Happy Hour

We were invited to Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista (located one mile from the Orlando International Airport) to enjoy a chef’s selection of the new fall/winter menu and creative handcrafted cocktails.  The new menu will stay until March, as Marlow’s Tavern changes their menu three times a year.

Marlow Tavern’s Executive Chef/CEO/Co-founder John C. Metz, who created the menu along with Rick Blumberg, manager of adult beverages, said in a recent press release, “Our revamped menu has an abundance of great starters, salads, sandwiches, tavern favorites and creative cocktails.  These inspired takes on traditional tavern dishes and drinks give our guests yet another reason to gather around the table at Marlow’s throughout the fall and winter.”

Some of the new menu offerings and crafted cocktails include:

Our G&T – Empress 1908 gin, smacked sage, orange, angostura bitters and tonic
Pineapple Rum Express – Plantation pineapple rum, St. George spiced pear liqueur, fresh lime
Beached Margarita – Herradura hibiscus tincture, Beach coconut whiskey and house sour
The Jet Plane – Bacardi añejo rum, Brovo Amaro #1, aperol and fresh lemon

Roasted Heirloom Carrots – whole baby carrots, orange honey glaze, crumbled feta

Arugula, Trout & Apple Toast – smoked trout, baby arugula, Granny Smith apple and pickled red onion

Feta & Artichoke Fondue – grilled artichokes, Swiss chard, creamy Mornay, feta cheese and toasty

Pastrami Melt – Montreal Smoked Meats pastrami, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and
dijonnaise on deli rye.  Served with house pickles and Marlow’s Tavern fries, yum!

Grilled Atlantic Salmon – with jumbo couscous, baby spinach, toasted almonds and dried cranberry
in a red wine reduction

Chicken Pappardelle Stack – grilled Prestige Farms chicken, creamy artichoke and Swiss chard,
fresh pappardelle noodles, snap peas and roasted mushroom cream.  The chicken is organic and never frozen.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – sage Mornay sauce, pomodoro, butternut squash, Swiss chard and

Big thank you to Joel, the manager of Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista, and Chef Benjamin for hosting us!  It was a delicious dinner!

Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista
6889 Eagle Watch Dr, Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 985-2381

Hanging out with Operation Manager Alex & Executive Chef Frank Galeano

We were invited to a media preview at Tapa Toro, located in front of ICON Orlando 360, to meet their newly appointed executive chef Francisco “Frank” Galeano & taste their new winter menu.  Tapa Toros new winter menu offers unique dishes that will take you on a culinary journey of Spanish flavors and culture.

Roasted Eggplant “Steak” – roasted eggplant steak, cauliflower, capers, kale, gold raisins, almond, smoked tomato jam, honey

Xeres Chicken – confit leg of chicken, herb roasted potatoes, olives, gold raisins, oyster mushrooms, sherry pan sauce

Spiced Lamb – eggplant fondue, orange & cumin glazed baby carrots, green olive salsa

Chocolate Tarte

Tapa Toro’s entire lineup of new dishes include:

  • Piquillos Rellenos, Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Migas, Preserved Lemon, Tetilla Fondue
  • Berenjenas Sevillanas, Panko-Crusted Eggplant Romesco Sauce, Seasonal Chutney, Local Honey
  • Blistered Shishitos, Fire-Roasted Shishito Peppers, Sesame, Lemon, Lemon-Basil Aioli
  • Bronzino, Fennel, Radish, Tomatoes, Shallots, Crispy Garbanzo Salad, Caper Lemon Dressing
  • Quinoa Salad, Peruvian Red Quinoa, Dried Fruit, Spiced Pepitas, Crispy Kale, Roasted Root Vegetables, Greens, Sesame Carrot Vinaigrette
  • Valencia Salad, Valencia Orange, Shaved Fennel, Olives, Peruvian Potatoes, Shallots, Greens, Mint-Orange Dressing
  • Clams & White Bean, Cedar Key Littleneck Clams, Chorizo, Parsley, White Bean, Pimenton, Grilled Bread
  • Herbed Chicken Bocadillo, Herb Marinated Chicken Breast, Grilled Vegetables, Red Pepper Aioli, Ciabatta Bun
  • Chuleta de Cochinillo, 10 Ounce, All-Natural Pork Chop, Carrot Puree, Fabada, Valencia Orange Glaze, Chimichurri Sauce
  • Salmon a la Plancha, Sauteed Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Fennel Broth, Piperade
  • Spiced Lamb, Eggplant Fondue, Orange and Cumin Glazed Baby Carrots, Green Olive Salsa

Tapa Toro’s daily happy hour is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., featuring half-price sangria, and tasty bites.

Additionally, Tapa Toro wants to be your home for the holidays, showcasing a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day three-course menu, which at $30 per person includes all-you-can-eat-winter paella, Candy Cane Beet Salad, dessert and live entertainment.

This year, the restaurant is featuring two New Year’s Eve events:

  • Early Seating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. includes a 4-course meal, champagne toast at 6 p.m. (midnight in Spain), and priority seating for flamenco dinner show, priced at $35 per person.
  • Evening Seating from 9 p.m. to close includes a 5-course meal, champagne toast at midnight, and flamenco dinner show, priced at $75 per person and $60 per child under 12.

For more information, please visit: tapatoro.com

(Source: Tapa Toro)

Tapa Toro
8441 International Dr #260, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-2929

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Happy Hour just got a lot happier in Winter Park.

First, there were Happy Hour drink specials from 4 –7 p.m., then a second round of Happy Hour drink specials added from 9 p.m. – close … and now, Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park is adding tapas to the Happy Hour lineup.

From 4 – 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday, guests can enjoy discounted tapas and half off all beer, wine and liquors at the bar.

· Bulla’s happy hour is available daily from 4-7 p.m.

· All beer, wine and liquors (including cocktails) are half off for happy hour

· $2 pours of draught craft beer, $3 bottles

· $6 craft cocktails

· $4-$5 glasses of sangria

· $4.50-$8.50 glasses of wine

· Three boards and nine small plates are featured on Bulla’s new happy hour

We got a sneak peek at the new menu for your viewing pleasure:

Chef Mariano Vegel showcases the new flatbreads on the menu

CHEF’S BOARD 18. Tetilla, Manchego, Jamón Serrano, Chorizo de Cantimpalo, olives
CURED MEATS 14. Jamón Serrano, Coppa, Chorizo de Cantimpalo
CHEESES 14. Tetilla, Murcia al Vino, Manchego

HAM CROQUETTES Serrano ham, fig jelly
PATATAS BRAVAS Crispy potato cubes, spicy brava sauce, aioli
ANDALUSIAN GAZPACHO Spanish chilled vegetable soup
PIMIENTOS DE PADRÓN Blistered shishito peppers, sea salt
POTATO TORTILLA Traditional Spanish omelet, caramelized onions, garlic aioli

SAUTÉED GARLIC SHRIMP Brandy, pepper flakes (no bread)
PINTXO MORUNO Cumin marinated grilled pork skewers, mojo verde, Greek yogurt
KALE SALAD Barley, roasted beets, Spanish goat cheese, lemon maple dressing
ALBÓNDIGAS Veal and pork meatballs, Manchego, tomate frito

CHEF’S BOARD 18. Tetilla, Manchego, Jamón Serrano, Chorizo de Cantimpalo, olives

HAM CROQUETTES Serrano ham, fig jelly

PATATAS BRAVAS Crispy potato cubes, spicy brava sauce, aioli

ANDALUSIAN GAZPACHO Spanish chilled vegetable soup

PIMIENTOS DE PADRÓN Blistered shishito peppers, sea salt
POTATO TORTILLA Traditional Spanish omelet, caramelized onions, garlic aioli

SAUTÉED GARLIC SHRIMP Brandy, pepper flakes (no bread)

PINTXO MORUNO Cumin marinated grilled pork skewers, mojo verde, Greek yogurt

KALE SALAD Barley, roasted beets, Spanish goat cheese, lemon maple dressing
ALBÓNDIGAS Veal and pork meatballs, Manchego, tomate frito

We would like to introduce you to Stop and Sip The Rosé Fridays at Ocean Prime Orlando where guests can enjoy half price glasses of Veuve Clicquot Rosé and $1 oysters from 5-7pm every Friday in the summer, in addition to their daily happy hour menu.  Stop and Sip The Rosé Fridays ends on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Ocean Prime is an award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, with 14 locations across the country.  The service we received at Ocean prime Orlando was truly exceptional.  Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Miner Rose, Domaine Chandon Rosé, Veuve Clicquot Rosé, Notorious Pink Rose

All four Rosés are offered at a special price during their daily happy hour menu from 5-7pm.  On Fridays, the Vueve Clicquot Rosé is offered at a special discount of 50% off from 5-7pm.

Happy hour every day from 5-7pm.  Enjoy $5 off small plates and sushi offerings.

Oysters On The Half Shell

Prime Roll – Tempura Shrimp, Cream Cheese, Scallion, Beef Carpaccio

Dynamite Roll – Tempura Shrimp, Spicy Mayo, Sesame Seeds

Prime Sliders – Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Sundried Tomato

Lamb Lollipops – Teriyaki Marinated, Sweet and Spicy Glaze

Fish Tacos – Corn Tortilla, Avocado, Pickled Cabbage

General Manager Michael Kopoian, very outgoing and passionate man.

Executive Chef Jeremy Mattson.  Chef Jeremy has won several honors including Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group’s “Executive Chef of The Year”.

Great media dine with these lovely ladies!

A talented musician playing some tunes

Be sure to check out Ocean Prime Orlando soon for Stop and Sip the Rosé Fridays!

(Source credit: Ocean Prime Orlando)

Ocean Prime
7339 W Sand Lake Rd, 400, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 781-4880

We were invited to check out Sofra Mediterranian Grill located next to The Orlando Eye and we really enjoyed our visit.  The food had a lot of flavor, the staff was nice and engaging, and the restaurant was relaxing and beautiful.  I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Happy Hour is from 4pm-7pm every day.  Enjoy 1/2 off hand-crafted cocktails, $4 beer, and $4 shooters.

Hummus with fresh baked pita (a must!)

Family platter (really flavorful!)

Zaatar manakish

Chocolate lava cake

Be sure to check out Sofra Mediterranian Grill next to The Orlando Eye soon for some flavorful food and a welcoming atmosphere!

Sofra Mediterranian Grill
8371 International Dr #60, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 930-8645

Kevin Pabis, son of local food bloggers Richard and Irina Pabis (@celebritychef4u).

We were invited to Main Event Entertainment to eat, bowl, and play!  The food offerings were all delicious!  You have to try their Skillet Mac & Cheese which consists of cavatappi pasta, grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, creamy blend of melted cheeses, green onions topped with CHEEZ-IT crumbs.  CHEEZ-IT are one of my life-long favorite snacks.  Throw some of its crumbs on top of a loaded-baked chicken/bacon mac & cheese and you’re golden.

Tomato Caprese Skewers – served with balsamic drizzle (these were super popular at our table, a blogger’s son said that it was his favorite dish!)

Calamari – zesty marinara sauce and fresh shaved parmesan cheese

Chicken Quesadilla – grilled chicken, jack & cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo &fresh made pico de Gallo (this was my mom’s favorite dish!)

Roast Beef Dippers– shaved roast beef, horseradish mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion served on buttery garlic knot bun

Italian Pesto Pizza – fresh basil, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, creamy basil pesto,feta, mozzarella & provolone cheese

Assorted Dessert Bars – lemon, raspberry rhapsody, pecan chocolate chip, & caramel, oatmeal

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts – with salted caramel and raspberry sauce

A variety of gelato.


VIP bowling lanes.

Bar area with alcoholic beverage options.

Bowling alley.

A variety of arcade games.  Everyday deal:  1/2 price games 10pm to close.

Local food bloggers Ashelyn Vazquez (@orlandomag) with her guest, and Sean (@orlandofoodguys).

Samantha (@samantheah) & Mattia Joyce Castellano (@mattia_joyce) racing on the motorcycles

Carolina Grabova (@carolinagrabova) plays a racing game for her instagram story.

My favorite game at the arcade was their zombie-killing game in the first ever roam-free virtual reality room.  I don’t have a photo of it but I do have a video clip of it on my instagram (@bytiffanynguyen). Imagine a game that doesn’t feel like a game.  Where your body is the controller and your mind believes it’s real.  It was so realistic that other attendees were seriously spooked after they finished playing!  I enjoyed playing it though and I am looking forward to coming back and playing it again.  Be sure to check out Main Event Entertainment next time you are in the I-Drive area to experience the zombie-killing game for yourself!

(Source credit: Main Event Entertainment)

Main Event Entertainment – Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr Suite 1032, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-3300

We were invited to BRIO Tuscan Grille to try the new Happy Hour menu along with some of their classics and it was an AMAZING experience.  The food was delicious and the highest quality, the presentation was beautiful and exceptionally-executed, and the customer service was SUPERIOR from start to finish – the hostess, server, managers and chefs all were flawless.  It was the best happy hour that I’ve ever been to.  You will get the biggest bang for your buck if you try their new happy hour menu.  The day I visited BRIO Tuscan Grille at their Millenia Mall location there was also a Christmas event going on with live entertainment, Christmas tree stilt walkers, a Santa Clause appearance, and a fireworks show.  That was just the cherry on top after an amazing happy hour experience!

Guests can enjoy the new additions to the Happy Hour menu available weekdays in the bar from 3:30pm – 6:30 pm including:

  • Shishito Pepper Hash: Crispy fingerling potatoes, feta, green onions, and Sriracha aioli ($5)
  • House-made Pickles: Fried crisp, with chile lime ranch ($4)
  • Potato Skins: Cheddar cheese sauce, Applewood bacon, green onions, and lime crema ($5)

Pair with a delicious selection of cocktails, including:

  • Red Sangria: Black raspberry liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water, raspberries, and orange ($5)
  • French Gimlet: Pineapple infused vodka, St. Germaine, lime juice, and diced cucumber ($6)
  • Tropical Cosmo: Pineapple infused vodka, Malibu Coconut Rum, cranberry juice, and lime juice, up ($5)
  • Wild Island: Pineapple infused vodka, moscato, lemon and pineapple juice, and pineapple garnish ($5)
  • Very Berry Margarita: Jose Cuervo, orange juice, triple sec, wildberry syrup, sweet and sour, soda water, fresh lime, blackberries ($6)
  • Cucumber Basil Gimlet: SVEDKA Vodka or house gin, fresh basil, crushed cucumbers, Angostura bitters, and fresh lemon and lime, rocks ($6)

Complimentary bread

Potato Skins – Cheddar cheese sauce, Applewood bacon, green onions, lime crema $5.00 (NEW!)

Beef Carpaccio – Field greens, capers, mustard aioli, Parmesan Flatbread $5.00

Tomato Mozzarella Salad – Tomatoes, Mozzarella, field greens, basil, balsamic, lemon vinaigrette $5.00

Black Pepper Shrimp – Romano crusted eggplant, spicy black pepper cream sauce $6.00

BRIO Burger – Provolone, special sauce, house-made chips $6.00

Spectators watching Santa Clause’s special appearance on the roof top at Neiman Marcus

Quick fireworks show

Christmas tree stilt walkers

Be sure to check out BRIO Tuscan Grille soon for their new happy hour menu!  If you visit the Millenia Mall location, you will enjoy seeing all the Christmas decorations already up!

BRIO Tuscan Grille – Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 351-8909

BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park
480 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 622-5611


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For those not willing to shell out $100s of dollars every night of the week, steak lovers with a budget can rejoice with a more cost efficient (read cheap) option.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offers a very reasonably priced happy hour with appetizers and drinks for $7 till 6:30PM, Mondays thru Fridays


Classic Cosmo
Pomegranate Martini
Ruth’s Manhattan
Moscow Mule
Rocks Rita
select wine & beer

USDA Prime Burger with Fries
Honey Soy Marinated Tenderloin Skewer Salad
Crab BLT with Zucchini Fries
Spruce PointTM Smoked Salmon, lemon creme fraiche, capers, herbed flatbread crisps
Steak Sandwich with Fries, sliced filet prepared with bearnaise sauce
Seared Ahi Tuna
Spicy Lobster, lightly fried and tossed in a cream sauce


Rocks Rita

Steak Sandwich with Fries, sliced filet prepared with bearnaise sauce

USDA Prime Burger with Fries

USDA Prime Burger with Fries

USDA Prime Burger with Fries

Honey Soy Marinated Tenderloin Skewer Sala

Seared Ahi Tuna

Ruth's Chris Steak House on Urbanspoon

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Big Fin Seafood Kitchen Restaurant, winner of Best Seafood Restaurant by the Orlando Sentinel Foodies Awards, serves up some of the freshest seafood in Orlando (its flown in daily and picked up from the Orlando International Airport). It’s located on Sand Lake Road in the Dellagio plaza sharing the same area as Fleming’s, Dragonfly, and other Restaurant Row staples.


As part of our continuing series on Happy Hour Specials in Orlando, I visited Big Fin Seafood with Pearleen Buchala of Megayummo.com. The Happy Hour runs from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and is available in the bar areas known as the Trophy Bar and the Bar-A-Cuda Patio Bar (a very popular area with the locals). The restaurant itself is beautiful, towering high ceilings with a large globe centerpiece, rotating on its axis above the dining area. Classy red shades and the smell of wonderful fresh seafood pervade the restaurant.

Some of my favorites from the happy hour menu included the queen snow crab clusters, the freshest and succulent crab legs I have had in a while. You can tell that they weren’t sitting around somewhere waiting to be eating like at one of the many buffets around town that serve crab legs. These crabs were fresh and slightly sweet. Delicious. The 3 ounce cold water lobster tail, was also a standout from the happy hour menu. Despite being a small 3 ounces, it was still full of flavor and again very fresh. Overall, I think the drinks and appetizer specials are well worth the price and a great start to any meal at Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. It’s probably my favorite Seafood restaurant in Orlando at the moment.

$5 Happy Hour Appetizers
½ Dozen Raw Oysters
½ Dozen Grilled Oysters
Housemade Potato Chips with roasted garlic horse radish and bleu cheese fondue
Fried Green Tomatoes with remoulade
3 oz. Cold Water Lobster Tail
8 oz. Queen Crab Cluster
Steakhouse Sushi Roll
Spicy Tuna Roll
Angus Burger with sea salt fries
Beef Satay
Crispy Calamari
Popcorn Shrimp
Fish Tacos
Shrimp Shumai dumplings
Shrimp Cocktail
$5 Happy Hour Drinks

Caposaldo Pinot Grigio, Hogue Chardonnay,
Canyon Road Merlot, Parducci Pinot Noir, Santa Carolina Cabernet

House Wells
Russian Standard Vodka, Seagrams Gin, Don Q Rum,
Montezuma Tequila, Grant’s Scotch, Early Time Kentucky Whiskey

Appletini, Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Triton’s Tea & Georgia Peach
Specialty Drinks
Don Q Rum Mojito, Fuzzy Navel, Tequila Sunrise, Tropical Breeze
& Classic Margaritas
8 ounce Queen Crab Clusters


Shrimp Cocktail


Popcorn Shrimp


Spicy Tuna roll


Grilled Oysters


Fish Tacos


Angus Burger


Tropical Breeze and Classic Margarita


Steakhouse Roll


Crispy Calamari


Raw oysters


3 ounce lobster tail

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen on Urbanspoon

check out MegaYummo.com’s Review of Big Fin Seafood Kitchen Here!

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Fleming’s Steakhouse has one of my favorite happy hours in Orlando. With one location in Dr Phillips/Restaurant Row and the other in Winter Park, Fleming’s happy hour serves 5 items for $6.00 till 7pm in their bar area. I recently dropped by one Friday afternoon to scoop up some delicious items from their happy hour menu. One of my favorites include the Prime Sirloin Burger with bacon and cheddar served with a side of onion rings. This burger is positively divine, a succulent, juicy cut of medium cooked to perfection prime sirloin burger on a soft, tasty bun with lettuce, tomatoes, and of course bacon and cheddar. All of this makes for a great meal for a great deal at $6.00.

Fleming’s Prime Sirloin Burger – $6.00 at happy hour

If you’re still hungry, try some of their sweet chili calamari, a battered fried rendition of the classic seafood dish with a decidedly Asian sweet and tangy chili sauce twist. Its a huge plate that will sure to fill you and your partner up while you enjoy a nice glass of white wine or beer.

Sweet Chili Calamari – $6.00 at happy hour

Other items on their happy hour menu include: Roasted Mushroom Ravioli appetizer, Tenderloin Carpaccio, Seared Tuna and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.


Roasted Mushroom Ravioli – $6.00 at happy hour

for more information, visit http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/menu

What’s your favorite happy hour in Orlando? What do you usually get? post below!


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