All posts filed under: Orlando

Authentic Irish Celebration at Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs

When celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, forget eating cabbage and corned beef or drinking green beer. Those are not authentic or traditional Irish food or drinks to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day. Instead, celebrate like the Irish at the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs. The Mighty Festival just started on Friday, March 11th and runs for seven days until the big St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Plenty of time to drink pints of Guinness, eat authentic Irish food and experience live music entertainment and dancers straight from Ireland.   (click image to enlarge) The menu features cuisine by Irish celebrity chef and PBS/Create TV personality Kevin Dundon. Last year I shared my experience from Ireland on our Raglan Road Trip with Chef Kevin. Experiencing the way he creates Irish classics with a modern twist translates into the Irish menu at Raglan Road and is a must try during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival. The dinner menu features a special dish, loin of bacon and …

Urbain 40 American Brasserie & Lounge in Orlando, FL

Urbain 40 American Brasserie is one of the newest restaurants in Orlando and it has quickly made its mark to be one of the new must-try dining destinations in the area. The theme of Urbain 40 is the 1940’s era, from the atmosphere to the hand-crafted cocktails, with live music from the Big Band era being performed. The interior is classy, the ambiance is approachable and welcoming, and it gives a nod to Florida in the decor. The food is American cuisine with French influences by Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard, a native of Lyon, France. The menu features a range of meat and seafood dishes, with lunch and dinner currently being offered. A brunch and late night menu are in the works.   (click image to enlarge) Elderflower Martini The lounge at Urbain 40 specializes in cocktails, from classics like an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, to creative “Big City Cocktails.” That evening we sampled two specialty cocktails, a Cucumber Mint Gimlet and the Elderflower Martini.   (click image to enlarge) Truffled Mushroom – Roasted Garlic …

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   Morimoto Asia reservations – 407-939-6686   Capa     One more special menu is the “From Matsusaka with Love” Beef Tasting for two that features premium Matsusaka wagyu beef straight from Japan. It’s offered for $250 per couple and an optional wine pairing is available. Read all about it: “From Matsusaka with Love” Ravello reservations 407-313-6161   Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge   click to enlarge Highball & Harvest is located at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando and offers a four-course …

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) 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 the fat is very low, and it has the highest quality of rich marbling. The sashi is the white parts of fat in the meat that …

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) It isn’t a celebration unless Chef Morimoto shares a sake toast with the crowd. He asks everyone to say kanpai (乾杯) which means “empty cup.”   (click image to enlarge) The ambiance and decor of Morimoto Asia really transformed what used to be Mannequins and 8-Trax.   (click image to enlarge) The orange chicken was lightly battered and not overly sweet. It was nice to experience such a popular dish prepared with influences seen in Japanese cuisine.   (click image to enlarge) Morimoto’s staff presented a 100 pound tuna to the crowd.   (click image to enlarge) Morimoto demonstrates his carving technique …

4th Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley’ features Top Bands, Dancers and Craft Beers at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Sept. 4-7

This Labor Day weekend is the 4th annual “Great Irish Hooley” featuring the best of Irish entertainment with headliner Screaming Orphans who will take over the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. The celebration runs from Sept. 4-7 to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day and will commemorate the iconic pub’s 10th year at Downtown Disney with the high-voltage energy of seven top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon.    click to enlarge Delightful small bites and a Shandy made with Raglan Road IPA & lemonade to start the kickoff for the ‘Great Irish Hooley’ celebration I attended on Friday, September 4, 2015.   click to enlarge In addition to its featured menu of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, Raglan Road will spotlight four limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company.   click to enlarge A citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA, Raglan Road Saison, and McGargles Jims CO2 Stout. The craft beers that we tasted were …

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 …

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...