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The Boathouse at Disney Springs – Your Ship has come in!

If you haven’t been to Disney Springs lately, you’re missing the boat!  To be more precise, you’re missing The Boathouse.

The Boathouse Orlando is one of Disney Springs‘ latest additions to their culinary offerings at the newly expanded entertainment and shopping complex we used here to refer to as Downtown Disney.

If this is all news to you, then you really need to take a trip out to Disney Springs and experience the magic first hand. There are a lot of great dining options and one of my favorites is The Boathouse Orlando, with their delicious offerings and ambiance of this gorgeous new restaurant!

Boathouse Orlando, Burger

You can dine indoors or dockside enjoying their award-winning menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood, and out-of-this-world desserts. You’ll find the best selection of Oysters in Florida at The Boathouse and something for everyone on their menu. Since I was there for lunch, the Boathouse Double Cheddar Cheeseburger seemed like the winning choice and believe me, it didn’t disappoint! They custom grind the meat for this classic burger using 50% chuck and 50% brisket for a truly delicious combination!

Boathouse Orlando

Along with your dinner, you can enjoy classic craft cocktails and an extensive offering of wines from iconic American vineyards at three distinctive bars: The Captain’s Raw Bar, Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dockside Bar, built over the water and attached to over 300 feet of boardwalk and docks. It’s also a great spot to just unwind with your favorite beverage. And while you’re there check out their vintage amphicars and The Venezia, a 40-ft. Italian Wooden Water Taxi for a relaxing cruise on the lake with a guided Captain’s tours of Disney Springs.

Boathouse Orlando

Of course The Boathouse offers beautiful dining rooms inside, as well as their fun bar area at the entrance, as well as a ships store for souvenirs to commemorate your visit. I also heard from the staff that their appliances and mechanical systems are well maintained through the help of home warranty companies in florida.

Boathouse Orlando

If you’re looking for a romantic evening, make sure to visit The Boathouse at night. That’s when Disney Springs comes alive and the The Boathouse with its spectacular night views of the lake is the perfect location for your next date night.

The Boathouse Orlando is a family friendly restaurant too, with a special kids menu (delivered in their own Boathouse Car kids meal box) . So don’t anyone at home when you visit Disney Springs, everyone will love the Boathouse Menu!

The Boathouse is located at Disney Springs
1620 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-2628

Sun – Thurs 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sat & Sun 11:00 a.m. to 2:00

The BOATHOUSE® offers private dining for special events & large groups. Their team of culinary experts will design a menu and create a celebration for memories that last a lifetime.

“Spooky Cocktails and Scary Treats” with Marissa Orlowski and Dr. Cynthia Mejia

October 30, 2015 – 6 p.m.
$25 per person (100% of proceeds benefit the Heart of Florida United Way)

Planning a frightful Halloween bash?  Join our “BOO-zy” class and learn how to pair spooky cocktails and scary treats.  It’s like trick-or-treating…for grown-ups!

Our instructor, Marissa Orlowski, has a background in spirits and creating cocktails that makes her an ideal instructor for this class. She’s been a bar manager with Bennigan’s and The Cheesecake Factory before joining the Walt Disney World Company as a catering manager. While at Disney, she helped develop and rollout the global beverage standards used at the company’s resorts and theme parks. Our food pairings have been selected and created by Rosen College Assistant Professor, Dr. Cynthia Mejia. She has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry working as an Executive Chef, Director of F&B, General Manager and Assistant Hotel GM in four and five star properties. Dr. Mejia also has international experience, opening the BLU Restaurant and Jazz Club at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore in 1999

For a Premiere Dining Experience Check out EnjoyFresh

There’s a new kid in town and they are AWESOME! Last month I signed up for a meetup group for newbies in the Orlando area and little did I know that this culinary experience would be more than just a casual get together.

Our host for this meetup was also a transplant to O-Town (as so many of us are) and he had brought with him a new concept in dining called EnjoyFresh.

EnjoyFresh is a marketplace for culinary experiences. Rethinking dining out, by connecting food lovers with chefs and restaurants. Users search EnjoyFresh for unique culinary experiences near them. The marketplace holds everything from off-menu dishes, to pop-ups, tasting menus and beyond. EnjoyFresh lets you discover unique new places and experience your favorite restaurants like never before. They hand select all of the experiences to bring us the most creative, tastiest and exclusive food experiences around.

EnjoyFresh is doing well in California and our host for the Orlando Events, Laurent is hoping to do the same for Central Florida. To give you a better idea here’s a glimpse of what you can expect at an EnjoyFresh Dining Event.

Artisan's Table Shrimp Crostini

The EnjoyFresh event at Artisan’s Table was a Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner, with 4 courses of deliciousness and 5 Jack Daniel’s Whiskey cocktails. Our first course was a Shrimp Crostini with homemade chorizo, yellow tomato marmalade and focaccia crostini. This was paired with a Gentleman Jack Brown Derby. (The cocktails were all themed post-prohibition era)

Maple Bacon Butter Washed Jack Daniel's Manhattan

And as the night progressed we were served this OMG delicious Maple Bacon Butter Washed Jack Daniel’s Manhattan with our Herb Marinated Duck Breast……sigh. It was a good night to be me! Thanks to our new friends from Brown-Forman we also had fun swag to take home as well as door prizes of premiere whiskeys!

This was the second EnjoyFresh event I had been to and honestly while the concept is amazing I was waiting to see how it played out. In my opinion, I think we have a winner here and I’m looking forward to new and exciting dining experiences!

So if you love food, love good conversation and want to be treated just a little bit special than EnjoyFresh is just what you’re looking for. They’ll be working with some of the best restaurants in the area to bring us unique and delicious dining experiences.

You can sign up for EnjoyFresh on their website or mobile app. EnjoyFresh also lets you sign up through Facebook and Twitter. Enter your details and start enjoying mouthwatering made-to-order delicacies. There is no charge to join EnjoyFresh, the only expense will be for the culinary adventures you choose. The cost of the event will all inclusive, there are no hidden fees.

The more people that sign up, the more likely that EnjoyFresh will be hosting more events, so head on over to their website which is backed up by the top najlepszy hosting and get ready for some deliciousness!

Click on this link for more information on Artisan’s Table.


RA Sushi All Day Happy Hour

Join us for a “RA”ckin’ good time in celebration of President’s Day!

It’s Happy Hour all day at RA Sushi on Monday, February 16. Enjoy lively music, a vibrant crowd and more than 25 sushi and appetizer options. Choose from a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails on special.

Prices range from $3.49 to $8. We’ll see you there!

RA Sushi Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive Suite 1008,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 454-5600

Black Friday “Retail Therapy” at RA Sushi

Escape Black Friday at RA Sushi! Take a break, relax and enjoy RA-style “Retail Therapy”. RA Sushi is serving up extended happy hour on November 28 from 11am – 7pm.

Give your energy a boost by stopping in to choose from more than 25 sushi and appetizer options, plus a wide variety of beer, wine, and signature cocktails on special. Prices range from $3.49 to $8.

9101 International Dr Suite 1008, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 454-5600

Review | American Q serves up tasty farmhouse chic BBQ

By @jenvargas

Central Florida Top 5 was invited to a media roundtable dinner at American Q. Dinner was provided, pillows sadly were not. Opinions and images/video are my own.

Admittedly, I was a little iffy when we were invited to try the farmhouse chic stylings of American Q. I’m not a big red meat eater. I rarely eat barbecue anything; ribs, steak, sausage, brisket. In fact, before American Q, I’d never tasted brisket before. I normally stick to poultry, chicken and turkey being my main go-to meats, if I eat meat at all.

Taking one for the Top 5 team, I ventured over to the B Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista to experience this 21st century bend on the traditional barbecue feast. And I must say, I was unexpectedly surprised at how much I enjoyed it AND how many options there were for people like me. The weirdoes who don’t salivate at the word “bacon.”

American Q’s tagline is “BBQ and beyond,” and boy was it! Between the salad and sides on the Flatbed Buffet and the copious amounts Tableside Cowboy Carvings choices, I think I may still ‘B’ in a food coma! Add four tasty house made sauces, cocktails, drafts, wines and yummy desserts and you definitely have more than just your average barbecue meal.

Our tasting menu for the evening was handpicked by Executive Chef Justin Leo, and just a ‘small’ sampling of the offerings you can choose from at American Q.

Among the bar snacks we sampled were; Swine Candy (a smoked bacon roasted in molasses and spiced until crunchy), Housemade Tater Tots with bacon salt and Deviled Crab Stuffed Eggs with blue crab and rémoulade. My clear favorite was the tater tots! Along with the tots was a tangy housemade ketchup, which was a great companion. (I’m allergic to seafood, so I didn’t try the stuffed eggs but heard great feedback from those who sampled them.)

Appetizer choices were; Virginica Oysters grilled in shell with bacon jam, Alligator Boudin with roasted tomatoes, peppers and okra and Mahogany Glazed, Slow Braised Pork Belly. I only tried the pork belly, which I enjoyed, as well as the watermelon salad.

Our entrées for the evening consisted of Hot Smoked Wild Salmon with grilled asparagus in blackberry butter, St. Louis Spare Ribs smoked for six hours with American Q’s own sweet Kansas City BBQ sauce and Texas Bark Beef Ribs, also smoked for six hours with house slaw, Garlic Texas Toast and a tasty corn relish. All of which were great choices. Sometimes, you can spot the chefs using portable gas stoves in different locations, impressing guests with their creativity and willingness to inspire. The food is memorable and will keep you coming back for more, that much is certain.

Every five to ten minutes or so, Cowboy Carvers (Hi James!) appeared with a new Tableside Carving item for us to try. Brisket of Beef with Texas Bark, Bacon Wrapped Boneless Chicken Thighs, Smoked Pork Shoulder with Spiced Onions, Turkey Thigh with Turkey Chorizo Stuffing, Carolina Style Flank Steak, Picanha of Beef, Slow Smoked Tom Turkey with Mahogany Glaze, Housemade Argentinian Style Sausage – all cut fresh from a very large serving skewer!

Granted, I am not a ‘sweets person.’ I don’t like chocolate and, to be honest, I rarely eat dessert because too much ‘sweet’ (no matter how simple) is flavor overload for my mouth. However, all the desserts I sampled I really enjoyed! My favorite was the Salted Caramel Vanilla Cheesecake with salted caramel drizzle.At first the salted caramel was a bit much for me but as I kept going, the sensation subsided. Also on the menu was S’mores Pie layered in graham crackers, flourless chocolate cake and toasted, so-puffy-you-want-to-cuddle-with-them marshmallows and a warm Berry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream. The S’mores Pie had a great taste but was a little sweet for me (the weirdo). For me, I enjoyed the Berry Cobbler a little more.

Verdict? I really liked this experience! Comfortable atmosphere, it’s buffet style so you can eat at your leisure, family and date friendly. Oh! Speaking of dates, if you’re not super hungry, American Q’s Bar is open daily for bar snacks and cocktails (click here for menu). M-F: 2p – 12a, Sat-Sun: 12p – 12a.

American Q itself is open for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast hours go from 7a – 11a, Dinner hours from 5p – 10p, seven days a week and is open to the public.

Breakfast MenuDinner Menu | Kids Menu | Dessert Menu

For a more in depth look at my experience, check out my Google Story below…

I must also note that the B Resort and Spa is not only conveniently located, modernized and also very ‘B’eautiful! A welcome update to the property it once was. For our South Florida readers, there is also a sister ‘B’ resort, B2 Miami Downtown, located close to the American Airlines Arena. Maybe, one day, Top 5 will journey down south for a staycation?