Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sample Gourmet Food from Top Restaurants at Taste of Winter Park

Besides the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Taste of Winter Park is the local food festival that I look forward to every year. I am sure all my foodie friends agree. Where else can you sample dishes such as prime rib from Shula's Seakhouse, jumbo shrimp from Mitchell's Fish Market, and lobster hot dogs from The Ravenous Pig? Not to mention unique desserts such as Lavendar Tea Cake with Chambord Icing and all the wine and beer you would like.

This year, the Taste of Winter Park is featuring 45 restaurants and shops, including 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Cask & Larder, Luma on Park, P.F. Chang's, Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream, Whole Foods Market, and Prato. For $45, you get as many food and drink samples as you would like. This is a wonderful way to try new restaurants along with all of your favorites.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: 200 West New England Ave., Winter Park

Friday, April 12, 2013

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Toasted Restaurant's Specials
It's finally here: my favorite day of the year. Seriously, who doesn't like grilled cheese sandwiches? Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! I think I make a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich, but then I heard about an Orlando restaurant that serves really unique ones. 

For example, today's two specials at Toasted Restaurant in Winter Park are: Roasted Pears, Havarti, Gorgonzola, Arugula and Ginger Candied Walnuts and the PBJ - Fontina, Peanut Butter, Bacon and Blackberry Mash. Wow, I can't wait to try this place. Toasted also has vegan grilled cheese sandwiches, using its in-house coconut milk cheese. 

When you make grilled cheese sandwiches at home, there are all kinds of cheese to use. In my case - because of dairy allergy - I used Daiya Vegan Cheese. It melts like regular cheese and has a great flavor. Daiya's mozzarella flavor works great for this, as well as its Jalapeno Garlic Harvarti. Yum.

Whatever kind of cheese you like, enjoy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!