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The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck


On a recent visit to the Korean BBQ Taco Box we were delighted to see the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck there also. So while we waited for our food to be prepared we picked up some dessert.

Yum Yum is ran by Joey Conicella and Alex Marin.

It is a converted Chevy box truck turned into a  rolling confectionery stand. 

It has really become another one of Orlando's great food trucks.

Yum Yum cupcakes are anything but ordinary and are packed with luscious rich flavors that will have you moaning after each bite!

Yum Yum prides itself on gourmet confections. Trust me....once you have one you will judge all cupcakes differently.

They have quite the selection of flavors at reasonable prices.

Some current specials include:

Nannerpants (aka Banana Cream Pie)
(Graham cracker crust, banana cake filling, light butter cream frosting)

Salted Caramel
(Chocolate Caramel Cake topped with a rich Caramel Butter cream and drizzled with Caramel and Sea Salt and is topped with Peterbrooke's famous Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn)

Peanut Butter Choco-Rama
(Peanut Butter Frosting, crushed peanuts, and chocolate sauce top on a moist chocolate cake)

S’mores Please
(Graham cracker crust, melted chocolate morsels, and chocolate cake with marshmallow fluff frosting, graham cracker crumbles and little marshmallows)

The Dough Dough Bird
(Cookie cake with a dollop of raw cookie dough in the middle while the cake bakes. Its topped with a Chocolate Chip Cookie frosting 

You get the idea...Yum Yum Cupcakes are decadent!

We started to order 2 cupcakes only, but were convinced that the pack of 4 was a better deal and would be better to sample.

Cupcakes are $2.50/piece.

If you order 4 they are $9.00 and 6 for $13.00.  If you want to share with the office you can get 12 for $25.00

We decided to go with the Nannerpants, Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, and the Peanut Butter Choco-Rama.

All of the cupcakes had an extremely moist cake that was baked to perfection and allowed the flavors to soak up into the cake very well.

The Nannerpants was like a dream of your grandmas best banana pudding wrapped up in a cupcake.

The Salted Caramel was heavenly and had to be enjoyed in slow bites to savor the rich chocolate flavor.

(The Peterbrooke Chocolate of Winter Park inspired Salted Caramel Cupcake just won Best Cupcake at the Festival of Chocolate)

The Red Velvet cupcake was good also. It is like having a mini slice of your favorite red velvet cake.

Peanut Butter Choco-Rama was a peanut butter lovers fantasy. It has a rich but light peanut butter frosting and very moist chocolate cake.

All of the cupcakes they offer look tantalizing.

On my next visit I will have to try the Dark Chocolate Raspberry and  the Smores Please!

Check them out if you see them out and about. Like them on their Facebook fan page 

Or you can follow them on Twitter!/yumyumtruck_fl to see when and where they are going to be.

Tastes Of Orlando says The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck is really Yummy!

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Florida Seafood Bar & Grill

480 West Cocoa Beach Cswy. (520)
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Florida Seafood Website

Welcome to Florida Seafood.....

A unique restaurant with quite an identity crisis on its hands.

After driving from Orlando and meeting up with the family in Rockledge, to celebrate a birthday, we all headed out to Cocoa Beach. Almost no one in our party had been to Florida Seafood before and we are all Florida natives, so I thought it would make for a great review.

Florida Seafood is a long standing establishment in Cocoa Beach. It has been through a few different name changes over the years, but Florida Seafood has stuck around for at least 10 years. The restaurant has become quite a favorite stop for tourists and natives alike. 

When we arrived on Saturday night around 7:00 pm the place was packed.

We grabbed a spot outside and hung out at a pretty cool little sand bar / tiki hut and had great conversation.

Sadly conversation was the only thing on the menu. Although there was an actual bar area listing drink specials.....there was no bartender to be found.

Also missing was some type of food to snack on or even the offer of eating outside.

I will admit that we should have called ahead and reserved a table for a party of 8, but even still, a 1 hour and 20 minute wait had the natives restless.

After much back and forth with the hostess it was determined that they only had 1 section that they could put large groups in. The large group that was occupying our would be spot was just hanging out and having drinks. They had finished their meal long ago....

Once we got inside we were able to take a tour of this Kitschy tourist stop.

I immediately felt I was live on the set of the John Candy classic film...Summer Rental
(insert restaurant scene here)

If only Capt. Blackbeard or Capt. Hook could have led us to our table...

The place is lined with tiki hut coverings, statues and mannequins of pirates with fish nets and hooks for hands, and tables that are filled with sand and sea creatures that have been sealed.

Along the walls there are some beautiful saltwater tanks filled with live corals and a few fish. As an aquarium hobbyist myself, I thought this was really neat.

There is an actual bar inside with some tv's and plenty of drink specials.

One  thing I could not locate was the Oyster Bar. Florida Seafood claims to have one of the best oyster bars in Central Florida.

I looked all around the restaurant and did not see an oyster bar. People at this bar were drinking drinks but no oysters or clams were to be had.

Once you are seated you are served some delicious corn fritters.

These are just as good as the ones you can get at Dixie Crossroads. Albeit the portions are a tad smaller.

All meals come with your choice of salads or  soups. I had the house salad,  which came with my choice of Kens dressing.

Others in my party had the clam chowder and  said they really enjoyed it.

The identity crisis began surfacing when I read the entire menu from front to back and back to front, and then a few more times. I started to feel really confused. I looked all over and the actual seafood selections at Florida "Seafood" seemed a bit limited.

All together this place had a real good down home Florida feeling to it. Its the kind of place you would expect to get some great fried shrimp or fish and a side of oysters, but I just kept feeling confused. 

First I saw no Oyster Bar. Second the menu was filled with pastas, steaks, rib eye, fried chicken, chicken teriyaki,  sandwiches and everything in between.

Most of the actual seafood I could locate was somehow strangely offered in multiple types of Italian sauces and dressings.

Like Rock Shrimp Parmaleni (Rock Shrimp covered in marinara sauce and covered with 3 types of cheese)

Or...Mahi Rosamaria (Mahi topped with a garlic lemon sauce, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and artichoke hearts) You can get Cod like this as well.

There was Mahi or Cod Florentine, Volcano, Oscar, and even Pistachio Crusted Mahi!

But the actual "Seafood" selections you would feel like ordering here were very few.

Just a couple of dishes like The Fried Fish Combo (Fried Fish and Shrimp) and the Florida Combo (Fried Shrimp, Fried Rock Shrimp, and Scallops) seemed like they belonged here.

The problem is this place screams of a good old fish fry. Or at least a place to go and have rock shrimp fried or broiled. Sadly the actual seafood offerings seem to be a side note.

This is evident in the fact that only 2 people in our party of 8 actually got any traditional seafood.

Lets work our way around my table....

First my wife ordered the Steak Volcano 

It is a 9oz. center cut steak,  topped with baked seafood scallops and shrimp
covered in a spicy Cajun sauce.

The steak was very moist and tender and the  seafood toppings were delicious.

My brother in law had the Mahi Volcano...same as above but with Mahi.

He really enjoyed his Mahi.

His fries and everyone's for that matter, were soggy and tasted waterlogged.


My mother in law ordered the Linguine with white clam sauce. She said the clams were tasty, and thought the sauce and the pasta went well together.

I really tried to get a good picture of my other brother in law's Prime Rib and Lobster he ordered, but the photo did not show up well.  He said he liked what he ordered very much.

My sister in law decided to try the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich.

It was a big slab of chicken breast covered in marinara sauce piled up with cheese.

 It looked pretty good and she told me it tasted good too.
(minus the soggy fries)


My father in law manned up and got the the Florida Combo which includes : Shrimp, Rock Shrimp and Scallops.

 It was quite a large portion of shrimp and was more than he could eat.

 Then there was me...... 

I had to get something that was going to be traditional "Florida Seafood".

So I got the Fish & Shrimp Combo.

The feelings of being confused were only heightened when I received my plate.

I got 1.5 pieces of fish and 7 pieces of shrimp along with my soggy bottom fries.
At $14.99....I was a bit dismayed at such a tiny portion of food.  After all, everyone else in my party got enough food to have leftovers.

I guess it's my fault for ordering seafood at Florida Seafood that does not really specialize in "Seafood." The few shrimp I had were good (Rock Shrimp was not in season) but the fish had a soggy batter and needed to be sopped up in cocktail sauce to be made somewhat enjoyable.

At the end of the meal...I was in favor of petitioning Florida Seafood to change it's name.

I had been deceived.

How about:

Florida Seafood and Pasta Bar??....or... Florida Pasta & Steak Grill??

Would I return??


I just wont order any "Seafood" and would get the Volcano Steak.

Unfortunately "Seafood" is not the specialty of this one of a kind Kitsch Kitchen.


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Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant & Cantina

Altamonte Springs
120 N Westmonte Drive
Altamonte Springs,FL
(407) 774-4334

Click Here To See The Menu

When my mother recently mentioned having dinner at the Amigos in Altamonte Springs, I was a little bit dumbfounded!

Amigos In Altamonte Springs you say? Where is this Amigos at? I know of a lot of restaurants in Central Florida, and all the establishments that line SR.436 in Altamonte Springs....but an Amigos Tex-Mex restaurant...???

 I could recall no such place.

This immediately sparked my curiosity to find out about this so called Amigos in Altamonte Springs.

Upon arriving to 120 N. Westmonte Drive and seeing a sign down the road in a dawned on me...I had in fact been here. It was many moons ago and I could barely remember the place. Whats even worse is that in my day job doing sales, I drive up and down SR. 436 a few times a week, and never even noticed it was there.

But maybe its not all my fault......

Here's Why:

Amigos Tex-Mex Restaurant has recently changed owners. The new owner Mark Follett acquired the restaurant  in February 2012 from the original owners, who opened this location in 1988 

Being in business for over 20 years, and wanting to get out of the restaurant business altogether made the previous owners a bit  lackadaisical. Which is to say they lacked enthusiasm and desire to market Amigos and continue to develop the brand.

Over the years,  the trees grew taller, the weeds grew wild, and the bushes branched out. This caused a covering up of the restaurants signage and even blocked a great outdoor patio area.

As you can imagine if they let the weeds go, so too did some things inside the restaurant need to be pruned.

Enter Mark Follett:

Mark has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. Having worked in the past at Amigos as a server and eventually working his way up to area director, he knows a thing or two about Amigos as well. So when he was given the opportunity to take ownership of the Altamonte Springs location, he jumped at the opportunity.

His first order of business:

Get the trees, bushes, and weeds out of the way that were blocking the sign and covering up a great outdoor patio area.


Get the restaurant back to the consistency and standards that people have come to know and love about Amigos.

In case you are unfamiliar with Amigos Tex-Mex.... they are a chain restaurant that used to have quite a few locations in Central Florida, but now have only two. The other Amigos is in Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando.

Amigos serves up authentic Tex-Mex food and Margaritas by the pitcher.

There is quite a bit of misunderstanding of what Mexican food is and what "Tex-Mex" food is.

 So let us clarify...

It used to be said that, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, cookbook was released by food authority Diana Kennedy. Her book drew the line between authentic  Mexican food and what she called "mixed plates" that are eaten at "so-called Mexican restaurants"

Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican.

Tex-Mex cuisine is characterized by its heavy use of melted cheese, meats (particularly beef and pork), beans, and spices, as well as Mexican-style tortillas.

Texas-style chili con carne, chili con queso, nachos, and fajitas are all Tex-Mex inventions

Texas-Mexican restaurant owners were not too happy about this new name. However as much as they disdained it, it was a huge success.

The words, "Tex-Mex" had an exciting ring. It evoked images of cantinas, cowboys, bullhorns and the Wild West.  Thus began the huge popularity of the Tex-Mex restaurant idea all over the world. Serving up heaping piles of tortilla chips, margaritas and chili con carne from Florida to France.

Inside Amigos you will find the traditional makings of a Texas Mexican restaurant.

There are murals on the walls depicting Mexico, big Texas bull horns, and the place is dotted with license plates from Texas.

Amigos has a genuine cantina feel to it.
Upon being seated you are brought a generous portion of fresh tortilla chips and bowls of salsa. Which was very good.

You can also order queso by the bowl or cup as well as guacamole.

My wife went with the Liberation Combo Platter. We thought it would be a good combo to get a sampling of the menu.

It comes with a Tomale, Chile Rolleno, Enchilada, and a Taco with the traditional refried beans and rice.

The combo platter was all very good and tasty. It certainly fits the bill for a good & gooey heavy portion of Tex-Mex. The only draw back we had was when my wife was chewing up the stem of the Chile Relleno---It was covered with cheese---and she ate it by accident!

I opted for the Chicken Flauta's

I received four flutes filled with juicy and tender chicken. The Flauta's are served with a bowl of Tomatillo sauce that is delicious.

Initially I was disappointed that they did not come with queso, however the Tomatillo sauce was a very good alternative. Its hard to find any Mexican or "Tex-Mex" places that even have the sauce. I was also impressed at how juicy the chicken was, as it tends to dry out when being fried.  

No trip to a Mexican restaurant is complete for my wife unless she tries out the Flan. Its one of her favorite dishes and she does not like to share it.

The Flan was very good.

It had a nice thick feeling to it, but was still silky smooth. My wife approves of Amigos Flan.


Since my wife would only let me have one bite of her Flan...I had to order something for myself.

I got the Sopapilla

The Sopapilla is a kind of dough formed into rounded shapes that are deep fried. The dough will puff up and form a pocket inside once it is fried.  

Amigos serves them up drizzled with honey and served with a side of Cinnamon ice cream.

Can I tell you something?

Fried dough...


Cinnamon Ice Cream...

WOW!!---This is one of the best sopapillas I have ever had---and one of the best deserts I have had in quite some time.

Overall ....

We have to say that we really enjoyed rediscovering Amigos Tex-Mex in Altamonte Springs.

It was quite refreshing to go to an actual "Tex-Mex" place that is not confused about its identity, like so many other Mexican restaurants.

Mark is definitely on the right track to establish Amigos as a serious contender once again in the restaurant business. Not just in the niche Tex-Mex segment either.

Tastes Of Orlando recommends you stop by and visit Mark and enjoy one of their great menu items (The fajitas looked awesome) and enjoy some authentic "Texas-Mexican" food.


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Oyster Bay Restaurant

551 S. Chickasaw Trail 
Orlando, FL 32825

(In the Rio Pinar Plaza)

Not so long ago there use to be a place called Calico Jacks.

CJ's we called it was quite the place for wings, beer, and of course one of the best raw oyster bars in Central Florida.

 It was quite a popular hangout spot for a lot of friends. I believe they had 2 or 3 locations.

On most nights it was a party atmosphere with really good wings and great oysters with loud music and even louder people...A great place for a good time on a Friday night.

One of the most popular items among my friends and I was a wing recipe they had. The wings were called Caribbean Breaded Wings.

Those wings were a taste sensation like no other wing we ever ate. some point and time,  for reasons I do not know,  Calico Jacks closed its doors and was never to be heard from again.

Years passed by and I never could find any replacement for my treasured Caribbean breaded wings.

So imagine my surprise one day a few years ago, when a flyer landed on my door.

The flyer was for a place called Oyster Bay,  that was right around the corner from where I lived. As I read over the menu, I noticed something right away. This Oyster Bay place claimed to have a certain CARIBBEAN BREADED WING!!

Upon reading that juicy detail... I decided some investigation was necessary

Here is what we uncovered...

Oyster Bay is owned by part of the people that owned Calico Jack's.They have the same great wings and oysters like C J's did. They have changed a few things over the years and Oyster Bay is a bit more tame and laid back compared to Calico Jack's.

Overall the quality of the food is the same as I remember and  we have always received great service. My wife and I usually frequent Oyster Bay about once a month as we have been going there for the past few years ever since we got married.

So I figured now was a good time to share one of my favorite wing places with all of you!

Inside Oyster Bay you will find a fairly large seating area with plenty of T.V.'s playing whatever sports are currently on.

In the front of the restaurant there is a bar you can sit at also.

There used to be a raw bar in the back. For some reason the raw bar has been converted into a smoothie cafe. I am not sure if it is operated by Oyster Bay or if the space is leased out.

But not to worry... you can still get your fill of oysters and clams here.

Oyster Bay prides itself on having the best hand selected oysters and clams

They are available by the dozen or by the half dozen raw or steamed. You can also get oysters Rockefeller if you wish.

All oyster and clams are served with condiments for dipping and a large basket of crackers.

I like mine piled up with everything...a dab of hot sauce, splash of cocktail sauce, with some horse radish, then dipped  in butter with a squirt of lemon...mmmm good!

No wing place is complete without good beers and drinks. Oyster Bay has a full service bar and offers beer by the pitcher or bottle. 

Here you will find all the regulars like Budweiser, Michelob, Miller and Yeungling at very affordable prices.

I suppose you could also wonder to the smoothie cafe in the back and see what they have available......

Now...without further delay lets discuss the wings!!

Since we were out with my brother in law who can eat a lot food...we went for the gusto!

After we finished devouring 1 dozen oysters, we ordered 30 wings and a large side of fries.

You can spilt your wings any way you like. We ordered 10 Caribbean breaded, 10 Teriyaki breaded and 10 naked with medium hot sauce and garlic.

Oyster Bay has wings any which way you want them. 

They even have a sweet chili glazed wing that is delicious...almost like a sweet candy coated wing with a dash of spice.

You will not find those dinky wings here...Oyster Bay serves the full size wings....which I like.

As for the Caribbean breaded wing...I have no clue what is in the sauce. I know its got Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice and some other things I cant quite put my finger on.

Try them and you will be hooked!  I always order them with out fail, and they are always as good or better than I remember them to be at Calico Jack's. 

The fries are probably some food service distributed brand of crinkle cuts, but they were very crisp and tasty. 

It would be a disservice not to mention that Oyster Bay serves a plethora of other foods. You can get shrimp, burgers, steaks and even gator tail.

It is just very hard for me to order anything else since I am in love with the Caribbean breaded wings.


As far as I am concerned, Oyster Bay has the best wings in Orlando.

If you are in the area for lunch or if you are looking for a fun place on a Friday night, Tastes Of Orlando recommends you stop by Oyster Bay. (Ask For the Caribbean breaded wings)

Click here to see the menu..!!

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Korean BBQ Taco Box

While I was out and about on a recent Monday around dinner time, I had a  tough decision to make.........

What to have for dinner???

With so many options available in Orlando, I was unsure of what I really wanted.

That all changed when I passed by the Korean BBQ Taco Box.

I have seen and heard a lot about all of the food truck rage in Orlando. As a blogger I have wanted to try out some of the trucks,  but its been hard finding the right time and location  with work schedules and all. So I figured Tastes Of Orlando needed to jump at this opportunity.

There used to be about 3 of these Taco Boxes spread out across Central Florida at various locations and times. Beware though...There are only 2  KBBQ BOX trucks that are the real deal.

There is an impostor truck rolling around out there that is no longer associated with the original Korean BBQ Taco Box, but is telling customers they are. They are going by the name of Korean BBQ House and have a different sauce and recipe to their food.

This particular truck was located at 2931 Forsyth Road in Orlando. It usually hangs out near The UCF / Full Sail areas for dinner and lunch, rotating times and locations between each.

Korean BBQ Taco Box is almost always at every food truck bazaar around Central Florida as well.The best way to find locations is on Facebook or Twitter...  or you can just give them a call.

Korean BBQ Taco Box is Asian fusion at its best...traditionally cooked Korean meats and vegetables served with a Mexican flair. Fusion cuisine is the general term for the combination of various cooking styles from different regions.

If it feels a little strange walking up and ordering food from a big yellow box truck that serves Asian Fusion food don't worry. All of that weirdness will be put aside when you place your order. Most food truck operators are very friendly and outgoing people.

Dave was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was very energetic and fun to talk with, and explained to me the history of the BBQ Taco Box.

There are 12 different combos you can choose from.

Here is a sampling of some of  the menu:

Galbi -( boneless short rib marinated)

Bulgogi -( thin slices of beef steak marinated in special house sauce)

Spicy pork - (pork marinated in hot Korean pepper paste)

Chicken - (marinated pieces of chicken thigh)

Chicken Teriyaki - (rice box only) with pieces of chicken breast marinated in special house sauce.

Spicy Pork Taco Box

Chicken Taco Box

All combo boxes come with a salad that has homemade ginger dressing, Spicy chicken wing, 2 pcs. fried cheese roll and fried tofu.

I chose the #9 Spicy Pork Taco Box  and my wife got the #10 Chicken Taco Box.

It was $14.00 for both and quite a taste adventure!

While our food was being prepared we wondered on over to The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck to grab some dessert. .............(review coming soon

On to our order... At first bite the spicy pork taco was a different flavor than what I was use to.

The pork was spicy, smoky and sweet and had a very distinct flavor. 

I will admit, if you have never had this before....It is different. But different in a good way.

The taco is stuffed with pork that has been marinated in a hot Korean pepper paste and filled with shredded lettuce. You have to try it and let the flavors marinate in your mouth for a minute. Its now one of my favorite things

The salad and the ginger dressing were very good as well...about as good as a salad from Makoto's or Kobe.

I probably could have eaten a few more pieces of the fried cheese roll. It is like a sushi roll filled with cheese and rice then deep fried....mmmm!

The Korean BBQ Chicken drumette was a nice addition to the meal and the sauce went well with the spicy smokiness of the pork taco.

My wife enjoyed her Chicken Taco very much but,  said she could eat a bowl of the wings and side items themselves.

Tastes Of Orlando really likes Korean BBQ Taco Box and recommends you try them out...wherever they may be.

Say hello to Dave if you visit the Original #1 truck and tell him...Tastes Of Orlando sent you!!

To Find the most recent location:

Check Twitter @!/koreanbbq_2011

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TELEPHONE: 407-844-3990


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