Quick Peek: Orlando’s New DoveCote Restaurant

After much ballyhoo due to the all-star cast behind it, Orlando’s new DoveCote restaurant made its debut on Wednesday. The grand establishment is a 5,000-square-foot brasserie serving Bank of America employees, and the rest of us, all day long.

This is a Niçoise salad from Orlando's new DoveCote restaurant.

This is a Niçoise salad from Orlando’s new DoveCote restaurant.

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What, Tiffins? No Yak Butter in My Coffee?

At Tiffins, a restaurant within Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you might rev up for the rest of the day with one heckuva cup of coffee. It’s called mustang coffee, and the java is blended with Crown Royal, butter and sugar. The hot cocktail is a take on a brew abroad — we’re talking about Nepal — made with yak butter. Yak!

Mustang coffee at Tiffins. This version is made with the butter we all know, but it's based on a recipe laced with yak butter

Mustang coffee at Tiffins. This version is made with the butter we all know, but it’s based on a recipe laced with yak butter.

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Where to Dine Out for Orlando United on Thursday

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.

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Five Best New Dishes at Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016

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 Best New Dishes at Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016 list, but it is good. You'll be able to get it at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival but I'm not sure yet at which marketplace.

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.

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Plated vs Blue Apron, Part 1

Plated vs Blue Apron — Which meal subscription service is better? I aim to find out.

Here's the Plated box that showed up, on time, at my doorstep. It was well-insulated. Plates vs Blue Apron -- which is better?

Here’s the Plated box that showed up, on time, at my doorstep. It was well-insulated.

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Try an Omakase Dinner at Seito Sushi

I  urge you to try the omakase dinner at Seito Sushi in Orlando’s Baldwin Park.

Our omakase dinner at Seito Sushi began with a lovely glass of bubbly.

Our omakase dinner at Seito Sushi began with a lovely glass of bubbly.

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Groove Like a Rocker at the Hard Rock Hotel

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.

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Introducing King Bao Restaurant in Orlando

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.

The King Bao restaurant's open kitchen is stocked with plenty of hot sauce. | http://blog.ronagindin.com')">

The King Bao restaurant’s open kitchen is stocked with plenty of hot sauce.

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Where to Eat on Mothers Day in Orlando 2016

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 for Mothers Day in Orlando 2016

Treat Mom to a hearty breakfast at The Pharmacy. Photo by Leah Langley

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St Patricks Day in Orlando, in Style

Until someone proves St. Patrick was the saint of green beer, I’ll celebrate St Patricks Day in Orlando in a classy way, thank you. Good food. Maybe good drink. No drunken hordes.

Celebrate St Patricks Day in Orlando with Raglan Road's bread and butter pudding.

Celebrate St Patricks Day in Orlando with Raglan Road’s bread and butter pudding.

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Start Your Sunday with Brunch at Disney World

If Bloody Marys and eggs Benedict are your idea of a blissful mid-morning meal, head to the monorail.  Two top restaurants are now serving brunch at Disney WorldNarcoossee’s and the California Grill.

The Bloody Mary bar at California Grill is a specialty when brunch at Disney World.

This is part of the Bloody Mary bar at California Grill. I’ll share more details further down the page.

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Matsusaka Beef – Try It This Weekend

Try Matsusaka beef at Four Seasons Orlando this weekend, and only this weekend. It’s your one and only chance, for months on end.

Try Matsusaka beef prepared many ways at Four Seasons Orlando's Capa restaurant

A slice of grilled Matsusaka ribeye

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Learn to Make Pottery the FABU Way

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?

Learn to make pottery from FABU

This is one of the dishes I made at FABU‘s pottery class. The intricate design comes from pressing lace into the clay.

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Introducing LakeHouse at Hyatt Grand Cypress

LakeHouse at Hyatt Grand Cypress is proof that hotels’ all-day restaurants needn’t be drab coffee shops. The bright and polished newcomer is sassy in look and menu.

LakeHouse at Hyatt Grand Cypress has a polished yet airy decor with lake and pool views.

LakeHouse at Hyatt Grand Cypress has a polished yet airy decor with lake and pool views.

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One Great Book: A Reunion of Ghosts

Here’s a holiday gift for yourself. Go buy A Reunion of Ghosts and start reading today.

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Book Review: Mile High and Healthy

The day I spent with Jayne McAllister about a decade ago, she picked up pâté and a baguette for dinner later that night.

Mile High and Healthy

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More Food Photos from Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen

Social media fans went wild over my chestnut soup video from FarmTable Kitchen, and Edible Orlando was kind enough to post a round-up of my entire St. Pete experience. But that burger! The pizza! Dessert! (Quadruple !!!! for dessert. Chocolate was involved, after all.) I must share. How could I let snapshots of satisfying foods sit silently on my hard drive? And so, here are photos of more foods from St. Pete‘s Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen.

Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen

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Improve Your Coffee-Brewing Skills at Barista Bootcamp

Jump-start your java-brewing finesse by joining Barista Bootcamp.

These two ladies gave hands-on assistance during the Barista Bootcamp at Lickety--Split.

These two ladies gave hands-on assistance during the Barista Bootcamp at Lickety-Split.

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One Delicious Dish: Chestnut Soup at FarmTable Kitchen

What you must eat: The chestnut soup at FarmTable Kitchen.

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.

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Creative Asian Bites at Baoery Restaurant

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

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.

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Wholly Holiday! The Whole Foods Menu

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.

Whole Foods offers turkey 10 ways, a mix and match of raw, organic, brined, roasted, breast-only and kosher.

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One Fab Gadget: Immersion Blender

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.

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A New and Improved Tabla Indian Restaurant

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.

The new Tabla decor is elegant, and modern non-Indian music plays. I took this photo from the website.

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One Delicious Dish: Black Bean Burger at The Whiskey

Vegetarians, take heed. The Whiskey makes one heckuva black bean burger.

The Whiskey

The Garden Veggie (the black bean burger)

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