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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

I love finding new places to dine in the Orlando area and I love meeting people!  So when I found out about a local meetup group that goes out to area restaurants for dinner, it was a match made in heaven!

Cooper Hawk Winery

I was blown away when I entered Cooper’s Hawk Winery. The gift shop and bar area were spectacular. It was the perfect spot to try out their hand crafted wines and pick up a gift for that hard to shop for family member. The Cooper’s Hawk Winery produces around 600,000 gallons of wine each year and since Opening in late 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received over 300 wine awards from various local, national, and international wine competitions.

Cooper Hawk Winery

If  you’re not in the mood for wine or you’re looking for a little chocolate to pair with one of your favorite wines, look no further than the delicious array of chocolate treats located adjacent to the wine bar.

Cooper Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk has well appointed and comfortable dining area’s with a variety of seating. In this picture you can see how a bottle of wine is served in one of Cooper’s Hawk signature wine decanters. Just another way to make your dining experience enjoyable!

Asian Pork Belly Tostados

Then there’s the food….sigh. I started off the night with their Award Winning Asian Pork Belly Tostadas, enjoying the Southern Grilled Shrimp & Polenta for dinner. Service was excellent, with management making their rounds throughout the night checking with their guests to make sure everyone was having a good meal and a good evening. Cooper’s Hawk has a varied and imaginative menu with something for every palate.  You’ll enjoy choosing your meal from classic meat and seafood dishes, burgers, pasta, salads, gluten free and their low calorie Life Balance menu.

Just make sure to save room for dessert. All desserts are made in-house daily by our chefs and are large enough to be shared, I can highly recommend the Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding and the Banana Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich. I will need to make a return trip just to try the rest of their desserts!

Cooper’s Hawk Winery has two Orlando area locations: 529 N. Alafaya Trail in the Waterford Lakes area and 8005 International Drive in the I-Drive area.

Tasting Room & Restaurant Hours are: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 9:30 pm : Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 10:30 pm  : Sunday:  11 am – 9 pm

Bar Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10:30 pm : Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 11:30 pm  :  Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Waterford Lakes Gets 12th Central Florida Woof Gang Bakery

Humans and furry citizens of Waterford Lakes, Your Neighborhood Pet Store is now right around the corner. Pup-pare yourselves…

This Saturday (January 17th, 9am to 8pm) you too will join the ranks of Lake Mary, Dr. Phillips, Thornton Park, Winter Park and seven other Central Florida locations. Yes, YOU will have your own Woof Gang Bakery! Incidentally, according to PetBusiness.com, ranks Woof Gang as one of their Top 25 Retailers and credits their clear focus on service and nutrition.

Pamper your pooch with gourmet samples, toys and treatments this Saturday beginning at 9am. The first twenty VIP(pooche)s through the doggy door will receive, among other great in-store samples, FREE TREATS FOR A YEAR! Also, Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida and Openheart Rescue Division will be on hand at around 1pm to lend a paw in connecting furry anipals to new families and learning about holistic at-home treatments for your pet like home remedies for ear mites in cat. Pets and human family members of all ages are welcome!

Address and phone number for the new Waterford Lakes location:

308 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida 32828

(407) 219-4805

For more information, click over to Woof Gang Waterford’s Facebook Event Page.


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Fresh to Order Restaurant Opens in Waterford Lakes, with 7 more Orlando locations planned!

We have the details by the very talented By Lisa Wilk,please be sure to follow her on twitter:  @TasteCookSip

(Giveaway below!)

Here is her full review:  Fresh To Go restaurant opens in Waterford Lakes, bringing Fast-Fine food to Orlando 

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A new dining franchise has entered the Orlando dining scene, Atlanta based Fresh to Order opened April 8th introducing it’s “Fast-Fine” dining concept to Orlando. What is “Fast—Fine” dining? Owner of the Orlando market franchise, Giriam Patel, defines this new restaurant category as fresh, quality ingredients with all menu items scratch-made and served in a casual environment. The large menu ranges from appetizers to salads, burgers, sandwiches, kids items and finally, full entrees that can be ordered in ¾ and full portions. We had a chance to sample through some of the items on the menu recently at a media preview, for an entrée the Salmon is a very nice option.

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The Salmon is brought in fresh, not frozen, and cut down into portions in the Fresh to Order kitchens. The Roasted Corn Peanut Relish topping starts with fresh ears of corn roasted over the kitchen grill, then the corn kernels are cut from the cob. The relish imparted a slightly smoky flavor and the grilled salmon was a hearty portion. The entrée was served with a side salad and a Wheat Berry Rice ($14.00) Mr. Patel points out that a comparable dish at area restaurants would be priced about $25.00 and might not be a comparable (larger) portion size when made with the fresh ingredients. The fish was cooked well and fresh tasting, the relish and sauce were tasty accents to the fish. The mixed green salad was dressed nicely in a house vinaigrette, with the Wheat Berry Rice a tasty and unique accompaniment. Finishing out this filling entrée was a grilled piece of fresh ciabatta, a nice touch. For more menu details and tasting notes, check out Taste Cook Sip.

FreshToGoLocationPhotoByTasteCookSip

The location of the Fresh to Go in Waterford Lakes is prime; the restaurant surrounded by plenty of parking and located off of the entrance by the Orlando Ale House Waterford Lakes. It’s very easy to get in and out of the Waterford Lakes complex and find parking at prime dining hours. This location is continuing to evolve, as outdoor umbrellas will be added providing a nice shaded patio. Takeout parking spots will be designated very shortly, allowing on the go diners to dash in for takeout or have their prepaid orders delivered curbside. iPads with full nutrition information are currently in development and should be onsite in the next few months. The iPads will allow diner to sort their menu preferences by dietary preferences to include Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian and Vegan. Currently, all nutritional information is available online for customers to review.

When asked about expansion plans, Patel offered that he is currently in various stages of negotiations with three parcels throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake County, as well as collaborating with other restaurants like Tao. It is his goal to have one of those locations open by the end of 2014 and a total of 8 Fresh to Orlando area locations open in the next two years. Look for future locations in suburban areas, away from the attractions. From Orlando he plans to take Fresh to Order to Tampa and then Jacksonville. Big plans! We asked Patel what are the Top 5 things Central Floridians should know about Fresh to Order, the answer was 1) Unique concept 2) Different food options 3) Affordable price point 4) Quality ingredients and 5) From Scratch items, all made in house.

Fresh to Order- Waterford Lakes

851 North Alafaya Trail

Orlando, FL 32828

(407) 203-2060

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 9pm

http://www.freshtoorder.com/f2o-waterford-lakes

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LisaWilkLisa Wilk is a wine and food writer who has lived in the Orlando metro area since 1994; she has enjoyed changing and growing right along with Orlando in those years. Now married with a husband, rescue cat, rescue dog and her folks adopted pug- there is always something to do. Lisa enjoys all that Orlando has to offer and hopes that you will Taste, Cook & Sip along- as there is so much to discover.  (Be sure to check out her site: http://www.tastecooksip.com/ and she also tweets at @winechix!  ) 

Waterford Lakes Bonefish Grill Raises More Than $7,100 for Runway To Hope

Bonefish Grill opens a new Waterford Lakes location this week at 12301 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 101 in Orlando. In anticipation of the grand opening and to demonstrate community support, Bonefish Grill held a Charity Night on August 10 to raise funds for Runway To Hope. Attendees enjoyed fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails, and spectacular ambiance and music— all for a great cause—raising more than $7,100 for the program.

“We are thrilled to open our doors today and become part of the Waterford Lakes community,” said Merle Watson, managing partner of Bonefish Grill in Waterford Lakes. “Our team is excited to provide locals and visitors alike with the classic Bonefish Grill experience—from fresh fish and innovative dishes to, warm hospitality and inviting atmosphere—our goal is to ensure exceptional dining from beginning to end, and elevate the restaurant to a level that’d give competition to London’s best restaurants.”

The award-winning restaurant’s “Fresh Fish Experts” bring wood-grilled fish, seafood and chops, innovative sauces and indulgent desserts to this western Orlando community. Coupling great-tasting food with a welcoming bar that features an array of ‘bar-fresh’ cocktails, extensive craft beer selections and an adventurous wine list, Bonefish Grill will excite and delight guests no matter what their mood.

Patrons can expect to dive into a culinary experience, choosing from signature appetizers and hand helds including Bonefish Grill’s famous Bang Bang Shrimp, PEI Mussels Josephine and “American Style” Kobe Beef Burgers. Guests can also select simply-grilled fish with a choice of four signature sauces or truly indulge with market-fresh “specials” that change daily to offer guests a variety of seasonal flavors and selections from around the world.

The 5,424-square-foot Waterford Lakes restaurant features a spacious dining room with an open kitchen and a large, energetic bar area that includes three community tables. The interior’s sleek design features beautiful golden hardwood and hand-blown glass amber lamps throughout the restaurant. An attractive array of three-dimensional art, ranging from large-scale metal sculptures of mangroves and fishing scenes to a large mystical fish rubbing, enhances the ambience felt throughout the restaurant.

Dinner is served seven days a week:  from 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, including Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. While reservations are not required, they are available by calling (407) 275-2397. An ample number of seats are available nightly for walk-ups.

For more information on Bonefish Grill, visit http://www.bonefishgrill.comfacebook.com/BonefishGrill or follow us on Twitter (@bonefishgrill) and start here to purchase freshly handpicked crab meat and other tasty seafood of your choice.

About Bonefish Grill : Founded in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Bonefish Grill experience is the perfect recipe marrying simplicity, quality and consistency in food, service, ambiance and value. As the “Fresh Fish Experts,” Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties.  Knowledgeable and attentive Bonefish Grill Anglers (our service staff) provide the best in what we like to call “chef’s coat service.” Our Anglers pride themselves on guiding our guests’ journey through our innovative, seasonal menu and specials, which feature only the highest-quality, freshest ingredients, including traditional and unique varieties of fish and seafood as well as numerous non-seafood items.  We combine this with a big-city bar that offers bar fresh cocktails and an affordable, interesting wine list.

Recently named “Best Seafood Restaurant in the Nation” by a leading consumer product guide, Bonefish Grill has locations in several states and prides itself on the local feel of each restaurant.  For more information on Bonefish Grill, visit www.bonefishgrill.comfacebook.com/BonefishGrill or follow us on Twitter via @bonefishgrill.