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Perhaps there is some obscure meaning to the word token that I don’t know about, but I’m at a loss as to why someone would name a restaurant Token Ramen. But that’s what has taken over the Mills Park space that was previously occupied by Too Much Sauce. But now that I think about it, I don’t know why anyone would name a place Too Much Sauce, either, so let’s just move beyond the name.

Token Ramen, which shares the address with Kung Fu Tea, is a quick-serve concept out of Largo. The Orlando store is its 10th, with all others within the Sunshine State. Another Orlando location is planned for Lake Nona.


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Citing a change in the nighttime eating habits of the dining public, Pom Moongauklang, the owner of Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria in the Milk District, will begin offering a completely different menu for dinner.

“People have stopped eating sandwiches at night,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday.

So starting April 1, the popular restaurant will feature an array of cold noodle dishes that are popular in Asian countries. Moongauklang said that although many Central Florida Asian restaurants often will feature a cold noodle dish on their menu, there isn’t one that specializes in them, offering an array of styles, ingredients and flavors. “I’m surprised there’s not a place doing it.”

“I’m a ramen head myself,” she said of the Japanese hot noodle soups that have become so popular in the last several years. “But if it’s 80 degrees at night I want something refreshing.”


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Edible Education Experience, which operates the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden in College Park, will host A Spring Soirée fundraiser on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased here.

The evening will feature a dinner cooked by Chef Ambassadors who have been invited by the house’s resident chef, Kevin Fonzo. Preparing the meal will be: Lordfer Lalicon, Kaya; Jamie McFadden, Cuisiniers; Wendy Lopez, Reyes Mezcaleria; Fabrizio Schenardi, Four Seasons Resort Orlando; and Ian Russell, Juliana Peña and Brett Vezina of Smoke & Donuts.

Proceeds will go to support the Edible Education Experience’s mission.

Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will host a bourbon pairing dinner on Wed., March 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinner will feature a three-course menu from chef Shelby Farrell and whiskeys from Maker’s Mark. Tickets are $150 per person plus tax and fees. Reserve your space here.

On Saturday, Mar. 25, its the 11th annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival in downtown Sanford. The event, hosted by West End Trading Co., Celery City Craft and Historic Downtown Sanford, is from 2 to 8 p.m. and costs $50 ($65 for VIP tickets). Clix for tix. Admission includes beer samples from over 100 breweries. Dogs are welcome and proceeds will benefit local pet rescue organizations. Attendees, including canines, must be 21 to consume beer – and not in dog years.

Speaking of underage drinking, the Oliv Bar in downtown Orlando will host a Peter Pan-themed popup bar in May. Oliv Bar is the same venue that has offered the Alice (as in Wonderland) Cocktail Experience and Beauty & the Beast immersive drinking events. Given that Peter Pan is historically played by a woman dressed as a boy, one wonders if that would be considered drag, which could put Oliv’s liquor license at risk. And then there’s Captain Hook’s flamboyant outfit. But if you like the idea of having drinks in Wendy, John and Michael’s bedroom and a Lost Weekend with the Lost Boys, you can get more information here.


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MX Taco, the Milk District taqueria, will close March 31, according to its chef and owner, Ryan Manning. The small shop opened four years ago and seemed to have early success. Early on, a second location was announced for Waterford Lakes.

Manning announced the closing in a Facebook post Sunday that read, “As we approach our four year anniversary our celebration will be our farewell party as well.” He wrote that he will be keeping MX Taco’s social media accounts active and will have occasional popup events. He also invited followers to visit a sister restaurant, Chilakihl, in Veracruz.

Manning had previously been chef at what was then The Ritz-Carlton Cancun. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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The Mills 50 District has always been one of the city’s more vibrant dining areas, even before it was named Mills 50. Before that it was unofficially called Little Saigon because of the many Vietnamese-owned restaurants and businesses.

There have, at times, been some exceptional food to be found in this area, named for the cross section of Mills Avenue and U.S. Highway 50. But for the most part, the dining experiences have historically been decidedly downscale – not drab but seldom anything above casual.

That has begun to change. Tori Tori brought a more urban chic feel to the neighborhood when it opened a few years ago. And now The Moderne has moved in with a fresh, new stylishness of its own.