FIRST ON SJO -- The space at 140 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, previously held by Carmel Kitchen will be taken over by Cinco Taco + Tequila.

Not a whole lot of information about the restaurant, but I'm going to go out on a limb and assume it will offer tortillas filled with various meats and accouterments and specialize in beverages with an alcohol made from blue agave.

More soon.

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PARIS -- Day One: Landed in Paris and met my driver for the ride into the city center — obligatory ride around the Arc de Triomphe and down Champs-Elysées — to Hotel Bel Ami in the sixth arrondisement, just south of Boulevard Saint-Germain, about a block from the busy street behind Les Deux Magots cafe.

It’s the beginning of the Food Secrets of France tour that I’m co-leading with chef Kevin Fonzo through Art In Voyage — Beyond Travel. I had barely enough time to check into my five-star room (more on that another time) before meeting the group in the lobby to head out on our first tour, a sampling of markets and food shops.

We rode with our guide, Dina, on the Metro to the area above République near Marais. We started walking — on what would be a great day of walking — to Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the city’s more famous markets, named for the children of an orphanage in the 16th century that were made to wear red.

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A demitasse of details.

  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing is set to open — softly, of course; no one opens hardly anymore — June 29 at 1300 Alden Road, Orlando. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer will untap a keg — or is that unkeg a tap? — at a private event in the afternoon. Mortals are allowed in at 4:30 p.m.
  • Speaking of brewers, the kitchen at Orange County Brewers in downtown Orlando has been overrun by lobsters. (I almost called them by their colloquial name, but that would have been too salacious.) Red Claw Lobster Rolls and Pizza Pies has a lobster laden menu that even includes lobster pizza.
  • À La Cart Street Food and Craft Beer (are you picking up on a theme here?) has name three permanent food trucks for its Milk District Property: PokeKai, Vinny & Kory, Steak it Easy. Sometime in July, which is pretty close.
  • Foxtail Coffee Co. (we’re still talking brewing, technically) is opening its first drive through only location at 805 Lee Road, Orlando. Also July.
  • I got a note from the folks at Rosen Resorts with details about their restaurants’ Magical Dining Month menus. Already? Let’s get through the rest of June, all of July and most of August first.
  • Don’t forget that Bite Night is Monday, June 25. Search Orlando Weekly’s website for ticket info.
  • Is anyone taking bets on when the craft beer fad fizzles?

Wine Bar George Ext

This is not your average wine bar. But then knowing George Miliotes, no one would have expected it to be.

Miliotes is the George of Wine Bar George, the latest venue to spring up at Disney Springs. It's big, situated in a newly constructed two-level building with a balcony overlooking the walkway below and part of the lagoon just beyond.

Wine Bar George downstairs

Wine Bar George upstairs

Inside, there is a bustling bar on the first floor, filled with people who perhaps don't know there's a second level. Upstairs is another bar with couch seating as well as conventional tables, and another room for dining and sipping.

Wine Bar George glass

Wine, of course, is the main draw here, and the list, personally curated by Miliotes, is extensive and varied. He wisely included popular names, go-to wines that people order out of habit or because they're intimidated by some of the more obscure names.

But if Miliotes gets to those people before they place their order, chances are they're going to be trying something they've never heard of. And in all likelihood, they'll have a new favorite wine.