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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 …

Droolius’ Top 7 Favorites of January 2016

I wanted to start a new blog series this year and thought that a monthly Top 7 Favorites of what I ate was a good start. Why Top 7? Mainly because it’s hard to just choose my favorite 5 dishes for the month and 10 dishes might be too much. So, Top 7 it is! This month I spent the entire time in Atlanta, the city where I’m working now. I’ve been going back and forth between Orlando and Atlanta in the past few months, so I’m getting to explore food in both cities. Here’s my favorite dishes from January, in the order of when the food was eaten, not by rank.   click to enlarge Cheeseburger and fries at Holeman and Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA This was my first time having the infamous Holeman and Finch cheeseburger at the actual restaurant and it was very impressive. I ate it first at Burger Bash during South Beach Wine & Food Festival in 2014, then at H&F Burger at Ponce City Market last year. Both …

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 …

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” …

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 …

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