This is my 12th year covering the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. As the park kicks off its 18th festival (March 2-May 15), I salute Disney’s horticulturists, who manage to come up with new ideas (the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden with Tink and friends as topiaries is adorable) and spruce up the old ones (last year’s Minnie’s Butterfly Garden has doubled in size and morphed into what is now called Bambi’s Butterfly House).
This Saturday, for one night only, the Orlando Ballet will be tearing up the stage for the second year running in "Bailamos!" This Latino meets high-art performance will have the company's sexiest dancers literally throwing themselves into the dynamic salsa and tango moves that made for such an unforgettable show last year.
I did a taste test of the varieties of Florida-grown citrus a few years ago and discovered that for juice the Valencia is king. There’s nothing sweeter and more refreshing than a glass of chilled orange juice squeezed from the Valencia orange—and March is when the harvest begins. So this weekend I plan to buy a bushel at the D&L Groves fruit stand off Interstate 95 at exit 298 St. Augustine (turn east and the stand’s on the north side of the highway).
The BubbleQ has bid us all a fond farewell. It’s been a must on my South Beach Wine & Food Festival ticket list for years. The final hurrah, an evening hosted by Bobby Flay in a ginormous tent on the beach behind the Delano, was just as fun as always — with Perrier-Jouët flowing non-stop. And from what I’ve been told, nearly 3,200 bottles were emptied!
I love the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This year was no exception. It’s one of my all time annual fave foodie events. I can easily get googley eyed over chefs and their masterpieces. OK, twist my arm, I admit it, I’m a chef groupie! My first stop was at the luncheon for the “Best of the Best” participating chefs at the Fontainebleau Hotel and it was sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef brand.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has long been home to the world's largest collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, and this Winter Park cultural institution recently opened a new wing in which to display the works in grand fashion.
They call it “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and the crowd came out last Saturday at 10 pm to shuffle through the sands under a huge tent while sampling dishes that Food Network stars, as well as Miami’s local food-centric celebs, deemed worthy of a taste.
Memories wash over me as I cross the Rickenbacker Causeway onto Key Biscayne. The color of Biscayne Bay is such an incredible sparkling blue that it’s actually mesmerizing. Driving past vivid floating windsurfer sails, the wild flora of Crandon Park and a pack of bicyclists, I think back on time well spent here with my parents — especially dining out as a family on weekends at the long-standing Rusty Pelican with its stupendous watery views...
I put on my toque and apron to became a chef for the day and mingle with Food Network stars during last weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. At the Florida Travel + Life-sponsored Barilla Interactive Lunch, held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, my dining partners and I took turns mixing and stirring fish soup, hanger steak with polenta and a scrumptious bananas Foster.