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Holidays at Grande Lakes, plus recent reviews and news

Written By Scott Joseph On November 4, 2021

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Holidays at Grande Lakes with myriad dinners, activities and events

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Well, Halloween has waned, so you know what that means: time for the real holidays to begin.

So, as they sing in “Mame”: “Haul out the holly; fill up the punchbowl; tote that fudge, lift that…” I may have confused my musicals.

But the point is, we need these holidays and we need to get back to enjoying them.

Our friends at Grande Lakes Orlando agree, and they’ve put together a fun list of events, activities and special dinners to celebrate the season.

Grande Lakes Gingerbread

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Recent Reviews

Shanghai Lane

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At Shanghai Lane it’s all about the soup dumplings. There are other things on the small menu of this quick-serve restaurant in west Orlando’s Chinatown mall at Westside Crossing, but it’s the soup dumplings that have fascinated most of the people who come here.

Officially, they’re known as Nanxiang soup dumplings, and they look like any other pot sticker except that they are filled with broth. The fascination comes from a curiosity similar to anyone who has studied a ship model inside a bottle – how did they get that in there?

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Another perfect weekend for Food & Wine Classic

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It seems that every year the weather gods smile on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s Food & Wine Classic. Well, there was that one year – the second, in 2011, if I remember correctly – when torrential rains forced the resort’s team to move everything inside into a ballroom at the last minute. But for the most part, the outdoor event is usually held under the sort of conditions it had last weekend.

Which is to say gorgeous.

The Food & Wine Classic began in 2010 as a way of piggybacking off of the neighboring Epcot’s larger International Food & Wine Festival. It was a smart thing to do. Plenty of local food and wine fans who liked the idea of Disney’s festival cringed at having to pay the entrance fee to the park and then buy pay for any samples they wanted to try.

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Other Stuff

Best Sandwich 2021 Finalists

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Here are the finalists for the 2021 Best Sandwich Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

You may vote for one restaurant by ticking the box next to its name and then clicking the VOTE button. Write-ins are not accepted for the finals.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us WHO YOU VOTED FOR and why you think your choice should win. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment – we can’t see who you voted for. Tell us what you like about the sandwich and the restaurant serving it. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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