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Foodie does Orlando in Three Days

Dear K,

I’m dying to visit incredible Dubai. The views look amazing and the food… OMG!!! Can’t wait to go there! As I told you in my previous letter, I had a friend from Portugal visiting me for ten days. We spent 3 of those in Orlando and since the city is known for having more than 5,000 restaurants and bars, we accepted the challenge and checked a few of them off my bucket list. Three days of eating, drinking and dancing… What else could you possibly want?

Our happy hours were spent at 31o Lakeside, Eola Wine Company, the Guesthouse and Vanbarry’s. The first two are located in lake Eola area and they both have delicious appetizers. At 310 Lakeside we tried the Cold Tomato Bruschetta, and at Eola Wine Company we tasted a Baked Brie that was to die for. I’m a huge fan of cheese, and the combination of flavors was perfectly balanced. I definitely have to take you there : ) I know I’ve wrote you about the Guesthouse before, but I need to reinforce how great happy hour is, since pretty much everything is half off from 5-8pm. We started with two cocktails (Old Fashioned and Tom Collins) and then tried some of the beers on tap. I was very impressed with the Highland Gaelic Ale.

Last but not the least, there’s Vanbarry’s, which is one of my favorite places to hang out in the city. There’s a vast selection of food and drinks, but the atmosphere is what entices me to go there so often. With a front view to Lake Jennie Jewel, you can watch sport games on TV, play board/card games (there’s Connect 4, I felt like a child again!), and/or purely enjoy the live music. Everyone is very friendly, which makes my visits always very pleasant.

For dinner we went to Santiago’s Bodega where we tried several tapas. Our favorite was the Saganaki, which consists in haloumi cheese sprinkled with oregano and flambeed with brandy, served with pita bread. Absolutely delicious!

My roommate has been telling me for a while how good Shin is so we decided to give it a try on the day after. It’s her favorite sushi place in town and so is mine now. The rolls are huge and absolutely yummy! My favorites were the Double Philly, Tempura Shrimp, Dragon Roll and Beauty & Beast Roll.


Polvo Assado à Lagareiro @ Galletto’s

On the third day we went to the Portuguese restaurant Galletto’s, because I was craving for that delicious octopus and also because I was missing home really bad!

The Patio @ Downtown Orlando

During these three days, we had so much food that we were still full by the time we’d wake up, even when we went to dance afterwards! And I know this might not sound very exciting to you, but you know I always have a blast when there’s amazing food and signature cocktails. I’m hoping you’ll add some of these places to our list : )

– C


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