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Orlando Live – The Blogger Episode!

The Top 5 is so excited to be on Orlando Live, a kicking broadcast that focuses on all things Orlando. Hosted by Peter Murphy, the show explores everything the City Beautiful has to offer, including local celebs ranging from Dwight Howard, Mayor Buddy Dyer, celebrity chefs, musicians and their bands, singers like Jacqueline Jones, and many many more!

Occasionally Murphy focuses on bloggers, including J from J’s Everyday Fashion, Mark Baratelli of The Daily City, and Gustavo Hernando of Dafoodie to name a few. This Sunday night, Murphy is turning his attention to Top 5 editor Bess Auer and the Pulse of Central Forida’s Kimberly Taylor and Ashley K. Edwards.  We’ll be discussing things to do in Orlando as well as what makes this City such a wonderful place to live and work.

J from J's Everyday Fashion being interview by Peter Murphy.

So, how can you see the special blogger episode?  Tune in and watch LIVE this Sunday night, starting at 9 pm…there is surely the potential for some major bloopers!  So remember on Sunday night to go to Orlandolivestreaming.com to see it.

We’ll definitely give a shout out to the Top 5 fans! Woot!


Filed under Blogger Extraordinaire, Celebrity, Fun, Orlando

Take Out for Thanksgiving? Oh yeah!

So, I met up with several Orlando area tweeters and bloggers at Boston Market for a tasting of the restaurant’s newly enhanced menu. I spent time with @dafoodie, @thedailycity, @kiran_, and @tastychomps and we had a lovely time catching up over some very yummy food.

Top 5 editor Bess Auer with Mark Baratelli of the The Daily City and Kiran Srivastava of Chatterbox.

Now, the non-foodie in me (I love to eat but not to cook!) started to think a bit ahead… Thanksgiving is just around the corner, right? I’ve got my smoked turkey ordered from Bubbalou’s but am in desperate need of some really good side dishes. (I’m not kidding…I really do not cook.)  So, what better timing for me than to be able to sample some side dishes tonight?

In addition to Boston Market’s normal sides, here’s some of the new gourmet sides we got to try:

  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlicky Lemon Savoy Spinach
  • Squash Casserole (My favorite!)
  • Mediterranean Green Beans

Yep, I am one step ahead of you… I’m already placing my order for next week!

And, what else is new at Boston Market?  Well, for one things, there were ceramic plates and real silverware. And, table service… really!

I think this change is a positive step for the chain.  And, they have definitely made my Thanksgiving easier!

Some of the new yummy side dishes!


Filed under Blogger Extraordinaire, Fun, General Info, New & Hot, Seasonal

Orlando Food & Wine Festival: Yum!

The third annual Orlando Food & Wine Fest is this weekend!

The mouth-watering third annual Orlando Food & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Orlando on Robinson Street along Lake Eola on Saturday, November 13 (from 1:00pm to 9:00pm) and Sunday the 14th (from 12:00pm to 7:00pm). Was that a mouthful or what?


It will feature Top Chef Season 7 contestant Kenny Gilbert in a live cooking demonstration, collegiate and professional sports games in the outdoor sports bar, entertainment by national recording artists WAR, Fourplay and Marc Antoine. Not Marc Anthony…. Marc Antonie (he’s an acoustic guitarist!)

Kenny Gilbert

It will be presented and produced by 103.1 WLOQ, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and will benefit the Children’s Home Society of Florida.


To savor the event, expect to pay between $2 and $6 for the sample sized offerings from 36 of Orlando’s Top restaurants and over 50 wines from all over the world! Don’t be drinking them all though now, save some for me. Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both Saturday and Sunday and you can buy them here.


If you’re curious as to who will be serving, here’s the list. This list includes Ruth, Mitchell, Dexter, Tommy, Charley, monkeys, an owl, a frog, and a lion, among others. It’s a jungle out there!


Oh! and the DaFoodie car will be there (right at the entrance) Don’t be shy… take a picture with it and upload it to the DaFoodie Facebook page for a chance to get it featured on our blog.

This post was written by guest blogger extraordinaire Gustavo Hernando, AKA Dafoodie, whose incredibly delectable site can be viewed at Dafoodie.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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Filed under Fun, General Info, Guest Blogger Extraordinaire, Orlando

Dafoodie is da Best!

Dafoodie.com, one of the Top 5’s favorite “tweeps,” has been selected to compete in the Road To Success Small Business Challenge by Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites.  Dafoodie, created by Gustavo Hernando, is just one of ten small business selected from across the country to compete for the grand prize of $20,000. To win, he will be traveling the country to meet set goals, but will share his journey with us by posting pictures, blogging, and tweeting about it.

Gustavo and his famed Dafoodie Smart Car at a recent lunch at Dexter's of Winter Park.

So for those unfamiliar, with Dafoodie.com, here’s how Gustavo explains his site:

DaFoodie.com came about after posting pictures of entrees I’d ordered from various restaurants on my Facebook page. I got a lot of comments like ‘Wow, it looks good! Where did you eat it?’ Even at restaurants, it’s happened that people ask me what it is that I’m eating. Not all restaurants have photos of their dishes. So that got me thinking, ‘If you’re a visual person like me, you’d probably rather see an example of a restaurant’s food than read about it.’ So I decided to make a site where all you look at is pictures of food.”

So, be sure to follow Gustavo on Facebook and Twitter as he takes Dafoodie on the road to success.

Good luck, Dafoodie, we’ll be rooting for you!


Filed under Blogger Extraordinaire, General Info, New & Hot, Resident done good, Restaurant Row

Magical Dining Month! Ooooh Yeah! (Cue the yumminess!)

For the entire month of September, Orlandoans can dine like kings at over 50 restaurants around the city for just $30!  And, the best thing about this magical dining, is that $1 from every meal goes directly to benefit the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida.

Presented by the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Orlando Magical Dining Month allows you to indulge your inner gourmet by featuring a 3-course meal. So, do you need a better excuse to dine out this month? Great meals at a good price benefiting a fabulous cause!

Here are the participating restaurants. (Click here for the actual prix fixe menu for each.)

  • Antonio’s Ristorante
  • Bice Ristorante
  • Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
  • The Boheme
  • Cala Bella
  • The Capital Grille
  • Charley’s Steakhouse
  • Chatham’s Place Restaurant
  • Chez Vincent
  • Circa Restaurant
  • Citrus Restaurant
  • Copper Canyon Grill
  • Crave
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Eleven
  • Emeril’s Orlando
  • Emerial’s Tchoup Chop
  • Everglades
  • Fiorella’s Cucine Toscana
  • Fishbones
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Funky Monkey Wine Company
  • Hue Restaurant
  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
  • Island Dining Room
  • Johnnie’s Hideaway
  • Juliana’s Restaurant
  • The Kitchen
  • La Luce by Donna Scala
  • La Nouva Cucina
  • Lago
  • A Land Remembered
  • Latin Quarter
  • Le Coq Au Vin
  • Luigino’s
  • Luma on Park
  • Makahiki Luau
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Ming Court
  • Moonfish
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • Nine18
  • Norman’s
  • Ocean Prime
  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room
  • The Palm
  • Portabello Trattoria
  • Primo by Melissa Kelly
  • The Ravenous Pig
  • Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
  • Seasons 52
  • Taverna Opa
  • Todd’s English’s BlueZoo
  • Vines Grille & Wine Bar
  • Vito’s Chop House
  • Wa Restaurant
  • Zen

Hmmm… now I just need Dafoodie to help me decide where to go eat!


Filed under Charity, General Info, Restaurant Row, The Arts