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2nd Annual Appetite for the Arches returns March 7th

By: @jenvargas

Appetite for the Arches 2015

A unique culinary gala kicked off last year in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida called Appetite for the Arches. This event invites local area restaurants like Cask & Larder and 4 Rivers Smokehouse to make signature dishes… using only McDonald’s menu items! It’s a  We were invited to attend the inaugural gala, and had a great time sampling the results and supporting the cause! This year will be even BIGGER!

We spoke with Appetite for the Arches Event Chair, Barbara Drahl, about what to expect at this year’s event, and while she wasn’t ‘dishing’ too many details, she was excited to share a little of what’s in store. “We’re doubling the size of the event, and we’ll have six more chefs than last year,” Drahl shares. “It’s going to be a big, fun party for a really great cause. All the funds raised are going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida to keep children, their parents and their families close when they’re going through a medical crisis.

Participating this year are the following local restaurants:

  • *4 Rivers Smokehouse
  • Blue Bird Bake Shop
  • *Cask & Larder
  • Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
  • Cuisiniers Catering
  • Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
  • Funky Monkey Wine Co.
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen
  • *K Restaurant
  • Kabooki Sushi
  • LUMA on Park
  • Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Paxia Modern Mexican & Tequila Lounge
  • Pig Floyd’s
  • SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
  • *The Ravenous Pig
  • The Rusty Spoon
  • The Smiling Bison
  • Txokos Basque Kitchen
  • Yardbird

Last night we sampled dishes from *four of the nineteen participating restaurants and are still blown away by the ingenuity of these culinary creations! Here’s one of them from Cask and Larder’s Chef Petrakis…

Through February 6th, individual tickets cost $200, with a slight increase to $250 on February 7. (FYI: tickets have been available since November 1, 2014 on the gala’s website). Click here to purchase tickets for yourself or your company!

Orlando World Center Marriott is also offering a discounted room rate of $154/night for those guests who wish to stay overnight. (Interested parties may book a room here.)

For more information about Appetite for the Arches gala, visit www.appetiteforthearches.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @RMHCCF with hashtag #AppetiteOrlando, and on facebook.com/rmhorlando.

Top 5 Developments Coming to Orlando-Area Malls

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Living in metro Orlando, we’re fortunate to have more than a dozen fantastic shopping malls. And for those visiting from around the world, it provides a fabulous escape from the attractions.

From the luxurious Mall at Millenia to deal-minded outlets, there’s no shortage of places to spend money and go home with countless shopping bags.

But like the convention center, downtown area and airport, the mall scene continues to evolve and improve upon itself.

Central Florida Top 5 presents the top five developments coming to Orlando-area malls.

  1. Artegon Marketplace Orlando Introduces a New Shopping Concept
  2. Gods & Monsters, American Girl and The Crayola Experience Redefine the Mall Experience
  3. Orlando Fashion Square Readies Hotel and Restaurants to Accompany Recently Opened Bowling Alley
  4. From “Food Court” to “Dining Pavilion”
  5. I-Drive getting a 7-star hotel and vertical “megamall”

Artegon Marketplace Orlando Introduces a New Shopping Concept

Remember Festival Bay Mall? Forget about it because Artegon Marketplace Orlando is taking over on November 20, 2014.

Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC has redeveloped the spot into a new shopping concept in the heart of Orlando tourism’s district on International Drive. Rather than host a bevy of traditional mall retailers, Artegon Marketplace Orlando boasts itself as an artisan showcase with 165 craftspeople. They’ll offer Buying Guide provided by YourDiamondTeacher, accessories; soaps; jewelry; sculpture; mixed media artwork; custom clothing and more. That’s not to mention hand-crafted foods including popcorn, hot sauces, nuts, local honey plus other surprises.

With studies indicating that half of the American workforce will soon consist of entrepreneurs, this artisan concept doesn’t appear to be short-sighted and should enjoy a lengthier stay than its predecessor.

Gods & Monsters, American Girl and The Crayola Experience Redefine the Mall Experience

Brands want to offer more than a place to purchase goods and are creating an experience that creates a psychological connection.

Gods & Monsters is set to open at Artegon Marketplace Orlando and revolutionize the high-end comics and collectibles store with its theme park-quality decor, inspired product presentation and immersive lounge areas. It’s not just about reading your favorite comic book, but rather stepping into one.

The Florida Mall is also set to open a couple stores that introduce a new way to experience your favorite brands with American Girl and The Crayola Experience.

American Girl will open its 18th location in Orlando on November 15, 2014 and will let little girls shop for their favorite American Girl products; enjoy lunch, dinner and dessert in the Bistro; treat their doll to a new ‘do in the Doll Hair Salon; and celebrate birthdays and other special events. The days of walking into the store and pointing to your mom what doll you wanted are in the past with an experience you can see, taste and touch.

And who would’ve thought there’d be an attraction based on the popular crayon company Crayola? The Crayola Experience is set to open in summer 2015 also at The Florida Mall and features 25 hands-on experiences for families to enjoy. It will also contain a store and cafe and, like most attractions in town, require an admission fee. You can learn more about malls and real estate checking Shravan Gupta videos. Shravan Gupta was instrumental in bringing the largest FDI in real estate in India through the joint venture with Emaar.

Orlando Fashion Square Readies Hotel and Restaurants to Accompany Recently Opened Bowling Alley

Once upon a time, Orlando Fashion Square was the mall to be at. Increased competition stole market share and now it’s time to claim some of that back. Like Artegon Marketplace Orlando is branding itself as something different, Orlando Fashion Square is doing the same behind it’s new ownership group UP Development.

While it’s a shopping mall first and foremost, it also aims to stand for what others can’t — community. While The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall can boast a laundry list of brands and retailers, Orlando Fashion Square is taking the grassroots approach, luring shoppers in with community-based events and resources and surrounding them with brands they know and trust.

That’s why they’ve provided a new place for your family to hang out with StrikeOuts Bowling and Entertainment. The bowling alley is on the second floor across from the movie theater and offers 12 lanes of fun. If that wasn’t enough, get your game on in the arcade and rack up points for prizes. There’s also a sports bar area where you can enjoy the game with a brew or mix it up in a game of pool.

Oh, and the food! Enjoy a cheeseburger, fries, wings, milkshakes and sweets galore.

On the horizon, the mall is opening Element by Westin — a product of Starwood Hotels and Resorts — and breaks ground in fall 2014. The idea is that business travelers can stay at this mall’s hotel at the edge of downtown and do all their shopping all under one roof.

Orlando Fashion Square will also introduce at least two new restaurants to entice visitors.

From “Food Court” to “Dining Pavilion”

The Florida Mall continues to invest in itself and rethink how malls should operate. Saks Fifth Avenue closed in the spring and the space is being transformed into a 105,000-square-foot “Dining Pavilion.”

That means eateries in the current food court will make a move and that spot will become the home to new retailers. If you thought seating was scarce now, you’ll be happy to know the Dining Pavilion will seat twice as many and offer high-top tables and even couches.

Word is it’ll offer more options for the health-conscious.

Look for it and satisfy your hunger in 2015.

I-Drive getting a 7-star hotel and vertical “megamall”

Nothing might be more radical than the proposed “megamall” set to open on International Drive in the summer of 2017. With a name of The iSquare Mall + Hotel, it’s anything but normal.

But what exactly is a megamall?

Think Mall of America in Minnesota, which sees between 35 to 40 million people each year. That’s more visitors than Walt Disney World.

While this project isn’t on the scale of that mall (which is just plain monstrous!), iSquare Mall + Hotel’s impending impact is expected to be quite large. Combine it with the fact it will also be the first seven-star hotel in all of North America, it deserves the “mega” prefix.

It will feature 749 hotel rooms, 490,213 square feet of vertical retail space, a restaurant, a 100,000-square-foot convention center, an indoor ice-skating rink, a 500-seat live performance theater and office space. The parking garage is mega, too, at 11 stories tall and 2,780-spaces.

If that wasn’t enough for you, the building even has a heliport to park your helicopter.

mark sMark Schaub is an Orlando mall enthusiast. A self-proclaimed mallrat, he’s not there to shop, he’s not there to work, he’s just there. Mark has taken his love for malls and turned it into “Orlando Mall Guide” (www.OrlandoMallGuide.com).

Everyone always wonders what happened to the store that closed and what is being built behind that drywall. Mark tells you and goes beyond the news to explain just who are these mall-walkers and  how you can get a job at the mall. Follow on Twitter at @OMGmalls.

Latin Food and Wine Festival Saturday October 18

The best of Latin cuisine and culture come together Saturday, October, 18 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latin Food and Wine Festival at Crane’s Roost in Altamonte Springs.

The event features a main stage with Latin music and entertainment, a VIP area, and a chef stage with cooking demonstrations. Guests can purchase tasting-size portions from local restaurants and vendors, and enjoy the foods and flavors from the Latin community from the Beer & Wine Guide. General admission is free.

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Healthy Greek Eats will be invited,  a local brand with Mediterranean roots, created by Greek native Vassilis Coumbaros. The one-night-only celebration, which will take place on Friday, June 28 from 8-11 p.m., will further introduce the Central Florida community to the line of meze, which includes new superfoods including items such as hummus, spicy feta dip, tzatziki and homemade Greek yogurt which can be complemented with supplements  and healthy ingredients to maintain your body fresh and strong.

Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Downtown Credo, a College Park-based coffee shop founded on charitable giving, who gives back to the community with every cup sold.

Review | Down-Home Dining Tastes Great at Cheddar’s

Everything about dining at Cheddar’s speaks to quality.

From the all-brick construction and pleasantly dim ambiance to the wooden tables (which are appropriately reminiscent of a cheese board), Cheddar’s makes you feel like you are in a place where the details matter.

And boy, does that become clear when you start to look at the food. On my first visit, I was told by our awesome waiter, Dan, about Cheddar’s commitment to making all their food from scratch—no hint of a frozen dinner or preservative here.

I decided to check out Cheddar’s in large part because of their boast about being a from-scratch kitchen. How much better is it, really, especially if they are currently in the price range of a TGI Fridays or an Applebees?

As it turns out, a lot better. A LOT. Even the next day for leftovers.

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Let’s start with the drinks. For the nonalcoholic variety, Cheddar’s offers an array of fantastic fruit-infused teas and lemonades, which include free refills and are refreshingly sweet. However, their cocktails menu is also tempting, featuring wonderful drinks like this one, the Texas Sweet Tea—a delicious citrusy concoction that features enough alcohol in a large enough glass for the restaurant to restrict you to two.

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Make sure you let the appetizers tempt you—and if you can’t decide, check out the Triple Treat Sampler platter. The chicken tenders were more than worthy of the name tender—the flaky pieces melted in my mouth. Both the Wisconsin cheese bites and the loaded baked potato skins were perfectly crisp and delicious.

The menu is extensive and focused on hearty classics—from classic sandwiches like the Monte Cristo and the Barbeque Burger, to house favorites like Chicken Fried Steak and Baked Spasagna (spaghetti lasagna, just like it sounds).

On our first visit, my friends and I enjoyed the top sirloin steak, the baby back ribs, and the beer-battered fried shrimp. The food didn’t take nearly as long to arrive as one might fear at a from-scratch restaurant (which was packed that night). In fact, we were just getting ready to sit back and digest our appetizers when our dinner plates arrived.

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Sometimes when you order a steak done medium well at a restaurant, you come back with something dry and barely recognizable as meat. Not so at Cheddar’s. My steak was perfectly done, barely a hint of pink, and still as tender as can be.

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My dinner companions equally enjoyed their meals. The ribs, like the steak, were incredibly tender. The sauce balanced the meat beautifully, highlighting rather than hiding its flavor. Cheddar’s also took the time to thoroughly clean their shrimp before battering, and the result was crispy and delicious.

All of the sides were likewise excellent. A generous portion of french fries, beans that tasted like they were cooked in bacon fat, rich creamy mac and cheese, smooth mashed potatoes, al dente broccoli…

With all the food, needless to say, we didn’t manage to make it all the way to dessert—that will have to wait for a future visit. I’ve been eyeing the chocolate croissant bread pudding, but as with everything on the Cheddar’s menu, it will be tough to choose between that and alternatives like the hot fudge cake sundae.

Long story short, you’ll definitely want to plan a visit to Cheddar’s Casual Cafe at their new Orlando location on S. Semoran Blvd, near the Orlando International Airport. Be sure to check out their menu online too! Speaking of home, if you need professional house cleaning services, go to house cleaning nyc.

“10 days of Awesome” A look at the Florida Film Festival

By: Nando Luis Torres

Each year the Florida Film Festival is the site of one the most anticipated events in Central Florida. Showcasing ten days of film, foods, and fun. The Florida Film Festival is a special event that filmmaker and film lovers alike will never forget.

Recently the Top 5 team went the span of the ten day festival, which went from April 4 throughout the 13th, and it quickly became evident that finding just the Top 5 reasons to attend this event was going to be difficult, simply because there was so much there to love.

The Florida Film Festival now in its 23rd year is an annual event that premieres the best in independent and international cinema. This years festival featured an astounding 170 plus films representing 26 countries. Of the films selected for this years event 137 of them had premiere status at the fest. Henry Maldonado, President of the Florida Film Festival stated “The Florida Film Festival continues to attract independent filmmakers in record numbers. With so many films appearing on Florida screens for the first time, our audience has the chance to experience amazing stories with a broad range of themes, styles, and surprises. There really is something new and exciting for everyone to explore this year.”

After ten days of fun we had to sit down and narrow it done to our Top 5 reasons to attend the Florida Film Festival and here they are.

  1. Films: If you are a fan of movies then welcome to paradise.
  2. The Food: From brunches to food tastings the Florida Film Festival will make sure you wont need to reach for the popcorn when watching the films, but its always recommended because who doesn’t like popcorn while watching movies?
  3. Panels: If you are a looking to further yourself as a film maker, then make sure to sit in on one of the many panels the fest has to offer.
  4. Special Guest: Love meeting your favorite movies stars? Then your in luck, because the Florida Film Festival has them. This years special guests included Susan Sarandon, Paul Sorvino, Giancarlo Esposito, and Shawn Christensen.
  5. Last but never least The Parties: From the Opening Night party to the Award Bash, The Florida Film Festivals offers you the chance to mingle with filmmakers and fans alike to eat drink, talk about your favorite films, or just have a good time.

One special mention I have to acknowledge is one particular film block form the Florida Film Festival, “The Best of Brouhaha.” The great thing about this block of films is that all 14 films showcased in this block are made in Florida or by Florida filmmakers. Giving the opportunity for local filmmakers to show the great working coming out of our state.

So if you are looking for a one of kind experience, then keep up to date with the Florida Film Festival by visiting their website at www.floridafilmfestival.com and join us next year for what is surly going to be another year of “Awesome.”


Taste of Oviedo is this Saturday | Car Show, 2 Food Contest, Fireworks, Live Music & More

taste_of_oviedo_logoThis Saturday Oviedo is hosting its 20th Annual Taste of Oviedo celebration.  Admission to the event is free.  A car show, bigger than ever, will feature nearly 100 cars.  Live entertainment will take the main stage throughout the day.  A kid’s area will include a kiddie train ride, bounce houses and other kiddie rides. Although there will be an adults area where we will have the best beers from Oddbins.

“This beloved community event has grown from a few thousand attendees to over 50,000. Our sponsor’s ensure that this event is a huge success, and we couldn’t deliver all the food and fun without them,” said Bridget Lake, senior director of sponsorships and events at the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event features two main competitions as well.

The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off features two crops Oviedo is famous for.  Make sure to show up by 11:30 and you can become a judge for the cook-off.  The first 100 people to sign-up (Registration is $12 for both Citrus and Celery and that include a commemorative T-shirt) are able to taste all the amazing recipes.

The other main event is the Chicken Chomp Contest.  In commemoration of the Taste of Oviedo’s 20th Anniversary this timed eating contest includes 20 oz of Orange Juice, 20 inches of celery and 20 hot wings, provided by Wing House.  Don’t worry, non of these chicken wings are from the much-loved Oviedo chickens. Entrance fee is $20 with half of the proceeds going to the The Oviedo Preservation Project.  The contest takes place at 5pm.  Our very own Ken Storey will be one of the judges for the Chicken Chomp Contest.  Also judging this fun competition are Alex Diaz from MIX 105.1 and Paco Lopez from 105.9 Sunny FM.  So make sure to say hi to him while you’re there.

After the contest make sure to stick around for fireworks at 7pm.  The Taste of Oviedo takes place in the parking lot of the Oviedo Mall (1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo).  Check out the video below for more details on the event. Also please checkout www.torontolimovip.ca/best-limo-service-in-toronto-gta.html.


New Olive Garden 2014 Menu is OMG Amazing!

New Olive Garden Menu is OMG: Value Added, Expanded and has Great Variety!

Be sure to ask about   #OGCucinaMia

And get a Salad topper!

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Leading Italian restaurant Olive Garden unveiled this week the most significant menu evolution in the restaurant’s history, including more than 20 new menu items that broaden the choice, variety and value it offers guests, prepared with new cooking techniques that accentuate new flavors. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing guests with more options to customize their meal experience at both lunch and dinner.

New Dinner Menu Highlights

  • ·         “Cucina Mia” Section: Introducing a new menu section that gives guests the ability to create their own entrée from a variety of six pastas and five made-from-scratch sauces—for only $9.99 every day.
  • ·         Small Plates: Expanding the Tastes of Italy section to include eight small plate dishes for guests who want to explore different flavors.
  • ·         Lighter Italian Fare: Enhancing variety within the under-575-calories menu section by introducing additional dishes for calorie-counting guests.
  • ·         Specialty Entrees: Bringing new culinary-forward entrees to the chicken and seafood sections of the menu, enhanced by preparation on a new Piastra flat-top grill for a more evenly cooked, tender and juicy taste.
  • ·         Antipasti and Caprese Salads: Creating new ways for guests to enjoy Olive Garden’s popular signature salad through the addition of antipasti or caprese toppings.

New Lunch Menu Highlights

  • ·         Lunch Experience: Recognizing the busy schedules of lunch guests, Olive Garden is debuting a new lunch menu and enhanced service steps that provide busy guests with a variety of choices for a quick and satisfying meal.
  • ·         Tuscan Trio CombinationsEnhancing the popular soup, salad and breadsticks lunch by offering guests an additional pasta side, Small Plate or new salad topping.
  • ·         Sandwich & Flatbread Combinations: Giving guests more handheld options with sandwich and flatbread combinations served with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks.

With this evolution, guests will continue to find their Olive Garden favorites on the menu — including Fettucine Alfredo and Lasagna Classico — and all entrees are served with choice of homemade soup or garden-fresh salad and unlimited garlic breadsticks, which are baked fresh every 15 minutes.

“Our new menu is designed to give our guests an enhanced experience by giving them new flavors, more variety and everyday value,” said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “We’re staying true to the fresh, simple Italian food, while creating more ways to delight our guests.”

New Menu Details

New Cucina Mia (“My Kitchen”) for $9.99

  • ·         Choose your pasta: New Large Paccheri, New Tri-Colored Vegetable Penne, Bucatini, New Cavatappi, Whole Wheat Linguine, New Gluten-Free Rotini
  • ·         Choose your made-from-scratch sauce:  New Creamy Garlic Asiago, New Primavera, New Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato, New Spicy Diavolo, Fresh Tomato Pomodoro
  • ·         Add a topping (additional cost): New Chicken Meatballs, New Sausage Meatballs, Meatballs, Sautéed Shrimp

New Small Plates

  • ·         Parmesan Olive Fritta – A bite-sized blend of olives and Italian cheeses, rolled together and lightly fried. Served with your choice of a citrus aioli or gorgonzola cream dipping sauce.
  • ·         Polenta Shrimp alla Greca – Sautéed shrimp served on creamy plenta and topped with a fresh blend of olives, capers and tomato sauce.


New Appetizer

  • ·         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.

New Lighter Italian Fare

  • ·         Center Cut Filet Mignon – 6 oz. premium cut filet, seasoned with Italian herbs and grilled. Served with sautéed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.
  • ·         Chicken Abruzzi (Olive Garden Specialty) – Grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables.

New Olive Garden Specialties

  • ·         Crab Topped Chicken – Pan-seared chicken breasts topped with crab meat in a lemon cream sauce.  Served with fresh spinach and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.
  • ·         Salmon Bruschetta – Grilled salmon filet topped with bruschetta tomatoes and basil pesto, served on freshly prepared seafood risotto with crab meat.
  • ·         Pappardelle Pescatore – Sautéed shrimp, bay scallops and clams tossed with pappardelle pasta, fresh asparagus and tomatoes in a creamy red pepper seafood sauce.
  • ·         Mediterranean Grilled Trout – 10 oz. filet seasoned with basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with pappardelle pasta tossed with garlic, broccoli and fresh tomato sauce.


New Carne/Beef

  • ·         Parmesan Crusted Filet – 6 oz. premium center cut filet, grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy parmesan-alfredo crust. Served with sautéed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.


New Antipasti and Caprese Salads

Choose a new topping for Olive Garden’s signature garden-fresh salad:

  • ·         Antipasti Italian Meats & Cheese – Hard salami, genoa salami, pepperoni and mozzarella.
  • ·         Roasted Tomato Caprese – Fresh mozzarella bites, roasted tomato, bell pepper, basil, kale and an extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.

New Lunch Combinations & Sandwiches

  • ·         Tuscan Trio Combinations: Start with Soup, Salad & Breadsticks and add a new salad topping, a pasta side or a Small Plate.
  • ·         New Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich – Smashed chicken meatballs with roasted bell peppers and mozzarella on a focaccia bun.

New Dessert

  • ·         Salted Caramel Tiramisu – Layers of creamy caramel mousse and vanilla-soaked ladyfingers, topped with salted caramel crumble and chocolate shavings. Available for a limited time.

Connect with Olive Garden at Facebook.com/OliveGardenTwitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OfficialOliveGarden.

For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com.

Midwestern Food Obsession Comes to Orlando Bringing One Local Netizen To Tears

Guest Post by @RockstarExtreme

Close your eyes.

You’ve just walked into Cousins Subs.

The delicious smell of fresh-baked bread, tasty cookies, and happiness wrap around you. A friendly “Hello!” is heard echoing across the shop. Your friends that you just went out with last night, even your boss, are hanging out waving a friendly “hey” to you! The gentleman in front of you is just picking up his office order he placed online and smiles as he gets ready to head back to work knowing he will fully enjoy the meal ahead.

As you stand in line, you begin to ponder what you’re going to enjoy for your lunch today.

With so many options, how can you choose?

Between the amazing and famous Cheese Steak, the all so popular Meatball & Provolone, to the Big Daddy, there’s so many sub options! Then of course, you have to decide on sides! What better side than the OH so famous Wisconsin Cheese Curds! Of course, you could choose their perfectly flavored fries, or some chips! You have to make sure to get their famous cookies though for dessert and then you savor getting back to your office (or home) to indulge in this magnificent masterpiece!

Cousins subs is my all time favorite sub shop. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI right down the road from the store in Franklin, WI. I still remember going in and having the team say my dad’s name and that his order was done, then they would look at me and say “Hi Melanie! Would you like a cookie today?” Man. I felt like I was on top of the world whenever I went in there! I always remember how excited I was when my dad told us we were getting Cousins for lunch (or dinner)! Next to Friday Fish Fry’s back home, this was my favorite meal!

Now, of all places, I live in Orlando, FL. I haven’t been able to really go back home in about 10 years and enjoy all the great memories (like visiting the Lake Front, eating Kopp’s Ice Cream, Friday Fish Fry with the Family, or a quick and amazing Cousins Sub for lunch) so when I logged onto Twitter the other day and saw a tweet from Cousins, I freaked. I told them I wished they were here and I missed them. Lo and behold, they tweeted back:

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@cousinssubs ugh how I miss you guys soooooo much!!!! :( Come to Orlando, Fl #UCF area! So many good memories enjoying y'all as a kid ♥  — Melanie J (@RockstarExtreme) October 10, 2013    @RockstarExtreme we have some news you might be interested in.... http://t.co/V1VRMn7Dax  — Cousins Subs (@cousinssubs) October 10, 2013  @cousinssubs HOLY MOTHER OF SUBS THERE'S A COUSINS HERE?!?!?!?! Have I died and gone to heaven?!?!?! — Melanie J (@RockstarExtreme) October 10, 2013

Shut. Up. I began to freak out! I LOVE COUSINS SUBS! I had to divorce Jimmy Johns right then and there on the spot:

So here’s what I’m saying. I love Cousins Subs. I haven’t had the chance to do a full review of the one in Orlando yet, but I am going this week and cannot wait to share the great experience with you folks! And hey, if you want to join me, let’s make it a date! I would love to have you join me in a childhood favorite and remember, “A better day is just a bite away”!


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Check out the new Cousins Subs at SODO on South Orange Ave in Orlando.  Now Open.