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You don’t need to drive to Lebanon for hummus fix, Nadia’s Cafe is in a new location, plus Epcot’s Club Cool gets new flavors

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

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By Peter Covino
Lifestyles Editor
There are some new and newly-located eateries in downtown Kissimmee (and one new place in downtown St. Clloud called Vinny’s I think) but only had time to investigate an old favorite in a new location.
Nadia’s Cafe has been part of the downtown Kisimmee scene for a few years.
The mostly Mediterranean inspired restaurant was nearly invisible on Broadway at a small location, with just a few tables.
Well Nadia’s has moved to 127 Broadway (the former location of the Broadway Cafe and Art Gallery) and the place just isn’t the same. It’s a whole lot better.
There’s is much more room, the decor is nice and cozy and it even features art for sale from downtown Kissimmee’s Gallery One art gallery.
The menu remains the same, at least for now, but it is a good one.
There are gyros (different meat varieties), falafels (a deep-fried mixture of ground chickpeas and fava beans), panini, Greek salad, Mediterranean salad,   tabbouleh (salad with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, olive oil and garlic), baba ghanoush (eggplant mashed and mixed with olive oil and seasoning); hummus and kabobs.
Everything is made fresh in house and all that I tried is quite tasty.
If you aren’t a fan of Middle Eastern fare, the cafe also has some other sandwich items including pastrami, wraps and Reubens as well as a variety of quesadillas.
Menu items range from $4.99 (hummus) to $7.99 and lunch specials are also on the way.
The cafe also recently got a wine and beer license for even more variety.
And on Friday and Saturday nights, there is a belly dancer for a bit more authenticity and fun.
Nadia’s is open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Club Cool
Club Cool might just be the coolest place to be at Epcot in July and August.
I know it’s the first place I think about after walking through the seemingly endless parking lot and crawling to the front gate in mid-summer.
The casual Epcot visitor is too busy worrying about the wait time at Soarin’, but we locals know Club Cool is the one place to get a free cool drink, even in July.
The Coca-Cola sponsored drink oasis (featuring Coca-Cola products from around the world) has some new flavors for the fall.
No, you won’t find one pumpkin or  cranberry or turkey inspired soft drink in the bunch, but there is Sparberry, a raspberry flavored cream soda from Africa, among others.
I haven’t tried the new lineup but it now includes:
Fanta, which debuted in Europe in the 1940s; VegitaBeta, a Japanese beverage with apricot and passion fruit flavors; Fanta (Melon Frosty), a melon-flavored soda from Thailand; Bibo, a fruit-flavored drink from South Africa; Guarana Kuat, a popular drink in Brazil flavored after the guarana berry; and Inca Kola, a Peruvian favorite with a sweet, bubblegum-like taste. The soda fountains also include a previous beverage, Beverly, a common aperitif found in Italy.
So fellow parched Epcot travelers: happy drinking.
I did like Club Cool better when it first opened back in 2005 as Ice Station Cool. The place was so frigid you expected to see a penguin or two and I wanted to live there in all summer long.
St. Cloud Main Street
And we have a winner, make that winners. St. Cloud Main Street has announced the winners of the the Hipstoric 3rd Friday’s Pie Baking Contest held Nov. 15th, Downtown St. Cloud.
Jackie Wilson took 1st Place and Best Overall for her Pineapple Custard Pie. Other winners included Pattie Loeding 2nd place winner with her Farm Fresh Orchard Apple Pie and Dwight Loeding 3rd place for Pilgrims Pumpkin Pie.
The Best in Show winner received a $100 gift certificate for a downtown merchants shopping trip while category winners each won $25. Proceeds from the event went to the Downtown St. Cloud Improvement Fund.
Food &
Chocolate Show
If you are South Florida bound or just like fine beverages, chocolate and food,   The Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show will be returning to Pinecrest Gardens (11000 S. Red Rd. Miami) for another culinary adventure filled with fine artisanal beverages, food, and chocolate creations from around the country on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. This year’s show marks the fourth large-scale culinary event for founder Mario Pi.
The event will showcase the gourmet talents of local chefs, world-class chocolatiers, and a selection of fine food and beverage products. Guests can explore the natural, scenic locale while enjoying engaging demonstrations from chefs, beverage pairings, and tastings of area restaurants’ top dishes as well as the finest truffles, bars, macarons, and more.
“Miami is my home, and I know firsthand what a vibrant food and culinary scene we have,” says Pi. “I couldn’t be happier to return here for our fourth event to celebrate the world of fine beverages, chocolate, and food while taking in the Pinecrest Gardens’ amazing natural beauty—it’s paradise!”
New to this year’s show, a Fine Beverage Showcase will feature five dedicated areas to explore a range of wines, spirits, craft beers, and cocktails.  Returning feature areas include:
Fine Chocolate Pavilion: Taste the finest handmade, small batch, organic, truffles, bars, macarons and ganache from around the country.
Restaurant Row: Explore the flavors of Miami and experience the best of the city’s culinary scene with tastings from area restaurants.
Demonstration Stage presented by the Miami Culinary Institute: Experience over 30 hours of live demonstrations from Miami’s most talented chefs and the country’s premier chocolatiers.
Pairings Pavilion: Learn about the latest trends in beverage pairings from experts teaching the art of pairing beer, wine, spirits, coffees and teas with a wide variety of fine food and artisanal chocolates and cheeses.
For more information visit www.miamifinefoodshow.com.
Taste of the 24
There will be music non-stop racing and food from 24 of the Daytona area’s finest restaurants and a chance to win a Rolex watch at Taste of the 24. Take in a delicious blend of food and fast cars from the Corporate Suites high atop the Backstretch Grandstands at Daytona International Speedway.
All proceeds benefit The NASCAR Foundation Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors in Volusia County.
It will be held Jan. 25.
from 6 to 10 p.m.
General admission tickets include:
Taste of the 24 admission
One weekend pass to the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway*, including:
Sprint FANZONE access
Budweiser Party Porch access on Saturday.
Free Premier Parking through Gate 70 on Saturday
Chance to win a Rolex watch.
Additional tickets to win a Rolex watch available for $25 each at the event.
*Checkered Flag Tickets (for Rolex 24 ticket holders) do not include a weekend pass to the Rolex 24. Checkered Flag tickets are sold out.
For questions, or to order tickets over the phone, call The NASCAR Foundation at (386) 310-5744.
2014 Taste of the 24 – Adult General Admission Tickets
Adult General Admission tickets include Taste of the 24 admission, One weekend pass to the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway – including Sprint FANZONE access, Budweiser Party Porch access and chance to win a Rolex watch.
Saturday, January 25, at 6 p.m.
Adult General Admission     Attendees: $95

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