Author: Julius Mayo Jr

The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival Highlights Vibrant Culinary Scene in Kingston

In October 2017, I was invited to attend the Jamaican Food & Drink Festival in Kingston, Jamaica. For over a week, the vibrant culinary scene was celebrated at the Jamaican Food & Drink Festival which took place from October 21 to 29 with seven world class food events at seven iconic venues around Kingston. More than 45 talented chefs participated and cooked at this multi-location festival, highlighting local ingredients and Jamaican cuisine. I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica for my first time. Lucky for me, Delta Air Lines had a direct flight from Atlanta to Kingston, so it was an easy trip to make. The first two festival events were Porkpalooza and Chopstix, which took place before I was able to travel. I did attend the last 3 days of the festival to experience Crisp, Picante and Meet Street & The Market events. These were all delicious culinary experiences, showcasing the fusion of diverse cultures and the deep roots of food in Jamaica. From the flavorful food to the fun vibe of each event, the drinks …

2018 Taste of Atlanta VIP Ticket Giveaway

The 2018 Taste of Atlanta is back in Old Fourth Ward Park on October 19-21st. I’m teaming up with Taste of Atlanta for an Instagram giveaway for 2 VIP tickets to 1 lucky winner to attend on Sunday, Oct. 21st. Attendees will get to taste their way around Atlanta restaurants like the ones pictured here: Hattie B’s, Bon Glaze, Poke Burri and more! The VIP tickets include 20 Taste Points and entry into the Grand Tasting Experience for craft beers, wine, cocktails and bites from restaurants not in the main festival. Who’s ready to win 2 VIP tickets? Follow the instructions enter on the Instagram post HERE View this post on Instagram A post shared by Droolius 📸 Julius Mayo Jr (@droolius) on Oct 8, 2018 at 9:01am PDT The contest begins Monday, October 8th at 12 PM EST and ends at on Friday, October 12th at 12 PM EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced at 6pm EST on Friday, 10/12 and contacted by Instagram DM. (U.S. residents only. Giveaway is …

Capture the Bite Food Photography Workshop at East End Market in Orlando (POSTPONED)

Food photography has been a big focus of this blog over the years and I’ve enjoyed speaking and teaching photography at various conferences in the past. I’m very excited to announce that we’re throwing our next Capture the Bite food photography workshop NOW TO BE DETERMINED this November 16-18, 2018 at East End Market in Orlando, FL! We will be covering food photography, food styling and of course eating good food. *EDIT: Capture the Bite Orlando has been postponed to a later date next year in 2019. Due to a combination of scheduling conflicts with interested attendees and being close to the Thanksgiving holiday has made us move the date to accommodate those interested. We will announce a new date, so please stay posted. Thank you for understanding!(updated on Monday, October 15, 2018) I’m teaming up with my friend and photographer colleague, Faith Gorsky of anediblemosaic.com who is a talented cookbook author, food stylist and photographer to host this event. We teamed up last year with Disney to host our first Capture the Bite photography …

Droolius 8 Year Blog Anniversary & Celebrating with Sushi Donuts

The middle of August marked the 8 year blog anniversary. I started to celebrate this anniversary with a giveaway, but I also had to keep up the tradition and celebrate with food. What better way than to celebrate with 8 mini sushi donuts? Poke Burri in Atlanta, GA makes some of the most creative sushi items and they have done it again with mini sushi donuts. I’ve featured a regular sized sushi donut before, but these minis are easier to eat and as my fiancé says, “too cute” not to share. The variety of toppings and sauces compliment the slices of tuna, salmon and spicy tuna. These mini sushi donuts are a specialty item and need to be ordered in advanced. Order ahead by sliding in the @PokeBurri DM’s and sending a message with your order. Poke Burri 479 Flat Shoals Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316 Photo above by LadyDroolius My angled shot So many angles to photograph these mini sushi donuts It’s crazy to look back on the past 8 years and how everything …

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menu Preview

The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is quickly approaching and there’s several new food and drink menu items to explore. The festival goes for 75 days this year, from August 30th until November 12th, and features over 35 Global Marketplaces to entertain your hungry palate. Huge thanks to my friend Megan of www.irunforwine.net for photographing these new marketplace dishes and attending this media preview event on behalf of #TeamDroolius. Just seeing these new dishes has me very excited to attend the festival this year. Here’s a preview of some of the new dishes, desserts and drinks: Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt from Islands of the Caribbean Megan’s favorite dish from the media preview was Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake from the Flavors from Fire marketplace New Brunswick Slider from Hops & Barley marketplace Butternut Squash Ravioli from Wine & Dine Studio marketplace The Steakhouse Blended Burger from Earth Eats marketplace Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew from Brazil marketplace RGB Flight from Light Lab …

The First Stop in Chicago is Portillo’s

We flew into Chicago for my early birthday celebration and there was only one place I wanted to go to kick off my trip. The first stop, directly from the airport, was at Portillo’s for a Beef-n-Cheddar Croissant and cheese fries. This is one of my go to meals when visiting Chicago and it has been a few years since I’ve had this. It’s been so long that I forgot to order hot peppers on the sandwich. It was still good! I would have ordered another sandwich, but we had a dinner reservation a few hours later. So many good memories of eating this sandwich with friends from years ago. This entire weekend is just eating and food exploring. I have a long list of restaurants that I plan on visiting and I hope we can eat at all of them. LadyDroolius thinks it’s too much, but we shall see. The main reason why we came to Chicago was for a bucket list meal at Alinea. A birthday gift to myself, I was lucky enough …

New Cocktail Launches During Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Orlando

I stopped by Raglan Road at Disney Springs for their Great Irish Hooley celebration. I’ve covered the Great Irish Hooley before and it’s a celebration to mark six months until St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory drink was a must. I normally go with a pint of Guinness but I was told they launched a new cocktail made with Irish Gin called PJ’s Poison. PJ’s Poison – Gunpowder Irish Gin, housemade orange marmalade, muddled orange, Fever-tree tonic The cocktail was so refreshing! “PJ’s Poison” is made with Gunpowder Irish Gin, housemade orange marmalade, muddled orange, Fever-tree tonic. It’s very easy to drink and a tad dangerous because it’s the perfect refreshment for hot weather. While it was released for the Great Irish Hooley during the Labor Day holiday weekend, Raglan Road plans on keeping it on the drink menu. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin It’s always a good time at Raglan Road and this was a nice treat to discover this cocktail at the Hooley. Looking forward to going back again for another PJ’s Poison in the …

Droolius 7 Year Blog Anniversary

It’s hard to believe I started this blog 7 years ago. A project created to showcase my photography has turned into a brand, with opportunities to travel and also teach food photography. Speaking at conferences and teaching how to photograph food has become a regular occurrence in the past year. We hosted our first Capture the Bite workshop which was a success with food and travel influencers at Disney World. We have more photography workshops planned in the near future and those will be announced as details unfold. Ok enough reflecting, let’s get to the food! To celebrate this occasion we stopped at Jollibee, a Filipino fast food restaurant from the Philippines, for lunch with the family and ended with Halo Halo for dessert. No better way to celebrate than sharing this nostalgic Filipino dessert with my family who was in town for my uncle’s 90th birthday celebration and a mini-family reunion. “Halo Halo” means “mix mix”, which is what you do when eating this dessert. Ingredients include sweet beans, jellies, coconut jelly, fruits, covered …