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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Global munchies: poutine, paella and peri-peri in Orlando

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

click to enlarge Tapa Toro's chef de cuisine making a jamón de bellota home run in anticipation of opening day - PHOTO VIA TAPA TORO ON FACEBOOK
  • photo via Tapa Toro on Facebook
  • Tapa Toro's chef de cuisine making a jamón de bellota home run in anticipation of opening day

click to enlarge A plate of poutine at Union Burger
  • A plate of poutine at Union Burger
This N’ That Eats opens June 29 at 1811 N. Orange Ave. in Ivanhoe Village. (Really? You couldn't have been there back when I lived across the street? Sigh.) Sandwiches on chef Jason Schofield's menu include a Cuban with pork confit and dijon aioli, a pork-belly banh mì, a Mexican chorizo torta, and an Italian-inflected vegetarian sandwich: fennel, arugula and roasted veggies with achar sauce on ciabatta … trés global.

Also on June 29, Taverna Opa owners Katarina and Vassilis Coumbaros open Tapa Toro, a Spanish tapas and paella concept, at 8441 International Drive.

At their Midsummer Cocktail Party, Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park and Pointe Orlando celebrate South African wine and cuisine through Aug. 3. Don’t expect to see bunny chow or chakalaka, though there will be a dish of peri-peri eggs topped with biltong, the traditional air-dried beef jerky.

Union Burger, a Canadian burger joint, is now serving authentic poutine in Lake Nona. Curds and gravy FTW!

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