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Orlando’s new premier golf-entertainment destination has arrived!  Drive Shack – a three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex pairing the most advanced golf games and technology with good eats, cold drinks, and long drives is now opened in Lake Nona’s vibrant Sports and Performance District.  Drive Shack’s flagship location features 90 hitting bays with a 220-yard range, a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor lounge, three fully equipped meeting and event rooms for parties up to 1,000, and a complimentary game lounge with classic games like shuffleboard, skee-ball, basketball arcade and Pac-Man.

Orlando is home to the very first Drive Shack.  Additional locations are expected to open in Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., West Palm Beach, Fla., Marietta, Ga., and New Orleans, La.

Below are some pictures from our media preview visit.  The brunch menu is available from 9am-11am on the weekdays, 9am-2pm on the weekends.

Deep-dish spinach quiche – spinach and Swiss cheese quiche in a rustic buttery crust

Skillet baked cinnamon buns – hot & fresh from the oven drizzled with icing

Loaded morning tots – crispy tater tots, melted cheddar cheese blend, bacon crumbles, and green onions topped with a sunny side up egg

Chocolate chip pancakes – fluffy pancakes sprinkled with chocolate chips, topped with whipped cream and strawberries, and served with maple syrup

Truffled tots

Grilled chicken breast slider – Swiss cheese, tomato, and lemon aioli

Classic all-beef slider – cheddar cheese, DS secret sauce, and a dill pickle

Complimentary game lounge

Outdoor bar

The meats flatbread – Italian-style, all-beef meatballs, chunky pork sausage, pepperoni, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil

Maple bourbon bacon wings – delightfully sticky with a savory, sweet fin

Bavarian pretzel sticks – fresh from the oven sprinkled with crunchy salt, served with tangy honey mustard and rich pimento cheese dips

Gardender’s Cup & Bushwood Clubhouse

The veggies flatbread – red and green peppers, Kalamata olives, caramelized onions, and marinara sauce with mozzarella and ricotta cheeses

Mediterranean dips & veggies – Garlic hummus and tzatziki dips with fresh-baked pita chips, crisp cucumber, bell pepper, and grape tomatoes

Stacked nachos – freshly made tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, black beans, pico de Gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, green onions, salsa, and guacamole

Mahi tacos – three grilled flour tortillas with blackened mahi-mahi, cider slaw, and cilantro lime aioli

Hole in one – cheddar cheeseburger loaded with crisp applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, shredded lettuce, and tomato, topped with our housemate bacon-tomato-onion jam and avocado mayo with French fri

Bucket of balls – Italian-style, all-beef meatballs in a zesty marinara sauce, served with toasted garlic bread and grated Parmesan cheese, and topped with fresh torn basil

Rocky road parfait – chocolate pudding layered with toasted marshmallow, chocolate cookie crumbles, and salted peanuts topped with chocolate sauce 

Strawberry shortcake parfait – shortcake layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream

Salted butterscotch parfait – salted butterscotch pudding with gingersnap cookie crumbles, layered with whipped cream and caramel sauce

Churros – hot and crispy then dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a warm chocolate sauce

Be sure to check out the new Drive Shack – Lake Nona soon!  It’s so much fun!

(Source credit: Drive Shack)

Drive Shack – Lake Nona
7285 Corner Dr, Orlando, FL 32827
driveshack.com
(407) 553-8820

We were invited to a media event at a new lakefront restaurant named The Waterfront.  This American restaurant was bought in February and opened in April.  Everything is made in house except the bread.  It is important to support independent restaurants in Orlando, Florida so make sure you check them out!

Adult Swim Saturdays every Saturday in August at 2pm.


Outdoor patio with a roof to protect you from the sun or rain.  Or both.  Florida weather.



Food, brews, and views.

Chips & Pimento Dip – Salsa, Jalapeños, Corn Tortillas.  The pimento dip is prepared with pimento cheese, poblano peppers, garlic, and baked in the oven.

Wings – House Hot

Paired with the “Florida Crush” – Effen Blood Orange Vodka, Triple Sec, Fresh-Squeezed Florida Oranges, Lemon-Lime Soda

Crab Cake Sliders  – Arugula, Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Avocado, Remoulade.  The blue crab is from Gulf of Mexico and they use the meat from its claws.

Tuna Poke Salad – Ahi Tuna, Seaweed Salad, Arugula, Romaine, Cucumber, Tomato, Radish, Avocado, Sesame Seeds, Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

Paired with the “Jennie Jewel” -Effen Cucumber Vodka, St. Germain, Fresh-Squeezed Lemon, Simple Syrup and Lime, Mint

The Waterfront Burger – Ground Chuck, Swiss, Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Arugula

French Dip – Roast Sirloin, Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Au Jus, Horseradish Mayo

Paired with the “Dixie Belle” – Jim Beam Black, Muddled Mint + Cucumber, Simple Syrup, Fresh-Squeezed Lime

Pan Roasted Catfish – Sautéed Kale, Cheddar Grits, Remoulade, Pickled Red Onion
Fried Chicken Thigh – Hot Honey, Cheddar Grits, Pickled Green Beans


Steak Frites – Pan Roasted Sirloin, Cut Fries, Blue Cheese Butter

Paired with House Red Wine – 2015 Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie  – Whipped Cream
Bread Pudding – Key Lime Syrup, Whipped Cream

Paired with a sampling of the “Margaret” – Jim Beam Vanilla, Butterscotch, Cocoa, Licor 43, Irish Cream

The Waterfront
4201 South Orange Ave
Orlando, Florida, FL 32806
(407) 866-0468
@TheWaterfront

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Variety of Wings
The Original Cooke Skillet
The Original Cookie Skillet

East Coast Wings & Grill is a fast-growing, casual, family dining franchise that puts the spotlight on buffalo wings. The burgeoning franchise recently placed No. 37 in Restaurant Business Magazine’s 2015 List of Fastest Growing Mid-Size Restaurant Chains.

Based in North Carolina, the concept caters to chicken wing lovers by offering dozens of varying chicken wing flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities.

We were invited to an exclusive media event this Tuesday the 21st of July in order to try out a series of wing flavors that are offered on their menu as well as various interesting items that are to be added in the upcoming months.

East Coast Wings and Grill located on S. Orange Ave the 2nd location here in Orlando (the other location is on on Alafaya Trail in East Orlando) is your typical bar and grill with wings, salads, beer, cocktails, and burgers.

However what sets them apart was a few menu items that perhaps may be considered “extraordinary”.

There are strangely weird yet mouthwatering combinations such as the “BIg Daddy Patty Melt” a hamburger with your typical beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato, however the buns are made out of two grilled ghost pepper cheese sandwiches.

If that’s not out of the ordinary perhaps try the “ECW Breakfast Club Sandwich” a burger that has all your typical burger ingredients but with a fried egg and Belgian waffle with maple syrup on the side.

If you are just in to trying just the more ordinary items, perhaps the Sweet and Sour BBQ shrimp Tacos would be a good choice – especially if you want to cool down the intensity of the volcanic wings. Paired with the “Strong Island Iced Tea” their take on the classic Long Island Ice Tea, containing Cruzan Silver Rum, Moonshine White Lightning, and Sauva Blue Resposado Tequila with a splash of Pepsi –  quite refreshing and not too strong to the taste.

Of course, you can’t forget about the wings — one of the wings that we were able to try, that they were particularly proud of was their honey BBQ wings,  voted as America’s favorite wing this year.

In celebration of National Wing Day, East Coast Wings & Grill is actually giving away six free wings on July 29 with the purchase of an entree.

Lastly, for dessert we had the original cookie skillet but by then I was so full from the numerous amount of food items that I did not have enough room to eat it….but it did look pretty good though!

All in all, I enjoyed the evening spent at East Coast Wings and Grill -interesting items, flavorful wings, and full bodied cocktails – I recommend you give it a try the next big game!

Big Daddy Patty Melt
Big Daddy Patty Melt
Variety of Wings
Variety of Wings
Strong Island Ice Tea
Strong Island Ice Tea
ECW Breakfast Burger
ECW Breakfast Burger

$25 GIVEAWAY CONTEST – East Coast Wings

East Coast Wings has provided us two (2) $25 gift cards to their restaurant to giveaway to our readers!
Answer this question below and you will be entered to win – must answer by July 31st, 2015 to enter. One entry per person. Winners will be chosen randomly on August 1st! Thanks!

Question:

What is your favorite wing place in Orlando and what flavor do you get there?

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Photos by Hoang Nguyen
Words by K. Duong

The 2015 Winghouse Beauty Pageant is an annual event hosted by Winghouse, that coincides with the famous Daytona Bike Week.

Contestants are judged on personality and appearance, with these 30 women who are from all over Florida. Representing the best of the Winghouse Girls and their respective Winhgouse, from Largo to their newest location in Sarasota, the winner of this year’s pageant will not only be crowned Miss Bike Week but also serve as a judge for next year’s pageant.

From the Winghouse signature “Naked” Chicken wings to the sauce covered Buffalo Chicken sandwich all of which tasted great. Customer service matched the quality of the food, our waitress Xoa was friendly and attentive.

“This is the one event you definitely won’t want to miss,” says Crawford Ker, founder of Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill.

Founded by the National Football League’s (NFL) Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos alumnus, Crawford Ker, the first WingHouse opened in Largo, FL in 1994. Now, WingHouse has 24 locations throughout Florida with plans to grow into the rest of the Southeast.

Signature items include the “Naked” Chicken Wings: skinless drummettes marinated, baked, and tossed in one of the wing sauces, and the Dallas Burger: two juicy 8 oz. BBQ burgers topped with bacon.

WingHouse features state-of-the-art TV packages for all the big games and fights. The authentic sports memorabilia and our fun, friendly, casual environment make WingHouse the ideal place to be a sports fan. Select locations offer WingHouse “Game Zones” complete with arcade style games and pool tables. The main attraction at the WingHouse is their version of “The Girl Next Door”, the World Famous WingHouse Girls. The WingHouse Girls are the foundation of their concept. They serve tables, tend bar, work as hostesses, participate in brand promotions and are the company’s cheerleaders.

The WingHouse Girls are attractive and polite. As ambassadors of our mission to be “brilliant on the basics”, their great service, positive attitudes and pretty smiles encourage guests to make frequent visits and become loyal customers. The WingHouse strives to create quality and memorable experiences for every guest. For more information, visit www.winghouse.com.

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