May 012017
 

We were recently invited to experience Ocean Prime on Sand Lake, this modern American restaurant and lounge hails from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Their menu includes a vast offering of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails and a Wine Spectator-honored wine list.

From the kitchen and bar, there is a focus on quality ingredients in every dish. The menu is classic and modern all at once with offerings ranging from King Salmon to a traditional Filet Mignon. Between cocktails and calamari, here’s the five menu items to order while at Ocean Prime!

  • 1. Black Orchid: Belvedere Vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, hand squeezed lemon and white cranberry juice. A beautiful, yet dangerous beverage! These are easy and fun to drink, but consume with caution. Or just call an Uber.
  • 2. Point Judith Calamari: With sweet chili sauce and candied cashews, this sweet and savory starter is hand-breaded and prepared under the direction of the chef.
  • 3. Crisp Wedge of Lettuce: A heaping hunk of lettuce with red onions, smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, blue cheese, grape tomatoes and buttermilk dressing. Put down some lettuce (and bacon!) before indulging in your decadent main course.
  • 4. King Salmon: The king of all salmon makes its way from the Pacific to Central Florida. This plump and flavorful fish is prepared with roasted tomatoes, olives and a Dijon dressing.
  • 5. Ahi Tuna: Topped with mango, avocado, cashews and a spicy sesame soy glaze. Served rare with a mountain of flavor, if you’re a tuna fan this dish is not to be missed.

So tell us….what do you order at Ocean Prime?

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May 012017
 

Three Master Sommeliers and a menu inspired by James Beard award-winning chef Norman Van Aken add up to an extraordinary wine dinner coming to Mount Dora at 1921 by Norman Van Aken.

  • Thursday, May 11, from 6-10 p.m., this unprecedented evening brings together George Miliotes, of Wine Bar George (opening this fall at Disney Springs); John Blazon, Vice President of sales at Jackson Family Wines; and Brian Koziol, Food & Beverage Concept and Development director for Disney Parks & Resorts.
  • The three Master Sommeliers will match wonderful and intriguing French wines with six Modern Florida cuisine courses that will include Poached White Fish with Calamondin and Florida Citrus, Duck Breast with an Onion Escabeche; and Braised Beef Short Rib with Chanterelle, Truffle Potato Au Gratin & Oxtail Jus.
  • Tickets are $175 per person and are available by calling 352-385-1921. The restaurant is located at 142 E. Fourth Ave. in the heart of Mount Dora’s historic district.

Cheers!

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Apr 172017
 

This Sunday Taste of Pointe Orlando returns featuring bites and sips from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit ELEVATE Orlando, a civic nonprofit dedicated to equipping and empowering under-served youth to graduate with a plan for the future. Grab your tickets here!

Participating restaurants include:

BB King’s
Copper Canyon Grill
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Funky Monkey
Itta Bena
Lafayette’s
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Main Event Entertainment
Taverna Opa
Tommy Bahama Restaurant – Bar

And more!

Save The Date Taste of PO 2017

Apr 082017
 

Explore the science behind wine Saturday, April 29 at the Orlando Science Center when Science of Wine returns in a few weeks. Not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey with presentations on multiple aspects of wine tasting, cooking with wine and more. This fundraiser for Orlando Science Center offers guests the opportunity to sample more than 150 wines that will be paired with dishes from 20 culinary partners, plus entertainment, live music and a silent auction.

Culinary partners include local favorites like Taverna Opa, Hawkers, KASA Restaurant & Bar and Black Rooster to name a few. It wouldn’t be the Science of Wine without some unique educational wine experiences. There will be several informal presentations throughout the evening, including cooking with wine demonstrations in Dr. Dare’s Lab as well as a blind tasting seminar.

Delight in educational presentations, wine and food tastings all benefiting Orlando Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life. Science of Wine is expected to sell out again this year, so get your tickets early. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.osc.org/wine.

And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Albariños…La Cana from Rias Baixas, Spain. Cheers!

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Apr 082017
 

 

orlando easter brunch

 

Hippity, hoppity…..to Easter brunch we go! With eggcellent (sorry) options abounding in town, here are the best places to celebrate this glorious day.

  • The Capital Grille: This Easter Sunday, in addition to their full dinner menu, The Capital Grille will offer a prix-fixe Easter brunch menu for $49 per person and $15 for children. We’d recommend the Shrimp and Grits with Jumbo Shrimp Sautéed with Bacon, Onions, and Sweet Peppers over White Cheddar Grits Reserve here: thecapitalgrille.com
  • Ravello: The Resort’s modern Italian restaurant Ravello will present a lavish Easter buffet. The menu includes a wide array of offerings, ranging from a raw bar/seafood station to an antipasti and salad bar, a carving station with lavender honey glazed ham and braised lamb shank, and a hot entrée station with grilled salmon with lemon butter and capers, garlic marinated grilled chicken, and much more. Ravello Easter brunch will be offered from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for $105 per adult and $45 per child.
  • Plancha: For a brunch menu with a Cuban twist, celebrate Easter Sunday at Plancha, the Resort’s Cuban American restaurant. Located at the Tranquilo Golf Club clubhouse, the lakeside restaurant offers a three-course brunch including bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys from an extravagant Bloody Mary Bar. Entrée choices include traditional brunch items such as eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise, very-berry French toast, shrimp omelet, chicken and white cheddar waffles, and oatmeal pancakes. Plancha brunch is offered every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for $68 per adult and $20 per child.
  • Highball & Harvest: The menu will feature an omelet station, carved meats, a fresh raw bar with crab claws and cold water oysters, farm-fresh spring vegetables galore, desserts and the Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Available to guests for $115 for adults and $50 for children 12 and under. Brunch will be served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 393-4422 or visit OpenTable.
  • Luma on Park: Luma on Park unveils an Easter menu filled with delectable brunch items along with Bellinis and Bloody Marys. Kick off the festivities with Luma’s upscale and locally inspired cuisine. The menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 599-4111 or book online.
  • Paddlefish: Special brunch features for Easter Sunday aboard Disney Springs’ latest arrival. Reservations here: paddlefishrestaurant.com
  • Prato: Celebrate Easter at Prato with a lunch menu with brunch dishes, Bellinis and Bloody Marys. Complement a lovely Easter morning with a note of Italian-inspired brunch creations. The menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 262-0050  or book online.
  • Reunion Resort: At Reunion, Easter is hopping with endlessly fun activities for the whole family. From classic Easter Egg hunts, traditional Easter brunch and appearances by Peter Cottontail, to waterslides, legendary golf courses, spa specials and so much more. Indulge in a variety of food stations such as the Sunrise Station with Omelets and Waffles, Morning Fare Favorites and a Carving Station with Cola Smoked Ham and Herbed Beef Tenderloin. Reservations required, call 407.662.3463
  • Ocean Prime: For brunch, guests can enjoy an assortment of menu items include smoked salmon with sliced tomato, arugula, whipped cream cheese and bagel for $18, blackened salmon salad with an assortment of fruit, goat cheese, field greens, candied walnuts and basil poppyseed dressing for $19, French toast with mixed fresh berries, lemon curd, candied bacon and maple syrup for $15 and much more. For reservations call 407-781-4880.
  • TR Fire Grill: Enjoy a $35 4-course Easter menu which includes your choice of appetizer, salad/soup, entrée and dessert. Selections include Prime Rib Egg Rolls, Wood Grilled Shrimp Cocktail, Jalapeño Soup, Salmon & Zoodles, Wood Grilled Filet Medallions, Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Smoked Flank Steak and Tempura Battered Strawberries. Reservations: Call (407) 708-3600

Happy Easter y’all!

 

 

Apr 072017
 

Waffles for supper? We say yes.

Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Faiyaz Kara (one of our favorite writers in town) will be hosting a Breakfast for Dinner event at Ravello at the Four Seasons April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The talented Chef Fabrizio and his team will prepare five dishes from Faiyaz’s new book — Gourmet Breakfasts for the GENIUS — along with 3 specialty beverages and treats. Enjoy for $75, includes a signed copy of cookbook as well. Click here to purchase your ticket.

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Breakfast for Dinner Menu:

  • Piperade Basquaise
  • Rosemary Belgian Waffles with Seared Foie Gras and Pomegranate Syrup
  • Crispy Duck Confit Potato Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Gravy
  • Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Ribbed Rib-Eye with Chanterelle Cream and Huevos Fritos
  • East African Doughnuts with Coconut Pigeon Pea Curry
  • Negroni Cappuccino
  • Mimosas
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sno Cones

Here’s to the enjoying the most “important” meal of the day at the end of the day!

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