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The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival Highlights Vibrant Culinary Scene in Kingston

In October 2017, I was invited to attend the Jamaican Food & Drink Festival in Kingston, Jamaica. For over a week, the vibrant culinary scene was celebrated at the Jamaican Food & Drink Festival which took place from October 21 to 29 with seven world class food events at seven iconic venues around Kingston. More than 45 talented chefs participated and cooked at this multi-location festival, highlighting local ingredients and Jamaican cuisine. I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica for my first time. Lucky for me, Delta Air Lines had a direct flight from Atlanta to Kingston, so it was an easy trip to make. The first two festival events were Porkpalooza and Chopstix, which took place before I was able to travel. I did attend the last 3 days of the festival to experience Crisp, Picante and Meet Street & The Market events. These were all delicious culinary experiences, showcasing the fusion of diverse cultures and the deep roots of food in Jamaica. From the flavorful food to the fun vibe of each event, the drinks …

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 …

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menu Preview

The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is quickly approaching and there’s several new food and drink menu items to explore. The festival goes for 75 days this year, from August 30th until November 12th, and features over 35 Global Marketplaces to entertain your hungry palate. Huge thanks to my friend Megan of www.irunforwine.net for photographing these new marketplace dishes and attending this media preview event on behalf of #TeamDroolius. Just seeing these new dishes has me very excited to attend the festival this year. Here’s a preview of some of the new dishes, desserts and drinks: Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt from Islands of the Caribbean Megan’s favorite dish from the media preview was Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake from the Flavors from Fire marketplace New Brunswick Slider from Hops & Barley marketplace Butternut Squash Ravioli from Wine & Dine Studio marketplace The Steakhouse Blended Burger from Earth Eats marketplace Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew from Brazil marketplace RGB Flight from Light Lab …

The First Stop in Chicago is Portillo’s

We flew into Chicago for my early birthday celebration and there was only one place I wanted to go to kick off my trip. The first stop, directly from the airport, was at Portillo’s for a Beef-n-Cheddar Croissant and cheese fries. This is one of my go to meals when visiting Chicago and it has been a few years since I’ve had this. It’s been so long that I forgot to order hot peppers on the sandwich. It was still good! I would have ordered another sandwich, but we had a dinner reservation a few hours later. So many good memories of eating this sandwich with friends from years ago. This entire weekend is just eating and food exploring. I have a long list of restaurants that I plan on visiting and I hope we can eat at all of them. LadyDroolius thinks it’s too much, but we shall see. The main reason why we came to Chicago was for a bucket list meal at Alinea. A birthday gift to myself, I was lucky enough …

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 …

Eating International on Orlando’s International Drive – A Podcast with The Travel Bite

International Drive is home to some of Orlando’s most authentic hidden gems and I share those restaurants on a Podcast with travel blogger, Rachelle Lucas of The Travel Bite. Listen in as we chat about eating international cuisines from around the world on International Drive and a few other neighborhoods around Orlando, FL. Most of these restaurants mentioned in the Podcast are locally owned and eating local is the best way to support local business! We sat down for a meal at Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, practiced the traditional way of eating Ethiopian cuisine with only your hands, and experienced a coffee ceremony where they roast the coffee in front of you. Hear the sounds of the coffee popping like popcorn in the Podcast and listen to me geek out about international food. From Japanese to Brazilian cuisine, Russian and Koser restaurants with their own market next door, and a few food trucks, I even share where to find Chinese Peruvian in Orlando. Click play above to listen on how to find the different types of …

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 …

Raglan Road Trip To Ireland – Photo Highlights

The Raglan Road Trip to Ireland was an amazing experience with many great moments to share. Our group of travelers consisted of five Raglan Road Master Chef Cooking Contest winners, plus members of the media to capture moments of the trip. All of us were going along for this adventure of food, culture, and fun. This trip was hosted by Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant as part of their 10 year anniversary celebration and we were treated to Irish hospitality by Chef Kevin Dundon and team. From Orlando to Dublin, we made our way down to County Wexford for a few days stay at the Dunbrody Country House Hotel. We learned about local food, visited farms, and improve our skills in the kitchen. Lots of photos and stories to share from Ireland and these are only the highlights of the trip for now.   (click image to enlarge) Our adventure started with a flight from Orlando, FL to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus. Friendly staff, comfortable seats, lots of green inside the play. I …

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 …

Droolius’ Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals In 2014

In 2014 I spent a lot of time traveling and discovering food around the U.S. and internationally to the Philippines and Japan. This culinary travel has led me to find new food around the globe and in keeping with tradition, I’m sharing my best food memories in 2014. My two previous lists, Top 25 Most Memorable Food in 2012 and Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals in 2013, were focused on East coast U.S. destinations, with some West coast and a few international trips in North America. For my Top 25 of 2014, it was challenging to decide the top food because there were so many exceptional things that I ate while traveling for six weeks in Asia, with more West coast trips this year and traveling around the Southeast of United States. There were many close seconds, but I finally narrowed down my favorites for 2014. Note: Photos are in the order of when the food was eaten, not by rank.   (click image to enlarge) • Pork Belly with CornBread, Pickled Apple, …

2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menu Preview. 35 New Food Items!

The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is coming up very soon and starts on September 19 and goes until November 10. The festival celebrates its 19th year and runs for a record of 53 days this year. With 25-plus international marketplaces to experience in Epcot’s world showcase, 35 new food items have been added, along with many new wines, craft beers, and beverages. That is a lot of new food and beverages to try!   (click image to enlarge) I recently attended a media event that let us sample some of the new food and drink items for this year’s festival. With the addition of Patagonia marketplace and the return of Puerto Rico, there’s more flavors to experience in Latin cuisine. Farm Fresh replaces last year’s Florida Local marketplace and the Hops & Barley marketplace gets all new food items. The food we tasted are just a few of the 35 new items for this year. Check out the following dishes that are all worth stopping for on your Epcot Food & Wine …

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