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The second annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar in Winter Park returns on Monday, Dec. 24.  The Christmas Eve extravaganza will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is limited to the first 50 guests.  This special 7-course prix fixe menu will feature all-inclusive new world and old world wine pairings.   Reel Fish will also be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 24 offering its regular dinner service.

Tickets to are $69 per person (plus tax + gratuity) and can be reserved by calling (407) 543-FISH (3474).

In the spirit of holiday giving, Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will donate 10% of the dinner’s proceeds to the Coastal Conservation Association.

*Menu and wines subject to change based on availability*

Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition that originated in Southern Italy and is celebrated on Christmas Eve with a 7-course seafood dinner to commemorate the wait of the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.  Because Christmas Eve is a vigil or fasting day,  the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself.

Owner Fred Thimm (right) and James Gallagher from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits who personally went over each wine with us.

Octopus Ceviche

Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Baked Clams Casino


Whiskey Shrimp – Wild-Caught Key West Pink Shrimp with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce on Sour Dough

Seafood Nachos – Blue Crab & Crawfish, House-Made Wontons

Whole Fried Hog Fish and Genuine American Red Snapper with Smothered Tomatoes & Okra

Gulf Oysters Shooters featuring Tito’s Vodka

Cioppino – Clams, Shrimp, Scallops, Grouper, Tomato Broth over Linguine

Mike’s Famous Carrot Cake

Seven-Layer Chocolate Cake

Chef Mike served up a wonderful Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner with his own personal flair.

Reel Fish is celebrating the holidays with a variety of other festive specials, including:

  • Get a FREE $10 bonus gift card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
  • Book a group dinner with 15 or more guests and receive a 10% discount AND $10 gift card for each person in their party.  To book a holiday party contact Fred Thimm at (202) 957-7377 or fred@reelfishcoastal.com.
  • Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will feature a live DJ, food & drink specials and a midnight Champagne toast to ring in the New Year on Dec. 31.
  • New Fall/Winter menu featuring fresh local fish, signature salads and additional non-seafood options like all-natural Creekstone Farms steaks and FreeBird chicken.

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar
1234 N. Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL
reelfishcoastal.com

We were invited to Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista (located one mile from the Orlando International Airport) to enjoy a chef’s selection of the new fall/winter menu and creative handcrafted cocktails.  The new menu will stay until March, as Marlow’s Tavern changes their menu three times a year.

Marlow Tavern’s Executive Chef/CEO/Co-founder John C. Metz, who created the menu along with Rick Blumberg, manager of adult beverages, said in a recent press release, “Our revamped menu has an abundance of great starters, salads, sandwiches, tavern favorites and creative cocktails.  These inspired takes on traditional tavern dishes and drinks give our guests yet another reason to gather around the table at Marlow’s throughout the fall and winter.”

Some of the new menu offerings and crafted cocktails include:

Our G&T – Empress 1908 gin, smacked sage, orange, angostura bitters and tonic
Pineapple Rum Express – Plantation pineapple rum, St. George spiced pear liqueur, fresh lime
Beached Margarita – Herradura hibiscus tincture, Beach coconut whiskey and house sour
The Jet Plane – Bacardi añejo rum, Brovo Amaro #1, aperol and fresh lemon

Roasted Heirloom Carrots – whole baby carrots, orange honey glaze, crumbled feta

Arugula, Trout & Apple Toast – smoked trout, baby arugula, Granny Smith apple and pickled red onion

Feta & Artichoke Fondue – grilled artichokes, Swiss chard, creamy Mornay, feta cheese and toasty
ciabatta

Pastrami Melt – Montreal Smoked Meats pastrami, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and
dijonnaise on deli rye.  Served with house pickles and Marlow’s Tavern fries, yum!

Grilled Atlantic Salmon – with jumbo couscous, baby spinach, toasted almonds and dried cranberry
in a red wine reduction

Chicken Pappardelle Stack – grilled Prestige Farms chicken, creamy artichoke and Swiss chard,
fresh pappardelle noodles, snap peas and roasted mushroom cream.  The chicken is organic and never frozen.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – sage Mornay sauce, pomodoro, butternut squash, Swiss chard and
mushrooms

Big thank you to Joel, the manager of Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista, and Chef Benjamin for hosting us!  It was a delicious dinner!

Marlow’s Tavern – Lee Vista
6889 Eagle Watch Dr, Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 985-2381
marlowstavern.com

What are your plans for Christmas?

Every year, my family dines at one of the Rosen Hotels for their Christmas Day buffet and we take a picture with Mr. Rosen himself, pictured above.  It’s become a family tradition of ours ever since we met him during a Christmas Day buffet back in 2014 when he greeted our table and asked us how we were doing.  My mom immediately recognized him from reading about him in the papers and asked him if he was Mr. Rosen and he confirmed and allowed us to take a picture with him.  He’s seriously the best.

Life came back to a full circle when I was invited to attend Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ first-ever Holiday Night of Lights media event to preview what each hotel is doing for their Christmas Day buffet & holiday events this year.  The night started with all 50 bloggers and friends hopping onto a snazzy two-story bus (our “sleigh” for the night that was generously donated by City Sightseeing Tours Orlando) to visit all 7 Rosen properties and see their holiday lights, with delicious bites at each stop.

Photo credit: Rosen Hotels & Resorts

At Rosen Hotels, their attention to detail is always impeccable, nothing ever gets overlooked and the customer service is top-notch.  I am so looking forward to making it out to the Christmas Day buffet at one of the Rosen Hotels this year with my family.

First Stop – Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista for chocolate peppermint mocktinis, Santa Claus mopolitan, crab cakes, caprese skewers, dunking donut station, sweets, and a tour of the beautiful Bella Vista event venue.

Second Stop – Rosen Inn Closest to Universal for a hibachi performance from the Shogun chefs (I wasn’t able to get a picture of them in action because they were super fast) and sushi & sake from the Sakura Bar.

Third Stop Rosen Inn International for “The Rosen Tree” lighting, cesar salad cups and sweet & spicy meatballs

Fourth Stop – Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando for selfies with an elfie, chicken wellington, mushroom puff and Christmas cookie

Fifth Stop – Rosen Plaza – for a sneak preview of the upcoming Dec. 15 Iced Out! event (free to the public), an ice luge with a signature cocktails, fig & manchego lollipops, lobster corndogs and baby lamb chops prepared by Executive Chef Michael and team.

Sixth Stop – Rosen Centre – for a greeting by Christmas carolers, a real gingerbread house, Harry’s ropa vieja empanada, pineapple ceviche, strawberry cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, and drinks from Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill

Seventh Stop – Rosen Shingle Creek for a sneak preview of the charity trees (which will be displayed in the hotel’s grand lobby) decorated by 24 local non-profits throughout Orlando, and a festive mix and mingle with the hotel and charity partners.

Thanks Mr. Rosen for hosting us in such a family way!

Photo courtesy of Shari Sushi

We were invited to Shari Sushi in Thornton Park to celebrate their 16 years of serving Orlando!  The evening included specialty cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and chef stations to showcase their new chef’s culinary talents.

Be sure to stop by Shari Sushi the next time you are in the downtown Orlando area to check out their brand new menu and congratulate them on 16 years!

Ropa vieja & pork belly empanadas

Poke-B

Hamachi kama ceviche

Alaska summer roll

El Guapo roll

Katsoubushi tofu (vegan) with a side of seaweed salad

Shrimp & pork shumai

Tiffany Valvo (right) & friend

For more information, please visit: sharisushilounge.com

Shari Sushi
621 East Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 420-9420

We were invited to Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located at Pointe Orlando, to celebrate their ten years of service in Orlando and the release of a new cookbook by national renowned chef and restaurateur Guillermo Pernot and co-author Lourdes Castro.

Guests enjoyed live entertainment and an open bar along with an array of passed and stationary tapas, ceviches, and desserts from Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s second cookbook, CUBA COOKS: RECIPES AND DESSERTS FROM CUBAN PALADARES AND THEIR CHEFS (October 2018), $40 each.

Cuban Porchetta – pork belly and pork loin roast with Moros y Cristianos pilaf

Sopa de Cilantro – chilled cilantro soup with tempura of clams

Tacos de Berenjenas – malanga tacos with eggplant salad

Ceviche de Pez Perro – hog fish ceviche with blackeyes peas, coconut milk, cilantro and cachucha Chile sauce

Buñuelos de Espinaca – spinach and manchego cheese fritters, served with goat cheese sauce

Alitas de Pollo a lo Chino – Chinese barbeque chicken winglets

Croquetas de Pollo – chicken croquettes with cachucha aioli

Tostones con Ropa Vieja de Pato – braised pulled duck legs with Hawaiian tostones

Churros con Chocolate

Chef Guillermo Pernot and Lourdes Castro have thoughtfully collected recipes and stories that reveal a vibrant contemporary cuisine.  Throughout the book, readers will find illuminating and insightful notes about Cuba’s culinary heritage, as well as helpful notes found with every recipe.

Guillermo Pernot is a nationally renowned chef and restaurateur, and chef-partner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Orlando and Washington, DC.

Lourdes Castro is a professor, recipe developer, and author of three cookbooks.

To purchase a cookbook, please visit: cubalibrerestaurant.com/en/orlando/cookbook

(Source: Cuba Libre)

Cuba Libre – Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600

Hanging out with Operation Manager Alex & Executive Chef Frank Galeano

We were invited to a media preview at Tapa Toro, located in front of ICON Orlando 360, to meet their newly appointed executive chef Francisco “Frank” Galeano & taste their new winter menu.  Tapa Toros new winter menu offers unique dishes that will take you on a culinary journey of Spanish flavors and culture.

Roasted Eggplant “Steak” – roasted eggplant steak, cauliflower, capers, kale, gold raisins, almond, smoked tomato jam, honey

Xeres Chicken – confit leg of chicken, herb roasted potatoes, olives, gold raisins, oyster mushrooms, sherry pan sauce

Spiced Lamb – eggplant fondue, orange & cumin glazed baby carrots, green olive salsa

Chocolate Tarte

Tapa Toro’s entire lineup of new dishes include:

  • Piquillos Rellenos, Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Migas, Preserved Lemon, Tetilla Fondue
  • Berenjenas Sevillanas, Panko-Crusted Eggplant Romesco Sauce, Seasonal Chutney, Local Honey
  • Blistered Shishitos, Fire-Roasted Shishito Peppers, Sesame, Lemon, Lemon-Basil Aioli
  • Bronzino, Fennel, Radish, Tomatoes, Shallots, Crispy Garbanzo Salad, Caper Lemon Dressing
  • Quinoa Salad, Peruvian Red Quinoa, Dried Fruit, Spiced Pepitas, Crispy Kale, Roasted Root Vegetables, Greens, Sesame Carrot Vinaigrette
  • Valencia Salad, Valencia Orange, Shaved Fennel, Olives, Peruvian Potatoes, Shallots, Greens, Mint-Orange Dressing
  • Clams & White Bean, Cedar Key Littleneck Clams, Chorizo, Parsley, White Bean, Pimenton, Grilled Bread
  • Herbed Chicken Bocadillo, Herb Marinated Chicken Breast, Grilled Vegetables, Red Pepper Aioli, Ciabatta Bun
  • Chuleta de Cochinillo, 10 Ounce, All-Natural Pork Chop, Carrot Puree, Fabada, Valencia Orange Glaze, Chimichurri Sauce
  • Salmon a la Plancha, Sauteed Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Fennel Broth, Piperade
  • Spiced Lamb, Eggplant Fondue, Orange and Cumin Glazed Baby Carrots, Green Olive Salsa

Tapa Toro’s daily happy hour is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., featuring half-price sangria, and tasty bites.

Additionally, Tapa Toro wants to be your home for the holidays, showcasing a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day three-course menu, which at $30 per person includes all-you-can-eat-winter paella, Candy Cane Beet Salad, dessert and live entertainment.

This year, the restaurant is featuring two New Year’s Eve events:

  • Early Seating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. includes a 4-course meal, champagne toast at 6 p.m. (midnight in Spain), and priority seating for flamenco dinner show, priced at $35 per person.
  • Evening Seating from 9 p.m. to close includes a 5-course meal, champagne toast at midnight, and flamenco dinner show, priced at $75 per person and $60 per child under 12.

For more information, please visit: tapatoro.com

(Source: Tapa Toro)

Tapa Toro
8441 International Dr #260, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-2929

Cows ‘n Cabs, one of Central Florida’s premiere culinary and philanthropic events, returned to 150 North New York Avenue in Winter Park’s Central Park West Meadow for its seventh year on Saturday, November 3 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

More than 25 of Central Florida’s top chefs and restaurants showed up to serve some of their favorite dishes, making it a night full of delicious gourmet food and drink pairings.  Hosted by 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ David Larue, the open-air country-western themed event benefited two local non-profit organizations: After-School All-Stars and Elevate Orlando.

Over the last six years, Cows ‘n Cabs has donated more than $520,000 to local charities.

Beautiful Syedi, wife of Chef Joseph Creech, Hunger Street Tacos

Quesadilla, Chef Joseph Creech and Chef David Creech


Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar – Reel whiskey shrimp, Chef Mike Zajac

Todd English’s Blue Zoo – Yellowfin tuna tartare, Chef Jason Wiggin

1921 Mount Dora – St. John’s River “Nashville Hot Frog Legs”, Chef Norman Van Aken

Hawkers Asian Street Fare – Bulgogi beef taco, Chef Kariloly Arias

STK – Short rib taco, Chef Jonathan Fahey

STK – Chef Jonathan Fahey

Luke’s Kitchen and Bar – Shrimp and snapper ceviche, Chef Brandon McGlamery

Luke’s Kitchen and Bar – Brussel sprouts, Chef Brandon McGlamery

The Coop – Fiesty chicken sandwich, Chef John Rivers

The Sweet Shop – Chef Jenny Herbert

The Sweet Shop – Chef Jenny Herbert

The Sweet Shop – Chef Jenny Herbert

The Sweet Shop – Chef Jenny Herbert

The Sweet Shop – Chef Jenny Herbert

4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa – Taco cone with brisket barbacoa, Chef John Rivers

Reyes Mezcaleria – Canitas taco, Chef Wendy Lopez

K Restaurant – Red wine-braised beef short ribs, Chef Andrew Fisher

K Restaurant – Chef Andrew Fisher

Pizza Bruno – Chef Bruno Zacchini

Pizza Bruno – Octo & tots, Chef Bruno Zacchini

Pizza Bruno – Margarita pizza, Chef Bruno Zacchini

The Glass Knife – Apple spice petit cake, Chef Stuart Whitfield

Taverna Opa – Keftedes “greek meatballs” with tzatziki sauce, Chef Vassillis Coumbaros

Tapa Toro – Pork belly matambre, Chef Francisco Galeano

The Polite Pig – Prime rib slider, Chef James Petrakis

The Ravenous Pig – Crispy oyster steak tartare, Chef James Petrakis, Chef Julie Petrakis and Chef Nick Sierputowski.  These were my favorite dish of the night!  I kept popping the oysters in my mouth like candy.

The Ravenous Pig – Chef James Petrakis, Chef Julie Petrakis and Chef Nick Sierputowski

Proper & Wild – Beet tartare, Chef Emily Congdon

Proper & Wild – Heart of palm crabcake, Chef Emily Congdon

Soco Thornton Park –Southern style bbq grilled kalbi, Chef Greg Richie

Morimoto Asia – Chef Yuhi Fujinaga

Morimoto Asia – Asian bbq beef taco, Chef Yuhi Fujinaga

Morimoto Asia – Chef Yuhi Fujinaga

Umi Japanese Restaurant – Japanese Tonkatsu

Dixie Dharma – Creamy cashew mac ‘n cheez, Chef Shaun Noonan

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Chef Daniel Lehr

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Chef Daniel Lehr

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Chef Daniel Lehr

Foxtail Coffee Co. – Lain Yeakle

Terralina Crafted Kitchen

Terralina Crafted Kitchen – House-made porchetta with apple mostarda, Chef Justin Plank

Terralina Crafted Kitchen – Chef Justin Plank

The Rusty Spoon – Smoked Florida mullet, Chef Kathleen Blake

Chef James Petrakis from The Ravenous Pig

For more information, please visit: cowsncabs.com

We were invited to experience Orlando’s newest dinner show, Orlando Forum Rock Dinner Show located at 6362 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819 (near the old Wet n’ Wild) and we absolutely loved everything about it!  They have great entertainment, delicious and fulfilling dinner, friendly staff, and a relaxed & intimate atmosphere.

During our media dinner, we watched Elvis, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Prince, and Katie Perry for a whole hour of popular high energy covers and choreographed dancing that will keep your eye on stage.  They not only looked the part but they also sounded the part, making it really fun to sing along to every song they performed.  The backup singer and backup dancers were all perfection as well.

These Vegas-style nightly dinner shows are available every day of the week starting at 6:30pm.  For the full names of the cast, menu, tickets prices, and more, please visit: orlando-forum.com

Seasons 52 is launching a fixed-price menu just in time for fall!  The restaurant’s Harvest menu allows guests to choose a soup or salad, entrée and Mini Indulgence dessert for just $29.95.  The menu features the freshest ingredients that autumn season has to offer – like Bosc pears, mushrooms, butternut squash and Caulilini – and is available now through November 21.

We were invited to Seasons 52 – Altamonte Springs to taste their new Harvest menu and we were very impressed with our entire visit.  The food was so good and fresh and the best manager I’ve ever encountered, Claudia Ortiz (who started there as a server, then bartender, then got promoted to manager) and her staff took care of us really well.  You can’t go wrong at Seasons 52 – Altamonte Springs.  Highly recommended!

STARTER
Select a cup of soup or salad:

– Butternut Squash Soup

– Porcini Mushroom Bisque. I highly recommend!

or

– Spinach and Caramelized Bosc Pear Salad
– Organic Field Greens

 

ENTREE
Select one:

– Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmoncrushed potatoes, Caulilini, grilled lemon, dill-mustard sauce.  I highly recommend!


– Wood-Grilled Filet Mignon
roasted mushrooms, Caulilini, Yukon mash, red wine sauce.  I highly recommend!

or

– New! Mediterranean-Style Australian Lamb Shank* – sautéed green beans, Yukon mash
– New! Venison Chop* – venison ragout, Caulilini and sweet potato mash
– New! Short Rib Lasagna* – mozzarella, grass-fed beef Bolognese

 

MINI INDULGENCE
Select one:


– Pumpkin Pie or Poached Pear Cheesecake

* Entrees exclusive to the Harvest menu.

Guests can complement their meal with recommended wine pairings available for an additional cost by the glass or try a seasonal cocktail, such as the Pearfect Storm.

For more information, please visit: seasons52.com/events/harvest-menu

Seasons 52 – Altamonte Springs
463 E Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
(407) 767-1252

We were invited to Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine to check out their newest location in Lake Nona.  This is their third location in the Central Florida area along with locations in Winter Park and Dr. Phillips.  The restaurant itself is simply breathtaking, you will find one-of-a kind pieces imported from Turkey throughout the whole restaurant which makes for a beautiful ambiance.  The food was full of flavor, hearty, and served in generous portions, perfect for sharing.

MIXED APPETIZER (Karisik Meze) – A combination of Humus, Babaganoush, Sautéed Eggplant, Tabbuli, Ezme, Cacik, Haydari and Zetinyagli Yaprak Dolma

LAVAS (Hollow Bread) – Our signature, baked- to-order bread creation. Highly recommended for all soups & appetizers

FRIED CALAMARI (Kalamar Tava) – Crispy fried calamari served with a light pine nut infused sauce

LAMB SHANKS – Seasoned to perfection with our authentic Turkish spices and seasonings, braised slowly over 5 hours with a medley of fresh carrots, onions & bell peppers until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. Served with rice pilaf.

GRILLED SEA BASS (Levrek Izgara) – Fresh Mediterranean sea bass (whole or fillet), chargrilled and served with mixed green salad & choice of rice pilaf or french fries

CHICKEN ADANA KEBAP – Grilled skewers of hand-ground chicken seasoned with fresh garlic, red bell peppers, light hot peppers & parsley

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE – A rich mousse made with Peterbrooke dark chocolate and a hint of Turkish coffee

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BAKLAVA – Peterbrooke chocolate, freshly ground hazelnuts and flaky filo dough topped with citrus infused syrup

PISTACHIO BAKLAVA – House-made baklava with layers of crispy, thin pastry dough filled with pistachios and topped with citrus infused syrup

Be sure to check out Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine next time you are in the Lake Nona area!

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Lake Nona
6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando, FL 32827
407-313-2506
bosphorousrestaurant.com

CRISPY CANTON: Crispy egg noodles, pork, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spring onions, savory soy sauce

We were invited to Hawkers Asian Street Fare to check out their new fall/winter menu and we were very impressed with our tasty visit.  Fans can experience seven new menu items at all locations now through Spring!

“Our inspiration for the dishes come from our desire to curate a menu that closely reflects what one might find on the streets of Asia.  Authenticity is what we’re focusing on so that we can offer a taste of the unique experiences that we’ve had while eating through the streets of Asia.”  said Kaleb Harrell, Co-Founder of Hawkers Asian Street Fare, pictured below with Co-Founder Allen Lo.


PRAWN CHIPS: Crispy puffed prawn chips dusted with Hawkers’ Five Spice seasoning (only available at the bar)

CHICKA-RONES – (not new but a must try!) Filipino-style crispy chicken skins tossed in jerk seasoning

‘DRY-POT’ CAULILINI: Celery, spring onions, red peppers, Szechuan peppercorn

SALT-N-PEPA RIBS: Crispy pork riblets, ginger, serrano peppers, garlic, onions

ROTI CANAI – (not new) This appetizer is a classic and a must for every Hawkers visit!

SEOUL HOT CHICKEN STEAMED BAOS: Two per order, steamed buns, filled with Seoul hot chicken

SHANGHAI STIR FRY: Steamed rice cakes, pork strips, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions, napa, bean sprouts, lo mein sauce

JO-HÉ BAG O’ DONUTS: Tender pastry puffs rolled into a doughnut shape, deep-fried to perfection and tossed in a cinnamon-sugar

SPIKED THAI TEA – I heard raving reviews about this adult drink from other people at my table.  I ordered mine non-alcoholic and it was still super delicious!

To find the location closest to you, please visit eathawkers.com/locations/

We were invited to check out the new Lucky’s Market in Winter Park yesterday for their Friends & Family Night before their grand opening tomorrow, Oct. 10.  The store will be kicking off with a Bacon Cutting Ceremony at 8:30am with samples of their smoked-in-house bacon and a check presentation to some of their amazing nonprofit partners.  The address of the Winter Park store is 7580 University Blvd. Winter Park, Florida 32792.

Lucky’s Market – Winter Park has a lot to offer at very affordable prices.  Pineapples can be found right now for only .77 cents each and Lucky’s Market coconut water is only 4/$5.  What a steal!  Also, 10% of profits from all Lucky’s brand products are reinvested into the community.  I’m beyond excited to become a regular at this new grocery store just two minutes away from my house.

Pro-tip: Lucky’s Rewards app is a handy tool to download before you shop.  It will give you a $5 off $25 coupon for downloading it, plus it gives you a $5 coupon for every $100 you spend!

Lucky’s Market – Winter Park
7580 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 681-6618
luckysmarket.com/winter-park-florida/

We were invited to check out the new Saltgrass Steak House in Lake Buena Vista (near the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets) and we were very impressed with this Texas-based chain restaurant owned by Landry’s Inc.  We had a flawless steak dining experience and the service was second to none.  Our server was very friendly and down to earth, he actually started at the Saltgrass Steak House in Texas so he was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were spot on.  While I was ordering my Silverstar Porterhouse Steak I was about to upgrade it with sautéed mushrooms/onions toppings but our wonderful server stopped me in my tracks and suggested that I get an off the menu topping of crab meat/pepper flakes/scallions/lemon butter and I’m so glad he did because it really took my steak to the next level.

Fun fact: the owner of Landry’s Inc. also owns the Houston Rockets professional basketball team, a team that a few of my friends have played on, so it really doesn’t get any better than that!

Complimentary house bread

The “Range Rattlers” are sooo good and spicy!  I highly recommend these as your appetizers.  Shrimp, jack cheese and cilantro, wrapped in a jumbo jalapeño, then battered and fried and served with a side of ranch dressing.

The Wedge Salad was very satisfying.  The dressing was sweet and the lettuce was deliciously crisp.

My friend ordered the New York Strip with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce (our server’s #1 steak recommendation) with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, herb butter with a side of herb rice.  He enjoyed his meal.

Sweet Potato Fries

Be sure to check out Saltgrass Steak House next time you are in the Lake Buena Vista area!

Saltgrass Steak House
8850 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 560-0440
saltgrass.com

We were invited to attend the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the new The H Cuisine, located in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips.  The interior was stunning, the food was really good and the service was perfection!

“The H Cuisine offers a diverse Mediterranean menu prepared by chefs with international experience, gained from working at some of the finest restaurants around the world. Combined, they have traveled to more than 70 countries to learn about different tastes, foods and ingredients, and bring what they have learned from these culinary adventures to Orlando.

The open kitchen counter allows guest to enjoy different styles of fire cooking methods and feel the warmth of the live fire as they watch the chefs preparing exclusive menu items.  Guests can also enjoy table-side experiences with the chefs when they order select items from the menu.

The bar at The H Cuisine serves a wide range of domestic and imported beverages, including beer, wine, raki and cocktails with premium liquor options available.   Coffee enthusiasts will love another signature menu item at The H – Turkish coffee.

The H Cuisine is the perfect new spot for local and visiting foodies, business, convention and group meetings, and life celebrations.” -The H Cuisine


The H Cuisine offers indoor and outdoor seating.


The H Cuisine is owned by local entrepreneurs, Ahmet Ozhamurkar (left) and Fuat Hasaglu (right).




Co-owner Fuat Hasaglu with his son.


Chef Duran with the amazing wait staff.


Chef Duran with the talented kitchen staff.






Rack of lamb

Tenderloin

Music by the talented ladies of Vioelectric

Burrata with cherry tomato and micro greens

Steak tartare with bone marrow, so delicious.

Sweet bread with veal brains – incredibly healthy and good for you.

Amazing presentation from Chef Duran.

Lamb.

Steak spaghetti, so delicious and melts in your mouth.

Chateau filet – amazing!

We were invited back to The H Cuisine for a more intimate meal with Chef Duran.

Chateau filet


The complimentary house appetizer is Turkish yogurt with whipped fried mint, topped with olive oil and “gypsy bread”.

Strozzapreti – “The Priest Strangler” pasta recipe from Emilia – Romagna.  Served with “Flaming Parmesan Wheel” sauce.

I’m very excited to have this new food experience in the Central Florida area.  You must check them out soon!

The H Cuisine 
7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Suite #80, Orlando, FL
(407) 930-3020
thehcuisine.com

Bull & Bear’s Petite Filet of Beef and Stuffed Lobster Tail – chasseur sauce, potato pave, fresh arugula salad

We were invited to Waldorf Astoria Orlando for a media preview of their 8th Annual Food & Wine Weekends happening every weekend starting September 14, 2018 through November 11, 2018 at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

The sister hotels are hosting Food & Wine Weekends, a complement to Epcot Food & Wine Festival, to celebrate fine wine & culinary arts designed for those who truly savor the artistry of fine culinary preparations.

Food & Wine Weekends features innovative dishes from their renowned restaurants, unique food and wine pairings, intimate chef talks, and interactive demonstrations.

The Taste of Zeta Asia

Mount Fuji Signature Roll – Crab salad, cucumber, tuna, yellowtail salmon, wasabi mayo, tobiko, micro cilantro

Kanji Signature Roll – Spicy salmon, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, sriracha, micro cilantro

Short Rib Bibimbap – Short rib, fried egg, blanched spinach, namul, Japanese rice, gochujang sauce

The Taste of La Luce

Lasagna Napolinata – Mozzarella di Bufala, tomato, basil

Risotto Duo Di Mare – Shrimp, scallops, saffron, English peas, oven roasted tomato, reggiano gremolata

The Taste of Bull & Bear

Petite Filet of Beef and Stuffed Lobster Tail – chasseur sauce, potato pave, fresh arugula salad

Raspberry mint mocktail

Bar du Chocolat at Peacock Alley, Saturdays 6:30pm-10:30pm – A decadent selection of à la carte chocolate treats hand-crafted by Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team.  Highlights include chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.

La Pâtisserie: Master Pastry Class at Sir Harry’s, Fridays 4:30-5:30pm – Learn the secrets of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando world-class pastry team as they host a complimentary gourmet baking demonstration. From delicate pastries to the perfect cookie, you’ll learn tips on how to make, bake and decorate the perfect dessert.

Pop Culture at MYTH Bar, Saturdays 8pm-10pm

Home-made, fresh fruit popsicles, creamy organic ice pops and adult poptails!  Choose from a variety of gourmet toppings, including hand-dipped chocolate, caramelized almonds, sweet coconut and chocolate vermicelli.

For more information, please visit WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com/food-wine and HiltonBonnetCreek.com/food-wine.

(Source: Waldorf Astoria Orlando)

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-5500

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-3600

Fresh and delicious piña colada

We were invited to The Ritz-Carlton for an end of the summer pool bash at Bleu Pool Bar showcasing their new Latin & Caribbean inspired menu.  The food was excellent and the service was phenomenal.  The frozen drinks are always prepared with the freshest ingredients.

BLEU Nachos – Green Chile / Queso Blanco / Jalapeños / Cilantro Crema Guacamole / Pico de Gallo Roasted Salsa



Signature Tacos – Grilled Flour Tortilla / Cilantro Slaw / Roasted Salsa / Crema / Queso Fresco / Pique Verde

Carne Asada – Papaya-Marinated Skirt Steak

Chicken Verde – Roasted Chicken

Crispy Avocado – Tempura-Fried Avocado


BLEU Salad – Mixed Greens / Spiced Tostone / Heirloom Tomatoes / Feta / Crispy Quinoa / Breakfast Radish / Pickled Sweet Onion / Passion Fruit Dressing


Florida Tropical – 
Spinach & Lolla Rossa / Avocado / Mango / Pomegranate / Almonds / Creamy Coconut-Lime Vinaigrette


Conch Fritters – Homemade Jamaican Jerk Aioli


Ceviche – 
Ahi Tuna / Avocado / Mango Salsa / Plantain Chips



Make Your Own Sweet Taco – Assorted Toppings

Tada!!!  What a beautiful ice sculpture!

Be sure to check out the new menu at Bleu the next time you are at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando!

Bleu at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando
4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 206-2400
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/orlando/dining/bleu

You must check out Big Fin Seafood Kitchen this year during Magical Dining Month if you want a delicious meal for a great value.  Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, voted “Best Seafood Restaurant in Orlando“,  offers global, fresh seafood, steaks and pasta, on Sand Lake Road.  This is their 9th year participating in Magical Dining Month.

What is Magical Dining Month?

  • 3 courses – Appetizer, Entrèe, and Dessert
  • Price: $35 per person plus tax & gratuity
  • Over 100 + participating restaurants
  • Beginning August 24 through September 30
  • Through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.
    Click here to view menu and make reservations

Choice of Appetizer

½ Dozen Freshly Shucked Raw Oysters – can be served raw (1st pic) or steamed (2nd pic)


Caesar Salad – Romaine, Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons

Cup of the Soup of the Day – Manhattan Clam Chowder

Choice of Entrèe


Shrimp Orleans – blackened shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, crawfish Parmesan grits with a Cajun cream sauce

Broiled Main Lobster Tail – served with garlic mashed potatoes and French style green beans

Filet Mignon – served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus

Big Fin Trio – deep fried popcorn shrimp, bay scallops and catfish served with French fries and coleslaw

Upgrade: Add a 3 oz broiled lobster tail to any entree +$12

Choice of Dessert

“Apple Pie” Bread Pudding – braised cinnamon apples, salted caramel sauce, crumb topping, vanilla ice cream

Ooey Gooey – a gooey-layered pie cake topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and raspberry (ask your server for today’s flavor)

Key Lime Pie – a Florida favorite topped with whipped cream & a lime slice

Thank you Visit Orlando for hosting us and thank you Big Fin Seafood Kitchen for the amazing dinner and service!

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
8046 Via Dellagio Way Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 615-8888

We were invited to The Alfond Inn for an exclusive press preview featuring a Hamilton’s Kitchen new menu tasting with Chef Stephen Doyle, a happy hour art tour of newly installed art as part of the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art with new Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator Gisela Carbonell, and a champagne toast finale in the Conservatory, in honor of The Alfond Inn’s 5th anniversary on Saturday, Aug.18.

In the last five years, The Alfond Inn has made it on:

  • Travel + Leisure Best 100 Hotels in the World
  • Travel + Leisure Top 15 Best City Hotels in the Continental U.S.
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Hotels in Orlando, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Readers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Hotels in the U.S.
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Gest Hotels in Florida
  • AAA Four Diamond Award
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Walnut Crusted Halibut – orzo pasta, petite spinach, lemon-dill Amish butter

Lemon Sage Chicken Gnocchi – Lake Meadows Chicken, basil-ricotta gnocchi, summer vegetables, lemon-herb butter sauce

Seared Grouper Papparadelle – housemade pappardelle pasta, fresh peas, asparagus, pecan bacon, parmigian cheese broth

Colorado Lamb Lollipop Chops – local mushroom risotto, balsamic maple bliss glaze, caramelized Brussels sprouts

Thank you for the invite, Kathy Hernandez & thank you for hosting us, The Alfond Inn!

The Alfond Inn
300 E New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
thealfondinn.com
(407) 278-8159

El Cubano – roasted pork, black forrest ham, swiss cheese, mustard, house pickles with a side of tostones and a glass of virgin mojito

Dine in Plancha in Four Seasons Orlando from Monday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 25 and enjoy a fabulous special of the El Cubano sandwich & choice of side for only $9 in honor of National Cuban Sandwich Day!  Regular price is $18 so that is an awesome deal.  Plancha is my favorite spot at Four Seasons Orlando for lunch.  The food and drinks there are really good!

Other special offers:

  • $5 mojitos (can be made virgin as well) on National Cuban Sandwich Day, Thursday, Aug. 23.
  • Happy Hour half off drinks from 3-6pm every Mon-Fri.

Plancha is a Cuban-American restaurant located in the stylish Tranquil Golf Clubhouse at Four Seasons Orlando, just a few minutes away from Disney Springs.  They are open daily from 11am-6pm.  You do not need a hotel reservation to dine there.  They have ample parking spots in their lot.

I highly recommend the following appetizers to go along with your El Cubano sandwich:

Tuna Tartare – avocado, ginger coconut vinaigrette, red onions, micro greens, jalapeño, tostones

Guacamole – Roasted corn relish, naan chips, Parmesan cheese

Chorizo Flatbread – smoked chorizo, crispy shallots, piquillo pepper sauce, manchego, cream cheese, arugula

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
10100 Dream Tree Boulevard Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 313-7777
fourseasons.com/content/dam/fourseasons/images/web/ORL/PDF/ORL-Plancha-Lunch-Menu.pdf

Pork Chop – sweet potato puree, collard greens, onion jam

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is fast approaching!  We were invited to James Beard Award nominee, The Ravenous Pig to preview their 3-course (appetizer, entrée and dessert) Magical Dining Month menu.  The menu is available to the public Friday, August 24 through Sunday, September 30 for $35 plus tax & gratuity. This year, through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

Choice of Appetizer

Steak Tartare – capers, egg, shallot, toast

Shrimp & Grits – Cape Canaveral shrimp, Anson Mills grits, green tomato chutney, chorizo oil

Gatherer Salad – baby greens, avocado, pickled beets, radish, goat cheese, pistachio granola, herb vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèe

Mushroom Risotto – summer mushrooms, parmesan broth, chili oil with black truffle supplement

Black Grouper – chana masala, cucumber raita

Pork Porterhouse upgrade

Choice of Dessert

Coffee Panna Cotta – persimmon sorbet, chocolate cardamom shortbread, compressed persimmons

Spiced Citrus Cake – elderflower chantilly, bay leaf crumble, poached pears

Thank you Sweet Rockaway PR for the invite and thank you Chef James Petrakis and The Ravenous Pig for the amazing service and dinner!  Be sure to check out The Ravenous Pig this year for Magical Dining Month!

For more information, please visit: visitorlando.com/magicaldining/restaurants/The-Ravenous-Pig/44356/

The Ravenous Pig
565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 628-2333

JINYA Ramen Bar officially opens today!  Experience Japanese offerings and ramen at the Thornton Park District like it was meant to be – with thick, rich broth in perfect balance with handmade noodles.  We got a sneak peek of JINYA Ramen Bar yesterday during their media event and we are very happy with this new addition in the downtown Orlando area.

Crispy Chicken – juicy fried chicken thigh with an original garlic pepper served with mixed baby greens and JINYA’s original ponzu sauce.  It was delicious!

Spicy Tuna Taco – spicy tuna in a crispy wonton taco shell.  This was so good!!  You gotta try this one!

JINYA Quinoa Salad – baby greens, green kale, broccoli and white quinoa, kidney beans, garbanzo beans tossed with goma seasame dressing, corn and cherry tomatoes

JINYA Bun – steamed bun stuffed with slow braised pork chashu, cucumber, and baby mixed greens served with JINYA’s original bun sauce and kewpie mayonnaise.  One of the better buns in Orlando!  The flavors were on point!

Chicken Chashu Bowl – slow-braised chicken breast “chashu”, ground chicken sober, spinach, green onion, rice, seasoned egg, sesame seeds

Sake

Spicy Chicken Ramen – chicken broth, chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, green onion, served with thin noodles

A sample of the JINYA Tonkotsu Black

JINYA Tonkotsu Black – pork broth, pork chashu, kikuragem green onion, nori dried seaweed, seasoned egg, garlic chips, garlic oil, fried onion, spicy sauce served with thin noodles.  This one was my favorite!

Panna Cotta – homemade panda cotta with caramel cream sauce, graham cracker, vanilla ice cream

Behind the scenes shot from yesterday’s media event!


A special appearance by the chef from Japan.  Thank you Chef and JINYA Ramen Bar owner Trang Liao for having us!  Be sure to check out JINYA Ramen Bar – Thornton Park soon for some delicious food!

JINYA Ramen Bar
8 N Summerlin Ave Orlando, Florida
(407) 704-1825
http://jinya-ramenbar.com

Guy’s Award-Winning Burger!  Voted “Best Burger in Las Vegas“ by Seven Magazine & Won New York City Food and Wine Festival’s Burger Bash
Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Burger – Crispy smoked bacon, six-cheese mac ’n cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, crispy onions, donkey sauce, garlic-buttered brioche bun

We were invited to Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in The Villages to check out their revamped menu.  Some of the new menu items includes Baja Fish Tacos, Jack Daniels New York Strip Steak, Big Bite Burrito and the Old School Steak Sandwich.   Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar has also made several other improvements.  They have lowered everyday menu prices, introduced daily specials and rolled out a new Sunday brunch menu.

“On Sundays We Brunch” will be every Sunday from 10am-3pm with prices ranging from $5.95 to $12.95.   The new Sunday brunch menu includes Chicken Fried Bacon, Biscuits & Gravy, the All–American Breakfast Burger, as well as some of Guy Fieri’s signature dishes.  Guests also have the option to make their brunch bottomless with unlimited mimosas and bloody marys for only $15.  The bottomless option has a two-hour limit.

The restaurant’s owner Greg Pranzo is the same owner as the newly-opened Cinco Tacos & Tequila in Winter Park, FL which just celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony on National Tequila Day this past Tuesday.

Pastrami Egg Rolls – House made pastrami, Swiss cheese, sweet & sour cabbage, Russian dressing

Trash Can Nachos – Warm corn tortilla chips, pulled pork, bourbon brown sugar, BBQ sauce, SMC (super melty cheese), cheddar, beans, jalapenos, crema, pickled red onion, cilantro, pico de gallo

Roasted Garlic Hummus – Scratch-made chickpea hummus, olive tapemade, fire roasted red peppers, herb grilled flatbread, fresh veggies

Guy’s Big Island Punch – Southern Comfort, Dragonberry Rum, Dark Rum, orange, pineapple, mango, lime, cherry

Tattooed Mojito – Coconut Rum, lime, blueberries, mint, ginger ale

*NEW* Baja Fish Tacos – Crunchy panko-crusted cod, cole slaw, chipotle ranch, pico de gallo on a warm tortilla

*NEW* Jack Daniel’s New York Strip Steak – 12 oz New York strip seared, mash potatoes, side of wonder fries, bacon, sour cream, cheddar, broccolini, mushrooms, scallions, Jack Daniel sauce  

Rockin’ the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” shirt that I got from Guy Fieri himself last year during filming at Saigon Noodle & Grill!

(Source: Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar)

Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar at Lake Sumter Landing
1045 Old Camp Rd, The Villages, FL 32162
(352) 633-3018
guysvillages.com

Guacamole – Roasted corn relish, naan chips, Parmesan cheese

Dine in Plancha today through Saturday, July 14 and enjoy a complimentary guacamole appetizer & mojito (can be made virgin as well) with a purchase of an entrée in honor of National Mojito Day!  What an awesome deal!  The food and drinks there are really good!

Plancha is a Cuban-American restaurant located in the stylish Tranquil Golf Clubhouse at Four Seasons Orlando, just a few minutes away from Disney Springs.  They are open daily from 11am-6pm.  You do not need a hotel reservation to dine there. They have ample parking spots in their lot.

Loco Coconut Mojito – Rumhaven, Brugal 1988, lime, mint

Plancha Mojito – Barcardi, Prosecco, lime, mint

Virgin Orange Blossom Mojito

Churrasco – Skirt steak, chimichurri, mixed greens, yucca fries

Tuna Tartare – Avocado, ginger coconut vinaigrette, tostones, jalapeño, red onions, micro greens

Plancha Burger – Chorizo & beef patty, maduros, white cheddar, tomato, lettuce, cumin aioli 

Espresso

Traditional Flan – Caña sugar caramel, strawberry, kiwi, blueberries, and mini chocolate disk

Be sure to stop by Plancha soon for FREE guacamole & mojito before the deal ends this Saturday, July 14!

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
10100 Dream Tree Boulevard Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 313-7777
fourseasons.com/content/dam/fourseasons/images/web/ORL/PDF/ORL-Plancha-Lunch-Menu.pdf

We were invited to a media preview at Terralina Crafted Italian a day before they officially opened to the public.  Terralina Crafted Italian is a waterfront Italian restaurant by James Beard Award winning chef, Tony Mantuano.  Chef Tony and Executive Chef Justin Plank worked together to create a menu that serves authentic Italian dishes in a dreamy setting to guests at Disney Springs.  Terralina Crafted Italian, formerly Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, is now officially opened to the public.  They are located next door to Paddlefish.


Swordfish peperonata


Grilled bell peppers and mushrooms

Grilled brick chicken gremolata

Citrus marinated porchetta with apple mostarda

Fresh hand-cut pasta

Meatballs & polenta with shaved pecorino

The indoor-outdoor bar

Fresh house-made pasta with just olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  The pasta was so delicious could not have tasted any fresher!

Terralina Crafted Italian
1650 E Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-8888
terralinacrafteditalian.com

Seafood Linguine – Lobster meat, scallops, shrimp, calvados, cream

There is just something calming about dining to the smell of saltwater with the view of the ocean in front of you.  We were invited to Daytona Beach’s newest beachfront hotel and the fourth Hard Rock Hotel in Florida to check out their restaurant, Sessions, and stay overnight.  Our experience at Sessions was exceptional.  The food, service and energy was unlike any other media event that I have ever been to.  Our server named Pastor was fantastic.  I give Sessions 5-stars!

Dining at Sessions restaurant will exceed your expectations.  Luxurious rock-star style, contemporary decor and celebrity-style atmosphere coupled with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean adds to experience.  Dine on unforgettable breakfasts, savory lunch offerings and innovative suppers that will leave you wanting more.  Craft cocktails and libations are also available at Sessions indoor/outdoor bar.

Artisan Charcuterie & Cheese – Mini cornichons, pickled peppers stone mustard, sourdough

Tuna Tartare – Avocado, shallot, scallion, dash soy, wonton chips.  My favorite appetizer!

Crab Cakes – Spicy aioli, cucumber relish

New York Strip – Rainbow carrots, crispy onion, sautéed onions and bell peppers.  It was amazing!

Crème Brûlée – Strawberries, blueberries.  This dessert was perfect, so addicting!

Red Velvet Cheesecake – Philadelphia cream cheese frosting, strawberries, blueberries.  It was beautiful and delicious!


Constant Grind the total café experience, serving up hot and cold drinks, quick bites, house-made gelato, and more.

Take a plunge in the heated pool and enjoy the tunes from the underwater speakers or lounge on the oceanfront pool deck.

Wave Terrace is located on the third floor of Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach.  Wave Terrance is Daytona’s newest experience serving up local beer, craft cocktails and an inspired seafood menu featuring ceviche, gazpacho, fresh seafood towers and straight from the oven bread—in a chic casual atmosphere.  Add glowing fire pits and live music and you have a night out that can only be Hard Rock.

 

Frank Sinatra impersonator.  He sounded exactly like him!

The kiddie pool is shaped like a guitar

The Elvis impersonator got the crowd rocking the entire night!

Didn’t bring your yoga gear on tour at at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach? #RockOm you covered. Experience peace of mind in the comfort of your hotel room with a yoga kit that includes a Manduka PROlite yoga mat and convenient Go Play carrier, all delivered to your room free of charge.  A regionally-inspired Yogitoes towel is also available for purchase. On-demand yoga videos are available on your hotel room TV, as well as on your personal device at HardRock.com.

Snap a pic of your best yoga pose around the hotel, post to instagram with the hashtag: #RockOm. If your pic is selected, you can win a custom Yogitoes Hard Rock yoga towel.

We throughly enjoyed our stay at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach and we felt like celebrity rockstars the entire time.  The music-inspired property is only two months old as they just opened on May 1, 2018.  I highly recommend staying at this hotel during your next visit in Daytona Beach, FL!

(Source credit: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach)

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
918 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 947-7300
http://hardrockhoteldaytonabeach.com

The 5th Annual Bite Night presented by Publix Aprons Cooking School was held at the Orchid Garden & Ballroom at Church Street this past Monday.  Bite Night is the grand finale of Bite30 and the premiere of Bite Magazine 2018.  The event featured over 20 of the city’s top local restaurants and chefs serving bite-size samples of their most creative dishes, plus an open bar, live entertainment, silent auction and benefiting Edible Education Experience.  Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon was awarded with the inaugural Bite Award for her outstanding contributions to the culinary community.

Upcoming events: United We Brunch flash sale is happening now! It’s just like Bite Night, but Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Bacon & Eggs! Get tickets at UnitedWeBrunch.com

(Source credit: Orlando Weekly)

Duck & Drake Kitchen – Ouinoa Verde Sliders – Edamame, Garbanzo & Quinoa Patties with Avocado Aioli served with Root Vegetable Chips

Tartine Orlando –  Crab and Shrimp Stack with Avocado Mousse, Spice Crème Fraiche and Pickled Onions

El Buda – Shrimp Chicharron with Peking Style Duck

K Restaurant – Seasonal Florida Fish/Crudo with Traditional Accompaniments and Gazpacho Sauce

Urbain 40 – Yellowfun Tuna Tataki, Wakame & Pickled Vegetable Slaw, Gochujang Aioli, Cilantro Oil & Sweet Soy, Cahaba Farms Spicy Greens

Publix Apron Cooking School – Butter Poached Florida Rock Shrimp, Corn Nage, and Handmade Pasta

Hunger Street Tacos – Octopus Aquachile

Hibiscus Tomatillo Avocado Cilantro

Watermelon in Mezcal

Key Lime Mousse Chile Pequin

The Glass Knife – Spumoni Cake Bite

The Glass Knife – Mini Crème Brûlée Doughnut

The Glass Knife – Lemon Meringue Tart

The Stubborn Mule – Cauliflower Salad

The Tipsy Cookie – Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookie, Royal Caramel Apple Cookie

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Vanilla Custard with Crushed Oreos

Crudo – Huckleberry Tomato, Arugasabi, Lemon, Salmon, Grouper, Tuna

Key West Pink Shrimp on a Grit Cake with Tase Gravy

Orlando Meats – Buttermilk Glazed Doughnuts 

Orlando Meats – Port Rillettes – Fermented radish, sourdough, kewpie

Tartine – Cinnamon Sugar Pork Rinds with Cream Cheese Glaze

Escargot with Garlic Herb Butter served with House-Made Petite Danish Cup

Pizzeria Roberti – Beet and Mozzarella Salad with Hazelnut Whip

Won this cooler bag from the Topgolf prize wheel

The Sugar Sow – Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

Publix Aprons Cooking School – Mahi-Mahi Ceviche, Toasted Fennel Salted Watermelon Slices

Artisan’s Table – Kielbasa Sliders – Creamy Mustard & Onion Sauce

Devine Wine & Grill – Beet Salad with Ahi Tuna

Cuban Mojo Chicken

Violectric – an electric string quintet plus keyboards and drums performing classic and modern rock tunes.  They were amazing!

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