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New Menu Items at The Boheme Restaurant

325 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando FL 32801
407-313-9000
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The Grand Bohemian Hotel is Celebrated as an experience in art and music, and takes center stage as downtown Orlando’s luxury icon. 

From the moment you arrive you will be dazzled with a blend of art, music and memorable hospitality that will immerse the senses.

The Bosendorfer Lounge is always a favorite among the bars downtown with Orlando’s only live jazz music with an Imperial Grand Bosendorfer piano, one of only a handful in the world. Here guests can enjoy wine, cocktails and small bites.

Inside the hotel's restaurant, The Boheme, you can immerse yourself in great taste, rich wood furnishings, hand selected ingredients, and an extensive wine list, that will take your experience beyond a simple meal. It becomes a delicious performance that you’ll want to savor beyond your last bite.

Chef Laurent Hollaender has put together an eclectic menu that will tempt you outside of your comfort zone to a meal that will satisfy more than your hunger. Some new additions to the menu include some Vegan items like Vegan Linguine Bolognese, Beet Poke Bowl and a Spiced Chickpea and Lentil Soup, all of which were fabulous by the way.

The Boheme has also incorporated the use of Black Bee Honey in some it’s cocktails and various food items. Black Bee Honey is a non-profit organization run by young entrepreneurs from the Parramore and Holden Heights communities in Orlando, with a mission to turn communities from food deserts to food oases. 


We started with a tasting of some new and standard appetizers like this staple, Tomato and Burrata with heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, aged balsamic, fresh oregano, fleur de sel & cracked pepper.

Beef Carpaccio is also another standard menu item at The Boheme, made with marinated dry aged Wagyu, shaved Parmesan, arugula, crispy capers and mustard aioli.

Grilled Peach Salad is a new addition that is perfect for spring and summer, this salad was very good and refreshing with field greens, pecans, goat cheese, raspberries, cornbread croutons and a fig & sherry vinaigrette.

Calamari is served family style, so there is more than enough to share. With a nice batter on the calamari, jalapenos, olives, piquillo peppers, capote capers, Meyer lemon, oregano, Moroccan harissa sauce, this is definitely a notable dish with distinct flavors not found on most calamari offerings.

I really found the Beet Poke Bowl very interesting and quite tasty. This is one of the new Vegan items with marinated beets, kimchi cucumbers, radish, carrots, grilled scallions, avocado and jasmine rice.

Vegan Linguine Bolognese was simply outstanding, I could not believe this tasted so good, made with ground cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, onions, pumpkin seeds and sun dried tomatoes topped with cashew Parmesan.

Spiced Chickpea and Lentil Soup is also part of the new Vegan selection at The Boheme, this was a very savory and tasty soup with onions, carrot, turmeric, fried chickpeas, lemon and micro greens.

After all the Vegan dishes, It was time for some meat… and this new addition to the menu, a 42 oz. 1855 Beef Tomahawk was a show stopper. This gets Flambeed and carved table side and is served with grilled asparagus, grape tomatoes, yukon gold potatoes, yellow beet mash and a side of Porcini mushroom Sauce… simply amazing!

We ended our evening with a refreshing Blueberry Lavender Gelato and this excellent Black Bee Honey Cheesecake with orange blossom honey cheesecake, Grand Marnier caramel sauce and a honeycomb waffle crisp.

Located moments away from downtown’s cultural gems, as well as Orlando’s magical theme parks, The Grand Bohemian Hotel fosters a setting that celebrates creativity and inspires the soul, and the same can be said for The Boheme Restaurant .

Chef Laurent Hollaender and his staff have done a wonderful job of upholding quality menu items that taste just as good as they look and will encourage you to try something new and exciting.


The Boheme is open on Sundays as well for some of the best brunch in downtown Orlando. They are open daily for dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and on Sunday they close at 9:00pm. Sunday Brunch is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 

The Boheme Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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St. Patrick's Day Block Party

951 Market Promenade Ave.
Suite 1115, Lake Mary, FL 32746
407-936-3782

Celebrate St. Patty’s 2020 With Liam Fitzpatrick’s, Graffiti Junktion, Duffy’s And F&D Cantina At The 12th Annual Lake Mary St. Patrick’s Block Party On Saturday, March 14th.

Central Florida’s #1 Irish Pub joins together with Colonial Town Park Plaza neighbors for the biggest, FREE St. Patty’s Block Party in North Orlando, featuring festive live entertainment, multiple DJs, drinks and supporting Orlando City Youth Soccer.

It’s time again to go green and join the luck of the Irish at Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, Graffiti Junktion, Duffy’s Sports Grill and F&D Cantina for the 12th annual St. Patrick’s Lake Mary Block Party on Saturday, March 14th.

North Orlando’s biggest block party is FREE to attend and kicks off at Colonial Town Park plaza at 4pm. The epic event features festive live entertainment throughout the night from Orlando Firefighters Bagpipes & Drums, three live DJs, drink specials and authentic Irish food and fun.

The Lake Mary St. Patrick’s Block Party also supports Orlando City Youth Soccer, who will be on site collecting donations. Orlando City Youth Soccer is the preeminent youth club in Lake Mary, whose core values are player development, parental guidance, coaches education and community outreach.

“While we strive to deliver a traditional Irish pub experience 365 days a year, St. Patty’s is, without question, our most highly anticipated main event,” says Liam Fitzpatrick’s General Manager Dominick Coloni. “We are excited to join back together with our plaza neighbors and Orlando City Youth Soccer, start 2020 off strong and see all of our loyal patrons at the best, the biggest and the most memorable St. Patrick’s party.”

Enjoy the 12th annual Lake Mary St. Patrick’s Block Party on Saturday, March 14th starting at 4pm at Colonial Town Park located at 951 Market Promenade Avenue, Suite 1115, Lake Mary, FL 32746. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/liamfitzpatricks.

Successfully operating since April of 2008, Liam Fitzpatrick’s welcomes guests with its traditional Irish pub exterior, rich wood furnishings and accents, large dining room, fully stocked bar and pub area and private dining room.

Lively and festive day to late night, Liam’s provides the perfect setting for any occasion whether it’s a business lunch, a gathering with old friends or a celebration with new ones. With a wide-ranging menu of great home-cooked food to suit every taste and pouring some of the best beers and wines in the world, Liam’s delivers an unmatched experience in the warmest hospitality. 

Liam’s is open daily for lunch, dinner and happy hour and offers Saturday and Sunday brunch service. Hours of operation are Monday 11am-11pm, Tuesday through Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-2am, Saturday 10:30am-2am and Sunday 10:30am-11pm. For more information, call 407-936-3782 or visit www.liamfitzpatricks.com.
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Antonio's Trattoria and Wine Bar

528 S Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 636-7222
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Antonios Trattoria and Wine Bar started out as a place to grab a good slice of pizza, enjoy some salad and wings and a glass of wine or two. The inside was complete with exposed brick walls, a rather basic menu and red and white checkered tablecloths.

In the last few months, things have drastically changed, and they are now focused on a Trattoria Italian-style eating establishment that is generally less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria.

In Tuscany, a Trattoria rooted in tradition may typically provide no printed menu, casual service, wine sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, and low prices, with an emphasis on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. Food tends to be modest but plentiful (mostly following regional and local recipes).

Inside Antonios is definitely more of an authentic Trattoria with the redo that was done. The walls have decorations on them, the red and white checkered tablecloths have been upgraded to white linen, and the vibe is definitely upscale, but still very casual with modest pricing, and the pizza is a thing of the past.

Food here focuses on traditional Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with dishes that reflect the regions very adequately. Sauces are made fresh with the highest quality ingredients delivered daily.

The heart of Antonio’s is in their food, they work hard and do good with simple cuisine that reflects the regions from which the food comes from. They are eager to share the family traditions with you and welcome you to the family, too.

I usually don't post about free complimentary bread offered at most restaurants, but this bread at Antonio’s was special. Fresh, Crisp, and loaded with Parmessan and a very fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I can gladly tell you, we ate the whole loaf.

I love a good Buratta, and the one served up here is pretty awesome. Burrata Pugliese E Parma Prosciutto features some exceptional Burrata, arugula, fresh tomatoes, Parma ham, roasted peppers and Modena balsamic reduction.

If you love a great Carpaccio, like I do, then look no more… Carpaccio di Manzo con Rucola and Parmigiano is simply amazing, this dish is made with thinly sliced filet mignon, arugula, shaved reggiano and truffle oil, and is hands down some of the best I've ever had.

Northern Italian fare is really based in Butter and Cream sauces, rather than traditional red sauces, and Tortellini con Panna E Piselli at Anthony’s is a great example of that, this is a magnificent pasta dish that is made with Veal stuffed tortellini, pancetta and peas in a reggiano cream sauce. This was simply outstanding.

On the left we have Filetto di Sogliola alla Francese, a Sole fillet Francese style in a chardonnay lemon sauce that was so flavorful and just fell to pieces when going for a bite, and a very great piece of Sole fillet. On the right is Scaloppine di Vitello alla Valdostana, a Veal scaloppini topped with prosciutto, fontina cheese and sage in chardonnay sauce over sautéed spinach.

Although we would have loved one of the many great desserts Antonio’s offers, like a fine cannoli, we settled for a really great espresso made with Julius Meinl coffee from Vienna, which was very strong, delicious and reinvigorating.

Whether you prefer a dish inspired by northern Italian cooking such as Tortellini con Panna E Piselli or a southern Italian delight inspired by the bright lively Mediterranean taste that most people associate with Italian cuisine, you’ll find the same commitment to bold yet balanced flavor common to all great Italian cooking at Antonio’s La Trattoria.

Antonio’s is closed on Monday. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 10: 00 pm.
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Izziban


5310 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
​407-270-8811
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Since opening their first Izziban location on Sand Lake, the brand has expanded into the further reaches of Orlando to a Metro West location and an East Colonial location. We visited the East Colonial Izziban.

The Izziban "lakeside" location on East Colonial opened its doors in 2015 with a lakeside location that is very spacious and allows guests to get a true experience of Korean BBQ with a more social and engaging dinner experience.

Izziban offers both marinated and non marinated selections of meat, all steeped and cut in house that includes unlimited sushi, a variety of appetizers and a salad bar/buffet. There are three pricing options if going for the KBBQ, one option is $18.99 that includes 3 meats, next one is $21.99 for 10 meats, and finally $32.99 for 14 meats.

The $32.99 option includes filet mignon, ribeye steak, rib fingers and marinated sirloin to name a few. With all three options, you can request as much as you can eat, but do be forewarned, if you order another round of meat and fail to eat all of it, you will be penalized. A half pound of leftover meat will result in another $32.99 charge.

With the concept of "Banchan" meaning "side dishes" in Korean, Izziban provides the most flexible meal that everyone can enjoy. From varieties of meats to grill, to side dishes like gyoza, sushi, yakitori, Spring rolls, and all of the buffet items, there is something for everyone.

Even if grilling your meat at your table does not appeal to you, they have a very good selection of noodles, like Yaki Udon, Yaki Soba, Miso Ramen and a variety of specialty entrees. They serve Bibimbop, Katsu Curry, Bulgogi, Galbi and Bento Boxes as well as having a decent Sushi selection.

While we waited for our seats, we hung out at the bar and ordered some Spring Rolls with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

Speaking of the bar, they have an amazing selection of Korean beverages like Cass Fresh Beer, and Chum Churum Peach Soju. Soju is very similar to sake and is made from rice, but has more water and a higher alcohol content. What's even better is when you combine a Cass Fresh and a Peach Soju, and at Izziban they give you measured glasses just for that.

We opted for the $21.99 option with 10 meats, that also includes sides like these wonderfully pan fried Gyoza with a sweet and savory sesame dipping sauce.

The Volcano roll was pretty good, again this an included side dish, and you can have as much as you want and order a variety of different rolls.

A sampling of items available from the buffet....fried rice, fried calamari, sesame balls, and chicken skewers. They have all the miso and clear soups at the buffet plus a salad bar and dessert bar with a chocolate fountain.

Cooking Beef Brisket and Marinated Spicy Chicken on the BBQ grill. The $21.99 option includes Beef Brisket, Regular and Spicy Marinated Chicken, Fresh and Wine Pork Belly, Pork Jowl, Oyster Blade, Marinated Sirloin, Regular and Spicy Marinated Pork.

While each location has its own distinct appeal and personality apart from the others, all locations offer affordable lunch specials, unbelievable happy hour deals, and a full bar.

The All-You-Can-Eat menu and inclusive selections may differ by location and price options. The buffet selections may change seasonally and will only be included as a portion of the All-You-Can-Eat BBQ purchase.

Izziban East Colonial is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, with various rotating specials and happy hours throughout the week.

Izziban Sushi & BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Thai Villa


7355 Aloma Ave
Winter Park, Florida
(407) 677-8957
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Thai Villa is in a very unassuming location, tucked away in a little area on Aloma Avenue that shares space with a dance studio and a tattoo parlor, but the food here is anything but unassuming.

Family owned and operated for years, the people here take pride in the food they serve, and they double up on that with friendly and exceptional service.

This little Thai place has delicious food at reasonable prices for lunch and dinner, and one can ramp up the heat to "Thai Hot", but taste buds beware....that level gets pretty hot. If you are uncertain about heat levels of Tahi Food, your best bet is just to add heat with the spice tray, and control the burn.

From Traditional appetizers, to Pad Thai Dishes, Duck, Curries, Seafood dishes, Salads, and of course Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Villa has exactly what you are looking for.

We started off with Chicken Rolls with Plum Sauce, but I requested the Peanut Sauce instead, and they were delicious.

Sure, pan fried dumplings, or steamed dumplings are great, but have you ever had Deep Fried Dumplings? Simply amazing, and the first I've ever had them deep fried.

The Double Delight was excellent with Chili Jam Sauce, Cashews, Onions and Peppers, Snow Peas and Celery. I chose beef as my protein.This is a dish more on the hotter scale, but was not too hot. This is served with a side of white rice.

Smoky and the Bandit at Thai Villa with Shrimp, Clear Noodles, Cabbage, Baby Corn, Bell Pepper and Celery in a smoked pepper and soy sauce was simply fantastic.

No stop at a really good Thai Restaurant is complete without checking out the quality of their Mango Sticky Rice, and the version served up at Thai Villa is Amazing. Its especially amazing when looking for a great dessert and something to cool your tongue after eating hot Thai Food.

Thai Villa is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, then reopens for Dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. They are closed on Wednesday. Friday and Saturday, they are open till 10:00 pm. Sunday they are open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and reopen at 5:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm.

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@The Diner

Lake Cay Shopping Center
9938 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-237-7687

When they started this venture in 2017, they admitted that their motives were a little bit selfish. 

They were getting tired of not finding that one neighborhood spot where the food tastes like home and the service feels like family.

Native New Yorker's with over 20 years experience now residing in Florida, they finally began to visualize it. The people at @The Diner immediately started looking for the perfect location to share a vision with Orlando.

Being family owned & operated they are intensely passionate about bringing fresh made affordable food and friendly comfortable service to your table.

“Meet us @ The Diner where a taste of home is right around the corner" is a great slogan for the warm, friendly and unpretentious staff that is only equal to its food and comfortable atmosphere.

The food here is simple, delicious and made with pride, with great service and feels of home. Everything from Omelets, Waffles, Pancakes, Benedicts, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, to Chicken and Waffle Sliders are delicious.


We really enjoyed the Sausage and Peppers Omelet with home fries (I requested well done home fries, and they were awesome) We enjoyed this place a lot, just good old fashioned food and unpretentious.

Sure, Chicken and Waffles may be a bit played out, but these Chicken and Waffle Sliders are pretty damn awesome. They are large and in charge. I would recommend sharing them with someone and ordering a few side items.

A Side Stack Of Silver Dollar Pancakes that were completely amazing!

Believe it or not, one of our guests does not like eggs, but that’s OK @The Diner, they got a plate of Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes and bread… A real Meat and Potatoes dish!

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits were just like mom or grandma used to make, Savory and delicious. 

@The Diner is a great spot for Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch on the weekends. The food here is really good, simple and delicious, served in a friendly family atmosphere.

@The Diner is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, with brunch served on the weekends.
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Galeria Restaurant

4979 New Broad Street
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 543-3279
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Galeria was founded from a group of international service and hospitality entrepreneurs whose background in classical performing arts and culinary arts were inspired to offer great food and great art, giving artists a place to showcase their work.

Knowing the culture in Baldwin Park they wanted to give customers a delightful mix of both.

Galeria takes pride in being a part of the urban lifestyle along beautiful Lake Baldwin. Inside, in addition to wonderful artwork, you will wine and dine enjoying an eclectic variety of premium Steaks, Chops, Seafood and Salads prepared with the freshest ingredients, artistically named and presented.

The menu here includes vegan and gluten-free dishes as well. The lunch menu contains smaller plates consisting of assorted meats and cheeses, shrimp bites, thick-cut compart duroc bacon and spinalis sliders.

Delicious Salad choices are named for famous artists such as Peter Thorpe, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens and Mabel Alvarez and are all made to order with the option of chicken, grilled shrimp or steak.

Burgers and Sandwiches are also available and there are Flats of the Day. Small plates and salads are also available for dinner along with main courses.

Featured items include a Center Cut Ribeye, Dry Aged Compart Duroc NY strip steak, Filet Mignon, Tomahawk Steak, Roasted Airline Chicken, Dry Aged Compart Duroc Pork Chops, Seasonal Fish plate, Eggplant Steak and Pasta dishes.

The Dali Salad consists of Crunchy red romaine hearts, applewood smoked blue cheese, blistered tomatoes and house crumbled bacon. This is great to share, or have as a salad dish all for yourself.

The Bacon Flight consists of Thick Cut Duroc Bacon with a jerked agave Sriracha glaze, a dazed and glazed maple chipotle sauce and Bacon Jam. ...and it's simply amazing!

The Spinalis Sliders were a favorite, and simply delicious.  Spinalis steaks are the cap of the ribeye and have all the flavor and marbling. The Sliders here start with espresso rubbed spinalis and are topped with caramelized onions, arugula and a Wasabi Cucumber Sriracha aioli served on Hawaiian Slider buns.

The Pallet at Galeria Restaurant is a great starter that includes assorted dried meats, cheeses, sun dried tomatoes, grilled artichokes, grilled house bread, pickled onions, grilled mushrooms and a balsamic glaze.

The Van Gough is a Large and in Charge Tomahawk Steak that can feed Four. Topped with melted garlic butter, this an impressive cut of steak, that will feed four easily!

Chocolate Cheesecake with peanut butter filled cheese cake in a hard outer shell of chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Here is another great dessert, a Chocolate Cake with Fudge, and yes the spoon was edible.

Galeria's location is truly one of a kind, with great food, service and location all in one, overlooking Lake Baldwin, and all of the Artwork inside is for sale.

Galeria is open Mon: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, and then from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

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Ideas for Valentine's Day at various Orlando Restaurants

Orlando FL.
(Various Locations)

Here is a list of some excellent dining options around Central Florida for you and that someone special this Valentine's Day.

What's even better? Since Valentines is on a Friday this year, some of these restaurants are offering the dining specials throughout the weekend.

Here is a list of places with great food offerings all at pretty decent prix fixe prices:

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
International Drive

Café Tu Tu Tango is offering a tour for two for $59 per couple. Featured dishes including Lamb Picadillo Empanadas, Sockeye Salmon Taquitos, Butter Chicken Tikka Masala, and Smoked Pork Brochettes.



Lake Nona

Join Canvas on Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner for $105 (or $150 with wine pairing) per couple. Guests start off with Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio, then share Beef Tenderloin for Two, then enjoy Key Lime Tart for a sweet ending.


Lake Nona

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Chroma’s specials. Guests have a choice of Red Grouper ($42) or Filet Mignon ($38). Couples can enjoy Raspberry Cheesecake topped with raspberry preserves. Specials available Feb. 14-15.
Winter Park

Winter Park's newest dining and live music venue will offer a “Red and White” themed three-course meal for $50 per guest, plus live music on stage throughout the evening. Guests will sample menu items including a Half-Dozen Oysters between courses, served either raw or chargrilled.


Mia's Italian Kitchen
International Drive

Mia’s Italian Kitchen will offer a romantic three-course dinner for $79 for two, including a bottle of featured prosecco, red, or white wine. Featured dishes include Strawberry Salad, Lobster Raviolo and Pork Belly Bruschetta.
Terralina Crafted Italian
Disney Springs

Take a cruise to Italy’s Lake District with romantic lagoon-side dining on the patio. As a dinner special, the restaurant will offer a Lobster & Seafood Risotto for $45, and a bottle of Landmark Chardonnay for $55.
Winter Park

The Ravenous Pig will offer a $50 three-course Chef’s Tasting Menu during lunch or dinner service from Feb. 12-14. Guests can choose from either Tuna Crudo or Root Vegetable Salad to start, either a Petite Filet Mignon or Cioppino for a main, or a Red Velvet Macaron or Chocolate Malt Tart for dessert.

Shula's Steak House
Central Florida Locations

Surf & Turf for Two:
Roasted prime Chateau Briand, butter poached 2lb Maine lobster, potato pave, roasted Brussels sprouts, chestnut purée, and red pearl onions served with béarnaise sauce

$175
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