Fun Food Ideas March 19-25

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Food doesn’t have to be fancy to be delicious. Oh, we can get behind a 12-course omakase sushi dinner, but buttered toast with cinnamon sugar or a crisp apple with sharp cheddar are satisfying too. “My Favorite Cocktail” in the latest Edible Orlando is a perfect example. A Rum Fire Daquiri is just three ingredients, if you don’t count ice, but a bracing kickoff to the weekend.

Are you ready for the week ahead? The whole point of this weekly e-mail is to spread the word on what’s coming up for Central Florida food lovers. Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five newsy foodie items you shouldn’t miss, Saturday to the next Friday.

Lucky Ducks, Farm Tour

For folks who skipped St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, Irish 31 Pub & Eatery in Oviedo is doing St. Paddy’s Playback on Saturday from noon to midnight. That’s corned beef and cabbage, green beer, themed cocktails, live music … and The Lucky Duck Launch. Three-member teams use a big slingshot to launch rubber duckies at targets. The high-scoring team wins $300 and all players have a chance to win Luke Bryan and Garth Brooks tickets. If you want to fling plastic poultry, register in advance. It’s $15 per player or $45 per team. Money raised goes to the Oviedo branch of Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.

Frog Song Organics near Gainesville gets name-checked on lots of Orlando restaurant menus for their eggs (like at the top of the page) and their veggies. This Saturday, 2:30 – 7:30 p.m., Frog Song is opening its gates to the public for a Spring Farm Tour. Entry is free when you pre-register, but the farm wouldn’t mind a donation for parking. On top of the tour, guests can pick strawberries for $4 a pound (depending on weather), pet a pig, dig into shave ice from a human-powered hamster wheel and listen to live music sponsored by PPM Solar. Frog Song Organics is also featured in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide. Orlando is filled with local folks who craft delicious food and drinks from scratch in small batches.

National Tamale Day, Trucks and Grilled Cheese

Happy Tamale Day!

Wednesday is National Tamale Day and, for once, we know who started this “holiday.” Surprise – it’s a guy in California with a tamale restaurant! Orlando’s Tamale Co. on Curry Ford Rd. will celebrate by adding birria tamales to the menu for one day only. Birria is the Mexican stew that have become trendy as tacos you dip into the red broth. Tamale Co. will also add a savory tamale and a sweet dessert tamale for the day, but only reveal them in the restaurant that day. Mexican beers will be 2 for $5 all day too.

The Roth Family JCC and Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando are trying something new on Friday night, a “Shabbastik!” Food Truck Family Shabbat, 5:30 – 7:30p.m. at the JCC in Maitland. An $18 fee per family gets you access to two food trucks (Toasted Grilled Cheese and Manny’s Pizza) to buy dinner as well as a Shabbastik! free challah, grape juice, a serving of Kelly’s Ice Cream, and live entertainment.

The Devil Wears Ciabatta

Grilled Cheezus has opened its second Orlando location at 912 N. Mills Ave. in the Mills 50 neighborhood. You might remember that spot as Funky Monkey Wine Company or Bites & Bubbles. On a Lenten Friday, you could try the “Truffed Up” sandwich with brie, mozzarella, cheddar, marinated mushrooms, and black truffle-infused hot sauce on brioche. If you’re feeling more carnivorous, consider the “Devil Wears Ciabatta” with mozzarella, provolone, prosciutto, pesto aioli and balsamic glaze on, yes, ciabatta. All Grilled Cheezus sandwiches include a tomato bisque dipper. The first Orlando location is still at 400 Pitmann St. inside Brew Theory.

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