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The Strand

Have you ever been to the same restaurant twice in one day? Thanks to a great lunch last week at The Strand, I can say I have, since I decided to head back that same night for dinner.

First, let me say, I love everything about what The Strand is doing. There’s nothing fancy, pretentious or over the top about the place. It’s a small, simplistic restaurant with a modest menu in the Mills50 District of Orlando, but it just works.  Everything from the paint color to the flat screen TV disguised to be retro to the straightforward menu of something for everyone appeals to me.

In fact, The Strand’s focus is to “feature the “New Old,” contemporary interpretations of classic culinary fare” and I think they’ve done exactly that. The bar is limited to craft beer and wine, but their selections are spot-on … you don’t even miss the cocktail option.

Hope you have a chance to check it out soon–if you do, let us know what you think!

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Brunch at Marlow’s Tavern

Y’all, Kim and I went to Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park recently for Sunday brunch (you know they do that, right?), and it was taste-y! It’s no secret I love to eat – anyone who’s been a follower for any amount of time is aware of that – and I’m not a terribly hard person to impress, but these guys did it!

First of all, there are many, many options of dishes to choose from. Almost too many! But I opted to go with something from their brunch menu, like I mentioned.


First of all, one of the main highlights of brunch at Marlow’s is their Bloody Mary bar. It’s quite extensive and also quite delicious! Essentially, you’re served with your choice of vodka and then head to the bar to mix your own concoction. I must say I did a pretty rockin’ job on mine (I’m a big fan of Bloody Mary’s). Maybe I’ve discovered a new talent….

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After basking in the pleasure of discovering my new talent, I enjoyed my little creation. Kim went with a Bellini, which I took to be quite delicious since she ordered another following the first.

And then this happened right in front of my face:

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Yup, threw caution to this wind and dove right in to probably some of the best chicken & waffles I’ve ever had. And I’m not exaggerating on this one. The chicken was nearly perfect, waffles were tasty, and honestly the portion size was just right. I didn’t feel that bad about my decision. I’m actually dreaming about it at this very moment.

As for my brunch date, Kim enjoyed traditional french toast which looked and smell equally appetizing. And she confirmed that for me.

Have you guys ever eaten at one of the Central Florida locations of Marlow’s Tavern, either for brunch, lunch, or dinner? If not, here are the location deets:

Marlow’s Tavern
1008 S Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

9101 International Drive, Lower Level
Orlando, FL 32819


* in fair, full disclosure, we were provided complimentary meals

Best Ethnic Eats in Orlando

We ran across a neat article published by recently talking about the best places to find ethnic food in Central Florida. We’re like, totally famous now! Interesting as Orlando’s not necessarily known for any specific type of food (is it?). And happy we’ve tried a couple of the places, including Black Bean Deli (which we’ve talked about here before). Fun, right?

Black Bean Deli

Photo courtesy of

Here’s the short list:

So, which ones have you tried? And where are you now eager to try? (Dang it…we’re hungry….)

The 29th Annual Taste of Winter Park

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The annual Taste of Winter Park is coming up on Wednesday, April 16th, and our stomachs are already growling thinking about it. Have you guys ever been to one of these events?

More than 40 of the area’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners are expected to participate including:

  • Bagel King
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  • Bungalow 23
  • Carmel Café and Wine Bar
  • Cocina 214
  • Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen
  • Italio
  • Javatino
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream
  • Marlow’s Tavern
  • Peterbrooke Chocolatier
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • The Meat House
  • The Wine Barn
  • Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
  • Tolla’s
  • Winter Park Chocolate

In addition to these and other, there will be a fun little competition where these vendor can win in seven categories including best entrée, appetizer/side dish, beverage, dessert, healthy dish, Florida-inspired dish and booth display.

Follow The Taste of Winter Park on Facebook and on Twitter.

Location deets:

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets can be purchased for $40 if you’re a Chamber member. All others can buy tix for $45 both in advance (Winter Park Chamber of Commerce) and at the event.


This past weekend we published an Instagram post (inspired by the beautiful weather) charging our fellow Central Floridians to “show us their view” with the hashtag #myCFLview – whether it’s enjoying the amazing weather, hitting up events, going places, etc. We got a few great pics and wanted to share them (with owner permission, of course).







If you’ve got a great view you’d like to share with us, post using the hashtag #myCFLview to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got….

Favorite Place for Cupcakes in Central Florida?

Living in Central Florida is suh-weet. Literally! Over the past coupla years cupcakes have creamed their way into our lives whether we like it or not (and we do!), and there are a few staple places you can get your sugar fix. Being familiar with some in both presence and because we’ve tasted them, we’re curious to know where your favorite places to give in to your indulgences are?

Now, we’re in no way trying to persuade you in any direction, but here are several we’re familiar with:

What say you?

Top “Escapes” From Our Theme Parks

A Forbes article titled “5 Great Escapes From Orlando’s Theme Parks” was circulated around the interwebs this past week, and with a title like that you know our ears certainly perked up. Actually, many of the local folks we follow posted or mentioned something about it, and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We love all of the local theme parks (it’s my bread & butter, so to speak), but one of the reasons Kim and I started this blog six years ago is to provide insight and talk about local things…living in our great Central Florida apart from the global theme parks located in our collective back yard. So referencing this Forbes article on “escaping theme parks” what are some of your favorite places, things that didn’t make the list here?

If you haven’t seen the article here are the five it mentions:

Thoughts?! Good suggestions?

To read the full article on click here.

* We originally caught wind of this article via a Facebook posting by Downtown Orlando. Thanks!

Favorite Brunch Spot in Central Florida?

Y’all know we’re always talkin’ about food here, and in several posts throughout the years we’ve mentioned great places to brunch in Central Florida. This deliciousness of a recent Instagram post by Yelp Orlando got us wondering where is YOUR favorite place?

Drop us some of your go-to places for brunch in the comments section and we’ll compile everyone’s feedback in a future post. That yummy dish above, by the way, is from Maxine’s On Shine.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnuts This Saturday!

Hole-y moley this is a sweet deal! As we all know this Sunday we spring forward on the clock. While this means we get an extra hour of that delicious Florida sunshine, we all are really thinking “dang, we lose an hour of sleep.” But Krispy Kreme has a scrumptious deal that just may make it worth getting up a little early for.

Gain a Donut
If you’re like me you know the exact location of every single Orlando Krispy Kreme. (Wait, did I just say that?!) Some of you lesser doughnut-obsessed folk may need some help, so here you go:

Winter Park
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL 32789
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
Open 24 hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL 34746
Open 24 hours


Yard House Lands in Orlando

new_YardHouseLogoYard House is a restaurant concept that originated in Southern California and has been expanding greatly over the past few years. Recently, it was acquired by Darden Restaurants (who we all know is globally headquartered here in Central Florida), and several new locations are opening this year including one in Orlando, on I-Drive. Yard House will offer locals and visitors one of the largest selections of draft beers, a diverse menu of American fare, and a heady selection of classic rock music on a state-of-the-art sound system.

Taking a quick peek at the menu, looks like there will be some delicious dishes which will include salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, seafood, steak, and more. Definitely diverse! You can see all of the items on the Yard House menu.

We were on that side of town recently and caught a glimpse of the location and current state of progress:

Yard House Orlando

According to an article originally posted on

The Orlando location of Yard House will include an island bar with 140 taps of draught beer pumped from a glass-enclosed room that holds about 250 kegs. The beer will travel from the keg room to the center island bar through miles of overhead steel tubing that feeds into the taps.

A little more info on the Yard House brand can be found on Darden’s website. You can also keep up with Yard House by Liking them on Facebook, and Following them on Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think? Excited about this new addition to I-Drive? Do you think this brand will help renew some of the struggling business Darden has been facing recently?

Also, if you or someone you know is looking for employment, this location is currently hiring (source:

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