Archive for the ‘Tastes and Experiences’ Category

A Sweet Treat

You’re in for a sweet surprise, as The Glass Knife Cakes & Café officially opened today. You might have witnessed the transformation of the building that used to be Italio along 17-92 in Winter Park. Inspired by a bygone era, this café serves elevated, decadent cakes, elegant desserts, savory comforts, and other sweet treats in Read More…

Wining & Dining Updates

Due to Hurrican Irma, a few events that were featured in the Wining & Dining article in the September/October issue have been rescheduled.  Duckhorn Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – rescheduled to September 29 These exquisite wines will paired with a mouth-watering, five-course menu at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Park in Read More…

Magical Dining Indeed!

One of the perks of publishing is getting to preview food and wine events – and Magical Dining month is definitely a foodie happening you don’t want to miss. For my sneak peek I visited DoveCote, a brasserie located downtown in the Bank of America building, that I have fallen in love with in the Read More…

Girlfriends Getaway

It was one of the most glorious 28 hours on record…. A group of girlfriends (all moms) and I headed to The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores for an annual “moms” retreat. We started the tradition in 2016 with a weekend getaway in Ormond Beach. But when it came time to plan Read More…

Master of Mixology

I just earned a new degree – well maybe just a designation – and have the paper to prove it. The Alfond Inn’s Food & Beverage Manager Alicia Kuhlmann invited a few guests to witness her bartenders, Alex Tsintzas and Sarah Zapata, concocting some curated and signature cocktails, including the new Saturday and Sunday Brunch “Punch Bowls.” After participating in the prep, I was presented with the “Alfond Inn Master of Mixology” certification – Read More…

Going Coastal

If you’ve had a chance to read the JUL/AUG Orange Appeal you know a Florida getaway was on my agenda. Driving to South Florida and the Keys provided lots of moments for nostalgia as I recreated many scenes from my younger days. A lot has changed in some areas but there are still plenty of Read More…

Summer Staycation: New and Notable in Orlando

Looking for something fun and different to do this summer? There’s plenty to discover here in the City Beautiful with lots of updated and new attractions, entertainment hotspots, dining destinations and family-friendly resorts. Here’s a listing of some the latest from our friends at Visit Orlando.  NEW ATTRACTIONS: THEME PARKS AND MORE Universal Orlando Resort: Volcano Read More…

An Unexpected Treat

An old-school road trip seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate a 34th wedding anniversary, so I started stringing some stays together. We had not been to South Florida in decades and had not visited Key West in seven years. So it was to be a Ft. Lauderdale, South Beach and Key West adventure with Read More…

A Masterful Wine Dinner

It’s always a treat to attend a paired wine dinner – and the recent evening at Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando was no exception. In addition to the masterfully prepared five-course meal, we were led through the Paul Hobbs wines by Master Sommelier Michael McNeil. The slender-stemmed Sophienwald wine glasses were provided Read More…