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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) It isn’t a celebration unless Chef Morimoto shares a sake toast with the crowd. He asks everyone to say kanpai (乾杯) which means “empty cup.”   (click image to enlarge) The ambiance and decor of Morimoto Asia really transformed what used to be Mannequins and 8-Trax.   (click image to enlarge) The orange chicken was lightly battered and not overly sweet. It was nice to experience such a popular dish prepared with influences seen in Japanese cuisine.   (click image to enlarge) Morimoto’s staff presented a 100 pound tuna to the crowd.   (click image to enlarge) Morimoto demonstrates his carving technique …

Maihiro Team Interview On Art, Food, and Papabubble Candy Collaboration

I’m a big fan of art and obviously anything food. I really enjoy seeing when those two worlds combine, so I interviewed a team of two local Orlando artists, Nakanari and Soujohn of Maihiro Team, who have collaborated with the Papabubble LA candy company to create a unique hard candy featuring their art. The candy features the “Spiki Ninja”, one of Maihiro’s characters that is an original design by Nakanari. The Spiki Ninja is in each piece of candy with the flavor of Lychee fruit.   (click image to enlarge) Lychee flavored Papabubble candy with Spiki design by Maihiro Team – Order HERE   Creating the candy itself is an art and incorporating the Spiki Ninja into the candy is done well. The hand-crafted candy does taste like Lychee and not overly sweet. The visual and taste in these hard candies is truly a double dose of art. Watch the video below to see what drives the Maihiro Team to create, how food and art inspire each other, and learn more about the artist themselves… …

Disney Top 10 Gift Guide From New ChirashiBowl YouTube Channel

I’m excited to announce I’m working on a new video project called ChiarashiBowl. It’s a YouTube channel with original content and videos featuring food, lifestyle, theme parks, motorsports, product reviews, and more. I’m collaborating with my long time friend and videographer, TomimotoFilms, who has helped create a few videos here on Droolius in the past. Our first episode on ChirashiBowl is a “Disney Top 10 Gift Guide – Frozen, Star Wars, LEGO, Guardians and More!” for holiday shopping at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. Watch as we explore 10 different stores around Downtown Disney (to be eventually renamed Disney Springs) to find our “Top 10 Gifts” for this holiday season. We of course have some food in the video, eating some snacks like churros and finding an Olaf rice crispy treat. (Olaf is the snowman from Disney’s movie, Frozen) Watch the video below… Video: Please share and subscribe on YouTube   Direct link to video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/6DBh1W79PDw   We hope the video provides a good Disney gift guide as well as some entertainment value. …

Hanson’s Mmmhops Craft Beer Debuts At Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Video Interview

Hanson, the popular music band from the 90’s, has created their own Mmmhops Pale Ale beer and debuted it at this year’s 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. The craft beer is named after their hit song, “MMMBop” and is brewed at their Hanson Brothers Beer Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is the first time Mmmhops is available in Florida and the craft beer can be found at the Epcot’s Festival Center. Hanson recently presented Mmmhops at a beverage seminar at the Festival Center to an excited crowd of fans.   (click image to enlarge) Hanson performing songs from the past to new songs on stage.   (click image to enlarge) Taylor Hanson on keyboard and piano.   (click image to enlarge) I actually tried the Mmmhops beer during a media event a few weeks ago and it’s as the band describes it, an introductory hoppy beer and full-bodied Pale Ale. It was paired with the Florida Grass Fed-Beef Slider with Pimento Cheese (from Hops & Barley marketplace) and the beer went really well with …

Chef Carla Hall Interview at 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Video

During the opening weekend of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Chef Carla Hall (from ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Top Chef) joined the festival for some cooking demos and cooking an appetizer and a few desserts for the Sweet Sundays event. Her energetic personality and dancing was a special treat during a media brunch, where she shared her latest news and answered a few questions from the crowd.   (click image to enlarge) Carla told us about being a big Mickey fan and having an interview with Chef Mickey. She also announced that she will be doing something in January with Newsies, a Disney musical on Broadway. A question from the audience asking about some of Carla’s favorite dishes from Epcot Food & Wine festival reveals that she really enjoyed the Pork Belly Dish (Brazil marketplace) and also Kimchi Dog (South Korea marketplace). Another favorite was the Escargot en Brioche (France marketplace) and she calls it “a popper” — you pop the entire thing into your mouth to get all of the flavors …

Disney’s California Grill reimagined with new restaurant interior and menu – Photos + Video

The California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort reopened this week on September 9th, showcasing a new look inside of the restaurant and an updated menu. Last week, the media had a chance to preview for the reimagined California Grill and the photos and a video are presented below. Since I was in Los Angeles on travel, I sent my friend and Droolius videographer, Thomas Babiarz, to cover the event. He took lots of great interior and food photos, and even compiled a short video to give you all a glimpse of what’s going on with the food and the chefs in action. Check out Thomas’ experience below, everything has me really excited to visit the California Grill on a future trip to Walt Disney World. – Julius aka Droolius   (click image to enlarge) We were delighted to attend the special media event for the reimagineering of Disney’s California Grill. The physical remodel took nearly 7 months to complete, but the ideas and planning began almost 3 years ago. In true Disney fashion, we were …

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 …

Retro Rad Chef, Emily Ellyn Baking with Beer Demo & Interview at Shipyard Brew Pub

One of the hottest trends in 2013 is cooking with beer and we got a chance to watch Emily Ellyn, the Retro Rad Chef, give a Baking with Beer cooking demonstration. This was Emily’s second cooking with beer class at Shipyard Brew Pub in Winter Park, FL. In the video, we do a quick interview and Emily talks about her recipes for a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Cake (recipe below), a Shipyard Applehead Beer Caramel, and a Blueberry Bread (Captain Eli’s Soda Bread). Video:   (click image to enlarge) Emily Ellyn is the Retro Rad Chef who was a Food Network Star Season 8 Finalist and most recently assisted Sweet by Holly to win Cupcake Wars on Food Network.   (click image to enlarge) Emily’s next cooking with beer class is barbecuing with beer for a Father’s Day Brew-B-Q Class on June 16th at Shipyard Brew Pubin Winter Park. More info and signup at: www.emilyellyn.com/event/brew-b-q-with-retro-rad-emily-ellyn/   Retro Rad Chef Emily was kind enough to share her Chocolate Hazelnut Porter Cake recipe and more of her recipes …

Chef Fabio Viviani Interview at SOBEWFF – Video

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival weekend, I had a chance to catch up with Chef Fabio Viviani and film another video interview with him. Fabio was in town giving a cooking demonstration for Bertolli Olive Oil for a group of media at Casa Tua, located in Miami Beach. Chef Fabio showed us how he makes his gnocchi recipe, shared tips on how to use different types of olive oil, and some of us actually got to participate in rolling out the gnocchi dough (recipe and video in a future post). Check out the video as Fabio and I discuss his Bertolli Olive Oil cooking demo, his new restaurant Siena Tavern in Chicago, a NEW upcoming cookbook Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, his web cooking show Ciao Chow!, and his use of social media.     Behind the scenes:   (click image to enlarge) Fabio coaching me in rolling gnocchi dough – photo courtesy of @JeffHouck   (click image to enlarge) Fabio’s plated gnocchi dish at Casa Tua in Miami, FL.   (click image to …

Celebrating Foodspotting’s 3rd Birthday – Orlando Eatup at Le Macaron + Fox 35 News Interview [video]

On Sunday January 27th, we gathered for the Orlando Eatup to celebrate Foodspotting’s 3rd Birthday at Le Macaron in Winter Park, FL. The theme to celebrate this birthday Eatup was “something sweet”, so we enjoyed French macarons, coffee, chocolates, and gelato.   (click image to enlarge) The Foodspotting team sent over some party favors and we set up in front of Le Macaron for the event. Foodspotting stickers and pins were given out, along with a sweet deal from Le Macaron.   (click image to enlarge) Here’s my box of macarons that I spotted on the App. These macarons are the real deal, authentic French recipe with a variety of flavors. These are gluten-free treats, for anyone who is wondering. Macaron flavors were Colombian Coffee, Coconut, Basil White Chocolate, Crunchy Praline, Black Currant (Casis), Passion Fruit Dark Chocolate.   (click image to enlarge) A photo of our group of Foodspotters, busy taking photos and spotting sweets. A fun Eatup to relax, chat, and enjoy some sweet treats. Eatups are hosted monthly, so join us for …

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