Category: Eating


My husband loves italian, but we hardly ever go out for it because it’s kind of expensive. But I just stumbled across an email club for Macaroni Grill that mike be useful for our next date night! Joining “The Dish” will get you $5 dollars towards your meal just for signing up. Sounds good to me!

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Near Disney: 12148 Apopka-Vineland Rd. Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Near Universal: No location available.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: 315 N. Alafaya Trail Orlando, Florida (Waterford Lakes Town Center)

Near the Airport: 9333 Airport Blvd Orlando International Airport

What’s you favorite Italian food? Sound off below!

I was watching an episode of Good Eats the other day and got a hankering to make some soft pretzels. The recipe can be found here and most of the ingredients are readily available in any kitchen. The only problem I ran into was that my dough was really sticky and every time I went to form the pretzels and then move them to the baking sheet, they would fall apart. I added a little more flour and decided to make them into sticks (or logs) instead. I also sprinkled a little sugar with the salt to cover the pretzels before baking.

  What do you think? They are SOOOO good! Hubby made a nice dipping sauce with some melted butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic. A nice honey mustard would also be great.

What do you like on your pretzels? Looking forward to hear if you have tried this and what you put on it. Comment below!

Remember how I wrote about Amigos restaurant in Waterford Lakes? Well, today there is a Groupon for $20 worth of food for only $10! This deal expires in 2 days, so get on it!

 

Thanks to Whosaidnothinginlifeisfree for the heads up.

 

Craving BBQ? Once I discovered this place, I could not get enough of it.

First is the ambiance, with a rustic log cabin feel on the outside, you feel like you are eating country. But step inside and there are plenty of TV’s playing music videos, sports, or whatever random things happen to play on their own feed. Second is the food, of course! No trip is complete with an appetizer (or even main course) of Pretzel Bones with 3 different dipping sauces. I guarantee that you will have to order more than one because they go so fast. Other menu items include “make your own burgers” and some locations do have happy hour specials.

Lastly, check out their rewards! Join the “Bones Club” and you can start earning points towards free food as well as free appetizer just for joining. It did not take me long to rack up $20. Plus you can usually get $5-$10 off purchase coupons in the Orlando Sentinel Paper once a month. Check in on Foursquare and get a free appetizer of Kettle Chips. Plus check “Retail Me Not” for printable Smokey savings! Still more fun on Facebook and Twitter. So now you really have no excuse.

Near Disney: Smokey Bones located in Kissimee.

Near Universal: No location available.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: Smokey Bones located at Waterford Lakes Towncenter.

Near the Airport: No location available.

What do you like to order? What is your favorite Pretzel Bones sauce flavor? (I like the Garlic sauce)

Ever get the urge for something sweet? Near us we have a combination Dunkin Donuts/ Baskin Robbins and with it comes 2 kinds of desserts and 2 types of rewards!

Dunkin Donuts has started to serve breakfast pretty much any old time, which is a bonus. But if you do frequent a location near you, you should sign up for their DD Perks. Simply charge a DD gift card and sign up for the program. You can:

  • Earn $1 Dunkin’ Dollar for every $20 you spend in a calendar month
  • Earn $2 Dunkin’ Dollars for every $20 you spend on your DD Card if your Card Auto-Recharges once within the calendar month.
  • Plus, you’ll also get:
    • A free medium beverage just for signing up
    • A free medium beverage on your birthday

Doesn’t this sound like a sweet deal? Facebook and Twitter here.

Baskin Robbins has their own deals. Simply text the word OFFER to 31310 to receive special savings once or twice a month. Plus join their club and get free ice cream on your birthday! Check out their Facebook and Twitter.

Near Disney: DD/BR combo located in Kissimee.

Near Universal: DD/ BR combos are located at International Dr, Sandlake, and Kirkman rd.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: DD/ BR combo located at Alafaya and East Colonial intersection.

Near the Airport: DD/ BR combo located on Semoran.

What is your favorite thing to get at these places? Sound off below! (I love the Boston Kreme Pie Donut.)

It should come as no surprise to you that there is another post about sandwiches.  My husband requested a trip to our local Pita Pit today, and it did not disappoint. First off, we found coupons in both the Orlando Weekly and Bogo Magazine. You can also access Bogo Magazine online and print coupons directly from there. Once there, sign up for their email club to get special offers.

We had a “buy one pita combo get one  pita free” coupon and each got falafel pitas. You can also choose from your favorite cheese and toppings as well as sauces. Most of the meat selections are turkey or chicken, but they do have other options. The only downside is that the store is a little small and kind of loud, especially when it gets crowded. But the eating is great! And we just found out that they do deliver! Look for more coupons in the bags they put your Pitas in TO GO.  Facebook and Twitter…you guessed it!

Near Disney: No locations available

Near Universal: No locations available

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: On the corner of Alafaya and East Colonial or down the street from UCF on University.

Near the Airport: No locations available

Have you visited a Pita Pit recently? What do you order? Post below!

If you have never been to a Firehouse Subs, now is the perfect time. I am a sucker for sandwiches and this one specializes in good ones. Also, they have a very unique point of view! With an overwhelming array of hot sauces for you to try, ask an employee for the hottest they have, if you dare. One of my friends loves hot sauce, and the employee actually had to put on gloves and get it special out of the fridge. It was black coming out of the bottle and made his head explode. Good times.

You can also mix your own Strawberry Limeade or purchase a large orange pickle that benefits local firemen. The employees at the location we most frequent (Kirkman and Conroy) are always extra friendly and remember us when we come in. I also have a friend who works at the Sand Lake location, so if you go there, be sure to ask for Zachariah (tell him Laney sent you!).

So why is this a perfect time to visit Firehouse? Well, if you sign up for their “Copy That” newsletter right now, you may get sent a coupon for a free medium sub when you buy a sub, chips, and a drink on Labor Day. Even if you can’t take advantage of that particular offer, they are always sending coupons for a free drink with purchase.

My favorite thing to order there is the Engineer (you will come to find out, dear readers, that turkey is my go-to lunch meat!) Another fun way to order is how my brother and roommate do. They tell the employee to order it as if they were making it for themselves. Sometimes this is only for the adventurous, but fun nonetheless.

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Near Disney: Firehouse Subs is located is Hunter’s Creak, about 6 miles away.

Near Universal: Firehouse Subs is located on Sand Lake or at Kirkman and Conroy.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: Firehouse Subs is located just down the street from UCF on University Way.

Near the Airport: No location nearby.

So how many of you love Firehouse? What is your favorite thing to order? Comment below!

Fall is coming (well, it’s coming to other place, although not necessarily to Florida right now!). Colder weather means soup, and that means we will be making it at least once a week. Our family’s favorite: HAMBURGER SOUP

This recipe is a staple in our household and chock full of vegetables. Because of this, when my brother was fairly young, the only way we could get him to eat it was to call it SUPER SOUP. He loved Superman, so if the man of steel was associated with it, count him in! Anyway, my mom was telling us just the other day that the recipe actually came from her mother and that my mom modified it a  little to suit our families ever growing pickiness. I have made this soup for friends and have never found someone who did not like it. Indeed, leftovers never lasted long. It is so easy to make and if you store it in the fridge for a day to eat later, it tastes even better!

 

Hamburger Soup

feeds a family of 4 about 2x (or less if they are hungry!)

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef, browned

5 cups water

1 16oz can squished tomatoes

2 med onions- sliced

2-4 carrots- sliced and diced

1/3 cup pearl or quick barley

1/3 cup catsup

1 tsp bullion

2 tsp seasoning salt

1 tsp dried basil

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

 

– Combine all ingredients and cook on medium until veg is soft and barley is cooked. (approximately 1 hour)

 

Wasn’t that simple? What is your favorite soup recipe? Comment below!

 

Cheap cooking- MOSO (recipe)

In my past post about Create A Meals, I talked about how our family takes random items and throws them together into a delicious meal, giving them a strange name. This one happened because of a recipe we had planned to make called Mushroom and Onion Quinoa. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to pick Quinoa up at Target, so on the way home, I stopped by Winn-Dixie right by our house. Could not find it.

Upon coming home, my brother (who was in charge of dinner that night), decided to make some changes to the recipe by changing the Quinoa to Orzo, and adding sausage (and his own flair). The result was this yummy concoction!

 

MOSO (Mushroom, Onion, Sausage, and Orzo) 

feeds 7ish

Ingredients

2 packages of sausages or brats, sliced in pieces

1 16oz box orzo

1 32 oz box chicken broth

2 small onions, chopped

2 carrots, shredded

2 small bell peppers, chopped

1 package mushrooms, sliced

1/2 tsp dried Thyme

1/2 cup water

olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

 

– Coat a medium saucepan with oil. Add onion and cook until soft. Add sausages and cook until lightly seared.

– Add other vegetables and dry spices and simmer for 2 minutes. Add water and simmer another 2 minutes.

– In the meantime, cook Orzo in the chicken broth in a large saucepan over medium heat until tender and the liquid has reduced a little.

– Once the orzo is done, add vegetables to it and simmer another 5 minutes.

 

Sorry I don’t have a picture. If anyone tries this, feel free to post your picture to your comments. What do you think?

If you have not dropped in to a Sonny’s recently, I strongly encourage you to visit soon! The one by our house recently got refurbished with new decor and a bar area. With the all you can eat deals, salad bar, specially priced lunchtime combos, and the appetizers of corn nuggets and fried okra, you cannot go wrong! The staff at our location is always friendly and helpful, asking us if we need to-go cups and recommending menu items. And it is a lot of food for the budget conscious.

Plus, REWARDS CLUB! Fill out the online form  for the R U SMOKIN’ Club and they will send an you an email good for a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase. Yeehaw! And don’t forget to LIKE them on Facebook as well. Twitter too.

Near Disney: No location available

Near Universal: No location available

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: On Alafaya past Waterford Lakes Towncenter, towards Avalon Park.

Near the Airport: Down Semoran Blvd

What deals have you found at your local chains or favorite restaurants? Post in the comments section below!