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Duffy’s Sports Grill Adds New Items to Menu

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Duffy’s Sports Grill invited us to check out some items from their menu, new and old. Duffy’s Sports Grill consists of 35 locations throughout Florida (including Orlando!) and more than 80 TVs in each location. It is the perfect place to catch your favorite team game or sit back and enjoy a great meal. Of course, it was after work and the weekend began so we decided to check out some drinks. We discovered with delight that ordering the S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty Martini comes with cookies. Who doesn’t like an adult version of milk and cookies? The martini is very tasteful and nice for a night with the girls. If you are not too fond of a milky liquor, how about Pear…fect Martini? Or two because Duffy’s Sports Grill offers 2 for 1 drinks all day every day. Music to your ears, right? Loaded Potato Skins include bacon, scallions, jack & cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Textures ranging from smooth/creamy to crispy creates a nice touch to the savory flavors. Crispy Calamari is dusted in seasoned flour and garnished with crispy cherry peppers, served with marinara and spicy kickin’ bayou sauce. They weren’t kidding when they said the spicy kicking’ bayou sauce had a kick to it, but is nice with the appropriately seasoned calamari. Seasame-Crusted Ahi Tuna is seasoned, seared in sesame oil and served with cucumber salad and Soba noodles in Asian dressing. Each item on this plate is chilled and has its own flavor unique to one another. I’m not mad we ordered this dish and would order it again! These ribs are dressed with Duffy’s Sports Grill’s new Korean BBQ Sauce. The ribs have tender parts and crispy sections depending on where you take your bites. The delicious sauce has a balance between sweet and spicy. Also, I hear it is great on wings when it comes to watching a game or in general. Of course, I can’t go to a sports grill without ordering wings. This is a plate of hot boneless wings served with blue cheese and celery. The hot sauce here is on the vinegar side of the hot sauce spectrum. Blackened Beef Tenderloin Tips served with Horseradish cream sauce and the options of two sides. Here, we decided on grilled zucchini and sweet potato fries as our sides. The tips were room temperature, but delicious; it would be a greater delight if they were hot. The grilled zucchini were fresh and had a crunch to them, which was to my liking. The sweet potato fries were made well and sapid. As there is the S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty martini mentioned above, there’s a S’mores Girl Scout Cookies specialty involving cupcakes that you could order for dessert. $1 from each order of the cupcakes and/or martinis will go towards Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida! For more information  check out the Duffy’s Sports Grill website.

Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

One of the world’s tastiest holiday traditions will receive a “Florida-style” twist with the debate of a limited time only “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar. This menu is offered from December 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018, including a seven-course seafood and wine Christmas Eve extravaganza to kickoff the celebration. The December 24 dinner will begin at 6:30pm and is limited to the first 25 guests. We were invited to taste the menu as a sneak peak to provide everyone insight of what is to come! The Bahamian Conch Fritters are served with a mango sauce. The mango glaze adds a nice sweetness to the conch fritters. Conch fritters are crispy, yet smooth in textures. The flavors are mild without the mango sauce. The Red Grouper Ceviche is fresh and cooked nicely with a lemony zest. The Smoked Rainbow Trout Fish Dip is a tad salty, but balanced when eaten with some saltine crackers. The trout has a texture similar to tuna. Be careful as it may have bones. The reception snacks above are paired well with Col De Salici Extra Dry Prosecco, which is a vintage Prosecco. The Mayport Shrimp on Grit Cake with Seafood Gumbo Sauce was cooked really well. The grit cake is crispy on the outside, while smooth and creamy on the inside. The shrimp was caught off of Jacksonville, FL. The Nueske’s Applewood Smoke Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Butter Beans has an abundance of textures and flavors that blend well when eaten all together. When taken apart, the bacon may be salty so make sure you’re eating it with the scallop and butter beans. The scallop is very delightful and cooked well. The butter beans were very smooth and a type of bean I would like for someone who is not fond of beans. The savory and salty plates are paired with the Stags Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Sauvignon Blanc. It is very smooth with so many notes of fruit. The fruit notes are prominent in smell before it hits your palate. The Whole Fried Hog Snapper and Black Sea Bass with Smothered Tomatoes & Okra is paired with Spatz & Hall Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. The Fried Hog Snapper is very fresh with a corn flour seasoning. The meat has a slight sweetness to it. The Black Sea Bass is slightly dry in certain sections, but very tender and moist in other regions because the moistness depends on what area you pull the meat from. Nonetheless, the fish is very fresh! The outside is very crisp and flavorful. The Lobster Ravioli is very fresh and house made. It is served with a Seafood Bolognese Sauce that brings it all together. The lobster ravioli even tastes great alone without the sauce if you are sensitive to red sauce. It is paired with Stags Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red that is full in flavor. The oyster of the Gulf Oyster Shooters (featuring Tito’s Vodka) is very fresh. There is a rim of Old Bay around the glass that goes well with the shot. It is absolutely earthy as it is suggested by the menu. The Famous Carrot Cake is famous for a reason as it is moist and has a chewy texture to it, which is delightful in my opinion. The Red Velvet Layer Cake is very moist and thick as it coats the palate. The cakes are paired with the Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti. The Prunotto Moscato D’ Asti is very smooth and delightful for a dessert wine as I am not usually fond os sweet wines. This dessert wines is not as sweet as the usual dessert wines that are paired. For more information, please visit Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar or their “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Facebook Event.

City-wide Pajama Party

by Colin McFadden @ First World Problems

Perhaps the best reason to do a boat trip in Ha Long Bay is to get to wake up in Ha Long Bay. It’s a truly magical place. We slept incredibly well and woke up to a gorgeous view. After breakfast (meh), we spent some time lounging on the rooftop deck watching the tourists do … Continue reading "City-wide Pajama Party"

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: S4 E4 - Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: S4 E4 - Vietnam


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Season 4 Episode 4 - Parts Unknown travels to the host’s “first love,” with a look at Hue, a city in central Vietnam, including excursions to the Dong Ba market, Vinh Moc tunnels, the Duyen Anh restaurant, and the Citadel. Sampled dishes include Com Hen, Bun Bo Hue and a special bird’s nest soup.

A Pho-king Good Time in Ho Chi Minh

A Pho-king Good Time in Ho Chi Minh

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

​​ The first piece advice that we were given before we crossed the border into Vietnam was actually pointers on how to cross the street once we arrived in the bustling Ho Chi Minh city center. Apparently the best way to cross the hectic streets was to close your eyes and walk. Now the logic … More A Pho-king Good Time in Ho Chi Minh

Sunday session – BBH greatness in Sunshine!

by jacqfruit @ bun bo hue – The Urban Ma

Co Do Vietnamese Restaurant 200 Hampshire rd, Sunshine Can you believe I’ve never had a bowl of bun bo hue? I was watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown the other night while ironing our work clothes for the week ahead when I saw Anthony slurping up, and thoroughly enjoying a bowl of soup. […]

Bánh Xèo – Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Bánh xèo seems to be designed to be eaten as a family. The batter, filling ingredients, and veggies aren’t complicated to prepare, but they don’t make sense to be bought or made to be eaten by yourself. You don’t just buy 1/4 pound of pork, 8 shrimps, or buy 1/4 head of lettuce. You kind […]

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Sunday Reflections – Surrounded by love

by WordPress.com Support @ The Urban Ma

It’s been a tough few days…weeks…actually a tough few months…and while I rarely post on here about the relationship, health and general life events that sometimes make me feel blue, I thought I’d take a moment to acknowledge the mysterious ways in which He works. It’s just amazing. I’ve learnt so much about life through […]

First Look: Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

In a world where the customer is always right, is it no wonder that the chipotle style concept where guests get to customize and choose their own ingredients has become more and more popular? Located in far flung Oviedo/Winter Springs – at the southwest intersection of Tuscawilla and Red Bug Lake – is Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl. It’s a chipotlified version of a poke joint where you can order your various raw fish topped with items such as avocado, fried onion chips, mango,  and more all on top of rice and a drizzle of sauce. They slice their fish fresh daily just like they do in the islands and it shows in the taste of the bowl. It’s a small place but the freshness in poke fish is critical for obvious reasons and in this regard Big Kahuna shines. Make sure to save room for the insane $6 Pineapple Dole Whip Float, it’s essentially a pineapple soft serve paradise served inside a pineapple. Don’t worry they give you straws and spoons so you can dig at it. Big Kahuna’s Island Style Bowl 1450 Tuskawilla Rd #108 · (407) 543-3700 http://www.bigkahunasbowls.com/

Hide Ya’ Wives in Sapa

Hide Ya’ Wives in Sapa

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

We booked our entire Sapa journey through our hostel, Central Backpackers (a fabulous hostel) in Hanoi. Since we based ourselves in Hanoi to get to and from Sapa (and Halong Bay) we stayed in Hanoi two nights prior to departing for Sapa. The first day Nat and Ross separated for the first time of the … More Hide Ya’ Wives in Sapa

Siem Reap-ing Havoc on our Livers

Siem Reap-ing Havoc on our Livers

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

To get to Siem Reap we had to journey over 400 kilometers over the border of Thailand and Cambodia. The journey in total took over seven hours in rain soaked countryside. Before heading to the bus station, Nat enjoyed her last bite of mango sticky rice before hitting the road. Besides staring out the window … More Siem Reap-ing Havoc on our Livers

Free smoothies for a year to first 50 guests at the grand opening of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to check out the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Winter Park and we got to try a few of their menu items.  I LOVE smoothies.  They are my favorite thing to consume whether I am at work, home, or just finished a grueling workout and want something ice-cold and replenishing in my system to hold me over until I get ahold of some food.  Fortunately, Tropical Smoothie Cafe sells smoothies and hot items, so you can get both on the same stop.  The new Winter Park store is beautiful, bright, clean, and inviting and the smoothie and hot items were fresh and delicious.  You can expect to see me in line tomorrow morning trying to win free smoothies for a whole year! Detox Island Green (seasonal) – Spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana & fresh ginger (naturally sweetened).   The serving is generous, the smoothie had a great consistency and it tasted fresh.  I really enjoyed the fresh ginger in it too, since it’s so good for you! Cali Chicken Club Flatbread – Bacon, smashed avocado, tomatoes, romaine, mozzarella & basil garlic mayo.  This was my favorite! Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Made it vegetarian by substituting the chicken strips with Beyond Meat®Chicken-Free Strips, no lite ranch & mozzarella, and adding extra avocado & veggies.  It includes tomatoes, romaine and buffalo sauce.  This was my second favorite! Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich – Bacon, tomatoes, a romaine spinach blend, swiss & lite ranch on ciabatta Kale & Apple Slaw – It was really good.  The best kale & apple slaw that I have ever had in my life.  I loved the flavors of their sweet dressing, apple slices and julienne carrot married together to balance out the kale which is naturally bitter but so good for you as well! Be sure to drop by the new Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park early tomorrow,  January 10, for your chance to win FREE smoothies for a year!  They open at 7:00 A.M. Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Winter Park 501 N Orlando Ave. Ste. 209B Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 637-5002 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

No Hue!

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(’cause it’s pronounced “way”. Get it? Super witty) Catching up on our blog a day late, on account of being dead tired yesterday. Yesterday morning, we flew from Hanoi to Hu…

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara Recipe

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Spaghetti squash is something I’ve seen online and social media for YEARS that caught my interest. My girlfriend was actually craving spaghetti squash carbonara this week, so I finally gave in and wanted to see what the fuss was about. There are paleo and other ‘cleaner’ spaghetti squash recipes you could make instead, but if you […]

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Tijuana Flats reveals items from their “Secret Menu”

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

*Secret Menu Item* The Mexican Pizza – A fried flour tortilla is topped with your choice of protein, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapeño and a drizzle of sour cream.  This was my favorite!   We were invited to Tijuana Flats near Millenia Mall to try items from their “Secret Menu” as well as some classic items. Tijuana Flats was was founded in Winter Park, FL in 1995 by University of Central Florida graduate Brian Wheeler with $20,000 in loans.  Tijuana Flats now has 136 locations in 6 states. The Tijuana Flats Manifesto is their Declaration of Independence, their Dead Sea Scrolls.   It’s everything they believe in expressed in a single stream of madcap consciousness.  You’ll find it displayed in every Tijuana Flats location. Tijuana Flats’ regional manger, Joey.  He has been with the company for 19 years.  He is super nice.  To the right is our wonderful host, Sarah. The store manager for their Millenia location, Mike.  He is a super cool guy! The talented kitchen staff!  They did a great job with everyone’s food! Chips & Dip – A basket of warm chips, with a side of handmade salsa, queso or guacamole. *Secret Menu Item* The Double Stack tacos is available in chicken or steak.  Queso is spread across a soft flour tortilla then wrapped around a hard-shell taco – filled with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream. *Secret Menu Item* The Bangin Chicken Tostadas – crispy fried chicken cubes tossed in a buffalo sauce with refried beans, tomatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served with a side of salsa. Cookie Dough Flauntas – Chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar.  Served with a side of chocolate syrup. I won a free bottle of sweet chili hot sauce during trivia! Founder Brian Wheeler created his own line of hot sauces.  The “Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally” brand includes some of the hottest sauces in the world. Be sure to check out the Tijuana Flats location near the Mall at Millenia!  They did a wonderful job hosting us and providing great Tex-Mex food! (Source credit: Tijuana Flats) Tijuana Flats 94693 Gardens Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 965-5090 https://tijuanaflats.com

Parts Unknown: Finding Anthony Bourdain's Bun Bo Hue Lady in Hue, Vietnam - The Travel Sketch

Parts Unknown: Finding Anthony Bourdain's Bun Bo Hue Lady in Hue, Vietnam - The Travel Sketch


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How to find the elusive bun bo hue spot, deep in Dong Ba Market, that Anthony Bourdain once frequented on a trip to Vietnam in his series: Parts Unknown.

Bun Bo Hue Recipe: The Spicy Vietnamese Noodle Soup You Never Knew You Loved · i am a food blog

Bun Bo Hue Recipe: The Spicy Vietnamese Noodle Soup You Never Knew You Loved · i am a food blog


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Any good cook will tell you that soups are a labour of love. Generally, they take time and a little bit of effort, but like any thing that is worth waiting for, they are absolutely heartwarming. Soups, especially noodle soups, are...

Pizzeria Roberti in East Orlando

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pizzeria Roberti can be found tucked in a small corner on the east side of Orlando, off of Curry Ford and Chicksaw Trail. Here you will find one of the best pizzas in Orlando – from the crispy, tasty house-fermented crust to the house-made mozzarella cheese, Pizzeria Roberti is the real deal. Joseph Roberti, owner and chef of Pizzeria Roberti, takes a lot of pride in his work and it shows through the quality of the food here. Roberti tells us, “Our pizza on the surface is a New York Style Pizza, but underneath it is much more complex than that. In reality it is a combination of Artisan style pizza, Neapolitan style pizza, and traditional New York style pizza.” “Our dough is made from cultivated yeast produced in house similar to the production of artisan sourdough breads (Artisan characteristic). Our sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and less than a handful of all fresh ingredients (Neapolitan characteristic). We bake our pies in a traditional bakers pride pizza oven (New York characteristic), but we cook them at a high heat between 550 and 575 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to a Neapolitan characteristic). Our cheese is a combination whole milk and part-skim Grande Mozzarella (New York characteristic).” “Every ingredient of our specialty pies is produced in house. Our specialty slice pies are often garnished to order not unlike a dish coming out of a high end restaurant. And that is just the pizzas. We also have beer, wine, salads (all dressings made in house), subs, appetizers (such as our homemade fresh mozzarella), pastas (all sauces made in house), and vast catering menu. We are off to a great start in developing our concept and look forward to continually evolve as we grow. “As a kid my father used to take me to a local pizza shop a few days a week and the cooks used to teach me little things here and there. By the age of 8 or 9 I made my first slice pie. Fast forward a bit to 14, I was now living in Orlando, Fl, and about to start high school. I was looking to get started in my cooking career and I got my shot at a neighborhood pizzeria & bar. I started as a prep cook, then learned the hot line, then pizza station, and even serving from time to time.” “I liked my job but had ambitions for more, I wanted to pursue a career as a professional chef. As soon as I got my license I took a job on I-drive as a dishwasher in a much bigger and more known restaurant. It was a step backward, but it was also a foot in the door with a successful brand. Fast forward again about 3 years, I worked at few spots around Orlando, most notably the Citrus Club under chef Scott Haegele, and went to culinary school.” “Upon graduating culinary school I decided to go back to New York to learn how to transition from a cook to a chef. I got my shot, this time with accomplished chef Hung Huynh who took me under his wing, trained me, and gave me the exposure and opportunity to work with many great culinarians.” “Fast Forward another 4 years, I’m living in Miami, at this point a chef myself running various kitchens. In 2015 I created a company “Motion Hospitality Group” as a hospitality consulting business, with the intention of one day opening a place of my own. Fast Forward to today where Motion Hospitality Group currently owns and operates its first restaurant concept: “Pizzeria Roberti”.” What are your first childhood food memories? One of my first memories with food was when I was around 5 or 6, my parents weren’t home and my brother was watching me. He must have fallen asleep or something, and I made an apple omelet. The first thing I have ever cooked by my memory. What are some of your favorite dishes at Pizzeria Roberti? My favorite dishes at the pizzeria are the pesto & margherita pizzas, chicken marsala with farfalle pasta, and the pizza dough zeppoles. What do you like to cook for “comfort food” at home with your family? My Favorite thing to eat at home is Mom’s Lasagna. The Sauce “Our pizza sauce consists of a combination of San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and all fresh ingredients including fresh herbs and garlic. San Marzano tomatoes are known for their natural sweetness and low acidity.” The Dough “Our dough is made in house with our specially cultivated yeast, which is fermented on premise. This is an important characteristic of our dough because it creates a more robust flavor and the natural fermentation of our dough, makes it healthier and more digestible.” Pizzeria Roberti Address: 2751 S Chickasaw Trail Suite 107, Orlando, FL 32829 https://pizzeriaroberti.com

Reflections – Love Thy Neighbour

by WordPress.com Support @ The Urban Ma

Sunday Reflections It’s been quite a heavy week this past week. Numerous trips to different hospitals visiting different loved ones has really got me thinking about life and what happens at the end of life. I was speaking to a friend who works as a doctor last night and she told me that one of […]

Fun and functional travel essential – Trunki suitcase

by WordPress.com Support @ The Urban Ma

Fun & Functional – Trunki, a Kid’s Ultimate Travel Essential Sun’s out, kids are out and it’s got me reminiscing about our holiday this time last year. It was our first trip taking Hannah overseas and the thought of going through airport queues and waiting in lines made me a little nervous. Not to mention […]

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Take a musical journey through the Caribbean during this interactive dinner show. Enjoy authentic food, songs and dances inspired by the islands. Savor the vibrant colors, delightful tastes and rich sounds of the Bahamas, Cuba,  Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad. This is your island escape. Come do the limbo, jump into the conga line and take part in the festivities. Now on Fridays! Includes all-you-can-eat buffet, plus complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Wine, beer and Planter’s Punch are also complimentary for those ages 21+. CARNAVAL TICKET: $71** adult, $36** child (ages 3 – 9) Children under age 3 complimentary. PRIORITY TICKET: $81** adult, $41** child (ages 3 – 9) Sit closer to the action with seating in the first two rows of tables nearest the stage. Children under age 3 complimentary. TIME: Dinner Buffet Seating: Begins at 6pm Show: 7pm – 7:45pm LOCATION: Under the outdoor Cayman Court pavilion at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. PARKING: Complimentary self parking (with validation stamp) or $5 valet parking. AGES: All ages welcome. Buy tickets at this eventbrite website. Photographs of the food and event are below. Check out the menu for the event!

Homestay- a good choice among kinds of accommodation in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam- a wonderful destination for you in the Indochinese Peninsula. About Hanoi, maybe you can hear about traffic jam, noise and so on. However, a lot of foreign tourists come here every year. So, why? Over those, Hanoi still contains many traditional beauties and characteristics. They can be small ancient

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Food Network Chef Roberto Treviño opens new restaurant, El Buda, in Downtown Orlando

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

My sister and I got to meet Food Network Chef Roberto Treviño from Iron Chef America (he battled against and beat Mario Batali) at his new restaurant El Buda on Church Street and we enjoyed trying some of his delicious and flavorful Latin-Asian food that he prepared for us.  Chef Roberto Treviño’s concept of blending two cultures together is so unique and the fusion of flavors in all of his dishes were all on point, I really appreciated and loved it.  Overall, I give five stars to the food, service, ambiance, and the entertainment at El Buda.  You must check them out next time you are in the Downtown Orlando area. El Buda has a Daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm and includes 2 for $5 Draft Beers, $9 Craft Cocktails (they are normally $11 and feature top shelf liquors) and$5 Sangria.  Sunday Brunch (Saturday coming soon!) is from 11am – 4pm.  $22 Brunch includes unlimited top shelf mimosa and top shelf craft cocktails.  Guava Gelee Gimlet. They offer nightly drink specials at “The Cellar” downstairs, a speakeasy type atmosphere.  Herame Con Coco Pork Dumplings Duck Nachos Prawn Tempura with Forbidden Rice Ho Fun with Grilled Churrassco Peking Style Duck Confit with Scallion Pancake and Seasoned Vegetables Churro Be sure to check out El Buda – Downtown Orlando soon!  You will love it! El Buda 116 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801 facebook.com/ElBudaDowntown/ (407) 203-8171

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 4 Episode 4 - Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 4 Episode 4 - Vietnam


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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: S4 E4 - Vietnam - Parts Unknown travels to the host’s “first love,” with a look at Hue, a city in central Vietnam, including excursions to the Dong Ba market, Vinh Moc tunnels, the Duyen Anh restaurant, and the Citadel. Sampled dishes include Com Hen, Bun Bo Hue and a special bird’s nest soup.

Top 5 tourist attractions in Hue

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Thanks to the richness of culture and history as well as romance, gentleness, Hue has been one of the attractive tourist destination for a thousands of Vietnamese people as well as foreign tourists. To have more in-depth understanding about Hue’s culture here is top 5 tourist attractions anyone should visit: Indochina holidays Hue Imperial Citadel

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New tenant Tori Tori coming summer 2018 to Orlando’s Mills 50 District

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Updated 1/29/2018 TORI TORI will be a japanese pub opening in the Mills50 district at 720 N. Mills Avenue this summer. It will be a sister concept to DOMU and created by Sonny Nguyen (chef/owner of DOMU) with partner Johnny Tung. This concept will be part of the “DOMU Dynasty” also coined as the “Double-D Group” which will be the umbrella for all of Nguyen’s current and future concepts. “With much success and recognition of DOMU over the past year, I felt like I had to do more for our city to really put us on the map. I felt like there was a missing piece that I think the people of our city deserve to experience and is growing popularity in major cities around the country. What we’re creating is a staple to everyday Japanese culture and bringing a piece of that to Orlando. With the same mindset that was set forward for DOMU, expect the concept to come from “me” and to pack an edge of going against the grain. Meaning, that every detail will be curated from the design, to what we offer, and how we offer it. We will be sticking to true Japanese roots but will have my modern take on a lot of things.” More details will be released on the concept as time permits but in the meantime follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ToriToriPub ————————————— Spotted at the long vacant 4200 SF building located between King Bao and Pho 88 on Mills Avenue hangs a new banner stating simply “Tori Tori – Coming Summer 2018”. The location of 720 N Mills Ave Orlando, Florida was most recently home to Trung My Asian Market but has sat vacant for many years now. Little detail is known, but watch this space for more news soon.

Ninh Binh-Boozaled

Ninh Binh-Boozaled

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

Ninh Binh was another place we marked on our map at the suggestion of other travelers. It was described as the poor man’s Halong Bay by some but the same and others said it had many of its own unique sights worth seeing even if Halong Bay was on the travel itinerary. It had also … More Ninh Binh-Boozaled

First Look: Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Mai’s Bistro is a new fast casual restaurant that has opened up in Orlando’s Mills 50 District, specializing in Vietnamese street food such as banh mi, Vietnamese sticky rice, and banh cuon rice crepes. They bake their own bread and sweets and make everything in house. On a recent visit, I loved their banh cuon rice crepes and their variety of both sweet and savory Vietnamese sticky rice (xoi). You could get bbq roast pork, chinese sausage, or shredded chicken for savory sticky rice and jackfruit for sweet sticky rice. They bake their bread from scratch on site and their grilled pork banh mi is one of the best i have had. Their staff was very friendly and hospitable. Will try again soon and update! Mai’s Bistro in Mills 50 830 E Colonial Dr A, Orlando, FL 32803 Menu: maibistrousa.com Phone: (407) 730-8538

Parts Unknown Vietnam: Just the One-Liners

Parts Unknown Vietnam: Just the One-Liners


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Anthony Bourdain's best 19 bon mots from Vietnam.

Koh Rong was so Right

Koh Rong was so Right

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

After a ‘surprisingly’ not-so-restful night on our hotel bus we arrived in Sihanoukville, the harbor town that would lead us to Cambodia’s southern islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. The islands had not been on our original itinerary but much like the rest of our trip, we had heard from other travelers that … More Koh Rong was so Right

Bún Bò Huế Recipe – Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Bún bò Huế is a hidden Vietnamese gem that has yet to “make it” in mainstream American cuisine. It’s a rich and spicy soup with deep layers of flavor. This Central Vietnamese soup is paired with tender slices of beef and pork, then topped with lots of fresh herbs. Phở has made its way in and has grown popular quickly, so why […]

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Bulla Gastrobar – Winter 2018 Menu

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Winter, brief it may be, has arrived to Central Florida with the latest frosty blasts covering most of our region this past week. The Spanish-inspired Bulla Gastrobar has recently debuted their Winter Menu, featuring savory, hearty dishes that will certainly warm any foodie’s appetite this winter. Here is the menu: Sabores de Invierno Winter Menu Padrones Rellenos $8 – Shishito peppers stuffed with Mahon cheese, encrusted with panko crumbs and a spicy tomato dipping sauce Caldo Gallego $8 – Galician Soup, White beans, pork shank, chorizo, kale Piquillos a la Vizcaina $11 – Ground beef and pork stuffed piquillo peppers, bechamel sauce, black currants Lechon Asado $23 – Slow Roasted Pig, Pork Demi, Panadera Potatoes Chuletas de Cordero $23 – Lamb Chops, Honey Beer Reduction, Kale, Potato Foam Some of my favorites from the menu included the: Padrones rellenos, crunchy panko crusted, stuffed shisito peppers filled with mahon cheese – each bite oozes with warm cheese – perfect. The Piquillos a la Vizcaina, stuffed piquillo peppers were both savory and sweet – savory from the ground beef and pork and bechamel cheese sauce but also a touch of sweetness from the black currant reduction and nutty sliced almonds. If you are a fan of lamb chops, try the chuletas de cordero – subtly sweet from honey reduction, it’s a hearty dish with delicate potato foam and crispy kale. My absolute favorite on the menu is the lechon asado, thrice cooked slow roasted pig with a pork demi sauce and panadera potatoes – thick and juicy, the pork just melts in your mouth with the crispy pork skin is a fantastic treat. The menu lasts all winter until March so visit soon! Bulla Gastrobar 110 S Orlando Ave #7, Winter Park, FL 32789 bullagastrobar.com

Parts Unknown Vietnam: Just the One-Liners

Parts Unknown Vietnam: Just the One-Liners


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Anthony Bourdain's best 19 bon mots from Vietnam.

3 cities, 2 countries, 1 sadness

by Colin McFadden @ First World Problems

Today was mostly a travel day, but not entirely. We got moving very early and were out of the hotel by 6. The very kind hotel staff packed us a breakfast to eat in the car. The Hue airport is a very low-key place, so we settled in to wait for our flight. Originally, we’d … Continue reading "3 cities, 2 countries, 1 sadness"

Celebrating the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord buffet

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

  We were invited to celebrate the season at IKEA’s annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord – a nationwide event at participating stores.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes were $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under). IKEA Food Range and Product Developer, Peter Ho, says, “The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike.  It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.” The cutest Christmas reindeer!  An IKEA employee informed me that they were sold out, unfortunately. Swedish cheeses, crispbread, thin bread, softbread Gravad lax with mustard sauce Christmas ham Swedish potato salad Hard boiled eggs Assorted desserts Daim cakes with and without chocolate, Swedish fish Coffee, tea, fountain beverages Pickled herring, Swedish cucumber salad, Red beet salad, Hard boiled eggs, Christmas ham, Gravad lax with mustard sauce Poached salmon, Jansson’s temptations, sautéed red cabbage and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy Meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed red cabbage and apples, Jansson’s temptations Swedish Santa Lucia processional Swedish Santa Thank you Swedish Santa for the complimentary tote bags! (Source credit: IKEA) IKEA 4092 Eastgate Dr. Orlando, FL 32839 +1 (888) 888-4532 ikea.com/us

Bun Bo Hue - food culture characterized in Southern of Vietnam - Vietnam Private Tours

Bun Bo Hue - food culture characterized in Southern of Vietnam - Vietnam Private Tours


Vietnam Private Tours

Hue is a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. Bun bo Hue is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò). 

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

by marco @ Food with Marco.Ninja

One of my favorite dishes – period. Spaghetti alla Carbonara (the wife of the charcoal burner) has most of the important ingredients/allergens: Pasta, egg, cheese, bacon – and it’s prepared in minutes! While you cook your pasta (spaghetti or maybe linguine) al dente, put a little olive oil in a pan and cook bacon, 2 … Continue reading Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Hue, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

by beatynick @ bun bo Hue – Round the World

Jackie made an interesting observation the other day – the longer we stay in one place, the more we like it. But why? At first I thought, well, we must have stayed longer in the places there was more to do, but that isn’t quite right. We extended in Luang Prabang because we nixed a […]

Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand

by thetravelsketch @ The Travel Sketch

Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world. Check out previous editions here. I recently spent two weeks traveling around Thailand, talking with the locals and learning bits here and there about the local culture. Here are the top 10 interesting things I discovered. 1. Hapas […]

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Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs opens on National Spaghetti Day

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to the media preview and grand opening of Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante with a special dedication moment including leadership from Disney, Patina Restaurant Group and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Following the dedication, we went inside the brand new Italian restaurant for a media reception and we celebrated National Spaghetti Day with some apps, pasta, wines, cocktails and sweet treats; perfect for the occasion.  Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is a warm and dreamy restaurant with friendly staff, delicious food, and airline themed aesthetics that is adventurous and playful. The backstory is that the building was a once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s.  Italian immigrants Maria and Enzo owned a small bakery business inside the airline terminal and they purchased the entire building after the airline terminal closed down.  As an airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to the abandoned airline terminal and to open a spacious restaurant in it was a dream of his and Maria, who both wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to guests at Disney Springs. CACIOCAVALLO FRITTO – fried sicilian cheese, spicy tomato and pomodoro sauce SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA – burrata and meatballs ARANCINI DI CARNE – fried rice stuffed with meat ragù, peas and mozzarella.  They were delicious! PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED BREADSTICKS CHERRY TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA SKEWERS Delicious TIRAMISU! These were the best CHEESECAKE POPS that I have ever had in my life! CANNOLI– sheep’s milk ricotta, chocolate chips, candied orange.  It was the best cannoli that I have ever had in my life! Randomly selected guests will be upgraded upon arrival to the First Class Lounge and will receive a more upgraded level of service.  Guests 21 years of age or older will be served a complimentary glass of Prosecco and kids will receive a complimentary airline pin. Be sure to book a reservation at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, link below, so you can experience this amazing new restaurant for yourself! BONUS: We also got to take a tour around the new Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar. …and The Edison. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante The Landing, Disney Springs, 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (407) 560-8466 mariaandenzos.com Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar 1570 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 enzoshideawayfla.com The Edison 1570 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 560-9288 theedisonfla.com

Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards 2018 Readers’ Choice Ballot! Closes Feb 1!

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

It’s time again to cast your ballot for the best in Central Florida dining in Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards 2018 Readers’ Choice Ballot! Poll Closes Feb 1! Voting closes on February 1st, so the next two weeks is crucial to get your vote in. Bonus: a voter will be selected at random and win a dinner for two! People can vote on their favorites or nominate restaurants. Winners will be revealed in the May Dining Issue, and celebrated at a private ceremony with a plaque and rowdy round of applause. Make sure to vote LOCAL!!!! Vote Here: http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/December-2017/Dining-Awards-2018-Readers-Choice-Ballot/

10 Bold Recipes For A Japanese Fusion Feast

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

Feel like Japanese food tonight but aren’t so great at making sushi? We gathered up our favorite Japanese fusion recipes — no sushi-making skills required — for a dinner that hits every flavor note you’re craving. Soy and yuzu? Check. Uni and rice? You bet! Noodles, rice bowls, salads and tasty fried things? Right this […]

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All Da Lat & More

All Da Lat & More

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

Da Lat was one of the destinations we fit into our schedules on the recommendations of other travelers. Nestled in the mountains inland in south vietnam it was a gorgeous and lush town known for its adventure activities like trekking and canyoning. We were convinced to come to this town for the canyoning in particular. … More All Da Lat & More

Paws and Pagodas

by Colin McFadden @ First World Problems

Last night we scoped out some breakfast options down the street from the hotel. We woke up ready for some Bun Bo Hue. The spot was packed with locals and the soup did not disappoint. Fueled up, we headed back to our hotel for coffee, fruit and day planning. Unfortunately, Kat sat on her glasses, … Continue reading "Paws and Pagodas"

Vietnamese Chicken Soup (With Elbow Macaroni)

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

It has been getting coooold lately, cold for Southern California anyways! This is perfect weather for you to cook up some soup. If you haven’t built up the courage to try the bitter melon soup I posted the other week,  Vietnamese chicken soup with elbow macaroni might be a simpler start :). What’s that you […]

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Valentine’s Day Dinner in Orlando 2018 – Where to go?

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and a romantic weekend in Orlando offers unique and affordable ways to celebrate. We’ve collected special deals for the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend, from hotel packages and romantic dinners to couples’ massages and sunset airboat tours. Hotel Packages & Amenities B Resort & Spa will be offering a B Together Couples Massage from February 15, 2018 to February 28, 2018. The massage is infused with rose essential oils and includes champagne and chocolate truffles. Prices for massages vary. 407-827-3111, bhotelsandresorts.com Caribe Royale is offering a  Romance Package that includes two nights in a deluxe king suite with jetted whirlpool tub, full American buffet breakfast for two, welcome wine and tuxedo strawberry amenity, late check-out and dining credit at their restaurant The Venetian Chop House. 1-800-823-8300, cariberoyale.com Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be offering a Couple’s Day at the Spa featuring a complimentary glass of wine and special truffles.  Couples will be able to enjoy the Healing Honey Treatment and receive a small bottle of the signature honey along with a complimentary Luscious Lips enhancement. Available only on February 14, 2018. 407-313-6161, fourseasons.com Hilton Orlando will be offering different couple experiences including: In Room Dining with chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne, as well as a private cabana rental including a half dozen red roses wrapped, a bottle of sparkling wine and food credit.  In Room Dining experience is available for $110 and cabana rental for $300. 407-313-8625, thehiltonorlando.com Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate will offer their “Love and Luxury” package, which includes luxurious accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the room upon arrival and late check-out. 407-390-6664, omnihotels.com The Spa at Reunion Resort will offer a warm stone advance peptide couples massage.  It is approximately four hours long and concludes with a Reunion Manicure and Pedicure. Cost is $310.50. reunionresort.com Orlando World Center Marriott is offering a “Recapture the Romance” package February 9-10 and February 16-17, 2018. This offer includes dinner for two at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen or Latitude and Longitude, “Light-Up-The-Night” laser light show, accommodations and two-hour Kids Club experience for up to two children ages 4-12. Prices begins at $329 per night with code ROM. 800-380-7931, worldcentermarriott.com Valentine’s Day Dining Luma – Recognized as one of the “Top 20 Restaurants in the state” LUMA on Park offers a romantic atmosphere, progressive American Cuisine and opportunity to check off a bucket list item. Executive Chef Brandon McGlamery offers locally-sourced, daily menus that feature delectable dishes including: Massachusetts Diver Scallops with freekeh, tri-color cauliflower, jalapeño butter, pickled cipollini onions or Border Springs Lamb Shoulder with glazed root vegetables, snow pea fondue, golden raisins, shiitake mushroom over a bottle of wine from their extensive list. lumaonpark.com  Prato – Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy’s rich culinary landscape, seamlessly blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients. The rustic, communal atmosphere is perfect for a casual celebration; and who doesn’t like house-made pizzas and baked entrees made with Prato’s authentic Acunto wood-burning ovens crafted in Naples, Italy?  Enjoy their beloved Widowmaker pizza with Hazelnut Romesco, Cavolo Nero, Fennel Sausage and a Farm Egg or  Squid Ink Torchio with Braised Clam Amatriciana, Smoked Paprika Pangrattato over a couple of craft cocktails before splitting a Sticky Date Cake. prato-wp.com Luke’s Kitchen – Head to Maitland for a low key dinner at Luke’s Kitchen & Bar and movie. Enjoy carefully curated oysters from the raw bar and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie alongside classically-inspired craft cocktails followed by an independent film right next store at the Enzian Theater. http://eatatlukes.com/ The Capital Grille has special Valentine’s Day eve offerings for 2018 – perfect for Orlando residents looking to extend the holiday with their loved one. On February 13, The Capital Grille is offering guests a generous evening with complimentary Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé NV, Champagne and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, The Capital Grille will thrill guests with hand-cut, dry aged steaks, artisanal ingredients and our award-winning wine list of over 350 selections.Reservations are now open for Valentine’s Day Eve, as well as Valentine’s Day for those looking for a more traditional experience. For guests looking for a last-minute reservation on Valentine’s Day, The Capital Grille’s Concierge app offers #ReservationRescue, whereby one lucky procrastinator will have the chance to secure a table for two at 7 p.m. on February 14. To enter, guests are simply required to download the app and select their favorite restaurant for a chance to save the day. www.thecapitalgrille.com Eddie V’s – For the perfect pair, Eddie V’s is offering elevated pairings for Valentine’s Day featuring famous champagnes with their ideal oyster counterparts. Guests can enjoy half a dozen oysters, including Pink Moon and Thatch Island oysters, complimented by a half bottle of champagne hand-selected by our Advanced Sommelier. For the perfect Valentine’s Day toast, guests can choose from Ruinart Blanc De Blancs, Moët Rosé Impérial or Krug Grand Cuvée. In addition to the special offerings listed above, Eddie V’s menu of fresh and flavorful seafood will still be available to order. The restaurant also boasts an award-winning wine list of over 300 selections, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Reservations are now open. www.eddiev.com American Kitchen Bar & Grill invites guests to a four course dinner by Chef Venoy Rogers available only on February 14, 2018. Dinner pricing begins at $39 per person. 407-827-3111, bhotelsandresorts.com Four Seasons Resort Orlando announced that both their restaurants, Ravello and Capa, will be offering a prix-fixe four course meal on Valentine’s Day. The price is $75 per person at Ravello and $155 per person at Capa. Guests will also receive complimentary Prosecco and chocolates for spa guests. 407-313-6161, fourseasons.com Hilton Orlando will be offering a three course prix-fixe Lover’s Menu for Two at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops Restaurant. Price is $175 per couple and it’s available only on February 14, 2018. 407-313-8625, thehiltonorlando.com Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit will celebrate romance on February 14 with a Valentine’s Day Menu for Two. Price for dinner is $85 per couple. 407-226-2929, tapatoro.restaurant Taverna Opa will be hosting their “Forget Romance, Let’s Dance” dinner event on February 14, 2018, complete with Belly Dance Entertainment and Greek-Style celebration. Admission is $85 per couple. 407-351-8660, opaorlando.com Villas of Grand Cypress will be offering an elegant candlelit five course dinner available only February 14, 2018. Available for $118 per couple. 407-239-1999, grandcypress.com  Canvas Restaurant & Market – 13615 Sachs Ave, Orlando, FL, 407.313.7800 – In addition to their regular a la carte menu, Canvas will be offering a few Valentine’s Day specials. Menu Highlights:  Prime Beef Tenderloin; 10 oz. bone-in, mole, sweet corn purée, charred shishito peppers ($50), Lobster Tail; Butter poached, artichoke hearts, housemade pappardelle, tarragon-citrus beurre blanc, and shaved black truffles ($45) Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, 6967 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL, 407.955.4340 Menu Highlights:  Gulf oysters on the half shell (6) with Tobikko caviar, watermelon, yuzu ($15), Roasted beef tenderloin for 2 or 4 to share; Shiitake mushroom “bacon”, double butter mashed potato, Josper charred broccolini, beet crisps, red wine reduction – For two guests, ($38 for 8 oz.), For four guests, ($75 for 16 oz.). Red Velvet Cheesecake; Champagne marinated strawberries ($4.50) Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL  32819, 407.370.3359, Open Wednesday, February 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a la carte specials or Four-Course Prix Fixe for $70. Plus, join a special “Sushi Making 101” class onSaturday, February 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and create lasting, fun memories with your loved one! Tickets to sushi class available HERE. Available a la carte or Four Course Prix-Fixe for $70: Tsukiji Market Moriawase $29, chefs omakase, Gomadare Cha Soba $22, japanese sea bream, ginger, wasabi, scallion, dashi, Barentain Makisushi, $17, chef’s special Valentine day sushi roll, Strawberry Shortcake, $7, ume jam, tamari ganache K Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804, 407.872.2332 – Recently purchased by Chad Phelps back in July of last year, K Restaurant has a new “refreshed K.”  This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be offering a special menu for $100 for two people, in addition to their regular a la carte menu. Menu Highlights: Oysters; mignonette, Foie Gras custard, madeira glazed wild mushrooms, grilled bread, Lobster; Israeli couscous, English peas and tendrils, beurre rouge, Filet; potato and mushroom gratin, creamed greens, veal demi-glace, White Russian Chocolate Cake, Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Paradiso 37, Disney Springs, 1590 E Bueno Vista Dr., Orlando, FL, 407.934.3700, For Valentine’s Day, Paradiso 37 will be celebrating by serving guests a Valentine’s Day inspired prix-fixe menu at $39 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Menu highlights: Lobster Bisque with Sherry, Ginger Honey Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon; Roasted Vegetables, Cilantro Rice, and Grilled Lemon, Molten Lava Chocolate Cake; Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Fresh Berries Pizza Bruno, 3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806, Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. You got a pizza my heart! Get cheesy with Bruno Zacchini as you join us under the stars for a romantic Valentine’s Day experience. Pizza Bruno will host a couple’s pizza making class which will include hands-on instruction, small bites, DIY pizza, dessert and wine. This unique date night experience is $80 per person, plus gratuity. Let’s get saucy. Space is limited. Purchase your tickets today! The Polite Pig at Disney Springs , 1536 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830 Have a smokin’ Valentine’s Day at The Polite Pig in Disney Springs with a la carte menu selections including signature dishes like the Smoked Chicken Wingswith pickled carrots; House-Smoked Brisket with coffee rub; The Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard bbq and Duke’s mayo; and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with whisky-caramel.. Visit www.politepig.comfor more information The Ravenous Pig, 565 West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL, 407.628.2333, Menu Highlights: Beginning Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15, The Ravenous Pig will offer a full a la carte menu, in addition to the below specials. Three Course Seasonal Prix-Fixe Menu – $40 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Chef Curated Specials for Two: Bison Tomahawk Rib Eye Steak, Whole Fish Dinner, Sweet Soufflé Dessert – For more information or reservations, visit theravenouspig.com or call 407.628.2333 The Rusty Spoon, 55 West Church Street, Orlando, FL, 407.401.8811 Menu Highlights: For Valentine’s Day, The Rusty Spoon will offer a full a la carte menu, in addition to chef curated seasonal specials. For reservations, visit therustyspoon.com or call the restaurant at 407.401.8811. Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge, 8000 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL, 407.872.2640 For Valentine’s Day, Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge will be taking reservations Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14th. They will be celebrating by serving guests a Valentine’s Day inspired prix-fixe menu at $68 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The regular a la carte menu will also be available to guests. Menu highlights: Appetizer Special: Heart Vol Au Vent of Bay Scallops & Rock Shrimp; Cultivated Mushrooms, & Early Spring Crop Asparagus, Champagne-Porcini-Vermont Butter Emulsion , Valentines Plat du Jour: “Marriage of the Land & Sea” Grilled 6 oz. Angus Beef Tenderloin & Herb-Roasted Wild Gulf Shrimp; Celery Root & Potato Puree, Haricot Vert, Young Carrots, Rich Red Wine Truffle Reduction & Sauce Béarnaise, Valentines Dessert Trio: For Couples to Share   Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, https://delfriscos.com/promotions/celebrate-valentines-day-at-dels/, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu highlighting elevated cuisine for guests to celebrate luxuriously. Featured menu items include Chilled Oysters with Caviar Mignonette, Simply Prepared Fresh Fish and the Double Eagle Steak – a three-inch thick, 45-Day Dry Aged Double Bone In Prime Ribeye. The prix fixe menu is available from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14 for $90 per guest. Reservations: Call (407) 351-5074 Tony Roma’s, 8560 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819, Menu, Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at Tony Roma’s! Enjoy a special Filet Medallions Combo for only $30. The combo includes your choice of house salad, Caesar salad or Original Classic Potato Soup with Filet Medallions (6 ounces) topped with Cabernet demi-glace, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Plus, choice of Grilled Shrimp Skewers or a Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs. Reservations: Call (407) 248-0094 Attractions Central Florida Nature Adventures is offering a unique Silver River Kayak Tour on Valentine’s Day. Price is $94 per person and the tour lasts about four and a half hours. 352-589-7899, kayakcentralflorida.com Wild Florida Airboat Tours will offer 15% off romantic sunset airboat tours and a stroll through the gator park valid form February 12, 2018 to February 17, 2018. To receive discount use code WildValentine online, over the phone or in person. 407-697-8018, wildfloridairboats.com Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures will offer 20% discounts on their sunset tours. After the tour, guests will receive a 10% discount to Boggy Bottom BBQ for a romantic dinner for two.  To receive the discount, guests should call and use special code “VALE18.” This offer is valid February 13, 2018 to February 15, 2018. 407-344-9550, bcairboats.com The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is offering the “Love is in the Air” package from February 8, 2018 to February 18,2018. This package includes: a private capsule for the couple with priority boarding, a long-stemmed rose, a box of specialty chocolates and a glass of champagne. The price is $110 per couple for the champagne experience and $90 per couple for the non-alcoholic option. 866-228-6438, officialorlandoeye.com   Events Bar Louie at Orlando Airport will host a Stupid Cupid Spotlight Party on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The party will offer drink specials along with half priced select appetizers and flatbreads. 407-845-7080, barlouie.com Howl At the Moon will host a Naughty or Nice Happy Hour Party on Friday, February 16, 2018.  It will be complete with games, drink specials, giveaways and live music. Date Night Table Package is also available upon request. 407-354-5999, howlatthemoon.com Leu Gardens will host a romantic concert on Valentine’s Day featuring Ricky and the Buzzcatz from 7:00pm -10:00pm. Advance tickets are $15 per person and will go on sale on Friday, January 26, 2018. 407-246-3622, leugardens.org SAK Comedy Lab will offer three shows on Valentine’s Day at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm.  A Sweetheart Special is also available for $48 and includes admission for two and two drinks. 407-648-0001 The Alfond Inn in Winter Park will host “A Valentine’s Experience Under The Stars” event on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event will include cocktails in the Conservatory, followed by a three course dinner on the lawn and live music. The price for this experience is $99 per person. 407-645-6605, Eventbrite.com Track Shack will host the Third Annual Run 4 Love 4 Mile, presented by Florida Hospital on Saturday, February 10, 2018. All finishers receive a commemorative shirt and medal. Prices to participate vary and early pricing is available through January 27, 2018. Get $4 off with code LOVERUN18. trackshack.com

The Donut Taco

by marco @ Food with Marco.Ninja

A quick note for Taco Tuesday: take a look at this and get hungry! Use of a 3D-printed stencil is quite elaborate and shows their dedication ;) See imgur.com.

Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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Bún Bò Huế Recipe - Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup

Bún Bò Huế Recipe - Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup


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Bún bò Huế is a hidden Vietnamese gem that has yet to “make it” in mainstream American cuisine. It’s a rich and spicy soup with deep layers of flavor. This Central Vietnamese soup is paired with tender slices of beef and pork, then topped with lots of fresh herbs. Phở has made its way in and has grown popular quickly, so why …

Figs, Cacao Nibs, Super Pigs: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We’re psyched about the Winter Olympics this week, so we rounded up some great Korean dishes to enjoy during the opening ceremony. We also showed San Francisco some love with news about chef Dominique Crenn’s upcoming dinner series and Dandelion Chocolate’s guide to using cacao nibs at home. Down South, one of our editors learned to […]

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Sneak Peek of K Restaurant’s Brunch Menu Items Debuting This Sunday

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible. The talented kitchen staff The amazing serving staff Pork Belly Benedict Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Fried green tomatoes Shrimp and Grits Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night: Arancini Oysters with champagne Oysters with herbs Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit Shared Vegetable Platter K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables Lemon Meringue Tarts French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!) Chocolate Mousse Torte Almond Cake – fresh blackberries Their beautiful outdoor patio Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them! K Restaurant 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 872-2332 http://krestaurant.net/

Market Moves: NYC’s Food Scene Gets Big News

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

New York’s food scene has no signs of stopping. It was announced yesterday that tech-giant Google is buying its New York neighbor, Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion. While no plans have been drawn up, The New York Times reports that this addition to Google’s real estate makes New York’s presence similar to that of the company’s […]

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2018 Orlando Food Predictions You Want to Know

by C Major @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Happy 2018, Food Friends! Can we all agree that glitter and unicorn desserts are so 2017? Well maybe not, but a girl can dream. I caught up with some of Orlando’s coolest chefs to find out what they see coming to a table near you in 2018, and here’s what they had to say. The Verdict: Crazy desserts are out; smaller, savory sweets are in Asian eats are here to stay RIP to unnecessary gluten-free dishes Say hello to veg cuisine, it’s here and it’s not playing HAWKERS Asian Street Fare – Kaleb Harrell  “Ethnic desserts – We are revamping our entire dessert line because we feel customers are ready. Desserts that have a savory edge, are fruit-based, or just have ingredients outside of mainstream will gain popularity as the size of desserts decreases. Today’s customer would rather have a few bites of something amazing to end their meal than a bowl of corn syrup. Savory cocktails – This one has been on the fringe for a while, but I think 2018 is the year for savory cocktails to take hold.  Think meat stocks, dry rub ingredients, and vegetable instead of fruit juices.  Fast and fresh – This is the mecca for market share in lunch business.  A few companies are doing well and expanding quickly, but it’s a race to see who keeps consistency. Virtually every diner is looking for a fast, and ultra fresh lunch option. How many days can you eat a Chick-fil-A salad for lunch? Vinegars and sours – Fermented flavors are gaining more popularity and will continue in the next year. Look for pickling, fermenting, gourmet mustards, and generally bold flavors in small quantities to continue.  Cheese and charcuterie are amazing, but the accoutrements are starting to take center stage.” Black Rooster Taqueria – John Calloway “I think we will see a lot of cauliflower. Gluten-free has reached its peak, so we will see more artisan and/or rustic breads and people milling their own flours. Mexican will still be everywhere, but I believe Indian food is the next big cuisine. Food as medicine will also be a big focus. From all of the juice bars to doctors and nutritionists prescribing specific foods and diets, we’ll be getting back to our roots with the earth healing our bodies.” K Restaurant – Michelle Hulbert “I think there will continue to be interest smaller desserts – that are portion-control friendly. Over-the-top, gigantic desserts will be a thing of the past. The healthier sides of sweets will include more seasonal fruits.  I think in general we will see a larger focus on vegetables as the star and less starch-heavy dishes.” K Restaurant –  Ryan McLaughlin “I think in 2018 we will see a continued movement toward more vegetable-forward dishes, a dedicated focus on limiting food waste, and an even stronger movement within the chef community to support small, sustainable farms that are focused on the ethical treatment of animals.” Tapa Toro – Wendy Lopez  “I see familiar foods becoming more prominent on menus at restaurants. Think pork rinds and hot dogs. They will be reimagined with new ingredients and presentations. I think we’ll start to see lesser-known cuts of meat appear on menus around town – like Vegas strip and Oyster steak. We’ll start to see more family-style dining options at restaurants. At Tapa Toro, we see groups of people passing plates around the table. Why commit to one entree when you could try a little bit of everything?” Pizza Bruno – Bruno Zacchini “I’ll start with pizza! For me, I see Neapolitan pizza still going strong but new styles and types will become the next thing from Detroit squares to Roman thin crusts and artisan slice pies with farm-to-table ingredients. Pizza has so many styles most people have never seen so it’s really wide open. Overall fast casual is going to keep happening and moving forward with counter service places and places focusing on singular dishes done extremely well.  Flavors for me are Middle Eastern, more regional Asian (think Bangrak), and Italian, of course! I also think that in 2018 we’ll continue to see veg-centric cuisine making its way onto more menus.” Valhalla Bakery + Valkyrie Doughnuts – Celine Duvoisin  “I see a bubble bursting of the stuff on stuff on stuff on stuff. (Not that I’m not going to do excessive shit until it dies.) I think that more Asian popularity will happen, I foresee a rise in proper ramen coming to town and possibly Asian desserts. We’ve hit this wall of sugar hell, with no one hitting the less sweet almost savory desserts. Hopefully an end to the gluten-free obsession. My fingers are crossed for more Mediterranean-type places that focus on macro-based foods as fuel instead of insanely over designed places that don’t have the food to seal the deal.” Is this roundup missing something, or are you seeing a trend worth sharing? Comment below and cheers to new year! Snack on, Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major! +++

Stoked in Hue

Stoked in Hue


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There were two things we wanted to experience in Hue (pronounced “way”), the Imperial Palace (built in the center of the city) and the central market which housed another culinary noodl…

Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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Outback Steakhouse opens at new location in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Outback Steakhouse, the Tampa-based Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain, has recently moved from its original Oviedo spot down the street to a new location just across the way from Sushi Pop. It was previously the location for Bojangles Fried Chicken. One of their newest dishes is: Big Aussie Bloom NEW Address: 215 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM for more info, visit: https://www.outback.com/locations/fl/oviedo

2nd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

We were invited to a media preview of the 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World.  The month-long festival runs from January 12 – February 19, 2018 and includes an art walk, photo ops, chalk art, culinary offerings, live music, stage performances, art seminars, activities designed with families in mind and so much more.  They’ve rolled everything you love about the arts into one spectacular salute. Official Festival of the Arts merchandise These four pins are redemption prizes for the scavenger hunt Design your own screen printed t-shirt with Enemy Ink Masterpiece Kitchen Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments (delicious!) Painter’s Palate (Odyssey, Festival Center) Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad (really enjoyed biting into these cronut pairings!) Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aioli Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V) Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF)(V) Decadent Delights (Promenade) S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce The Destructed Dish Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil (great dessert dish!) Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic) (caution: this is a sweet one!) The Artist’s Table Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce Cuisine Classique Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF) Pop Eats Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF) Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) Sous Chef Daniel Contreras Disney on Broadway Concert Series preview with Jenn Gambatese and Kevin Massey Jim, a long-time Disney pianist Trailblazing Ladies of Disney Animation, Presented by Mindy Johnson, Author of Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation They gifted all of us a copy of Mindy Johnson’s book (retails for $60) Be sure to check out Epcot International Festival of the Arts soon before it ends on February 19.  You will love it! (Source credit: Walt Disney World) Epcot 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 (407) 939-5277 disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-festival-of-the-arts/

Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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Watch Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown online (S4E4)

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Parts Unknown travels to the host’s “first love,” with a look at Hue, a city in central Vietnam, including excursions..

Stone Soup

by marco @ Food with Marco.Ninja

For our 10th wedding anniversary my wife had the great idea to take a page out of our kids’ favorite book: Stone Soup . If you don’t know the story: 3 monks come to a village that is very suspicious of them and by pretending to teach them how to make soup from a stone, … Continue reading Stone Soup

When in Phnom Penh 

When in Phnom Penh 

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

When we got on our boat the next morning to leave Koh Rong, we didn’t really have any idea where we were going. As we started our journey across the turbulent waters towards the mainland, we realized that we probably should have worn our ponchos, bad weather turned to what looked like a small hurricane … More When in Phnom Penh 

First Watch rolls out new single-origin coffee nationwide, supporting women growers in Colombia

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Florida-based breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant chain First Watch has recently unrolled a new coffee program, called Project Sunrise, using a new single-origin coffee sourced from women coffee growers in Huila, Colombia. The coffee program helps support a women-led growers organization called Mujeres en Café in Huila, Colombia. Traditionally, the coffee growing industry in Colombia has been male-dominated. Due to the country’s decades-long civil conflict, many women in Huila lost their husbands, brothers and sons and have now taken over the family business. Together, they formed Mujeres en Café and embarked on a mission to create sustainable businesses that elevate the lives of their families and improve conditions in their rural communities. “During our visit to Huila, we met groups of women in several villages who have dedicated their lives to producing great coffee. They are proud of their work and were eager to welcome us into their homes, walk us through their farms and share their stories,” Shane Schaibly, corporate chef and VP of culinary strategy for First Watch, said in an announcement of the new coffee program. “Each year, we serve more than 8 million cups of coffee in our restaurants. Through Project Sunrise, that gives us 8 million incredible opportunities to support these hard-working women and their families in Huila in 2018.” The high-quality beans these women grow and harvest in Huila are exported to the U.S. and roasted by the experts at Royal Cup Coffee in Birmingham, Alabama, exclusively for First Watch. The restaurant company pays a premium for these single-origin beans, which will be relayed back to the women farmers in Huila to help improve their quality of life and help facilitate their operations. Schaibly spent months working with coffee growers and roasters to develop a coffee that would complement the complex dishes, flavors and textures found on the First Watch menu. First Watch’s new Project Sunrise coffee fits the bill – it features a medium body, with hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for an ideal complement to First Watch’s variety of fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. For more information on First Watch’s Project Sunrise, visit blog.firstwatch.com. We were recently invite to try some of the new coffee at First Watch as well as sample some seasonal dishes like the millionaire’s bacon, four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle, and the cinnamon chip panacake. I enjoyed their new coffee, particularly the rich depth of flavor that complimented the dishes well.

Stoked in Hue

Stoked in Hue

by standbybackpackers @ StandbyBackpackers

There were two things we wanted to experience in Hue (pronounced “way”), the Imperial Palace (built in the center of the city) and the central market which housed another culinary noodle miracle, Bun Bo Hue, the noodle dish that Anthony Bourdain claimed is the “best noodle dish in the world” on his show (aka Nat’s … More Stoked in Hue

Move Over Pho! Bun Bo Hue Is The Vietnamese Soup You Need To Know About. - Food Republic

Move Over Pho! Bun Bo Hue Is The Vietnamese Soup You Need To Know About. - Food Republic


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The central Vietnamese city of Hue, once the capital of Vietnam and still known as the Imperial City, has a distinctive cuisine full of diminutive rolls, savory pancakes, dumplings, skewers and other snacky bites. Standing in contrast is the mighty Bun Bo Hue, a soup that starts with pork and beef bones, gets a kick from lemongrass, annatto and shrimp paste, and finishes the job with a tangle of herbs, a squeeze of lime and a few delicious add-ons like sliced brisket, crab balls and, in some cases, cubes of congealed pig’s blood. We dove deep into the dish's history, and found a recipe from of all places, Brooklyn.

Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Turkey

by thetravelsketch @ The Travel Sketch

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First Look: Inside Foxtail Coffee’s Foxtail Farmhouse in Winter Park

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Foxtail Coffee owners have officially announced the grand opening date for Foxtail Farmhouse (Instagram | Website) to be on Saturday, February 10th. Doors will open at 8 a.m.–midnight; more specifically the sliding barn door that connects Foxtail Coffee to the new adjoining Farmhouse space. These will be the set hours for Farmhouse with the connecting door closing off Foxtail Coffee at 10 p.m. daily. The long-awaited expansion aims to bring more seating to the adjacent flagship location of the local coffee shop. In addition to more space, Farmhouse boasts a siphon bar, a silo coffee bean bar, craft cocktails on tap, local bites and four new “experiential” coffee items. Partners Alex Tchekmeian and Iain Yeakle, the brains behind Foxtail Coffee (Facebook | Website) say that the Farmhouse features the world’s largest coffee siphon bar, equipped with 14 individual burners. As a continuation of their existing partnership, DoveCote will manage the majority of their food items, inclusive of vegetarian and vegan-friendly recipes. Next to fresh bites and sandwiches, Farmhouse will feature items from local bakeries, Valhalla and Bluebird Bake Shop as well as Macaw! Foods. Complementing the enhanced menu, guests can also enjoy wines, ciders, and bubbly options, all curated with the help of DoveCote and Courtesy Bar owner, Gene Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s craft cocktail inspirations are in the same spirit of his downtown speakeasy. As for the experiential items, guests can find unique coffee-infused picks like a Shakerado and the Deconstructed Latté. “The Farmhouse closes off completely for private events but still connects to Foxtail Coffee. This allows us to have private events [at the Farmhouse] and still have Foxtail Coffee open.”-Alex Unlike any of their other locations, the Farmhouse will also cater to the after-hours crowd. Directly mirroring the coffee wall will be a wine bar featuring local wines, coffee and wine pairings as well as other specialty cocktails. Foxtail Farmhouse is located next door to sister space Foxtail Coffee at 1282 Orange Avenue in Winter Park [GMap]. Here is a FIRST LOOK inside the gorgeous new Foxtail Farmhouse:    

No Hue!

by Colin McFadden @ First World Problems

(’cause it’s pronounced “way”. Get it? Super witty) Catching up on our blog a day late, on account of being dead tired yesterday. Yesterday morning, we flew from Hanoi to Hue, the old capital of Vietnam, and the scene of multiple intense battles in the war. Hue is about 40 miles south of the DMZ, … Continue reading "No Hue!"

Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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What to Eat in Hue, Vietnam -- And Where to Find It

What to Eat in Hue, Vietnam -- And Where to Find It


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A brief history of Hue, in Central Vietnam, as well as what to eat in the region and where to find it in town with a focus on street food.

Bún Thang – Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Chicken, Pork, & Egg

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

What Is Bún Thang? My knowledge of the Vietnamese language is about on par with my grandma’s English, so this gives us lots of opportunities to learn from each other. She watches Viet news and Korean dramas which have a surprising amount of English in them. The latest term I explained to her was “poker face” hah! […]

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“Something Fishy” of Apopka Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary This February

by Katherine Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Apopka’s adored, family-friendly, fresh seafood restaurant “Something Fishy” proudly announces their two-year anniversary this February.  Taking home top honors at Taste of Apopka and recognized among Best Seafood in Apopka in its first year, Something Fishy specializes in fresh seafood cooked to order that’s grilled, seared or fried, served in a variety of selections from delicious fish tacos to decadent crab cakes.  The ever-evolving menu, crafted by self-taught, skilled Chef and Owner Terence Phillips, features starters, salads, build-your-own fishy bowls and classic seafood entrees with a fusion of new age, fresh flavors and innovation served straight from “Chef T’s” kitchen.  Joined by wife of 24 years Philanthropist Patrice Phillips, Terence fulfilled his lifelong dream opening Something Fishy, which is a reflection of Phillips family gatherings and celebrations. For the two-year anniversary, the 1500 square foot, fast-casual restaurant with influences of South Hampton, Long Island will unveil a refreshed menu and new seating arrangements.  Something Fishy will also be introducing “Something Sweet”, their in-house bakery addition, along with implementing more catering and business lunches To Go programs. “We could not be more excited to celebrate the second year of Something Fishy,” says Terence and Patrice Phillips.  We are beyond grateful for the love, encouragement and support from family and friends and the community who have embraced us in our first year, and we look forward to welcoming even more Central Florida seafood lovers into the Something Fishy family this year and for many more years to come.” Something Fishy will celebrate their anniversary exactly one-year after they first opened their doors on February 24, 2017 with a special Two-Year Anniversary Block Party to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Swim by Something Fishy, where the food speaks for itself, located at 2107 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703.  Something Fishy is open for lunch and dinner and serves a full menu daily until close.  For updated hours of operation and more information, call 407-703-4850 or visit www.somethingfishyapopka.com.

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Episode 4: Vivacious in Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Episode 4: Vivacious in Vietnam


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Bourdain was very very happy to be back in Vietnam for episode 4 of Parts Unknown, which originally aired on October 19. It’s a country that he’s visited m

Un-Napolievable!

by Colin McFadden @ First World Problems

Like unbelievable. But with Napoli in the middle. Get it? ‘Cause today we went to Napoli? Get it? Today we went to Napoli! The city gets a bad rap, but it was hard to see anything negative about it – it’s got just the right amount of chaos and grit to make it lovable. Our … Continue reading "Un-Napolievable!"

First Look: Sticky Rice Lao Street Food

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Had a truly delicious lunch today at Sticky Rice Lao Street Food! Located on the first floor of Bikkuri in Mills 50, the owners of Sticky Rice has transformed the small restaurant into something resembling an outdoor Laotian night market stall with dark ceilings and low, wooden tables. The menu is very affordable with most dishes ranging from $4 to $5, perfect sizes for sharing over Laotian beers with friends if one chooses. You’d be tempted to order the whole menu. It reminded me of places my uncles would go to enjoy grilled meats and beers (they serve BeerLao here!) late into the night growing up. Alot of the food had flavors that reminded me of my childhood, though Vietnam is a neighbor of Laos there are some similarities as well as differences in the cuisine. I loved the char on the grilled chicken wings seasoned in fish sauce and sugar, and the crispy pork rice lettuce wrap which had little crunchy bits and pieces of roast pork. It’s important to note that the sticky rice order is meant to be eaten with other dishes such as the pork sausages or beef jerky rather than alone – making a perfect combo of carbs and meat. They also had a delicious noodle soup that reminded me of Vietnamese banh canh or udon noodle soup called khao piek sen. khao piek sen noodle soup Another favorite was the pork tapioca dumplings, sticky chewy white balls of tapioca stuffed with crispy pork and garlic! pork tapioca dumplings Save room for dessert like the sweet pandan jelly in coconut milk, mango sticky rice, and coconut gelato on purple sticky rice served inside bamboo. We dunked our sticky rice in the sweet coconut milk for that extra sweetness. Overall very impressed by the food and the authenticity of flavors at Sticky Rice – definitely will bring my family back here to try. Go soon and with friends and enjoy Orlando’s first and only Laotian street food restaurant! They are open 11:30am to 10:00pm daily. Sticky Rice Lao Street Food 1915 East Colonial Drive Orlando, Florida https://www.facebook.com/pg/StickyRiceStreetFood

Season’s Eating with Sonny’s BBQ Pitmaster Brandon Manly at Williams Sonoma – Park Avenue

by Tiffany Nguyen @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

Pitmaster Brandon Manly teaching us how to make some delicious eats for the holidays. We were invited to check out this free and public event hosted by Sonny’s BBQ last Saturday at Williams Sonoma on Park Avenue in partnership with Peterbrooke Chocolatier.  I loved that the event landed on a Saturday afternoon because I frequent the popular Winter Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings so I was able to pick up a few things and walk over to the cooking demo afterwords.  During our cooking demo we learned how to make Stuffed Pork Loin with Cranberry Agave Glaze, Smoked Turkey, Gruyère Potatoes, and Chocolate Bacon Holiday Bark.  Everything was delicious! Sonny’s BBQ – Winter Park 3390 University Blvd Winter Park, FL 32792 (407) 671-2002 sonnysbbq.com Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park 300 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 644-3200 http://peterbrookewp.com Williams Sonoma – Park Avenue 142 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 628-5900 williams-sonoma.com/stores/us/fl/winter-park-park-avenue

Jon Smith Subs opens in Oviedo

by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com @ Tasty Chomps' Orlando Food Blog

I was born and raised in Palm Beach County so have many memories of Jon Smith Subs growing up. They were the mom and pop corner sub shop where I lived. I was excited to hear that they have finally made their way up to Orlando (though all the way out in Oviedo) and dropped by during the opening recently. The first Jon Smith shop opened in 1988 in Palm Beach County, FL serving up their signature marinated grilled sirloin steak and real chicken breast subs. I ordered the Steak Bomb –  Sirloin steak, Grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes & provolone. My sub was quite delicious – the bread was fresh as was the steak. I think next time I’ll try their traditional steak with cheese and forgo the other ingredients – ok maybe I’ll keep the bacon. The manager/owner was in, a Oviedo native, greeting and welcoming each family and patron entering the shop – it was quite the welcome sight. Jon Smith Subs – Oviedo 3607 Aloma Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 https://jonsmithsubs.com/locations/oviedo-fl/ Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm Sun Closed

Colorado’s Milkshake IPAs Sweeten Up The Craft Beer Scene

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Milkshake IPAs may not sound like a beer genre you’d gravitate towards, but this new craft style out of Colorado successfully straddles both worlds. Grab a long straw (if you have to), because this marvel of chemistry just might be here to stay. What is a milkshake IPA exactly? It’s a beer brewed with milkshake flavors like chocolate, vanilla and […]

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Getting Bun Bo Hue from Huong Binh

by marco @ Food with Marco.Ninja

After seeing Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” show where he described how much better Bun Bo Hueng is compared to Pho, I asked for recommendations where I can get this spicy soup made of pork and beef in Seattle and the former QA colleagues did not disappoint! With 4 of my co-workers we set out to … Continue reading Getting Bun Bo Hue from Huong Binh

Where to go for breakfast in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

A steaming bowl of beef noodle soup for breakfast is not bad. But it is not everyone’s idea of an ideal breakfast, especially foreigners, whose tastes, lie more in the direction of waffles or croissants, eggs and bacon. If you want to give noodle soup a break, let’s check out some options below. Let’s go

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