Since moving to the Central Florida area, I have discovered that there is no shortage of fast food chain restaurants (*gag*) here to cater to the transient nature of our locale.
Finding decent restaurants have been difficult.
Farm to table? Laughable.
Actually (sadly), many have never heard of such a thing.
Which is a good segway to Farmer's Markets.
Naively, I thought if you could grow year round, the farmer's markets and availability would be plentiful and many. On the contrary, there were more in the Northeast (no question). Which is a real shame.
Now, this doesn't mean we haven't found excellent spots for both food and locally grown items.
But many are far from where we are currently living. Which makes sense since we live somewhat outside of Orlando and what seems to me to be the middle of nowhere (25 minutes to my nearest Target is downright near ridiculous! That's almost a whole half hour!)
Eventually, we hope to live closer to farmer's markets and locally sourced eats ... but in the meantime, we travel far and farther to seek them out one by one!
I also try to subscribe to local news and digital mags (Is that called an eMag? I don't know. I'm feeling very old right now.)
Alas, I digress. My real point is that I came across something called Magical Dining Month.
Magical Dining MONTH? I MUST HAVE DETAILS!
I learned that this is very similar to what the Boston, MA area called Restaurant Week[s] which are usually held various times throughout the year (usually one week each season). Essentially, it would be a prix fixe menu and heavily discounted price (usually around $33 for dinner and about $10 less for lunch) so that people could have a chance to try out their favorite or once out of budget's reach restaurants. Doesn't mean all the participating restaurants are a steal or that they offer a good deal.
I'm surprised and somewhat pleased that Orlando hosts something similar. And I'm on a mission to try as many as possible. May not be as many as I'd like but does that ever happen?
This full invitation to splurge has a preview week on August 24 and officially begins the week after.
For people wanting more info on it, menus and more are posted at www.VisitOrlando.com.
As we go to try them, I will be posting pics, reviews and final thoughts on each one!
Suggestions are WELCOME!
Vene, Vidi, Edi!