Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Burgers, burgers and more burgers: Shake Shack opens at Florida Mall

Just when you thought Florida Mall couldn't have any more restaurants, Shake Shack opens today. Florida Mall has gone from having the worst Food Court and food options, to having the best. Shake Shack is a welcome addition. I was able to check out the new restaurant at a preview event over the weekend, and, as usual, I loved the burgers. Shake Shack's burgers are my favorite of the recent deluge of "better burger" burgers that have flooded Orlando.

Here are some more details:

We’re in a Sunshine State of mind! Shake Shack is thrilled to announce that the Florida Mall Shack will open its doors on Tuesday, May 30th at 11AM at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail. The Florida Mall Shack, Shake Shack’s third in Orlando, is located at the North Entrance of The Florida Mall between the Plaza and The Dining Pavilion.

The Florida Mall Shack will be spinning up an exclusive frozen custard concrete, the O-Town Blend (vanilla frozen custard, cookie butter, salted caramel sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough), in addition to the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete (chocolate frozen custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles) and Pie Oh My featuring a slice of P is for Pie strawberry rhubarb pie (vanilla frozen custard and slice of P is for Pie seasonal pie).
As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good, the Florida Mall Shack will donate five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete to support BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support for children and families living with cancer.
Guests can quench their thirst with a selection of local craft beer from Cigar City Brewing and Orange Blossom Brewing Co., in addition to the Shack-exclusive ShackMeister® Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. Wine lovers can sip on Shack Red and Shack White, made exclusively for Shake Shack by Frog's Leap Winery, and Mionetto Prosecco.
The Florida Mall Shack was built with community in mind; the space features a large outdoor patio and plenty of game options, including shuffleboard, cornhole and foosball. In keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to thoughtful and responsible design, the Florida Mall Shack’s tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes by CounterEvolution; chairs are designed by Uhuruusing sustainable materials; and booths are crafted by Staach using lumber certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Can't go wrong with Qdoba for a Cinco de Mayo Party

I threw a birthday party for a good friend recently and turned it into a Birthday Party/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with help from Qdoba Catering. Qdoba is my go-to spot for catering, not only because I love Mexican, but because it's the perfect food for nibbling at a gathering. And who doesn't like chips and dip?

Qdoba makes it easy by providing everything you need, all neatly packaged in easy-to-carry bags -- everything including nacho chips, flour tortillas, taco shells, warm meats (chicken, beef or steak), shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and an assortment of salsa toppings. All this with utensils, chaffing dish with sterno, plates and napkins. Pick up or get it delivered, it's all there and you are ready to party!

Think Qdoba for your Cinco de Mayo party and you can even win a gift card to help finance your fiesta! To win, just comment below with your real name and your favorite dish at Qdoba. I'll pick a random winner and notify you by email. Good luck!

Here are some photos from my party...

Note: Qdoba provided the food for my fiesta free of charge. Thank you Qdoba! Opinions are mine, however.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fogo de Chao for the Holidays? Heck yea!

Just in time for the holidays, Fogo de Chão is set to extend its popular Brazilian Brunch offering to Saturdays beginning Nov. 26 nationwide. Also this week, the internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse unveils new seasonal menu offerings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Festive additions to the Market Table as well as custom cocktails are sure to delight guests with tastes that perfectly complement the holiday season.

The Brazilian Brunch menu includes Fogo’s famous full churrasco experience, which features a variety of fire-roasted meats like filet mignon, Brazilian picanha and lamb chops, plus Brazilian takes on American classics. These classics include a Pão de Queijo Egg Bake, Braised Beef Rib Hash and a beverage bar that features Caipirinhas, Passion Fruit Mimosas and a Brazilian-spiced Bloody Mary sure to satisfy any brunch lover’s cravings.

“There’s no better time than the holidays for friends and family to celebrate together,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “By extending our Brazilian Brunch to Saturdays and adding delicious seasonal flavors to our holiday menus, Fogo is offering truly unmatched and very special holiday dining experiences.”

With all Fogo de Chão locations open throughout the holidays, diners can escape to an inviting atmosphere with enticing menu additions. On Thanksgiving Day, these additions include:

·         Roasted Turkey Breast – Tender roasted turkey carved to perfection by Fogo’s Gaucho chefs.
·         Turkey Au Jus – A twist on roasted turkey au jus made with sautéed diced carrots and celery.
·         Cranberry Relish – Traditional holiday flavors made from fresh Granny Smith apples, oranges and cranberries add just the right balance of tart and sweetness to any plate.
·         Brazilian Sausage and Apple Dressing – Flavorful sausage is seasoned with Brazilian flare, then marinated in a sweet apple dressing made from fresh green apples.
·         Sweet Potato Casserole – This cooler-weather favorite combines a savory combination of butter, cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with toasted mini marshmallows (available throughout the season).

For guests looking to dine on Christmas or New Year’s, whether Eve or Day, Fogo is adding a Seasonal Beef Roast to its menu. Seasoned and cooked to perfection, this new roast complements Fogo’s variety of fire-roasted meats.

Group and private dining options – perfect for holiday parties – are also available at all Fogo de Chão locations nationwide. For large groups (and available by preorder only), Fogo is also introducing a special chilled seafood tower this holiday season with split cold-water lobster tails, full lobster claws, jumbo shrimp, sweet snow crab cluster, snow crab claws and green lipped mussels served with a Malagueta cocktail sauce, fresh lemon and drawn butter.

Brazilian Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time (hours may vary by location). Fogo de Chão holiday hours are as follows:

·         Christmas Eve    11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
·         Christmas Day   12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
·         New Year’s Eve 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
·         New Year’s Day 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit http://www.fogo.com.

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 44 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kona Grill is now open in Winter Park

Winter Park has another dining option today and the options just keep getting better and better. Kona Grill, now open, offers a modern, American take on Pacific rim dishes, including a complete sushi bar and several signature drinks.

Located in the new Lakeside Crossing shopping center across from Hillstone and near the recently opened Bulla and Chuy's. This is the first Kona Grill in Central Florida, and the fourth in the state.

I stopped in for a media preview Saturday, and I loved all the dishes I sampled, but the standout was surely the miso-sake sea bass. There's a nice patio out front, but it was rather loud with the traffic whizzing by on 17-92. I'm looking forward to returning to sample more offerings.

Kona Grill Winter Park
110 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Friday, October 21, 2016

Been to Back Yard Burgers lately? They're celebrating the fall season with a new turkey burger and other goodies

It’s fall and time to talk turkey! Tennessee-based, Back Yard Burgers, has launched their latest limited time offer (LTO), the Autumn Turkey Burger. The burger is a third pound, all-white meat turkey – made with Jenny-O ground turkey – topped with herbed mayo, tangy orange cranberry sauce and white cheddar cheese, served on a toasted wheat bun. This seasonal LTO will be available through November 20.

Back Yard Burgers is also offering an Autumn-themed Pecan Cobbler, featuring the same flaky, buttery crust found in the regular cobbler but with a seasonal twist. This LTO, also ending November 20, is perfect for bringing to family reunions, holiday parties or Thanksgiving dinner. Also this fall is the Turtle Milkshake, creamy blend of chocolate, buttery caramel, pecans, ice cream and fresh milk.

“Our turkey burgers and fresh-baked cobbler have been guest favorites for years,” said David McDougall, CEO of Back Yard Burgers. “But we are excited to offer these delicious, seasonal options to bring a Fall ‘feel’ and Thanksgiving spirit to our better-than-ever menu.”

The better-burger chain first introduced turkey burgers in 2011. The Classic, Turkey Club and Wild Turkey burgers have attracted guests who seek alternatives to a beef burger.

There's one Central Florida location for Back Yard Burgers in Altamonte.

Back Yard Burgers
290 S State Rd 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 862-0660