May 012016

I’m always envious of “beer drinkers,” with their portable cans and rolling coolers, hops connoisseurs are always able to enjoy a beverage on the go. If you prefer wine (like me) tailgates and pool parties are often void of wine because a bottle of wine isn’t practical in all situations. So when we found out about imported Italian wine in single-serve aluminum bottles we were suddenly inspired to host a tailgate.

Riboli Family Wines has introduce a convenient new way to enjoy wine beyond the bottle. Their European design with a resealable twist-off cap offers the perfect way to enjoy this low-alcohol, frizzante wine anywhere, anytime.

From Orlando City Soccer games to Amway concerts, barbecues, picnics, and more, these 8 oz. aluminum bottles are the perfect alternative to bringing your wine bottle and corkscrew outside (although we’ve done that before). Throw these baby bottles into a wine cocktail or drink them solo because you’ll be drinking these bottles all summer long.

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The aluminum bottles feature Stella Rosa Black and Platinum, both part of Stella Rosa’s luxury collection. Stella Rosa Black bursts has flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry, while Stella Rosa Platinum has refreshing notes of crisp green apple, creamy vanilla, and fragrant elderflower. Both flavors are best enjoyed chilled either alone or paired with fresh fruit, cheese, spicy cuisine, or desserts.

The new aluminum bottles are being rolled out across the country throughout 2016.





Apr 282016

Touted as the world’s first cupcake bakery by Food Network, Sprinkles will open on May 15 in Disney Springs. The location will feature both the traditional bakery offering freshly baked cupcakes and an assortment of ice creams and cookies, as well as the brand’s unique Cupcake ATM that dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies for customers who want a sugar rush on the go!

Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and are available in a variety of flavors including Banana,Carrot, Salty Caramel, Strawberry and Sprinkles’ bestseller, Red Velvet.  The Orlando menu will also feature Sprinkles signature cookies and ice cream, both of which come in a range of flavors such as Butter Pecan, Rocky Road and Cap’n Crunch; and Snickerdoodle, Salted Oatmeal Cornflake and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip. Sprinkles also keeps an eye towards customers with specific dietary needs, offering vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free cupcake, cookie and sorbet options.


A highly unique aspect to Sprinkles is its exclusive Cupcake ATM, which offers guests tasty treats even when the bakery is closed. The Cupcake ATM is one of the bakery’s most popular offerings, with Sprinkles at Disney Springs becoming the 12th ATM location. The Cupcake ATM can hold up to 400 cupcakes at a time and is constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness.

Sprinkles will be open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Cupcake ATM will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Delivery will also be available within a 100 mile radius via online and phone ordering. See you soon Sprinkles!



Photo Credit: Sprinkles

Apr 262016

If you read our original Tommy Bahama Restaurant post on burgers, you know how much we enjoyed our first visit. From the over-the-top friendly service to superb burgers and meeting their chef, we were totally surprised by how much we enjoyed this I-Drive spot. So, when we were asked to try some of their newest menu offerings, we quickly set up a reservation.

Before our original visit I always assumed this place offered over-priced, average food to unassuming tourists. Wrong! This place has real chefs and flavorful food all served by their knowledgeable, helpful team including our server, a level two sommelier. And equally impressive is their wine list ranging from a bottle of Darioush to Dom, and my personal favorite, Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre by the glass. If cocktails are more your thing, try the dangerously refreshing Cucumber Smash or the sweet, yet complex, Pineapple Paradisio.

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Over the course of our meal we tried an array of island-inspired food, all of which we enjoyed immensely.

Fried Green Tomatoes: An island twist on a timeless Southern classic, these tomatoes were fried in a plantain crust and topped with a jalapeno cilantro aioli. A fun take on an uber traditional dish. My southern husband was indeed a fan as well.

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Filet Mignon Flatbread: Made with juicy pineapple marinated slices of filet mignon and sprinkled with bacon, this juxtaposition of flavors worked well and was piled atop fluffy bread. One of my favorites from the evening!

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Grapefruit and Jicama Salad: Ripe for summer, these tasty greens were filled with tangy grapefruit, macadamia nuts and a light mojito vinaigrette.

Roasted Prawn Pappardelle: Made with a lemon, Parmesan broth and fresh herbs, this tender ribbon-like pasta was filled with flavor and plump prawns.

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Pan Seared Whole Branzino: Made with a jicama hash and jalapeno brown butter, this classic Italian seafood dish was dressed up with island style ingredients. This mild, flaky fish was devoured by my husband, so I’ll let his clean plate speak for itself.

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Brown Butter Blondie: And for the grande finale…..dessert! A gooey, soft blondie that’s topped with macadamia nuts, a smooth white chocolate mouse, Hawaiian sea salt caramel and a side of vanilla bean ice cream. Move over chocolate, there’s a new brownie in town.


Tommy Bahama is an excellent choice for all sorts of dining occasions and its island-inspired food and relaxed atmosphere will make you feel like you’re on a mini vacation.

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Apr 252016

Last week we attended the second annual Orlando Whiskey Festival at Audi South Orlando….and whether you are a serious whisky connoisseur or you simply enjoy a good whiskey cocktail, this event is one you must consider attending next year. This tasting allowed us the opportunity to sample about 100 whiskey brands (and although we didn’t make it through all 100, we did pretty well!) We know it can be dangerous to drink on an empty stomach so lucky for us this event also featured menu selections from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurant groups including fried catfish tacos from 4 Rivers Smokehouse and sliders and mac ’n cheese from Hard Rock Cafe.

Below are a few favorites from the event:

  • Favorite Bourbon: Four Roses Private Barrel
    • Tasting notes: prunes, morello cherries, cocoa and vanilla
  • Favorite Rye: Michter’s Single Barrel Rye
    • Tasting notes: sweet aroma, caramel, vanilla and a slight floral undertone
  • Favorite Scotch: Glengoyne 21 Year Scotch
    • Tasting notes: soft oak, mild vanilla, stewed fruits, hazelnuts
  • Favorite Cocktail: Handcrafted Old Forester Old Fashioned. This iconic drink was most appropriately constructed with the rich and iconic Old Forester Bourbon. Add in bitters, sugar, an orange slice and a bartender who understood the artful craft of the cocktail, and the result was a perfectly balanced and refreshing drink.

The night concluded with a live auction which allowed guests to bid on some rare offerings including Pappy Van Winkle 20 year. All of the proceeds from the event went to benefit The Lovely Project. See you next year whiskey festival!





Photo Credit: Orlando Whiskey Festival

Apr 252016

Tipping is a longstanding tradition in American restaurants. However, there is a new movement taking root where restaurants are doing away with tipping. The concept? The staff is paid a higher wage, therefore not reliant on tips. Here are a few restaurants where tipping is no longer required.

What are your thoughts on this emerging dining trend?

Check out Don’t Tip: Restaurants Embracing the No-Tipping Movement

by Michelle Klug at Mode

Apr 152016

Where can you find a brunch that includes a buffet (with charcuterie and pink doughnuts), chicken and waffles, unlimited mimosas and a lovely view? Disney! The Four Seasons at the Walt Disney World Resort has upped the luxury game at the parks once again. From their serene spa, to adult-only pool and now expansive brunch, this resort is ideal for travelers and day-cations. One step inside the property and you’ll feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.


Plancha, the lakeside Cuban American restaurant at Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons, now offers Sunday brunch. Their new three-course menu includes multiple buffet stations (including dessert), choice of entrée, plus soft drinks/juices/coffee, bottomless Mimosas and build your own Bloody Marys, for $68 per person. Perfect for a leisurely lunch on a lazy day, these expansive offerings were a joy to experience.

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The buffet included assorted salads, fruits, smoked salmon and bagels, artisan meats and cheeses, black bean hummus and vegetables, assorted breakfast pastries and much, much more. Most impressive? Someone live on-site making fresh juice! The charcuterie table was full of tasty goodies as well. We so enjoyed sampling a wide range of tastes and then grazing on entrees all alongside bottomless beverages.

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Entrees and a la carte items range from a “very berry” French toast, oatmeal pancakes, and fried chicken and white cheddar waffles. This fried chicken was heavenly and more on the savory side, making it the perfect accompaniment to a Bloody Mary. The French toast was worth every bite as well, not too sweet and lots of gooey bread.

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And for the little ones in your party, a children’s buffet is available for $20 per child, including chicken tenders, grilled salmon, mac & cheese, mini burgers or pancakes.

So whether your passing through the theme parks or need a mini getaway, the Four Seasons is high on our list for relaxation and tasty plates. Brunch will be available every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Plancha offers complimentary valet parking and complimentary self-parking.  For reservations, call 407 313 6161. Click here for full menu details.

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And….in case you need another excuse to visit the Four Seasons, here are a few upcoming events!

  • New Menu at PB&G: The popular lakeside restaurant featuring rotisserie meats and Southern favorites, has expanded its dining hours and now offers a dinner menu.
  • Jockeys & Juleps – It’s Derby Time at PB&G: It’s off to the races for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Four Seasons Resort Orlando invites guests to break out their Derby hats and suit up in seersucker and bold prints for a viewing party at PB&G from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.
  • Mother’s Day: Ravello will offer a decadent buffet menu from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with many different offerings including pasta stations, a seafood bar and raw bar, a carving station with prime rib and herb-crusted lamb leg, and much more. There will also be a full dessert buffet station and separate children’s buffet.  Brunch is $110 per adult and $45 per child age 5-12.
    • For dinner service, Capa will feature its regular menu, but will also have a special supplementary menu with specials including a duck confit appetiser and a petite filet, plus a chocolate lava cake dessert with banana ice cream.  Plus, all moms will receive a complimentary glass of cava and a box of macarons for celebrating at Capa.
  • “Texsom” Wine Dinner at Capa: This special dinner is intended for those truly passionate about wine. Capa is welcoming five Master Sommeliers on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm for an interactive wine dinner. The Master Sommeliers will pour 30 award winning wines for an educational and culinary experience.  The exclusive dinner is $130 per person and reservations are required.

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Apr 072016

The 2nd Annual Orlando Whiskey Festival will take place Saturday, April 16 featuring fine single malt, blended Scotch and American whiskies including Bourbon and rye, flavored whiskies beer and wine. This tasting event allows guests to sample close to 100 whiskey brands and interact with industry professionals.

Menu selections will be on site from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurants as well ranging from The Whiskey to 4Rivers. An outside lounge area will include live entertainment and cigar vendors. The Orlando Whiskey Festival will also feature a limited-release whiskey auction, early admission/VIP special pours (TBA), A limited release whiskey tasting experience AND the 1st ever Pappy Van Winkle tasting experience. See you there Orlando!

For tickets and more information visit