Shake Shack Coming To The Florida Mall

Shake Shack Florida Mall

 

 The “Happiest City on Earth” is about to get a whole lot happier!  Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is thrilled to announce that Shake Shack will open its sixth location in the state at The Florida Mall in 2017.

Opening in Central Florida’s premier shopping destination, visitors will have the opportunity to take a break from shopping and grab a delicious ShackBurger® and local beer at the new, 3,500 square-foot restaurant located in The Florida Mall entrance next to Foot Locker.  For a quick snack or family dinner, each savory burger will satisfy all your food cravings!

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

“We are so excited that New York City’s favorite burger chain has chosen to open a new Orlando location at The Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager.  “We continually look for opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences with a diverse mix of restaurants and retailers, and we are certain that Shake Shack will be an instant hit with our loyal shoppers.”

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Krispy Kreme Holiday Treats & Two Special Offers

Now through December 25th Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has some seasonal favorite holiday-inspired treats, including the Melted Snowman Doughnut, Santa Belly Doughnut and Toffee Mocha beverage.

Krispy Kreme’s mission is to spread joy.  With a busy holiday season upon us, sometimes the most joyful moments are when we slow down and share a special treat with family and friends,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Holiday Doughnuts 2016

The new Melted Snowman Doughnut is Kreme™ filled and dipped in white icing. The treat is finished off with a chocolate decoration and a candy snowman face.

The Santa Belly Doughnut is a returning favorite holiday treat. The doughnut is first filled with Hot Cocoa Kreme™ filling before being hand-decorated with chocolate icing and a candy belt buckle candy.

The Toffee Mocha beverage is a latte with rich toffee flavors and topped with whipped cream. This wintertime treat is available hot, iced or frozen.

You can find these holiday sweets at all the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations!

Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

 

Millenia – Open 24 hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

 

Kissimmee – Open 24 hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

 

Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

 

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

How to get a SWEET deal on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:

FREE Original Glazed Dozen with Gift Donation

Krispy Kreme

Our friends Chad & Jill are hosting a REALLY BIG TOY DRIVE from Now until December 16th to collect 10,000 toys that will be gifted to Toys for Tots, Arnold Palmer Hospital Medical Center Foundation, and The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families! And every person who drops off toys at any of the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations will receive a dozen Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in return! You can find out more here.

Save the Date: Day of the Dozens (12/12)

On December 12, all central Florida locations will celebrate “Day of the Dozens” by offering guests $4.99 Original Glazed dozens (unlimited). No coupon is needed.

 

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Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood Observatory launches a new menu into orbit at the Orlando Flagship Location

Burgers and Sandwiches by Guy Fieri, Florida Craft Brews, and Colossal Appetizers Among New Offerings

The Planet Hollywood Observatory will be opening later this fall at Disney Springs with a menu full of familiar favorites, burgers and sandwiches by Guy Fieri, Florida Craft Brews, gigantic appetizers, and over-the-top sweets.

“We’ve spent an enormous amount of time developing new menu offerings for Planet Hollywood Observatory and striking a balance with keeping our favorites in place,” said Robert Earl, Founder and Chairman, Planet Hollywood International. “We’re excited to offer even more options for our guests, ranging from appealing starters, to light and healthy salads, to indulgent steak and lobster—and everything in between. And they really must save room for dessert—I always do!”

Of the new and returning favorites, here’s a look at what you’ll find once Planet Hollywood Observatory reopens!

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Fans will embrace the return of classics such as World Famous Chicken Crunch with Creole mustard sauce playfully plated in a chicken-shaped dish.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Nachos Grande return with piled high with chipotle chicken, cheese and black bean sauce, cruda salsa verde, pico de gallo, queso fresco and sour cream.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Of the six featured burgers from Guy Fieri, the award-winning Bacon Mac-N-Cheese with applewood smoked bacon, six-cheese mac-n-cheese, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, crispy onion straws, Fieri’s signature Donkey Sauce, and garlic-buttered brioche bun looks crazy!

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

The Lobster Feast Fra Diavolo is a spaghetti favorite served in a whole lobster shell and a Sesame Ginger Salmon with cilantro rice is one of eight gussied-up specialty offerings.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

Healthy options for guests include a selection of five fresh salads like the Citrus Kale, a combination of kale, julienned broccoli, slivered Brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, grapefruit, oranges, cranberries, sunflowers seeds, agave dressing; and Spinach & Berries with candied walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Highlights Disney Springs

For a sweet finish “Hand-Dipped and Whimsical Milkshakes” include Chocolate Comet and Strawberry Borealis. The dessert menu is filled with goodies such as the Cosmic Cream Challenge, a blind tasting of 12 flavors of house-made ice creams and sorbets; Planet Melt Down, a chocolate hardshell dome, melted tableside by hot chocolate sauce to reveal double chocolate fudge cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream; and Brownie Sundae Martini, 12 decadent chunks of freshly baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with toppings.

After seeing these pictures I’m even more excited to give Planet Hollywood Observatory a try!

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Newly Re-imagined Hemisphere Restaurant

Hemisphere Combines the Adventure of Flight with International Flavors 

Neo-contemporary world cuisine lands in the Orlando culinary scene when the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant set to open this fall on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Known for its epic sunrise to sunset views of the airport runway, the new Hemisphere features a $3 million re-design of the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and seats 164 guests. The stylish environment offers light wood finishes and flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of Hemisphere’s unique layout.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable experience filled with dynamic views, thoughtful service, and memorable food and drinks,” noted Mark Bastis, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

“We have embraced the unmatched, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the airport runway, guests will view planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere,” continued Bastis.

Paper Planes – Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant. Paper Planes is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from a simpler time.  The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck.  The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Moroccan-inspired, dukka-crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Gulf Prawns and a Wagyu Grass-Fed Beef Burger.

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere. The wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel:

  • Up North – A selection of wines from the northern hemisphere
  • Down South – A selection of wines from the southern hemisphere

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Guests will enjoy thoughtful arrangements for an easy and grand sense of arrival into Orlando with direct access into the OIA valet motor court and a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests. Monthly wine dinners and seasonal brunches will be announced soon.

 

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Celebrate Yelloween at STK Orlando

STK Orlando Yelloween Disney Springs WDW

Celebrate Yelloween at STK Orlando

If you are looking for a fun Halloween without having to head into Downtown Orlando, why not try something new! STK Orlando at Disney Springs is hosting their first Halloween event called “Yelloween”.

The “Yelloween” fun starts at 8 pm, and for two hours you’ll enjoy champagne toasts, an open bar, drink specials from 10 pm to midnight, little bites, haunting tunes from a live DJ, performers and interactive performers as you party on the rooftop!

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance online.

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A Trip To Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs

What better way is there to celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day than by visiting Vivoli il Gelato at The Landing in Disney Springs!

For 85 years this world-famous gelato shop from Florence, Italy, has shared their family’s hand-crafted recipies with the world. And just last year the family opened their second storefront in history at Walt Disney World.

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs

Vivoli il Gelato was founded in 1932 by Raphael and his two brothers, Vivoli Gelateria started out as a dairy – at that time, it was not easy to find raw materials such as milk, eggs and sugar and there were no gelato machines and freezers.

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs
Photo: Vivoli Il Gelato

After World War II, technology enabled the brothers to follow their passion and produce gelato every day – a far cry from the early recipes that relied on barrels filled with ice and snow from the nearby mountains to keep their concoctions frozen.

With a “cone-a-copia” of 24 authentic flavors to choose from, Vivoli il Gelato offers everything from a classic cream to a sultry brandied cherry. Fresh ingredients such as cocoa powder, pistachio, and hazelnut add rich and succulent undertones to these sweet masterpieces that could have easily served as Michaelangelo’s muse.

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs
All the regular flavors at Vivoli Il Gelato are gluten and free, and the flavors with the blue handles are dairy free.

There is no better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day than by taking a quick trip to Italy through Vivoli Gelateria at The Landing in Disney Springs.

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs

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Raglan Road Hosts 5th Annual Great Irish Hooley

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

Great Irish Hooley Celebrates 5th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs

NEW: ‘Rhythms of Raglan’ show, plus top Irish Bands, Dance, Food and Craft Beers 

The Great Irish Hooley is returning to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs for the 5th year with new live music and dance entertainment, fresh menu creations and plenty of craft beer and cocktail options are on tap Labor Day weekend September 2-5, 2016.

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

Celebrating Irish song, dance, food and drink over the long Labor Day weekend, the Great Irish Hooley is Central Florida’s only boutique Irish festival with performances beginning at noon Friday and continuing each day and night through late Monday.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

The highlight of this year’s Hooley is the brand-new Rhythms of Ragland which is a 90-minute live show of music and dance that was produced in Ireland, exported to Raglan Road and directed by David Hayes (Riverdance, “The Voice” Ireland edition) with guest choreographers including Michael Donellan (Lord of the Dance). You can catch a debut of this new show at 4 pm on September 2nd, and at 1 pm and 4 pm September 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

A traditional Irish social celebration, the “Hooley” combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and fun for the whole family (no cover charge). And this year the music will feature headliner Screaming Orphans and other bands popular on the festival circuit.

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016 - Screaming Orphans
Screaming Orphans / Photo: Raglan Road
  • Screaming Orphans – Four talented sisters from Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland, combine original pop/rock music with the Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music of their family roots. Their dynamic show has taken the festival circuit by storm.
  • Jake Richardson – Jake is a singer-songwriter and musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.
  • Flat Out – Flat Out is an award winning four-piece band from the West of Ireland that plays an exciting mix of folk, traditional, pop and New World music. Band members are all multi-instrumentalists combining Irish harp, guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, bodhran. They play fresh original music along with funky cover music and have been playing and travelling the world since 2013.
  • Marianne Fraser Band – Marianne is one of the most sought after guitarists and songwriters on the Irish music scene who is ably supported by Danny Hunter on fiddle and Ali Levack on whistles and pipes. The band performs a high-energy mix of traditional and modern tunes along with Marianne’s own compositions.
  • Swingin’ On the Gate – This four-piece band of multi-instrumentalists with roots in legendary Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare have serious crossover credentials and musical pedigree including traditional and classical training. They are multiple medal winners at Fleadhs music competitions and have toured in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016 - Raglan Roots
The Raglan Roots Coalition / Photo: Raglan Road
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition – 10 years down the road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style, with this new Irish house band.  Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats.
  • The High Road – These young, traditional Irish musicians met in University in Ireland.  A predominately Irish traditional group, they also play British folk, blues and soul, and their combined talents provide for a vibrant, exciting live show of music and song.
  • Cooney & Ryan – One of the finest traditional Irish music duos around, these accomplished, energetic musicians often invite the crowd to sing along.
Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016 - Raglan Road Dancers
The Raglan Road Irish Dancers / Photo: Raglan Road
  • The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Dancers perform throughout the long Hooley weekend.  You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!
  • The Flyin’ Marys – A young, hip all-girl band that mixes it up with raucous tunes, beautiful ballads and strong vocals.

The Hooley is a perfect way for families to spend time together this holiday weekend! There will be Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

With contemporary Irish cuisine by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, Irish craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and day-into-night entertainment, the Great Irish Hooley promises a high-voltage music festival for all who drop by or reserve a table.

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New Experiences At The 2016 Food & Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

New experiences announced for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

All-new brunch offering and two new seminars to join seventh annual event

 

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars,Craft Cocktails and More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Guests can extend their Food & Wine Classic experience one more day at the first ever Sunday Champagne Brunch on October 30, featuring a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes. The brunch, presented by J Vineyards and Winery, will include various cured meats and imported cheeses along with an array of sushi and trattoria-inspired entrees.

Walt Disney World swan and dolphin food & wine classic

The Sunday Champagne Brunch can be booked along with a 2-night stay or Saturday night stay festival package for $75 per person, which includes one glass of J Vineyards champagne or specialty mimosa. Available seatings are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Along with the Sunday Champagne Brunch, event attendees can experience two new seminars that have been added to the selection of hands-on educational experiences taught by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team. The new spirits seminar, Craft Cocktails, educates guests on the origins of traditional cocktails and how to make them. More than Malbec introduces the world of popular Argentinian wines, with tastings and tips for pairing.

Walt Disney World swan and dolphin food & wine classic Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Returning beverage seminars will be Wine Blending, Italian Wines, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please and TQU: Tequila University, while The Cheese Course, Pasta Making and Fine Art of Sushi and Sake return as pairing seminars.

Beverage seminar tickets are $50 per person, and pairing seminar tickets are $70 per person and require the purchase of the general outdoor causeway ticket.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Fans can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2016 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.

 

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Magical Dining Month In Orlando Returns

magical dining info graphic 2016

Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns with 90 of Orlando’s most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – from August 29th to October 2nd. During Magical Dining Month guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal.

The program, developed by Visit Orlando, Central Florida’s official tourism association, includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town. One dollar from each meal will also be donated to a local charity, with last year’s program contributing more than $160,000 – the largest donation to date.

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at OrlandoMagicalDining.com. New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK, a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs.
  • Morimoto Asia, by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
Morimoto orange chicken Magical Dining Month 2016
Morimoto Asia – Orange Chicken
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.

In its 11th year, Magical Dining Month gives both locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Orlando dining at its finest all over town – from options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods. Examples include:

  • Convention Area – RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek),
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown – Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
NINE18 - Florida Pork Tenderloin Magical Dining Month 2016
NINE18 – Florida Pork Tenderloin
  • Restaurant Row – SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk – Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park – Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas – F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, benefits a local cause chosen the year prior. This year, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the recipient, and will be given $1 from every Magical Dining meal. The Russell Home is the first non-profit institution in the country to provide a home atmosphere with a family structure for special needs children and ‘child-like’ adults. In continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support, the home also provides 24 hours of free respite care and free day care for the local families with special needs dependents.

Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $160,735 for ELEVATE Orlando. The funds raised by Magical Dining enabled ELEVATE to expand its mentorship programs into Jones High School, equipping thousands of urban youth in Central Florida to graduate with a plan for their future.

 

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Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Hosts Kids Sushi Class

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Kids Sushi Making
Photo: Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe hosts an interactive Sushi Making Class for kids on June 25th 

Kids will learn how to wrap and roll their way to spectacular sushi 

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café (1482 East Buena Vista Drive), located in Disney Springs, invites kids to embark on a journey through the Japanese art of sushi making with a kids cooking class. Kids can roll up their sleeves on Saturday, June 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. and learn this exquisite culinary craft.

This interactive and engaging cooking class offers a crash course into exploring the exciting and intricate world of sushi with hands on experience. Class attendees will partake in various class projects learning how to make an array of sushi including hand rolls, nigari and maki rolls. Throughout the class, guests will learn how to properly prepare and season sushi rice, healthy eating habits, and basic cleanliness and food safety skills.

As an added activity, the culinary kiddos will also create refreshing and flavorful summertime drinks including Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda and a Grapey-Orange Cooler. The class is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations can be made by calling 407.828.8996.

For additional information please visit www.wolfgangpuckcafeorlando.com.

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A Visit to Leguminati

I haven’t found the National Treasure yet, but I’ve found a local food popup that is a treasure to eat called Leguminati.

Leguminati is an Orlando based pop up featuring plant based, locally made, artisan meats & cheeses in their offerings . Breakfast is currently offered Sundays 12pm-3pm in the parking lot of Artichoke Red in College Park, note some items do sell out.  You can also find Leguminati on Mondays at the Audubon Market in the parking lot of Stardust Video and Coffee. for more of Leguminati’s events stay tuned to their Facebook page

Breakfast options on June 5th featured waffles stuffed with vegan meat and cheese and a california style eggs benedict with avocado, tomato, and sriracha hollandaise.

Memorial day featured home made burgers using seitan with sides

Other options featured are:

vegan grilled cheese, using home made cheese

breakfast tacodillas, version 2, three grilled tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, leguminati breakfast sausage and our handcrafted pepperjack cheeze and topped with fresh veggie salsa

breakfast tacodillas, version 1, three corn tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, our handcrafted breakfast sausage & artisan pepper jack cheese and grilled to perfection.

As you can see by the pictures and descriptions above the prices are great and the food is excellent and a great addition to the Orlando Vegan community.

Please find them and give the food a try.

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Nine Things To Order At Via Napoli

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Via Napoli opened their doors at Epcot in the Italy Pavilion in 2010, and they just celebrated serving their millionth pizza with a luncheon with familiar favorites and highlights from their new menu featuring new salads, pizzas, pastas, and more.

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu
Photo: Via Napoli

Chef Charlie Restivo heads up the culinary team at Via Napoli, and he let us in on the secret to the success of Via Napoli. And he attributes the popularity of the pizzas to the recipe and specifically the components they use to create the pizzas. According to Chef Charlie, it all starts with the dough, which is his signature recipe that he’s brought into each of the restaurant’s he’s opened for Patina. The water Chef Charlie uses as part of his dough at Via Napoli mirrors the same properties as the water found in Naples – a hard water – that when mixed with Caputo “00” flour provides the perfect texture, elasticity and chew. Topped with only the finest ingredients (including san marzano tomatoes, Fior Di Latte mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma) Via Napoli’s pizzas are regarded as some of the best in the country.

But Chef Charlie doesn’t only excel at making pizza, and his other signature dishes are another part of what makes Via Napoli one of the best Italian restaurants in Central Florida.

I really enjoyed everything we sampled at Via Napoli, and with so many new and old favorites I thought I would share some of my favorites.

Nine Things To Order At Via Napoli

1.Insalata di Ceci

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Chickpea fritters, arugula, scamorza, cherry tomato, onion, avocado, bacon, mushroom $13

2. Limited Time Pasta Special

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Truffled fettuccine carbonara with guanciale “Itlalian Bacon” egg noddles and pecorino cheese $26

3. Affumicata

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

White pizza: mozzarella, smoked salmon, arugula, pomodorini, stracchino $23 | $36 | $48

4. Broccolini

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, porchetta, robiola, broccoli rabe $22 | $35 | $48

5.Tortino di Melanzane

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Traditional preparation of eggplant with tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $22

6. Meatballs 

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

hand-crafted veal meatballs & tomato sauce with mozzarella and fresh basil

7. Prosciutto e Melone Pizza

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

White pizza: fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, arugula $23 | $36 | $48

8. Tiramisu

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, chocolate $9

9. Classic Margherita Pizza

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil $18 | $29 | $39

Reservations for Via Napoli are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit on the My Disney Experience App, online, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

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National Doughnut Day Deals

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day Deals

This is not a drill…Today is National Doughnut Day, and while we celebrate the glorious doughnut we are also celebrating The Salvation Army and the great work that they do!

Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.” The doughnut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves doughnuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

To celebrate the day, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Dunkin’ Donuts for some pretty sweet deals!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition, but many don’t realize the historical significance of the day. The partnership with The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme brings greater visibility to the importance of the day and the idea of helping those who may have fallen on hard times,” said Col. Ron Busroe, Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “With Krispy Kreme’s generous offer of a free doughnut, we hope everyone will extend that generosity by giving back to support their local community.”

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts customers will receive a free doughnut of their choice at the following shop locations throughout Central Florida:

  • Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 Hours 1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
  • Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 Hours 4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
  • Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 Hours 5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746 
  • Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours 2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

Dunkin’ Donuts

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

Visit any Dunkin’ Donuts for a FREE classic donut with any beverage purchase on June 3rd.

All Dunkin’ Donuts locations are participating in National Doughnut Day, so make sure you visit the location nearest to you!

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STK Orlando Now Open At Disney Springs

STK Orlando

STK Orlando has opened at Disney Springs with a grand gala that showcased the restaurants menu, cocktails, and vibe. It was a blast!

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Here are some fun facts about STK Orlando:
  • The new location is the 11th STK worldwide,
  • It’s also the largest with more than 14,000 square feet,
  • The restaurant boasts several seating options including  rooftop dining with scenic views of Town Center at DisneySprings, two levels of both indoor and outdoor seating, a bistro, bar, private dining room, and a fire pit that is going to be AMAZING on chilly evenings,
  • STK Orlando has a sleek and contemporary design, and
  • STK is known for its high-energy fine dining experience and there is a DJ to keep the party going.
“We are thrilled to enter the Orlando market, especially at a premier destination like Walt Disney World,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “Strategic relationships, as well as great real estate, will remain integral to our growth plans as we expand our company footprint, and with an additional nine STK restaurants currently in development, we are excited to bring the STK experience to new cities across the globe.”
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At STK Orlando, menu items with a local focus will join signature dishes that have become STK favorites across the world. STK Orlando Executive Chef, James O’Donnell, says he plans to source ingredients from Florida-based farms whenever possible, especially seasonal fruits, produce and seafood.
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“Roughly twenty-percent of STK Orlando’s menu will be exclusive to the Disney Springs location, including opening-day items such as Florida grouper, seared tuna and chili rubbed rack of lamb,” said O’Donnell.
STK Orlando is open for both lunch,11:30 am to 3:30 pm daily, and dinner, 5 pm to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5 pm to midnight Friday and Saturday, and for reservations call 407.917.7440.
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Minus5 Ice Bar Memorial Day Offer Honors Veterans

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Minus5 Ice Bar celebrates Memorial Day with special offer to offer all Veterans of the Armed Forces

Minus5 Ice Bar, the coolest experience in Orlando, will honor veterans with a special ice-themed tribute this Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27, 2016 through Monday, May 31, 2016.
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In salute to the troops, the ice bar will offer 2-for-1 entry for all veterans with valid I.D.
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Ice Experience Packages

  • $19 The Experience
    Ice Bar Experience, Parka, Gloves
  • $39 Two Cocktail Experience (Most Popular)
    Ice Bar Experience, 2 Specialty Ice Cocktails, Parka, Gloves
  • $55 VIP Experience
    Ice Bar Experience, 1 Specialty Ice Cocktail, Faux Fur Coat Upgrade, Gloves, Souvenir Hat
  • $75 Total VIP Experience (Best Deal)
    Ice Bar Experience, 2 Specialty Ice Cocktails, Faux Fur Coat Upgrade, Gloves, Souvenir Hat, 1 5×7 Framed Photo ($100 Value)
Tempered at minus five degrees Celsius, guests are invited to celebrate those who have fought and served for our country, while enjoying signature cocktails in glasses made of pure ice.
 Minus5 Ice Bar Orlando Florida Room
 
Minus5 at Pointe Orlando
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm-12am
Friday – Saturday: 5pm-1am
Kids Are Cool Before 9pm
9101 International Drive, Suite 1198, Orlando, FL 32819
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