• Just Roll Me Out of Orlando

    August 30, 2010

    I am stuffed. I may never eat again. My culinary tour of Orlando was amazing in so many ways, but I’m so glad that it’s over!

    My final day in Orlando started with blog friends! :-D Meghann, Katy, and Katy joined me for breakfast at Harvest in the Hilton where I was staying.

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    I knew that I had a full day of eating ahead of me, so I ordered a light meal: fruit salad + zucchini bread.

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    After breakfast, I headed back to my suite, caught up with some work, and then met the group for brunch at The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel.

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    The Jazz Brunch at The Boheme is a Sunday tradition in Orlando and it offers something for everyone– from a a raw bar, chef’s carvery table, gourmet omelets, desserts (!!!), and more.

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    Brunch included mimosas. Hey, it was after noon! ;-)

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    I wasn’t all that hungry for brunch, but I still filled my plate up with a few favorite foods: grilled veggies and dessert! So, very Carrots ‘N’ Cake of me! ;-)

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    I always have room for bread pudding and carrot cake! :mrgreen:

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    I loved the carrot cake! I ended up eating two of these adorable shot glass desserts.

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    Carrot cake + mimosa = :mrgreen: !

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    Midway through the meal, the chef served us a delicious dish of sliced filet mignon with a blueberry-pecan sauce and smoked gorgonzola. It was to die for. I helped myself to two small pieces.

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    Obviously, we were very excited!

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    After brunch, we stumbled upon an artist using coffee to paint! How cool is this!?!

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    He uses different coffee roasts to create these pieces of art. I was impressed!

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    After brunch, we visited the Morse Museum and wandered around the Winter Park area of Orlando. I absolutely loved Winter Park! It’s an adorable area with restaurants, cafes, shopping, and speciality shops. It also seemed really dog-friendly as I saw three pugs! :mrgreen:

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    Before dinner, our group met at the Wine Room to sample a few wines.

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    The Wine Room is a combination wine store, wine bar, and deli. It was a great place to unwind and socialize with my blog buddies. Th Wine Room offers 148 varieties of wine and an exclusive state-of-the-art Enomatic wine-serving system, which allows visitors to purchase a smart card and dispense wine with the touch of a button.

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    I had a blast trying new wines. Boston NEEDS a place like this!

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    While tasting wine, we enjoyed a nice spread of cheese, meats, olives, pickles, crackers, and bread.

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    Blog buddies! Carol and Jessica!

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    Then, we headed to dinner. Yes, more food!

    Our group attended the Best of Orlando Dining Event in which specially-selected Orlando chefs showcased their idea of the best of Central Florida cuisine. It was hosted at The Ravenous Pig and contributing chefs included: Scott Copeland of Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant, Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events, and James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig.

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    The event started with champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.

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    Deviled Quail Eggs with House-Made Duck Ham and Brioche

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    Miniature Biscuit BLTs

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    Grilled Octopus with Romesco

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    Winter Park Dairy Bleu Cheese Tart with Heirloom Tomatoes and Balsamic Caramel

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    I enjoyed all of the appetizers, but doesn’t my expression just say, “No more food”?

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    Dinner included one small course with a wine pairing from each of the contributing chefs.

    Citrus & Coriander Cured Florida Cobia with Orange Smoked Habanero Sorbet and Pickled Watermelon Relish

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    Brentwood Sweet Corn Veloute with Florida Frog Leg and Bacon Hushpuppy

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    St. Augustine Flounder with Garden Heirloom Gazpacho, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Canaveral Blue Crab

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    The fried green tomato + gazpacho was especially outstanding!

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    Palmetto Creek Farms Smoked Pork “Napoleon,” Deep Creek Ranch Chicken Fried Beef Tongue, Local Rabbit Ballotine with Pickled Cherry Preserves

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    I only tried a few bites from each course, but managed to devour the dessert. Obviously! ;-) It was easily my favorite dish of the evening. It was the perfect blend of creamy, sweet, and refreshing.

    Vanilla-Bean Créme Caramel with Huckleberry Compote and Florida-Honey Tuile

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    I definitely ate like a queen while I was in Orlando!! I had a blast exploring the city and tasting different cuisines, but I am SO ready to get back to “normal” eating. A BIG thanks to Denise at the CVB for organizing a wonderful culinary tour!!!

    I have one more post about my adventures in Orlando. It’s about the highlight of my trip– well, besides the amazing breakfast that I ate at Bull & Bear. That meal blew my mind!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    You must be so stuffed after such a food filled weekend! Everything looks amazing though!

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    Chelsea August 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time! I just came back from vacation as well, and I am so excited to get back to my normal food eating.lol. :)

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    Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Um, I need your job! : ) This looked amazing.

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    Wei-Wei August 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Ahhhhhh! “Reserved for our foodie friends” AWESOME. I love reading about people eating stuff ;)

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    Kel August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Something that occurred to me as I was reading this…you only had a bite or two of everything because you were so full, but you managed 2 of the carrot cake shot glasses and your dessert at dinner? You are the queen of balance Tina, and that is something I have always admired about you. Perhaps if you had shown the same balanced approached to the desserts in Orlando that you normally show at home, I think you would feel a lot better.

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    Hannah August 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Carrot cake! I want to go to there. But I want to go to HP World more…

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    Chelsey August 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    oh my gosh – i wouldn’t have been able to get through that weekend! sooo much food! I would need a veggie detox! :)

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    Liza @ Health Nutting August 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Eats look amazing! And painting with coffee? How original and resourceful?! So cool!

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    Emilyeatsclean August 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    What is it about trips and over eating?!?! I do it everytime!! I love little shot glass desserts. And I need a coffee art picture……that would be my perfect artwork! ;)

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    The Italian Dish August 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Oh. My. God. I am so full after reading your post!

    :-)

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    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle August 31, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day filled with wonderful food! When I get too full I am not able to enjoy the taste of food anymore, kudos to you for trying a little bit of everything! I don’t know if I could’ve done it!

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    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 31, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Ah, what a foodie heaven! everything looks SO good.

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    Kristy August 31, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Yikes, I’m even feeling full just reading your post and looking at the pics! lol Good for you for getting through it, I’m sure it was a great experience!

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    Sara August 31, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Sounds like you had an awesome trip! That blueberry sauce sounds really interesting – I’d love to try it!

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    MichellePC August 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

    The Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill is an awesome wine shop with plenty of wines to “try before you buy.” Their computer system even remembers your past purchases so the store clerks can make personalized recommendations every time you come in!

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    The Healthy Apple August 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    The most amazing food I’ve ever seen…Sounds so fun; glad you had a great time, Tina!

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