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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 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 (pictured – so good!) 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.  This was the best carrot cake I’ve ever had in my life!

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

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!

Calligraphy artist writes guest’s name in Japanese.

We were invited to experience the Sakura (cherry blossom) Festival, a month-long celebration of the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms at Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs.

The restaurant was decorated with Instagram-worthy décor, showcasing the pink blooms of the Sakura. Similar to the festivals in Japan, guests attended a series of ticketed events and enjoyed special menu items inspired by the Japanese cherry blossoms.

The month-long Sakura Festival concluded with a family fun day inspired by the traditional Matsuri (festival) of Japan.  We got to enjoy unlimited sushi, ramen, yakisoba, street food, mochi, cocktails/mocktails, origami artist, calligraphy artist, games and giveaways.  You definitely need to experience this one of a kind event for yourself next year!

Celebrity Disney expert Lou Mongello and I.

A station in partnership with their Disney Springs neighbors, Uniqlo.

Okinawa Breeze – strawberry kiwi limeade (mocktail).

Winter Sakura – cherry calpico soda (the best mocktail in the world!).

Onigiri.

Shrimp tempura, california, spicy tuna, spicy salmon.

The back side of the previous dish.

Eel & avocado sushi.

Okonímiyaki.

Takoyaki.

Tonkotsu ramen bar.  It was delicious!

Tonkotsu ramen.

Dango – kinako (roasted soy flour), mitarashi (sweet soy glaze), kurogoma (black sesame).

Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinag preparing mochi.

Mochi.

Origami artist.

Ramune ring toss.

Ramune ring toss prizes.

Connect 4 with candy prizes.

Yakitori.

Yakisoba.  It was sooo good!

Be sure to check out the 2nd Annual Sakura Festival at Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs next year!  You will love it!

(Source credit: Morimoto Asia)

Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs
1600 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
patinagroup.com/morimoto-asia/sakura
(407) 939-6686

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For those on the go this year in Orlando, the following is a compilation of Thanksgiving meal specials around town.

For those travelling through the Orlando International Airport, check out the Hyatt Regency hotel’s (located inside the OIA) Hemisphere restaurant. They are hosting a buffet special November 22, 2012 11 AM –– 3:30 PM for $32.95 per person with House Made Chicken Liver Mousse, local sweet corn and shrimp chowder, apple cider and ginger brined all natural roasted turkey, roasted Lake Meadows Natural cornish hen, Palmetto Creek Farms Smoked Ham, and more. Download the PDF of the Hyatt Regency OIA – Hemisphere Restaurant – Thanksgiving Buffet Menu 2012 here

HOLIDAY BUFFETS AND DINING EVENTS AT ROSEN HOTELS
Leave the cooking (and the dish washing!) to Rosen Hotels. Bring the entire family on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas Day for a choice of three delicious holiday buffets:

Rosen Plaza/Grand Ballroom
9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Holiday Buffet with Wine
Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: Adults $34.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4– 10; $15.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4, one free child with each paying adult; Visit the website for a coupon for $5 off each adult.
Reservations: 407-996- 0256
www.rosenplaza.com

Rosen Centre/Cafe Gauguin
9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Champagne and Mimosa Holiday Buffet
Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Adults $39.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 12 $16.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free
Reservations: 407-996-2385
www.rosencentre.com

Rosen Shingle Creek/Café Osceola
9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Champagne Holiday Buffet
Buffet Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Adults $64.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 11 $24.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free; 25 percent off adults if Florida resident or hotel guest
Reservations: 407-996-FOOD (3663)
For parties of 10 or more, please call 407-996-9770.
www.rosenshinglecreek.com

For more information about holiday events at Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com/holidays.

On International Drive, at the Hilton Orlando, three of their restaurants are having special menu items on Thursday including Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, David’s Club, and The Bistro. Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops will feature dishes like Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Fried Sage $9.50, Crab Cake with Candied Prosciutto, heirloom tomato, egg, hollandaise $17.25, Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey with Savory Duck Bread Pudding, Spaghetti Squash, Cranberry, Cippolini Onion Gravy $29.50, Scottish Salmon with Sunchoke Risotto, Beets, Arugula Pesto, Mushrooms $33.50, and more. Check out the specials here.

 

THANKSGIVING DAY AT SEASONS 52

Enjoy signature favorites from our seasonal menu or select the special holiday menu below. Complete your meal with a Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence.

Seasons 52
Hours of Operation for Thanksgiving Day:
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Type of Service:
Signature favorites from the Seasons 52 seasonal menu or
select the special Thanksgiving menu

Classic Oven Roasted Turkey
with herb and mushroom stuffing, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes,
roasted delicata squash, haricots verts and citrus cranberry relish 23.95
(Child’s portion $15 – available for children under 10)

George’s Thanksgiving Wine Picks

ZD Chardonnay, California ’10
Glass 12.75 Bottle 5 1.00

Schug Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ‘09
Glass 13.75 Bottle 55 .00

Physical Address:
Seasons 52 By Altamonte Mall
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone number for reservations: (407) 767-1252

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Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast at Mitchell’s Fish Market

Winter Park, FL – (October 30, 2012) – Leave the cooking to us this holiday season. Mitchell’s Fish Market, located in Winter Park Village, will be offering a fabulous Thanksgiving Day feast on Thursday, November 22 from 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. The menu will be featuring a delicious three-course traditional meal featuring oven-roasted turkey served with apple-herb stuffing along with a choice of starter, side and dessert.

The price is $24.99 for adults, $8.99 for children ages 12 and under. Complimentary valet parking. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (407) 339-3474. For guests who crave their signature items, they will also be offering their regular dinner menu.

Mitchell’s Fish Market, Winter Park offers upscale dining for lunch and dinner in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The menu is ever changing and offers 80 fresh seafood choices and it is printed twice daily. The catch and carry menu offers fresh fish, soup and sauces, steak and shellfish, fresh baked desserts, party platters and select items from the raw bar. Dining options include the main dining room, al-fresco dining on the patio, bar dining, and private dining for parties up to 36 guests. The wine list offers selections from wine regions from all over the world and the bar menu features happy hour, signature martinis and fresh squeezed juice is served with select cocktails. Hours are lunch: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Dinner is served Monday – Thursday, 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM and Sunday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM. For reservations, please call (407) 339.3474 www.MitchellsFishMarket.com. 460 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park.

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