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*Secret Menu Item* The Mexican Pizza – A fried flour tortilla is topped with your choice of protein, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapeño and a drizzle of sour cream.  This was my favorite!


We were invited to Tijuana Flats near Millenia Mall to try items from their “Secret Menu” as well as some classic items.

Tijuana Flats was was founded in Winter Park, FL in 1995 by University of Central Florida graduate Brian Wheeler with $20,000 in loans.  Tijuana Flats now has 136 locations in 6 states.

The Tijuana Flats Manifesto is their Declaration of Independence, their Dead Sea Scrolls.   It’s everything they believe in expressed in a single stream of madcap consciousness.  You’ll find it displayed in every Tijuana Flats location.

Tijuana Flats’ regional manger, Joey.  He has been with the company for 19 years.  He is super nice.  To the right is our wonderful host, Sarah.

The store manager for their Millenia location, Mike.  He is a super cool guy!

The talented kitchen staff!  They did a great job with everyone’s food!

Chips & Dip – A basket of warm chips, with a side of handmade salsa, queso or guacamole.

*Secret Menu Item* The Double Stack tacos is available in chicken or steak.  Queso is spread across a soft flour tortilla then wrapped around a hard-shell taco – filled with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream.

*Secret Menu Item* The Bangin Chicken Tostadas – crispy fried chicken cubes tossed in a buffalo sauce with refried beans, tomatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served with a side of salsa.

Cookie Dough Flauntas – Chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar.  Served with a side of chocolate syrup.

I won a free bottle of sweet chili hot sauce during trivia!

Founder Brian Wheeler created his own line of hot sauces.  The “Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally” brand includes some of the hottest sauces in the world.

Be sure to check out the Tijuana Flats location near the Mall at Millenia!  They did a wonderful job hosting us and providing great Tex-Mex food!

(Source credit: Tijuana Flats)

Tijuana Flats
94693 Gardens Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 965-5090

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We were invited to celebrate the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord – a nationwide event at participating stores.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes were $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

IKEA Food Range and Product Developer, Peter Ho, says, “The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike.  It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.”

The cutest Christmas reindeer!  An IKEA employee informed me that they were sold out, unfortunately.

Swedish cheeses, crispbread, thin bread, softbread

Gravad lax with mustard sauce

Christmas ham

Swedish potato salad

Hard boiled eggs

Assorted desserts

Daim cakes with and without chocolate, Swedish fish

Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Pickled herring, Swedish cucumber salad, Red beet salad, Hard boiled eggs, Christmas ham, Gravad lax with mustard sauce

Poached salmon, Jansson’s temptations, sautéed red cabbage and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy

Meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed red cabbage and apples, Jansson’s temptations

Swedish Santa Lucia processional

Swedish Santa

Thank you Swedish Santa for the complimentary tote bags!

(Source credit: IKEA)

4092 Eastgate Dr. Orlando, FL 32839
+1 (888) 888-4532

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

This new, exclusive, and interactive bourbon pairing dinner takes fine dining to a whole new level.

The Capital Grille, a fine dining American restaurant, recently hosted an exclusive, interactive, and educational bourbon pairing dinner with Buffalo Trace at their Millenia Mall location in Orlando, Florida.  We were invited for a media preview and was highly impressed with what the culinary staff, bar team, and Buffalo Trace representative brought to the table.  Here are some scenes from our flawless five-star dinner.  The Capital Grille will be having more special dinners like this in the weeks and months to come so be sure to contact them soon about the next one happening in October!

First Course
Authentic A5 Wagyu Carpaccio
Chive Oil, Sea Salt – The highest premium cut of steak.

Eagle Rare 10 Year – This whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years.  This drink contains complex aromas of herbs, honey, hints of orange peel, leather, toffee, and oak with a bold and dry finish.

Assorted Breads

Second Course
Seared Scallop and Foie Gras, Sherry Vinaigrette
Wild Mushroom Sauté

Buffalo Trace Bourbon – The Capital Grille culinary & bar team’s take on the Manhattan.  This drink is strong, aromatic, and not much is added to it to keep it pure and simple.

Third Course

Berkshire Pork BBQ with Charred Vidalia Onion
And Caramelized Peach Glaze
Late Summer Succotash

E. H. Taylor Bourbon

Fourth Course

Dry Aged Sirloin, Roasted Bone Marrow
And Short Rib Ragout
Shaved Summer Truffle, Asparagus, Cabernet Reduction – 35 day aged sirloin.

Blanton’s Bourbon and Blanton’s Infusion with figs, blackberries, and thyme.

Spiked Root Beer Float
Bourbon Cream
Taste: sweet, vanilla, bubbly soda, and then bourbon.

Be sure to check out The Capital Grille – Millenia Mall soon.  They plan on making these special dinners a regular occurrence featuring different spirits & wine in the future.  Cheers!

The Capital Grille – Millenia Mall
4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
Phone: (407) 351-2210

October 13, 2014, we were invited to Krispy Kreme to see the behind the scenes operation and enjoy some fresh doughnuts. All doughnuts are made when the Hot sign is on and is made all by a machine. The only part of Krispy Kreme that isn’t operated by machines is packing the doughnuts into boxes and serving happy customers.


Krispy Kreme plans on giving a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice Doughnut to anyone who wears his or her costume into a location on Halloween!


Dough is on a “doughnut elevator” and slowly moves to the fryer. Once fried on one side, the next step is to flip the doughnuts one column at a time.



The doughnuts move forward on the conveyor belt and out of the oil to allow excess oil to drip off and down into a safe section of the belt.


My favorite part was when the doughnuts went under a glazing waterfall.


This Fall season, Krispy Kreme offers Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as a number of Toasted Marshmallow stuffed doughnuts.


In my opinion, the Pumpkin Spice is my favorite Fall season doughnut from Krispy Kreme. It is like heaven in every bite.


Not only did we try doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, we also decorated our own doughnuts.





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