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On ‎7‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 4:20 PM, spenser1058 said:

Scott J confirms that Hampton Social, whose only current locations are in Chicago, is coming to Pointe Orlando:

https://www.scottjosephorlando.com/news/4398-hampton-social-confirmed-for-pointe-orlando

Isn't that concept odd?  A ocean seafood place based somewhere with no ocean seafood?

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44 minutes ago, HankStrong said:

Isn't that concept odd?  A ocean seafood place based somewhere with no ocean seafood?

Maybe not - The first Red Lobster was in Lakeland and the headquarters is here and we don't have an ocean either (at least until global warming kicks in!)

Can you imagine the Bithlo Beachfront Bungalows!?!

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2 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

Maybe not - The first Red Lobster was in Lakeland and the headquarters is here and we don't have an ocean either (at least until global warming kicks in!)

Can you imagine the Bithlo Beachfront Bungalows!?!

I know the history of Red Lobster was something about Mr. Darden wanted a non-coastal seafood restaurant.  HOWEVER, calling Orlando or Lakeland not close to the ocean is one thing here in Orlando.  If you ask someone in Chicago, though, I think Orlando or Lakeland would be plenty close enough to be considered close to the ocean.  I mean, I can have my foot in the Atlantic in less than 40 minutes.  Try that in Chicago or Nebraska or Montana.

I'm banking on my roughly 115'-125' above sea level place to be waterfront soon enough!  Bithlo-schmithlo, I want Christmas in the Sand to be a thing.

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Heaven knows the whole time I lived in Nashville and Atlanta I pined for the beach. This Florida boy was born with sand in his diapers.

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Highball & Harvest in OpenTable's Top 50 Southern Restaurants.   The list is for southern food, rather than restaurants located in the South. 

https://www.opentable.com/lists/best-southern-restaurants-2018

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Orlando-based Bento Cafe is hoping to double the number of units it has in the next year. Also, the article notes the new Bento coming to Mills/50 on Colonial Drive will be the chain's flagship:


http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/consumer/os-cfb-bento-group-cafe-restaurants-20180815-story.html

From the Sentinel

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6 hours ago, Mark Baratelli said:

PDQ is open Sundays but their chicken tastes like a Monday. (rim shot?) PDQ's PR person told me Chik Fil A uses MSG. Has anyone else heard this? 

There was a bit of a stink about C-F-A using MSG a few years ago.  I know some mommy groups got C-F-A to make a bunch of changes and remove some dyes from their foods.  I think they removed a few chemicals, too.

OFF TO THE GOOGLE-COPTER

https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Menu-Items/Chick-fil-A-Chicken-Sandwich   (lists monosodium glutamate)

I think this *may* be the item I mentioned above, but I thought it was moms, not a random food blogger.

https://foodbabe.com/breaking-news-chick-fil-a/

 

 

On the totally different anti-GMO topic mentioned by that blogger, I find it hard to get behind hating something that saves millions of lives and (at least so far there is zero evidence) has taken none.  If GMO corn can be drought tolerant, pest averse, and higher yielding which means that millions of starving people actually get to eat food then I'm not so worried about Buffy and her precious Snowflake thinking it is evil when absolutely nothing bad is happening to them as a result.

People have been genetically modifying food sources since life began.  If red whateverberries grow bigger than blue whateverberries and fill you up more with the same basic tastes, people weeded out the blue ones and grew red ones.  If they found out that by cross-breeding the red/blue to make purple whateverberries, they lasted longer on their tables, made them feel stronger, and fed more of their children the new normal would be purple whateverberries.  It is what we do.  We've naturally done it with bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, and basically most fruits and vegetables.  Then SHOCKER we learned how to do it more accurately/faster with machines.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/well/eat/are-gmo-foods-safe.html

 

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I always wonder if the GMO folks slept through the Gregor Mendel part of biology class. Heaven knows there's lots of pesticides and such to worry about for both us and the animals in the food chain  (not to mention overuse of antibiotics), but the GMO thing escapes me.

 

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6 hours ago, HankStrong said:

There was a bit of a stink about C-F-A using MSG a few years ago.  I know some mommy groups got C-F-A to make a bunch of changes and remove some dyes from their foods.  I think they removed a few chemicals, too.

OFF TO THE GOOGLE-COPTER

https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Menu-Items/Chick-fil-A-Chicken-Sandwich   (lists monosodium glutamate)

I think this *may* be the item I mentioned above, but I thought it was moms, not a random food blogger.

https://foodbabe.com/breaking-news-chick-fil-a/

 

 

On the totally different anti-GMO topic mentioned by that blogger, I find it hard to get behind hating something that saves millions of lives and (at least so far there is zero evidence) has taken none.  If GMO corn can be drought tolerant, pest averse, and higher yielding which means that millions of starving people actually get to eat food then I'm not so worried about Buffy and her precious Snowflake thinking it is evil when absolutely nothing bad is happening to them as a result.

People have been genetically modifying food sources since life began.  If red whateverberries grow bigger than blue whateverberries and fill you up more with the same basic tastes, people weeded out the blue ones and grew red ones.  If they found out that by cross-breeding the red/blue to make purple whateverberries, they lasted longer on their tables, made them feel stronger, and fed more of their children the new normal would be purple whateverberries.  It is what we do.  We've naturally done it with bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, and basically most fruits and vegetables.  Then SHOCKER we learned how to do it more accurately/faster with machines.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/well/eat/are-gmo-foods-safe.html

 

Monosodium Glutamate is MSG.  Popular belief characterizes it as unsafe and addictive in nature, but double-blind tests show this belief is false.  It's inclusion or exclusion should only mean anything to anyone who believes these restaurants shouldn't mess with the taste of their food because it is used in the food industry to increase the savory taste in foods.  I see no problem with it but to each there own.

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This wiki thread on MSG concurs with most of the things I've read on the subject. Perhaps most importantly, our FDA has concluded it's OK as have the food safety organizations of several other developed countries. 

While I subscribe to Michael Pollan's "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much" regimen and therefore look for as few additives in food as possible and naturally derived ones as well, MSG doesn't set alarms ringing when I'm reading labels.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate

As WAJAS notes, however, food is highly personal and my conclusions may not work for everyone.

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For all  of you with Big Boy (and Girl!) appetites, our homies at Darden are introducing the Annual Pasta Pass for just... $300! Unlimited pasta, salad and breadsticks can send you into a carbo stupor all year long! Just think of the pastabilities if Olive Garden ever makes it back to Church Street...

(btw, things like meatballs have an upcharge)

https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/9D7F4EF7-5E83-4127-A019-8514D7185F62

From Market Watch

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Just reported on WFTV  Eye-missed-it news, iconic Orlando drinkin' hole Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors is closing it's doors effective today.

Closing due to owner's health problems, but it was also reported that good ol' John "Reeferman" Morgan has started a "Save Wally's" campaign and might even become the new owner.

Stay tuned.... 

 

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8 hours ago, JFW657 said:

Just reported on WFTV  Eye-missed-it news, iconic Orlando drinkin' hole Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors is closing it's doors effective today.

Closing due to owner's health problems, but it was also reported that good ol' John "Reeferman" Morgan has started a "Save Wally's" campaign and might even become the new owner.

Stay tuned.... 

 

Apparently, he posted a few memes on his Twitter account about saving it.

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I tried EL BUDA next to the train depot. It was delicious! Awesome restaurant. Great food. Hard to see from the street unless you are looking. Tell your friends. I hope they make it. Very good caliber restaurant right off Church St.

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On ‎9‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 8:27 PM, orlandouprise said:

I tried EL BUDA next to the train depot. It was delicious! Awesome restaurant. Great food. Hard to see from the street unless you are looking. Tell your friends. I hope they make it. Very good caliber restaurant right off Church St.

The food was good, the service was a crapstorm when we visited.

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On 9/7/2018 at 8:27 PM, orlandouprise said:

I tried EL BUDA next to the train depot. It was delicious! Awesome restaurant. Great food. Hard to see from the street unless you are looking. Tell your friends. I hope they make it. Very good caliber restaurant right off Church St.

First I've heard of it.  Is it in the old 'Brick and Fire/Eternal Tap/Chicago's/That One Random Place that I think only opened for a week' that is down the tracks past Hamburger Mary's?

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