificate to surprise family and friends.

The "Christmas in July" package is available at five family-friendly Rosen Hotels including Rosen Inn International, Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel and Midpointe Hotel by Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Ideally located within minutes of Orlando's world-famous theme parks, dining and more, the hotels make perfect holiday headquarters for doing some early gift shopping at the many expansive outlet malls just minutes away.

   
After a day at the pool, Rosen Inn International's contemporary Topsy Turvey Lounge is a great place to spend a relaxing evening.

In addition to an incredible $250 tax inclusive rate for four nights, the "Christmas in July" package includes:

:Deluxe guestroom for four nights, inclusive of tax.

:25% discount in select restaurants including buffet style restaurants, Shogun at Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, and Cafe Gauguin at Rosen Centre for Midpointe Hotel guests.

:Family-friendly amenities, found throughout most hotelsincluding mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, outdoor swimming pools, children's playground and video game rooms, to name a few. Check websites for details.

:Flat screen HDTV with free Disney® channel and premium movie channels.

:Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Orlando's theme parks and shopping. (See specific hotel schedule. Reservations required.)

:Always free onsite parking.

:Always free Wifi in guestrooms and public areas.

:24-hour onsite uniformed security.

:Never a resort fee!

To book, visit OrlandoHotels4Less.com/christmasinjuly or call 877-224-5377. The package is available for travel now through February 2020 and must be booked or pre-purchased by August 30, 2019.


Blackout dates apply; based on availability. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or offers. Not valid for groups including during city-wide convention dates or during special events or holidays.

Stay at a Rosen Hotel and Feel the Love.... Florida's largest independent hotelier, Harris Rosen, instills in his loyal staff an unrivaled commitment to service extended to each and every guest.

For more about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit RosenHotels.com or call 877-224-5377.
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Salata Coming to Winter Park...

480 N. Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 622-1213
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Central Florida will soon have a new healthy dining destination. Houston-based Salata will celebrate the official grand opening of its second location in the Orlando area on September 12th in Winter Park.

Located at 480 N. Orlando Avenue, the new Salata will offer guests fully customizable, built-to-order salads and wraps, soups, organic teas and lemonades. All fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will be chopped daily in-house.


With five salad bases, more than 50 toppings, and 10 house-made, gluten-free dressings, guests can create meals exactly how they want with no restrictions. The Winter Park Salata is the 87th location for the company nationwide. It will be operated by franchise group Crisp Salads, LLC.

“We look forward to bringing the Salata experience to more Central Floridians with the opening of the second location in the area,” said Nabeel Ansari, CEO of Crisp Salads, LLC. “Salata is the perfect place for anyone to fuel their day, no matter their lifestyles.”

The 5,400 square-foot restaurant will have seating for 110 inside with a patio space that seats 32. It will be managed by Lauren McQuaid who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. The Winter Park Salata will employ 25.

Salata will celebrate the grand opening on September 12th by partnering with and supporting several community organizations and independent businesses. 20 percent of grand opening day sales will benefit Rollins College Wellness Center. Guests will be able to enjoy a build-your-own succulent bar, a flights and bites station with samples of dressings and toppings, and a DJ.

Guests will also have the opportunity to receive giveaways, including custom Salata Winter Park t-shirts designed by Alli K for the first 100 guests and a $200 value gift basket for the first paying guest.

The Winter Park Salata will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 


About Salata:

Founded in 2005, Houston-based Salata is a built-to-order salad kitchen that is ranked among the fastest-growing small chains in the U.S. by Restaurant Business. Salata has more than 85 corporate-owned and franchise locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana, and plans to open in multiple new markets. For more information, visit salata.com or facebook.com/salatasalads.

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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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