I’m digging into steak frites — porcini-marinated Angus New York strip steak with truffle fries and garlic aioli at The Ravenous Pig, where this dish has been the No. 1-selling entree for years. Yet instead of paying $27 for this mini feast, I’m doling out $33. That’s because I’m also having a Gatherer salad, usually $8, and Pig Tails (donuts with chocolate sauce) ($8 on its own). That’s value, and it’s typical of Orlando Magical Dining Month 2016.
Steak frites at The Ravenous Pig, Orlando Magical Dining Month 2016
Win a Disney marathon weekend for two. This is some prize: marathon fun plus transportation, lodging, VIP privileges and even cash to spend. In all, this fly/run/stay/play package is worth more than $3,800. Boondoggle!
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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.
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.
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.