Monday, April 25, 2016

Excited to see the changes: Fulton's Crab House to become Paddlefish this fall

Paddlefish, a new dining experience at Walt Disney World Resort, will open this fall in Disney Springs aboard the vessel formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House. The seafood-centric restaurant closed recently for extensive renovations as the steamboat undergoes a revitalizing bow to stern transformation that will exude an opulent and inviting atmosphere for guests.

The cuisine of Paddlefish will celebrate the freshest seafood while featuring steaks and chops for an elevated meal by land or sea. Paddlefish’s menu will showcase an array of composed and contemporary seafood dishes such as Lobster Risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil; Redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers, and ginger; as well as a rotating Catch of the Day. Guests can look forward to more interactive dining experiences including tableside service with items such as the Tableside Lobster Guacamole with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime, and tortilla chips. Fan favorites and classic dishes including Florida Stone Crab, Alaskan King and Queen Crab, and Lobster Corn Dogs will remain from the previous menu.

The sleek and modern design will offer entirely new areas for guests to embark, including a rooftop lounge overlooking the sights and sounds of Disney Springs. The lounge, which will remain open until2 a.m., will feature its own menu offering more eclectic dishes for a lively, vibrant, and communal experience. The restaurant will also showcase a build-your-own boil option where guests can pick and choose their seafood, seasonings, and additions. Paddlefish will additionally offer dynamic private dining and event spaces that will provide the perfect backdrop for special occasions including weddings, off-site meetings, receptions, stylish private parties or an intimate private dinner for clients and colleagues.

“We’re excited to embark upon Paddlefish’s next voyage, and can’t wait for guests to share this new experience with us,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “As Disney Springs evolves and grows, we’re looking forward to sharing this newly reimagined restaurant with both vacationers and Florida locals.”

Paddlefish will open in fall 2016, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Viva la Música Latin food festival at SeaWorld Orlando preview

Get a preview of SeaWorld Orlando's Viva la Musica festival this year. Find out what food you can't miss.

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Note: I dined compliments of SeaWorld.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Don't miss: an evening at Roy's hosted by Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi April 20, 2016

Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi is hosting an exclusive dinner this Wednesday, April 20 at Roy's Orlando. I'm so excited to attend because it's sure to be an amazing evening. If you'd like to experience the event yourself, there's still time to book your reservations. Here are the details:

What: Roy’s Restaurant is hosting an evening of inspired cuisine, hosted and curated by Roy Yamaguchi himself. Roy will prepare an exclusive four-course dinner awakened by the abundant flavors of the Pacific Rim. Roy’s specialty menu has been beautifully paired with wines curated by Roy’s Wine Manager. For $89 before tax and gratuity, Guests will experience a night of culinary craftsmanship, featuring Kombu Cured Hokkaldo Scallops, Crispy Skin Striped Bass accompanied by a Medjoll Date Cake for dessert.

When/Where: The exclusive dinner will be offered on Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. at Roy’s Orlando at 7760 W. Sand Lake Rd. Please call (407) 352-4844 to book your reservation.

Details: The four-course dinner features carefully-selected food and wine pairings, including:

· First Course: Kombu Cured Hokkaldo Scallop with Chandon, Blanc De Noir

· Second Course: Lemongrass Poached Pear Salad with Duckhorn, Sauvignon Blanc

· Third Course: Crispy Skin Striped Bass with Au Bon Climat, La Bauge Pinot Noir

· Dessert: Medjoll Date Cake served with coffee or hot tea

More info: Internationally-acclaimed Roy’s Restaurant is known for its unique and creative menu, a sensational adventure in bold flavors, and its sincere and engaging hospitality that is a welcomed escape from the ordinary dining experience. Roy’s Restaurant was born by blending two dynamic principals: delicious food and hospitality inspired by the “aloha” spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. Inspired by his Japanese roots and native Hawaiian cuisine, Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy's Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988. Today there are 20 Roy’s locations in the continental United States that are owned and operated by United Ohana, LLC, another six in Hawaii, one in Guam and one in Okinawa, Japan. For more information about Roy’s Restaurant, please visit

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tasting Wok Street at Whole Foods Altamonte Springs

Inspired by the traditions of Southeast Asian cuisine, Genji is introducing Wok Street to Whole Foods Market Altamonte Springs, FL. For nearly 20 years, Genji has been providing select Whole Foods Market locations with fresh, high quality sushi. These days, they’ve taken to creating Wok Street bowls with the same dedication to excellence. This is Genji’s sixth Wok Street location, and first ever Wok Street in Florida! 

This new, trendy eatery is focused on bold flavors and healthy dishes prepared quickly and affordably. At Wok Street, crisp vegetables meet marinated proteins, paired with white or brown rice and a variety of bold, homemade sauces and toppings. Choose from Wok Street’s signature bowls, or build-a-bowl with all of your favorites. 

Wok Street’s bowls are packed with layers of flavor and fresh ingredients. Try a signature bowl like the Chinatown with tender steak, black pepper sauce, brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, cucumber, pickled ginger, and tempura crunch; or the vegetarian-friendly Thai Curry King with golden tofu, Thai red curry sauce, garlic green beans, green papaya salad, bean sprouts, cucumber, and topped with crushed peanuts. 

All bowls are made with rice, or upgrade your meal with noodles for only $1. Still hungry? Add crispy, hand-rolled Veggie Spring Rolls to your meal! Vegetarian-friendly options are available. Keeping to Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standard, Genji’s Wok Street features responsibly sourced and MSG-free ingredients. Enjoy your Wok Street bowl on the go, or take a seat in Whole Foods Market’s cafe. 

Wok Street - Now open at Whole Foods Market Altamonte Springs - 305 East Altamonte Drive Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

Genji Sushi began as a small restaurant in Philadelphia, dedicated to the finest quality all-natural sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine. Today, Genji counters can be found in more than 165 Whole Foods Market locations in 18 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.K. At each location, skilled chefs prepare a variety of fresh items on-site, from sushi and sashimi to bao buns and authentic ramen. The company’s mission is to serve food-lovers with delicious Japanese-inspired food and knowledge to lead happy, healthy lives, and its goal is to contribute towards healthier food consumption habits on a global level. For more information, visit

Note: I dined compliments of Wok Street.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A taste of the tropics on Orlando's International Drive: Tommy Bahama Restaurant's new offerings

There's nothing more taxing than a Central Florida native like myself forcing himself to endure the tacky tourist onslaught that is Orlando's International Drive area. But there's nothing more relaxing than a visit to the area's Tommy Bahama Restaurant. The chilled, casual Caribbean elegance is an oasis among the cacophony of I-Drive. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Orlando to relax, enjoy a cocktail, soak up some sun on the patio and enjoy a fantastic meal. It's the whole package for relaxing.

Executive Chef Matthew Oakley recently introduced several new additions to the Tommy Bahama Orlando menu, and I was invited out to my little slice of tropical paradise to get a taste. You know I couldn't say no.

Let's start the meal with two new appetizers: new plantain crusted Fried Green Tomatoes ($11) were a tropical spin on a southern classic. The thick cut tomatoes had a very nice crunchy crust and the jalapeno cilantro aioli was rich and spicy.

The Filet Mignon Flatbread ($15) appetizer was a definite treat topped with bacon, garlic aioli, honey roasted onions, Gruyere and crispy shiitake mushroom slices.

A refreshing salad course featuring a Grapefruit and Jicama Salad ($8)$27.50) was next, and it was wonderful with red cabbage, macadamia nuts and a mojito vinaigrette.

Before I forget, let me mention the cocktails at Tommy Bahama - they're awesome. A fruity, tropical drink is great anywhere, anytime, but sitting on the sunny patio, they really hit the spot. The two new drinks I tried were the Pineapple Paradisio (Bacardi Pineapple, St-Germain Elder flower, Creme de Banana, Scratch Sour and Pineapple) and a Hibiscus Lime Cooler (Ketel One, Cointreau,Pineapple, Hibiscus Syrup and Lime).

For the main course, I sampled an awesome shrimp filled pasta dish and an Italian sea bass plate. Both were delicious.

The Roasted Prawn Pappardelle Pasta ($27.50) was served in a lemon Parmesan broth with a citrus gremolata and fresh herbs. The Pan Seared Whole Branzion ($32) was seared with brown butter and served with a Jicama Hash. The presentation was fantastic on this dish, but it tasted even better.

To top all this offer, the new Brown Butter Blondie ($9.50) dessert was simply wonderful -- rich, buttery and not too sweet. Served with vanilla bean ice cream, the brownie/blondie was topped with Hawaiian sea salt caramel, white chocolate mouse and toasted macadamia nuts.

These new menu additions are for a limited time, but sometimes the best of the best end up on the menu permanently. So get out there to taste, and let Tommy Bahama know which dishes you liked best. I, myself, liked them all.

New menu items: 5 tropical breezes out of 5

Note: I dined compliments of Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama Restaurant
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato