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New Restaurant Reviews, plus Barnie’s Gets Serious About Food

Written By Scott Joseph On December 4, 2014

News from the Flog    

Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen is Serious About Food

BCK exteriorIt’s pretty clear that Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen is getting more serious about the Kitchen part.

Barnie’s has been known for decades as the area’s homegrown specialty coffee and tea provider. Then, in 2011, the brand was refreshed and CoffeeKitchen added to the name to reflect its new direction, which CEO Jonathan Smiga said at the time would celebrate coffee as a specialized food ingredient.

Now the focus on food is a bit more refined. Camilo Velasco is proof of that. Velasco is Barnie’s executive chef, and his resume highlights include stints as chef de partie at Victoria & Albert’s and chef de cuisine at Norman’s at the Ritz-Carton Orlando. The man definitely has kitchen cred.

And he’s proving it, especially on the evenings that the Park Avenue flagship store serves an ambitious dinner menu.

Continue reading about Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen and find out how you might win a three-course dinner for 4.


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Have You Seen The Daily Chew?

daily chew logoThe Daily Chew is my new cooking segment in partnership with the folks at WFTV-Channel 9 and icFlorida. It airs on Thursdays at approximately 12:45 p.m., but you can also find the two-minute segments online.

Here are some of the recent segments:

  • Greg Richie’s Chicken-fried New York strip from Soco.
  • Kevin Fonzo’s Apple-brined Pork Chop from K restaurant.
  • Kathleen Blake’s Roasted Quail under brick from the Rusty Spoon.

You can find them all at this link.


Santa isn’t the only one making a list!


I’m putting together a list of holiday dining options, inlcuding restaurants open for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Restaurateurs: If you’d like your restaurant to be included in the listings, please send all details to me at this link.


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