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Jakes American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort


6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819
407-503-3200
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort is a great place to experience the allure of the south seas and feel the excitement of a time when adventurous travelers first island-hopped the South Pacific. 

Travelers often took breaks to relax along their journey at magnificent resorts where they could just kick back and enjoy the beauty of the islands. What makes Royal Pacific Resort so much more than just beauty and relaxation and a really cool lagoon style pool, is the great food they offer as well. After all, weary travelers do need to be refreshed.

The hotel boasts quite a few interesting dining options like the Wantilan Luau with live music and authentic Polynesian cuisine, Emeril's Tchoup Chop - Emeril Lagasse's take on Asian/Polynesian cuisine, Jake's American Bar - featuring live entertainment on select nights and the Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar with inventive sushi and South Seas martinis.

If that's not enough to tempt you to visit yet, I've got more..

Loews Hotels & Resorts locations are celebrating National Burger Month with locally inspired signature burgers paired with craft beers, available through the end of June. In Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are grilling up specialty burgers and pairing them with craft beer for the summer season.

From pickles and onion rings to French fries and coleslaw, everything goes with a good burger – but nothing quite like a cold beer. The talented food and beverage teams at Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando have done their research, piecing together a perfect combination of unique burgers and brews. The resulting burger and craft beer pairing is not only delicious, but also complements Loews’ dedication to delighting guests with exciting and approachable local travel experiences.

At Loews Royal Pacific Resort, guests in Jake’s American Bar can enjoy the B-52 Bomber Burger, a black angus burger with short ribs, caramelized onion, horseradish cheddar, lettuce and tomato paired with Jake’s American Red Lager, a smooth red lager with a hearty hop finish.

At Splendido, the poolside bar and grill at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, chefs will be grilling the Buddha Burger with pickled vegetables, pea sprouts and sriracha mayo, and pairing it with Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen.

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel is featuring its famous Kitchen Burger with fresh angus beef, bacon, cheddar, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and chipotle horseradish aioli, paired with Funky Buddha Brewery’s Hop Gun IPA.

At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the bowling alley will feature its popular Galaxy Bacon Cheeseburger paired with Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale.

Here is a sampling of what's on tap at Jake's American Bar...

Mexican Seafood Cocktail Shot with local fish, shrimp, scallop, avocado, cilantro, citrus tomato cocktail sauce paired with Cigar City Jai Alai. This was tangy and sweet with a dash of spice and very delicious.


B-52 Bomber Burger is a beef patty with braised short rib, caramelized onion, and horseradish cheddar paired with Jake’s American Red Lager and topped with onion rings. It was really quite a mouthful, but it was cooked perfectly medium and quite good. Jake's American Red is a very smooth and enjoyable beer, but it is only available at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.


From left to right… Jake's American Red, Boulevard Dark Truth Stout, Cigar City Jai Alai, Swamp Head Cotton Mouth.


The Churro Bread Pudding with salted caramel ice cream, spiced candied pecans was paired with Boulevard Dark Truth Stout and all of it was extraordinarily tasty.
Jake’s is open daily from 11:00 am - 1:30 am with a limited late night menu from 10:00 pm - 1:30 am. Locally inspired signature burgers paired with craft beers are available through the end of June. For more information or to arrange your stay, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com.
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Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency


9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL. 32819
(407) 345-4570


Some of you may remember the former Peabody Hotel and the famous marching ducks. One of the restaurants inside of this establishment was an Italian restaurant by the name of Napa. 

Gone are the days of the ducks, and the Peabody itself for that matter, as Hyatt purchased the property a few years ago and turned it into The Hyatt Grand Regency. Napa stuck around for a while after that, but now the restaurant has transitioned into Urban Tide, which offers diners a modern twist on local Florida seafood favorites.

The concept of Urban Tide is to accentuate the chic coastal cuisine and the freshest seafood from Florida’s bountiful coast. Seasonal favorites are celebrated and elevated with bold flavors served in a stylish setting. With dark wood furnishings and modern decor, Urban Tide offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the grotto pool.

Chef Jared Gross brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to life with his modern twist on coastal favorites. Highlights from the new menu include a selection of starters such as a ceviche with citrus marinated Florida sea bass and serrano spiked rock shrimp and grouper cheeks with shishito peppers. Seafood selections include gulf grouper, sea bass and whole red snapper, which can be prepared blackened, grilled, or sauteed. All seafood dishes are served with a trio of house made sauces. Other favorites include grilled domestic lamb rack with tomato farro risotto and baby zucchini as well as a classic Cioppino.

Whether dining for lunch or dinner, guests will find a classic or current take on favorite handcrafted cocktails, or they may select from a distinctive collection of craft beers and fine wines. When it comes to wines and cocktails, you can rest assured that Hyatt Regency has put just as much thought into libations as they have the food. The people at Hyatt have teamed up with a few very distinctive wine makers from various regions across the globe, to make sure they are bringing their guests the very best selection and pairings possible.

The restaurants at the Hyatt Regency will feature various “Chef’s Table” events throughout the year, where the the head chef and a selected winemaker or a selected beer brewer will collaborate to create an evening of food and fine wine, or food and fine beer pairings at Urban Tide and Fiorenzo “Chef’s Table” dinner events. Fiorenzo is the Italian steakhouse on the property that combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a refined selection of steaks, chops and seafood.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Chefs Table” event and enjoy an extraordinary evening of delicious foods from Chef Jared Gross and some great wine from Argentina with Juan Pablo Gonzalez, who is a representative for Pascual Toso wines.

When in the mid 1880s Pascual Toso set out towards Argentina from his home town, Canale D’Alba, in Piamonte, Italy, he could not have imagined that he would become the founder of a winery, which is today one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Argentina.

The Toso brand benefits of a real success not just in the national market, but also worldwide. The Bodega has gained years of experience in exporting to international markets, and the wines are available in more than 30 markets including the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Europe, Russia, Korea, Canada and Latin America.

The most important part of Toso wines is the passion for the wines and the quality they try to achieve. Since 1890, Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso has become one of the most exciting and promising Argentine wineries and remains faithful to its principles: Tradition, Authenticity, Innovation.


Our evening was started with a reception that featured a Florida Grouper Ceviche with serrano peppers and a calamari ring, as well as a glass or two of Toso Brut Sparkling Chardonnay. I was impressed with the ceviche and the spiciness of it, but I was falling in love with the Champagne like sparkling chardonnay.
 
Seafood is certainly an international food, but biscuits are a pretty southern thing, so why not pair them together with Red Spruce Farms Cheddar Biscuits served with a burnt onion jam and a pimento spread.


The Diver Scallop with brown butter and lobster risotto was our first course, and it was a delectable dish made with fennel, chives and blood orange. 


That delectable diver scallop came paired with a soft and very aromatic Toso Chardonnay from 2012. It has an extremely pleasant aroma and was quite enjoyable.


The Linguica Sausage Croquettes were a rather interesting second course, and they were quite tasty. They are made with braised rabbit gribeche, which is a mayonnaise style cold egg sauce, and walnut rye crumbs. This was served along with a wonderful Toso Malbec Reserve 2012. The Malbec Reserve is one of the top wines from Toso because it is easy on the palate and is a serious Malbec at a good value.


Our third course was a Bison Filet with Wild Mushroom Cannelloni in a smoked tomato butter sauce. This was a rather heavy portion of food, but delicious nonetheless. Although the food was good, It took a backseat to the Toso Pedregal 2010 that was served up alongside.


The Toso Pedregal 2010 is made with 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak with the Cabernet Sauvignon being aged in American oak barrels, and the Malbec being aged in French oak. After that, the wine is aged 10 months in bottles before release. All of this makes for a mesmerizing flavor of beautiful black fruit with blackberry, boysenberry and accents of licorice. One sip, and you will see why the Pedregal is of notable pedigree and a very special wine indeed.


Our fourth and final course of the evening was a Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with burnt honey ice cream and spring berries. A very elegant dessert with the outstanding flavor of the burnt honey ice cream. Our dessert came with Toso Altah Syrah 2010. This is a wine with an intense nose of dark fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak spices, and it was a perfect wine to end the evening on.

The next Chef’s Table event will be held at Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse on Saturday May 23rd. Chef de Cuisine Will Walters will be heading up his first Chef’s Table dinner featuring steakhouse favorites served with ice cold selections from New Belgium Brewing. Limited seats are available and you can call 407-345-4570 for reservations.

Also on the calendar for May is Summer Sensation, Live on the Garden Terrace. Guest will get an opportunity to feel the sensation as country singer-songwriter and national recording artist Josh Thompson takes the stage with JT Hodges and Nikki Lane to kick off summer in unforgettable fashion on Sunday, May 24. Live on the Garden Terrace, the hotels first ever concert celebration pairs the hottest summer music sensations with cool breezes, ice cold brews and handcrafted cocktails. Summer Sensation tickets are available without hotel accommodations via EventBrite.

General Admission is $45 and VIP Admission is $75. All ticket holders receive free self-parking and 20% off food at the signature restaurants.

Hyatt Regency Orlando offers guests the very best of both worlds from business travel to tourism. Located on I-Drive in the Convention District, they offer an upscale vacation resort with an unrivaled radius to top attractions for corporate travel or theme park adventures. No matter what brings you to Central Florida, this is a wonderful place to treat yourself to some rest and rejuvenation. From state of the art spa and salon services to award winning culinary expertise, you will be immersed in indulgence.

The hotel is connected to the Orange County Convention Center, and is only minutes from the magical Disney theme parks. They also offer 315,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to host events, from business conferences to elegant weddings with style and sophistication.

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