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Citrus Tower Rocks!

Family fun day packed with excitement for all ages! Vendors, Food, Music and great people. Free event open to the Public.

For 20 years now, The Central Florida RONALD McDONALD HOUSE has been there during our weakest moments. Now, for the first time, an event is being held here in Clermont, Florida and what a better time for the community to give back! Donations will be accepted before and during the event. Join us as we show our support for the Charity organization that has made a home away from for over 20 years!!

Music Line Up:
Patrick Gibson
Tyler Arnold Haney
and more TBA

Clown Magician
Henna Art
More TBA

To sponsor or to become a vendor, please contact: Patrick Gibson or Erin Buckley Faulkner

20th Annual Tales & Tails Gala

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence will host the 20th annual Tales & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 1 at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Last year’s event raised more than $385,000 to help Canine Companions place assistance dogs, free of charge, for people with disabilities.

The event includes an evening of celebration and storytelling to honor the unique connection between canines and their companions. Attendees will dine on delicious cuisine and enjoy complimentary beer and wine, watch canine heroes demonstrate their extraordinary talents and hear inspirational stories of courage and triumph from recipients of our highly-trained assistance dogs.

Entertainment will be provided by The Royals, a premiere party band comprised of A-list performers.

Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree with Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine on June 5

Have you ever watched shows like Top Chef, Master Chef, Iron Chef and any other food contests with chef in the title and thought “I could do that”, maybe following a recipe, like one of these 8 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes You Haven’t Tried Before. Well this weekend at the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, you can!

On June 5th at Rosen Shingle Creek, Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine will host over 70 of Central Florida’s top chefs as they compete for the coveted Gourmet Soiree Silver Fork Award.  Your ticket to the event qualifies you as their sous chef!

Your table of 10 and assigned Chef will conceptualize a healthy dish from a pantry of ingredients provided by Whole Foods. A presentation plate will then be judged by four celebrity guest judges prior to being judged on taste by Robert Irvine himself.

I had an opportunity to participate in a sneak preview event that gave me a small taste, an amuse bouche, if you will, of the big night. If you want to replicate some of this dishes but you are missing some appliances, check the Goodfoodblogph catalog at the link.13221615_10154067972262707_4698264850060514429_n

To sum it up, the experience was thrilling, exciting, educational, harder than it looks on tv, and so much more delicious too.

My small group was assigned to Chef Jose Gonzalez from Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando and we were to prepare a dish using tofu. Chef wasted no time in delegating assignments. He gave us an overall plan and it was up to us to fetch the ingredients, prepare, cook and assemble.  What followed was the shortest 45 mins of my life and a retraction of my tofu dislike. We also handed out food to those in need and helped them fill out a food stamps application.

Our team created a BBQ tofu dish with an accompanying salad that won over the judges and secured our win against the other team’s chicken risotto.

When you attend the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, not only will you have a good time, but you’ll be doing good as well.  The event will support Florida Hospital for Children’s vital Health and Wellness Initiatives – Community programs like Mission: fit Possible in our Central Florida Schools, CREATION U in surrounding churches, Dr. Angela Fals’ weight management program and the patient focused CREATION Kids Kamp — all teach children good eating habits and healthy life choices in fun, kid friendly ways.

For more information including tickets and pricing, visit http://fhgourmetsoiree.com.

ProTip: To get a sneak peek at the wonderful live and silent auction items, and register ahead of time, go to https://qtego.net/qlink/gourmetsoiree and download the Qtego app!

Top Five Orlando Food Galas

The Orlando food scene is thriving! Foodies have their pick of interesting flavors to sample, creative chefs to follow and outstanding venues in which to visit. A couple of food galas on the horizon combine the food and chef portions into one location. You can visit BobEvans.com for more information about foods. Here are my Top Five food events coming up soon where guests can sample a variety of delicious food and drink (and usually can support a great cause at the same time)!

1) Cattle Barons’ Ball (April 16 at Rosen Shingle Creek)

I had the chance of attending this great event last year and all I can say is Yeehaw! The Cattle Barrons and the American Cancer Society sure know how to put on a spread. Restaurants including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Emeril’s Tchoup Choup, Empress Sissy Bakery, The Whisky, Spencer’s For Steaks, and A Land Remembered at Shingle Creek are a tiny sampling of the HUGE great offerings this year.


Curbside Food Truck’s Asian Pork Slider

Some of my favorite dishes from last year included Yak & Yeti’s Korean braised short ribs over grits with kimchi slaw and the braised Asian short-ribs with “truck”-made pickled cucumbers with balsamic fig reduction from Curbside Food Truck. (Note: I have a thing for braised beef short-ribs AND huy fong sriracha. You, too?!)

Cattle Barons Ball is generously sponsored by: A.T.A.P Companies, Coca-Cola, Bags, Bright House Networks Business Solutions, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Tavistock Foundation to name just a few. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, so this event is near and dear to my heart.

2) The Taste at I-Drive 360 (May 1)

Formerly held at Pointe Orlando, The Taste at I-Drive 360 has moved to usher in a round of new flavors and fun. This brand-new location will offer lots of new food choices to enjoy. Stroll around Orlando’s newest observation tower and neighboring attractions while nibbling on treats from: Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Cowgirls, Shake Shack, Naru Sushi Bar, Paramount Fine Foods, Outback Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings and Tapa Toro.

Taste at I-Drive 360
Since this is the inaugural event at this location, my recommendation is based on visiting just about every location in the line-up with special favorites the Mediterranean food from Paramount, Sweets, Treats and Eats from Sugar Factory, and Shake Shack’s burgers and (YUM) their cheese fries. While I’m not sure what they’re offering for The Taste at I-Drive, I’m confident that they, and all the participating restaurants, will do themselves proud.

Taste at I-Drive 360 benefits the Esophageal Cancer Program at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. There are close to 17,000 diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer projected in 2016. If you have frequent reflux, talk to your doctor. Prevention is the key and there ARE steps you can take to prevent this disease. To learn more, visit www.floridahospital.com/esophageal-cancer.  Purchase advance tickets for $35 at www.TasteatIDrive360.com, $40 at the door day-of or Email Ayslinn.Husebo@FLHosp.org for ticket packages and sponsorships.

Insider tip: If you haven’t visited the attractions at I-Drive 360, this will be the perfect opportunity. Ticket holders for The Tast at I-Drive 360 can enjoy 25% off the attractions there all day!

3) Taste of the Nation (August 27 at Orlando World Center Marriott )

As a Social Media Ambassador to this incredible foodie fete, I can say wholeheartedly that visitors will enjoy tasting their way around exciting offerings from SO many restaurants, including ones from top resorts and travel destinations. From selections by Universal Orlando Resorts and Fulton’s Crab House at Disney Springs, to MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort and Resort and Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the “tastes” are varied.

#OrlTaste #NoKidHungryDon’t forget: Wear comfortable shoes and pace yourself! You’ll need a plan of attack as there are “that” many places to try, not just food either. Beverage suppliers like Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Winter Park Distilling Company, Funky Buddha, and Quantum Leap ensure no one leaves (shall we say…) thirsty.

I was a hungry child in Orlando, so knowing this event supports Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is another fine reason I support . Additional beneficiaries include the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Florida Impact. Talk about a Win/Win situation.

4) Gourmet Soiree (June 5 at Rosen Shingle Creek)

Even if I wasn’t intimately involved with this event, I’d still declare it to be one of the most fun food events I’ve ever been to. It’s the “anti-gala” in that you don’t have to get “fancified” to attend. Chefs from the best restaurants in town cook right at your table, and guests become “sous chefs” for the night preparing meals with Whole Foods hosted by Food Network celebrity and chef Robert Irvine, Gourmet Soiree is a high-energy night of fun and food held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek.

Chef Robert Irvine hosts Gourmet Soiree and it's all for the kids!

Chef Robert Irvine hosts Gourmet Soiree and it’s all for the kids!

Kids as well as adults are welcome to attend this fundraiser for Mission: Fit Possible and other programs for Florida Hospital Foundation. Last year my (then) 8-year-old and his pal Lucy enjoyed “hunting” down our table’s requested ingredients and preparing them. We all had a blast talking, sharing, laughing and eating. If you’re not into formal galas, this is the one for you. And if you DO want to get all formal for it, well no one would judge. It’s quite relaxed with the goal of having fun and raising funds for community outreach programs and health initiatives.

Favorite chefs of mine participating include Emily Ellyn, the Retro Rad diva and winner of Cutthroat Kitchen, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and new this year Val Domingo of NOVA Scratch Kitchen. Sure to bring his A game, too, is Tello Luna, head chef for Rosen Hotel’s Centre (who’s a two-time winner at this event!).

5) United Way’s Chef’s Gala (May 21 at Walt Disney World Resort)

A chocolate garden, courtesy The Ganachery

A chocolate garden, courtesy The Ganachery

Though I haven’t attended this event previously, I was invited to a sneak peek preview tasting. Speaking of “peek,” Chef Vegel of JW Marriott’s Primo served up Peeky Toe Crab Salad, and Waldorf Astoria’s Bull & Bear offered a Syrah Wine Braised Beef Short Rib (my favorite item of the day. Talk about tender and rich!). Thank you Chef Lebas!

The theme for the event is “You’ve Got To Try This,” and if the preview is any indication, you’ll be uttering those very words over and over May 21! Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you dive in to the exquisite savory selections AND when you get dessert from the likes of The Ganachery who served us a chocolate garden plated with cocoa almonds, salted caramel macaroon, raspberry ganache square, pistachio ganache square, Kalamansi curd and white chocolate krispies. I’m drooling here just TYPING this!


Want to win tickets to Chef’s Gala? They’re holding a Social Media Contest. Followers and fans can win two tickets (a $300 value).

To enter: Create a 60-second video on why you support United Way and post it using the hashtag #ChefsGala2016 and tag Heart of Florida United Way on Facebook and @HFUW on Twitter. Post by April 29th for a chance to win. Winner will be announced May 13. (Good luck!)

United Way’s largest fundraiser, Chef’s Gala, supports programs that help thousands of Central Floridians in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs. Thanks to these quality kitchen renovations we where able to make everything possible for our appliances.

The bottom line is: If  you don’t have the ability to visit the top 50 restaurants in person over the next couple of months, these galas bring their tastes to you. Buy a ticket, enjoy some of the best food and drink Central Florida has to offer, and feel good that you’re changing lives while expanding your culinary repertoire.

The New Oblivion Taproom feels almost like home

After a very sad two weeks of an almost-Oblivion Taproom-free existence, we got word that the well-loved burger and beer joint was in the midst of a soft opening this past weekend. On Saturday night, we decided to check it out and see if it still felt like home. Does your air conditioner have leak issue it may be due to improper maintenance, changing weather. Want to know more how to fix leaking aircon, we have best method to fix this issue.

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One of these improvements was visible (and appreciated) immediately upon entry: a foot rail running the length of the bar. This will help to make beer-drinking sessions for short people just a little more comfortable. It’s really cool living here, but sometimes it gets really hot and I don’t have a pool so have air conditioning that you should get a maintenance checkup for your HVAC equipment twice a year for peak efficiency if you have one because mine got damaged when I didn’t maintained it. What you won’t see is the walk in where Paris already installed a new floor and beer lines.

Another change that big Oblivi-fans will notice right away is a slight rebrand. At the top of the new menus, a partially-smashed skull and crossbones precedes the familiar red and black logo. It’s just different enough for us to see the new owner’s spin on the place. Insulation4US is a prominent provider of the highly renowned Owens Corning insulation solutions for all kinds of applications. The insulation is available in roll and batt form that can be used for a wide range of interior and exterior applications.The products are highly recommended for their great insulating properties. However, First Defense is best for crawl space insulation company that also offers reliable insulation services.

The same could be said for the menu. Most of the old favorites have stuck around. Customers will still be able to chomp on a Hog Wild and the seriously delicious Oblivion Cuban. Veggies lovers can still work their way through a rapturous basket of Buddha fingers or a Skinny Puppy. And most importantly (to this writer), you can still top your crispy tots with Hawaiian Raw Garlic. Ahem… HAWAIIAN RAW GARLIC!!! While the chef remains the same, the menu has some new additions. Most intriguing is the new dessert offering: Choco-Jala-Peanut Butter Pie, which is a twist on a traditional chocolate peanut butter pie, with the spicy addition of jalapenos and cayenne whipped cream. Other new additions include fried jalapenos, a chili burger, and the Soul Scorcher 2.0: a cayenne-dusted patty topped with fried jalapenos, Sriracha cheese, scorching soul sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. So, basically, Spice Girls (and boys), the new Oblivion is the place for you.

There are a couple favorites missing from the menu, most notably the Jala-pine-o burger and, this writer’s favorite, the house-made chips back from Chef Goody’s reign at Oblivion. However, the new owner and Chef Andy say they hope to showcase weekly specials; we can only hope these make an appearance at some point. Now, the most important question of all: how’s the beer list? Still on point. When we were there Saturday night, I enjoyed The Dude’s Rug, a chai-spice mead from B. Nektar, a Stone Brewery chai-spiced imperial Russian Stout and Rosetta, a truly delicious fruit beer from Ommegang. And, you guys, it was SO DIFFICULT to stop myself at those three. There was a lot to choose from. Oblivion Taproom’s official grand re-opening is Friday, February 19. Stop by, get some noms and struggle, like I did, not to order every single thing on the beer menu. Oblivion, it’s nice to have you back. Oblivion Taproom newTop 5 Orlando Resurrections: 5. Jesus – at Holy Land 4. The Incredible Hulk Ride 3. The Beefy King Sign 2. The Citrus Bowl 1. Oblivion Taproom Speaking of home, take a look at Kingwood TX bat removal services.

WINEFEST XXVI: Feb 12 – 14



$2 Donation to benefit the South Lake Chamber of Commerce 

Winefest is an opportunity to enjoy all the fruits of our bountiful previous year’s harvest. Our full range of award-winning table wines, from dry to sweet, are sure to entice newcomers as well as draw rave reviews from longtime devotees. Over 80 local Artists and Crafters are invited to display their work, Enjoy live music on outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.

Come Join Us:

Feb 12, 2016 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Feb 13, 2016 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Feb 14, 2016 11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Entertainment Schedule:

Feb 12, 2016 10:00 am – 01:30 pm: The Dave Capp Project
Feb 12, 2016 2:00 pm – 05:00 pm: The Robert Harris Group
Feb 13, 2016 10:00 am – 01:30 pm: Ladyz & The Boyz
Feb 12, 2016 2:00 pm – 05:00 pm: Tory Winter

Feb 14, 2016 11:00 am – 01:30 pm: Baby Blues & the Attitude Band
Feb 14, 2016 2:00 pm – 05:00 pm: Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band

Eat, Drink and be Merry at Clearwater Beach Uncorked!

Clearwater Beach Uncorked is celebrating their fifth anniversary in epic fashion with a Food & Wine Adventure on February 6 and 7 in a new location just South of Barefoot Beach House. Locals and travelers alike can now visit www.ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com to purchase tickets and get more information on this delicious event. Tickets are going fast for this years very popular beachside food, wine and craft beer festival, so make sure to get your tickets before they sell out! You can have awesome food & drink with guide of Shahnaz Indian Cuisine.

Food, Wine, Festival

Grand Tasting – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day on February 6 and 7, attendees will have the chance to wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand while sipping and savoring items from the area’s most delectable restaurants, boutique hot spots and world-class hotels. Restaurants and hotels use to have some awesome drinks like The-tea-set. Check it out on twitter for more updates. The Grand Tasting will take place in a newly expanded 30,000 square foot tent, setting the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic event.

Wine in your hand, toes in the sand.  There’s no better way to experience the seduction of pre-Valentine’s Day decadence than by exploring the delicious facets of Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

BREW-B-QUE – Orlando’s own Retro Rad Goddess and Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn will tease the taste buds with a special Brew-B-Que cooking presentation on the Publix Aprons Cooking Stage. Attendees will explore the culinary diversity of cooking with craft beer during this unique event. Savory will meet sweet as Chef Emily pairs pork, Three Daughters Beach Blonde Ale, and savory spices for an extraordinary Brew-B-Que experience.

Enhanced Line-up of Interactive Experiences – Marking its anniversary, the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will feature an even greater line-up of food and drinks, courtesy of new sponsors and vendors. Guests will meet and learn from leading wine specialists, brew masters and accomplished chefs from across the Bay area, including Chef Richard Preston from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Justin Winkler from Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key and Chef Robert from Shephard’s Beach Resort.

Six Live Cooking Demonstrations – Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked, six live on-stage cooking demonstrations will take place with renowned chefs from across the country. Chefs featured in the fifth anniversary event program include Jim Hendry, Anthony Logerfo and Brian Mullins (Publix Aprons Cooking School); Joseph DiPaolo (Duncan Hines) and (our personal favorite chef!!) Emily Ellyn.

food, wine, festival

A portion of the proceeds of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will benefit University of South Florida’s Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. Funds will be used to develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has also partnered with the University to implement an educational component incorporating the festival into the fall curriculum. Students are currently competing to develop unique marketing initiatives where the winners’ ideas will be implemented at this coming year’s event. When you want effective SEO marketing, visit SEO Expert Brisbane.

For more information on Clearwater Beach Uncorked or to purchase tickets, visit www.ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com. Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ClearwaterBeachUncorked or Twitter @CBUncorked.

Sanford’s Holiday Tour of Homes

As live music fills the air with sounds of the season, guests will be welcomed into historic homes decorated with holiday cheer. Locally acclaimed restaurants will provide sips and bites along the candlelit streets of Old Historic Sanford District!

Tickets go on sale soon

Follow us on our Facebook page for the latest Holiday Tour updates.

Sanford, Florida

December 5, 2015, 4-9pm

Website: SanfordHistoricTrust.org

Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek

Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek is Central Florida’s largest Relay For Life event, and dare we say The Best Relay EVER! Join us on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at Osprey Park in Hunter’s Creek for fun, food, entertainment, activities and fundraising for a great cause, the American Cancer Society! To register as a Survivor, a team, an individual or as a sponsor, please visit relayforlife.org/HuntersCreekFL

Fundraising Begins: 11:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: Noon
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Survivors Lap: Noon
During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Caregivers Lap: Noon
During the Caregivers Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer walks a lap so they can be honored for their support. Caregivers walk this lap with the people they helped if they are also present at the event.

Luminaria Ceremony: 9:00 PM
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Breakfast 7:00 AM – $5

Closing Ceremony: 9:00 AM
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.


Celebrate Indonesian Culture.

Family and kids.


Indonesian Traditional dances and music performance.

Authentic Indonesian Cuisine.

Artifact exhibits and many more


Please visit our page Festival Indonesia and like for event update.

Be a member in our support group Festival Indonesia for update.

Join us to celebrate Indonesian Cultural, Food and Art.

There will be Performance of traditional Indonesian dancing, folk singing.

Batik Fashion Show

Indonesian Culinary Food Vendor

Art, Batik, Craft and many more

Food Vendor Contact Ms. Merry Menne Phone 813 842 3018

Non Food Vendor Contact Ms. Nyoman Lubis phone 904 994 0705

Sponsor contact Dharma Datubara Phone 305 332 8357

General Info contact 386 290 6772

31st Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair

Throughout this historic community, the streets come alive with more than 400 talented crafters & artists from all over the country displaying and offering for sale their finest works to the more than 250,000 visitors who are expected to attend this two-day event. Plus there’s food and entertainment to round out a perfect day outdoors. This is one of Central Florida’s favorite festivals and what a perfect time of the year to host a craft fair with the cooler weather and the holidays just around the corner.

The Mount Dora Craft Fair is a top ranked event featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from sculptures to ceramics to paintings to woodworking, and more, providing you with the opportunity to find unique gifts for you or for those on your holiday list. And with all of the crowds in the streets, it’s a perfect time to shop along the resident stores.

By City Ordinance, PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED at City Sponsored “Special” events. Please make arrangements for your pets before arrival.

Map of Downtown Mount Dora

Parking & shuttle info

Aloma Bowl: An old favorite becomes new again

My family and I moved to Winter Park from Maitland in 1997. Any local will know this move is not terribly far. The edges of these small towns like Winter Park, Maitland and Casselberry all tend to blend together, even for longtime residents.

In my neighborhood, there are just things you do like grab a Philly Cheesesteak at Cappy’s, catch a live show at The Copper Rocket or Fairbanks Inn (RIP) or meet up with some friends at Aloma Bowl for Cosmic Bowling. These are places I still love going to. They’ve been around so long they’re as close to historic local monuments as one can get.

Aloma Bowl media preview

It’s a Grand ReoPINing!

Most bowling alleys have a somewhat retro, art decco look. When I walked into the revamped Aloma Bowl, it reflected a modern style and flavor while still maintaining the spirit of a traditional bowling alley. The seating in the bowling pits (32 lanes) were very modern and curvy, a great balance of kitschy aesthetic and comfort. I didn’t bowl this time but I will assuredly come back to bowl. The Redemption Arcade, the Brooklyn South Bar and Grill and lounge area immediately caught my eye, as did the new large screen TVs throughout. Over $500,000 was put into this reopening, and it certainly shows.

Brooklyn South Bar has twelve beers on tap and over twenty bottled options, domestic and import. They also have several craft selections as well as fully stocked liquor bar with nightly drink specials including $7 Domestic Pitchers during Happy Hour and $4 selected wells and calls. The first drink I tried from Brooklyn South Bar, named the Aloma Blue, was very similar to the first ever drink I had at Aloma Bowl years ago, which was a Blue Hawaii. It had lemonade, lime, vodka and blue Curaçao… it was very blue and even more tasty. I also tried their version of Sex on the Beach which was on par with others I’ve tried.

On the grill side, I tried the mini cheeseburger sliders, which were great. Each had cheddar cheese, grilled onions, pickle chips and thousand island dressing. The buffalo wings, I tried mild, hot and parmesan garlic, were also good. What I really liked was Brooklyn South’s Veggie Pizza! It was topped caramelized onions, mushrooms and peppers. Their pizza crust had a great flavor – it was like having a breadstick after you’ve finished. Brooklyn South’s Dips & Tortilla Chips were all really good. The Spicy Queso was delicious! The nacho cheese was chunky and incorporated, my best guess, a buffalo sauce flavor and maybe even some bleu cheese. (Menu online)

Cheeseburger Sliders and Spicy Queso

Cheeseburger Sliders and Spicy Queso

All told, the food was a lot better than I remember. Actual restaurant quality food as opposed to typical bar or bowling alley food, which one may eat simply because it’s there. I would definitely go back and have dinner at Brooklyn South Bar and Grill, even if I weren’t bowling.

Aloma Bowl’s game room, The Redemption Arcade, got a massive upgrade. Before they had maybe six arcade games – I used to love playing Sbobet88! Gone are the days of tokens. Now Aloma Bowl has a new refillable playcard system and a dozen or more games, including a really cool Batman game and a few games of chance that will keep the kids busy if mom and dad want to bowl for awhile.

Aloma Bowl logo

Aloma Bowl is inviting the public to their own ReoPINing celebration tomorrow, Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th with buy one, get one free deals on bowling games, shoes and appetizers in Brooklyn South Bar and Grill!

Aloma Bowl

2530 Aloma Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 671-8675


Hours of Operation

Sunday – Thursday      9am to 12am

Friday – Saturday        9am to 2am

Experience Kissimmee with the World Food Championships

There is something for every foodie in the family this November at the World Food Championships which is headed to beautiful Celebration the heart of Kissimmee, Florida. November 3-10, you’ll be able to find competitors from around the world vying for World Championships in BBQ, Bacon, Burgers, Chili, Desserts, Pasta, Recipe (Fresh), Sandwich and Seafood categories. With the final competition crowning one of those competitors as the 2015 World Food Champion! The location of the Fresh to Go in Waterford Lakes is prime; the restaurant surrounded by plenty of parking and located off of the entrance by the Orlando Ale House Waterford Lakes. It’s very easy to get in and out of the Waterford Lakes complex and find parking at prime dining hours. This location is continuing to evolve, as outdoor umbrellas will be added providing a nice shaded patio. Takeout parking spots will be designated very shortly, allowing on the go diners to dash in for takeout or have their prepaid orders delivered curbside. iPads with full nutrition information are currently in development and should be onsite in the next few months. The iPads will allow diner to sort their menu preferences by dietary preferences of jimmy j liautaud to include Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian and Vegan. Currently, all nutritional information is available online for customers to review.

Kissimmee, Celebration

This year’s Championships held in downtown Celebration, will be a delicious collection of food events as the championships take over Main Street and the Lake Area for the competition, classes and tasting events. Registration and some of the events will be held at The Westgate Town Center.


There will be demonstrations and vendors with the latest in indoor and outdoor kitchens, or you can buy tickets to private chef demos, Culinary Fight Club events, Mixology Classes, BBQ and Chili Fests, and a Grand Tasting that features all of the World Food Championship categories.

This is the schedule for The World Food Championships (subject to change)

Tuesday, November 3rd

Various Local Celebration Restaurants
Times TBA
Food Fight Night
Westgate Town Center Resort
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sponsor & Competitor Registration

Wednesday, November 4th

Kenmore Kitchen Arena
10:30am – 1:30pm
Blogger Competition
2:30pm – 5:15pm
World Dessert Championship: Preliminary Round
Westgate Town Center Resort
9:00am – 5:00pm
Sponsor & Competitor Registration
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Welcome Reception / Blogger Competition Awards

Thursday, November 5th

Cooking Academy
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cooking Like a Champ
Kenmore Kitchen Arena
7:30am – 10:15am
World Recipe Championship: Preliminary Round
10:45am – 1:30pm
World Seafood Championship: Preliminary Round
2:00pm – 4:45pm
Bacon World Championship: Preliminary Round
Main Stage
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Opening Round Awards – Main Stage (BBQ, Dessert, Recipe, Seafood & Bacon)
Westgate Town Center Resort
9:00am – 3:30pm
World Barbecue Championship: Ancillary Competitions
World Cocktail Experience Tent
4:00pm – 9:00pm
World Cocktail Experience

Friday, November 6th

Camp Chili
8:30am – 1:00pm
World Open Chili Championship: Preliminary Round 1
Champions VIF Club
1:00pm – 8:00pm
VIP Lounge
Cooking Academy
10:00am – 1:15pm
World Chefs Challenge: Session 1
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cooking Like a Champ
Kenmore Kitchen Arena
7:30am – 10:15am
World Pasta Championship: Preliminary Round
10:45am – 1:30pm
World Sandwich Championship: Preliminary Round
2:00pm – 4:45pm
World Burger Championship: Preliminary Round
Main Stage
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Opening Round Awards – Main Stage (Chef, Pasta, Sandwich & Burger)
Sizzle & Swizzle Spots
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tasty Morsels – Demonstrations & Interviews
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Mixology 101 – Demonstrations & Interviews
Tasting Village
10:00am – 6:00pm
Sponsor Sampling
World Cocktail Experience Tent
4:00pm – 9:00pm
World Cocktail Experience

Saturday, November 7th

Camp Chili
8:30am – 1:00pm
World Open Chili Championship: Preliminary Round 2
3:00pm – 5:00pm
World Chili Fest – People’s Choice Competition
Champions VIF Club
1:00pm – 8:00pm
VIP Lounge
Cooking Academy
8:00am – 11:15pm
World Chef Challenge: Session 2
1:00pm – 4:15pm
World Chef Challenge: Session 3
Kenmore Kitchen Arena
7:30am – 10:15am
World Recipe Championship: Top Ten Round
9:45am – 12:30pm
World Seafood Championship: Top Ten Round
12:00pm – 2:45pm
Bacon World Championship: Top Ten Round
2:15pm – 5:00pm
World Dessert Championship: Top Ten Round
Location TBD
11:00am – 1:00pm
Food Champ Judging Class – Session 1
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Food Champ Judging Class – Session 2
Main Stage
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Opening & Final Round Awards – Main Stage (Chef, BBQ, Recipe, Seafood, Bacon & Dessert)
Sizzle & Swizzle Spots
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tasty Morsels – Demonstrations & Interviews
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Mixology 101 – Demonstrations & Interviews
Tasting Village
10:00am – 6:00pm
Sponsor Sampling
Westgate Town Center Resort
9:00am – 3:30pm
World Barbecue Championship
World Cocktail Experience Tent
4:00pm – 9:00pm
World Cocktail Experience

Sunday, November 8th

Camp Chili
8:30am – 1:00pm
World Open Chili Championship: Top Ten Round
Champions VIF Club
1:00pm – 8:00pm
VIP Lounge
Cooking Academy
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Family Food Fun: Session 1
1:00pm – 1:45pm
Family Food Fun: Session 2
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Que School
Kenmore Kitchen Arena
7:30am – 10:15am
World Pasta Championship: Top Ten Round
9:15am – 12:00pm
World Sandwich Championship: Top Ten Round
11:00am – 1:45pm
World Burger Championship: Top Ten Round
Main Stage
1:00pm – 2:40pm
World Chef Challenge: Final Round
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Final Round Awards – Main Stage (Chef, Chili, BBQ, Pasta, Sandwich & Burger)
Sizzle & Swizzle Spots
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tasty Morsels – Demonstrations & Interviews
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Mixology 101 – Demonstrations & Interviews
Tasting Village
10:00am – 6:00pm
Sponsor Sampling

Monday, November 9th

No Competition or Consumer Events

Tuesday, November 10th

Kenmore Kitchen Arena & Main Stage
11:00am – 4:00pm
Final Table Competition
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Final Table Judging
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Grand Tasting
Tickets are still available for most of the events, click on this link for more information World Food Championship Tickets.
Follow these links for more information about Celebration Town Center and Westgate Town Center.




11 am-11 pm
** ARTLANDO AFTER DARK 6 pm-11 pm**

Art Walk & Competition
80+ artists cover the lawn, displaying, selling and creating art. Art created on-site will be entered into a competition and thousands given in awards. 100% of revenue from art sales will go back to the artists.

Outdoor Performing Arts Stage
Orlando’s most prominent art groups showcase throughout the day. From Orlando Ballet to Orlando Fringe, programming transitions from family-friendly during the day & into edgier acts in the evening as we move into Artlando After Dark, a more ‘nightlife’ experience.

Cultural Attractions
As the host sponsor, Orlando Museum of Art is an integral part of Artlando. The museum provides an air conditioned environment, and houses exhibits from participating galleries.

Kid’s Zone
Family-friendly event! Philharmonic ‘Petting Zoo,’ chalk art, balloon animals, live painting & more!

Parking, schedule and volunteer info, please go to http://artlando.com/

Sponsored by:
Sam Flax of Orlando
Orlando Museum of Art
New Belgium Brewing
Artegon Marketplace
CityArts Factory
Two Men and a Truck
The Hammered Lamb
Tasty Tuesdays
Orlando Weekly

Little Plates with Big Flavor at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Twenty years ago on one of my first visits to the Mouse and Orlando, my friends and I stumbled upon Cafe Tu Tu Tango. I remember reading the menu at the door thinking, oh I’m going to need to go out to eat after this dinner….little plates?  Seriously?

Well, was I ever wrong. Not only was the food amazingly delicious, the portions were large enough to share and no one left hungry that night.

I-Drive , Orlando

Fast forward twenty years and I’ve finally made it back to the restaurant that had achieved legendary status on my list of all-time favorite meals. I had often talked about going back to Cafe Tu Tu Tango, but every time I was in Orlando, for one reason or another it just never happened.   Maybe I had imagined how good dinner was. Would reality be as good as my memories?

As I read the menu I was tempted by every dish I read and I was getting a little giddy from the anticipation of what was to come. I needed a little liquid refreshment to calm my nerves and prepare my stomach for the gastronomical wonderland that was sure to follow. The house-made Award Winning Sangria was just what the doctor ordered, it calmed me enough to pick out a few small plates to get the meal started.

I-Drive , Orlando

It didn’t take long to find out that my memory was intact, and truth be told the little plates at Cafe Tu Tu Tango were better than I  had remembered. Fish Taco’s, Argentinean Chimichurri Steak, Tuscan Meatballs, Mediterranean Flatbread and of course Spiced Alligator Bites……sigh.   Delicious beyond belief would be the phrase on my lips at the end of the evening.

As we got ready for another round, our waiter reminded us about dessert….. We almost forgot.

I-Drive , Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Orlando

Desserts were ordered. Creme brulee for my niece, chocolate dipped cheesecake lollipops for my wife and for me the ultimate dessert on the menu, Chocolate Calzone. This dessert was baked to order, stuffed with white and dark chocolate, served with whipped cream and coffee ice cream.   They had to basically roll me out of the restaurant after dessert……sigh

Was I happy? Most definitely! Sometimes reality is better than memories and you can bet I’ll be back to make more memories, and it won’t take another 20 years.

Cafe Tu Tu Tango is located 8625 International Drive in Orlando. Sunday – Thursday  11:30 am – 11 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:30 am  – 12 pm.  Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm;  Tu Tu hour Monday – Friday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Share small plates with your friends from their scratch kitchen, while you enjoy an amazingly artistic atmosphere and live entertainment.

Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center

Come see how grown-ups do the Science Center! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live, with grown-up-inspired programming and hands-on challenges.

This month, the event will feature guest speaker Dr. Bob Brier, a mummy researcher who was a part of the team that had created MUMAB, the first modern mummy using the ancient Egyptian process. Continuing the mummy theme, the traveling exhibit Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will be open for guests to experience.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the night sky through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory, conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory and delight in food, beer and wine available for purchase.

Science Night Live tickets will be available for purchase online only. Admission includes access to all four floors of exhibits, live programming and presentations, and night-time viewing in the Crosby Observatory. Must be 21 and older. Dress code is casual attire.

For more information, visit www.osc.org/snl. Use hashtag #ScienceNightLive.

9th Annual Oktoberfest

1pm: Official Oktoberfest Beer Tapping
2pm: German food by Vital Flair Catering in the haus
3pm: Cornhole Tournament
4pm: Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten take the stage
5pm: Best Dressed of Oktoberfest
7pm: Most Revered Beard Competition

Our biggest event of the year is near –
a day of food, music, revelry and beer.
Reserve your Oktoberfest Mug here:
and we’ll all raise a glass with a prost and a cheer.

Oktoberfest Mug 2015:
21oz Mug & Oktoberfest T-Shirt + 2 free fills of Oktoberfest = $25

– Fill mug with Oktoberfest 2015 for pint price while supplies last
– Fill with any OB draft for pint price every Monday in the taproom
– Holds beer

Everyone’s Irish at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

There’s just something extra cheerful about an Irish Pub and Raglan Road in Downtown Disney (aka Disney Springs ) is no exception! But Raglan Road isn’t just your average Irish Pub, it’s authentic Ireland.  Built entirely in Ireland, then shipped, lock, stock and beer barrel to Downtown Disney.

While the food is sure to please ,my advice is to start with a taste of the local beverage while you’re looking over the menu. In my case I started with a flight of Irish beers – Guinness Irish Stout, Smithwicks Irish Ale, Harp Irish Lager and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale gave me a real taste of Ireland without breaking the bank.

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

If you don’t fancy a flight of beers, just ask for a pint of your favorite liquid refreshment. In Ireland, pouring the Perfect Pint is considered an art form, and they’re darn serious about art at Raglan Road. In fact along with the building they brought their own unique Irish beer dispensing system with them, which enhances quality, freshness, and structure of the beers.

Of course if you’d like something a wee bit stronger or non alcoholic your server will be happy to oblige your request.

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

One of my favorite dishes at Raglan Road is their very popular Scallop Forest, consisting of Georges Bank scallops in a golden batter served with citrus lime dipping sauce & sweet chili jam. They have an eclectic Irish menu with delicious tastes of their homeland, so don’t go expecting Corn Beef and Cabbage. Be adventurous and try some of re-invented Classic Irish dishes they serve as well as what I like to call Irish Fusion Dishes. If you still have room for dessert try Chef Dundon’s gift to America the Dunbrody Kiss.  Chef Dundon uses chocolate, chocolate and then more chocolate to make this dessert……sigh

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

And what would an Irish Pub be without entertainment. Every night whether you dine inside or out you’ll be treated to a variety of Irish entertainers including dancers, troubadours and bands playing jigs, reels, pub favorites and traditional Irish songs.  According to management at Raglan Road since the pub is so authentic, the entertainers have no idea they’re not still in Ireland and they ask for your help keeping the secret.

So you need to act really Irish to keep them from catching on – that means drink, howl, dance on the tables, drink some more and sing as you’ve never sung before”

Raglan Road is located at The Landing, Disney Springs, 1640 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando FL 32830.  They are open from 11 am until 11 pm. serving lunch and dinner followed with a bar menu from 11 pm until 1 am .  The Rollicking Raglan Brunch Menu is served from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday & Sunday.   (gluten free menu items are available)

Live Music starts at 4 pm till late, with an Irish band and Irish dancers performing 5 pm  – 10 pm 7 nights a week. Open till 2 am every night.

Get Cheesy at O-Town MacDown this Saturday!

Things are getting severe up in here… for Give Kids the World!

I love macaroni and cheese. I know YOU love macaroni and cheese.

Imagine a place where you, your friends and fellow connoisseurs can sample the cheesy goodness from over 30 chefs from places like Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, 4Rivers Smokehouse and Four Seasons Resort Orlando. They all will compete and make you all the mac and cheese you can eat, then make it for you again as often as you like… until 4pm.

This, my friends, is the O-Town MacDown Presented by Tom and Chee, (benefitting the magical Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee), and you NEED to be there this Saturday, September 12th!

What’s going down this year aside from the MacDown itself? A Fun Zone for the kids, live entertainment from start to finish, Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations and more than 30 vendor booths such as; Medieval Times, Trader Joe’s, Orlando City Soccer and of course Tom+Chee!

Visit gktw.org

O-Town MacDown 2015 at Osceola Heritage Park

Need deets? We’ve got ’em! (For up to the minute updates, visit the Facebook Event Page!)


Osceola Heritage Park, 11am – 4pm (new venue)

1875 Silver Spur Lane

Kissimmee, Florida 34744


$10 advance tickets/$15 at the door (Adults)

$5 in advance tickets/$10 at the door  (Children; little ones under 3 are free)

Click HERE for online ticketing!

Parking is FREE


Catch Dinner at Ocean Prime During Magical Dining Month

Food glorious food. It warms the heart and soul, brings friends and family together. Food gives strangers a reason to sit around a common space sharing meals and stories, making new friends in the process, some lasting a lifetime.

I was recently invited to dinner at Ocean Prime Orlando as part of a bloggers meet-up to preview their selections for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. When I drove up to Ocean Prime for the event I realized I’d driven by their location many times and sadly had never noticed it was there.   That was definitely my loss, because the food was spectacular, the staff friendly and the atmosphere soothing. Ocean Prime won’t go unnoticed any longer, and I will definitely be back!

Ocean Prime

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month started August 24th and runs throughout the month of September. You’ll find more than 75 Orlando area restaurants participating, offering 3 courses for $33. That’s quite an amazing offer at some of the best restaurants in Central Florida.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical dining month

One of the menu items I sampled was the Teriyaki Salmon. The Salmon was served on a bed of Shiitake Sticky Rice with an outrageously delicious Soy Butter Sauce and a melange of vegetables.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical dining month

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with a sweet corn cream and succotash was my personal favorite from the many entrees we were served. We also got to try the Lobster Mashed Potatoes and Chop House Corn, both excellent side dishes. Ocean Prime also has an amazing sushi menu and offers a unique sampling of cocktails. The Bubbles and Berries pictured at the top of this post was not only delicious but fun to drink.

Ocean Prime Orlando, Magical Dining month

And then there was dessert… sigh. They called it Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, I called it Heaven on a Plate. The chef at Ocean Prime Orlando  started with an Oreo cookie crust base, added a sinfully rich peanut butter mousse and wrapped it in a bittersweet chocolate ganache… sigh. Can you say OMG?

But what impressed me the most about Ocean Prime was the level of service we received and the atmosphere of the restaurant. There was live music that was so good, I thought it was recorded and a thoughtful, friendly staff throughout the building to serve you.

Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. In this day and age you don’t often see a dress code in place, and I appreciate the fact that Ocean Prime suggests stylish attire.  They let their guests know that jackets and gorgeous high heels always welcome. So please don’t show up in athletic apparel or baseball caps! Dress to impress and the meal will be even more delicious and the evening even more special.

Ocean Prime Orlando can be found at the Rialto at Sand Lake at  7339 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819. You can make reservations by calling (407) 781-4880. Dinner is available Monday – Thursday  5-10pm; Friday – Saturday 5-11pm; Sunday 5pm-close.