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What a pecker.

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(Location deets: John Young Parkway near Colonial Drive.)

PB&G at Four Seasons Resort

“Enjoy a fun meal in a lively setting on one of the restaurant platforms suspended over the lake.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty darn appetizing to me. RIGHT? With that description I give to you PB&G at Four Seasons Resort (Patio Bar & Grill! Clever, eh?

I’ve had a staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando but bypassed PB&G at that particular time. The time I visited was actually a work “field trip” (hey – we had to see what all the fuss was about), on a gorgeous day that really highlighted what this beautiful outdoor dining area has to offer.

Located in the rear of the resort, PB&G sits on and overlooks a beautiful waterway and marsh-like wooded area. Certainly something to be enjoyed on one of our famous sunny Central Florida days. While not terribly extensive, the menu is diverse to say the least. It’s “inspired by the local waters, vegetation and farms of the south” and features items such as shrimp, chicken wings, burgers (with a twist), and fish tacos to name a few. To start, my lunch party and I ordered the eggs with eggs in an egg. Candidly, this was really stepping outside of my food-comfort zone because a) I am not nor have I ever been a fan of deviled eggs (I know, I’m shaming my southern roots at this very moment), b) caviar creeps me out. So I was pretty much setting myself up for disaster from the get-go. But I’ game for trying anything at least once, and turns out they weren’t really so bad…although I doubt I’d ever order them again.

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Eggs with Eggs in an Egg

For my main dish, I opted for one of the specials not on the main menu. I don’t feel a description would be adequate so just take a look:

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Roast special (not always available)

Yup. I tore that s*%t up! And I’d do it all again if given the opportunity.

See more of what PB&G has to offer by viewing their current lunch and children’s menu.

One of four restaurants and three lounges, PB&G offers casual dining options for both lunch and dinner. I will definitely visit the Four Seasons again if not for anything else than to grab a meal here.

Location deets:

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
10100 Dream Tree Blvd
Lake Buena Vista
Florida 32836

Slava’s Snow Show Falls on Central Florida

An evening at the theater (or, theatre if you’re super fancy).

Who doesn’t love that? I know I do. Particularly if it has any association with Cirque du Soleil. So I was super-stoked when I was invited to catch Slava’s Snow Show while it’s in town for a short run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Now first of all, what the heck is a “Slava”? Well, Slava is the most celebrated living clown” and is founder of the Slava’s Fools Unlimited. His “Snowshow” is rated as a “classic of the 20th century” and has been touring the globe for 22 years non-stop. (Woah – he must be exhausted!) He’s also the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius.

“The deeply imaginative Slava, who draws on the vaudeville approach grounded in the
innocence of discovery, takes his audience on a dreamlike journey reconnecting them with their
inner child.”

Pushing Ball Wide (V.Vial)

Simply put, Slava’s Snow Show is an awesome theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of vibrant wondrous images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow — lots and lots of snow.
If you have a chance you should check out this entertaining show before it melts its way out of Orlando. I don’t think you’ll be sorry….


And here’s a little video I captured of a rather sticky moment. Sorry for the low quality.

Location deets:

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S. Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

* Full disclosure: While I was invited to this event by a friend, we were provided complimentary tickets. I was not asked nor encouraged to write about it.

Eating Thru Orlando

As you’re all well aware, we love food. And Orlando is really coming into its own with regard to interesting, creative places to dine and experience food. So we love this video from our friends over at Visit Orlando!



We’ve undoubtedly asked this from our fans before, but what are some of your most favorite culinary adventures throughout Orlando? It could be a favorite, staple of Central Florida residents, or a hidden gem that we need to know about. Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

The Orlando Eye is Nearly Complete

It’s getting closer and closer. And we’re getting more and more excited! It’s been fun to watch the progress of the development of the Orlando Eye over the past year, and while the exact “opening date” hasn’t been announced yet, the completion of the passenger capsules on the wheel can only mean that time is near.

Check out this fun video posted by Visit Orlando:



What are your thoughts on this new Central Florida attraction?

STK Orlando Rides Into Orlando

“One thing you can’t do with babies, you can’t give them steak. – Flavor Flav”

Yeah…I pretty much just quoted Flavor Flav. But it seemed appropriate. And another reason babies are…well, let’s just say babies are missing out.

I don’t eat steak too often, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t crave it from time to time. Medium rare, thank you very much. So I was intrigued when I learned that STK, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge, will be adding a Central Florida location to their intimate roster of restaurants. Owned by TheONEGroup, “STK offers small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fresh fish entrees. Aside from steak, signature items include Parmesan Truffle Fries; Lil’ BRGs; Shrimp Rice Krispies; Sweet Corn Pudding; and Jump Lump Crab Salad.” (Description courtesy of TheONEGroup’s website.) By the way…you had me at Parmesan Truffle Fries….

Not too terribly much has been revealed about the arrival of this delicious steakhouse, other than it will reside at The Landing at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), and will open sometime this year. Exact date has yet to be revealed. We’ll surely be dialed in, though, and will share info here as we learn about it.

Here’s a little preview of what we can expect:

Photos courtesy of PR Newswire.


Anyone else looking forward to this?

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! Invades Orlando

Make no bones about it – the additions to the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex just keep growing and growing! One which was just recently announced that caught our eye is Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!, and it’s pretty much what you would imagine it would be.

“Skeletons will exhibit over 400 skeletons in clever never-before-seen poses and dioramas and brand visitors with a whole new respect for the animal kingdom.”

Are they all real? Apparently so. Each of these species will be represented in a way that’s natural to their environment and habitat. So chances are you’ll run into this guy:

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(Photo via Skeletons: Animals Unveiled Instagram.)

I mean, what do you think? Based on this limited insight about this new exhibit, will you visit?

The Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! attraction is currently scheduled to open next month (March).

Location deets:

Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!
8441 International Drive, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32819
405.814.0006

SkeletonMuseum.com

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Tom + Chee Brings Some Flavor to Central Florida

logoA place that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup? SOLD! I’m in. No more details needed. But I’m going to share a few more nonetheless.

Tom + Chee is a gourmet grilled cheese chain (I’m sorry, I just love the sound of that!) originally based out of the Midwest (Ohio), and even made several appearances on the [stressful to me] show Shark Tank, and they’re bringing their delicious flavor to us folk who love to eat in Central Florida.

At the moment there are five (5) locations set to open in the area, the first of which–not surprisingly–is in Lake Buena Vista just near Downtown Disney. It’s currently slated for an April opening. (Other Central Florida locations in possible discussions are Waterford Lakes, the University of Central Florida area, Oviedo, and Altamonte Springs.)

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Grilled Mac + Cheese

Kind of excited about this like I am, based on what you’ve heard so far? Check out the Tom + Chee menu and then head over to give your favorite dish a try later this spring. In case you’re interested, one thing I’m definitely looking forward to trying is the Grilled Mac + Cheese sammy. Yeah, that baby you’re looking at over on the right. Mmmm….

Another thing worth taking a look at are the fancy grilled cheese donuts, which is apparently “a thing” for Tom + Chee. Know what? I ain’t hatin’ it. I mean, the majority of the ones currently featured on the menu are a bit out there fore me, but I’ve got my eye on one or two as potential victims…errr, dining companions?

Wanna hear more or keep up with the Tom + Chee developments in the Central Florida area? Visit TomAndChee.com, Follow the Tom + Chee Twitter, or Like them on Facebook.


Thanks to this article on OBJ.com for originally putting this on our radar.

Smashburger

Smashburger logoWe all get cravings from time-to-time, right? Maybe a hankerin’ for a great burger? I dare to say even the strongest of our vegetarian friends experience these cravings (although they may both deny and resist said cravings). It can often be a very mooving handkerin’, too.

So if you’re looking for hamburgers in Orlando for which can subside this craving you might wanna turn to Smashburger, a newly opened burger and shake joint near Fashion Square Mall (there’s also a location on Alafaya Trail; addy below).

A couple of friends and I dropped in not too long ago and I must say the burger I experienced is one of the best in Central Florida. Hands down. So let’s cover off on a few things.

The Good

Obviously I just raved about the burger itself that I had. I opted for a BBQ, Bacon & Chedder complete with fried onion rings on top. Oh yeah – I mean, I was going all in on this day. “Go big or go home” is what they often say, right? There are many creative options to choose from so it wasn’t easy for me to land on this selection, but I’m quite satisfied with the outcome of my decision.

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BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar Burger

Shall I go grab you a napkin? I get the sense you might be drooling just a bit. And what’s crazy is this is the “regular” size – there’s also a “big burger” option. I might feel just a tad guilty about the latter so I think I’ll stick to the regular portion on all my future visits.

Now you might see a couple of my new favorite friends trying to photobomb the burger in the photo above. Yup – I’m referring to those amazing fries. Normally I prefer mine a little thicker (please see post on Scratch in Winter Park) but turns out I was just fine with these. Cooked to perfection, hot, and dusted with a light flavor of salt & pepper…. Lord, I need these in my life at this very moment.

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In case you haven’t figured it out by now, french fries are like my biggest weakness in life. I suppose it’s better than some other options….

One other thing worth mentioning–although I can’t testify from personal experience–is that Smashburger has a reputation for having amazing milkshakes. At least, that’s the assumption I made coming from the happy sounds both of my dining companions kept repeatedly making shortly after ordering and receiving theirs. The shakes certainly provide for a temporary happy place.

The Not Great

Honestly, the only thing I’d say I thought was a little odd about this place is the dining room. Sure, it’s clean and they do a great job of extending their brand through images and entertaining wall murals, but I just didn’t feel it had much personality or any real sense of a vibe. But other than that…can’t win ’em all, right?

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Smashburger’s Dining Room

So what do ya think? Tempted? Even if burgers aren’t your thing you still might want to check this place out at least once. The Smashburger menu boasts a collection of “out of the box” chicken sandwiches along with salad dishes. There’s even a menu for the little tykes.

Central Florida location deets:

Smashburger
3162 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
407.286.3390

Smashburger
334 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
407.203.6081

Smashburger.com

So why “smash”burger? Well, the beef is actually “smashed” into its patty state with ingredients that are fresh, never frozen (one of the restaurant’s key components to sustaining quality and flavor) including 100% Certified Angus Beef.

If connecting socially is your thing, too, Follow Smashburger on Twitter or become a Fan on Facebook.

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It’s a zoo. Yes, it certainly is.

Out and About - Itsazu (Location deets: 17-92 near Winter Park Village.)

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