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Dec 152017

Earlier this week K Restaurant launched their first Yappy Hour. To inaugurate this monthly event they partnered with Woof Orlando, a local doggie boarding and spa spot in College Park. Our golden retriever loved all the “eggnog”, candy cane treats and meeting new furry friends.

When the event returns next month bring your pup out to enjoy dog treats alongside a creatively themed menu for humans. “Doggie chaperones,” can expect drink specials and tongue-in-cheek Yappy Hour dishes from Chef Ryan McLaughlin, which include:

  • Truffled “pupcorn”
  • Milk Bones (veal bone marrow) with accompaniments
  • “Pawsta” – traditional or fried ravioli
  • Crispy Pig Ears

This creative and fun take on happy hour is worth venturing out for on a Monday. And as the title of this article suggests, Yappy Hour is golden retriever approved. Cheers!

K Restaurant

K Restaurant

K Restaurant

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Dec 082017

This Monday, Dec. 11, K Restaurant will launch their first, monthly, Yappy Hour.  To inaugurate this series of tail-wagging fun they have partnered with Woof Orlando. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orlando locals are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends out and enjoy free dog treats made from local breweries, and enter-to-win two raffles with prizes including a free grooming.

“Doggie chaperones,” can expect drink specials and tongue-in-cheek Yappy Hour dishes from Chef Ryan McLaughlin, which include:

  • Truffled “pupcorn”
  • Milk Bones (veal bone marrow) with accompaniments
  • “Pawsta” – traditional or fried ravioli
  • Crispy Pig Ears

K Restaurant is located at 1710 Edgewater Drive in College Park. See you there, we can’t wait to bring our furry friends!



Aug 222016

There’s one magical place in town that serves up a vacation state of mind. Victoria & Albert’s, the only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Central Florida, is filled with Riedel crystal, Cristofle silver from France and renowned cuisine by Chef Scott Hunnel. With its low lighting and limited tables, you’re instantly transported to a level of luxury that’s both comfortable and exquisite.



You’ll enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time when the ritual of dining out was civilized and lavish. If you’re in the main dining room you’ll be handed a seven-course, seasonal menu with wine pairings, all of which are customized daily. Our husband-wife server team gracefully explained every aspect of the menu and dining experience all while making us feel like the only table in the restaurant. At Victoria & Albert’s food is an art form, featuring vivid colors and textures, making you wish seven courses could evolve into 17. Even the restaurant’s wine cellar has been recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with an “Award of Excellence.” With more than 700 selections on the menu and 4,200 in the cellar, your toughest decision for the night may just be what to drink.



From the King Salmon to Long Island Duck with Soba Noodles, every bite was masterfully prepared and paired alongside fine wines. With each course you’ll be given a choice between two dishes, which means you can really try all 14 dishes if your date orders the opposite selection. I’ll spare you the list of everything we tasted, but here are some of the culinary highlights from our evening at Victoria & Albert’s:

  • Long Island Duck with Soba Noodles, with Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley 2014
  • King Salmon with Sun Kissed Melon, with Granbazan Albarino “Etiqueta Ambar”, Rias Baixas 2014
  • Alaskan Halibut with Creamy Leeks and Fennel, with Cadaretta SBS, Columbia Valley 2013
  • Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin with Dashi Scented Rice, with Ridge “Three Valleys” Sonoma County 2013
  • Palmetto Farms Quail with Asparagus Ristto, with Domaine Grosbois “Gabare” Chinon, Loire 2013
  • Grand Marnier Soufflé
  • Caramelized Banana Gâteau





What to know before you go:

  • Make reservations early, as in 90-120 days before your arrival. Seriously, set an alarm on your phone, tables wait for no one. {407.824.1893}
  • There are two seatings daily September through June, one seating daily July through August. Chef’s Table seating is 6 p.m. daily.
  • Dinner is $185 per person (tax and gratuity not included), $250 with wine pairing
  • Jackets are required for men (tie optional) and “dinner attire” for women
  • Come hungry (and thirsty), because you’ll want to enjoy every last bite and sip



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Jul 232016
It’s baaack!! This fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. From Aug. 29 through Oct. 2, guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal. Plus some restaurants even do a preview week!

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK, a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs
  • Morimoto Asia, by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.


In its 11th year, Magical Dining Month gives both locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Orlando dining at its finest all over town – from options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods including:

  • Convention Area – RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek),
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown – Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
  • Restaurant Row – SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk – Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park – Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas – F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month benefits a local cause chosen the year prior. This year, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the recipient, and will be given $1 from every Magical Dining meal. The Russell Home is the first non-profit institution in the country to provide a home atmosphere with a family structure for special needs children and ‘child-like’ adults. In continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support, the home also provides 24 hours of free respite care and free day care for the local families with special needs dependents.

Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $160,735 for ELEVATE Orlando. The funds raised by Magical Dining enabled ELEVATE to expand its mentorship programs into Jones High School, equipping thousands of urban youth in Central Florida to graduate with a plan for their future.

May 052015

Duffy’s Sports Grill, Florida’s leading sports-themed restaurant, today announced the grand opening of their 28th location, set for Friday, May 8th near the University of Central Florida.  Located at Waterford Lakes Town Center (315 N. Alafaya Trail.), this new location marks the third of several slated to open throughout the Orlando market.


Open daily for lunch and dinner, Duffy’s is known for providing value with 2-for-1 drinks all day, every day.  This includes everything from the bar such as top-shelf cocktails, premium wine and even bottled beer.  Adding to this is a full weekday roster of value-priced deals including a Monday night special when every item on the menu is just $12.95 (5:00 p.m. to close); a designated “Kids Day” every Wednesday when kids eat free and a Thursday Night Rib Fix featuring a ½ rack of signature baby back ribs with one side for $9.95.


The reasonably-priced menu at Duffy’s Sports Grill features freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items.  Guests will enjoy signature favorites such as grilled-to-order Certified Angus Beef brand steaks and burgers; hand-breaded Traditional Jumbo Wings tossed in a choice of more than 10 sauces; a variety of salads and pastas, along with the restaurant’s “Healthy Options” – 15 flavorful dishes containing fewer than 580 calories.


Visit for menus, locations and check out their newest additions – Chef Specialties!

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Apr 142015

Grande Lakes Orlando has announced the opening of Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. Orlando’s luxury leader comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes continues to set the bar high for farm-to-fork experiences in Orlando, a rising culinary destination. The Kitchen at JW Marriott Orlando features the inaugural batch of beer from The Brewery at Grande Lakes, an in-house first-of-its-kind nano-brewery producing house-made brews on tap and served throughout the resort.

“Since our organic garden for Chef Melissa Kelly’s Primo Restaurant first launched the farm-to-fork movement in Orlando, we have continued to seek out hyper-local culinary initiatives that can provide our guests with authentic, sustainable food and beverage experiences,” says Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director, Grande Lakes Orlando.


Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen

Showcasing a rustic yet polished design, The Kitchen has the vibe of eating in your family’s kitchen, with a variety of communal, high-top, sofa, outdoor, and bar seating with rich woods, steel blues, and leather accents throughout. Menu items at The Kitchen—including snacks, small plates and sandwiches, charcuterie & cheese boards, and flatbreads—will feature seasonal ingredients from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm as well as fresh eggs daily from the farm’s recently added chicken coop. The Kitchen’s sausages and charcuterie, prepared by the JW Marriott butcher, pair perfectly with The Brewery’s hops-laden creations. Signature menu items prepared in the restaurant’s open-air display kitchen include fresh pickled vegetables, hop-salted house pretzels served with “Surplus” Ale cheese fondue, seasonal flatbreads, and a smoked ham sandwich with a Whisper Creek Farm fried egg served on house-made Whisper Creek Farm honey pecan roll (inspired in part by a popular ham sandwich on the original 1927 Marriott Hot Shoppe menu). The Kitchen’s small plates are carefully planned by the JW Marriott culinary team and brought to life by Chef de Partie Jason Shapiro who joined Grande Lakes Orlando in 2009, and since then has been involved in the resort’s farm-to-fork efforts including the creation of Whisper Creek Farm.

In addition to showcasing The Brewery’s seasonal brews, The Kitchen’s six taps will rotate between five seasonal selections from The Brewery, and the always-available Surplus (Honey Citrus Ale), Grande Lakes’ flagship beer. Located just off the main JW Marriott lobby, The Kitchen seats 100 indoors and 50 on the outdoor terrace and is open in the evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open until midnight. The space can also be utilized as a brand-new, social meeting space bookable for group functions during the day.


Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery

The first Marriott property to launch a nano-brewery, Grande Lakes has brought in a local Cicerone-certified brewmaster to lead The Brewery. The Brewery will produce 28 gallons of beer weekly including five styles of beer created each season—Dark, Wheat/Light, Amber, IPA and a Special Brew (a seasonal made from the freshest farm ingredients). Signature Special Brew varieties will include the Maple Bacon Stout, Soup of the Day IPA, and Ghost Pepper Wheat.  In addition to brewing signature beer for The Kitchen, The Brewery also operates as a highly unique back-of-house Chef’s Table for intimate evenings and group events.

To complement The Brewery launch, Grande Lakes Orlando is collaborating with nearby Florida Beer Company, a Cape Canaveral-based brewery, to create its flagship beer: Surplus, a signature Floridian honey citrus ale to be distributed throughout the resort’s outlets and available year around (naturally infused with Grande Lakes honey sourced from the resort’s on-property apiaries).

The launch of the on-property brewery furthers the resort’s ever-expanding commitment to sustainable cuisine, which started more than ten years ago with Primo Garden providing fresh produce and herbs for award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly’s Primo restaurant at JW Marriott Orlando. Since then Grande Lakes has launched several apiaries, baked all its bread in house (by a 30-strong pastry team), welcomed 30 chickens to a Whisper Creek Farm coop, and opened Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in September 2014 featuring Southern-inspired cuisine with ingredients from Whisper Creek Farm.

Spork is getting a preview this weekend! Full review coming soon!