Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sonny's Smokin' Showdown moves to Orlando's Tinker Field

Sonny’s BBQ, one of the nation’s largest and most popular barbecue chains, is firing up the smokers for its highly anticipated Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. The 2018 event marks a huge change in the programming of the Smokin’ Showdown, as it will move from the Central Florida Zoo to one of Orlando’s top sports and entertainment facilities. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Sonny’s BBQ will host its third annual event at Tinker and McCracken Fields, part of Camping World Stadium located at 1 Citrus Bowl Pl, Orlando, FL 32805. The all-day event will feature live music with top country artists, food vendors, a kid zone area, and cooking demonstrations for all BBQ enthusiasts.
“We’re very excited to move Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown to the Camping World Stadium,” said Montana Coleman, co-organizer of Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. “The event has nearly doubled in attendance and footprint, so we were tasked with finding a central location that was large enough to accommodate barbecue lover’s year after year, and Camping World fit the bill.”
The new site in Orlando will allow Sonny’s Smokin' Showdown to add more food vendors, increase the kids zone area, and expand the overall footprint of the event with new interactive areas.
"We're looking forward to hosting 'Sonny's Smokin' Barbecue' in Orlando for the first time and welcoming some of the best pitmasters from around the world to share their tips and techniques," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Barbecue is a big deal in the South so the competition should be fierce and fun."
This great event also hosts one of the nation’s biggest bbq competitions.  This invitation-only competition brings together the nation’s top pitmasters in one arena for an epic barbecue battle. Teams are judged on five different meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and a mystery meat, which will be announced at the event. The grand champion team will receive $20,000. The total prize pool totals $68,000.
Tickets are available here for pre-sale for $12 today through Sunday, November 12, and $15 up to March 2, 2018. Kid’s 12 and under are free. VIP tickets can also be purchased for $40.
For more information about Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown, please visit www.SonnysShowdown.com. For more information about Sonny’s BBQ, visit www.SonnysBBQ.com.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Topgolf Orlando opens this Friday: Let's check out the food!

Topgolf opens the doors to its Orlando venue on Friday at 9 a.m. The new three level, 65,000-square-foot venue is the company’s 36th location worldwide and first location to open with Toptracer technology. Topgolf is a golf entertainment complex with a full-service restaurant, bar and event venues.

I checked out the golf, the Toptracer technology and the food, of course, at a pre-opening event last week. Let me just say, that Topgolf is fun. It's kind of like a night out bowling, but out in the open air with a commanding view of the backside of International Drive. I'm no golfer, but it was a blast. I'm no bowler either, for the record. It was very cool to see the trajectory and distance of your ball on the video screen after your shot.

So, yea, the golf was great - but let's face it - I was there for the food. Topgolf ups the entertainment venue food quotient with lots of unexpected twists. I didn't expect ratatouille or a citrus beurre blanc chicken, but there it was on my plate. If you're looking to dine on something different than burgers and chicken wings during a night out with friends, family or co-workers, Topgolf is the place.

Topgolf is located in the heart of Orlando tourist town at:

9295 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Here's a quick tour of the facility and the food...














Note: I dined compliments of Topgolf Orlando.





Monday, October 9, 2017

National Pulled Pork Day is October 12th at Sonny's BBQ

There's a "National Day" for almost any kind of food. You're probably familiar with "National Donut Day on the first Friday of June, and "National Ice Cream Day" on the third Sunday of July. But did you know "National Chop Suey Day" is August 29th, or that April 24th is "National Pigs in a Blanket Day?" Yea, it's getting out of hand. So what's one more, right?

October 12th is "National Pulled Pork Day" as ordained by Sonny's BBQ. That's a day I can get behind. On that day, Sonny's is offering up $1 Pulled Pork Sliders and, through Oct. 15th, $1 off it's pulled pork menu items: Redneck Egg Rolls, Pulled Pork Dinners and Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

So, why not come celebrate the majesty and magic of pulled pork with me this Thursday at Sonny's BBQ?  It's a date.

#nationalpulledporkday


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Duck Donuts Kissimmee: a hole lot of sugar

I hate waiting in line, but I will gladly do it again and again to get my hands on donuts from Duck Donuts in Kissimmee. And I'm not alone. On a recent visit, there were dozens of people in line waiting patiently, every seat taken, and several folks - donuts in hand - circling the restaurant looking for a seat. To say the least, Duck Donuts is already popular in Kissimmee, and I hear they will be opening locations across the Orlando area soon.

Duck Donuts started in Duck, North Carolina in 2006 and soon expanded to four Outer Banks locations. The first franchise opened in 2013, and now there are 50 opened franchise locations, with 130 more on the way.

Duck Donuts specializes in warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Customers can choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional favorites such as vanilla icing with sprinkles and more adventurous creations such as maple icing with bacon.

The family-friendly stores offer a viewing area where children and adults alike can watch their donuts being made. Duck Donuts also sells coffee, tea, donut breakfast sandwiches and more. 

I sampled multiple donuts from their new Fall menu, and they were all great. The maple bacon donuts is an acquired taste, no doubt, but I liked it. My favorite, by far, was the breakfast sandwich with a warm sausage patty, cheese and scrambled eggs placed between a warm, sliced donut and topped with maple drizzle. 

Hurry up and check out Duck Donuts before the lines get longer!

Duck Donuts
710 Centerview Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-350-5832









Note: I dined compliments of Duck Donuts.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

More taco deals for National Taco Day in Orlando: Tijuana Flats

Tijuana Flats, a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience, is celebrating National Taco Day with $2 tacos and $2 Mexican drafts at all locations on Wednesday, October 4th. 

In Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia, $2 tacos and $2 Mexican drafts are available all day. In South Carolina, $2 tacos are available all day, and $2 Mexican drafts are available from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Taco Day special features the traditional Tijuana Flats taco, which includes a protein option (chicken, beef, steak, refried or black beans) and choice of toppings (jalapenos, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cheese) piled on a hard corn, soft flour, or wheat tortilla, and served with chips.

“National Taco Day is a special event for us, and there is no better way to commemorate this holiday than by celebrating it with our guests,” said Larry Ryback, chief executive officer at Tijuana Flats. “The taco is a staple on our menu and has always been a fan favorite, and we love giving the people what they want. Namely, more tacos.”