Tag Archives: Winter Park

Brio Tuscan Grille Review

Flying back to Orlando briefly for my sister’s graduation, I was looking forward to celebrating after the ceremony at Brio Tuscan Grill. Although I have reviewed many gluten-free friendly Italian restaurants in my years as a food blogger, I have not yet had a chance to dine at this chain.  In taking a preliminary glance of Brio’s gluten-free menu, I was excited to see several entree options (including gluten-free pasta). As […]

Create Your Nature Review

My final dispatch from Florida during my winter break from college comes from Winter Park, where I investigated Create Your Nature, a build-your-own smoothie and salad restaurant. With tons of naturally gluten-free and dairy-free options and a menu featuring nothing but healthy choice, it’s a win/win restaurant concept. Orlando’s restaurant scene is still in the development stage, and it’s nice to see quick-serve restaurants like this start to enter the scene […]

Sweet Utopian Review

Ever since Raphsodic Bakery closed, Orlando has been lacking a local (non-chain) bakery. I’m always on the hunt for gluten and dairy-free fare, so when I began to hear buzz about Sweet Utopian, a gluten-free and vegan nut “mylk” purveyor and bakery, I knew I had to check them out. Sweet Utopian was founded with a simple mission- producing quality goods with real ingredients. In the words of A.B., the owner, […]

Hummus House Review

When it comes to fast casual dining, I am all about design-your-own bowl concepts (such as Sweetgreen or ShopHouse), which enable me to pick and choose a custom meal that makes getting all my veggies both easy and delicious. For my final meal eating out in Orlando, I decided to check out Hummus House, a local chain with locations near UCF and Winter Park. Here, hummus clearly takes center stage, in customized […]

BB Junction Review (Closed)

As of Sept. 13, 2016 BB Junction has closed. While back in Orlando over the winter holidays, my family decided to check out an Orlando Magic home game while I was in town. We all used to follow the team closely back when they made a couple runs in the Playoffs, but my interest in them has died out as the team has floundered and I have lived out of state. Knowing that allergy-friendly options […]

Top 10 Orlando and Central Florida Gluten-Free Restaurants of 2015

Assembling this list of my favorite gluten-free and dairy-free restaurant finds of the year was a far more difficult task that I thought it would be. After all, I have had so many amazing and diverse restaurant experiences over the year. The list as you read it now represents Orlando’s complex foodie culture that encompasses theme parks, the farm-to-table movement, food trucks, and excellent ethnic cuisine. While other cities can […]

Boardwalk Pizza Review

Although Orlando does have its foodie niches (food trucks, pho restaurants, theme park fare) its gluten-free pizza scene is sorely lacking. Having eaten around the region trying gluten-free pizzas of all shapes and sizes, I consider Boardwalk Pizza in Winter Park as my favorite independent pizzeria in the Orlando area because their pizzas are consistently good and the staff are knowledgable.  Although I’ve eaten at Boardwalk Pizza countless times over the […]

Gluten-Free Guest Chef Bob Aungst at The Bistro on Park Avenue Review

Because of my dairy-free constraint, my courses came out in a different order than the menu shows. Because the risotto cakes were not dairy-free, Chef Bob brought out my salad course first to allow for a custom dairy-free risotto to be freshly cooked once I got there. Those who read my blog know that I’m usually not a big salad fan, but I must give Chef Bob full credit for crafting […]

Ethos Vegan Kitchen Review

Orlando is coming into its own as a growing foodie town. Increasingly us gluten-free eaters are finding more access at local restaurants, but vegans too are joining in on the fun.  When it comes to vegan food in Orlando, a good place to start is Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park. Featuring a 100% vegan menu that can accommodate soy and gluten-free diners, Ethos is a place to be for […]

Cocina 214 Review

These past few weeks have been dedicated to tying off loose ends, goodbyes, and the seemingly endless process of packing for college. Along the way, I’ve tried to make the most of my time left by hitting some of my favorite restaurants as well as some I’ve been eyeing for a while. Cocina 214 falls into the latter category and has been on my to-do list for awhile after reading […]