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Palm Fringed Christmas at Marriott Singer Island

3800 North Ocean Drive.
Singer Island
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is pulling out all the stops this holiday season. Magical decor, top-notch dining and Santa Claus himself will make for a memorable, sun-kissed celebration.

Upon stepping foot into the resort’s grand lobby, guests will be greeted by a holiday display that begs for an Instagram-worthy selfie or two. A giant, colorfully lit Christmas tree is set next to a life-sized gingerbread house that will bring out the child in guests young and young-at-heart. 

Made of gingerbread and featuring a walking path and its own giant Christmas tree, the oversized house was designed by the resort’s pastry chef Kursten Restivo. Over 1,500 pieces of gingerbread and 180 pounds of icing adorn this confection that took over 1,000 hours to complete.

Activities will include Beach bonfire and showing of A Christmas Story, on Dec. 21st at 6 p.m, Story time at the Kids Club on Dec. 24th at 10 a.m., Christmas Eve Children’s Party from 6-10 p.m., complete with holiday crafts, movies and plenty of cheer. Christmas Eve Kids Club activities are $65 per child and include dinner with a 4-foot-tall holiday sand sculpture unveiling on Dec. 25th at 8:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m. on Dec. 25th, Santa will make his entrance via jet ski to the resort’s private beach where he will greet guests and be available for photos. And, if surf conditions cooperate, he’ll even show off some acrobatic moves! The bravest guests can take part in a Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1st at 9 a.m.

On Christmas Day, guests and area residents can gather at the resort’s signature restaurant, 3800 Ocean, for a Christmas Brunch Buffet featuring sweeping ocean views. With seatings from noon until 4 p.m., the brunch features dishes designed by Executive Chef James King, and will include Sea Salt and Herb Crusted Prime Ribeye, Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb, and All-Natural Slow Roasted Tom Turkey.

There will also be a raw bar, ceviche bar, cheese and charcuterie station, and salad stations, and a selection of small plates, including Grilled Island Spiced Swordfish, Crunchy Coconut French Toast and Butternut Squash Ravioli. A display of holiday desserts prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Kursten Restivo will end the meal. Christmas Brunch is $75 for adults and $30 for children under 12.

On Christmas Night, an a la carte menu will be served at 3800 Ocean from 5-9 p.m. For starters, diners can choose from Corvina Ceviche with leche de tigre, Peruvian corn, sweet potato and aji Amarillo; Low Country She Crab Soup with lump crab and mushroom vol au vent, crab roe and dry sherry; and Poached Pear, Roasted Squash, Pecan and Medjool Date Salad.

Entrees include Pistachio Crusted Australian Lamb Rack; Butternut Squash Ravioli; 12oz Carved Prime Ribeye; and Island Spiced Grilled Swordfish. For dessert, diners can choose betweenGingerbread Crème Brulee, Chocolate Yule Log, and Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake.

Reservations for Christmas Day are required and can be made by calling 561-340-1795. All menus are exclusive of tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking will also be provided.
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Holiday Cocktails at Bartaco

7600 Dr Phillips Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 801-8226
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Bartaco is introducing some fine holiday cocktails that are perfect for yuletide and New Years Eve imbibing.


These drink specials will be available from now until just after New Years Eve, and are certainly worth checking out.

Drinks are also a major focus of the restaurant, which has a stout tequila list of blancos, reposados, anejos and mezcals.


First up is the Mix & A-Mingle: A complex and warming house made sangria where Belinda bonarda red wine that perfectly blends with winter spices (cinnamon, star anise and cloves), ginger and agave. This is perfect for celebrating the upcoming National Sangria Day (12/20)!

Next is the Float Like a Dragonfly: A twist on the classic pisco sour, fruity pisco and smoky mezcal are complemented by sweet pineapple syrup, fresh egg whites (which create a rich and creamy texture) and a foamy cap. 

For you Mojito Lovers, there is the Mojito Tinto: A refreshing spin on both a mojito and Tinto de Verano, this cocktail brings together the house rum, winter spiced sangria, muddled mint, sugar and lime juice to uniquely combine the two classic cocktails. Guests will be enchanted as each sip starts sweet and spiced but finishes crisp and tart thanks to its layered “sunrise” style.

The Winter Caipirinha comes in a Bold pink color with the cachaça (Brazilian rum) that gives crisp sweetness, while its pomegranate counterpart provides fruity brightness and slight tartness.


With freshly squeezed juices, specialty cocktails and beer out of a bottle, Bartaco is reminiscent of a stylish beach resort with a great atmosphere made by woven basket light fixtures, and a wrap around bar that is front and center. It’s easy to forget where you are for the moment, and that's a great thing.

The food here is really good, and this is just another excuse for you to make your way to Bartaco to enjoy the great food and enjoy some holiday cocktails after your long and tedious days of shopping for the family and finding the perfect gift. After all your hard work, go ahead and reward yourself with one of these great cocktails.
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Celebrate New Years Eve at Cuba Libre

Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
Orlando, 32819
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will offer a festive Cuban feast to celebrate New Year’s Eve with two dinner seating choices available. Reservations for the early seating will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. .

Guests can select from Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot and Executive Chef Jose Gonzalez’s a la carte menu, which includes a variety of “tapas” or small plates, a selection of entrées and desserts, and other signature dishes reflective of Old Havana including several New Year’s Eve specials.

Early seating guests who make reservations before 7 p.m. will receive a $25 Cuba Libre gift card per couple to be used during a future visit.

For late night dining, with seating times between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Cuba Libre will showcase an impressive New Year’s Eve buffet featuring dishes from Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s latest cookbook, Cuba Cooks, along with seasonal tapas and a carving station.

The second seating is priced at $100 per person (alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity not included) which includes a Champagne toast, DJ and dancing, and party favors for the Midnight celebration.


Standout dishes include Croquettes de Pollo with cilantro-caper aioli; Cuban Porchetta, pork loin wrapped in pork belly and slow roasted with citrus, fennel and charred herb salsa; Filet Mignon, garlic and herb rubbed with red wine sauce and cilantro béarnaise.

Also they will be offering Taro Crusted Black Grouper with sour orange sauce and sautéed spinach; Pulled Grilled Goat Leg with charred vegetable marinade and baby red mustard leaves; Roasted Vegetable Empanada Pie with assorted roasted vegetables, served in a flaky crust, as well as Tamal en Cazuela with boniato. 

For dessert, guests can enjoy a selection of sweets including Chocolate and Rum Filled Mini Doughnuts; Flan de Queso in Caramel; Dulce de Leche Cheesecake; Arroz con Leche de Mami Totty; Cucuruchos, and Chocolate Rice Pudding Brûlée with guava marmalade. 

Guests at the second seating will be able to keep their reserved table throughout the evening. Additionally, partygoers who opt for the $100 buffet option can add an optional beverage package to their dining experience, which includes three premium drink tickets for an additional $25 per person.

Reservations for the early seating will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Reservations for the second seating will also be available from 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Interested guests can call (407) 226-1600 to make a reservation for the buffet dinner. For additional information, please visit www.cubalibrerestaurant.com.
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Tony Roma's Open on Christmas Day

8560 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-0094
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Tis’ the season to eat at Tony Roma’s!

Tony Roma’s on International Drive will be open this holiday season on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day from noon to 11:00 p.m.

Starting December 24 to January 1, guests can enjoy their choice of starter house salad or classic potato soup, with an entrée of a 12oz. slow-smoked prime rib served with red skinned mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable, all for $29 (a children’s version is also available for $16).

Wine Pairings are also available at an additional cost and include: Markham Merlot, Napa Valley for $10.00, and a Mer Soleil Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands, California for $12.00 and the Classic Romarita will be offered at $9.00


For an additional $9, guests can also add on a half rack of Tony Roma’s world-famous baby back ribs to this delectable deal. Wine pairings and desserts will also be available.


As an added bonus, if you purchase $50 worth of gift cards, you earn $15 in Roma Bucks for free -- that’s a celebration in itself.
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Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen Presents "Feast of the Seven Fishes" for Christmas Eve


1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 543-3474
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Taking its inspiration from classic Florida fish camps and offering coastal cuisine in an inland setting, Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen specializes in sustainably sourced seafood from the Sunshine State’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar is a contemporary version of a classic fish camp, serving fresh Florida seafood prepared in a southern style and served in a casual, family friendly environment. With Winter Park being located almost directly between Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, they are in the perfect place to receive daily shipments from the state’s top sustainable seafood purveyors.

The menu is pretty set, but they do have occasional menu additions that explore delicious fish and seafood sustainably sourced from waters further afield, that is served with generous helpings of laid back Southern hospitality.

One such menu addition worth exploring is the return of the second annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Monday, December 24th.

The food will be served at a communal table and shared among 50 guests with wine pairings and dessert to finish it off.

The evening begins with a warm reception with a sampling of snacks that include Octopus Ceviche, Baked Clams Casino and Shrimp Mac & Cheese paired with Gratien & Meyer, Rose Champagne, Cremant de Loire, Brut, France.


Baked Clams Casino.

After reception diners will move on to family style sharing platters that start with savory flavors with Whiskey Shrimp and then Seafood Nachos paired with Blue Rock, Baby Blue Blanc, Sonoma Coast, 2017.

Whiskey Shrimp with Wild-Caught Key West Pink Shrimp with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce on Sourdough.

Seafood Nachos topped with Blue Crab & Crawfish over House-Made Wontons.

The Fried portion of the dinner is next with a whole fried Hog Fish and a whole fried genuine American Red Snapper with smothered tomatoes & okra and french fries paired with Bravium, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2015.

The whole fried Hog Fish was incredible.

Bravium, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2015.

For intermezzo, or a break between everything guests will be served Gulf Oyster Shooters featuring Tito’s Vodka.

After all of the shareable plates are served, each guest will get an individual plate of Cioppino, a pasta dish made with Clams, Shrimp, Scallops, Grouper and Tomato Broth over Linguine. Cioppino is an Italian American Fisherman's Stew. This is paired with Bertani, Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto, Italy, 2014.

The Cioppino was just phenomenal. The Chef and Kitchen staff said it's all about the broth for this dish to be just right, and it takes perfect execution.

For dessert, Mike’s Famous Carrot Cake and a Seven Layer Chocolate Cake is served with Graham's 20-Year Tawny Port.

I don’t know what Mike puts in his “Famous” Carrot Cake, but it is hands down one of the best carrot cakes I've ever had.

The Seven Layer Chocolate Cake was very good as well. Very rich, moist and delicious.

Tickets are $69 per person (plus tax + gratuity) and can be reserved by calling (407) 543-3474. The Feast begins at 6:30 pm, and is available for the first 50 guests.

In the giving spirit of the holidays, Reel Fish will be donating 10% of all the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner proceeds to the Coastal Conservation Association.
*Menu and wines subject to change based on availability*

Savor a coastal dining experience for the holidays that features comforting, chef-crafted classics with inventive recipes and unique gourmet fish sourced directly from local Southern waters all at a price that is very affordable
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Park Pizza & Brewing Company opens in Lake Nona

6941 Lake Nona Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 955-4472
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Tavistock Restaurant Collection’s third Central Florida restaurant concept had a soft opening on November 19th with a grand opening announced for January.

Park Pizza & Brewing Company, the third Orlando area restaurant by Tavistock Restaurant Collection, has officially opened for business on Nov. 19th, 2018.

A grand opening celebration is slated for Jan. 2019, when the house-brewed beer, created by newly appointed Head Brewer Marco Reyna, will debut to guests.

Located in Lake Nona Town Center, Park Pizza & Brewing Company is a 5,055-square-foot, community-focused gathering place featuring an onsite brewery and indoor-outdoor seating appropriate for families, friends and coworkers. 

Fired in 900 degree wood burning ovens, the artisanal pizzas will be topped with traditional toppings like pepperoni and buffalo mozzarella, as well as elevated gourmet toppings.

Dine-in will be available upon opening, but order-ahead pickup to-go options are forthcoming. Complimentary parking will be available in the five-story central parking structure featuring Lake Nona’s interactive landmarks, The Beacon and Code Wall.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. is Lake Nona’s home away from home, a welcoming retreat for the entire community. They serve up wood-fired pizza and house-brewed beer, plus a sense of neighborhood pride.

Within the dining room, at the bar, or on the patio, you’ll find a place to grab a bite and a pint, watch the game, hang with your kids, and catch up with friends.



Come as you are; comfort is key.
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