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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.

New Marilyn Monroe spa to debut at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Ladies, can I get an AMEN from the femmegregation?? Fans of the Marilyn Monroe Nail Lounge in the Mills 50 area and the Glamour Room at Isleworth in Windermere I’m sure will love this! A spa is coming! A spa is coming!!
The new Marilyn Monroe Spa location will open this December inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and I am in serious need of a spa day! I’m not a fancy girlie girl, l but I am a HUGE fan of manicures, pedicures, facials and relaxing home massage specialy at TranquilMe because they are the best. Gents, don’t worry. You can hang with Marilyn too. MANicures, pedicures and Wingtip Relief are available for your tootsies. In fact, a full menu of services may be downloaded HERE.
Follow the online adventures and get more sneak peeks by following @HRGrandCypress and the hashtag #NewGirlInTown!
Party at Marilyn’s? Let’s GO!
Marilyn Monroe™ Spa unveils its successful resort spa concept in Florida, offering the full breadth of signature spa services in one resort location.
 
Known and awarded for its long-standing grandeur, pristine outdoor recreation, privacy, and uncompromising standard of service, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress elevates the guest experience with the addition of Marilyn Monroe™ Spa, a national company that transforms traditional spa and salon concepts under the iconic Marilyn Monroe™ brand.
Design and redevelopment, estimated to total $1.5 million, is now underway for the 5,200 square-foot, full-service spa to feature a variety of glamour services for nail, facials with the best moist natural face lotions, hair, and body, bringing all of the Marilyn Monroe™ signature services to Orlando’s original luxury resort.  On the services menu, guests will discover more than 100 treatment options, including favorites such as Marilyn’s Signature Manicure/Pedicure, Marilyn’s Signature Fassage™, Gemstone Massage, Steamy WonderfulTM and many more.
We know women like to stay beautiful, that’s why the spa offers different beauty treatments that you can complement with a thrive diet, besides going to the spa. Because for many people is important to lost weight, they even try methods like tummy cinchers, that control waist.
The spa will be easily accessible from the main hotel lobby or dedicated portico entrance in front of the hotel and will feature:
  • Seven spa treatment rooms
  • A couples’ suite
  • Relaxation room
  • Full service men’s and women’s locker rooms with full height lockers, wet and dry grooming area, rain showers, and a full amenity offering
  • Glamour Room with three luxury “Nap and Nails” mani/pedi lounges, six pedicure stations,
  • Five blow dry bar / styling stations, a three-seat manicure bar, makeup bar, and brow wax bar
  • Exclusive Marilyn Monroe™ Spa retail products
“The partnership with Marilyn MonroeTM Spas elevates the resort experience once again for our loyal guests in search of a full array of pampering amenities.  Our company missions and leadership styles are both grounded by the rich tradition of exceptional service in a seamless and approachable manner,” said Pat Engfer, area vice president and general manager of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. “Together, our dedicated teams will continue to offer leisure and business travelers the highest quality resort and spa experience in one of the nation’s most popular destinations and make you think about buying the best home foot spa machine after you’ve experienced it.”
Led by Orlando hospitality industry veterans, Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO and Allen “Al” R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn MonroeTM is both a national and global icon, synonymous with timeless glamour and style.
“Marilyn continues to have a massive fan base that identify heavily with her beauty and star power.  We believe we are honoring her glamorous legacy and engaging personality by infusing them into every guest experience,” said Weiss.  “We have reenergized the spa model to be one of engagement, luxury, approachability and fun, which is aligned with Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – it’s the right spa, the right size, the right location and the right synergy.”
“Guests of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will find that the fun, flirty, fabulous experience offered at Marilyn Monroe™ Spa lavish, yet an affordable luxury,” shared Bryan.  In true Marilyn Monroe fashion, the brand sets itself apart with its appealing aesthetics. “We are offering a fresh approach to spas.  The decor is sleek and chic and decidedly social.”
Updates will be available online. Guests may also visit www.marilynmonroespas.com for a full menu of services, online reservations, and event announcements for the December 2014 grand opening. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter @HRGrandCypress.

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?

Magic and Mayhem Fall Fest & Library Tour

Magic And Mayhem Productions Announce Their Fall Public Library Lineup And Exciting Festival Season

See the Beloved Entertainers at Orange County Library System’s “Fall Family Fun Festival” – Plus Throughout the Southeast at “Family Fun Days,” “Haunted Pirate Festival and Mermaid Splash,” “South Alabama Renaissance Festival” and “Camelot Days” 

Orlando, FL (September 16, 2014) – Following a wildly successful summer throughout Central Florida with performance camps, appearances at numerous charitable and community events and their resident show at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Lake Buena Vista, the popular and beloved entertainers of Central Florida based “Magic and Mayhem Productions” will bring their signature customizable magic and comedy production to numerous fun-filled festivals throughout the Southeast.  They are also excited to headline the “Fall Family Fun” series for the Orange County Library System.  Provided through a generous grant from The Disney Company, these free stimulating and fun-filled programs combine magic and comedy and provide valuable educational lessons for children at libraries all throughout Central Florida.

 

Orange County Public Library System “Fall Family Fun” Performances:

•         September 17 @ 3:30pm, North Orange Library, 1211 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka FL 32703

•         October 4 @ 11am, Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

•         October 11 @ 2pm, West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee, FL 34761

•         October 13 @ 10:15am, Eatonville Library, 200 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, FL 32751

•         October 18 @2:30pm, Southcreek Library, 1702 Deerfield Boulevard, Orlando FL 32837

•         November 4 @ 4:30pm, Hiawassee Library, 7391 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL, 32818

•         November 8 @ 11am, Alafaya Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL, 32826

•         November 24 @ 11am, Edgewater Library, 5049 Edgewater Drive, Orlando FL, 32810

 

Magic and Mayhem Fall Festival Appearances:

•         October 4 @ 3pm, Family Fun Days, Amphitheater at Port Orange, FL, 32127

•         October 25-26 @ 11am-7pm, Haunted Pirate Festival and Mermaid Splash, 129 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

•         November 1 and 2 @ 10am-6pm, South Alabama Renaissance Festival, Mobile County Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 6449 Moffett Road, Mobile AL, 36618

•         November 15, 16, 22, 23 @10am-5pm, Camelot Days, T.Y Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, FL, 33021

 

For more information on Magic and Mayhem’s public library workshops, festival appearances, comedy magic show offerings and for booking inquiries to be a part of your special event, call 407-222-4412 or visitwww.MagicandMayhemShow.com.

 

About Magic and Mayhem Productions

Founded by award winning magician James Songster in 1997, the locally owned and operated Magic and Mayhem Productions is comprised of a diverse team of talented and entertaining magicians.  Each year, the talented performers of Magic and Mayhem Productions present over 400 performances of engaging, family-friendly and theatrical comedy magic. Their popular Magic and Mayhem Comedy Magic Show provides quality live entertainment that features amazing magic, hilarious comedy and the mystery of illusion presented with engaging interaction appropriate for all audiences.  Magic and Mayhem Productions also includes customizable theater-style experiences for any size group, organization or visitors to Central Florida through one of the many tour operators.  For groups and associations looking to have the magic come to them, Magic and Mayhem Productions offers the professionalism, adaptability and appropriate fun that Central Florida is famous for.