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Sweet Tooth? Sugar Factory Serves Up Dessert In Orlando

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Got a sweet tooth?  Sugar Factory Orlando serves up the best dessert in Orlando! Some Signature sweet treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!  Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory.   Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.    You can check out theses celebrities and their favourite sweets here.

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But its not all lollipops and gumdrops.  Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more.

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Night cap?  Guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative smoking goblet drinks, top hits dance music, and lively social scene.

Beers, Burgers and Fords

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Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. The restaurant chain pays homage to Henry Ford, who wintered at his Fort Myers, Florida estate.  Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures.  The bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.  Many more unique features really make The Garage a fun place to visit and take pictures!

They are a gourmet burger bar serving up the finest varieties of Black Angus Beef, American Kobe, Open Range Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, and Vegetarian products coupled with all-natural aged cheeses and gourmet toppings.  Also specializing in popular American comfort food entrees such as homemade meatloaf, chili, and famous macaroni and cheese.

I’ve said it before, Florida has plenty of options for the beer connoisseurs and Ford’s Garage is no exception serving well as over 150 beers on tap and in bottle.

The Lakeland location is located at 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809.  863-337-FORD

Highway in the Sky Dine Around

The Highway in the Sky experience is a progressive dinner via the monorail. Along the way, you will travel in a private monorail car which awaits you at each stop.

Your Dine Around adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors. Relax and mingle with your fellow diners, enjoying a welcoming appetizer and specialty cocktail before setting off on your epicurean odyssey. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

First stop: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort—where you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in a far-flung tropical paradise. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the charm of this exotic retreat, with an enticing variety of island-inspired libations and appetizers.

Then it’s time for a change of scene and cuisine—as the monorail transports you a world away to the opulent Victorian-style Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Step inside and step back into a bygone era of elegance and gracious hospitality. Here, you’ll be invited to sip champagne and enjoy an artisanal selection of cheeses or charcuterie. You’ll also be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos, where you’ll be treated to a special Chef’s main course selection amid the restaurant’s refined ambiance.

Afterward, board the monorail once more to return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the culmination of your evening. Here, you and your Dine Around companions will retire to a private patio to enjoy an indulgent assortment of desserts, cordials and coffee. From this exclusive location, watch in wonder as the Happily Ever After fireworks show lights up the up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.

Further info here

BBQ Throwdown Memorial Day Weekend

Kissimmee, Florida is hosting the Old Town BBQ Throwdown Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26.  Professional and amateur barbecue competition with world champion barbecue vendors, steak cook off, public sampling, live music, kids play area, street performers, car show, grilling demonstrations and all the amenities attached to an amusement park.

“The BBQ Throwdown is a new concept developed by Old Town and will bring some of the best barbecue teams on the competition circuit to participate” said Ron Cates, event organizer. “Even though there is $10,000 up for grabs, it’s really about more than that; it’s about respect among their peers and having a great time with the barbecue community. We’re all family.”

OLD TOWN BBQ THROWDOWN

Date: May 25 – May 26

Annual event on Memorial Day Weekend

Time: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Venue: Old Town Kissimmee

Address: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA

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Woody’s Lunch Box To Open In Toy Story Land June 30

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Disney has announced the opening of Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land which will be serving up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist. Guests will also find nostalgic soda floats and other speciality beverages.

Sandwiches include S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this treat is oozy goodness and is comprised of  chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles.  Inspired by the popular breakfast toaster pastries, the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon and of course the quintessential lunch box sandwich,  Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – provides a light and fresh option. A creamy Dijonnaise gives it a kick of flavor.

Big kids can also enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up beverages like the Lemonade Cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

Woody’s Lunch Box is set to open June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Make sure to visit their website for the complete menu.

 

 

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokes house cooks up mouth watering BBQ dishes – Brisket, Ribs, pulled pork,  prime rib & more.  They also feature delicious signature Stacker dishes like the Longhorn: Chopped brisket, Texas sausage served on a toasted roll over smokehouse relish, topped with onion rings and melted provolone.

But don’t take our work for it. The founder of 4 Rivers Smokehouse John Rivers, attracted local and National attention with four consecutive invitations to present at the 2011 – 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and appearances on NBC and FOX morning shows. He’s also been celebrated by USA Today, Paula Deen Magazine, FOOD Magazine, Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Cigar Aficionado, Restaurant Business, and TravelandLesiure.com, and named a finalist for the 2013 Florida Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

You’ll want to hit up 4 Rivers Smokehouse when  your in the area. You won’t regret it.

874 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee FL 34741

First Watch Champions Gate

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First Watch begins each morning at the crack of dawn slicing fresh fruit and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up their French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order, and freshness is never compromised. You won’t find any heat lamps or deep fryers — they use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest breakfast around.

When you arrive, you are welcome with a pot — not just a cup — of their Project Sunrise coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi Internet access.

8280 Champions Gate Blvd
Champions Gate, FL 33896

Oyster Bar – Beyond The Parks Edition

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Tempo 1930 brings something different to Winter Haven. A bit of soul with the sounds of jazz and blues, live entertainment on weekends. Lounge on a couch or enjoy the classic charm of downtown Winter Haven with a cocktail and a seat at our open air bartop looking out onto Central Park.

Tuesdays feature $1 oysters and BOGO drinks are when you subscribe to their texts: text Tempo1 to 51660!

58 4th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 863-875-5323

 

Born And Bread Bakehouse

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Located in Lakeland, Florida, Born & Bread bakery creates European inspired baked goods and specializes in slow dough, both naturally leavened breads and viennoiserie.

Born and Bread isn’t your average bakery. It takes 22 hours to make their bread, and 3 days to make pastries guaranteeing delicious bread and treats.  Check out some of their other sweet treats, and delicious bread options:

SUSTENANCE-

– Benton’s Bacon Breakfast sandwich
– Hot Honey & Sausage breakfast biscuit
– Transcendent chocolate cake slices
– Banana Cream pies

SAVORY-

– Goat cheese and sun-dried tomato croisstata
– Ham, goat cheese, and pepper jelly
– Sausage, Asiago, and red onion jam
– Turkey & Swiss
– The Everything (think everything bagel, but in croissant form, filled with cream cheese)
– Spinach white cheddar béchamel croissatata
– Cheese grits + chorizo croissant

SWEET-

– Samoa croissants
-BACK! Carrot Cake croissants
– Pistachio blackberry croissant
– Strawberry dream bostock (fresh strawberries + orange zested cream cheese topping)
– Banana Bourbon Nutella croissant
– Chocolate BABKA croissant
– MORE!!! Honey Lemon pie croissants (our croissant, honey syrup, almond cream, lemon curd, and a crumble topping)
– Almond croissants (filled with an almond cream and underestimatingly good)
– Guava + Cheese croissant
– Morning buns!!! A whole lot of morning buns
– Glazed croissant
– Chocolate croissant
– Pecan Maple Bacon croissant

CRUFFINS (Cross between a muffin and croissant)

– BACK!!! Lemon blueberry glazed cruffins
– BACK! Irish Cream cruffins
– MORE!!! Key lime cruffins
– Dark chocolate sea salt
– The Berry White cruffin (mascarpone filling and a triple berry glaze)
– Boston Cream cruffins
– Bananas Foss-ter

BREAD-
– Country loaves
– Cranberry Walnut loaves
– Multi-grain loaves

 

Drooling yet? Make sure to visit them at 1113A S. Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33803

Island Grove Wine Company – Beyond The Parks Edition

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Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is a sustainable winery and agricultural site specializing in blueberry wines, a fun food and drink destination, and an agritourism attraction. They also feature:

– Traditional wines from around the world
– Craft beers from microbreweries
– A bistro producing fresh, hot breads and pastries, and artisanal food
– A coffee shop
– Stunning wedding & private events spaces
– Year-round special events
– Ecological research & education opportunities

The winery provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of US Highway 192 and the tourism corridor. Formosa Gardens is about 1.5 miles from Disney World on W. Irlo Bronson Highway, west of I-4. They are so close to Disney that you can see the Disney fireworks from the winery every night!

There’s a lot going on at Island Grove. They serve award-winning fruit wines from Island Grove Wine Company, traditional wines of international origins, and craft beers (often from Florida breweries).  Many of their ingredients are sourced from our eight acres of sustainable gardens. You can take part in their wine or tea tastings and they also host academic symposia, and will soon be offering yoga, cooking, and painting classes!

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