Meet Emi Newman, the face behind all the delicious Central Florida foodie pics over on her page, @emibefeasting on Instagram. (📸: @emibefeasting)
In this week’s installment of, “Did you eat yet?”, we’re sitting down with Emi Newman, a local foodie who keeps us drooling on Instagram. We asked her about her absolute favorite meal in Orlando, where she’s taking her out-of-town guests to eat, and what she’s drinking at happy hour with her favorite Orlandoan.
🗣 First things first: Who are you? What's your day job? Who are you on the internet? I am originally from Pensacola, FL but moved to the Orlando area in January of 2020. I am a graduate student at UCF Rosen College with a background working in the sports industry. Having grown up in a family of foodies, I decided to finally put my food photos to work which has now become @emibefeasting! It has become a great way to share my love for food with others who feel the same.
🍽 In what neighborhood will we most likely find you chowing down? And why? You will usually find me chowing down in Audubon Park at East End Market. East End is home to so many great businesses like Domu, Dochi, Farm & Haus, Gideon's Bakehouse, Hinckley's Fancy Meats, and more! I also love that every weekend they have vendors in the courtyard. It's a great way to support local businesses!
🤫 What's the best-kept secret in the Orlando area? (Don't worry, we'll only tell everyone reading this.) Hmm, I'm not sure how much of a secret it is these days, but it has to be Fresco Cucina Italiana. Located off of Turkey Lake in the Dr. Phillips area, it is a family-owned, authentic Italian spot with the best Aracine Siciliane I've ever had. They have amazing wood-fired pizzas and a Fiochetti Pear dish that is to die for.
📰 What is one Orlando food-related news story that you think people need to be paying more attention to? H-Mart is coming to Orlando. The first location in the state of Florida and I am so excited that they saw an opportunity here in Orlando!
🍕 Your favorite movie star calls and asks to come over for dinner. What're you serving? If Ryan Reynolds calls and wants to come over for dinner, I am definitely going to grab him some pizza from Anthony's. I hear his favorite cheat meal is pizza.
🍸 Your calendar opens up and you get one happy hour with an Orlandoan of your choice. Who's it going to be? Why? Where are you meeting them? And what are you drinking? Daniel Tosh, because I know it would be one of the most eventful happy hours of my life. We're meeting at the AC Sky Bar for a Sunset Margarita.
Want more where this came from? We don’t blame you. Emi’s got some sweet recs, and great photos to accompany ‘em. Head here for our extended interview and find out what would be Emi’s last meal in Orlando, her go-to takeout order, her hands-down favorite Orlando dish, and more.
What restaurant, chef, foodie, or farm should we feature next time? Slide into my inbox, firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Chew on this, Katie.