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The Big Five-O

on April 18, 2014

The sun was slowly starting to reach the west, almost dusk. I don’t know, maybe I was rushing the whole sunset thing because, the feeling of excitement was upon me. It was around 7:00 pm eastern time. Steve and I stepped out of his truck as the free valet parking attendants took our truck off our hands and we walked towards the most colorful of all places, with the exception of Disney World. It was total eye candy.Image

Located at the start of what we call here in Orlando, as “restaurant row”,  Rocco’s Tacos. I picked this particular venue to hold Steve’s 50th birthday. We stepped into the outside bar at the front entrance, and it seemed as if it was welcoming us inImage 2014-04-17 19.03.23with open arms. Oh and don’t even get me started on the array of Margarita’s, each in their own whimsical like glasses. Image

Melissa was our bartender, and she was so pleasant and made sure that our entire family’s needs were taken care of up until the time our table was ready. It had such a playful atmosphere with all the bold colors and a  front door that you see in huge buildings in New York. You know the kind, the ones as a kid you would go round and round in until your mom pulled you out.Image


As the hostess walks us all to our table, there was just some much to take in. The glass covered kitchen where you could watch all the chefs at work, to the decor that was just everywhere. The colors. so many bright and beautiful colors. We were greeted then by Christina, our server who took care of our every need. The huge round table which I totally loved because everyone felt included in all the conversations that were going on. Christina also made each one of us feel as if we were the only person that mattered while she conversed with us individually. I mean I was so watching her with each one in my party,  I really couldn’t hear what she was saying but you could just tell by their faces, it was so cool. Now came the guacamole made table side and the fresh salsa and warm tortilla chips. I could of just eaten that and had been happy. but of course that was not going to happen. Each of us chose something different so we could taste a little of everything, from home made empanadas, fish tacos, to their fresh tuna ceviche. Here are a few pictures of some of the entrees we had.Image2014-04-17 20.11.30

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Now while were we enjoying our meals, Christina showed us what was behind the curtain that has been peaking our curiosity. When she opened the curtain it was a complete private bar set up in case you decided to rent the whole room. Let me show you.ImageImageImage


The lake behind the restaurant is known as Sand Lake so let me show you some of that.ImageImage

So then night falls and this is what you can enjoy.ImageImageImage

At the end of the evening when all the lights were twinkling and our bellies were so full, it was a great 50th birthday for my sweetie, surrounded by family and great friends. If your in Orlando, be sure to make this one of your stops for a great dining experience.

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