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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Valisa Bakery

November 16th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review. On today’s menu is Valisa Bakery. Located in the heart of Orlando is where you will find this unexpected gem. Authentic Puerto Rican food made with a passion that runs in the family. Their motto, “It’s okay to make a mess, experiments can lead to delicious beautiful things.”

Authentic dishes made from scratch daily bring together the taste and the smells that make the Valisa experience. A warm, welcoming ambiance greets you as you enter to experience the tastes and sounds of generations of Puerto Rican cuisine at its finest.

Every dish and baked good is made fresh. Enjoy pastelillos, quesitos, cheesecake, Napoleons, fruit tarts, guava cupcakes, donuts and so much more. Grab one to eat with your breakfast or lunch and then take few home for later – keep everyone happy.

For breakfast, the Spanish Omelette is sure to please. It’s filled with ham, cheese, onion, pepper, tomatoes and of course chorizo served with hash browns or sweet plantains. Wash it all down with fresh squeezed orange juice and a pastry or two – delicious.

Valisa offers a lunch buffet with plenty of variety. Choose from a different daily assortment of rice, soup, stew, chicken, pork and beef dishes, along with plenty of plantain and tostones. Ropa vieja, mondongo, plantain lasagna, yucca loin stuffed, pepper steak and chicken/pork skewers to name just a few. Buffet items change daily, so call ahead and ask for your favorites.

Valisa offers an extensive list of Puerto Rican artisan sandwiches as well. Try the house favorite Tripleta with thinly sliced beef steak, smoked ham, tender roast pork, lettuce tomatoes with a delicious garlic sauce and homemade dressing. Or make your own and choose from a fresh meats and cheeses in their deli like serrano, salami, prosciutto, mortadella, pernil and chorizo. A little something for everyone!

Don’t forget the mofongo! Valisa has nine different monfogo choices including chicken, steak, roasted pork, shrimp and octopus. Try the Mofongo Triple with shrimp, conch and octopus. Each dish includes a colorful house salad with a tangy dressing.

Valisa bakery is located at 1654 North Semoran Blvd. in Orlando for dining in or take-out. They are open daily Monday through Saturday from 6am to 9pm and Sunday from 6am to 7pm. Call ahead to 407-250-6050 for their daily lunch menu as it changes. Check out their menu on Facebook at

Valisa Bakery, stop by and give them a try . . . you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Croissant Gourmet

October 17th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review. On today’s menu is Croissant Gourmet. A taste of France right here in central Florida, with the wildly popular eatery and French cafe – Croissant Gourmet.

Opened in 2008 by Francois Cahagne, Croissant Gourmet has three locations which have quickly become local favorites. Trendy, modern settings with bright, inviting décor prompts you to step inside and order from their tasty menu or gander through the generously filled display cases of decadent pastries and baked goods.

Baked goods are made fresh daily by French bakery artisans – tarts, Napoleons, chocolate mousse royale, cinnamon raisin rolls, assorted miniature pastries, turnovers and sugar twists to name a few. There is also an exquisite list of breakfast and lunch specialty croissants and sandwiches served hot and fresh for dine-in or on-the-go.

Breakfast delights include Le Petit Dejuener – a flaky breakfast croissant filled with a two egg omelette and your choice of swiss or cheddar cheese, ham, bacon, mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomato. Of course, what French café would complete without crepes? Croissant Gourmet offers an array of savory and sweet crepes like the Tour Eiffel with spinach, tomato, mushroom, onion, garlic and swiss cheese, or the one of the strawberry, chocolate or banana crepes is bound to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Stop by for lunch and try Le Poulet Fermier, a chicken salad sandwich with spring mix, celery, onions, grapes, walnuts and fresh mayo- a light, refreshing lunch choice. If you prefer a hot sandwich Le Gartine is a chicken and mushroom sandwich made with grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, swiss cheese with a light, cream sauce. Try a house favorite – the Croque Monsieur, a warm croissant filled with ham and swiss cheese and covered with a delightful creamy béchamel sauce. Tres Bien!

Of course you must save room for dessert – tarts filled with cream and fruit are a delightful ending to any French meal. There is also the traditional French and American style éclairs, apple Normandy, apricot squares and a number of other must haves for dining in or taking home to friends and family.

Croissant Gourmet has three locations – College Park is located at 2425 Edgewater Drive, Lake Mary on North 4th Street and their premier location on 120 East Morse Blvd just off Park Avenue in Winter Park. Each location is open daily from 6:30am to 6:00pm for dining in and take-out orders. Check them out on Facebook for mouth watering pictures of available goodies. Stop by and give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Launches NEW Spanish Version of Website

May 12th, 2016 by REW Blog Team


In a effort to continue bringing our customers innovative new products and services, REW has just launched a Spanish version of it’s website. Shoppers from around the world can now access the Spanish version by going to or clicking on the flag in the upper right hand corner of your screen to access both versions of the retail website.

REW is the world leader in foodservice equipment and supplies and aspires to to go above and beyond for our customers. You asked for it, we listened . . . thanks for your business!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Cocina 214 Mexican Kitchen & Bar

May 11th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is Cocina 214 Mexican Kitchen & Bar. Cocina is Spanish for kitchen and 214 is for the area code in Dallas – thus the name Cocina 214 was born.

A trendy and comfortable atmosphere greets you as you arrive at Cocina 214, a great place for intimate dining, family gatherings or large events in their private dining area. The patio provides an elegant, yet quaint dining area for beautiful evenings out on the town and the bar is stock full of your favorite cocktail ingredients along with a generous variety of beer and wine. So grab your favorite drink, join the fun and get ready for some authentic Tex-Mex here in beautiful downtown Winter Park, Florida.

Start off with a plate of fried avocado bites – lightly breaded haas avacados fried and served with chipotle cream dipping sauce or try some fresh guacamole with haas avacados, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes and cilantro. No Tex-Mex meal should be started without crispy homemade chips and zesty salsa, order a salsa trio and get a sampling of all the flavors. Don’t forget the queso – a delicious blend of cheeses and spice to get you started on the right foot.

Get ready for your Tex-Mex adventure. Cocina 214’s menu is full of Tex-Mex delights. Tamales, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and a house specialty The 214 Ceviche made with snapper, serrano peppers, red onion, tomato, citrus and avocado – a must try! In the mood for a taco – the Don Carlos is blackened mahi tacos with coastal slaw, fresh, sliced avocado, red bell peppers, and jalapenos topped with a light citrus dressing and served with black beans and rice. Muy bueno!

Looking for something for lunch? Tim’s Flaming Rooster sandwich is an excellent choice with grilled chicken, pico de gallo, Monterrey jack cheese, and spicy mustard served on a toasted poppy seed bun and molcajete blue cheese salad on the side. On the lighter side, you will find fresh salads and soups like the Cocina Citrus Kale packed with kale, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, candied walnuts, cotija cheese with a wonderfully light and tangy citrus dressing.

Cocina 214 has a dedicated private dining area that will seat up to 70 people for corporate functions, parties, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday or any other event you would like to celebrate. Looking to have your next event catered? Cocina has all your Tex-Mex favorites ready to be delivered right to your front door. Just visit their website for menu options, and shoot them an email at catering@cocina214 for pricing and availability.

Cocina 214 is located at 151 Welbourne Avenue East in Winter Park, Florida. The restaurant hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm. For reservations and catering, visit their website at or give them a call at 407-790-7997. Whether you’re looking to dine out in the charming Winter Park Historic District, or just want an authentic Tex-Mex dinner to take home, Cocina 214 is perfect for any occasion. Stop by and give them a try . . . you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Antonella’s Pizzeria

April 13th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is Antonella’s Pizzeria. Located in the heart of beautiful Winter Park, Florida is where you will find this family owned and operated New York style pizzeria offering local, fresh, traditional New York style pizza and delicious Italian food. Antonella, Frank, Lenny and the whole family have been graciously serving some of the best Italian food to the central Florida area for many years now. You can dine-in, take-out, have it delivered or catered – whatever you need Anotonella’s Pizzeria has it!

Their hand spun dough is made daily on the premises, along with fresh homemade sauces and entrees cooked to order. The menu offers pizza by the slice, as well as whole pies, pasta, salad, heroes, stromboli and calzones. So, grab a menu and get ready to be treated like family.

Enjoy signature pasta dishes like Penne alla Vodka – with fresh basil in a spicy pink sauce along with favorites like spaghetti carbonara and fettuccine alfredo. Oven baked pasta like Tortellini di Stefano with prosciutto, mozzarella in a creamy meat sauce. Decadent eggplant, chicken and shrimp dishes like Shrimp Limone with artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and lemon in a white wine sauce area also offered to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Try the New York Style Margarita Pizza with romano cheese, sliced tomatoes, fresh garlic, basil, olive oil and mozzarella. Or try one of their specialty pizzas like the Bianca – with fresh garlic, romano cheese, ricotta and mozzarella, or the Buffalo Chicken – with diced tomatoes, onions, ranch, mozzarella and buffalo sauce. Have something special in mind? Build your own masterpiece with plenty fresh toppings to choose from. Not that hungry? Don’t forget Antonella’s Pizzeria also offers pizza by the slice (and trust me, these slices are huge), a meal all by itself.

Looking for a sandwich? Try Antonella’s Combo a hot, hero with ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and house dressing – an Italian delight. Want something a little lighter? Try Antonella’s Antipasto salad – iceberg-romaine blend with tomatoes, onions, ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, black olives, pepperoncini and roasted red peppers with a house specialty appetizer of garlic knots glazed with garlic, olive oil and romano cheese.

Just when you think you are all finished – don’t forget to try dessert. Delicious Limoncello Cake, Cannoli and the ever popular (at least with me) Tiramisu with Italian lady fingers dipped in coffee, layered between creamy, marscapone cheese and sprinkled with cocoa. The perfect ending to any meal!

Antonella’s Pizzeria has limited seating but you can dine inside or on their patio, pick-up catering for an office party, or have your favorite Italian dishes delivered for any occasion. Antonella’s Pizzeria is located at 360 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. For delivery and catering – check out their website at or give them a call at 407-636-5333. Restaurant hours are: Monday they are closed, Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 9pm. Antonella’s Pizzeria – stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

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