Flying Fish

Written By Scott Joseph On April 18, 2024

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I’ve always thought of Flying Fish as one of Walt Disney World Resort’s more upscale restaurants, even before it underwent a full renovation that elevated the decor to the level of the food.

When it opened, in 1995 and as Flying Fish Cafe, the restaurant had a more whimsical decor and ambience that invoked the halcyon days of Coney Island, including images of fish – flying –  on Ferris wheels and other carnival rides.

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Science of Wine returns April 27

Written By Scott Joseph On April 17, 2024

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The Science of Wine, the annual fundraiser for the Orlando Science Center, returns to the Loch Haven facility on Saturday, April 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event has always blended fun and education, exploring the scientific aspects of winemaking while imbibing in the lab results. But this year’s agenda sounds scienceier than other years.

There will be two 20-minute presentations by Dr. Robin Back of UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management on South African winemaking, with samples of Fleur Du Cap 2018 South African Pinotage.

There will be scientific wine and cheese-pairing nuances from advanced sommelier Melissa McAvoy and Diahann Smith with Florida Dairy Farmers.

And in The Hive: A Makerspace, you can learn about making a wine caddy using a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. OK, we just went full nerd. 

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The Daybreak Diner

Written By Scott Joseph On April 11, 2024

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Places like the Daybreak Diner are getting harder to find. Part of the reason is that a new place can’t recreate the timeworn atmosphere of a place that’s been slinging hash for decades.

Daybreak has been in its current location, a corner spot in a strip mall at Curry Ford Road and Crystal Lake Drive, since about 2005. When it first opened, in 1997, it was down the street in the space currently occupied by Los Generales Mexican restaurant. When another restaurant, B&B, announced it was getting out of the diner business, Daybreak’s owners grabbed the opportunity to move to the larger space.

But even though Daybreak Diner has been around for so long, and in a location that’s close enough that I could probably walk there, I hadn’t been back for many many years. I corrected that by meeting friends there for breakfast recently, and I felt as though I’d gone back in time.

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Newsy Nuggets: Enzo’s, Francesco’s, Winedos, Corks and Forks

Written By Scott Joseph On April 10, 2024

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If you’re really really quick you may still be able to score one of the few remaining seats to the Thursday, April 11, Chef’s Table dinner at Enzo’s on the Lake, featuring the wines from Italy’s Antinori Family. Chef Brandon will serve a five course dinner with pairings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call the restaurant for more information and reservations, 407-834-9872.

Or do a little planning ahead to attend one of Enzo’s new Concerts Under the Stars featuring live music lakeside. The first is Sinatra Under The Stars on May 19 and ABBA Under The Stars on June 23. Please note that neither Frank Sinatra nor ABBA is expected to be there. Enzo’s Bites & Beverages will be available to purchase during the event. Tickets range from $20 in the picnic blanket area to $65 for premium table seating. Sinatra tickets here and ABBA tickets here.

You’ll also have to be quick to get in on the artichoke cooking class that chef Francesco Aiello is leading this Sunday, April 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Francesco’s Ristorante & Pizza in Maitland. Call the restaurant at 407-960-5533.

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Local fundraiser to support World Central Kitchen following Gaza attack

Written By Scott Joseph On April 8, 2024

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Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps, the local food blog, is organizing a fundraiser to benefit World Central Kitchen following the April 1 attack and killing of some of its aid workers in Gaza.

The fundraiser features an online auction, and as usual, Central Florida’s culinary community is stepping up to help. The auction items, which you can see here, feature restaurant gift cards, dining experiences with local food celebrities, and others. The list is growing, so check back often for updates.

World Central Kitchen (WCK) was started by Jose Andres, whose restaurant Jaleo is at Disney Springs. Over the years, WCK has moved in whenever disaster strikes – earthquakes, volcano eruptions – setting up kitchens under impossible conditions just to make certain people get fed. For several years, Andres’ name has come up when Nobel Peace Prize nominations come up.

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