Authors Posts by Tiffany Nguyen

Tiffany Nguyen

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Tiffany is a native of Orlando, Florida. Born and raised in "The City Beautiful" she has witnessed many vast changes to the city since she was a toddler and she is excited for what's to come for her hometown. Tiffany graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in General Business. One of her long-time dreams came true when her family's restaurant, Saigon Noodle & Grill - Bumby got invited by the Food Network to film an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" with Guy Fieri and special guest Food Network Star winner Justin Warner. Be sure to keep an eye out for their episode as it does air quite frequently! You can follow her on IG at @saigonnoodleandgrill for Triple D show times.

We were invited to media dine at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar nestled in Restaurant Row on Sand Lake Rd.  My favorite part of our lunch was the fresh guacamole that is made tableside and served with seasoned “Rocco’s chips”.  They are the best chips and guac that I have ever had in Orlando.  I highly recommend them!

Surf & Turf – marinated grilled steak, chorizo, sweet potatoes, chicken and shrimp in a roasted garlic verde sauce.  Served sizzling in a traditional lava rock molcajete with our tortillas, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, guacamole, sour cream

Dining with a view

Mexican Chocolate Brownie Sundae – vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, buñuelo, whipped cream, honey salted peanuts

Be sure to check out Rocco’s Taco’s soon for some of the freshest Mexican food in town!

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar
7468 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-0550

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We were invited to experience the Arnold Palmer Invitational on St. Patrick’s Day and we were treated to a BBQ lunch at their main hospitality during Saturday’s event. The “Birdies & BBQ” luncheon was located at the scenic 9th hole and featured a variety of food from nationally-recognized 4 Rivers Smokehouse from 12-3pm.

Beer from Anheuser-Busch
Whole Pig Pickin’
Carved Beef Brisket
Smoked wings with celery & BBQ beans
Mini cupcakes
Tiger Woods
Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge
9000 Bay Hill Blvd, Orlando

The Maguires family – Emma, Aoife, Sean, Philip

We were invited to a media preview of the annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. The Mighty Festival runs Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Guests can enjoy a mighty selection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails to pair with exceptional pub grub and more elegant Irish fare while musicians and dancers perform on multiple stages, indoors and out, from noon-1:30 a.m. March 16 and 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. March 17 and 18.  Mighty Festival guests can accent their Irish holiday attire with complimentary face painting available for up to nine or 10 hours each festival day.  On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older.

If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like the Irish, share these truisms:

  1. Please don’t call the holiday “St. Patty’s.”  It’s either “St. Patrick’s Day” or “St. Paddy’s.”
  2. A shamrock has three leaves (not four – that would be a clover).
  3. Americans invented the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 in Boston.
  4. Most Irish pubs do a full month’s business on St. Patrick’s Day.
  5. Guinness sell 13 million pints on St. Patrick’s Day versus the usual 5 million daily.
  6. Raglan Road is America’s #1 Irish Pub.
  7. Green beer is an American invention.  Raglan Road does not serve green beer.

Heritage Tomato Salad – heirloom tomato & rocket salad with shallots, Parmesan crisp & balsamic reduction

Salmon Swoon – Irish smoked salmon served on rush soda bread

Rack of heaven – slow roasted Guinness glazed baby back ribs (so crispy, sweet, and savory.  It was delish!)

Mini Fish & Chips – a miniature version of our famous fish and chips with tartar sauce


Mini Shepherd’s Pie – beef & lamb root vegetables and red wine jus

Gnocchi Sea Gnocchi Do – Potato gnocchi served with George’s bank scallops, crispy pork belly, tomatoes & kale in white wine butter sauce

Apple Crumble – fresh Granny Smith apple crumble with vanilla ice cream & crème anglaise

Mini Bread & Butter Pudding – famous bread & butter pudding served with crème anglaise and butterscotch sauce

Raglan Road & Cookes of Dublin is located behind the pedestrian bridge, across from Morimoto Asia.

Be sure to check out the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Raglan Road this weekend starting Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18!

(Source credit: Raglan Road)

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Disney Springs
1640 Buena Vista Dr. Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 938-0300

Eggs In Purgatory – farm eggs, arrabiata, polenta, and pecorino

We attended a media preview at Pizza Bruno this past Sunday to check out their revamped brunch menu, available every Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm and we enjoyed our brunch and experience.  The restaurant gets slammed every evening so your best bet is to get there early for lunch during the week or brunch on the weekends when there is no wait time.

Garlic Knots – Too much garlic, pecorino, chili flake, oregano.  These are a classic appetizer at Pizza Bruno, I highly recommend them!

Kale Salad – Golden raisins, candied pecans, pizza crumb, Emperors Dressing, pecorino.  Most addicting kale sale ever!

Cinnabon Bun,  they were so good and a must for every brunch.

Frittata – Roasted tomato, white cheddar, Arugula salad, Ricotta toast with honey and pine nuts

Shrimp & Grits – Rock shrimp, aribiatta, fried egg, Calabrian oil.  This dish has a little kick to it.

Dutch Baby in two variations.  Wood Fired pancake with amish butter, sea salt, maple syrup.  The taste and texture was like a pancake flan.

Foxtail Coffee Co. Cold Brew

Guaincale & Blueberry in two variations.  It was sweet and savory.  This pizza was popular among our group.

Pizza Amatricana – tomato, chili, red onion, guanciale, and pecorino

The Dude – fresh mozzarella, pecorino, tallegio, lots of black pepper.  This is a classic pizza at Pizza Bruno it was popular among our group as well.  The Dude was my favorite pizza out of the three.

My togo box of all the pizza variations offered

The talented and down-to-earth owner of Pizza Bruno, Bruno Zacchini III working expo.  Thank you for hosting us, you and your staff were amazing!

Be sure to check out brunch at Pizza Bruno soon for their delicious brunch menu and the BEST pizza in Orlando!

Pizza Bruno
3990 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806
(They do not have a phone)


Peanut Pad Thai With Seasoned Grilled Shrimp
Do you love delicious food, crafty cocktails, and fun games?  If your answer is yes, than KINGS Orlando is the perfect place to be any day of the week!

We were invited to check out KINGS Orlando, an upscale dining and entertainment venue.  During our visit we got to try a few items from their Asian-inspired menu (pictured below) and we also got to bowl.  We had so much fun cannot wait to go back! Our server Kimberly was super friendly, engaging, and down-to-earth.  Her communication skills were on point so we always knew what was going on at all times.  Kimberly was the best server that I’ve ever had and I know she is going to go far in the KINGS company one day SOON!

Free game on Sunday with lunch reservation
Fried Bang Bang Calamari
Buffalo Chicken Wontons
Peanut Pad Thai With Seasoned Grilled Shrimp (my favorite!)
Baja Street Tacos With Seasoned Grilled Shrimp
Private room
Be sure to check out KINGS Orlando soon for food, fun, and more!
Kings Dining & Entertainment
8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-0200

Congratulations to our long-time friend Sam Lau on his newest business venture: ViVi Bubble Tea at Mills 50 – it is such a cute little bubble tea shop that you need to check out asap!  They officially open tomorrow and will be running a buy one, get one free special on select drinks.  My big sister Krystle & I enjoyed their Blue Galaxy (pictured above) a caffeine-free herbal tea beverage with no artificial coloring.

Tiramisu Slush

Signature fruit tea

Blue Galaxy

Be sure to check out ViVi Bubble Tea soon!

ViVi Bubble Tea
1111 E Colonial Dr. Orlando, Florida
(321) 310-4147

Pictured: Chicken gyro bowl

We were invited to a media preview today at The Simple Greek – Oviedo as seen on CNBC’s “The Profit” – one of my favorite show that comes on after my favorite show, Shark Tank.  The food was so good and fresh and the restaurant was very clean.  They will be running a Grand Opening special tomorrow 3/9 of $1 GYROS ($7.95 value) from 11am-3pm, limit one.

The Simple Greek redefines the traditional Greek restaurants with an interactive concept that combines fresh, high-quality ingredients and Greek atmosphere in a fast casual setting. The concept utilizes a build-your-own assembly line style set up in an open kitchen to show off all of the fresh food being prepared.  The menu features a variety of dishes such as build your own bowls, salads, pitas and Greek yogurt with a variety of proteins, toppings and sides to choose from at an affordable price.

The Oviedo location is owned by Jonathan Tonn.   Jonathon opened his own franchise after witnessing its success on “The Profit” and he is in partnership with DeSisto Restaurant Group.  DeSisto Restaurant Group also owns The Simple Greek locations in Tampa, FL & East Providence, RI.

Build-Your-Own Gyro Bowl

Top to Bottom:
Gyro Bowl
Greek Fries
Chicken Gyro Whole Wheat Wrap

House-Made Sauces: Hummus, Spicy Hummus, Tzatziki (middle)

Dolmades – rice & herbs rolled in grape leaves

Avgolemono Soup – traditional rice soup

Lentil soup (vegetarian) – lentils & vegetables in a vegetable broth

Baklava – crispy golden filo dough, walnuts, honey.  I highly recommend this dessert!

(Source credit: The Simple Greek)

Be sure to check out The Simple Greek – Oviedo soon to discover your inner Greek!

The Simple Greek
945 City Plaza Way, Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 542-0106

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1st : Smores/Boardwalk/Key Lime with Coconut
2nd: Glaze with Spring Sprinkle/Vanilla with Spring Sprinkle/Strawberry with Spring Sprinkle
3rd: Lemon with Coconut/Blueberry Pancake/Chocolate with Spring Sprinkle
4th: Key Lime/Bacon in the Sun/Key Lime with Graham Crackers Crumbs & Marshmallow Drizzle

Today, Duck Donuts nationwide released a NEW seasonal flavor and topping: Key Lime Icing & Spring Sprinkles, available for a limited time only.  Duck Donuts is my best friend & I’s favorite place to get donuts because all of their delicious vanilla cake donuts are served warm, fresh and made-to-order with a variety of flavors, toppings, and sauces so the possibilities are endless.  We were invited to try their new seasonal flavors, new breakfast, and donut sundae and we enjoyed our food and experience.  My donuts were made by an amazingly nice employee named Princess and when she brought out my beautiful donuts on a donut stand I genuinely felt like a princess.  Princess’ superior customer service will make you feel like royalty.

NEW Breakfast Sandwich – Sausage, Egg & Cheese with Chopped Bacon. I really enjoyed the spiciness from the sausage and the sweetness from the donut!

S’mores Donut Sundae – vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbles onto a classic donut.

Be sure to check out Duck Donuts – Kissimmee next time you’re in the area!

Duck Donuts
710 Centerview Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 350-5832

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High Valley concert

Yesterday, Sonny’s BBQ hosted their annual “Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown” at Tinker Field – Camping World Stadium and it filled with great food, cookin’ demos, a kids’ zone, and amazing live country music all day.

The nation’s top pitmasters traveled from all across the world and came together to put their skills to the test in an epic BBQ battle for a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000.

Fun brand ambassador at the Orange Buick GMC booth

Kids’ zone

Listening to Jill’s Cashbox

Unlimited Cheerwine at the VIP Tent

A delicious plate prepared by Sonny’s BBQ


Mac ‘n cheese

Pulled pork

Sweet and smokey ribs

Sliced brisket

Winners taking pictures with the Sonny’s BBQ crew

Iowa’s Smokey D’s picking up their grand prize check of $20,000

Grand prize winners of the $20,000 – Iowa’s Smokey D’s.  They also won last year!

High Valley concert

Merchandise booth

Rodney Atkin concert

Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown
Tinker Field at Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Pl. Orlando, FL 32805

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, Road Not Traveled

This is Florida’s best kept secret.  Streamsong Resort is nestled in Fort Meade, FL (2 hours from Orlando) and is a hidden gem, literally and figuratively.  This 5-year old resort stretches out to 16,000 acres and the land was formerly used for mining phosphate also known as P2O5, which became the name of one of their restaurants.

Interior of P205

The resort is breathtaking, the food was so good – the best I’ve ever had in my entire life, the customer service was top-notch, and nature really did its job. Out of all the assignments I’ve done for Tasty Chomps, this one was my favorite.

Thank you Diana & Michelle from The Zimmerman Agency for hosting us! We all had an amazing time and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend escape.  Everything was perfection.

The one-of-a-kind/state of the art infrastructure at Streamsong Resort attracts bountiful of visitors, however, you won’t find any of them lounging around the main lobby on a sunny day.  You can find them outside utilizing three of the country’s top luxury golf courses, bass fishing on the serene lakes, shooting sporting clays, practicing archery, going on a walk on the nature trails, dining at the five casual or fine dining restaurants, sunbathing at the lakeside infinity pool, or getting pampered at the AcquaPietra – the resort’s European-style grotto spa that looks like elephant legs dipped in an ocean. The healing pools has various temperatures from warm to ice-cold. The wet sauna was my favorite because it was a heated steam room that had cold water running down from a shower head… It was a pretty exhilarating experience feeling two sensations at once.  Streamsong Resort has a lot of offer on and off-site. My room alone came with a beautiful view, free Wi-Fi, complimentary bites from The Zimmerman Agency, a Keurig machine, a mini-fridge, two televisions, a therapeutic shower and a mini-library of literary classics… perfect for a rainy day.

Smoked almond bark (the best chocolate bark I’ve ever had!), brown sugar smoked bacon, smoked monchego
Red sangria – Cabernet Sauvignon, josh cellars, blackberry brandy, freshly squeezed orange juice, spriteWhite sangria – chardonnay, josh cellars, triple sec, lavender bitters, apple juice, freshly squeezed orange juiceSottaTerra, the resort’s restaurant that is under Earth.Private limousine (right) and a shuttle (left) that runs every 15 minutes.

Jim & Maria from the hospitality team were extremely welcoming and accommodating.

Chef demonstration with Executive Chef Michael Ford at Streamsong Blue No. 1.  A really nice guy.
Shrimp Cocktail – shrimp, kumquat, cilantro, chives, rum, olive oil, red onion, chili flakes, plum sauce, lime, red bell peppers, horseradish, watercress, napa cabbage.
Fifty-Nine Restaurant & Bar, the epitome of a luxurious seafood and steakhouse.
Key west yellowtail with coconut curry & handmade coriander noodles
 72-hour pastrami short rib with popcorn grits & pickled vegetables
Four peppercorn mizayaki Kobe ribeye with unagi glacé. I highly recommend this!  Best thing I ever ate. My palate is forever changed and will never be the same.
Bone Valley Tavern, the resort’s newest and most popular dining experience.
Tuna wonton – pineapple, avocado mash, puffed rice
Smoked bacon – apricot dressing, frisse
Rotisserie chicken – potato puree, jus lie, chives
Haberno Mary (virgin version) outdoor fire pit — the perfect spot for a glass of wine and stargazing.
One-pound meatball atop alta cucina tomato sauce
Linguine pesto & diver scallops
Veal ossobuco with truffle risotto & gremlota
Mason jar strawberry shortcake – strawberry ice cream, Florida strawberry filling, biscuit crumble.  The strawberry ice cream was the perfect touch to this classic dessert!
Cast iron skillet cabernet and amarena cherry cobbler
S’mores – dark chocolate brownie, graham crust, brûlée marshmallow
 Golf lovers will experience a new standard at their three critically-acclaimed luxury golf courses: Red, Blue, and Black; the only destination in the world where three distinct golf courses were designed by four legendary architects.
The view from my room.  Serene lakes and streams offer best-in-class bass fishing. 
Outdoor pursuits include sporting clays, archery, nature trails and a lakeside infinity pool.
The intimate haven features 228 spacious, modern guest rooms; 25,000 sq. ft. of flexible conference and function space, with distinctive outdoor venues.
The grotto-style AcquaPietra spaPreserved Megalodon shark teeth that were all found on Streamsong Resort property.

(Source credit: Streamsong Resort)

Be sure to check out Streamsong Resort soon for an unforgettable experience!  You will love it!

Streamsong Resort
1000 Streamsong Dr, Bowling Green, FL 33834
(888) 294-6322

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Can you believe that this time last year, MidiCi Kissimmee was firing up their wood fired Italian ovens for the first time?  We enjoyed attending their fun media tasting and devouring fantastic appetizers, authentic Neapolitan pizzas and custom menu offerings to celebrate their one year anniversary and also learn more about their February pizza drive for charity.

#IHeartMidiCi Charity Drive:

To give back to the local community after the success of their first year of business, MidiCi Kissimmee invited 8 local foodies to create a unique pizza to reflect their personality and food preferences using a wide variety of fresh, natural, high quality ingredients (which include gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options).  Their pizza creations are available for all guests to order through the month of February and $2 per pizza sold will be donated to their charity of choice.  Charities include Give Kids The World Village, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, St. Jude, Wounded Warriors Project, All About The Cats and Serenities Grace.  “It warms my heart that people love to come to MidiCi to celebrate.  We are proud to provide an authentic Neapolitan pizza experience using high quality ingredients, many imported from Italy such as our flour, olive oil, tomato sauce and prosciutto, and cooked in our wood fired Italian ovens.  We are so excited to be collaborating with some of Orlando’s finest foodies to give back to the community. Their pizza creations were inventive and showcase the variety of ingredients we offer,” said owner Troy Renfrow.

The eight Orlando foodies participating include:

Annie Alvarez of (@AnnieAtoZ) supports Wounded Warriors Project with her pizza creation.  She started with the Truffle Neapolitan Pizza topped with truffle cream, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and added ricotta cheese, and fresh sliced Prosciutto di San Daniele after it’s baked.

Anna-MarieWalsh of (@Beautyandthebeets) supports It’s All About The Cats with her pizza creation. She started with the Classic Margherita Neapolitan pizza topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and added fresh grape tomatoes, garlic and a balsamic glaze swirl after it’s baked. She was inspired by a classic Bruschetta appetizer.

Carolina Gabrova of (@JanelaParaOrlando @WindowToOrlando) supports Give Kids The World with her pizza creation.  She went for an all cheese classic topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, truffle cheese, and goat cheese.

Lisa Samples of (@LisaSamples) supports Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with her pizza creation. She started with a white Bianca classic Neapolitan pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, oregano, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and added garlic spinach, truffle cheese and mushrooms.

Wanda Lopez of (@MySweetZepol) supports St. Jude with her pizza creation. She started with the Classic Margherita Neapolitan pizza using Gluten Free crust, topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and added homemade spicy pork sausage made with fennel and spicy peppers, tri-color bell peppers, and red onion.  She was inspired by her Puerto Rican heritage.

Silvia Cerviof (@silcervi) supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida with her Brazilian inspired pizza creation. She started with the Classic Margherita Neapolitan pizza topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and added red onion, black olives, Applewood Smoked Bacon and hard boiled egg.

Suzy Farmar of (@SoozieTheFoodie) supports Serenities Grace with her pizza creation. She started with the Truffle Neapolitan Pizza topped with truffle cream, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and added roasted pepper, chicken, spinach garlic, truffle cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele before baking.

Andrew Heaberlin of (@TastesofOrlando) supports Give Kids The World with his pizza creation. He started with the Classic Margherita Neapolitan pizza topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, freshbasil, extra virgin olive oil and added Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sun-dried tomatoes and red onions.


Burrata Caprese – burrata, arugula, grape tomatoes, Italian vinaigrette dressing, housemade pesto, extra virgin olive oil

Burrata with Melon and Prosciutto – burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil

House Meat and Cheese plate – black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), goat cheese, parmigiano-reggiano, rosemary ham (cotto), prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese).  Served with mustard, kalamata olives, dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey

House Meat Board – prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese), Neapolitan salami, rosemary ham (cotto). served with mustard and kalamata olives

Melon and Prosciutto

Pepperoni Pizza with hidden Mickey.  It is not something they do normally although if a guest asks, they are always happy to accommodate.

The Italian – seasonal greens, romaine lettuce, Neapolitan salami, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, kalamata olives, parmesan, crushed croutons, Italian vinaigrette dressing

Purple Kale & Ricotta Salad – purple kale, baby spinach, ricotta, dates, parmigiano-reggiano, mustard vinaigrette dressing

House Made Meatballs with Fresh Mozzarella – angus beef, fresh mozzarella, Italian marinara sauce, parmesan, basil

Seasoning bar


Signature Nutella Calzone – Nutella®, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, balsamic reduction

Signature Nutella Calzone – Nutella®, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, balsamic reduction

Hazelnut and Vanilla gelato


Hazelnut and Vanilla gelato + Espresso = Affogato, literally means “drowning”.

Special Offers:

House Cheese Board – black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, gorgonzola, parmigiano-reggiano.  Served with dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey.

#WineWednesday Wine and Cheese Special:
MidiCi Kissimmee believes in bringing friends together. Celebrate #WineWednesday with your favorite wine bottle from their list and receive a complimentary cheese board with every wine bottle purchase.

MidiCi means “You Tell Me.”  MidiCi Kissimmee offers a wide variety of toppings for guests to create their own pizza.  Share your special pizza creations on social media by using the hashtag #IHeartMidiCi for a chance to be featured and win weekly prizes, including restaurant gift certificates!

New Loyalty Rewards Program:
Guests are now able to sign up in store for our Loyalty Program to earn an immediate $5 reward and points good towards future purchases.

(Source credit: MidiCi Kissimmee)

Be sure to check out MidiCi Kissimmee soon for fresh, Neapolitan Pizza in Central Florida!  You will love this dreamy pizza establishment!

MidiCi Kissimmee
The Crosslands Shopping Center, across from The Fresh Market
720 Centerview Blvd Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 201-3824

My former co-worker and good friend, Dallas Perdue, tending the bar while being filmed by the Travel Channel.

My friend from college and owner of DOMU, Sonny Nguyen

*Will be featured on the Food Paradise episode*
Pigs In A Blanket Bao – Chashu ends, persian cucumber, pickled cabbage, scallion, spicy kewpie mayo

Domu Wings – coated with kimchi butter sauce.  These are my favorite wings in the whole world!  Must try!

*Will be featured on the Food Paradise episode* Richie Rich – Miso-shoyu pork bone broth, chashu, ajitama brûlée, kikurage, scallion, fried garlic, black garlic oil, domudama

Uni Mazemen – Uni butter sauce, ikura, micro greens, crispy quinoa, chives, fresh uni

Chuka – Roasted corn, menma, torched tomato, cucumber, shiitake mushrooms, ontama, sesame vinaigrette

Check out DOMU soon for delicious ramen, wings & bao and be sure to keep an eye out for the Food Paradise episode airing in the next couple of weeks!

3201 Corrine Dr. STE 100 Orlando, Florida
(407) 960-1228

Ping’s Dessert – Japanese cotton cheese infused with matcha, matcha macaroon, durian ice cream, dark cherry soup.

Every season Yuki Hana hosts an Omakase dinner which means “leave everything up to the chef”.  I always look forward to Yuki Hana’s Omakase dinners because I know a lot of time, preparation, and research goes into each Omakase dinner to draft up and provide an adventurous menu for their guests.  This Omakase dinner was extra special because they were also celebrating their Five Year Anniversary.  If you haven’t been to an Omakase dinner experience at Yuki Hana, you are truly missing out on a local mind-blowing culinary adventure.  No experience is the same and you will never forget how spectacular it is.

Sakitini with pomegranate, arugula syrup, citrus, fish sauce, spicy shiitake sugar rim and dehydrated lemon slice.

Chef Steven’s Amuse – Sweet potato puff, cured cobia sashimi, edamame crème fraiche, pickled shallot.  The edamame crème fraiche filling inside the puff was ridiculous, I loved it.  The cured cobia sashimi was the perfect fish for this delicious appetizer.

Chef Steven’s 1st Course – Hokkaido scallop, sweet shrimp with heads crispy fried, tossed in uni mayo, anchovy powder, seasoned anchovy, ume gel, and shiso. Perfect balance of soft & crispy.  Delicious!

Chef Steven’s 2nd Course – Madai, charred negi soy gel, jalapeño foam, citrus marinated cucumber, and crispy salmon skin.  Those crispy salmon skins were AMAZING.  I loved this refreshing dish.

Chef Steven’s 3rd Course – Crispy hand roll cone with unagi, bacon jam.  Second picture is chu-toro tartare, ikura, furikake.  Who doesn’t enjoy eating a hand roll?  No chopsticks needed!

Chef Albert’s 4th Course – Congee with lobster, clams, shrimp, uni and squid ink rice chips.  This was my favorite!  I wanted to lick the plate after I was finished eating but didn’t want to get any weird looks.  I wish the squid ink rice chips with uni was an appetizer on their regular menu.  I’m obsessed with them!  My biggest weakness is chips.

Chef Albert’s 5th Course – Poussin served with winter green, sesame dressing, pickled cucumber, whipped tofu, charred orange.  This was the best grilled chicken that I have ever eating in my life.  The seasoning was perfection.

Chef Albert’s 6th Course – Bison skirt steak, shaved truffle, asparagus, Shimeji mushrooms, beet, black pepper sauce.  Divine!

Ping’s Dessert – Japanese cotton cheese infused with matcha, matcha macaroon, durian ice cream, dark cherry soup.  So much heart and passion went into this dessert.  It was heavenly.  I love homemade cakes, ice cream and macarons!

The kind and hardworking owner of Yuki Hana, Ping Jiang, and her team of dedicated an talented chefs.

This was my third Omakase experience at Yuki Hana and the skills, quality, creativity, and taste just keep getting better.  I am looking forward to their next Omakase dinner.  I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to attend these dinners on behalf of Tasty Chomps.  I hope to see you all at the next one!  Please follow Yuki Hana on IG at @yuki_hana_sushi for their latest updates and upcoming events.


Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi
3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765
(407) 695-8808

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*Secret Menu Item* The Mexican Pizza – A fried flour tortilla is topped with your choice of protein, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapeño and a drizzle of sour cream.  This was my favorite!


We were invited to Tijuana Flats near Millenia Mall to try items from their “Secret Menu” as well as some classic items.

Tijuana Flats was was founded in Winter Park, FL in 1995 by University of Central Florida graduate Brian Wheeler with $20,000 in loans.  Tijuana Flats now has 136 locations in 6 states.

The Tijuana Flats Manifesto is their Declaration of Independence, their Dead Sea Scrolls.   It’s everything they believe in expressed in a single stream of madcap consciousness.  You’ll find it displayed in every Tijuana Flats location.

Tijuana Flats’ regional manger, Joey.  He has been with the company for 19 years.  He is super nice.  To the right is our wonderful host, Sarah.

The store manager for their Millenia location, Mike.  He is a super cool guy!

The talented kitchen staff!  They did a great job with everyone’s food!

Chips & Dip – A basket of warm chips, with a side of handmade salsa, queso or guacamole.

*Secret Menu Item* The Double Stack tacos is available in chicken or steak.  Queso is spread across a soft flour tortilla then wrapped around a hard-shell taco – filled with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream.

*Secret Menu Item* The Bangin Chicken Tostadas – crispy fried chicken cubes tossed in a buffalo sauce with refried beans, tomatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served with a side of salsa.

Cookie Dough Flauntas – Chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar.  Served with a side of chocolate syrup.

I won a free bottle of sweet chili hot sauce during trivia!

Founder Brian Wheeler created his own line of hot sauces.  The “Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally” brand includes some of the hottest sauces in the world.

Be sure to check out the Tijuana Flats location near the Mall at Millenia!  They did a wonderful job hosting us and providing great Tex-Mex food!

(Source credit: Tijuana Flats)

Tijuana Flats
94693 Gardens Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 965-5090

My sister and I got to meet Food Network Chef Roberto Treviño from Iron Chef America (he battled against and beat Mario Batali) at his new restaurant El Buda on Church Street and we enjoyed trying some of his delicious and flavorful Latin-Asian food that he prepared for us.  Chef Roberto Treviño’s concept of blending two cultures together is so unique and the fusion of flavors in all of his dishes were all on point, I really appreciated and loved it.  Overall, I give five stars to the food, service, ambiance, and the entertainment at El Buda.  You must check them out next time you are in the Downtown Orlando area.

El Buda has a Daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm and includes 2 for $5 Draft Beers, $9 Craft Cocktails (they are normally $11 and feature top shelf liquors) and$5 Sangria. 

Sunday Brunch (Saturday coming soon!) is from 11am – 4pm.  $22 Brunch includes unlimited top shelf mimosa and top shelf craft cocktails. 
Guava Gelee Gimlet. They offer nightly drink specials at “The Cellar” downstairs, a speakeasy type atmosphere. 
Herame Con Coco
Pork Dumplings
Duck Nachos
Prawn Tempura with Forbidden Rice
Ho Fun with Grilled Churrassco
Peking Style Duck Confit with Scallion Pancake and Seasoned Vegetables
Be sure to check out El Buda – Downtown Orlando soon!  You will love it!
El Buda
116 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 203-8171

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin

We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible.

The talented kitchen staff

The amazing serving staff

Pork Belly Benedict

Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Fried green tomatoes

Shrimp and Grits

Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter

The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night:


Oysters with champagne

Oysters with herbs

Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon

Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast

Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit

Shared Vegetable Platter

K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables

Lemon Meringue Tarts

French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel

Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert

Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!)

Chocolate Mousse Torte

Almond Cake – fresh blackberries

Their beautiful outdoor patio

Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them!

K Restaurant
1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 872-2332

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We were invited to a media preview of the 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World.  The month-long festival runs from January 12 – February 19, 2018 and includes an art walk, photo ops, chalk art, culinary offerings, live music, stage performances, art seminars, activities designed with families in mind and so much more.  They’ve rolled everything you love about the arts into one spectacular salute.

Official Festival of the Arts merchandise

These four pins are redemption prizes for the scavenger hunt

Design your own screen printed t-shirt with Enemy Ink

Masterpiece Kitchen
Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments (delicious!)

Painter’s Palate (Odyssey, Festival Center)
Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad (really enjoyed biting into these cronut pairings!)

Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aioli
Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V)

Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V)

Decadent Delights (Promenade)
S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce

The Destructed Dish
Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil (great dessert dish!)

Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic) (caution: this is a sweet one!)

The Artist’s Table
Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce

Cuisine Classique
Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF)

Pop Eats
Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF)

Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)

Sous Chef Daniel Contreras

Disney on Broadway Concert Series preview with Jenn Gambatese and Kevin Massey

Jim, a long-time Disney pianist

Trailblazing Ladies of Disney Animation, Presented by Mindy Johnson, Author of Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation

They gifted all of us a copy of Mindy Johnson’s book (retails for $60)

Be sure to check out Epcot International Festival of the Arts soon before it ends on February 19.  You will love it!

(Source credit: Walt Disney World)

200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 939-5277

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We were invited to check out the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park and we got to try a few of their menu items.  I LOVE smoothies.  They are my favorite thing to consume whether I am at work, home, or just finished a grueling workout and want something ice-cold and replenishing in my system to hold me over until I get ahold of some food.  Fortunately, Tropical Smoothie Cafe sells smoothies and hot items, so you can get both on the same stop.  The new Winter Park store is beautiful, bright, clean, and inviting and the smoothie and hot items were fresh and delicious.  You can expect to see me in line tomorrow morning trying to win free smoothies for a whole year!

Detox Island Green (seasonal) – Spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana & fresh ginger (naturally sweetened).   The serving is generous, the smoothie had a great consistency and it tasted fresh.  I really enjoyed the fresh ginger in it too, since it’s so good for you!

Cali Chicken Club Flatbread – Bacon, smashed avocado, tomatoes, romaine, mozzarella & basil garlic mayo.  This was my favorite!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Made it vegetarian by substituting the chicken strips with Beyond Meat®Chicken-Free Strips, no lite ranch & mozzarella, and adding extra avocado & veggies.  It includes tomatoes, romaine and buffalo sauce.  This was my second favorite!

Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich – Bacon, tomatoes, a romaine spinach blend, swiss & lite ranch on ciabatta

Kale & Apple Slaw – It was really good.  The best kale & apple slaw that I have ever had in my life.  I loved the flavors of their sweet dressing, apple slices and julienne carrot married together to balance out the kale which is naturally bitter but so good for you as well!

Be sure to drop by the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park early tomorrow,  January 10, for your chance to win FREE smoothies for a year!  They open at 7:00 A.M.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park
501 N Orlando Ave. Ste. 209B Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 637-5002

We were invited to the media preview and grand opening of Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante with a special dedication moment including leadership from Disney, Patina Restaurant Group and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Following the dedication, we went inside the brand new Italian restaurant for a media reception and we celebrated National Spaghetti Day with some apps, pasta, wines, cocktails and sweet treats; perfect for the occasion.  Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is a warm and dreamy restaurant with friendly staff, delicious food, and airline themed aesthetics that is adventurous and playful.

The backstory is that the building was a once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s.  Italian immigrants Maria and Enzo owned a small bakery business inside the airline terminal and they purchased the entire building after the airline terminal closed down.  As an airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to the abandoned airline terminal and to open a spacious restaurant in it was a dream of his and Maria, who both wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to guests at Disney Springs.

CACIOCAVALLO FRITTO – fried sicilian cheese, spicy tomato and pomodoro sauce

SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA – burrata and meatballs

ARANCINI DI CARNE – fried rice stuffed with meat ragù, peas and mozzarella.  They were delicious!



Delicious TIRAMISU!

These were the best CHEESECAKE POPS that I have ever had in my life!

CANNOLI– sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips, candied orange.  It was the best cannoli that I have ever had in my life!

Randomly selected guests will be upgraded upon arrival to the First Class Lounge and will receive a more upgraded level of service.  Guests 21 years of age or older will be served a complimentary glass of Prosecco and kids will receive a complimentary airline pin.

Be sure to book a reservation at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, link below, so you can experience this amazing new restaurant for yourself!
We also got to take a tour around the new Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar.
…and The Edison.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
The Landing, Disney Springs, 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-8466

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar
1570 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 560-9288

The Edison
1570 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 560-9288

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Wagyu Gyoza

We were invited to the All You Can Eat NYE dinner at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi and it was the perfect last meal to finish off 2017.  The ambiance of the restaurant is dreamy, perfect for a date night, the owner and staff are super nice, and the food is innovative while still maintaining its integrity and delicious taste.  You never know what to expect when you order at Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi because they always blow you away with their creativity; it’s always a nice surprise whenever your food arrives at your table and is presented right in front of you.  Overall, it is a fabulous restaurant that you need to experience for yourself, especially during their special event dinners!

Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Octopus Fritters

Seared Pork Belly With Seasonal Vegetables With House Curry On The Side

Chicken Yakitori

Oxtail Taco


House Cured Salmon
Assortment of Nigiri – Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail (Chef’s Pick)
Ahi Poke

Assorted Rolls – American Dream Roll, Fuji Mountain Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Fire Cracker Roll (with scallops fried on the top), Citrus Roll (with cobia on top), Katana Roll (with tuna on top), and Salmon Madness Roll

Sake Steamed Clams

Banging Shrimp

Chocolate Cake

Japanese Cotton Cake

Matcha Creme Brûlée

Sake Poached Pear

Be sure to check out Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi soon!  They host many special events so follow them on instagram (@yuki_hana_sushi) to stay up-to-date!


Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi
3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765
(407) 695-8808

Pitmaster Brandon Manly teaching us how to make some delicious eats for the holidays.

We were invited to check out this free and public event hosted by Sonny’s BBQ last Saturday at Williams Sonoma on Park Avenue in partnership with Peterbrooke Chocolatier.  I loved that the event landed on a Saturday afternoon because I frequent the popular Winter Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings so I was able to pick up a few things and walk over to the cooking demo afterwords.  During our cooking demo we learned how to make Stuffed Pork Loin with Cranberry Agave Glaze, Smoked Turkey, Gruyère Potatoes, and Chocolate Bacon Holiday Bark.  Everything was delicious!

Sonny’s BBQ – Winter Park
3390 University Blvd Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 671-2002

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
300 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 644-3200

Williams Sonoma – Park Avenue
142 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 628-5900

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We were invited to celebrate the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord – a nationwide event at participating stores.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes were $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

IKEA Food Range and Product Developer, Peter Ho, says, “The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike.  It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.”

The cutest Christmas reindeer!  An IKEA employee informed me that they were sold out, unfortunately.

Swedish cheeses, crispbread, thin bread, softbread

Gravad lax with mustard sauce

Christmas ham

Swedish potato salad

Hard boiled eggs

Assorted desserts

Daim cakes with and without chocolate, Swedish fish

Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Pickled herring, Swedish cucumber salad, Red beet salad, Hard boiled eggs, Christmas ham, Gravad lax with mustard sauce

Poached salmon, Jansson’s temptations, sautéed red cabbage and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy

Meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed red cabbage and apples, Jansson’s temptations

Swedish Santa Lucia processional

Swedish Santa

Thank you Swedish Santa for the complimentary tote bags!

(Source credit: IKEA)

4092 Eastgate Dr. Orlando, FL 32839
+1 (888) 888-4532

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Chef Trina Gregory-Propst is amazing.  She was the one who recommended my family’s restaurant, Saigon Noodle and Grill – Bumby to the Food Network producers when they asked her if she knew of any good Vietnamese restaurants in Orlando to be featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.  My family had no idea that Triple D was coming to our city (for the first time ever) so we did not expect to be contacted by them, however, when they reached out to us we knew that it was truly a blessing sent from God.  We accepted the offer to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and it has changed our lives for the better.  We are now recognized worldwide and we have met so many loyal Triple D fans from all across the world.  Chef Trina’s restaurant SE7EN BITES was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives” and both of our restaurants are located in the Milk District, so we are actually neighbors.  What an honor it is to put our city and district on the Triple D map with Chef Trina.  My family cannot thank her enough for what she has done for our small restaraunt business.  We are so grateful for her and her awesome wife’s friendship!

Chef’s Night is an evening at the food bank featuring some of Central Florida’s best chefs and cuisine, all to benefit their Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program.  The Culinary Training Program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.  When you support Chef’s Night, you are helping to change lives, and help pull your neighbors in need out of poverty.

SE7EN BITES specializes in nostalgic southern comfort food with a modern twist.  Chef Trina has loved to bake since her Grammy first introduced her to baking when she was a child.  Grammy helped develop Trina’s love for all things sweet.  Add in a professional culinary education, talent and passion and the result is a great recipe for local Orlando Goodness.  Chef Trina created a 5-course “Brinner” menu, a delicious combination of breakfast served at dinner.  Special thanks to SYSCO for donating all of the food to Chef’s Night to make the event a success.

Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar

Deviled eggs with candied bacon (best deviled eggs that I have ever had in my life!)

Pimento Cheese Biscuit bites with sweet red pepper butter (so yummy!)

Appetizer Course – Fried grit cake with tomato jam, Andouille and dressed Arugula

Salad Course – Citrus Pistachio Salad

Main Course – Colonel Marmalade in the Kitchen with a Knife.  Biscuit stacked with Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, over medium egg, sausage gravy and finished with a dollop of Orange Blossom Marmalade (so delicious!)

Dessert Course – Cinnamon Roll Sundae Grammies, Cinnamon Roll topped with Vanilla Ice Cream Espresso Maple Caramel, Garnished with Milk & Salted Caramel Crumble

Chef Trina with her awesome wife, Va Propst.

The talented Se7en Bites staff

This lovely lady just got hired by Chef Trina to work at her restaurant, SE7EN BITES!  Big congratulations!!  (P.S. – She looks familiar.  I think we went to high school together.  So cool!)

Follow @themichaeljavier on instagram – he’s a cool dude, I want his charisma!

If you missed out this year, be sure to join us at the next Chef’s Table at Second Harvest Food Bank!  Details will be posted on their website so keep an eye out for it.

(Source credit: Second Harvest Food Bank)

Second Harvest Food Bank
411 Mercy Drive Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 295-1066

Se7en Bites
617 N Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 203-0727


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(Seasonal!) White Chocolate Berry Bread Pudding: vanilla bean gelato, housemade berry sauce, anglaise ($6.95) On this chilly day, I cannot stop thinking about this warm and beautiful seasonal dessert.  It was so rich and decadent, with all the right flavors. My mom and I had to wait a little bit for it because the kitchen wanted to make it hot and fresh right out of the oven for us, hence why the vanilla bean gelato was instantly trickling down from it, but it was worth the wait.

‘Tis the season at BRIO Tuscan Grille! The restaurant is offering many ways to celebrate this season, from new menu items, seasonal dishes and cocktails and special events including:

Sat. Dec. 16 – Breakfast with Santa
Sun. Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve party with complimentary prosecco, party favors, balloon drop and live music.
Call BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village at (407) 622-5611 and ask for the manager, Kiki, for more information!

– Facebook & Instagram Contest: BRIO’s “12 Days to Win!” Facebook and Instagram contest gives fans a chance to win various prizes from Monday, Dec. 4–Friday, Dec. 15. BRIO will post a different question regarding the holidays each day. Those with winning answers will receive incredible BRIO prizes such as: gift cards, brunch for six, a chef’s dinner, a Happy Hour party for 12, and BRIO for a year (a $1,200 value)!

– Bonus Gift Card Offer:  From Monday, Nov. 13–Saturday, Dec. 30, BRIO guests will receive a $25 bonus card with every $100 in gift cards purchased. The bonus card is valid Monday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, March 15, 2018. BRIO gift cards can be purchased at a local BRIO restaurant or online at

(NEW! ) Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Cheddar cheese sauce, creamy horseradish, Gorgonzola, green onions, celery, house-made potato chips ($5)

(NEW!) Crispy Shrimp Brio – Spicy Remoulade, green onions ($6)

(NEW!) Warm Margherita Dip – Four cheese blend, tomato compote, Reggiano, basil, grilled ciabatta ($5)

(Seasonal!) Spicy shrimp bruschetta – Fontina, charred tomato, lobster butter ($12.50)

Bulleit Nog-Chata: Bulleit Rye whiskey, RumChata, simple syrup, crème anglaise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon sugar rim ($9)

Salted Caramel Martini: RumChata, Kahlua, Absolut Vanilla, caramel swirl, salted rim ($9)

Two-Course Combos: your choice of soup or salad, with choice of entrée:
Soups – Soup of the day, Lobster Bisque (add $1)
Salads – Brio Chopped Salad, Caesar, or Wedge

Surf & Turf: 14-oz. strip steak, black pepper shrimp, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus (the two-course meal is priced at $34.95 with this entrée)

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Glazed Peppers (light entrée): farro, quinoa, grape tomatoes, asparagus, capers, Marcona almonds, feta, pesto vinaigrette (the two-course meal is priced at $19.95 with this entrée)

Grilled Branzino: roasted red & gold beets, farro, Marcona almonds, marinated kale, lemon vinaigrette, feta (the two-course meal is priced at $26.95 with this entrée)

Caramel Mascarpone Cheesecake – Anglaise sauce, vanilla whipped cream ($4.25)

Thank you Mom for being my plus 1 to a few of my foodie events!  Be sure to check out BRIO Tuscan Grille – Winter Park Village soon for the holidays!

(Source credit: BRIO Tuscan Grille)

BRIO Tuscan Grille
480 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 622-5611

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Runway to Hope’s Christmas Tree

Rosen Hotels & Resorts is known for being charitable and the holidays are no exception.  We were invited to check out 16 local charities gathering at Rosen Shingle Creek to decorate a tree in honor of their charity followed by a cocktail reception.  Rosen Shingle Creek is proud to display a very special collection of Christmas Trees decorated by each of their Non-Profit Partner Organizations in the hotel’s festive lobby adding an extra level of good tidings to the hotel’s multi-million dollar holiday decor.

Mark NeJame, co-founder of Runway to Hope

Pork Taco – Marinated Cabbage, Cojita, Cheese, Mexican Crema

Chicken Taco – Marinated Cabbage, Cojita, Cheese, Mexican Crema

Fish Taco – Marinated Cabbage, Cojita, Cheese, Mexican Crema

Penne Pasta with Tomato, Basil, Calamatta Olives, Sun-dried Tomato, Capers and Parmesan Cheese

Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini Shitake Mushrooms, Sweet Peas and Peppers in Pesto Alfredo Sauce

Holiday White Chocolate & Milk Chocolate Fudge

Jack and Lee Rosen JCC

Girl Scouts of America, Citrus Council

The Pixel Fund

Osceola School for the Arts

The Harris Rosen Foundation

A Gift for Teaching

Canine Companions for Independence

Nemours Children’s Hospital

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission

The Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance

Best Buddies International

American Cancer Society

Florida Hospital Transplant Institute

Valencia College Foundation

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Compassionate Hands and Hearts

Shepherd’s Hope

We hope you enjoy their trees as much as we enjoyed watching them decorate it!  All of these organizations host their annual gala events at Rosen Shingle Creek and all events are unique and available for ticket purchase or donations.  Please visit their Holiday Tree Display at Rosen Shingle Creek’s hotel lobby!

(Source Credit: Rosen Hotel & Resort)

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
(866) 996-9939

At Yuki Hana they provide guests with a beautiful, modern dining experience and the freshest, most flavorful Japanese dishes around.  From innovative sushi featuring fresh fish from the world’s finest markets to flavorful fusion dishes prepared with locally sourced veggies and herbs, every plate on their menu is fun, flavorful, and a new adventure.  No matter the occasion, they are always more than happy to welcome you in and treat you to an unforgettable evening of bites and sips.  Visit them and experience the finest in Japanese cuisine all under one roof.

Every season Yuki Hana hosts a special dinner showcasing their chef’s creativity and talent.  We were invited to their Chef’s Multi-Course Tasting Event and as always, we were impressed with how creative and well thought-out each dish was.  Not only did the food look good but it also tasted delicious as well.  Each dish that came out was like an exciting surprise, we were all blown out of the water with their innovation, presentation and quality.  Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi exceeded our expectations with every dish that they delivered that night.  They are like food scientists, they know their stuff, they are creative, and they just keep getting better and better.  You can tell that each dish was hand made with hard work, love and intention.

Begin – Butterfly Pea Crystal, Citrus Sake

Appetizer – Amuse-Bouche, Squash Dumpling

1st Course – Cape Cod Oyster, Wasabi Foam, Cocktail Pearl, Lemon Confit

2nd Course – Shima Aji, Wasabi Asparagus, Kombu Chip, Crispy Garlic, Ume Ponzu

3rd Course – Nigiri Tasting
Mussel (mussel puree, garlic chip)

Hamachi Tartare (tobiko, cured egg snow)

Tuna (tare, avocado)

Kohada (charred negi vin)

Break – Frozen White Chocolate Lychee Gusher

4th Course – Seared Shiromi, Cabbage Menage, Bacon Seaweed, Dashi Aioli (My favorite!)

5th Course – Roasted Beef, Oxtail Croquette, Pickled Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Sphere, Roasted Leek, Honey Soy (my second favorite!)

Dessert – Persimmon 5.0, Gelato, Compressed, Gel, Meringue, Soup (it was delicious!)

Special thanks to owner Ping Jiang and her talented staff for their hospitality and amazing food!  Be sure to check out Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi soon, you won’t regret it!

Albert DeSue – Executive Chef
Steven Phan – Head Sushi Chef
Edwardo Mena – Sous Chef
Lance Herbas – Sushi Chef
Steven Chang – Sushi Chef

(Cover photo and last photo taken by Quay Hu)

Yuki Hana Fusion Sushi
3635 Aloma Ave Oviedo, Florida 32765
(407) 695-8808

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