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Where You Taste The Love


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Today was a sister’s lunch date. She chose Bartaco which is a hot spot for the locals in the Dr. Phillips area off “Restaurant Row”.

I brought along a gift basket, I’d made, for my niece Danielle’s birthday. I filled it with all the essentials. She loves to bake.

As you enter Bartaco the interior walls have a white-washed look with inspiring photography on the walls, woven basket light fixtures, and a sprawling bar in the center, you’d think you were in a bar on the beach in South America.

Here’s a peek at our visit to BarTaco. For more information visit them at http://www.bartaco.com.

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Outdoor Seating

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Maxine’s On Shine

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My daughter’s home for a visit and I wanted to take her to one of our local and well-known restaurants, Maxine’s On Shine. Maxine’s is located in downtown Orlando which is really right around the corner from where I live. My sister Tina’s also going to join us for dinner.

First, let me show you a few pictures of the inside of Maxine’s.

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Girls’ night out! Dinner and drinks with my sister Tina, and my daughter Melissa. Am I squinting or just really happy?

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It’s best said, “they are a romantic eatery featuring an eclectic menu, regular live music, and whimsical 40’s style decor”. Here’s a peek at their menu.

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How about what we ordered. The Bruschetta.

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The Key West Crab Cakes With Firecracker Sauce.

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The Wine Lover’s Board.

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Drunken Mussels.

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Lobster Ravioli.

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Finally, The Chilean Sea Bass served over a lobster and corn risotto and topped with a saffron mousse.

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For more information visit their website at http://www.maxinesonshine.com. 

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Urbain 40 American Brasserie And Lounge



The Dellagio Town Center is located on Sand Lake Rd. The locals living in the Orlando area call this particular strip of road as “restaurant row”.  Restaurateurs of the culinary world have set up shop and are definitely here to stay. My daughter just recently came home for a visit and we decided to check out a restaurant called Urbain 40. We had an amazing dining experience. The atmosphere, both in the restaurant and lounge gave you this very carefree feeling. The lounge was set off to one side of the main dining area. The live music was a mix of blues and jazz which was perfect in its paring of the lounge’s decor.

We started out with the Tuna Carpaccio.  For our entree, we each had a burger, topped with their bacon made in-house. If I had to describe the meal, I would say, life-changing! They took the hamburger to the next level and beyond. If you are a lover of great wines then you will be pleased. Visit http://www.urbain40.com.

Here’s a peek into Urbain 40 American Brasserie.

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