Where should you eat to support your neighbors during Thursday’s Dine Out for Orlando United fundraiser? Look closely. The restaurants participating can pledge to give pretty much whatever they want, and some are set to donate way more than others.
What will be the five best new dishes at Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016? Here’s my list. I sampled a slew of debuting entrees and desserts yesterday at a preview held for Tables in Wonderland members and the media. I was enchanted with these newcomers.
This is duck confit with creamy polenta and fire-roasted salsa. It didn’t make my Top 5 list, but it is as good as it looks. You’ll be able to get it at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival but the specific marketplace hasn’t yet been named.
Feel like strumming a guitar while in your hotel room? How about toying around with a DJ mixer? Call the front desk. Hard Rock Hotels encourage guests to let out their inner rockers in the privacy of their guest rooms. With a program called The Sound of Your Stay, employees will zip the tools you’ll need to your door. Rock on.
The national bao trend has hit Orlando full-on now that we have a bao-only enterprise. King Bao restaurant opened in late April, bringing us a selection of sweetish buns stuffed with fillings from the Orient.
Where can you still get a table on Mothers Day in Orlando 2016? Here are restaurants that don’t accept reservations, or do but still expect to have plenty of seats available for walk-ins. Join me as I talk about these opportunities on Good Day Saturday, May 7 at 8:50 a.m.
Treat Mom to a hearty breakfast at The Pharmacy. Photo by Leah Langley
Warm, funny and fast-talking Fabian Pesci draws a parade of regulars at Orlando-area farmers markets, where he sells ceramics with lacy patterns. Now the artist is opening his studio for two-part classes, teaching up to six fans at a time how to create their own platters and bowls. My advice? Learn to make pottery the FABU way. Did I mention the experience includes dinner?
This is one of the dishes I made at FABU‘s pottery class. The intricate design comes from pressing lace into the clay.
It’s not fancy, FarmTable Kitchen. It’s a rustic-chic restaurant on the second level of the Locale Market, a bustling bi-level St. Pete, Florida, food emporium with scratch-made and specially chosen packaged foods. My entire dinner there was phenomenal, but the chestnut soup was a holy-cannoli, how-can-life-be-this-kind?, I-must-savor-every-single-bite stand-out.
I’m not sure how to pronounce it, Baoery. This casual modern-Asian restaurant arrived in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood without explanation about its name. Let’s assume Baoery is pronounced like the Bowery, a downtown New York City neighborhood that borders its Chinatown. The spelling surely comes from boa, which are Chinese steamed buns. A pun.
Baoery’s take on bao, Chinese steamed buns. This one, the Dynamite, is a spongy white bread filled with tempura-battered shrimp, scallops, crab, tobiko (flying fish roe), and spicy mayonnaise.
My Thanksgiving hostess brings in a complete meal, from appetizer to pies, from Boston Market. Don’t judge. Plenty of people open their homes for celebration but don’t want to cook. Whole Foods offers whole meals, and a la carte dishes, for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah.
Whole Foods offers turkey 10 ways, a mix and match of raw, organic, brined, roasted, breast-only and kosher.
When I used this ridiculous monstrosity to purée soup on Monday night, then again to blend garlic and olive oil on Tuesday night, I realized I have to share. I just have to let readers know how much time and aggravation this intimidating-looking combo saves me. It seems I’ve fallen in love with my immersion blender.
I was never a huge fan of Tabla, an Indian restaurant, and was wary to return when it added Chinese and Thai dishes along with a spiffier decor. The owner invited me back for a look-see, and I’m a fan now. Several of the dishes are memorable.
The new Tabla decor is elegant, and modern non-Indian music plays. I took this photo from the website.
We’ve got good Cuban food here in Orlando, and fine Puerto Rican fare, but Mexican? Nada muy bueno. So upon landing in Newport Beach, California, we set out to find tacos. If you like California-Mex cuisine, here’s where to eat in Newport Beach.
The challenge? 48 hours to eat our way through Laguna Beach, California. Such choices! Terrific chefs, local produce, proximity to Mexico, and diners open to bold flavors converge into oh-my-heavens terrific plates of food. Here is a starter list of what to eat in Laguna Beach.
Chili Verde with the World’s Best Egg
Sapphire Laguna: Braised pork chili verde with fried eggs, avocado, queso fresco, roasted tomatillos, and corn tortillas