Archive for the ‘Tastes and Experiences’ Category

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…