Feb 192017

A wall of vintage rums, your own rum specialist, a ceviche bar and a patio overlooking the lagoon combine to make Strong Water Tavern an exceptionally cool and stylish watering hole. Featuring tapas style dining options with rum tastings, this is a true destination lounge at Universal Orlando’s newest resort, Loews Sapphire Falls. Whether you’re visiting Orlando or local, Strong Water Tavern is the cure for escaping the ordinary. With a serious focus on rum, which includes 65 varieties on their list with plans to expand, the tavern also boasts an impressive menu of authentic island fare. More than just a hotel bar, here’s why Strong Water Tavern is worth a visit (or two).

  • Rum, rum, rum: Escape to an island mindset with the Tavern Grog. A refreshing cocktail that’s best enjoyed while overlooking the resort’s 16,000 square foot pool. This signature drink with hints of spiced apple is made with freshly squeezed juices and was inspired by a 350-year-old recipe. The perfect drink for rum connoisseurs and novices alike.

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  • Two words, rum flights: Choose three rums from various regions, then taste and sample your way through the world via rum. With a knowledgeable staff you’ll have the privilege of learning about each sample and the difference between rums around the globe.

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  • Full of flavor: Their made from scratch menu is inspired by the executive chef’s heritage and background. With a focus on international flavor you’ll be treated to some unique flavors unlike any other menu in town. We’d suggest ordering a ceviche to start followed by the Ropa Vieja and Braised Pork Arepa. Finish your mini culinary vacation with some rum raisin house-made ice cream. With plans to expand the menu with Haitian food, there’s always something new to explore at Strong Water Tavern.

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  • Prefer Wine?: If you’d rather sip on a glass of vino for your cocktail time, this spot also boasts an extensive wine list. While we highly recommend ordering a rum cocktail, Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir, Stag’s Leap “Hands of Time” Cabernet Sauvignon or Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” Champagne are good options if you’re set on ordering wine.
  • Entertainment Abounds: Like many of our theme parks, Universal also has plans to expand their attractions. The much anticipated Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is scheduled to open April 6. And the ever-growing Volcano Bay Water Park (which I’m sure you’ve seen driving along I-4) will open its doors May 25. After a day in the parks make sure you put Strong Water Tavern on your agenda.


If you’re seeking an experience beyond trendy craft cocktails and gastropub offerings, head to Strong Water Tavern inside the new Loews Resort at Universal.






Photo Credit: Jimmy Fallon/Universal, all others by Spork

Feb 172017


Morimoto Asia will officially welcome the soon-to-open Wine Bar George to the Disney Springs neighborhood with a special collaboration wine dinner. The menu, created by Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga, will showcase a selection of modern Pan-Asian dishes. Master Sommelier George Miliotes will pair each course with wines that will be served at the wine bar when it opens later this year at Disney Springs. The dinner is priced at $150 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity) and will feature the following food and wine pairings:

1st Course:

  • Bluefin Toro Tartare, soy caviar, Jamon Iberico Crisps
  • Ruinart Rosé Champagne, France

2nd Course:

  • ‘Bag of Pho’ local lionfish, Hudson Valley Foie Gras dashi, mitsuba, rice noodles
  • Raats Original Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch-South Africa

3rd Course:

  • Slow Roasted Crispy Baby Pig, Chinese black bean trotter jus, hot spring Jidori egg
  • Selbach-Oster Riesling Feinherb, Mosel-Germany

Dessert Course:

  • Green Tea Panna Cotta
  • Broadbent Colheita Madeira, Portugal

All the details…

Looks like an epic food and wine evening!

Feb 082017

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Covering nearly 40 square miles, Walt Disney World is roughly the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Within this expansive space you’ll find 46 resort hotels, four massive theme parks, 475 places to dine and a host of other entertainment options. Although you could stay at Disney for weeks without repeating the same activity, here are the attractions you must do during your time at Walt Disney World.

Head over to TravelPulse for our tips! 

Feb 022017

The third concept from the Luma and Prato crew, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, offers classic American cuisine and cocktails. Inspired by timeless American libations, the bar program features signature classic cocktails using house-made ingredients that complement the menu. Luke’s also offers an array of fine wines and craft beer like La Cana Albariño.

Executive Chef Derek Perez has created a menu that highlights classic fare using seasonal ingredients, responsibly-sourced proteins and sustainable seafood offerings. Inspired by the culinary traditions from coast to coast, Luke’s delivers fare prepared with the finest ingredients and innovative techniques.

Here’s a peek at the menu!

Shellfish Tower: Brimming with oysters, ceviche in seashells, and shrimp, this tiered starter is a feast for the eyes and palate.

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Deviled Eggs with Braised Bacon: Perfect eggs surrounded by pork belly and a dash of paprika-pepper jam will make for the right start to your Maitland meal.

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Soup Please: Enjoy a selection of soups from french onion with oxtail to charcoal roasted vegetable with farro. Perfect for warming up on these fleeting “winter” nights.

Reserve Steaks: Ask for their land and sea reserve card for culinary delights like Wagyu and filet.


Luke’s Kitchen and Bar is located at 640 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland, FL. Call 407.674.2400 or visit www.eatatlukes.com for reservations and follow Luke’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Luke's Kitchen and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Feb 022017

Combining fare with memorable performances on 14 consecutive Saturdays, the new Seven Seas Food Festival is coming to SeaWorld Orlando Feb. 11 – May 13, 2017.  Each week you can sip and sample your way around the park with international coastal cuisine while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment. The Seven Seas Food Festival brings 14 live acts to SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium including Phillip Phillips and Lee Brice.

Complete with 11 global markets, discover more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park. An array of wine, specialty cocktails and over 55 local and international craft brews will be featured as well. Pick up a sampling pass (bonus, the portions are quite large!) and can enjoy 10 items for $40 or 15 for $55. Selections will change throughout the festival so there’s always more to explore.


Here’s a sample lineup of the fare you’ll find at SeaWorld’s newest festival:

  • Braised Chicken Adobo with Mole Sauce
  • Double Decker Pound Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon Hushpuppies with Bacon and Honey Butter
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cheese
  • Fried Kataifi Orange drizzled with Local Honey
  • Banana & Caramel Cheesecake topped with Whipped Cream & Caramelized Bananas
  • Southern Creamy Cheese Grits with a Blackened Shrimp

For more details click here: SeaWorldOrlando.com/SevenSeas

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Jan 312017

The 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. runs 62 days from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. Guests can enjoy delicious flavors from around the world, food-and-beverage-tasting seminars, the "Eat to the Beat" concert series and more. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

From iconic attractions to photos with fairytale princesses, Walt Disney World offers quite the range of entertainment and experiences. The average Disney vacation is filled with family time, thrilling roller coasters and the occasional Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. However, there’s a side to the mouse that goes beyond character dining and endless queue lines. It’s a magical world filled with hidden gems for adults. If you’re looking for a mature theme park experience that’s still sprinkled with pixie dust, be sure to add one of these experiences to your Orlando agenda.

See more in our TravelPulse story!