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Bahama Breeze


BAHAMA BREEZE
(All Locations)
8735 Vineland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32821
407-938-9010

Hours: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M
Fri.-Sat. 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M



Every once and a while I do enjoy some of Orlando's chain dining attractions, but for the most part, I stay away from reviewing them. However, once in a while I make exceptions to the rule. 

On this occasion, Tastes Of Orlando along with other fellow blogger's,  was recently invited to a special menu preview event for Bahama Breeze. The event was to be held at the Lake Buena Vista location, but due to unforeseen issues, the event was moved to the Altamonte Springs location.

The folks at Bahama Breeze have been spicing things up a bit with a few new island hopping appetizers, and in order to keep you cool and refreshed, they have added some new unique adult beverages with a twist.

Say hello to the Yaka Hula Hickey Dula, and the Daisy de Santiago.

These new drinks are part of the same line of hand crafted tropical island style cocktails that will be right at home with favorites like the Bahama Mamma, Goombay Smash and Rum Runner.This lineup of food paired with mixed drinks and cocktails, will have you daydreaming about the warm sunsets and good times in the Caribbean.



The Yaka Hula Dickey Dula is named for a Hawaiian love song.

It contains Pineapple Juice, Meyers Dark Rum, and Bacardi 151...which all together was very tasty. It had the right amount of sweetness with a kick of Bacardi and reminded me of a drink on a cruise to the Caribbean.

Use caution though, as this drink packs a wallop.
After 1 or 2 of these things you may be singing Hawaiian love songs to total strangers.






Next it was time to meet Daisy...

The Daisy de Santiago is a Cuban Style drink made with classic Bacardi Rum, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves and a splash of Chartreuse Liqueur.


This drink was very crisp and refreshing. It is similar to a Mojito, but has a distinct pungent and mildly sweeter flavor that comes from the Chartreuse.



Both drinks are going to be very good additions to the menu and to Bahama Breeze's already legendary island cocktail menu.



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Warm Spinach Dip & Island Chips
Spinach and artichokes in a creamy cheese dip with warm tortilla chips.





 
Jamaican Chicken Wings
Marinated in authentic jerk seasonings and baked.

These wings were superb. 
I have been to Jamaica and have eaten real Jerk Chicken, and I can tell you---these were spot on.




Warm Goat Cheese and Flatbread Crips
Sweet red pepper cup with flatbread crisps

This was my wife's favorite thing...a nicely seasoned goat cheese served in red pepper cups with a crispy flatbread.





Crispy Onion Rings
A heaping mountain of rings, hand-breaded with a dusting of coconut flakes.

Next to the wings, this was my second favorite item. Imagine a coconut shrimp batter tossed on some onions and deep fried, served with a citrus mustard sauce----Good stuff!


Classic Cheeseburger Sliders
Topped with caramelized onions and mustard aioli.


They also served the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sliders. Both of them disappeared quickly and were quite tasty.



Coconut Shrimp
Large crispy shrimp with citrus-mustard sauce

Simple and delicious.







Other items we sampled that are not shown are, the Beef Empanadas, Firecracker Shrimp, Skillet Simmered Jerk Shrimp, Cuban Bread and Pulled Pork. Everything we sampled from the drinks to the food was actually very good. All of the food was seasoned right and had all of us bloggers going back for more.

Tastes Of Orlando would recommend you stop by your local Bahama Breeze and check it out.

Whether its a weekday, or the weekend...Bahama Breeze is sure to help you unwind and get into that "No Worries" mood that you will find in the Caribbean, that makes you want to kick back and relax to good food, good drinks, and good music.



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Taqueria Del Sol

3138 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 412-5952

Regular Hours
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm


****Update***   According   Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide and as I witnessed in passing by today....

Taqueria Del Sol has shut its doors after nearly four months.

"Les Hatter says that all 20 of Taqueria del Sol's workers were placed into his company's Five Guys franchises. While he was hesitant to talk at length about the closing, he did say that too many factors were out of his control with the franchiser, and he and his partners decided the best course of action was to default on the franchise agreement rather than continue moving forward under the prevailing circumstances. 

Taqueria del Sol, the quick-service restaurant from Atlanta that opened only a few months ago, has closed. The restaurant, which featured Southern- and Mexican-inspired cuisine, was franchised by BRMGRP LLC, which also owns several local Five Guys Burgers franchises. Jeni Hatter, wife of Les Hatter of BRMGRP, said that the concept just didn’t catch on and that they struggled from the beginning to make it work."( Copyright © 2013 Scott Joseph Company)




Its a shame really! Four months isn't really time for an idea to catch on....in my opinion.

I was weary from the beginning about the location of Taqueria del Sol, as I thought it was a little to south of downtown. The location was also easily passed by on Orange ave.

And of course.....What about the Soda Fountain?--- Maybe that was an issue for the owners?


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On a recent Thursday afternoon, I met up with my wife for lunch at Taqueria del Sol. Its been on my list for a while, of new places that I wanted to sample.

Occupying the former O'Boys BBQ location, Taqueria del Sol is one of Orlando's newest eateries. Although TDS is new to Orlando, they apparently have quite a following in Atlanta. The original concept owners have been nominated the past two years for the Outstanding Restaurateur award from the James Beard Foundation.

Taqueria del Sol is slowly franchising its way across the south east. The owners of this location also own the Five Guys Burger franchises in the surrounding area.

The overall idea is a simple but tasty menu that puts a different take on what you think a taco should be, but keeps it very affordable. Like the Memphis taco for instance... it contains smoked pork, jalapeño, cole slaw, and tequila BBQ sauce and costs only $2.39

They also have Enchiladas with brisket, refried beans, or roasted chicken. Side items range from Turnip Greens to Shrimp Corn Chowder, but don't worry they have Mexican rice too.

Taqueria del Sol's official philosophy is " We would rather do fewer things great than many things just O.K"


Inside you will find a full bar with a wide variety of tequila, liquor and bottled beer selections.

You can get Iced tea as well with unlimited refills, but the big mystery is, why do they serve soda out of a can?




The interior of the restaurant is very big and spacious with plenty of seating available.

The overall design is nice, but it felt underwhelming for the most part.


For starters we had the Cheese Dip.

That's all its called..."Cheese Dip" no list of fancy cheeses or ingredients...just "Cheese Dip". 

It was however... a darn good cheese dip! 

They have guacamole and a salsa trio starter available as well and all cost  under $4.00

My lunch consisted of three tacos. The Memphis, Brisket and the Fried Chicken taco.

The Memphis was filled with smoked pork chopped up, jalapeño  coleslaw and Tequila BBQ sauce.

 
The pork had a nice smoky flavor and the coleslaw gave a nice sweetness that was balanced out by the delicious tequila BBQ sauce.

The Brisket, filled with shredded beef and pico de gallo was very  good, but it was missing that extra wow factor. I think it needed BBQ sauce or hot sauce, but I could not locate either.

The Fried Chicken taco was crispy fried and delicious. It is made with a jalapeño mayonnaise and served with lettuce and tomatoes. 


My wife had two Carnita tacos with a side of Pork Green Chili.

The Carnita tacos are twice cooked pork with salsa frita, cilantro and onions.

Although they were a tad messy, they were pretty good.

The real star on her plate was the  Pork Green Chili. It was a very thick and hearty soup that packed lots of flavor and just the right amount of heat.

We really enjoyed our lunch there and the food was very good. The space inside may  be a little vague, but they do have a very nice patio outback to enjoy.

The soda fountain thing is a mystery to me as well as to other visitors. If you own a Five Guys that have soda fountains, then how come you have none here?

If you don't mind your Coke in a can.....Tastes of Orlando recommends you give them a try the next time you are in the Downtown South district. Very affordable food and the service there went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and take care of any needs we had. 


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OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS’ NEW SIMPLY STREET FOOD MENU


1500 Masters Blvd
ChampionsGate, Florida 33896
Phone: (407) 390-6664

Omni Orlando Website


Omni Hotels & Resorts is once again showcasing the talent of its versatile chefs with the debut of its new “Simply Street Food” menu, which spotlights the best street foods from Boston to Brazil to Omni guests nationwide.

Built upon its history of pushing the envelope on traditional hotel dining, Omni Hotels has deliciously embraced the vibrant culinary trend of global street food with its new menu.

This year, Omni Hotels & Resorts has paired up with chefs from partnering Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) properties for a competition to create a dish that celebrates an authentic street food from their home region. More than 160 dishes were submitted by chefs from 56 countries. Ultimately, six dishes were selected to be featured on the Simply Street Food menu – three dishes from Omni chefs, and three from GHA member chefs.

The deliciously-diverse Simply Street Food menu will be available in Omni
Hotels & Resorts bars and lounges from January 2013 to March 2013.




The featured dishes are:

Famous Peddler’s Char Kway Teow

Chef Andy Oh, Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore





Short Rib and Vermont Cheddar Sandwich

Chef Gerard Tice, Omni Parker House





Chicken Musakhan Sandwich

Chef Moh’d Alla Alaham, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi 






Citrus Ancho Braised Lamb Tostado

Chef Scott Mole, Omni Bedford Springs








Duck Empanada with Smoked Tomato Mayonnaise

Chef Gene Moss, Omni La Mansion









Acarajé de Orixá

Chef Josemar Passos, Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte in Bahia, Brazil
 




For the past eight years, Omni chefs have dazzled guests and enriched their own skills by driving contemporary menu innovation across the entire Omni Hotels & Resorts system.

Through the Flavors of the World program, Omni chefs have personally explored tastes and traditions from a variety of culinary cultures, including Italy, Chile, Spain, Argentina and France, and brought those indigenous flavors and signature dishes back for Omni guests to enjoy.


The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers luxury accommodations including 720 rooms and suites, two championship Greg Norman designed golf courses, world headquarters of The Leadbetter Golf Academy, a signature Mokara spa, two heated outdoor pools and an 850-foot lazy river.

The resort also features six diverse dining experiences from sushi and sake
at ZEN to the Italian herb garden and brick oven flatbreads at Trevi’s.

For more information regarding the Four-Diamond resort or 102 Days of Summer, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit http://www.omnihotels.com

You can also follow Omni on Facebook.com/OmniHotels or Twitter.com/OmniHotels.



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