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Loews Sapphire Falls unveils a new dinner show, Caribbean Carnaval

6601 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 503-5000
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando has unveiled a new weekly themed dinner show, Caribbean Carnaval, featuring an all you can eat buffet and high energy live entertainment for the entire family. 

From the moment guests arrive at the festive outdoor pavilion, they are greeted by the sights and sounds of a party in paradise. Accompanied by stilt walkers and acrobatic dancers, the evening’s lively hosts whisk the audience away on a flavorful, musical tour through the Caribbean with plenty of dancing, singing, limbo and even a conga line.

Caribbean Carnaval is one of the latest additions to Universal Orlando Resort’s unprecedented growth. In just seven years, more than 25 new experiences with entire themed areas, powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed on site hotels have been added across the destination.

“The addition of Caribbean Carnaval takes our guest experience to a new level,” says Barb Bowden, complex managing director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. “Our team set out to create an evening filled with food, fun and celebration. Guests can savor an amazing array of Caribbean-inspired food and drink one minute, then be on their feet doing the limbo next.”

The food served here strives to be as authentic as possible with dishes and drinks straight out of the Caribbean. Planter’s Punch, mojo roasted suckling pig, ropa vieja, jerk chicken, grilled snapper, Caribbean rum cake and guava flan are some of the great food selections.

A colorful cast of characters provides exciting live entertainment as they take guests on a musical voyage from Florida through the Bahamas with stops in Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad.


A musical journey through the islands with live music will get you grooving.

This is the Signature Calypso Punch Rum Cocktail that every guest gets upon arrival to the dinner show.

The Mojo Roasted Suckling Pig was quite a sight to behold, and it was very delicious.

You can't go wrong with a little bit of everything from the delicious Caribbean inspired buffet. Ropa Vieja with plantains, grilled snapper, suckling pig with an incredible chimichurri sauce, jerk chicken with sweet potatoes.


The dessert bar did not disappoint! Guava flan, Mexican chocolate fudge cake, coconut & caramel rice pudding & Caribbean Rum cake.


Caribbean Carnaval takes place every Wednesday night in the resort’s outdoor pavilion, Cayman Court. Seating begins at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.

Tickets are $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are complementary. Price includes gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and Planter’s Punch. Tax and ticketing fees apply.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit caribbeancarnaval.eventbrite.com


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Urbain 40

8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 872-2640

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Recently, Chef Tim Keating has taken over as the director of culinary operations for Boulevard Restaurants. 

Boulevard Restaurants currently consists of Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. From the moment of his arrival, Chef Tim has been busy playing around with the menu to put his own personal spin on the fare served at Urbain 40.


The Four time James Beard award nominee is highly passionate about using the freshest seasonal produce, sustainable meats and seafood, most of which are locally sourced. Chef Tim’s new menu is quite impressive with 23 new dish additions and changes, crafting them into seasonal favorites like the Duck Confit Troffie Di Abruzzo Pasta, Char-Crusted Angus Striploin and Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche “Cocktail.”

Urbain 40 has become a well known hot spot in the Dr. Phillips area known as Restaurant Row. The American Brasserie and Lounge that opened towards the end of 2015 made a name for itself by serving chef crafted cuisine inspired by American and continental classics set in a 1940’s style neighborhood eatery with imaginative offerings for lunch, dinner, and late night with a plethora of “Big City” cocktails.

Inside Urbain 40 you will find a simple and elegant atmosphere, reminiscent of the big band era. You can enjoy live music, which plays nightly selections from a host of genres ranging from Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Decor is classic brasserie with white linen table cloths, plenty of wood and shiny brass.

Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche "Cocktail" is one of the appetizer selections from the newly revamped menu. This dish features fresh and local rock shrimp and Cape Bay scallops in a mixture of radishes, cucumbers, palm hearts, peppadew peppers with citrus & tequila accentuations. This is a very creative ceviche.

The Elderflower Martini is a vibrant floral martini with hints of honey, white grape, and lime. This was a great “Big City” style cocktail.

Crispy Jonah Crab Cake is served atop a savory slaw, sauce verde and a piquant mango pepper coulis that made the flavors of the crab cake really come to life.

The Lemon Myrtle Dusted Gulf Swordfish & Slow Braised Heritage Cheshire Pork Belly is served with a Zellwood corn pudding, varietal mushrooms, white asparagus, & young turnips. It's in a dish like this, with so much flavor and a variety of ingredients, you truly see the brilliance of Chef Tim Keating.

Steak Frites is a traditional French bistro favorite, and the Char Crusted Angus NY Striploin is Chef Tim’s spin on the dish. The steak is coated in a mixture of dry rub seasonings that allow it to cook and crust up on the outside, while still allowing for a good medium and juicy steak inside. The frites are made of truffled pomme frites, and this is served with a sauce foyot, which is a variation of the classic Bearnaise sauce.

Troffie Di Abruzzo is a twisted Ligurian style pasta dumpling with duck confit & duck sausage, wilted rhapini & alba mushrooms. This entree was very flavorful, but also very rich and decadent in the French tradition.

After all the rich foods, the Lemon Meringue Tart was a great palate cleanser with Blueberry lavender sorbet, poppy seed crèma and Florida blueberries.

The Tropical Sundae Deluxe is a dessert that really infuses the concept of Continental American cuisine with toasted coconut gelato, rum soaked angel food cake, caramel sauce & pink peppercorn spiced pineapple.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you will enjoy the Sinful Chocolate & Peanut Butter Creation with layers of dark & milk chocolate, peanut butter crèma, and Florida blueberries.


Urbain 40 has always been a great restaurant, but with Chef Tim Keating presiding over the food, it just got way better. Now that he has this menu in place at Urbain 40, he's free to start focusing more on Paradiso 37, and that is exactly what he has planned...so stay tuned for updates on that.

Whether you are single, or are dining with a significant other, you are sure to have a great experience. Groups and larger parties are also very well taken care of as the restaurant has separate spaces that allow for privacy, but you can even leave the doors open to let the music of the big band era flow into your private event.

Urbain 40 is open for lunch from 11:00am until 2:00pm daily, with dinner service going from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 11:000pm.

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Mango’s Tropical Cafe Announces All-Star Lineup For Summer Concert Series

8126 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 673-4422



Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando Announces Its All-Star Lineup For “Mango’s Summer Concert Series” Kicking Off Friday, June 16

Summer is heating up in Central Florida as International Drive’s hottest destination in nightlife and entertainment, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, welcomes the biggest names in Latin music to their stage with the 2017 Mango’s Summer Concert Series.

With a state-of-the-art sound system and viewing areas from everywhere inside Mango’s breathtaking two story 55,000 square foot venue, concert goers will be up on their feet all night long while the hottest artists in Latin music entertain them.

Doors open at 9:30pm. Shows starts at 11pm, with the fun continuing until 2am. Pre-sale tickets start at $25 and can be purchased thru www.mangos.com or at http://ticketera.us/. VIP options are also available.

The exciting lineup includes:

Friday, June 16 - Andy Montañez

Friday, June 23 - Osmani Garcia

Friday, June 30 - Justin Quiles

Friday, July 7 – Coming Soon

Friday, July 14 - Jose Alberto "El Canario"

Friday, July 21 – Ismael Miranda and Jose Alberto El Canario

Friday, July 28 – Tony Dice

Friday, August 4 - Pirulo

Friday, August 11 – Tony Vega

Friday, August 18 – Tito Nieves

Friday, August 25 – Noriel


 “We could not be more excited to welcome Latin music’s biggest names to Mango’s Orlando,” says COO Joshua Wallack.” “This will undoubtedly be the biggest, hottest and most memorable concert series in town this summer, the next major offering of world-famous Mango’s, as we continue our epic transformation of the tourist district that is International Drive.”

For more information on Mango’s 2017 Summer Concert Series and Mango’s Tropical Café and attractions, call 407-673-4422 or visit www.mangos.com and www.facebook.com/MangosTropCafeOrlando.

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Pharmacy


8060 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 985-2972
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The Pharmacy is a throwback to a 1920’s era speakeasy. A place where alcohol could be "safely" purchased during the era of prohibition in the USA. 

Often times, speakeasy's pretended to be an apothecary on the outside, with a secret entrance where patrons could purchase alcoholic beverages in a low key setting. An apothecary was a legal place to sell and prepare medicines and drugs to remedy what ever was ailing you.

At the Pharmacy they have the whole concept down pretty good, as they have a remedy for whatever ails you, with good food, good drinks and even a secret entrance behind elevator doors that open up to a seemingly secret location in the Dr. Phillips area of Restaurant Row.

The pharmaceutical portion of Pharmacy is made with the finest ingredients to provide you with an antidote from all your troubles. Every tincture you find in the fully stocked medicine cabinet has been properly handcrafted and custom blended by expert Apothecaries. Using only the freshest greens for bitters, tonics and sodas to make the best tasting medicine you’ve ever had.

As the Pharmacy would say, “Our medicinals are not to be taken on an empty stomach”, so the food specialists put on the Ritz for you in the kitchen. Everything is made from local, organic, and sustainable foods so you know it’s the bee’s knees. The selection changes based on the “chef’s diagnosis”, but you always come out feeling just swell.

Loren Falsone and Tyler Brassil are in charge of the kitchen and work tirelessly to bring food that is unique and tasty to Pharmacy with a focus on quality and local sourcing. 


Dominick Tardugnoour is the head ‘pharmacist’, who tinkers with his beakers and herbs to create the perfect concoction. The combination of talents at Pharmacy in the kitchen and bar combine to make this the perfect place to get your prescription for whatever issues you may have and leave you feeling on top of the world.

The beaker of Gremolata Hand Cut French Fries is a very popular item at Pharmacy and is served with house made spicy mayo & ketchup.

The Tomato & Prosciutto Bruschetta is topped with Burrata cheese and a farm poached egg.

The “Buttery, Garlicky Cape Canaveral Rock Shrimp” are very tender and come right out of the shell. I love rock shrimp, as I call them the steak of shrimp.

Florida Fresh Tang Fried Chicken with Lime, Scallions & Sesame.

Margherita flatbread with Sciue-Sciue Tomato, Green H2Ouse and Purple Micro Basil.

The Bone Marrow and Oxtail with Fig Marmalade is a must have dish at Pharmacy Orlando. Very rich and full of flavor, this is an impressive entree.

Although fondue may not be considered some type of new gastronomical experience in 2017, the Classic Cheese Fondue at Pharmacy Orlando is pretty spectacular when you consider that it is made with a 100 Year Old Sourdough Crostini and served with spicy pickled green beans.

Taleggio Fritters are made with semisoft, washed-rind, smear-ripened Italian Taleggio cheese that is lightly battered and deep fried.


For a more simple dessert, the Caramelized Banana Split really hits the spot. This is made with double java ice cream, caramelized banana, hot fudge, coconut crumble & fresh whipped cream.


The Hot Maple Pecan Sticky Bun with Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a twist on two southern classics that you can't go wrong with.

If you want something more contemporary, try the Berry & Cherry XO with Pavlova & Dark Chocolate Pot De Creme Yum. Its super fancy, and super tasty.

For a dessert that hits on all of your tastebuds, the Lemon Tart with rum dulce de leche, macadamia, mascarpone whipped cream & almond brittle provides sweet, tart, crunchy, and smooth all at once.

The Pharmacy, while it has grown in popularity is a not so secret, secret anymore, but it is still an experience to check out. It is sure to be a fun time for guests and a memorable experience. Loren and Tyler hit on all sixes to provide you with quality dishes to compliment your ailments, and the drink selection from Dominick Tardugnoour is sure to be stiff and will fix any ailments you may have.

Pharmacy Orlando is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, while Friday and Saturday they are open until midnight. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

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Chefs Collaboration Dinner with Pizza Bruno at Ravenous Pig

565 W Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 628-2333
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Fresh off an Orlando Magazine “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” award for his popular Orlando eatery Pizza Bruno, Chef Bruno Zacchini, a Swine Family alum, will return to The Ravenous Pig.

The one night only Italian themed collaboration dinner with Ravenous Pig's very own Chef Nick Sierputowski takes place on Sunday, June 11.


The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary cocktail reception along with an amuse-bouche from each chef. The four-course dinner is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Optional beverage pairings will be available.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 407-628-2333.


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Chef Gavin Kaysen and Président Cheese team up at Apron's Cooking School


Publix at Winter Park Village
440 N Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 644-1204
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Come join Président brand chef expert Gavin Kaysen for a delicious evening of adventure and inspiration. 

Chef Kaysen has inspired foodies with appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef, NBC’s Today Show and The Food Network’s Iron Chef.

Now, the James Beard Award-Winner comes to Apron’s Cooking School sharing his culinary credibility, as he brings to life four of his exclusive recipes featuring Europe’s leading cheese and butter expert, Président. From indulgent grilled brie to mouthwatering madeleines, you’re sure to leave inspired for your next entertaining occasion.

Every guest will learn how to prepare a few dishes that are sure to please any crowd. The menu will feature Chef Gavin’s recipe for Grilled Président Brie with Saba and Plums, Président Feta Crumbles and Compressed Melon Salad, Président Rondele and Grilled Lamb Naan Wrap and Président Butter and Madeleines.

                      

When:
Thursday, June 1 at 6:15pm (classes typically end around 8:40pm)

Where:
Publix at Winter Park Village, 440 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

Tickets:
Priced at $45.00. Available here.


Président is a leading brand of the Lactalis Group, a company founded in France in 1933, and today the global leader in dairy. Lactalis Group brings over 80 years of French artisanship and tradition to the dairy industry.

Président is a leading cheese brand in Europe with a wide range of specialty and PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) cheeses, and has won more than 70 medals over the past eight years, distinguishing itself in every contest from 2009 to 2016. For more information, including a full product list, visit www.presidentcheese.com.



Chef Gavin Kaysen is executive chef and owner of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, MN, and Bellecour in Wayzata, MN. He was, before that, the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary operations for Daniel Boulud in New York City, overseeing Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, Toronto and New York City.

Gavin has appeared regularly on television, including on Bravo TV’s Top Chef as a guest judge, The Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, CBS News and multiple appearances on NBC’s Today Show.


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Tin & Taco

40 W Washington St. 
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 425-4340
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Say hello to one of Downtown Orlando’s newest restaurants, and quite possibly the newest hot spot in the area.

Tin & Taco is the all new custom and craft taco bar on Washington Street in Downtown Orlando serving up craft tacos and craft beer.

This space used to be occupied by a place called “What's Your Beef” that was a deli with breakfast and lunch options. Tin & Taco offers tacos, chips and salsa, queso, canned craft beers and craft soda from Stubborn Soda on the fountain tap.

Everything on the menu is available as a taco, a burrito, a bowl or a salad... and for your late night drinking excursions, you can even get your menu selection put into a bag of Doritos. In Mexico they call that Dorilocos, and it’s quite the Mexican street food craze.

Rob Bair was a former part owner of Gringos Locos. He had the idea to start Tin & Taco as a more “grown up” version of Gringos with a focus on quality eats and craft beers that are good anytime of the day, not just after you have had way too much to drink.

The name comes from a basic idea: Tin = Craft beer served in cans only, and Tacos = Tacos.

I have been twice, and my assistant at Tastes of Orlando (Katie Hinton) and my wife, who both work downtown have practically made T&T their go to restaurant for lunch. So far, it’s been nothing short of awesome.

A look at the beer cooler full of craft beers from local breweries, like my favorite, Crooked Can, to more commonly known craft beers like Lagunitas and DogFish Head.

Chips and house made salsa with a side of Beer Cheese Queso. T & T makes a different queso every week using various beers from the cooler.

I tried the Boom Boom in burrito form for my first visit. The Boom Boom is certified Angus ground beef, pico de gallo, potato sticks, spicy boom boom sauce and rice. If you get this as a bowl, it is served over shredded lettuce. Very fun to eat and very tasty.

The Chick Magnet in bowl form features shredded chicken, pico de gallo, shredded jack and cheddar cheese, cotija cheese, cilantro garlic sauce and is served atop shredded lettuce and rice. Really great flavors all around.

Craft beer, out of Tin cans = Tin & Taco

The Tacosaurus on the left is full of ground beef, lettuce, jack and cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and most importantly Crushed Doritos. On the right is the Hail Caesar with chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, potato sticks, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. What's not to like?

B-O-B taco on the left with chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, pico de gallo and homemade ranch. Notorious P.IG. on the right is made with slow & low braised pork, craft beer queso, spicy boom boom sauce, salsa and cotija cheese. Both were exceptionally delicious. All taco tortillas at T&T are first covered in cheese, then grilled just enough to make a cheesy crunchy crust.

The food here is not only delicious, but it's fun to eat in a cool atmosphere. Yes, this place is very small with a limited amount of seating, so depending on what time you come here, you may be sitting at a communal table, or your best bet may be to get your food to go.

The food comes out in a timely fashion and the staff here is always on top of things and can help answer any questions you may have about the menu. They are always changing the beer queso and adding new specialty tacos throughout the month, so stop by sometime soon and have a burrito, a bowl, a taco, or just get it all put into a bag of Doritos.

Tin & Taco is open from Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm, while staying open late on Fridays to 3:00 am. Saturday hours are from 6:00 pm till 3:00 am and they are closed on Sunday.

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Hourglass Brewing

480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 262-0056
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Founded in 2012 in a small building behind a massage parlor with seating for 12, Hourglass Brewing is the embodiment of humble beginnings. 

The dream of two friends that began brewing on their back porch, funded by the sales of toy collections, musical equipment, and some family help,  they take pride in a slightly tongue in cheek status as being the “Oldest brewery in Longwood, FL”.

They are obsessed with finding the perfect ingredient every time – from locally grown tropical fruits, to Indian and South American herbs, hops from Africa and Japan, or malt from Chile and Scotland ensuring you always get the best glass of beer possible.

The spacious 240 seat taproom is uniquely decorated with nostalgic remembrances, geek culture, and the work of local artists. Stacked with table top and console games for free play, they also host frequent live music and comedy nights.

Tastes Of Orlando was recently invited to a beer pairing dinner that featured fresh brews from Hourglass and food from local area restaurants. It was a fun time with good food and even better beer.


The evening started with Saison du Sablier, a 6.9% ABV crisp, dry & refreshing Belgian Saison. It was Paired with Natural Springs Dairy blue cheese on Old Hearth Bread Company sourdough.

Our second course was the Honeybell Wit, a 5.4%ABV that is a well balanced beer with spicy black pepper notes & a soothing citrus character. This was paired with Chicken Pad Thai from Thai Delight. Both were perfectly paired and delicious.

The third course featured Brown Beer, Brown Beer, What Do You See?, a 6.1% ABV Smooth and full bodied with malt forward flavor. The pairing of a hamburger slider with pork belly & battered cheese curds from The Spot was spot on.

For something really interesting, the fourth course featured Morlock Stout, with a 6.8% ABV that is a smooth & full bodied milk stout with chocolate, paired with a Choco Taco from Wako Taco.

The evening ended with Violet, a 7.4% ABV smooth, rich & complex blueberry sour. This was paired with Cheesecake provided by Pickles Delicatessen. I'm not a fan of plain cheesecake, but washing each bite down with the blueberry beer was quite a flavorful experience.

Come grab a pint and relax on the dog friendly patio or take a peek behind the glass walled brew house to observe the daily brew process. One visit and you’ll see why the Hourglass taproom is as distinct as the beers that are poured there.

They have different events throughout the week with live bands, themed nights, trivia nights and cask tastings. It's really an eclectic spot with cool people and some of the best brews in Central Florida



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