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2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Food Guide

The 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has officially started and it’s running for 90 days this year, from March 2nd until May 30th. This festival always has something new to see with Disney character topiaries, gardens, seminars and how-to demonstrations. There’s also many things to eat and drink with savory dishes, sweet treats, craft beers, wines and more at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens.   (click image to enlarge) A few new things for this year’s Flower & Garden Festival: • New Harmony Gardens Musical Playground • New acts to Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series (weekends only) • New gardens and Disney-themed topiaries • 3 new Outdoor Kitchens serving food and beverages: Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market, Cider House and La Isla Fresca   (click image to enlarge)   (click image to enlarge) We were invited to a special Tables in Wonderland event to preview some of the dishes and drinks from this year’s Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens. A number of dishes were available to taste and we had our videographer/photographer, Thomas Babiarz of …

Five Orlando Restaurants with Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menus To Experience

Finding a special and unique dining experience to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orlando can sometimes be a challenge. My suggestion is to check out prix fixe menus that are specials for Valentine’s Day. There’s usually a special dish or a variety of tastings that are good to try. I’m sure there’s a few of you out there that are still looking for a place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so here’s five restaurants with a few prix fixe menu options that could be great for that special evening on February 14th. Morimoto Asia   click to enlarge Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs offers two set menus: The “Valentine’s couple prix fixe dinner” actually starts today, Feb. 12th and runs until Sunday, Feb 14th for $85 per person. Nothing wrong with celebrating early and avoiding the crowds on actual Valetine’s Day! click to see entire menu:   Morimoto Asia also offers a “Valentines Couple Omakase Dinner” for two at the sushi bar only, available only on Feb. 14th for $150 per person. The sushi chef knows best …

Matsusaka Beef Debuts at Four Seasons Resort Orlando with Tasting Menu at Capa Steakhouse

Premium Japanese Wagyu beef is a delicacy that is making its way to the U.S. and the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is debuting a special grade of Matsusaka beef today. Available at Capa Steakhouse, a special tasting menu called “From Matsusaka with Love” features a three course menu for two guests. This special menu is offered from February 10 to 15, 2016 and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for special dining plans, this would be a good one to experience. Matsusaka beef from Japan is officially being introduced to the U.S. market with this menu.   (click image to enlarge) Our videographer/photographer, Thomas Babiarz of TomimotoFilms, attended a media preview event yesterday and shares his experience… Words and photos by Thomas Babiarz   (click image to enlarge) We were invited to sample what many call the best wagyu (Japanese beef) in the world. This beef was flown in from the Matsusaka region of Mie Prefecture, Japan. It is ranked number 1 because the melting point of …

Shake Shack Debuts The Chick’n Shack Sandwich Today Nationwide

Exciting news from ShakeShack today as they are debuting their new chicken sandwich and it’s called the Chick’n Shack. The Chick’n Shack is a crispy chicken breast (100% all-natural and antibiotic-free) with lettuce, pickles, buttermilk herb mayo (chives, parsley and thyme) and served on a potato roll.   (Image courtesy of Shake Shack) The description sounds so good and I’m looking forward to trying it. I remember seeing this on social media last summer being served at their Brooklyn locations and wondered if and when it would be released to the rest of us. The good news is the Chick’n Shack is available nationwide today (except for NYC’s Theater District Shack, JFK Airport Shacks and stadium Shacks, according to Shake Shack). Check out all of the info on Shake Shack about the Chick’n Shack and its concept on Shake Shack’s website. What do you think about Shake Shack launching their own Chicken Sandwich? Are you planning try this today? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.  Shake Shackwww.shakeshack.com Facebook Page …

Cask & Larder To Open Second Location At Orlando International Airport

Looks like Orlando International Airport will finally get a taste of Central Florida with favorite local restaurant, Cask & Larder. This is great news to those who fly in and out of MCO and want to get a taste of good local food before or after a flight. The addition of Cask & Larder to Orlando International Airport is a step in the right direction and a trend that I’ve seen in other major airports across the U.S. Finally, MCO (airport code of Orlando International Airport and not “OIA”) gets a locally owned restaurant with great food and I’m excited to see this.   (click image to enlarge) The new Cask & Larder is estimated to open summer 2016 in Terminal 2 at MCO and will include a dining room with with sit-down service for 300+ guests, bar, and grab-and-go market. The menu will offer several crossover items and similar farm-to-table dining experience to the original Winter Park location, but with adaptations to meet the airport’s needs and offer something for all types of travelers. Signature …

Morimoto Asia Opens at Disney Springs with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto – Video & Photos

The Orlando restaurant scene just stepped up its game with the grand opening of Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is evolving his skills as a restaurateur by opening his first pan-Asian dining experience at Morimoto Asia. This restaurant concept is a collaboration between Chef Morimoto and the Patina Restaurant Group, showcasing flavors from across Asia with an emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand.   (click image to enlarge) Our resident videographer, Thomas Babiarz of TomimotoFilms, attended the event for us and took some great photos and even created an awesome video of the opening event. Watch Chef Morimoto sing a song, break down an entire tuna, and create a 60 foot maki sushi roll with media attendees.  Words and video by Thomas BabiarzPhotos by Chavy Babiarz Video: Video by TomimotoFilms   Link to video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0thHdZe2B7k On September 29th, Masaharu Morimoto opened the doors of his newest culinary adventure, Morimoto Asia, for a special media preview. Morimoto Asia is located in the heart of the officially renamed Disney Springs …

Chef Kevin Dundon Features Local Seafood On Raglan Road Menu

Chef Kevin Dundon is featuring local seafood on the menu at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney. Earlier this Summer, Chef Kevin took a trip to Wild Ocean seafood in Port Canaveral to check out the local product and he liked it so much that Raglan Road has introduced seasonal dishes on the menu. The “Seasonal Showcase” menu features: Whiskey in a Jar Wild Ocean citrus poached shrimp, whiskey spiked marie rose sauce, diced cucumbers and watercress; El Niño Wild Ocean pan roasted shrimp over soft polenta, in a spiced bean, sweet onion and peppers “Piperada”; The Pale Wild Ocean shrimp and clams with golden corn, baby potatoes in a Raglan IPA lemon & herb broth, and served with soda bread scones.   Fishing with Chef Kevin Dundon in Ireland I’ve gone fishing with Chef Kevin in Ireland and he definitely knows his seafood. The fact that he is using seafood native to Central Florida shows the quality of the local product and his commitment to working with multiple local producers. You …

Droolius 5 Year Blog Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that I started this food blog five years ago and it has been quite the experience in eating food, traveling for food, and learning about food in different cultures. From watching subtitled episodes of Iron Chef in Japan to various cooking shows and chef competitions, I’ve been able to discover the food I’ve seen on TV, travel to some of the destinations, and even meet some of my food heroes (that sounds like a future blog post). I’m very thankful for where this blog has taken me and I always celebrate every blog anniversary with food. To continue my yearly tradition I wanted something that I have not done in the past. I needed five of some type of food that would look great in a photo and something we would enjoy eating. So here’s what I came up with: five scoops of gelato stacked high. The results were better than what I imagined. Plus, it’s something fun to celebrate my actual birthday!   click to enlarge Celebrating in this unique …

Shake Shack To Open Second Orlando Location at Orlando Eye on 8/19

Looks like Shake Shack broke the news about their newest Orlando location opening on their Instagram this morning! This will be Shake Shack’s second Orlando location that is set to open on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11am inside I-Drive 360.   Courtesty of Shake Shack Shake Shack says on Instagram, “Take a spin on the Orlando Eye, then pop over for new location-specific concretes like the Orlandough.” From the Shake Shack Press Release: “In addition to all of the classic Shake Shack menu items, the I-Drive Shack will be spinning up two location-specific frozen custard concretes: Orlandough (chocolate frozen custard, chocolate truffle cookie dough, marshmallow sauce and chocolate covered pretzels) and Eye Drive (vanilla frozen custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles). The Key Lime Pie oh My (vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of key lime pie from local Orlando bakery P is for Pie), a fan favorite from the Miami Beach location, will be available as well.” See full details about the I-Drive 360 Shack on: Shake Shack’s Press Release …

One Year Anniversary Celebrations at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

The Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort is about to celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary on August 3, 2015 and they are celebrating in a few ways. For food, special anniversary dinners are being offered at Ravello and Capa with pre fixe menus. If you have not had a chance to dine here, this is a good opportunity to try them out. My experiences at both restaurants have been great food and service. There are lots of great views at this resort and plenty of photos can be seen from last year’s preview event: Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Sneak Peek Photo Preview   (click image to enlarge) The resort has a few awards to celebrate, which includes receiving the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award ranking for the second year in a row and still the first and only resort in Central Florida to receive this designation. Special Anniversary Dinners: (click image to enlarge) Special Anniversary Dinner at Ravello Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the Resort’s Italian restaurant, …

The Road to Ireland with Raglan Road Master Chef Cooking Contest Winners

Raglan Road is going BIG for their 10th anniversary celebration and recently held a ‘Master Chef’ Cooking Video Contest for a chance to win a trip to Ireland. Video submissions were posted on Youtube and after judging, five winners were selected and recently announced. They will be flying to Ireland this week where they will get to cook with the restaurant’s celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon. Chef Kevin is based in Ireland and makes trips to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Orlando, FL a few times a year. On this trip, he gets to show contest winners his part of the world.   (click image to enlarge) The five-day trip is packed with sites, food, and a cooking session at Chef Kevin’s famous cooking school. The winners will fly into Dublin to experience sites including Guinness Storehouse, Ballyminane Mills, Danescastle Fruit Farm, Hook Head Lighthouse, Loftus Hall (on the Hook Peninsula, Wexford is the most haunted house on Ireland), a commercial fishing boat tour as seen in Chef Kevin’s ‘Back to Basics’ TV show …

Simon Majumdar Making A Stop In Orlando At East End Market For “Fed, White, And Blue” Book Tour

Simon Majumdar, author and world-renowned broadcaster, is making a stop at the East End Market in Orlando, FL as part of his “Fed, White, And Blue” Book Tour across the U.S. If you’re a fan of watching Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, or the Next Iron Chef, then you will recognize Simon Majumdar as one of the mainstay judges for these Food Network television shows. Simon is currently on a nationwide tour promoting his new book “FED, WHITE, and BLUE: Feeding America with My Fork” and Bookmark It bookstore at East End Market will be hosting his visit. Join Simon this Thursday, May 7, for a presentation at 7 p.m. where he will be speaking about his new book and signing copies, which are available for purchase from Bookmark It. In addition to this event, a special “Pop Up Potluck” dinner will take place from 6 – 7 p.m. before his presentation. Bring a dish to share, mingle with Simon, and have him taste your food! The event will take place in the Apex (on …

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