food share | [ORL] hunger street taco

I live for the weekends. There’s something about grinding during the week, trying to stay on a “healthy” diet, save that money, and then just looking forward to eating something that may not always be healthy for a couple days. Haha. For those who may be following on other social medias, I’ve been slacking on working out so I got to get back into that. I’ve got too much excuses. (Follow me on Instagram! MMK10Q)

It’s VB’s birthday time and so some friends and I went to eat at this place called Hunger Street Taco.


Hunger Street Taco – 2103 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

A few years ago, this was a BBQ place and so this place was usually super packed so parking used to be such a pain that it would sometimes defer me from going. Currently, this place has a good traffic area and it’s not so overwhelmed that it’s got a good flow going. I like the decor and the food is much enjoyable! A+!

Brunch Menu

HA! I didn’t forget the menu, y’all! I like that it had an al a carte. So even if you aren’t hungry, you can still snack on something small and not hate yourself for eating too much. Even if you don’t eat a lot, you can still order one and not spend so much.

Rajas Con Crema

*drools*
I’m not quite sure what steered me to this dish.. must have been the poblano peppers and I don’t regret it. Rajas Con Crema. This was good. No meat was involved but doesn’t mean it needed it. It did well on its own and for that, I’m happy with. So if you don’t eat meat, enjoy a slight heat, this one is for you.

The Campechano

Delicioso. The Campechano is a tasty bite. You got both the brisket and chorizo dancing with flavor and I really like the avocado salsa. I chose to get the meats for the taco choice but they had other great selections that I hope to try in the future. (I’m looking at you, El Mananero!)

Esquites

Y’all. If I could show you a photo of me when I was a baby with barely any teeth, double fisting corn in my mouth… I wouldn’t because it’s embarrassing. (Heh.) But I guess I never outgrew it because I still love corn dishes. When I read that this was fresh corn OFF the cob, that won me over. Everything about this is a win for me. All the ingredients are noted in the dish. Marrow broth reduction?! Who knew! The taste was phenomenal.

Xocoflan

Okay, I didn’t order this but I wanted to show y’all their desserts. This is what they specialize in. The Xocoflan has both a flan and a cake. Pretty good! The flan portion had a creamier consistency (IMO) and the cake balanced out the creamy texture. Maybe could use a little more “syrup” if you don’t mind the rich sweet taste otherwise, it’s a nice treat yo’ self dessert.

Rajas Con Crema: ♥♥♥♥♥
The Campechano: ♥♥♥
Esquites: ♥♥♥♥♥
Xocoflan: ♥♥

food share | [ORL] ethos vegan kitchen

I remember when vegan food was still a new “concept” in the food world and I remembering it being “hoity-toity” because it was expensive (broke college kid!) and tofu/seitan/chickun was considered a “fancy” meat alternative.

I also grew up eating seitan/gluten. So I wasn’t exactly impressed with the “clean meat” movement. I was raised to pretty much eat what was served to me, so I didn’t question much of “What is this?” or “What is this made out of?” If it tasted good, I’ll most likely eat it.

Now I have more of an appreciation of the food that’s being served. I was exposed to a lot of different types of food and now I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others who are open to trying new food.

I think vegan food is still being resisted despite all the exposure it’s been getting lately. But it’s slowly growing on the population. It’ll get there, I believe.


Ethos Vegan Kitchen – 601 S New York Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

This is a small pano of the front when you step inside

We had to wait for a little bit so I decided to take a couple photos of the place.

One of the art pieces I found captivating!

I believe that they support local artists so they’ll hang their art around the restaurant.


Gyro

Your choice of marinated, grilled chickun or seitan stuffed into a warm pita and topped with lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and housemade tzatziki sauce.

I ordered the Gyro with seitan and I was very pleased. I personally enjoy seitan because it reminds me of the gluten I grew up eating so it was a nice twist as a substitute for falafels. *happy dance*

Tofurkey Reuben
Deli tofurkey sliced thin, sauerkraut, jack cheese, and thousand island dressing piled on housemade rye bread and grilled until crispy brown.

So I’ll be frank with y’all. I haven’t had a real Reuben.. yet. At least from what I remember, I may have had a bite out of one but not to where I can remember from memory. This is RR’s and this one was a stretch for ’em so I got to eat a good portion of it to say it was a decent sandwich. I honestly enjoyed it. I don’t think I would come back again for this specifically but I’m glad I got to try it.

Bourbon Maple Cake
A cake… haha. Idk what to add here.

If you get to know me, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest cake eater. I’m particularly picky with my dessert yet I am trying to grow out my picky-self. I prefer Asian desserts/cakes compared to American desserts/cakes. So this to me was my first step into eating cake. (Yes, even birthday cakes.. I’m not a big fan. I’ll typically eat a couple bites and call it quits. I’ll probably stick to that part of being picky.) Moving on! The cake was tasteful, and moist which is a big deal for me. I dislike dry cakes. blegh. So it was a nice balance of moist and sweetness. It wasn’t overpowered by anything specifically. Again, I probably won’t order this again but I did enjoy it.

Overall, Ethos is a place I would take people who claim that are Vegan and I’d probably will only go eat with people. Haha. I haven’t had a craving to go back and it’s probably been over 5+ years since I’ve been there.

Gyro: ♥♥♥♥
Tofurkey Reuben:♥♥♥
Bourbon Maple Cake: ♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] kai asian street fare

There are very few things I would want to do and if money wasn’t a thing that stopped me, I would want to be a “professional” food tester. Haha, is that a thing? (It is. I looked it up.) Then again, I say this because I have no clue what exactly happens in this field.

Today was a very cold and windy day. So JW and I looked up a new place to try out.

“What are you feeling to eat right now?”
“Mm, soup? Sounds good since it’s pretty cold.”
“Ooh, okay!”
“Have you tried *****?”
“Mm, I have.. wasn’t impressed by the service last time I was there.”
“What about this place?”
“What’s it called?”
“KAI Asian Street Fare.”

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KAI Asian Street Fare – 1555 State Road 436 Ste 1171 Winter Park, FL 32792

The atmosphere of the place had such a good vibe. They were playing 90’s hip-hop. The kitchen was little so you can see the cooks, obviously doing their thing, and jamming out to the music. It wasn’t busy at the time we went so it was not crowded. I chuckled at the signs they had about how certain orders take time and quotes about being patient and how they have feelings. I liked that because it gave a reason to want to be patient because they only wanted to serve the best of what they have, and if that included us (as the consumer) to be patient, we were going to have to respect that.

Where we sat, facing the kitchen. Specials were written on the far left on the chalkboard.

I was telling JW how in NYC, there’s this place in Koreatown where they have these dank chicken wings. (It’s called: Pelicana Chicken, btw.) Then I looked at the menu and I was shocked. No freaking way. I was thinking about these wings and there’s a possibility I can get my craving fulfilled?! Get. The. Chuck. Out.

JW committed to getting soup and it exceeded expectations. It was comparable to a Vietnamese restaurant version. Pretty decent for a fusion place! You could say it hit the spot when it came to the soup, especially when we didn’t go to a place specifically for Pho.

I ordered the Garlic Noodles with Chicken. Well, I suppose I could make this so why did I order this? Cause it’s garlic and I LOVE garlic. I don’t love the process of have to cook with garlic all the time so here’s my chance to just eat a dish with LOTS of it without the smell stained on your fingers. I’ll probably make this in the future though. Mmm…

We shared the 10 piece Korean style Chicken Wings with the original Soy Garlic sauce. Listen you, I don’t say this often but this beats any version of chicken wings you’ll ever have in your entire life. No one does freaking fried chicken like the Koreans do. Do you want fried, yet light, crispy, delicious fried chicken wings? Try it the Korean style. Forget that fast food style. This is the stuff you want to upgrade to.

“It’s freaking steaming!”

The chef saw us enjoying the food so much, I waved to them and yelled out with my mouth filled with the food, “What’s in this? And why is it so good?” You could say they had a good chuckle at us; stuffing our faces like hungry goblins. (Well, more like me.. heh.) So they threw us a bone and made a dessert for us since we enthused them with our eating.

We were stuffed by the time we left the place. We will most likely be back and I can’t wait to try the other stuff they have.

IN LOVE WITH THE PHO PHO: ♥♥♥

LEGENDARY NOODLES: ♥♥♥♥

KOREAN-STYLE CRISPY WINGS SOY GARLIC: ♥♥♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] garp & fuss

I’ll admit, I’ve been out of the food scene for quite some time. I thought I’ve hit most of the “popular” joints of Orlando and that there isn’t really any places worth trying out. Whoo! Boy, was I super wrong about that, and I’m glad for it.

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garp & fuss – 348 N Park Ave #5, Winter Park, FL 32789

Sign for those who are visually impaired. o_o

Garp & Fuss is definitely a new hot brunch place that perhaps not very many native “Orlandonians” (Err.. not sure what to call locals?) know about. Wait.. I could be wrong! (Whatever. I’m just making this part up. Haha!) It has a certain low-key yet sophisticated vibe happening. It felt like I was in another city other than Orlando and I liked that very much! Here’s what I mean.

Hanging plants, open skylight, outdoor seating, brick walls!

Next, the drinks were great as well. I’m not particularly picky with my beverages. I don’t like them too sweet. I did order a mimosa and asked the waitress to surprise me with whatever flavor. I believe I got pineapple (mm!), and JW got a grapefruit mimosa. VB and AB both ordered the “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and it was a very good cocktail. I would definitely recommend if you need some direction where to start. (Sorry, no photos!)

Here we go.

Garp – $15
our spin on the Chi-town classic Italian beef with homemade hot giardiniera served dripped or dry, with fries
Fuss – $14
fried chicken, hot honey, marinated cucumber, arugula, boss sauce, blueberry relish
Banh Mi – $13
roasted pork, house-pickled veggies, cucumber, herb trio, pho mayo, jalapenos

JW and AB got the Garp. AB recommends you ask for it “dipped” which I believe is the meat portion is “dipped” in the sauce it comes with. So it should come “wet” in some aspect, but it gets messy anyways as you eat it anyways! Use caution when eating or be prepared to use your hands. If you are a heavy protein eater, I suggest this one. You’ll devour it in no time!

VB got the Banh Mi and says it’s one of the favorites that’s been ordered so far. The pickled veggies tasted very good and there is a good amount of meat in it! Perhaps the most refreshing Sandwich of the three.

I ordered the Fuss… and if you like fried chicken like I do.. you better just spare yourself the menu and order this. Look at the menu next time you come back. For me, I have not seen honey described as hot. Usually it’s described as spicy. Hot as in temperature or hot as in spicy? (It’s the latter!) And boss sauce? I can’t tell you what boss sauce is but I’ll tell you it’s freaking good, along with the blueberry relish!

Again, I was pretty much blown away with the dishes we ordered. I’d like to say we all have a good idea when it comes to ordering food but I think the whole concept of ordering food you can’t make really makes a difference!

food share | [ORL] hangry bison

I was talking to friends about how Orlando is coming up with great food places. It’s not quite there with all the other major cities BUT it has gotten much better over the past 5-6 years ever since and it’s been a quick change as well. I am well aware of other social media of bloggers and foodies putting out their stuff so I wanted to be part of content creating!

With time, you’ll see what kind of “foodie” I am. I’ll explain more later. Let’s get into it!

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Hangry Bison – 480 Orlando Ave #130, Winter Park, FL 32789

The space has been changed several times and it hasn’t found an establishment that can stay put so perhaps Hangry Bison is the one that plans to stay. With that said, it’s a great place for drinks as well as food! Tonight I opted out the drinks.

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This little gem here above is called “The Sockeye.” Salmon burger, honey mustard, bibb lettuce, fresh tomatoes, red onions, swiss cheese, balsamic reduction, brioche bun with roasted corn cobb.

If you are curious with what burger is in the background, it is the place is named after, “The Hangry Bison.” I didn’t try it so I won’t post or have an opinion on it so unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about it. I think I will purely write on things I have tried.

My “rule” for ordering (when eating out) are typically things that I can’t make myself at home, or things I don’t typically like to prepare at home due to perhaps how complicated the prep is, or I’ll order it because they made something I’ve never seen made before and I’m genuinely curious. 

Back to MY choice, the Sockeye was delicious! It was light and it wasn’t seasoned heavily so you can really taste the flavor of the salmon. If you’re trying to not eat something heavy, this is definitely the one to choose out of all of them. I suppose the bun was appropriate for the burger. [ I majority feel like there is more bun versus meat or things in-between in burgers but that’s a personal opinion. Heh.] There was also a honey mustard sauce added on the side. I kind of just poured drops on my burger with each bite (otherwise it gets pretty messy!) I like that the ingredients were simple yet all tasted great and fresh altogether. Also the corn on the cobb was pretty bomb. [ Yes, I am a corn fan. ]

The Sockeye: ♥♥♥♥