On a recent visit to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, I was delighted to discover that it's more than a steakhouse. In fact it's a popular gathering place to kick off an evening with drinks and appetizers--especially when they’re priced at $6 each till 7 pm.
I was swooning over aromatic white truffle oil drizzled on thinly sliced fresh yellowfin tuna. Best part, it wasn’t a dream. I was actually dining at one of the most sultry settings I’ve ever eaten sushi in known as the Bond Street Lounge at the Townhouse Hotel. It’s quite a scene for hipsters. Besides having a bite, my plan was to check out the new Rooftop Lounge designed by my dining companions, Perry Tortorelli and Ricardo Raphael of Details at Home.
I had an entertaining evening recently at RA Sushi in Palm Beach Gardens located at Downtown at the Gardens. Asked to be a judge at a charity event involving inspired sushi rolls, I was all in. There were four sushi rolls created by four charities: South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Make a Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. RA Sushi, with its swanky red and black interior, was buzzing with volunteers from these noteworthy charities eager to have their sushi deemed the crowd fave.
When Emeril’s Tchoup Chop opened in Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando a few years ago, it was one of my go-to restaurants for Asian-inspired dishes. Recently I popped back in and surprisingly found one of Orlando’s best chefs running the kitchen: Greg Richie.
A recent overnight at the inimitable Fontainebleau on Miami Beach proved remarkably memorable. It remains the essence of glam—from the lobby’s gorgeous chandeliers and marble everywhere in the Lapis spa (plus deluge rain showers like you wouldn’t believe) to hot shops for bathing beauties with haute taste. On this occasion, my visit comprised of a snazzy dine-around experience—thanks to the Fontainebleau’s participation in the Miami Spice restaurant event, happening now through September 30th.
Sure, Miami is the Gateway to the Americas, but it seems like the Ritz-Carlton South Beach isn't only steps from Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, but a short jaunt from the Champs-Elysees, an Abu Dhabi marketplace, and the posh outskirts of London.