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August 13, 2019


The All-American Restaurant and Upscale Sports Bar Opens Fourth Location and First in Orlando
 on Famed Restaurant Row
ORLANDO, FL (August 2019- American Social Bar & Kitchen, a South Florida-based, upscale sports bar & restaurant, has opened its fourth location on Orlando’s famed Restaurant Row on Thursday, August 8.

The 8,500 square-foot, 281-seat restaurant expands the brand’s portfolio, which includes locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. American Social, often referred to as “AmSo”, will offer lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, various happy hour specials and an exciting late-night experience. AmSo will serve as the place to see and be seen, featuring an exciting lineup of primetime sports, live music, entertainment and renowned DJs. Specializing in sports entertainment, AmSo will also offer game day specials for just about every sporting event displayed on the 27 TVs throughout the space.

August 11, 2019

GUIDE - Our Favorite Orlando Area Burgers

Now more than ever, people are getting passionate about their hamburgers. Craft burgers, impossible burgers... who knew this traditional favorite would spark such epic innovation - or that there really could be so many ways to make a burger? The Orlando-area is fast becoming a haven for burger joints, and Ronald McDonald is simply not ruling the roost as he once did.

While checking out our list of favorite burgers, there are a couple things to keep in mind. For starters - I'm a Texan's Texan in the stereotypical sense. In other words, I love beef. I don't do vegan or vegetarian burgers, so this list isn't covering that option. It's just not something I am an authority on. Secondly, I won't try to claim that we've tried every burger in the area. Have we missed a few? I'm sure we have! Feel free to share your recommendations with us. More to come as we discover them!

August 8, 2019



ORLANDO, FL, August 8, 2019 - Some of the biggest names in the Florida region culinary arts scene will present various cooking demonstrations, provide samples to taste, participate in panel discussions and competitions on Center Stage during the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held SundaySeptember 15 and MondaySeptember 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Center Stage Emcee is Chef Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foodie, a TV chef, holistic nutrition coach, author and award-winning entrepreneur and inventor.  

"We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of Florida-inspired celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the region to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2019 event will not disappoint the restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals attending the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo."  To access the full schedule, click here.

August 5, 2019

Ace Cafe Orlando Begins Construction on “Backyard” Event and Concert Space

ORLANDO, Fla. – When Ace Cafe announced that it would be coming to the United States with a debut location in Orlando, site plans originally referenced an outdoor patio-style concert and events venue that would expand the facility’s ability to host large-scale events in the heart of downtown Orlando. Following two years of steady growth – especially in the events space – Ace Cafe has officially pulled permits with the City of Orlando to build out that outdoor space, to be called the “Backyard at the Ace.”

Krispy Kreme® and Reese’s Combine their Newest Innovations to Give Fans More of What They Love: New Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

Two new doughnuts created for chocolate lovers and peanut butter lovers alike,
available for a limited time beginning MondayAug. 5
ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2019) – Krispy Kreme and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are combining two of their biggest innovations of 2019 to give you “more (and more and more)” of what you love in the form of Krispy Kreme’s new Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts.
Available at all Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida for a limited time beginning MondayAug. 5, the Reese’s Original Filled Peanut Butter Lovers Doughnut has MORE peanut butter with chocolate, and the Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut has MORE chocolate with peanut butter.
Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme created a new way to give doughnut fans more flavors in one bite by filling its iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut for the first time, while Reese’s introduced its limited‑time Reese’s Lovers Cups to enable fans to make more room for what they love – chocolate or peanut butter. Now, Krispy Kreme and Reese’s have reunited for an innovation mashup that treats fans to more of what they love: more peanut butter, more chocolate and more doughnuts.


ORLANDO, FL, August 05, 2019 -The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will present their annual Torch and Beacon Awards to three inspirational leaders in the industry on Center Stage during this largest gathering in the Southeast for the food and beverage industry. The Beacon Award, recognizing an outstanding woman leader, will be presented to Heather McPherson, a former food editor, restaurant reviewer and multimedia journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. The Torch Award, honoring an outstanding chef and/or restaurateur will be presented to power couple James & Julie Petrakis, owners of The Ravenous Pig. The awards will be presented during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, taking place SundaySeptember 15 through MondaySeptember 16, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For  information about the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, visit

"Congratulations to James and Julia Petrakis and Heather McPherson for all they have achieved throughout their careers to bring them the recognition they deserve through these distinguished awards. We look forward to presenting this year's Torch and Beacon Awards on Sunday and Monday afternoon on Center Stage," said Tom Loughran, Vice President of the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "These individuals are very talented and put their best foot forward in the restaurant industry and truly deserve this recognition."

July 27, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Chicken Wing Day in Orlando

National Chicken Wing Day was proclaimed on July 29, 1977 by the Mayor of Buffalo, New York, Stan Makowski. As the story goes, Teressa Bellissimo (co-owner of the Anchor Bar) created chicken wings when trying to come up with a quick and easy late-night snack for her son and his college pals in 1964. At the time, chicken wings were typically reserved for soup stock, but Teressa tossed them in butter and hot sauce before frying them up... an instant hit! After catching on locally and popping up to rave reviews in other local eateries beyond the Anchor Bar, the Mayor had to acknowledge the tasty morsels, declaring “thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns throughout the city each week”... and National Chicken Wing Day was born.

This July 29, you don't have to wing it on your quest to find your National Chicken Wing Day celebration spot. We're here to help point you in a few right directionS where you can properly pay tribute to one of America's best edible innovations. With options like these, you may want to plan lunch and dinner stops!

July 12, 2019

Let’s Party! Krispy Kreme® Celebrates Birthday with Special Release Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – It’s our birthday, but it’s your party! This year Krispy Kreme is celebrating with the introduction of a new limited-time birthday doughnut available beginning July 15 and an epic offer July 19 to fulfill fans’ doughnut cravings.
Krispy Kreme’s newest Original Filled variety – the Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut – is festively filled with delicious birthday cake batter, dipped in strawberry icing and topped with party sprinkles. It will be available for one week only beginning MondayJuly 15, as part of Krispy Kreme’s 82nd birthday.
On FridayJuly 19, the birthday celebration gets even sweeter when fans can purchase one dozen Original Glazed® Doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen at all shops throughout Central Florida:

July 11, 2019

Simply Wish TooJay’s Deli “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, July 24 and Enjoy a Free Slice of Birthday Cake

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – TooJay’s Deli celebrates its 38th birthday on WednesdayJuly 24 with free slices of funfetti birthday cake created just for the occasion* and the opportunity to earn an additional 38 Delicious Rewards points.

“Since the first TooJay’s opened in 1981, our restaurant teams have worked hard to provide great experiences for our guests,” said TooJay’s President and CEO Maxwell Piet. “As we celebrate 38 wonderful years of serving simply great food, we thank our guests for their loyalty and invite new patrons in for our made-from-scratch specialties and amazing hospitality.”

In addition to enjoying a free slice of funfetti birthday cake just for saying “Happy Birthday,” TooJay’s Delicious Rewards Members who make a purchase and scan their receipt on July 24 will earn an additional 38 points.

TooJay’s Delicious Rewards program is perfect for loyal guests looking for freebies, rewards and special deals year-round. Guests may register through the restaurant’s mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices, and at Once registered, guests receive a free dessert just for joining and every dollar spent equals one point earned. Every 150 points equal a $10 reward!

December 6, 2018

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Ace Cafe Orlando with the News Junkie’s Christmas Bike Drive on December 7th

December event lineup at the Motor-Centric Dining, Entertainment and Retail Destination
Friday, December 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – News Junkie's 6th Annual Christmas Bike Drive
Join us at the Ace Cafe for the News Junkie's annual Christmas bike drive. Drop off a new
bike and help us collect over 100 bikes for deserving children in Central Florida. Special
thanks to Nations Trucks and the National Latino Peace Officers Association Central Florida Chapter for helping families in our community.

Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Drive Florida Pre-Rally Meet
The Drive Florida Pre-Rally Meet at Ace Cafe Orlando is a party before the Drive Florida Rally, which will occur on December 9. The party is open to all show vehicles, regardless of whether or not the vehicle is registered for the event. More than 200 cars are expected! Drive Florida's mission is to bring participants on a driving adventure like no other around the state. For this adventure (December 9), drivers will be exploring Central Florida as they start in Clermont and finish up in Bushnell for some go-karting at Bushnell Motorsports Park.

Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Toys for Tots Christmas Car Show
Come donate toys for those less fortunate during this holiday car show hosted by Ace Cafe. Any and all show cars classic or exotic are welcome. Contact coordinator to register to participate or with any questions. Come by to make a difference in children’s’ lives this holiday season, enjoy the car show, and stay awhile to delight in our delicious brunch!

July 9, 2017

REVIEW: Splitsville - Disney Springs

There's a lot of "combo" venues in the Orlando area - locations that kill two birds with one stone... er, visit. It's brilliant to maximize your time by combining your fun with your dining, for example, and one place that makes this appealingly possible is Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs. Actually, if we're to be entirely technical - Splitsville is a triple threat... there's a gift shop, too.

Splitsville is abundant in options (and you know how much I LOVE options). Come for dining, bowling, drinks, or all of the above! If you're just strolling through Disney Springs with no real goals, you can even just stop for a quick song by the outside bar.

July 2, 2017

REVIEW: Planet Hollywood Observatory - Disney Springs

So much has been transforming in and around Orlando! Brand new venues are springing up, and familiar icons are unveiling dramatic aesthetic overhauls and revamped menus. I've always been a fan of Planet Hollywood, and I was thrilled to see the final product of the yearlong, $25 million remodel to its flagship "Observatory" location at the ever-evolving Disney Springs.

There's enough glitz and glamour within this colossal space to leave you feeling like an A-lister from the moment you enter! So, what's new at Planet Hollywood Observatory? 

For starters - a fresh paint job and spiffed-up facade can make a world of difference! The new exterior is just as eye-catching, but they went with a cleaner, more modern upscale look - toning down the loud, somewhat gaudy display put forth since the original opening in 1994.

The building serves as a four-story bar, restaurant, shop, and museum - to put it simply. New features include a 4,500 square-foot video wall incorporating innovative 3D technology, a 5,000 square-foot outdoor, open air terrace bar, and of course - a reimagined menu with feature contributions from celebrity foodie, Guy Fieri.
(Don't panic, Planet Hollywood loyalists... the Cap'n Crunch Chicken is still on the menu!!)
When you enter, you're immediately greeted by the impeccably courteous staff, sleek double stairway, and a few tantalizing bits of memorabilia to gawk at. As you reach the second level, take a moment to pause and discover the encased wardrobe tributes on display. I immediately honed in on Dorothy's gingham dress from
The Wizard of Oz beside a Walter White original from Breaking Bad, but then... something happened...

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