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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 …

Droolius’ Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals in 2015

Keeping up with my yearly tradition, this is my Top 25 list of food and most memorable meals in 2015. The year flew by and switching from freelance work to being in the office definitely was a change for me and limited my time for culinary travel. I was still able to travel a little, visiting Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami, along with my first trip to Ireland. My trip to the Philippines was a short one for a family emergency. Regardless, I made the best of each travel opportunity and my favorite meals are listed below. Note: Photos are in the order of when the food was eaten, not by rank.   (click image to enlarge) • Uni, toro tuna, and more uni at Sushi & Seoul on the Roll food truck. I started 2015 by eating once a week at the Sushi & Seoul on the Roll food truck, which was parked on Monday nights at The Imperial at Washburn Imports (Lake Ivanhoe area) in Orlando, FL. This was Chef Al’s “creative night” …

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 …

Droolius.com back up and running…

For a little over a week Droolius.com has been down due to database issues in WordPress. There were issues I could not fix because I was busy at work (started a new job in the social media marketing industry recently) and I had very little time to diagnose the problem. After some trial and error, I finally found a fix this evening! So, the website is back up and lots of content to post from food events to restaurant discoveries are coming up. For now, enjoy this photo I took at lunch today. It’s the Shack Stack burger from Shake Shack in Winter Park, FL. You gotta love Florida winter days with bright sunshine and blue sky.   (click image to enlarge) Shack Stack burger at Shake Shack Winter Park – photo taken with iPhone 5s   Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr. Content and photos © Droolius.com 2015 

Disney Top 10 Gift Guide From New ChirashiBowl YouTube Channel

I’m excited to announce I’m working on a new video project called ChiarashiBowl. It’s a YouTube channel with original content and videos featuring food, lifestyle, theme parks, motorsports, product reviews, and more. I’m collaborating with my long time friend and videographer, TomimotoFilms, who has helped create a few videos here on Droolius in the past. Our first episode on ChirashiBowl is a “Disney Top 10 Gift Guide – Frozen, Star Wars, LEGO, Guardians and More!” for holiday shopping at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. Watch as we explore 10 different stores around Downtown Disney (to be eventually renamed Disney Springs) to find our “Top 10 Gifts” for this holiday season. We of course have some food in the video, eating some snacks like churros and finding an Olaf rice crispy treat. (Olaf is the snowman from Disney’s movie, Frozen) Watch the video below… Video: Please share and subscribe on YouTube   Direct link to video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/6DBh1W79PDw  We hope the video provides a good Disney gift guide as well as some entertainment value. If …

One Year Later… Eating A Tuna On White, No Crust Sandwich In Honor Of Paul Walker

One year has passed since the world was shocked when actor, car guy, and humanitarian, Paul Walker passed away in a fatal automobile accident. Even today, it’s hard to believe that the tragic event happened a year ago and has left many fans of Paul Walker saddened (including myself). This especially had an impact on the fans of the movie series, The Fast & The Furious, and us car enthusiasts can only look ahead to see what will happen to Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, for the seventh movie installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Furious 7 will be released in April 2015. I wrote a blog post last year about eating a “Tuna on white, no crust” sandwich in honor of Paul Walker’s passing and continued the tradition this year.   (click image to enlarge) Today’s “Tuna on white, no crust” sandwich served with a pickle and cole slaw. I try to eat local as much as I can, but it’s actually hard to find a local restaurant that’s serves a tuna sandwich on …

Kamayan: A Filipino Feast On September 22 at East End Market in Orlando

Get ready to eat Filipino food at Kamayan: A Filipino Feast, a special dining event on September 22 in Orlando, FL. Kamayan is the Filipino traditional style of eating with your hands at a communal table, lined with banana leaves and the food is the center piece. The Kamayan feast will be prepared by Filipino chefs and cooks including the talented culinary team at Kappo at East End Market, Francis Biondi (FOX’s MasterChef Season 5 Top 15 Finalist), Jonjie Sibayan (chef/owner of PAO Truck/PAO Cafe in Tampa), and more. I’m proud to say that I am also participating in this event, doing some kitchen work and will be one of the front of the house hosting at the event. This first time Kamayan dinner is the first of it’s kind in Orlando (from what I know of) and is a collaboration of people who love to share Filipino food and want to share the experience and culture. Please join us on Monday, September 22 at the East End Market for a variety of food, drinks, …

Droolius 4 Year Blog Anniversary

Another year of food blogging is in the history books and today is the Droolius 4 year blog anniversary. Many things to be grateful for and I’ve enjoyed sharing my food travels with you all. Food and travel from L.A. to Manila to Tokyo, lots of food photos and travel stories to still share here. I’m always sharing the food on the @Droolius Instagram for daily updates, so find me there if there is a slow down on the blog. I celebrate every blogiversary with food and this year I wanted to make it even more epic. I went to one of my favorite places to eat, the new Shake Shack in Winter Park, and ordered what I call a “SmokeShack Quad Burger”:   (click image to enlarge) The “SmokeShack Quad Burger” is a custom order that is a SmokeShack burger (cheeseburger topped with applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce) but with four meat and four cheese, all under one bun. It was a lot of meaty and cheesy flavor, and I enjoyed …

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Have a great and safe day celebrating our country. God Bless the U.S.A. Eat well, my friends.   Large vanilla sprinkle donut from Donut King in Minneola, FL.  How do you celebrate 4th of July? Share in the comments below…   Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr. Content and photos © Droolius.com 2014 

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