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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Adega Portuguese Grill

November 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Adega Portuguese Grille. Whether you are from the area or here visiting, you’ll want to make your way over to International Drive in Orlando and try Adega Portuguese Grille – local delight and an exciting tourist destination .

Walking into this restaurant feels like you have arrived in Portugal. Rich warm hues of orange and browns greet you as you step inside. Soft music playing in the background incredible aromas take you on a voyage across the sea to the Azores – a Portuguese island of the coast of Northern Africa where the owner Rui calls his home. Rui is no stranger to the business, his first restaurant was in Kissimmee and after 10 years he decided to relocate to where us locals call I-Drive. So, come on in, sit down and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the generously stocked bar and get ready for some authentic Portuguese cuisine.

The menu has many different items to choose from with many dishes centering around the codfish or Bacalhau. For an appetizer we had Pasteis de Bacalhau – or codfish cakes. Small cod crouquettes filled with codfish, potatoes and herbs, lightly battered and fried to perfection. A must try. Then we tried the house specialty (as I am told by Rui – and one of his personal favorites) Bacalhau Com Natas. It’s shredded, salted codfish sautéed with fried potatoes and then baked in a cream sauce. Rich, creamy and decadent – an excellent entrée choice. We also had the Bitoque – pan-seared 8oz sirloin steak topped with a fried egg, smothered in brandy sauce and served with white rice and crispy fries. The Bacalhau is flown in salted to preserve the fish and then goes through the process of three days of desalting where it is soaked in water until it is ready to be cooked.

Adega Portuguese Grill has daily specials every day of the week, in addition to chef specialties they may sneak in every once in a while. The day we visited, the chef brought out his baked whitefish appetizer. Baked whitefish resting atop a zesty bowl of red beans and rice – beautiful presentation and a welcome surprise for guests dining in that evening.

Adega has weekly entertainment (Thursday – Saturday) featuring local artists performing Portuguese music. Every so often (as I am told by the owner) they have Adega Portuguesa. An evening or Portuguese cuisine, wine and entertainment – an event that has people coming there in droves to enjoy all that is reminiscent of Portugal. These events are posted on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adegaportuguese as they do not have a website at this point. Check their page often to make sure you don’t miss out!

Adega Portuguese Grille is located at 5417 International Drive in Orlando. For more information or reservations, give them a call at 407-802-2998. They are open every day from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for your enjoyment. Adega Portuguese Grille – authentic Portuguese cuisine at its finest. Stop by, you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Cafe Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery

October 15th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery. Take a stroll on over to this delightful restaurant located in the heart of Oviedo, where Mitchell Hammock ends right in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza. Café Panuzzo’s is a family-owned restaurant, with a huge array of menu items like salads, calzones, pizzas, traditional entrees and so much more.
Delicious desserts and baked goods are there to tempt you when you walk through the door. If you can make it past the goodies you can take a spot at their full-liquor bar and enjoy a cocktail or two. Café Panuzzo’s has an ample list of wines, beer and liqueurs to choose from or if you’d rather, try one of their seasonal specialty drinks like a pumpkin spice or caramel apple martini. Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 4pm enjoy happy hour until they close – what a deal. So have a drink and get ready for a fabulous dining experience.
We started out with the house favorite Bruschetta. A traditional topping of Roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with crispy toasted bread – a great beginning to any meal. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich try one of their hot or cold subs – cheesesteak, chicken parmigiana, meatball or salami – just to name a few. We opted for the Mushroom Cheesesteak – thinly sliced rib-eye, topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and melted mozzarella on a toasted hoagie bun and served with a side of hot, crispy French fries. If pasta is your favorite, try the Shrimp Tuscany. Spaghetti pasta served with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, bacon and shallots tossed in a vodka cream sauce served with your choice of soup or salad. Or you can take the traditional route and satisfy your hunger with an Italian favorite – spaghetti and meatballs. Pasta tossed in savory tomato sauce and topped with a mound of meatballs and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Simple and delicious and a definite crowd pleaser and don’t forget your veggies and voila – your meal is almost complete.
Finish with a dessert, we tried the Earthquake Cake. It is brownies and chocolate frosting, with pieces of chocolate molded around the outside, topped with white chocolate sprinkles and chocolate syrup. Did I mention the chocolate? There is absolutely nothing to compare this luscious dessert with – a must try for anyone dining at Café Panuzzo’s.
Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery is located at 1003 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo. Check out their extensive menu at www.cafepanuzzos.com. Having a party or a work function? Café Panuzzo’s caters as well, check out their website for more information or give them a call at 407-977-2116. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. On Sunday they have a wonderful breakfast brunch and they are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery – come hungry and leave happy. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Greens & Grill

September 19th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Greens & Grill. Located right near the mall at Millenia on the west side of Orlando is where you will find Greens & Grill -a fresh and inviting, casual dining space with an astonishing array of salads, sandwiches, soups and entrees. Greens & Grill provides “Simply Fresh” meals using natural ingredients made from scratch daily. In fact, Greens & Grill has so many choices it may seem overwhelming at first. You can choose from their signature salads and sandwiches or you can choose to create your own. Their list of bread, cheeses, toppings and protein is extensive – so be prepared to make some tough choices should you decide to go this route. Happy hour is every day with 2 for 1 beer and wine all day long. The atmosphere is stylish and modern with plenty of indoor seating and a giant patio for those who wish to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. So, place your order, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience that is Greens & Grill.
We chose to order right from the menu. Our first entrée was grilled chicken with vegetables, a tasty mix of onions, peppers, carrots and corn. We added a side of mac n’ cheese which was creamy cheese sauce, penne noodles and a tasty (albeit a little spicy) crumb and herb topping – a must try! If a sandwich is what you crave, try “The Cow”, it is Angus flank steak on a rustic French bread with aged cheddar cheese. fresh avocado, sautéed bacon, onions, tomatoes and a crisp and zesty chipotle Lime dressing – an excellent choice indeed. Greens & Grill also has plenty of daily specials – on the day we were there the Maui Waui was on the list. It’s a spring mix with edamame, cranberries, tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red onions with a wonderful citrus dressing. If that wasn’t enough, we topped it off with fresh grilled salmon – one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted. Everything on the menu is made to order, in fact it’s as easy as walking down the line and pointing to the toppings you want. Don’t forget to grab a cookie when you order to finish off a delightful meal. If variety and choices is what you look for in a restaurant, you cannot go wrong with Greens & Grill.
There are literally thousands (just may gazillions) of combinations for you to customize your meal. If you love them as much we did, why not have them cater your next event? Check out their website at www.greensandgrill.com for more information. They also have a great customer loyalty program, so eat there often and reap the rewards.
Greens & Grill is located at 4104 Millenia Blvd., Suite 114 in Orlando. A quick and easy drive from anywhere, just hop on I-4 and you are there in a jiffy. They are open every day from 11 am to 9 pm, except Sunday when their hours are 11 am to 8 pm. Greens & Grill, stop by and give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World’s (REW) Epic Ice Bucket Challenge

August 28th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Social Media has brought about an epidemic of viral videos. The very latest is of course the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unless you have been living under a rock – you have seen, participated or have been nominated. Obviously the most staggering part of this challenge it the awareness and the donations it has raised to support Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or as it is commonly referred to as Lou Gerig’s Disease.

As of August 26th, 2014 the total amount raised in the ice bucket challenge, started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, was (are you ready) $88.5 million! The money raised in the span from July 29-August is epic, compared to the amount raised in the same time span in 2013: $2.6 million. According to the statistics posted by the foundation donations in the last week alone have brought in over $65 million. The first 3 weeks raised $22.6 million, but the amount nearly tripled in the last seven days.

So without further ado, President Brad Pierce and Dedicated Accounts Executive Linda Pierce decided to take the challenge on behalf of Restaurant Equipment World. That being said, the rest of REW employees were kind enough to assist in dumping tons (okay that may be a bit of an exaggeration – but it was a lot) of ice and cold water over their heads. Was it fun for us? You bet – check out our video and see how the ice bandits swooped in and doused Brad and Linda, leaving them drenched and shivering. It was awesome (for us)!

In support of ALS, Restaurant Equipment World has made a donation. We in turn nominate our SEFA family members, the wonderful staff at FEDA and FEDA’s 2015 Convention Chair Carl Gustafson’s company Ace Mart. Accept the challenge, make a donation and post an epic video . . . you have 24 hours!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Habanero’s Mexican Grill

August 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Habanero’s Mexican Grill. If you live in the area, chances are you have happened upon one of Habanero’s seven locations spanning across Central Florida. Owners Jorge and Joel brought themselves and their recipes to Florida, along with a passion for creating authentic Mexican cuisine to open their first of many restaurants in 1999. Each location boasts a commitment to family with siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles and employees committed to ensure the utmost customer satisfaction. Each guest is treated like family, a philosophy that keeps customers coming back to Habanero’s time and again.
Each restaurant is uniquely decorated with old style Mexican charm and bringing about a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite sports while enjoying a refreshing cocktail at the bar – chose from a large array of Mexican beer, liquor and the best margarita’s this side of the Alamo. Stroll on out to their patio area, which is adorned with a plethora of beautiful greenery, flowers and a lighted gazebo-style courtyard – complete with a soothing waterfall. If you’re lucky – there have been several occasions where a Mariachi Band has been known to be heard strolling through the restaurant providing hours of entertainment to the delight of all the restaurant guests (check their website for locations and times).
Habanero’s menu is extensive to say the least – on it you will find every Mexican delight along with a few extras I’m sure! Sit down and enjoy fresh, homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips. If that’s just not enough – add one of their specialty dips like warm, zesty Queso Fundido . For our first entrée we chose the Fajitas Texanas – a sizziling platter full of shrimp, chicken, beef, bell peppers and onions. The fajitas are (of course) served with warm tortillas for stuffing and a mound of rice, refried beans, sour cream and guacamole. We also tried one of the house specialty Fried Chimichangas. Two fried (or soft if you prefer) flour tortillas stuffed with chicken or shredded beef and buried beneath heaping helping of lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese sauce and guacamole. One bite and you can taste why this is a customer favorite. For dessert try sopapillas (a light crispy fried dough covered with powdered sugar) or the ever popular Chocolate Dipped Churros or Fried Ice Cream – all excellent choices.
A small sampling of this extensive menu – but with so much food you would never leave hungry. Tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chile relleno, burritos, tostadas – I could go on forever (but I won’t). I will suggest however (if you haven’t already), give them a try – you’ll be glad you did.
Habanero’s Mexican Grill has several locations: Winter Park 494 N. Semoran Blvd. – 407-622-7466), Oviedo (829 Eyrie Drive – 407-365-7877), UCF Area 12185 Collegiate Way – 407-282-3969), Orlando, Sanford, Longwood and Leesburg. For a full list of addresses, hours, phone numbers and menu, visit their website at www.habanerosmexicangrill restaurant.com. Join their Facebook page and see what everybody is talking about – www.Facebook.com/habaneros-mexican-grill.
Habanero’s – treat yourself to a Mexican feast today! Ole!

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Custom Utensil Artwork Available in Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Showroom

August 5th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

For a limited time only, Restaurant Equipment World (REW) will have custom utensil artwork by Joe Thompson available in our showroom for purchase. Joe is a world class artist from Merritt Island, Florida who uses art to promote recycling awareness.

In his college years, Joe immersed himself in studying Mississipian Indian’s midden mounds (or Indian trash piles). The mounds were an accumulation of trash for the over 500 years the Indians inhabited the area. Joe was struck by how small the mounds were and that there was never anything found in just one piece. A broken bowl was cut down and used as a smaller bowl, every part of an animal served as purpose – even the bones. They reused everything, which brought him to realize that for the most part we do not use objects beyond their original purpose.

This is when Joe started implemented used objects to produce his work. The objects in our showroom are sculpted from used kitchen utensils and welded into amazing works of art. Forks, spoons, knives, spatulas, thermometers – for whatever he finds there is always a creative use and a purpose. Joe’s artwork has won him many prestigious awards and has landed his artwork in galleries and exhibits all over the state of Florida.

In our showroom we have displayed three fish sculptures – skillfully designed using the very type of utensils we sell to our customers. These sculptures are a perfect addition to any restaurant that is interested in procuring one-of-kind, elaborate pieces of art. For more information call REW at 407-679-9004. More artwork and artist history is available at www.joethompsonart.com.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Old Cuban Cafe

July 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Reviews. On today’s menu, Old Cuban Café. In Orlando, just east of Alafaya Trail on Colonial Drive, is the newest location of Old Cuban Cafe. Bright, airy and authentically charming – Old Cuban Café takes you on a voyage southward to Cuba. The walls are adorned in soft rustic hues while paintings of Cuba, sacks of coffee and sugar on the shelves and stylish hand painted designs on the walls all help pull together the old world Cuban charm. Sit down, relax and enjoy yourself – you are in for a real Cuban treat.

Old Cuban Café’s menu is full of every Cuban delight you can imagine – from appetizers, to sandwiches, soups, salads, entrees and of course desserts. We started out with a couple of empanadas – pastry shells, filled with your choice of a meat (ham, beef or chicken) and/or cheese and served with fresh salsa. They were light, crispy and oh so tasty. Another house favorite is the Autentico Cubano – or for those of you who don’t know, it’s a traditional Cuban sandwich. Warm, pressed Cuban bread stuffed full of Serrano ham, sweet ham, Spanish pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, served with a hot batch of French fries. As an entree, it was suggested that we try the Ropa Vieja – which is Spanish for “old clothes”, not something that sounds real appetizing. One popular theory on how the dish was named is the story about a man whose family was coming home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (hence the name ropa vieja) and imbued them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew. And wonderful it is! Shredded flank steak in a tomato based sauce served with Cuban rice and beans and sweet fried plantains. All the food was fresh and amazingly delicious.

Finish off your meal (if you have any room at all left) with Cuban inspired pastries including Flan, Tres Leche, Torrejas (Cuban sweet toast) or Dulce de Leche. We tried the Pudin de Pan as our indulgence. Moist and creamy bread pudding filled with raisins with a drizzle of warm caramel on top – es muy bueno y sabroso indeed! Don’t forget to check out their pastry display case in the back and take some home for later.

The newest Old Cuban Café is located at 12014 East Colonial Drive in Orlando (407-267-3008). If that is not in your neighborhood, there is the original located at 1672 North Goldenrod Road (407-281-7707), it’s just across from the Sam’s Club on Goldenrod Road). Hours for both restaurants are: Monday – Wednesday from 6am to 6pm, Thursday – Saturday from 6am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Like their Facebook page at www/facebook.com/old-cuban-café for plenty of pictures and restaurant happenings. Old Cuban Café, authentic Cuban cuisine. Stop on by for a meal, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Coop

June 17th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review. Join us as we mosey on over to the Coop in Winter Park, where you’ll find the finest down home southern cooking in the area. The Coop is a new restaurant venture, however it is brought to you by the team behind 4 Rivers Smokehouse which well known throughout the Central Florida area. The concept is a simple one, the Coop serves up comfort food classics made from scratch daily. The recipes have been passed-down for generations, bringing together the freshest ingredients and seasonal items to create iconic dishes.

Make your way on into the Coop and you’ll see it is filled with eclectic charm, including large family sized barn style tables and mismatched chairs. The walls are adorned with a multitude poultry pictures, artfully chosen names (picked by the staff I am told) with “southern” flair – like Gladys, Harriet and Maurice. Stop by in the evening and enjoy dinner on the patio – with plenty of room for the whole clan.

Belly up to place your order and you’ll see all your favorites, served up cafeteria style. If you grew up in the south, you’ll swear your grandma is back there cooking up Sunday dinner. We chose two of The Coop’s signature dishes to try on our visit. Chicken N’ Waffles, two light and crispy waffles served with 3 delightfully seasoned giant chicken tenders with a maple bourbon drizzle. The second entree was the Low Country Shrimp & Grits. Freshly milled grits (flown in weekly from South Carolina), covered with shrimp and zesty sausage bits mixed with fresh tomatoes and just the right amount of spices. Truly the very best I have ever tried! The Coop’s menu is full of southern tradition including Oxtail Beef Stew, Mom’s Meatloaf, Smothered Pork Chops, Catfish & Grits and so much more. Add a couple of tasty fixins on the side like Mac & Cheese, Smashed Potatoes, Fresh Fried Okra, Maple Glazed Cornbread or some of the tastiest Creamed Corn this side of the Mississippi. Their menu is vast, chock full of southern style staple foods. Make sure you save room for dessert! Try one of The Coop’s array of mini (sweetie) pies, fried hand pies or some old school banana pudding. They also bake an assortment of fresh whole pies every day – check out the bakery case and pick up one to take home.

The Coop, A Southern Affair – serving up down home country cooking and a heaping spoonful of hospitality. They are open Monday – Thursday from 11am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm (they are closed on Sunday’s for family time). The Coop is located at 610 West Morse Blvd. in Winter Park (at the corner of Morse and Pennsylvania Ave). Call ahead and pick up something for dinner – 407-THE-COOP! Follow The Coop on Facebook and keep up to date on everything that is happening – www.facebook.com/thecoopwp. In the area, check out The Coop in Winter Park – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restuarant Equipment World (REW) Visits Frenchy’s

May 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Reviews. On today’s menu is Frenchy’s – come take a bite. Along Park Avenue in Winter Park and just across from scenic Central Park you will find this elegant and quaint Parisian restaurant and bakery.

As you stroll inside, Frenchy’s brings to mind all the charm and ambiance of a warm, sunny day at a French café. At the front entrance you will find the bakery area, loaded with fresh, decadent pastry items from croissants to cookies. Enjoy them outside people watching or take them home and enjoy them later. Subtle lighting, stunning crystal chandeliers along with walls designed to look as if you are walking along the street of Paris make you feel as if you have made the perilous journey across the ocean to France. Enjoy lunch or dinner street side and partake in all the glory that has become the essence of the Winter Park area.

The lunch menu is extensive serving sweet and savory crepes, gourmet salad plates, signature sandwiches and wraps. Frenchy’s offers a variety of hot pressed sandwiches as well, we tried La Viennoise Press with roast beef, blue cheese, red onion and horseradish on a soft or crusty baguette toasted to perfection. We also ordered the Presto Pesto Press with thick cut tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese bathed in pesto and pressed into melted mayhem. Of course, both sandwiches are served with French fries or if you prefer – you can have coleslaw. Our sampling of the menu was delectable to say the very least.

Their quiches are a homemade classic – made with your choice of filling and soup or salad. We tried the Quiche Lorraine, light, fluffy and full of flavor and made with tons of ham and cheese. The quiches also come with your choice of soup or salad, a perfect compliment to this tasty lunch dish. Want something a little lighter? Try one of their unique daily soups like carrot and ginger. Or stick with a true classic, like their French Onion Soup. It comes served in a cup or a bowl – but if you’re really hungry may I suggest you get your soup in a bread bowl, topped with lots of gooey cheese and croutons. C’est magnifique!

Frenchy’s evening menu starts at 4pm. Enjoy traditional appetizers like Moules Gratinees, mussels baked on the half-shell with garlic butter, finished under the broiler with gruyere cheese and served with crusty bread. We also tried the Escargots a L’ail, which is garlic butter escargots prepared in the traditional French style and nestled in a puff pastry – fabulous. Have an entrée and finish with their glorious Chocolate Fondue for two with kiwi, marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, grapes and pretzels for your dipping pleasure.

The food, the atmosphere and the service at Frenchy’s is impeccable. They are located at 212 N. Park Ave in Winter Park and their phone number is 407-622-2232. They are open on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday & Saturday from 9am to 10pm and they are closed on Tuesday. They don’t have a website (yet), but you can check them out on Facebook – www.facebook.com/frenchywinterpark. Stroll down the avenue and stop on in – you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Fun Easter Infographic

April 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

The Easter bunny comes this Sunday, April 20th. So, time to avoid temptation (or not) in the candy aisle. The peeps, chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, malted milk ball eggs and just plain chocolate is everywhere. Do you know what holiday candy connoisseurs spend the most money on? Do you know how many peeps and chocolate bunnies are produced every year for Easter? In case you were wondering, it’s all here. Check out REW’s fun Easter infographic. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

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