Newsy Nuggets: Hollerbach's Joint, Buster's Bistro, Windermere Wine Dine, new Baldwin Park restaurant and taking licks in Tokyo

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What are they smoking in Sanford?

The people behind popular German restaurant Hollerbach’s (that would be the Hollerbachs) plan to open a marijuana-themed restaurant called The Joint at West End, as in the West End Trading Co., a concert venue in downtown Sanford. According to Hollerbach’s Facebook page, you can expect such things as Blazed Wings, Premo-Nuggs, Dope Sliders, and QP Dogs. All of it, presumably, THC free. But then with the current push to make recreational marijuana legal in Florida you never know. No opening date has been announced yet, so just chill.

Also, when did Hollerbach’s drop Willow Tree Cafe from its name? And why didn't they name the new place Hollerbach's Mellow Tree Cafe?

Elsewhere in Sanford, Buster’s Bistro, the Belgian bar and restaurant, has changed hands. The new owner is Robbie Kennerney, who also owns Sanfords Throwbacks bar as well as Bar 43 in Queens and the well-known McHale’s in midtown Manhattan. Kennerney, who is originally from Dublin, told me that he’s “not looking to do anything too dramatic” with the place and that he wants to be reverential and keep everything that was popular. Although he said he’ll likely move away from the Belgian theme and pare down the list of Belgian beers, which he said made the bar “an intimidating place to walk in to.” He said he’ll introduce a broader range of beers and craft cocktails.

Beginning in March, Buster’s Bistro will start serving lunch then have a full dinner menu but stop service at 9 p.m., then offer a limited late night menu. He’ll keep the name too, for now, but don’t be surprised if you see a change later on.

The former owners of Buster’s Bistro (that would be the Busters) are growing hemp in New Smyrna Beach and have opened a business called Turf Origins. And yes, they have edibles.

Tell Scott where to go...and go with him!

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I’m once again partnering with Art In Voyage, the Orlando and Cape Town travel agency that specializes in food and wine journeys, to host several trips later this year and in 2024.

Some of the trips have already been decided – and I’ll share details about those soon – but we’d like your help in narrowing down the choices for future trips.

Below you’ll find a poll with several options. There are four curated journeys but each has a different date option. You may vote for any or all that fancy you. (You’re not committing to anything; no one will contact you for a down payment. We just want to gauge interest.)

Newsy Nuggets: SeaWorld Festival, expensive shark bites, Yelp's 100, Hen & Hog

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SeaWorld Orlando’s annual Seven Seas Food Festival kicks off this weekend and continues Thursdays through Sundays until May 7. That’s enough time for you to sample all seven seas.

SeaWorld’s promoters are billing the event as “Orlando’s largest theme park food festival,” an apparent smackdown to Epcot and its yearlong rotation of festivals de food. The official press release also claims that the festival is “bringing ALL-NEW flavors to the theme park,” citing such wild and imaginative items as parmesan truffle fries; ropa vieja; classic Reuben; and strawberry shortcake a la mode. Maybe they mean these things have never been served inside SeaWorld. I’m also curious: Which of the seven seas does strawberry shortcake represent?

Anyway, the festival will feature over 200 food and drink items served at 27 marketplaces throughout the theme park. Food samples are available with the purchase of a lanyard – $70 for 10 tastes. A 15-sample lanyard is also available for purchase “for the best savings,” but the press release doesn’t say what the cost is. SeaWorld annual passholders can get 18 samples for the cost of 15, whatever that is. For more information visit the SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food festival website.

Art In Voyage expands on its food-focused journeys. Where would you like to go?

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When Mikael Audebert founded Art In Voyage, in 2011, he meant for it to be a conventional travel agency – putting together vacations, booking flights and securing hotels – albeit an agency that specialized in upscale experiences and luxury properties.

AIV still does that, and business has been so good that the company now has headquarters in Orlando and Cape Town, South Africa, which Audebert calls home base.

But over the last several years, Art In Voyage has expanded to feature curated journeys that focus on food and wine as major components of the destination.

“Everybody loves to eat and everybody loves to discover what other people eat.” said Audebert. “No matter what theme journey we do there’s always a way to bring a culinary element to it.”