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The Greenery Creamery and Nerd Nite are once again collaborating on an assortment of space-themed ice cream flavors, called THE GALAXY COLLECTION, vol. 2.

The flavors, which are available for a limited time, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission; the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the moon.

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The Greenery Creamery is an ice cream boutique in downtown Orlando.

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations.

THE GALAXY COLLECTION, vol. 2 are vegan ice cream flavors [listed below] with coconut cream as the base. They will be available for purchase at the Greenery Creamery between July 8th-12th and again on July 20th for the Nerd Nite Ice Cream Party**

The Greenery Creamery, 420 East Church St, Unit #112, Orlando, FL, 32801Blue Moon
[coconut, soy, and gluten; colored with blue spirulina]
A phenomenon of blue vanilla ice cream with scattered Oreo chunks.

Coffee & Crater
[coconut, soy]
A blast of coffee-flavored ice cream and chocolate chips.

Spoon Landing
[coconut, soy, and gluten]
Pink vanilla with an adventurous mix of caramel swirl and chocolate cake chunks.

The Starman
[coconut; colored with spirulina]
A bridge between the worlds of green mint and chocolate fudge swirl.

Watch the announcement of THE GALAXY COLLECTION

**To check availability of certain flavors on other days, be sure to call ahead of time (407) 286-1084

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For Hien & Doan Tran, after many years of pondering about having their own café bakery so that they can bake their fine French breads and pastries for all to enjoy, their dream has finally come true!

Paris Banh Mi Café Bakery is a family owned, offering authentic French breads, pastries, desserts, coffee and boba drinks made with the finest and freshest of ingredients.

They offer customers a place where family, friends, and students can spend quality time together. Every day they are working to add more premium products and healthier options for their customers. It is also very important for them to engage with the community and support them to achieve their own mission.

They invite you to walk through their doors and let the sweet smell of sugar, spice, almonds, and cream wash over you. Order a Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi), boba tea, take a look in their bakery case and dessert selections and select some goodies to take home to share.

Top Three Things to Order at Paris Banh Mi Café Bakery:
1. Banh Mi

Best in town by far – they baked their own bread.  Grilled pork (front) and special combination (back).  Only $5!


2. Boba tea 

My favorite was their Milk Cheese Tea Foam with boba.


Paris by Night with boba was also pretty good.

3. PastriesGrab a tong and a tray and pick your own pastries. So much fun!






4. Desserts

They offer a variety of desserts including cakes available for purchase.
Daily specials:

All subs and baked pastries: buy 5, get 1 FREE.

Drinks: buy 2, get 1 FREE.

The owner informed us that they only have one location.

Paris Banh Mi Café Bakery (located near Lazy Moon)
1021 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 866-2012
parisbanhmicafebakery.com

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May is #NationalBBQMonth and #NationalBurgerMonth and Smokey Bones is celebrating with their signature ½ LB Burgers or build your own burger with a choice of over 40+ toppings.

Smokey Bones is a full-service restaurant known for its slow-smoked premium meats, barbecue specialties, mouthwatering half-pound burgers and bar stocked with signature craft cocktails, 40+ bourbons and whiskeys, and 40+ beer selections.Guests can treat their taste buds to award-winning giant Smoked Wings, fall-off-the-bone 2.5 LB Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Hand-Pulled Pork and Premium ½ LB Burgers customized with a choice of over 40 toppings.

The restaurant also features All-You-Can-Devour Wings on Mondays, All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Tacos on Wednesdays, Southern Brunch on Sundays, and Late Night specials every night, along with lunch, dinner and children’s menus. Smokey Bones also offers guests a variety of ways to dine with private dining, catering, pick-up, delivery and online ordering.

We were recently invited to try their burgers and brand new mega milkshakes and were not disappointed. Actually, it was surprisingly delicious – more so than many places I have tried for burgers this year. The key is in their patty which uses high quality beef and seasoned to perfection – not too salty or too bland, just the right amount.

I order the Morning Glory Burger topped with bacon and fried egg – delicious!

Morning Glory Burger
1/2 lb burger + American cheese + bacon + chipotle ketchup + fried egg.

Our dining partner also ordered a Hawaiian style ribeye which was fantastic as well as the Bone fire barbecue platter, where they bring a grill to your table still smoking with wood chips that give it a nice aroma. The dish includes steak, chicken wings, sliced chicken breast, Italian sausage links, ribs, with potato wedges, roasted peppers and onions on the side. Pretty much the whole barbecue pit on a plate!


The Bone Fire

This season, Smokey Bones just debuted their hand-spun, over-the-top Mega Milkshake creations featuring dessert on top of dessert including: Oreo Cookie, Chocolate Layer Cake, Vanilla Stacked Donut. They were as delicious as they looked for sure.

Mega Milkshakes
Choose between the OREO® Cookie Shake, Chocolate Layer Cake Shake, or Vanilla Stacked Donut Shake.

Smokey Bones is a full-service bar and fire-grill restaurant that operates 66 locations in 16 states. 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 $2.0 billion in sales.

Smokey Bones
303 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828
http://smokeybones.com/

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Bread & Co, a new French and Korean Artisan Bakery is now open in Winter Park, right off of Fairbanks Ave and US 17-92 in the former location (briefly) of Wonton Kitchen. The name is rather generic, but what lays inside is anything but.

Inside, there’s a modern cafe set up with the smell of sweet pastries, baguettes, and breads filling the air. But there’s some Asian influences as well to the traditional French pastries – here you’ll find breads a little lighter, fluffier, and slightly less sweet as well as flavors such as green tea, red bean, yuzu cream, and condensed milk.

As they are in soft opening mode (kind of like beta testing mode), you can find curious neighbors enter the shop, happy and delighted smiles on their faces as they see the beautiful cakes and buns to be found inside. In a corner, a group of young Korean women chatter about their day over coffee and pastries.

Looking around you can see some traditional French pastries such as croissants but also Asian favorites such as red-bean filled mochi rice cakes and Korean influenced French pastries like the soboro-ppang and “hot dog” buns.

Soboro Bun

Soboro-ppang is a sweet bun with a streusel-like upper crust popular in Korea. The bun is made of flour, sugar, eggs, and dough and baked with a crisp, bumpy surface on top. It is very similar to the Cantonese “pineapple” bun or Japanese melonpan. Inside it is a slightly sweet and delicious custard filling. Definitely recommended.

Another favorite was the condensed milk bread loaf, lightly sweet and airy – just a perfect sweet bread.

Definitely worth a visit for the gorgeous spectacle alone – and I dare you to not buy something to gorge upon when you make your visit here.

More details to come…

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The 20th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball benefiting American Cancer Society at Rosen Shingle Creek brought together cowboys and cowgirls for an evening of western-themed fun to help raise over $500,000 to fund local and national programs supporting cancer patients, education and life-saving research.

Festivities began at 6pm with a reception that included a silent auction, followed by a gourmet dine-around featuring food from many of Central Florida’s finest chefs, a live auction and incredible entertainment.

Food –
American Culinary Federation – Central Chapter Culinary Team
Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games
A Land Rembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
Benihana
Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
Capa at Four Seasons Resort
Cuisiniers
Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
Everglades at Rosen Centre
Florida Nitro
Gordon Food Service
3Nine Poolside at Rosen Plaza
Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza
John & Shirley’s Catering
King’s Dining & Entertainment
Nestle’ Professional
Orlando Food Department
Rosen Centre
Savor… at Osceola Heritage Park
Seasons 52
Sonny’s BBQ
Sysco
The Whiskey
Vital Flair Catering
Yak & Yeti

Beverages –
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
Breakthru Beverage Florida
Cooper’s Hawk Winery
Crooked Can Brewery
Florida Distributing Company
Jim Beam
Nestle’ Waters
NOI Caffe
Enjoy Spirits
Orange Blossom Brewery
Orlando Brewing
Palm Ridge Reserve
Rico Foods
Southern’s Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
Tito’s Handmade Vodka 

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We were invited to a media dinner hosted by Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs to experience the restaurant’s signature gourmet menu items.  Since Planet Hollywood has joined forces with Guy Fieri, they have created a new menu featuring Guy Fieri’s burgers and sandwiches and everything we tried was pretty good!  My favorite dish was Guy’s award-winning bacon mac-n-cheese burger (pictured above) which consists of applewood smoked bacon, six cheese mac-n-cheese, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, crispy onion straws, & donkey sauce on a brioche bun.

Below are pictures of other dishes that we got to try:

Hummus trio

Citrus kale salad

Pimento grilled cheese

High roller sampler

Penne, chicken & broccoli pasta

Bbq ribs & triple fries

World famous chicken crunch

Strawberry Big Bang milkshake & chocolate comic milkshake

Cosmic cotton candy milkshake

Brownie sundae martini

Sticky toffee pudding

Star Jars

Big thanks to Chef David & the manager Mark for their generosity and unparalleled hospitality!

Planet Hollywood – Disney Springs
1506 E. Buena Vista Drive Orlando, FL 32836
407-827-7827
planethollywoodintl.com/restaurants/orlando/

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We were invited to attend Beard in Baldwin, annual food & wine festival benefiting the James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program to help support the next generation of great American chefs.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.  Scholarship recipients study a variety of disciplines including: culinary arts, baking and pastry, hospitality management, food studies, agriculture, sustainability and food security.

Kudos to restauranteurs Jason & Sue Chin (owners of Seito Sushi, The Osprey Tavern, and Reyes Mezcaleria) for hosting such an amazing event for a great cause!

Here are scenes from the event:

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The table is “SETTE“!

We were invited by Se7en Bites Bake Shop owners Chef Trina Gregory-Propst & Va Propst (as seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”) to get a first look and taste of their new Italian restaurant, SETTE, located in Lake Ivanhoe Village and wow, we were in for a real treat!  Delicious food, amazing service, and a cozy and intimate space; so perfect for your next date night.

They officially open this Friday, March 22 for dinner service and reservations can be made by calling 407-704-7771.

Caesar salad – artisan romaine, garlicly dressing, garlic parmesan croutons, shaved parmesan

Cucina salad – romaine, cucumber, tomato, goat cheese, pine nuts, champagne dijon vinaigrette, garlic parmesan croutons

Lasagna – one noodle pasta, béchamel, beef bolognese, mozzarella, pecorino, ricotta

Clam linguini – linguini, small neck clams, pancetta, fennel & fronds, lemon white wine sauce

Mussels – mussels, lemon white wine sauce, basil

Fried eggplant – ricotta cheese, shaved pecorino romano, fresh basil, pesto linguini

Tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, risotto

Arancini – risotto, gorgonzola, fig, prosciutto crumble, pesto cream sauce

Sausage with grapes – Italian sausage, fennel, blistered grapes

Olive oil lemon cake – rosemary lemon curd, lemon mascarpone buttercream

Tiramisu – semi freddo, ladyfinger, espresso, dark chocolate ganache

Amoretti cookies & “milk” – almond cookies, white chocolate liquor ‘milk’

Brownie cake – orange marmalade, candied oranges, chantilly cream

Chef Trina Gregory-Propst was the one who recommended my family’s restaurant Saigon Noodle & Grill – Bumby to Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” two years ago and we could never repay her back for what she’s done for us, we are eternally grateful.  Congrats Chef Trina Gregory-Propst & Va Propst!  You guys rock.  We wish you both continued success in all your endeavors!

SETTE
1407 N Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida 32804
(407) 704-7771
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm to 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm to 11pm
Sunday: 1pm to 8pm
setteitalian.com

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Nerd Nite Orlando recently celebrated its 6 Year Anniversary on Thursday, March 14th and in honor of the special occasion the Greenery Creamery built a special ice cream cake.

The Greenery Creamery is an ice cream boutique in downtown Orlando. Last summer they collaborated with Nerd Nite on an assortment of nerdy, space-themed ice cream flavors, called THE GALAXY COLLECTION.

The cake is made using the Nerd Nite Orlando collaboration flavor called “little green menthe”, a mint stracciatella ice cream powered green with spirulina, a crunchy Oreo cookie crust, chocolate shell topping, and Oreo cookies (this particular cake contains soy, gluten, and coconut).

Their new mini ice cream cakes are now an official menu item and feed 6-8 people! Set menu item cakes are available for pick up any time but custom cakes can be ordered by phone or email. https://www.thegreenerycreamery.com/





Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining and educational presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A with the audience. Nerd Nite operates in over a hundred cities around the world and launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The next Nerd Nite Orlando event is Thursday, April 11th.

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We were invited to attend the popular Crawfish Boil series with a Mardi Gras-themed feast yesterday at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar and we enjoyed ourselves.  The restaurant will continue The Big Easy-inspired celebration on March 5 with an all-day Fat Tuesday celebration featuring $2 authentic Hurricane cocktails and $2 cups of Louisiana Gumbo beginning at 11 a.m.  Live beach music will be performed by Danny Lott from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Starters – Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese in Roasted Red Pepper vinaigrette. Red Grouper Ceviche.  Mixed Green Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette

Mains – Low Country Boil of Crawfish, Shrimp and Snow Crab, with Red Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Charred Okra and Grilled Ciabatta Bread

Desserts – House-Made Reel Key Lime Pie with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust, Peach, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, house-made, with vanilla ice cream

For more information, please visit: www.reelfishcoastal.com

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar
1234 N. Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL
reelfishcoastal.com

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