Fresco Y Más Grand Opening

There's a new store coming to town, and it's called Fresco y Más!

If you're not from South Florida, then you're probably not familiar with this grocery store chain. The first Fresco y Más location opened its doors on June 15, 2016, in Hialeah, Fla., providing customers an authentic Hispanic shopping experience.

On April 18th, Orlando will be home to a new Fresco y Más location! With two additional locations opening up in Tampa on April 11th!

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más location will include a brand new Latin Butcher, in-store café, an expanded selection of tropical fruits and a wide array of Hispanic baked goods. 

A new “Cocina” (kitchen) with chefs offering a range of freshly prepared, delicious dishes from scratch and daily specials, including arroz congris (rice dish), Pan con Bistec (steak), garbanzo (beans) and mojo pork.

Fresco Y Mas

Refreshed produce department featuring a farmer’s market with a wider selection of tropical fruits and customer favorites like malanga root, green plantains, and salad tomatoes.

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Fresco y Más, works with more than 200 Florida and regional growers to source fresh produce.

Fresco Y Mas

An all-new, full-service Latin butcher shop (Carniceria) will offer an expanded selection of fresh, custom cut meats including t-bone steak, roast beef, whole or half top round, and pork loin.

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The renovated bakery department will offer an expanded selection of Hispanic pastries and local baked goods, including flan, tres leches, croquettes, and custom tres leches cakes, made fresh daily, as well as a wider selection of local favorites.

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Fresco y Más stores will also feature new saving programs such as “Low Price Every Day,” offering savings on more than 800 popular products, an all-new Dollar Zone, that features over 600 everyday essentials for just $1 and an all-new Wall of Value! 

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más store will feature bilingual signs through their store, offer residents an authentic Hispanic shopping experience that truly reflects the desires of the local Hispanic community.

The grand opening will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, and the first 500 customers to arrive at the grand opening event will receive a free mystery gift card valued between $5-$500! 

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Each new Fresco y Más will also be holding a competition among local schools where customers will have the opportunity to vote for the school that will win a $5,000 donation! 

Orlando Location:
April 18th
7382 E. Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32822

Tampa Locations:
April 11th
8424 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33615

4056 N. Armenia Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33607

Fresco Y Mas

Will you be attending the grand opening?

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresco y MásAll opinions are 100% my own.


Fat Ones Opens in Florida Mall!

Joey Fatone's new restaurant, hilariously called Fat Ones (a play on his last name and reputation for being the "fat one" in *NSYNC) recently made it's debut inside the Florida Mall.

“It’s very exciting to see one of your dreams actually becoming a reality,” Fatone told FoxNews.com. “It’s been many years coming and I can’t believe it’s finally here.”

I was invited to their soft opening where I not only sampled a few of their menu items but also had the opportunity to meet Joey!  Every time I've run into him in Orlando, he's always been so gracious and down to earth.

Fat Ones- Florida Mall

The menu includes “Sloppy Joe” hot dog that comes with chili and nacho sauce, a pressed Cuban style dog, a signature “Fat One” that Fatone says is big enough for two or three to share, and the aptly named “Boybander” - a sampler with five mini hot dogs.

The stand also serves fries and nine flavors of Italian ice.

Fat Ones- Florida Mall
Fat Ones-  Florida Mall

My favorite flavor was Piña Colada!

Fat One- Florida Mall

For now, Fat One's is a stand-alone kiosk inside the mall but Fatone has big plans for his brand. “We’re starting in Orlando but I could see branches of Fat One's expanding all over the country.”

Let's sure hope so!

In the meantime, if you're in Orlando, go check out Fat Ones at the Florida Mall and support our boy Joey!

Fat Ones - The Florida Mall Dining Pavillion

8001 Orange Blossom Trail
 Orlando, FL 32809


Umi Japanese Fusion Cuisine

If there is one dish I could eat every day, it would easily be sushi.

I've tried many places around town but there are only a couple of restaurants I like and frequently visit.

Umi is definitely one of them!

umi restaurant park ave

I was first introduced to Umi a year ago, when I was invited to their grand opening event. From the moment I walked in, I loved everything about their establishment. From their set up, to customer service and food- Umi does it right!

Since then, I've gone back for girls night, lunch, hosting an event, and even International Sake day.

Yes, that's an actual holiday. But to be honest, I'd find any excuse to throw down Umi's Pineapple infused sake any day of the year.

Celebrating International Sake Day at @umiwinterpark!! 🙌🏼🍍🍸

A photo posted by Fiorella // Metanoia Living (@metanoialiving) on

To celebrate their one year anniversary this month, Umi has added some fresh new menu items to present new flavors and ingredients and expand upon variety and quality to their already popular menu.

Umi graciously invited me to sample their new delectable dishes.

The delicious feast started off with a couple of refreshing cocktails, Fresh Suika and a Very Berry Mojito, edamame and a Spicy Jalapeno Roll.

Umi Winter Park

The sushi chef is very particular in the type of fish and seafood he purchases. Quality is the main criteria he looks for and will not use anything that does not meet his standards. He buys the whole fish and prepares it himself. Deliveries are done up to 3 times a week in order to maintain freshness to their guests.

The sushi rice is made using the highest grade rice grains and it's prepared in traditional methods using a large wooden rice mixing tub called a Hangiri.

Spicy Jalapeno Roll: Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, jalapeño, wrapped with spicy tuna, sliced jalapeño, spicy mayo drizzle, and side of spicy kobachi sauce.

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Umi Winter Park

After devouring the first course, the focus shifted to the next plate.

Umi's Bento Tray! Their creative twist to the typical Japanese Bento box.

There are two versions- raw and cooked. I opted to sample the cooked Bento Tray.

Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park

My Cooked Bento Tray du Jour- consisting of the chef's daily selection of assorted cooked and small dishes was exceptional!

That day, the selection had a great variety and I was able to sample a few items I probably wouldn't have ordered on my own.

  • Homestyle Bibimbap served with a perfectly poached egg.
  • Cured Salmon over vegetables with balsamic teriyaki sauce.
  • Kimchi Croquette
  • Bacon Wrapped Cherry Tomatoes
  • California Roll
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I was most excited to try out the Kyo Katsu- a dish you cook yourself on a hot rock.

Kyo Katsu: Panko breaded NY strip steak (5oz)- flash-fried, served with a side of napa cabbage tossed in house-made orange dressing and a side of katsu sauce.

All sauces at Umi are homemade, even the soy sauce (which is called "Tsukuri") is modified to create a smokey flavor.  It's made with Mirin which is a rice wine, sake and bonito flakes.

Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park

Another unique signature for the restaurant is the use of their Robatayaki Grill.

Umi uses Binchotan charcoal- made from White Oak. The charcoal is imported from Asia and is quite expensive.  It is as natural as can be- no chemicals. It burns odorless and smokeless and burns at over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It instantly sears and locks in the juices.  

The meats, seafood and vegetables cooked on the Robatayaki Grill are implemented into the sushi rolls and plated menu items.  There is a section of the menu that is just Robata grilled items that are ordered a la carte and served for dinner.

Umi Winter park
Umi Winter Park

Pretty much anything cooked on the Robatayaki Grill will be delicious, but my favorites so far are the pork belly, skirt steak and squid. So good!

Besides all the mouth watering food at Umi, they also carry a boutique wine list of over 40 wines, Japanese imported beer, local craft beer and Soju cocktails

HAPPY HOUR

Drinks
Everyday: 5-6:30p
Sat & Sun: 12p-3p

Small Plates
Mon - Thu: 5p-6:30p

Umi is the perfect place for any occasion or celebration. From lunch, happy hour to dinner- Umi will be your new favorite restaurant on Park Avenue!

Umi Japanese Restaurant

525 S. Park Avenue
 Winter Park, FL 32789

407-960-3993


Wahlburger's Grand Opening in Orlando!

The long awaited Wahlburgers in Orlando is finally open!

I was lucky enough to score a coveted spot to their invite only VIP grand opening party held at their new Downtown restaurant- which is the first Florida location so far.

Walhburgers Orlando

As you can imagine, the street was shut down and filled with hundreds of fans eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of the Wahlberg brothers,  Paul and Mark.

Donnie unfortunately couldn't attend due to a prior work engagement.

A&E cameras were also present filming for the brother's reality TV show, Wahlburgers, now on their 5th season- premiering on March 9th.

The restaurant, located in the SunTrust Building at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue, was only open for the VIP guests that night. 

Among the VIPs included Johnny's House from XL 106.7, former N’Syncer Joey Fatone, attorney and billboard giant Mark NeJame, franchise investors and owners and Orlando city officials.

The grand opening red carpet event brought a lot of excitement and attention to the downtown Orlando area.

The brothers raved about Orlando saying that it was the perfect spot to start their franchise in Florida. Other locations are rumored to be in the works, including Miami and Tampa.

Owner, Manny Garcia, signed a deal that will bring 20 Wahlburgers locations throughout Florida over the next several years.

"These agreements put us closer to our vision of making Wahlburgers a happy part of people's lives across America and around the world. Donnie, Paul, and I appreciate the support of our fans and all those who love great burgers," said Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg said it’s his job to bring as much attention as possible to the brand but humbly gives all the credit to his brother Paul, who serves as the restaurant’s executive chef.

“People may come in to the restaurant out of curiosity because of myself or Donnie but the reason why they’re going to come back is because of the experience that Paul provides,” said Mark Wahlberg.

I've been to a few grand openings before but nothing compares to this one. The amount of people and love shown was incomparable.

Even though the party was inside the restaurant, both Paul and Mark made sure to say hi to everyone waiting outside.

Everybody was drawn in by the brothers... and of course the food!

All of their burgers are made with quality, fresh ingredients that are classic favorites with a few creative spins.

The Wahlberg brothers are the real deal- super talented and so down to earth. I can't say enough about them. Genuinely nice guys!

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Before the event came to an end, Mark and Paul went outside and shared a touching speech and toast with everyone from the VIP party, as well as their devoted fans that had been waiting outside for hours. 

After the toast, Mark was whisked away but Paul, being hands on, stayed behind to make sure everything ran smoothly inside the restaurant.

I stayed behind for some more food... What a shocker!

Not pictured but I highly suggest getting the onion rings- crispy fried Bermuda onions sliced thin, tossed in sea salt and parsley. They were everything!!

And this is coming from someone who hates onion rings.

Get them... and everything else on their menu!

Make sure you stop by and taste one of the best burgers in town!

Walhburgers Orlando

                 200 S. Orange Avenue                 

Orlando, Florida 32801

Telephone: 407-293-7777