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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 this …

Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando – Bull & Bear and Bar du Chocolat

The 3rd Annual Food & Wine Weekends is currently being celebrated at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek through November 9, 2013. For seven weekends, guests can indulge in food, wine, and desserts at both luxury resorts and it coincides with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival taking place nearby. The special menus and events are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, with a Royal Tea event on Sunday. I was invited to experience the Food & Wine Weekends and spent the weekend at the Bonnet Creek resort with my food partner, OD. On Friday evening we started off at Bull & Bear for “A Taste of Waldorf Astoria”, a multi-course menu that takes you around the world in flavors. We then walked over to Peacock Alley (just a few steps away from Bull & Bear) to get a taste of Bar du Chocolat. Both food experiences and photos are in this post, with more from the weekend coming up.   (click image to enlarge) Bull & Bear is located on …

2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Intro & Droolius’ Top 5 Picks

This past weekend, the 18th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival started its culinary celebration and will continue until November 11, 2013. That’s about seven and a half weeks of experiencing food from different countries from around the world, with wine and craft beers to consume as well. It’s certainly one of my favorite times to visit Epcot and there are always new dishes and beverages added every year to keep things fresh.   (click image to enlarge) Epcot admission is required to attend the festival and marketplace dishes/drinks have individual pricing. The general admission does include the Eat to the Beat Concert series and the events at the Festival Center may include culinary demonstrations, wine & beverage seminars, and more. There are specialty events that are offered and require additional purchase. You can find details at the official website: Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival website New Dishes For 2013, the festival introduces a few new dishes, with 25 international marketplaces in total and adding Scotland to the lineup. A few of the …

Eating Around Florida – 12 Restaurants in 8 Cities

I’ve been on the road traveling a lot this summer and exploring food in different cities. Now that I’m back in my home state, the past few weeks have been great for eating and discovering food around Florida. I made stops in Sarasota, Arcadia, Brandon, Davenport, Clermont, Winter Garden, Groveland, and of course, Orlando. Most were in smaller cities, places you may not expect to find good food, but the good eats are out there. When I first started this food blog 3 years ago, my mission was to help people find great food to eat with drool-worthy photos. So let me introduce you to a few places that I love to eat at, along with a few new discoveries as well. The photos and brief descriptions should inspire you to take a trip to one of these restaurants, I’ve included the address to each place too. Yoder’s Restaurant in Sarasota, FL Any time I’m in the Sarasota area, I always try to stop at least once to eat at Yoder’s Restaurant. From breakfast to …

Droolius Chicago Video Part 3 – Siena Tavern and Navy Pier

In this final episode of Droolius Chicago, we start off with a dinner at Siena Tavern, a restaurant that has received lots of recognition lately for its Italian cuisine and made from scratch menu. Our friend, Chef Fabio Viviani, has teamed up with the DineAmic Group to create this restaurant concept in Chicago’s River North district. At dinner I filmed a few drinks and appetizers, and took some drool-worthy photos of the entrees we ordered. We finished with a Tiramisu for dessert and after dinner, we all agreed that this was the most memorable meal we all had during this trip. I will be writing a separate post about our experience at Siena Tavern. Check out all of the food in the video, we are still craving some of the dishes. Video: (The video is filmed in HD, so bump up the YouTube quality to 1080P if you have the bandwidth.) Our tourist stop in this video segment was to the Navy Pier and we walked around visiting various shops, grabbed a snack, and took …

Droolius Chicago Video Part 2 – More Food & Travel Adventures

It’s here! Droolius Chicago Part 2 is live on the DrooliusFilms YouTube channel. My food partner, O.D., and I continue our food adventure around Chicago and stop by another tourist spot. To start this episode, we visit the famous Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) and walk on to the sky deck. We were walking in the sky, 103 floors above Chicago! Such a great view and fun experience. Check out the following video, there is plenty of food at various locations around Chicago: Video: (The video is filmed in HD, so bump up the YouTube quality to 1080P if you have the bandwidth.) I really enjoy the food in Chicago, it’s one of my favorite “food cities”. You can find food that has a standing tradition in the area, as well as new restaurants that feature a mix of different cultures and food from various countries. The photos of Chicago food alone get me excited to travel to this major metropolis.   (click image to enlarge) We continued our food tour by …

Droolius Chicago Video Part 1

While I was on a trip to Chicago a few weeks ago, I filmed some of my daily food adventures and we have produced the first video from the trip. Droolius Chicago Part 1 is live on the DrooliusFilms YouTube channel and features some of the restaurants and tourist landmarks that my food partner, O.D., and I visited. Check out the video below, it shows us over a span of 2 different days. Video: (The video is filmed in HD, so bump up the YouTube quality to 1080P if you have the bandwidth.) In the video we visit Chicago’s Cloud Gate aka “The Bean” in Millenium Park, then we took a detour to Firecakes for donuts.   (click image to enlarge) Another day we started out celebrating National Doughnut Day with a surprise breakfast to Le’s Pho for Vietnamese food. The family woke us up at 630 a.m. to run some errands and brought us to the restaurant, which was great because I’ve never eaten Pho that early in the morning. Then we found Asian …

Shake Shack Corn Dog and ‘Blueberry Pie Oh My’ Concrete are the Specials this 4th of July weekend

This 4th of July weekend, Shake Shack is serving a few specials on their menu. From July 4th – 7th, Shack Corn Dog and Blueberry Pie Oh My concrete will be available at all Shake Shacks (excluding ballparks, airports and international locations). A much-loved Shack favorite that’s only available three times a year — Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day — our Shack Corn Dog is a Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter, cooked golden brown and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish. $4.50 For a sweet summer treat, we’re also serving up a special Blueberry Pie Oh My concrete featuring our rich and creamy vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of seasonal blueberry pie from local bakeries. Half: $4.25 / Regular: $6.50 Corn dogs are one of my favorite foods to eat! I hope to make it down to one of the South Florida locations this weekend to get one. If you’re lucky enough to have a Shack Shack near by, make sure to order BOTH of these …

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