Monday, May 23, 2016

Dairy Queen is getting into the coffee business

Let's face it -- half the drinks sold at Starbucks might as well be milkshakes. A mocha Frappuccino is just another name for chocolate shake. Starbucks is really in the ice cream business if you ask me, so it only makes sense that Dairy Queen should get into the coffee business. And they are doing just that according to a press release:

The battle for coffee supremacy has just expanded with the announcement today that the Dairy Queen® system is now offering iced coffee and frappés for the first time nationally in the U.S., as a part of the launch of the Hardest Working Happy Hour available weekdays at participating U.S. locations from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company is offering DQ® fans the choice of a new Vanilla, Salted Caramel or Mocha flavored Iced Coffee; new OREO®, Caramel Chip or Midnight Mocha DQ Ultimate Frappés; and Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple and the new Strawberry Watermelon Orange Julius®Premium Fruit Smoothies at one of the best values in the industry. The small flavored Iced Coffees are only $1, and the small, blended to perfection new DQ Ultimate Frappés and small Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies are just $2 weekdays from 2 to 5 p.m. at participating locations. While the beverages are available all day, they are value priced only during Happy Hour.

"This is our biggest beverage launch ever and happy hour is a very competitive day-part across all restaurant brands. We've really differentiated ourselves from other QSR and beverage competitor happy hour programs by creating a stir in our space with variety, value and taste," said Barry Westrum, executive vice president of Marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ). "Our fans want something different and better and at our DQ locations they can now treat themselves to the unbelievable every day. With our Hardest Working Happy Hour, fans will find quality, portable iced coffee DQ Ultimate Frappés and smoothie beverages at a great price and offered in a uniquely DQ way. It's an extra indulgence during the day that's perfect as an afternoon on-the-go pick-me-up."

U.S. Gold Medal Gymnast Shawn Johnson will be on hand at the Manhattan DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant from 2 to 3 p.m. to launch the Hardest Working Happy Hour, which appeals to female millennials. The newlywed, author and Dancing with the Stars winner is a great fit for the brand and a multitasker.

"At any given time, we are on our phones, on our laptops and in a meeting, all at the same time. We're all multitaskers and studies say that 98 percent of us don't do it very well," said Westrum. "Shawn is the epitome of a multitasker and that's our message with the beverages on our Hardest Working Happy Hour menu."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cook Out Drive Thru: Another Eating Orlando RoadTrip (Columbia, SC)

Come take another culinary road trip with James to try Cook Out Drive Thru Burgers and Fries in Columbia, South Carolina. Quite the messy burger to eat on the road.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Yes, National Brisket Day is a thing. Got plans?

4 Rivers Smokehouse, home to more than 4.5 million pounds of brisket sales since opening in 2009, will celebrate National Brisket Day on Saturday, May 28. 

As the Founding Father” of Orlando’s award-winning brisket, Chef/owner John Rivers will celebrate the meat-enthusiast’s holiday as the brands declaration of independence with a Red, White and Brisket day-themed celebration.

For one day only, guests can enjoy two special menu items available at 4 Rivers locations throughout the state. 4 Rivers’ signature 18-hour, Smoked Angus Brisket will be featured in a Chili Cheese Brisket Burger for just $7.99, and the restaurant also will be serving up Chili Cheese Fries for $4.99.

4 Rivers Smokehouse
1600 West Fairbanks Avenue 
Winter Park, FL 32789
Saturday, May 28 from 5 p.m. to close 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Orlando Magic's Jason Smith attempts the Smokey Bones 2lb Steak Challenge

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill recently launched its HUGE steak campaign of 2016 to promote its most savory dish to date – its gigantic 35 oz. (2+ pound!) smoked ribeye dinner.

To kick off this promotional dish nationwide, the company has selected Orlando Magic basketball player Jason Smith to come to the restaurant and devour the entire 2 pound rib eye along with its two side salads and dessert. If he finishes the meal, the company will donate $4K to his charity of choice – The Smith-Mellin scholarship .

The Smith-Mellin scholarship is a scholarship fund that Jason and his friend a local dentist Dr. Mellin started to give back to the kids of Platte Valley High School, in Colorado. The school then divides the money and distributes it to the students in the form of scholarships.

Smokey Bones, the favorite choice for food, drinks, and fun, is a full-service bar and fire-grill restaurant that currently operates 67 locations in 16 states and employs nearly 3,800 people. It is owned by an affiliate of Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sun Capital Partners, whose portfolio of restaurants also includes Boston Market, Friendly’s, Johnny Rockets, Bar Louie and other restaurant brands representing approximately 2,000 locations and over $2.0 billion in sales.

As two-time state player of the year and named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior year of high school, Jason Smith has always been a promising player and stellar athlete. He attended Colorado State University and was named the Mountain West freshman of the year and earned first team All-Mountain West following the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. In 2015 he signed to the Orlando Magic.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A sweet preview of Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery and ATM at Disney Springs

Come check out an exclusive preview of Disney Springs newest sensation: Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery and Cupcake ATM. It’s a sweet time with Eating Orlando.

Touted as the world’s first cupcake bakery by Food Network, Sprinkles is proud to announce it will open its newest location on May 15 in Disney Springs, an exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. As the 20th location for the brand nationwide, Sprinkles at Disney Springs will feature both the traditional bakery offering freshly baked cupcakes and an assortment of ice creams and cookies, as well as the brand’s unique Cupcake ATM that dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies for customers who want a sugar rush on the go! Following closely on the recent opening of its first Florida location in Tampa, Sprinkles at Disney Springs signifies the company’s continued mission to bring the popular dessert experience to Central Florida and beyond.

“Disney Springs was a natural fit for us when deciding where in Orlando to open our doors,” said Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles and judge on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars."  “With its widespread appeal to vacationers and locals, Disney Springs is an ideal spot for everyone with a sweet tooth to converge. We’re excited that guests will soon be able to experience our cupcakes, ice cream and cookies, and of course our Cupcake ATM.”

Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and are available in a variety of flavors including Banana, Carrot, Salty Caramel, Strawberry and Sprinkles’ bestseller, Red Velvet.  The Orlando menu will also feature Sprinkles signature cookies and ice cream, both of which come in a range of flavors such as Butter Pecan, Rocky Road and Cap’n Crunch; and Snickerdoodle, Salted Oatmeal Cornflake and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip. Sprinkles also keeps an eye towards customers with specific dietary needs, offering vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free cupcake, cookie and sorbet options.

A highly unique aspect to Sprinkles is its exclusive Cupcake ATM, which offers guests tasty treats even when the bakery is closed. The Cupcake ATM is one of the bakery’s most popular offerings, with Sprinkles at Disney Springs becoming the 12th ATM location. The Cupcake ATM can hold up to 400 cupcakes at a time and is constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness. The Cupcake ATM will also carry dog-friendly cupcakes.

Sprinkles will be open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Cupcake ATM will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Delivery will also be available within a 100 mile radius via online and phone ordering. For more information on location, menus, pricing and more about the brand please visit

Sprinkles opened “the world’s first cupcake bakery” in Beverly Hills, California, as reported by the Food Network, and is credited by the Los Angeles Times as “the progenitor of the haute cupcake craze.”  Founded by Candace Nelson, judge on Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” and husband Charles, Sprinkles has inspired long lines of devoted Hollywood stars and serious epicureans alike.  From Tom Cruise to Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively to Ryan Seacrest, celebrities are abuzz about Sprinkles. Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors.  Sprinkles has 20 locations nationwide, a traveling Sprinklesmobile (the world’s first cupcake truck), and sells its cupcake mixes at over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the US and Canada.  In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream.  For additional information and a list of future locations, please visit

Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind Disney experience, treating guests by day and night to great dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. Offering an air of sophisticated grace and design that harkens to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century, Disney Springs is home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side. Nearing completion in 2016, Disney Springs has been undergoing the largest expansion in its history and diversifying its shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. Disney Springs is part of Walt Disney World Resort, the number one family vacation destination in the world, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Note: I dined compliments of Sprinkles.

Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery and ATM at Disney Springs
1676 east buena vista dr
lake buena vista, florida 32830
(407) 560-9192