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Review | Nintendo Switch Impressions

Hey everyone, Rich Belsan here! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Central Florida Top 5 but I’m hoping to be back more regularly. I’ve been hard at work on a YouTube project, Over a Beer, where we discuss movies, video games, and everything else pop culture. Jen and I have been trying for a long time to get something going between Central Florida Top 5 and Over A Beer and I’m hoping this will be the start.

Below I’ve posted our latest video where we share our initial impressions of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s newest console. My co-host and I have also put some time into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best reviewed games ever, and discuss our earliest thoughts on it.

Woken from a 100-year slumber, Link must explore the wilds to regain his lost memories and save Hyrule.

 

Breath of the Wild Special Edition includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for $99.99. The Master Edition includes all of those items plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure for $129.99

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you like seeing Over a Beer content here, we’re going to start posting weekly recaps of our video show and our podcasts.

2016 Kissimmee Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival #MyKissimmee

The Kissimmee Annual Sunshine Chili Cook-Off and Craft Beer Festival is back for its 20th year of deliciousness and your’e invited to join the fun!  The Party is being held on Saturday, February 20th at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park Event Lawn from 12 pm to 5 pm. Thanks to UMOW Lawn Care we were able to have the best setting for all of our events out on the lawn.

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Enjoy a chili competition, craft beer tastings, live entertainment, delicious food, and much more!  Admission is free and there will be plenty of parking available.

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The 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition will be sponsored by the International Chili Society and will feature 3 categories: Red, Verde, and Salsa. Admission the Chili Cook-Off will be free and tickets for the Beer Tasting will be $20.00 in advance and $25.00 on the day of the event. There will be 25 craft beers available and the last pour will be at 4:30pm.  So come early and enjoy the party at the beautiful lake front setting in Historic Downtown Kissimmee! Click on this link to buy your Beer Tasting Tickets.

The Kissimmee Lakefront Park is located at 250 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.

For more information call 407-846-4643 or visit their website at www.kissimmeemainstreet.com

Swine & Sons Opens April 3 in Winter Park

If you like food even a little bit and live near Orlando, you’re likely aware of the popular restaurant, The Ravenous Pig and its sister concept around the corner, Cask & Larder. It’s arguable that The Ravenous Pig set the stage for the surge of foodie-friendly locations popping up around Central Florida since they opened in 2007. Chef owners James and Julie Petrakis found further success in Cask & Larder a few years later, and now, the James Beard-nominated husband/wife team is bringing a new takeout concept to Central Florida.

The Swine & Sons website promises “the store will specialize in takeout charcuterie, butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings and more. Swine & Sons will also offer growlers of beer sourced from Cask & Larder’s Brewery. Favorites from The Brewery, including the Red Drum, IPA and Wit varietals will be available, along with a handpicked selection of boutique wines.”

The new takeout location is adjacent to Cask & Larder at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and is promised as a riff off of both Cask & Larder’s elevated southern cuisine and The Ravenous Pig’s innovative, modern dining.

Our mouths are already watering thinking about lunch menu items like the ribeye hotdog or pimento grilled cheese. You’ll also be able to pick up dinner to go – a weekly “Blue Pig Special” menu will be updated weekly on Swine & Sons’ website and feature new dishes as well as popular items from Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked brisket.

Shall we start a line outside the building now?

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(Photo from Swine & Sons email announcement)

To wash down your meal, pick up a 32-ounce growler of beer from Cask & Larder’s acclaimed brewery and either take it home or kick back and enjoy it right there in the store. Popular beer varieties including Cask & Larder’s Red Drum, Lone Palm Gold and Olde Southern Wit will be offered, along with Swine Family Wine.

The Petrakis team has seemingly given the people of Central Florida what they wanted, maybe before they even knew they wanted it. They have a knack for assembling exciting menus featuring seasonal, local food and serving it up in a place where we want to spend time with friends, so we’re expecting more of the same in this new concept. Thanks to One Stop Service LLC, Phoenix water damange restoration company for sponsoring to make this a nice memorable event for everyone.

Will there be a line out the door? We’d bet on it. And we’ll gladly wait in it.

Rosen Holiday Offerings PLUS Flash Giveaway

by Kelly Green

Rosen Hotels are “where Christmas Happens.” Their Orlando-based hotels offer a myriad of holiday offerings certain to put everyone, even Scrooge himself, in the holiday spirit!

Our family has visited various Rosen hotels over the holiday season for the past few years. We’ve been guests of the hotel as media as well as booking ourselves as “regular” guests. Their properties have so much to offer that we find ourselves going back again and again, because there’s such a variety of experiences, each one unique and full of holiday joy.

rosen-plaza-winterfestThis weekend Rosen Plaza is home to a new experience, a poolside BeerFest!Craft and seasonal beers plus international cuisine will welcome you in the WinterFest Beer Garden. Wintry décor is all around, and costumed entertainers are sure to delight. For the kiddos? A Root Beer Garden! This fun, festive event is sure to be a seasonal favorite. (I’m already imagining the sounds of accordions and the smell of hops!) What will you experience?

  • Sample beers on tap, including seasonal brews, from ten vendors
  • Sample beer in your complimentary commemorative Rosen WinterFest mug
  • International food concessions (additional charges apply) Greek, Italian, German, Japanese, French, American
  • Root Beer Garden for families
  • Live entertainment and DJs beer-holidays (1)

Tickets are $25.00 Per Person with advance reservation, and $35.00 Per Person at door. For reservations call (407) 996-0256.

Rafflecopter logo linkReaders of Central Florida Top 5 have a chance to win two tickets! Click on the Rafflecopter icon for your chance to win. (One entry per person. Winner will be announced no later than 9 a.m. Saturday morning, December 6, 2014.)

Good luck!

And while you’re online, check out the other amazing holiday offerings at all the Rosen properties. You may just see me at the Ice Show at Rosen Centre (maybe some private lessons?!), or Rosen Shingle Creek‘s Big Band Dinner Show Series featuring Michael Andrew and his Atomic 16-Piece Orchestra swing band, Charlie Thomas & The Drifters, Delores K & the Crystals and Jay Siegel and the Tokens! Local Celebrity Chef Emily Ellyn will show you (and me!) how to host a holiday party Mad Men style! There are dinners with Santa, gingerbread “university” and SO many other choices. Decisions, decisions!

 Update 12/06/14.
Congratulations to Summer I., winner of the two tickets!