The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Aug 07

After much wishing and hoping (and a bit of drooling over the menu posted online), Laura and I finally made it to The Rusty Spoon, located in the ground floor of the 55 West building on Church Street. Owned and operated by the same good folks who make the delectable gourmet burgers at Pine Twenty2, The Rusty Spoon classifies itself as a “gastropub,” a new-ish term for a restaurant...

The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Jun 14

Colorful restaurants are popping up all over Orlando, it seems, bringing it ever closer to becoming what I consider to be a “real city,” one with a diverse and accessible culture of art, cuisine and community. The most recent step toward this that I’ve heard about is the opening of the Rusty Spoon, a gastro-pub in downtown Orlando, in the 55 West building. Although Laura and I...

Pine Twenty2

Pine Twenty2

Jun 05

Our original goal in changing our diet was to stop supporting industrially-produced meat — which we feel harms people, animals and the planet — and start supporting sustainable methods. We quickly discovered that while there are numerous opportunities to buy raw sustainable meat, it is much more difficult to find restaurants that serve it. So we were very excited to find Pine Twenty2, a...

Big Wheel Provisions

Big Wheel Provisions

Mar 10

Best. Bacon. Ever. The owner of this company, the real driving force behind it, is Tony Adams, who has become something of a local icon, at least in the local food scene. He is a professionally trained chef with a passion for the freshest ingredients he can find, a talent for charcturie, and a commitment to using as much of each animal as possible. Find him at the only all-local farmers markets...

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Oct 17

My Mother pointed out an article in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday about Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. It is a restaurant with 9 locations, mostly in south Florida, but one opening up the end of this week over in Dr. Phillips area. Why it’s so cool is that they are the first restaurant to be certified humane by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC). HFAC is a non-profit group set on enforcing their...

Day 53: Is Meat Manly? (Review of Founding Farmers restaurant)

Day 53: Is Meat Manly? (Review of Founding Farmers restaurant)

Sep 22

We have not had a "meat meal" (where meat is the main course) for a couple weeks now. Frankly, I find that I'm not really craving a big hunk of meat the way I thought I would. The last time I had a "meat meal" was at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC. They believe that every person has the right to enjoy a "green 'meal away from home' and strive to buy ingredients that are sustainable over ingredients that are local or organic. Read on for a full review!

Chipotle: Slow Food Fast Food

Chipotle: Slow Food Fast Food

Jul 25

Chipotle actually supports sustainable organic and natural farming practices. They currently get 100% of their chicken and pork, as well as 60% of their beef, from organic natural farms. Steve Ells, the founder and CEO of Chipotle, said that "he has the highest food costs and the smallest profit margins of any fast food chain but he's willing and able to absorb this." How cool is that?