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Catch Dinner at Ocean Prime During Magical Dining Month

Food glorious food. It warms the heart and soul, brings friends and family together. Food gives strangers a reason to sit around a common space sharing meals and stories, making new friends in the process, some lasting a lifetime.

I was recently invited to dinner at Ocean Prime Orlando as part of a bloggers meet-up to preview their selections for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. When I drove up to Ocean Prime for the event I realized I’d driven by their location many times and sadly had never noticed it was there.   That was definitely my loss, because the food was spectacular, the staff friendly and the atmosphere soothing. Ocean Prime won’t go unnoticed any longer, and I will definitely be back!

Ocean Prime

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month started August 24th and runs throughout the month of September. You’ll find more than 75 Orlando area restaurants participating, offering 3 courses for $33. That’s quite an amazing offer at some of the best restaurants in Central Florida.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical dining month

One of the menu items I sampled was the Teriyaki Salmon. The Salmon was served on a bed of Shiitake Sticky Rice with an outrageously delicious Soy Butter Sauce and a melange of vegetables.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical dining month

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with a sweet corn cream and succotash was my personal favorite from the many entrees we were served. We also got to try the Lobster Mashed Potatoes and Chop House Corn, both excellent side dishes. Ocean Prime also has an amazing sushi menu and offers a unique sampling of cocktails. The Bubbles and Berries pictured at the top of this post was not only delicious but fun to drink.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical Dining month

And then there was dessert… sigh. They called it Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, I called it Heaven on a Plate. The chef at Ocean Prime Orlando  started with an Oreo cookie crust base, added a sinfully rich peanut butter mousse and wrapped it in a bittersweet chocolate ganache… sigh. Can you say OMG?

But what impressed me the most about Ocean Prime was the level of service we received and the atmosphere of the restaurant. There was live music that was so good, I thought it was recorded and a thoughtful, friendly staff throughout the building to serve you.

Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. In this day and age you don’t often see a dress code in place, and I appreciate the fact that Ocean Prime suggests stylish attire.  They let their guests know that jackets and gorgeous high heels always welcome. So please don’t show up in athletic apparel or baseball caps! Dress to impress and the meal will be even more delicious and the evening even more special.

Ocean Prime Orlando can be found at the Rialto at Sand Lake at  7339 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819. You can make reservations by calling (407) 781-4880. Dinner is available Monday – Thursday  5-10pm; Friday – Saturday 5-11pm; Sunday 5pm-close.

Trader Joes in Dr Phillips to open April 10th!

Trader Joes DP Ext

It’s no April Fools joke, Orlando. You’re finally getting your own Trader Joe’s on April 10th! The 48 (or 57) year old market chain is ready to share its Cookie Butter goodness with fans on Restaurant Row!

Trader Joes DP Map

Credit: Trader Joe’s


Firstly, for those who have visited Orlando’s first Trader Joe’s in Winter Park, you are already familiar with some of the challenges they’ve had with parking. Happy news for those wondering, YES!! The parking lot is bigger at the Dr. Phillips Trader Joe’s than at its sister store. Also, it’s a lot easier to enter/exit from from the two entrances from Sand Lake Road! Most locations are small but we think they learned a little about our area since opening last summer



Historically, Trader Joe’s is committed to being a good neighbor. In that charitable spirit, every Trader Joe’s store cements roots firmly into the community in which they are located. The Dr. Phillips location is no different. With a hat tip to not only sunny Orlando, but also to local citrus pioneer Dr. Phillip Phillips, the Dr. Phillips Trader Joe’s welcomes you with a mural enriched in Vitamin C!

Trader Joes Dr Phillips

ProTip: Make sure to sign up for the Fearless Flyer, Trader Joe’s newsletter delivered right to your inbox (E-mail and/or USPS) to keep up with the latest TJ products and local events!

Also, inside this particular location are cool little ‘Orlando‘ themed easter eggs, including a great shout out to new neighbor The Orlando Eye!




Will you be there bright and early on opening day, April 10th at 8am? What’s on your TJ shopping list? My Top 5 favorites are:

*I’m not a ‘sweets’ person and even I love Cookie Butter. Not a lot of it, but just enough.
**As Uncle Jesse would say, “Have mercy!” This ice cream is just ridiculous…ly tasty!!

Orlando Trader Joe’s Update: Public Meeting for Dr. Phillips Area!

Who really cares about Trader Joe’s? We Do!

I love their snacks, easy meals, down to earth branding and wine!

As reported in Orlando Business Journal: 

“Want Trader Joe’s in Dr. Phillips? Public meetings scheduled this month”

Plans for Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc.’s proposed $12 million Parkside at Dr. Phillips project — which would be anchored by Monrovia, Calif.-based niche grocer Trader Joe’s — will be the topic of discussion at two public meetings this month:

via FB Page: "Bring Trader Joe's to Orlando" From our new Sarasota store. Photo by Kailtyn.

via FB Page: “Bring Trader Joe’s to Orlando” From our new Sarasota store. Photo by Kailtyn.

A community meeting is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Dr. Phillips Elementary School, 6909 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in southwest Orlando.

The Orange County Commission will discuss the project at its Jan. 28 meeting at 2 p.m. at the Orange County Administration Building, 201 S. Rosalind Ave. in downtown Orlando.

More details (OBJ Story Link)

Also follow @AnjaliFlukerOBJ on twitter because she is the #1 source of Trader Joe’s Information in Central Florida!