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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 …

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) I attended a dinner with a group of local media and experienced some of the cocktails, food, and entertainment. The cocktails were refreshing and the dessert alone would be worth visiting for. Each plate of food had good savory flavors, very balanced, with a touch of finesse. I took …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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