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Written By Scott Joseph On March 21, 2019

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9th annual Science of Wine is April 27

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Here’s an event I look forward to each year: the Science of Wine. It’s a night of sipping wines, eating delicious nibbles, and learning a little bit, too, all to benefit the Orlando Science Center. The ninth annual edition of SOW will be Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Loch Haven Park facility.

Don’t let the learning part scare you, this is a fun evening that takes all the elements of a typical wine and food walkabout event and adds presentations and displays that teach the intricacies of winemaking. You didn’t think those grapes became wine by magic, did you? Well, some of it is magic but a lot of it is science.

And you can indulge in as much education as you’d like.

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Menagerie Eatery & Bar

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I’m not exactly sure what Menagerie Eatery & Bar wants to be, and I’m not sure the people running it know either.

The Menagerie is the latest occupant of the corner spot on South Eola Drive and East Pine Street. It replaced Muddy Waters, which replaced Mucho. Perhaps there’s something in the deed that stipulates any business occupying the space must begin with the letter M.

The owners of Menagerie are Jonathan Canonaco and Brian Buttner, who also own Teak Neighborhood Grill, RusTeak College Park and, more pertinently, the Stubborn Mule, directly across the street.

The menu is a mishmash of cuisines, styles and food genres, which I suppose befits a place called Menagerie. The restaurant’s Facebook page says it is “chef driven,” but nowhere could I find the name of a chef. Or a driver, for that matter.

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UberEats: The gig economy delivers restaurant food to your front door


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Editor’s note: UberEats is an advertiser on the flog.

Restaurants have been delivering food for eons, even before civilization entered the Internet Age.

But it was the internet that made it more plausible.

But now an even more recent development than the internet is changing the meal delivery game again: the gig economy.

And gig giant Uber is leading the pack with its UberEats service.

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Baja Burrito Kitchen closes after 20 years

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Baja Burrito Kitchen, one of the first of the super-sized burrito shops to move into Central Florida, has closed its location in Colonial Plaza. A sign, above, was posted on the door thanking customers for 20 years of business. 

I first reviewed BBK in April of 2000 when the shopping center was known as Colonial Marketcenter. 

No explanation was given for the closing, and the Baja Burrito Kitchen website is gone.

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Other Stuff

La Tavola dinner will preview upcoming tour of Tuscany


Curious about the Food Secrets of Tuscany tour that Kevin Fonzo and I are cohosting in June?

Come to a special edition of Fonzo’s La Tavola dinner event on Wed., March 27, and we’ll answer all of your questions. Joining us will be Art in Voyage’s Mikael Audebert, the tour’s curator. Audebert can tell you about this and other AIV tours. Plus, he is offering to reimburse the cost of the La Tavola dinner to anyone who signs up for the trip that night. Tim Varan of Tim’s Wine Market (who also hosts tours through AIV) is serving some welcome sparkling wine to start the evening.

Cost of the dinner is $95 per person plus gratuity. Reservations are a must; the dinner is already nearly sold out. To reserve a space, send an email to [email protected].

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Scenes from the inaugural Orlando Wine Festival & Auction

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The inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction benefitting the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation took place the weekend of March 15, 2019.

Here’s a video of some of the weekend’s highlights.


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