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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 …

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) • Gnocchi Ai Fungi Porcini E Vitello …

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) Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri at Patagonia. Patagonia is a new marketplace this year and replaces Argentina, but combines the flavors of South America in this area that is shared by Argentina and Chile. The Roasted Verlasso Salmon dish was actually the favorite of many media people who attended this preview event. The crispy crust of the salmon with the Arugula Chimichurri made a good combination of flavors and texture.   (click image to enlarge) Baked Lobster Alfredo at Hops & Barley. The Baked Lobster Alfredo is one of those …

Droolius Travels: Eating My Way Through The Philippines and Japan

At the end of February I took an unexpected last minute trip to the Philippines. I ended up staying for one month, then two weeks in Japan. For six weeks I was unprepared, had no set plans, and basically planned a food journey day by day. The initial reason for the unplanned trip was unfortunately a family emergency in Manila. I spent some time with family and to make the best out of the situation, I decided to stay for a while and that’s the reason why I have not blogged in weeks. Sometimes you just have to embrace what life gives you and go with the flow.   (click image to enlarge) Since I left on such short notice, I pretty much had one day to plan before booking the flight with my family. I drove down to Miami Beach for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF coverage still in the works) to do some event photography work, then drove straight back to Orlando after, and flew out a few hours later. …

Guide To Asian Noodle Soups in Orlando – Ramen, Pho, & More

One of the most common things I get ask is: “Where is your favorite Ramen?” or “Where is your favorite place for Pho in Orlando?” I always have a long answer, explaining differences between broth, noodles types, etc. I finally decided to create the Droolius guide to Asian noodle soups in Orlando. Not only for Japanese Ramen or Vietnamese Pho, but also for Japanese Curry Udon, Korean Jjompbong (spicy seafood soup), and Taiwanese or Chinese beef noodle soup.   (click image to enlarge) Since it’s currently the “cold” winter months here in Florida, I’ve been eating lots of hot noodle soups at local Asian restaurants. It’s a form of comfort food and there are a few good ones to choose from in the area. So here’s a list of my favorites in Central Florida and are worth discovering for yourself. Japanese Ramen Ramen is somewhat of a passion of mine. I like to at least stop once for Ramen while traveling and so far the Ramen scene Orlando is small, but growing. There are many restaurants …

Droolius’ Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals in 2013

The year 2013 was a time of many great food discoveries in various cities. My Top 25 of 2013 is a combination of memorable food and complete meals, not just a specific dish. Many times there were multiple dishes that stood out and hard just to pick one favorite. Last year I wrote my Top 25 Most Memorable Food in 2012 based on a top food or specific dish. This year’s top list has more meals experienced while traveling to various cities around North America. It was my return visits to Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas after a hiatus of several years and first time trips to Mexico and Canada. I frequented many restaurants around Florida and had my yearly food trip to NYC. It was difficult to condense everything into a Top 25 list, but here it is. Note: Photos are in the order of when the food was eaten, not by ranking.   (click image to enlarge) 1. Full Irish Breakfast – with sausage, black & white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms, …

Art Basel Miami 2013 Food Guide

If you’re in Miami for Art Basel 2013 this weekend, one thing is for sure, you will need to eat. While there are many places to grab lunch or splurge on dinners, I’m giving you my list of favorites that I enjoy when visiting Miami. With so many people from around the globe visiting this international art show, the Miami food scene will also be a focus this weekend.   (click image to enlarge) I had a chance to visit the Wynwood Art District earlier this week and the mural above is by French artist graffiti MTO. This is located right beside Panther Coffee, a thriving coffee house that roasts there own beans and seems to be a central hub for Art Basel in the Wynwood area. The Art Basel events start at the Miami Beach Convention Center and continue to all over South Beach, then across the bridges to Wynwood. This food guide will cover all of those areas, with more that may be off the beaten path, plus a few special events.   …

Droolius Travels – Las Vegas: Restaurants, SEMA, World Food Championships, Bars, & Anthony Bourdain

It’s been four years since I’ve traveled to Las Vegas. While I found a lot of the city to be the same, much has been added on the Vegas strip as far as signs, resorts and casinos. The food is ever changing in this city, as chefs come in with their restaurant concepts and more locally owned restaurants continue to pop up. I spent one week in Las Vegas, attending the SEMA auto show, working as a photographer for the World Food Championships, and eating in restaurants in between. Towards the end of the trip, I found out that Anthony Bourdain was in town filming a live segment called Last Bite for the season finale of his CNN show, Parts Unknown. I stopped by that too and took some behind the scenes photos. You will find those at the end of this post.     Prior to having a food blog, I used to travel to Las Vegas a few times a year and had a few favorites for food in the area. Coming back …

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