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Wine Bar George is Open

1610 Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 490-1800
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Master Sommelier George Miliotes has brought his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort with his new venture, Wine Bar George, that opened on May 19th.

Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.

“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”

As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.

“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. 

Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”

Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.

“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine.Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s.

Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille.

Robyn Cohen will join as Director of Beverage with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.


The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs.

Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.
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Maria & Enzo's to Open Alongside Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs


1486 Buena Vista Drive.
Orlando, FL 32830


Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group (PRG), confirmed plans to open three new modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts at Disney Springs this winter.

The restaurants, which are all new concepts created by PRG, each with unique menus, will form an expansive dining complex showcasing authentic Italian food and entertainment. They will be adjacent to The Edison, the lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style destination also being developed by PRG.

“I’m delighted to announce that we will be opening a trattoria named Maria & Enzo’s, as well as Enzo’s Hideaway, a separate restaurant in what were said to be rum-running tunnels, which is destined to become a local favorite,” said Valenti. “They are inspired by the cuisines of Sicily and Rome, the Italian family, and the best of Italian modern cooking.”

The new concepts tie into the Disney Springs storyline of a restored Florida waterfront town. “Our inspiration is to bring unforgettable food and wine from Italy to Florida, with the stunning scenery you only find at Disney,” said Valenti.

Maria & Enzo’s – an Italian trattoria set in the town’s storied abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s, will now be transformed into a restaurant. The dining room is open and airy, featuring 50-foot ceilings with views of Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant interiors showcase artifacts that reference air travel of the time, with maps and historic flight paths.

The menu is inspired by Sicily, with a range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan) – and handmade pastas – Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab), ‘Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) – served tableside. Other highlights include fresh fish, richly flavored steaks and chops.


Enzo’s Hideaway is a speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars, located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s.

Building off of Florida’s true history of rum running, Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes, such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).


Pizza Ponte will be a fast-casual concept and the perfect place for a quick bite serving pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso. Pastry specialties include Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream) and Tiramisu. Savory items include signature Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, Porchetta (roast pork) and Pizza al Taglio, Sicilian-style pizza by the slice.


Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Ponte are slated to open during this winter. For more information on Patina Restaurant Group visit http://www.patinagroup.com.

Patina Restaurant Group is a bicoastal boutique company and leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, its portfolio features such restaurants as Lincoln Ristorante, STATE Grill and Bar at the Empire State Building. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase in Lake Buena Vista and Morimoto Asia Orlando at Disney Springs.
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American Kitchen Bar & Grill

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
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If you recall back in 2014, I told you about American Q, which was a rodízio-style concept offering a modern take on classic barbecue. Just picture the ultimate Americana version of of Texas de Brazil or Fogo De Chao, and you get the picture. I loved American Q very much and thought it had potential, but alas it was not to be.

In its place American Kitchen Bar & Grill has opened up with a more refined concept that is a is a take on traditional American dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from local Florida farms.

At American Kitchen, you can dine at communal tables or in an intimate booth with friends and family and take your taste buds down “Gin Lane” with American Kitchen’s revival on classic cocktails with a modern twist.

The menu features a variety of selections such as “For the Table” or “Tidbits” from the Pantry. American Q was an all you can eat rodizio style concept with a few menu selections, but mostly in the fashion of Texas de Brazil with a never ending serving of meats with a gigantic salad bar. American Kitchen is menu options only, with a very focused menu that has something for everyone.

At American Kitchen you can start with a family style Low Country Boil or the Signature Smoke Platter followed up with Pretzel Dusted Fried Okra or Brown Butter Kitchen Fries. The old Red truck at American Q was the spot for the salad bar, but American Kitchen has kept it along with much of the decor and turned it into a living garden where they harvest all of the greens and herbs used to create signature dishes. American Kitchen Bar & Grill proudly takes part in the farm to table movement with food inspired by regional American cuisine. We found the menu to be dynamic with good offerings and a good hand crafted cocktail selection that should make it worthy for you to visit.


Although the salad bar has been removed from the truck, American Kitchen still uses the flatbread part to grow lettuce and herbs in a vertical grower. The truck is really cool, and I’m glad they kept it and put it to good use.

The Makers Thick Cut Bacon with watermelon, jalapeno jam and opal basil was savory, sweet and refreshing all at once. The jalapeno jam was very mild in in heat.

The Wicked Collins, pictured left, is a twist on the Tom Collins cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water..but with jalapenos for a kick. The Old Fashioned is available as the original style or this one on the right with muddled berries. Both were tasty cocktails.

Found on the Small Bites section of the menu, the Anson Mills Grit Cake is topped with pork confit, smoked cheddar and apple marmalade. We really enjoyed the saltiness of the pork and smoked cheddar combined with the sugariness of the marmalade and the grit cake texture.

This was simply presented to us as the “Chef’s Special” It was a seafood pasta dish with mussels, clams, rock shrimp and the chef's secret sauce. I'm not usually a fan of seafood pasta dishes like this, but whatever the chef’s secret sauce is, it made this dish wonderful. I did ask the chef what the sauce was...and he refused to tell me.

The Jerk Marinated Skirt Steak was a thing of beauty. This is a skirt steak marinated for 24hrs. In a jerk marinade served with fresh green beans and a sweet potato souffle. A skirt steak can be tough to get right and American Kitchen nailed this one. Tender, buttery and a mouth full of flavor in every bite. The sweet potato souffle was pretty good too.

For dessert, our first selection was the Chocolate Bourbon Cake. This was a very rich and moist slice of cake that would satisfy a chocoholic's craving for some chocolate.

Our second dessert offering was something like a deep fried apple chimichanga. The menu calls this a Cinnamon Apple Raisin Dumpling with Vanilla Ice Cream. Just imagine fresh sliced apples, raisins and cinnamon in a flaky dough, deep fried and topped with ice cream, and you have a dessert that is sinfully delicious.

American Kitchen Bar and Grill is located at Disney Springs Resort Area's newest hotel resort, B Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This is a lifestyle hotel featuring 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites that showcase stylish yet playful decor for families and the most discerning business travelers alike.

B Signature Elements and the most desired amenities allow guests to create tailored experiences in an open, self expressive environment where anyone can just B.

Whether you are searching for a new dining experience, or are looking for a cool hotel with great food options, look no further than B Resort & Spa and American Kitchen Bar & Grill. The food here is top notch and the resort will make you wonder if you are in Orlando or South Beach Miami. The bonus here?... Not having to park and walk two miles to get to the restaurant like most of the new Disney Springs establishments.


American Q Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Morimoto Asia - Beer Dinner with Crooked Can Brewery


1600 Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando FL. 32830
(407) 939-6686
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If you have been keeping up with all things Disney, more specifically the rebranded Disney Springs, you have heard about the complete redesign and all of the new restaurants that are open, with more scheduled to open soon.

Morimoto Asia is one of those new restaurants that is located at The Landing at Disney Springs, which is an entertainment and dining retail district. With an overhaul and rebranding of this portion of the resort, Disney Springs is aiming to present a fresh and new face to the Magic Kingdom that is sure to be an extraordinary experience.

Morimoto Asia is the first collaboration with Patina Restaurant Group and Chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant. Morimoto Asia offers an entirely new experience for guests, led by the creativity of Chef Morimoto, already one of the most inventive forces in Asian cuisine. The Patina Restaurant Group was built on the belief that culinary excellence is an art form, and that a superb visit to a cultural venue should be matched with equally inspired cuisine. This is a dynamic collaboration that has resulted in a restaurant that looks wonderful and delivers on the promise of culinary excellence.

Morimoto Asia is full of eye catching chandeliers, glass light sculptures and unique exhibition kitchens that showcase traditions like Peking duck carving and dim sum. Inside the 36-foot tall, two story layout of Morimoto you will find lounges, private dining spaces, and an exhibition glass encased kitchen that allows guests a behind the scenes glimpse of the culinary action. The second level sushi bar and lounge have a separate entrance.





The menu at Morimoto is described as Pan-Asian and was inspired and created by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a Japanese chef, best known as an Iron Chef on the Japanese TV cooking show Iron Chef and its spinoff Iron Chef America. He is also known for his unique style of presenting food.

Pan Asian food combines a little bit of everything from various Asian cultures, so at Morimoto Asia, you can find spectacular Chinese style spare ribs, Korean BBQ Kalbi short ribs, Vietnamese style Pho, Pad Thai cooked in the traditional Thai style, and of course lots of Japanese food with a large variety of sushi and sashimi.

Although Chef Morimoto has a wonderful selection of Sake and various other craft cocktails, beer goes with just about everything. As part of a special beer dinner pairing I was invited to, we were treated to a pairing from one of my favorite new brewers, Crooked Can Brewing Co. Crooked Can Brewery is an upstart craft brewery based in Winter Garden that is creating a cultural following with unique craft brews and excellent taste.


Our first course was the Spring Collection of Shellfish Ceviche that featured Alaskan king crab, Washington state mirugai (saltwater clam), Maine Uni (sea urchin), Salmon roe, and bean thread noodles. This was a very unique dish with all kinds of textures from the various ingredients that all worked really well together for a great starter.

The beer paired with the first course was Crooked Can’s seasonal Cherry Blossom Kolsch that will only be made for Morimoto Asia, and for a limited time. Very crisp and mild with excellent flavors and drinkability.

The second course was a Duo of Duck with Morimoto Peking Duck wrapped in flour pancakes, hoisin miso, apricot chili and scallions. The duck was accompanied with a consomme soup of daikon, carrots and foie gras. The duck was nice and crispy inside and full of flavor and the soup was a wonderful addition.

The second course was paired with Crooked Can’s Bock Humbug, which is a Dopplebock, or double bock which makes it a darker and maltier beer but slightly sweet with an ABV of 6.9%.

For our third course, we had a Trio of Chicken Satays with chicken skins, boneless chicken wings and chicken thigh with yuzo-kosho (a fermented chili and yuzu peel seasoning), Himalayan salt, spicy garlic glaze,peanut sauce and cilantro. All of the chicken was delicious and paired perfectly with Crooked Can’s Mc Swagger Amber Ale.

Our fourth course was Domestic Wagyu Sirloin “Ishiyaki” that is grilled tableside in a ceramic fire pot with a hefty cooking stone. This dish was served with kimchi fried rice cake, fresh wasabi and a smoked soy for dipping. Wagyu of any type is usually pretty good, and the one at Morimoto did not disappoint, and it was a fun experience to cook it yourself. This was paired with Crooked Can’s Stout beer that was very dark and full bodied.

Our fifth course, or the dessert course was Taiyaki, which is a Japanese style fish shaped pancake stuffed with sweet azuki beans. This was served with a matcha green tea gelato. I did bite the fish’s head off before I took a picture, but I couldn't resist trying the fun to eat dessert. Paired together with the gelato, this was a great ending to our food journey for the evening.

The dessert was paired with perhaps my favorite Crooked Can beer of all time… Cloudchaser. Crooked Can produces this wheat beer in the true Hefeweizen fashion that leaves it unfiltered and cloudy. The beer has unique flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum and notes of apples with little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol.

Although I had these on a separate visit to Morimoto Asia, It's worth noting the Morimoto Spare Ribs with cilantro and hoisin sweet chili glaze are probably some of the best you will find in Orlando. I don't say that lightly either..they are addictive and darn good.

Disney Springs is still being built up and undergoing a lot of change, but there are quite a few restaurants open already, and it's worth a trip to go visit… especially Morimoto Asia. The restaurant is beautiful inside and out with a two story dining space and they even have an upstairs outside section with a fun tabletop shuffleboard. The menu is fun and inviting and even the pickiest of eaters should be able to find something to eat.

Crooked Can is making its way into a lot of establishments lately, but the best way to get some is to go visit them directly at 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, Florida 34787. They keep a steady rotation of current and seasonal brews on tap for consumption. They do Brewery tours on Sundays that max out at 12 people, so it's best to call ahead and plan a time at (407) 395-9520. You can find out more here: http://www.crookedcan.com

Morimoto Asia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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MOOR

Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee FL 34746
(407)-586-1101

The Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa in Orlando has always been a total destination resort that offers exceptional service, family entertainment, a spa and lots of recreational activities. The resort is situated on 63 acres within a five minute drive to Walt Disney World, and features 1,406 rooms and 115 Florida themed suites.

If you have ever been inside of the resort, you would be familiar with the hotel’s primary architectural feature that is a massive 4.5 acre glass enclosed atrium where guests can discover a variety of themed environments that depict popular Florida destinations like Key West, St. Augustine, the Emerald Coast and the Everglades, plus a unique area designed in the grand style of 19th century Florida resorts, known as Emerald Bay.


It’s inside this atrium where the vast majority of the hotels dining options are located. The Old Hickory Steakhouse features fine steaks and artisanal cheeses in an old backwoods Florida everglades setting, Villa de Flora offers seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine, Sora is the resorts modern sushi lounge, and for quite some time, there use to be a place called Sunset Sam’s that was basically a tribute to the Florida Keys and the laid back lifestyle with tropical drinks and reggae music.

Although Sunset Sam’s was kind of cool, in a Jimmy Buffet kind of way, I always felt that it was out of place in such an extravagant resort as the Gaylord Palms. Apparently so did the team at the Gaylord Palms as well. Aside from the towering mast of a 60 foot sailboat that was the indoor landmark for Sunset Sam’s, that restaurant is long gone and the space has been converted into the resorts latest dining attraction simply known as MOOR.

MOOR was inspired by the slow food, and farm-to-table movements and offers guests an opportunity to enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally grown ingredients in new and unexpected ways. The team at MOOR works with local farmers and fishmongers to find sustainable and seasonal ingredients for dishes that are regionally inspired with a focus on fresh seafood. Although the name “MOOR” seems simple, the restaurant’s new name is an acronym of sorts for “Mindful Of Our Resources”, and keeps a focus on using locally grown and sustainable foods.

During a preview event for MOOR we were treated to some tasty samples from some of the new restaurants vendors, such as Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden, Gary’s Seafood & Specialties in Orlando, and My Yard Farm in Winter Park. Of course we sampled some good craft brews from the likes of Funky Buddha Brewery and Crooked Can Brewing Company as well.

Specialty Chef Phillip Fisher is overseeing the kitchen at MOOR, and he is somewhat of a seafood specialist. Chef Fisher made a name for himself at the Ocean Key House Resort and Spa in Key West where he helped create a menu of fresh caught seafood and craft cocktails using only the finest ingredients. At Moor, Chef Phillip has taken his expertise to a new level as he creates locally inspired and fresh seafood dishes as well as some pretty amazing cocktails.


With an open floor plan, layers of neutral tones and elegant wood flooring, MOOR has all the charm of a captain’s paradise and the class of an upscale yacht club, while dining alongside the largest indoor saltwater lagoon. 

The bar at MOOR is both inside and outside and features craft brews as well as handcrafted cocktails with house made simple syrups and fresh herbs.

Our six course dining preview started with an amuse-bouche of Grilled Cedar Key Clams with jalapeno mignonette, cucumber and fennel.

Our first course was a delicious Pork Belly with peanut butter and pickled watermelon radish.

An Old fashioned cocktail made with Basil Hayden bourbon, citrus bitters and Florida sugar cane syrup proved to be a great chaser to the pork belly.

The second course featured an artistic arrangement of Spring Vegetables that included watermelon, burrata, olive oil and a hydroponic watercress that was grown on site.

In keeping with the artistic food flow, the MOOR Secret Cocktail was paired with the vegetables. The secret cocktail is made with gin, cucumber and an edible orchid.

 
The She Crab Soup was a delightful third course and featured Florida Atlantic caught blue crabs, sherry, and hydroponically grown chives.

It may sound odd to a foodie novice, but the fourth course of Grouper Cheeks with heirloom carrots, spring peas and morel mushroom was simply outstanding.

I'm a big fan of Tilefish because of its sweetness and mild flavor, and the one presented at MOOR by Chef Phillip and his team for our fifth course is on my top 10 list of some of the best I have ever had. This tilefish sat atop Anson Mills course grits and Zellwood sweet corn and was topped with apple and red sorrel.

Course six was the Chef’s Dessert Selection that featured a mini Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, S’mores Pie and a Peanut Butter Cup. All of them were heavenly.

As an added bonus we had a dessert cocktail called The Port Cocktail made with
Knob Creek Bourbon, Fonseca Bin #27 port wine, simple syrup, angostura bitters and tonic water.

I was really impressed with the design and layout of MOOR. The team at Gaylord Palms really outdid themselves here, and this is finally an establishment worthy of such a grand resort. Chef Phillip is quite the master of creative seafood and delectable cocktails and of course Tastes Of Orlando will have some MOOR please.

Whether you are from out of town, or are looking for a fun staycation, check out the Gaylord Palms Resort. They truly have everything under one roof, and you may not ever want to leave.

MOOR is in the Key West Atrium at Gaylord Palms Resort. The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The bar is open 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
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Mother's Day Dining at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Walt Disney World
Swan and Dolphin Resorts
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


If you are looking for some Mother's Day dining ideas, or perhaps making it a full day with great food, adventure, and fun for the whole family, Disney has you covered.

Of course Disney is always a great family destination, but if you want to take your mom somewhere different and unique check out these offerings from some of the more refined eateries located in the Swan and Dolphin Resort.  

 














Garden Grove:  Complete with Disney character interactions under a whimsical, 25-foot oak tree centerpiece, dining at Garden Grove is something the whole family will enjoy. 

From 7-10 a.m., a special Mother’s Day breakfast menu includes hand-crafted bacon, open-faced crab sandwiches, potato gratin Dauphinoise and yogurt mousse parfaits. Additionally, a special Mother’s Day brunch menu, served from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., features herb-crusted prime rib, quiche and green been almandine. Mother’s Day dining options are $35.99 for adults, $19.99 for children (ages 3-9) and free for kids under three.

You can check out the Breakfast menu here and the Brunch menu here
For more information and reservations, call 407-934-1618.









Todd English’s bluezoo: Moms can enjoy fresh seafood and coastal cuisines from around the world at Todd English’s bluezoo, where guests will receive a $25 gift certificate and a rose for every two adult entrees purchased on Mother’s Day. To make reservations, please call 407-934-1111. For more information on Todd English’s bluezoo, please visit www.thebluezoo.com



Renowned for his unique style and ability to entertain, Celebrity Chef Todd English combines the freshest seafood with coastal cuisines from around the world in a setting that your mother won't soon forget at bluezoo.
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