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Thursday April 24, 2014

Downtown Winter GardenI've put up a new profile of Winter Garden, which includes a few photos. Check it out here.

Winter Garden is a fantastic little town with lots of history. The Edgewater Hotel and Garden Theatre truly are two of the greatest landmarks in the Orlando area.

I'll be putting Ivanhoe up this coming week, followed by Mills/50, Church Street and Celebration.

Want your neighborhood added? Leave a comment and let me know.

Olive Garden Unveils New Menu

Thursday April 24, 2014

Wild Berry Layer CakeOn April 9, I was treated to a media dinner at Olive Garden on I-Drive to sample the restaurant's new menu. They're calling the changes "the most significant menu evolution in the restaurant's history."

The new menu includes more than 20 new items to provide diners with more options while appealing to the "evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests."

Some of the items I sampled were tasty, including the Risotto Bites, Wild Berry Layer Cake and the Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper. Others, such as the Vegetable Penne Primavera and Pappardelle Pescatore, were a big disappointment.

Here are a few photos of some of the new menu items, along with descriptions provided by Olive Garden:

Spicy Calabrian Wings

Spicy Calabrian Wings

Chicken wings tossed with garlic and chili peppers from the Italian region of Calabria, served with gorgonzola dipping sauce. Increase the heat by adding our signature Calabrian chili paste. Available for a limited time.


Antipasti Italian Meats & Cheese

Antipasti Italian Meats & Cheese Salad Topper

Hard salami, genoa salami, pepperoni and mozzarella.

 

Roasted Tomato Caprese

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper

Fresh mozzarella bites, roasted tomato, bell pepper, basil, kale and an extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.

 

Risotto Bites

Risotto Bites

Bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served in marinara sauce.

 

Smashed Chicken Meatball

Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich

Smashed chicken meatballs with roasted bell peppers and mozzarella on a focaccia bun. Served with garlic parmesan fries.

 

Large Paccheri

Large Paccheri with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Meatballs

 

Vegetable Penne Primavera

Vegetable Penne Primavera

 

Chicken Abruzzi

Chicken Abruzzi

Grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables.

 

Pappardelle Pescatore

Pappardelle Pescatore

Sautéed shrimp, bay scallops and clams tossed with pappardelle pasta, fresh asparagus and tomatoes in a creamy red pepper seafood sauce.

 

Chicken Primavera

Chicken Primavera with Giant Fusili

Sautéed chicken breasts with snap peas, asparagus and Italian vegetables tossed in a fresh tomato pomodoro sauce over giant fusilli pasta.

Viva la Musica! and Earth Day at First GREEN Bank

Monday April 21, 2014

Viva la Musica at SeaWorld OrlandoViva la Musica is back at SeaWorld Orlando, with the first concert happening this Saturday, April 26. Enjoy delicious Latin food and experience all the festival has to offer. Admission to the festival is included with regular park tickets.

Before heading to SeaWorld, make your way to Winter Park for the Earth Day celebration at First GREEN Bank. The event runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

Enjoy food from local restaurants, as well as fun and interactive sessions with animals from the Audubon Society and the Central Florida Zoo. Attendees can also submit an "Earth Changing Idea" for a chance at $1000 in seed money to get it off the ground and a $500 gift card to Patagonia.

First GREEN Bank's new location is at 862 S. Orlando Ave.

For more April events, check out the updated calendar.

Central Florida Earth Day at Lake Eola

Friday April 18, 2014

Don't forget: Central Florida Earth Day 2014 starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Eola Park.

The event is organized by Vegetarians of Central Florida and is the biggest and longest running Earth Day celebration in Central Florida.

Stop by for lots of food vendors, recycling and solar power displays, workshops, and other activities. More than 14 local and regional musicians will be performing, and over 200 nonprofits and local businesses are participating this year. There will also be an Earth Kids Zone for the little ones.

All money raised at the event will go toward local environmental and humane education.

Visit the Central Florida Earth Day website for more information.

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