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Chinotto Italian Soda in Orlando

Does anyone know of a place in/around Orlando that carries bitter(ish) Italian sodas like Chinotto or Bitter Red? I can find them on Amazon but the shipping is ridiculous relative to the cost of the soda.

I've never had either but I like Campari and my understanding is that Bitter Red is similar. I was told I might like Chinotto too although I understand it is quite different (more orange soda-y and less bitter).

Jul 05, 2013
glowworm in Florida

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

I don't like boiled eggs at all--but that is a normal "I don't like the way this tastes/feels" thing. Mayo, on the other hand, I am trying to sneak up on because I actually like it in a lot of things but I just don't like the idea of it. So I've gotten to like aioli and spicy mayonnaises and similar things so I am becoming more tolerant over time. I think it probably stemmed from some super gloppy tuna salad I had when I was little -- whatever, it's irrational.

Dec 08, 2012
glowworm in General Topics

Where are the best Orlando Mixologists & Food Trucks

Ravenous Pig and Rusty Spoon are my go-to spots for bartenders who like bartending. Also, I had a cocktail at HUE recently, in Thornton Park, and it was good and the bar was set up well (no pre-fab sour, and they had house-made bitters I think) but I wasn't there long so I couldn't really investigate. LUMA, on Park Avenue, also has bartenders that know their stuff (homemade lemoncello was there when I visited a few months ago and they also make some original bitters and such).

Feb 01, 2012
glowworm in Florida

Green Apple Sparkler

I'd just use seltzer--the syrup should have good flavor without a flavored mixer.

Jul 04, 2011
glowworm in Recipes

Non-oaked red wine

I am in a similar situation and it isn't that I think that pollen is in the wine, rather I am considering the possibility that I am also allergic to some other element of oak however, since I don't suck on oak trees the only time I would encounter this element is via wine. Of course, it could be something else, as others have suggested, so I have started keeping track of wine vs how I feel to see if any consistent pattern emerges.

Jun 11, 2011
glowworm in Wine

Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen in Winter Park is finally open (and worth the wait)!

I'm hardly ever on that end of town so I'm not real familiar with it (but I used to go to Stephano's when it was over there a million years ago). Is this in a building right on Aloma or is it in a strip mall or something, set back from the road?

Mar 04, 2011
glowworm in Florida

Please recommend me a semi-formal, good, Italian or Chinese restaurant in Orlando

If you end up downtown and the weather is nice, I recommend Gargi's on Lake Ivanhoe. The food is good, the feel is old school and the veranda that overlooks the lake is a great atmosphere for a meal around dusk.

http://www.gargislakeside.com/Gargis_...

Mar 01, 2011
glowworm in Florida

Epcot (or Magic Kingdom) dining in the park

I said the opposite of what I meant. I meant to say "the $$ are only usable inside the parks", not outside.

Feb 18, 2011
glowworm in Florida

Epcot (or Magic Kingdom) dining in the park

I'm going to Epcot (and can hop over to the Magic Kingdom) tomorrow (Saturday 2/19). I have about $130 bonus Disney dollars from my credit card that I'm unlikely to ever spend outside of the park. Is there any "must do" restaurants or experiences in the park that I should check out? Without any research I would probably head over to the French place since I've had good food there before.

I haven't been to Epcot in 5? or so years so anything new I am unaware of. Also the $$ are not usable in the parks themselves (they may not be technically "Disney dollars" since they are from Chase but they are similar). So no V&A, although $130 would only cover the cost to come in and watch other people eat there anyway. :P

I can go over that budget for somethng good but I want to spend in the $130- $200 range for 2 people so the bucks don't go to waste.

Thanks for any insight!

Feb 18, 2011
glowworm in Florida

Recs on Shrimp and Grits in Orlando area

The ones at the Pig are very good. It's decent-sized even though it is an app. Another small plate or a salad and it would be a good meal.

Feb 18, 2011
glowworm in Florida

How to Tell If a Cowardly Troll Is Pretentious

I don't get the meadium-rare thing either. Medium-rare hate, who knew?

Feb 18, 2011
glowworm in Features

Bulgarian (Eastern European) Food in Orlando

On Mills, near 50, there is a market/cafe that carries a lot of Russian items. They probably have Eastern European items too. The name of the place is International Market and it is on the east side of the street, south of Colonial but north of Virginia. I have not been but I have had several friends say it was good. Scott Joseph (food critic) gave the to-go food he got there a good review. I think it is more of a market than a cafe though.

Dec 23, 2010
glowworm in Florida

The Curse of the Touchy-Feely Server

If an incidental touch or a fleeting touch on my shoulder caused me a lot of distress, I hope I would focus more on whatever personal issues I might have that would cause such a disproportionate reaction to a trivial encounter. Inappropriate, perhaps, but if a minor touch ruined my evening then I would better off looking inward for an answer rather than focusing on the waitstaff. People should be able to shrug off such trivial slights without a lot of distress.

(Not that I haven't fumed over trivial matters before but ultimately it is to my benefit to realize that I'm being ridiculous.)

Dec 22, 2010
glowworm in Features

Best Indian Food - Orlando

I'm no expert on Indian food but Woodlands on South Orange Blossom Trail has been good when I have gone there for the lunch buffet and it seems generally well regarded by the vegetarians that I know. It is entirely vegetarian. I'm not sure of the buffet price but entrees run $7 - $10 and they have several "dinners" that are mixed plates of several different items and sides that cost about $15. The buffet is available only at lunch.

http://www.woodlandsusa.com/
(They have three locations but only one is in Orlando).

Dec 07, 2010
glowworm in Florida

measuring "parts" in cocktail recipes?

Don't forget some recipes are just poorly written. I've seen recipies that were "1 part this, 2 parts that and 4 oz soda" or that refer to an ingredient in the body copy that isn't listed elsewhere. Especially on the internet a lot of recipes could use a good pass by an editor so if you really can't make sense of it, maybe it just doesn't make sense.

Nov 22, 2010
glowworm in Spirits

Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

Thank you for stating the requirements so clearly, swobhe.

I think if for some reason JD wanted to put "bourbon" on the label, the feds would let them. The filtering-as-flavor is a stretch to my mind but maybe you are right.

Regardless, if a bartender throws attitude about JD being referred to as bourbon then he or she is just being snooty. The main difference is marketing ("Tennessee Sippin' Whisky" is undefined). Even if the sugar maple filtering counts as flavor being added JD is still a so very close to bourbon that the lumping them in the same category hardly a big deal in most contexts (i.e. referring to a Jack & Coke as a bourbon & Coke). If you're having a bourbon tasting then, yes, specifcs are warranted but most of the time referring to JD as a bourbon is just ignoring the marketing.

Nov 22, 2010
glowworm in Spirits

Food Terminology that makes you CRAZY!!

I agree with a lot of these but have never thought of "nosh" as pretentious. I use nosh for things like snacking on peanut butter and crackers or eating potato chips. Usually if I'm noshing it is on very unpretentious food. True I could use the verb "snack" but nosh, if anything, sounds more laid back to me. Maybe it's just regional differences (although ethnicity could certainly make a difference but I'm not Jewish so that wouldn't really explain much in my case).

Oct 27, 2010
glowworm in Not About Food

The Groupon of Doom

I use halfpricedepot.com, which avoids the worst of the groupon problems by offering a set amount of each deal. After they sell 200 (or whatever) of certificates for restaurant X, they are out of that until the restaurant replenishes the supply. I'm not sure how the supplier side works but some deals are refreshed every few days, some seem like they happen once a month or so and some just go away and aren't heard from again.

Sep 22, 2010
glowworm in Features

North Pond for anniversary - anything I should know?

Thanks, that is exactly the information I was looking for. I checked the sunset time before making the reservation so we'll get there about 5:30 for the 5:45 sunset. I'll bring sure to dress in layers (I'm from Florida so I'm not really used to thinking about the weather to that degree--good advice).

Sep 21, 2010
glowworm in Chicago Area

North Pond for anniversary - anything I should know?

My husband and I are visiting Chicago during the first week of November. Neither of us have been before (well, as adults anyway--a day of pizza and the Sears tower is fun for a 5-year old but I don't really think that makes me a jaded Chicago vet tourist). Our anniversary is on that Tuesday so I checked this board and some websites and made a reservation at North Pond, which isn't far from where we're staying.

Since this is a pretty significant vacation for us and it's our anniversary, I really want the experience to be fantastic. Is there anything I should be aware of or request regarding the reservation? Do I need to request a good view or is the whole restaurant pretty appealing that way? Is there someplace to avoid being seated? Anything particularly great to try on the menu?

(Tangent--we may go someplace for live music after dinner so if you have a recommendation that is in the same neighborhood that would be good to know too.)

I'm really looking forward to our week in Chicago so any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Sep 21, 2010
glowworm in Chicago Area

Would you go to a restaurant that doesn't serve beer, wine or any alcohol

I would go but I think it would be an uphill battle since you would lose out on alcohol profits. For a fast/casual place I don't think it would be a deal-breaker though. I don't think I've ever thought about ordering alcohol at "Catfish Pad" or "Blue Plate Diner" types of places. But then I don't drink beer and that would likely be the most popular alcohol at a casual comfort food place.

Sep 07, 2010
glowworm in Not About Food

Chicago food tour - is it worth it?

I am planning a trip to Chicago and while researching I stumbled across a free service offered by the Chicago Office of Tourism. They provide "Greeter" tours where you let them know when you are coming and select what subject you are interested in (ethnic delis, farmers' markets, gay Chicago, African American heritage, downtown architecture, etc, etc) and they arrange for a local volunteer with an interest in that subject to show you around. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds like a great idea and might be an good alternative to a paid tour. Google "Chicago Greeter Tour" for more information.

Jul 08, 2010
glowworm in Chicago Area

Babies in Bars

Good column, Helena. barryg, I agree. There are bars that are for certain sets of people in my town but there are plenty of bars that people go to because of location i.e. neighborhood bars or after-work bars that aren't particularly culturally segregated. Of course location causes some segregation but I think they are still closer to everyman pubs than to like-minded-people bars, especially at happy hour. I think many places don't get very segregated till later in the evening.

Jun 02, 2010
glowworm in Features

A Check on Rude Behavior

SeitansMinion, it sounds to me like the person who is bothered by the behavior is fixating on a really minor transgression--and many people wouldn't even recognize it as a transgression. Remember, the questioner said it was an "unwritten rule"; from the sound of it, it is probably an unspoken rule too and the credit card guy may not even realize that "confused" is irritated. I file this firmly under the heading of "There are some 'problems' that are not worth 'correcting' ".

May 27, 2010
glowworm in Features

Orlando - any good BBQ joints?

I have yet to make it to 4 Rivers because it is always packed when ever I drive by. Which is a pretty good testament to how good it is supposed to be. All the reviews I've read of it have been raves.

I have been to Blackwater and Cecil's and like them both a lot. They are south of downtown; both of them are off of South Orange Avenue.

Apr 30, 2010
glowworm in Florida

The Top Four Worst Coffeehouse Faux Pas

Saying "Hello" to a service provider (or to any other human who isn't shooting at you) seems pretty obvious; I'm surprised that even one person is taking issue with what amounts to basic civility. But "don't bother the barista" and "reuse your cup" aren't addressing gaffes; they are addressing preferences not blunders. If a coffeeshop doesn't want anyone to speak to the barista they can arrange their space so the barista isn't the easiest person to speak to. If they can't, then the barista just has to suck it up and realize that part of his/her job is to handle some questions. If the barista is busy then the cashier is probably busy too.

Apr 30, 2010
glowworm in Features

Bourbon-Marinated Flank Steak

I made something similar to this but used applejack instead of bourbon and it was very good.

Apr 05, 2010
glowworm in Recipes

Orlando--Where are the late night (after 11pm/12am) chow-worthy places near the Convention Center? (Although I will travel for great chow:-)

Pom Pom's on Bumby is open very late on the weekends now. I'm not sure if it is what you are looking for--it has great, creative sandwiches but isn't fancy and the menu is pretty narrow (i.e. sandwiches and tea for the most part).

Mar 31, 2010
glowworm in Florida

Hamburger Mary's

I've only been to the Orlando location; the burgers are good. The other food is....well, the burgers are good. :)

But good burgers and a bit of showmanship is enough to keep me visiting from time to time.

Mar 31, 2010
glowworm in Florida

Orlando Recommendations?

If they are going to be in the Winter Park area I would try to fit in the Ravenous Pig. It's one of my favorite restaurants with an eclectic menu and a very nice wine list. There is a restaurant area and a bar area so it might be a nice substitute for their wine-bar needs, especially if they want to nosh a little too. It's a foodie's delight.

They are closed on Sundays and Mondays though (I point it out because I know I always end up at places that are closed when I'm on vacation since I'm not on a typical working schedule).

Mar 31, 2010
glowworm in Florida