Local Flavor: Adobong Kabute from Kaya

Written By Scott Joseph On September 18, 2023

Adobong Kabute from Kaya
Photo: Blake Jones

According to Lordfer Lalicon, the chef and co-owner of Kaya, “One of the most iconic dishes in the Philippines is adobo, a traditional dish that utilizes garlic, suka (cane vinegar), black pepper and bay leafs as the main components.” But instead of the typical chicken or pork, Kaya uses lion’s mane mushrooms in its adobong kabute and finishes it off with some coconut milk, “to give the dish some fattiness.”Filipino adobo shouldn’t be confused with the Mexican sauce; it’s thinner and slightly sweeter.

Lalicon notes that he sources lion’s mane mushrooms from Fungi Jon, which sells at various farmers markets, including on Saturdays in Winter Park. But if you can’t find lion’s mane, you can substitute any hearty mushroom, including shiitake or even buttons. The dish can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, and it’s a good option for vegans. (more…)
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Dinner Party Redux: A vertically progressive dinner at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek

Written By Scott Joseph On September 14, 2023

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The staff of JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek does not do things halfway. I knew that already from previous visits to the upscale resort and its restaurants, but it was reinforced at the recent Scott Joseph’s Dinner Party (formerly Supper Club), our first vertically progressive dinner.

The dinner was nearly a year in planning, involving three of the hotel’s dining venues, as well as a portable station set up for the reception, and it took precision timing designed so that we could enjoy the food and service while still moving things along with the goal of having us to the final stop – the rooftop lounge illume – in time to watch the fireworks at Epcot.

Not only did the evening go off hitchless, the JWOBC team exceeded expectations with stellar service, exceptional food and a few surprises, including a gift bag at the end of the evening. 

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Fall on the Farm returns in October

Written By Scott Joseph On September 13, 2023


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Grande Lakes Orlando will once again host its popular seasonal event Fall on the Farm each Saturday and Sunday during the month of October.

Fall on the Farm – the very words offer a promise of cooler weather coming – takes place on the resort’s 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm and features a bevy of autumnal activities for the whole family, including hayrides, a farmer’s market, animal encounters, archery demonstrations and pumpkin carving.

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Are you caught in the Napa cab trap?

Written By Enrique del Barco On September 12, 2023

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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns from Enrique Del Barco, academic director of Winedos.com. See below for information about an upcoming wine tasting.

Enrique del Barco, academic director at Winedos.com

Are you someone who automatically asks for a Napa cabernet at a restaurant or who opens a cabernet sauvignon to accompany a nice dinner with friends because you need that wrapping sensation that inundates your mouth with concentration and elegance? This is the case of most wine consumers in the USA, and for a good reason – California produces wines that rank among the best in the world. But chances are that you are either paying a fortune for a premium Californian wine or simply drinking “just an ok” wine. If you lie in the former category and you can afford it, congratulations, I would do the same! If in the latter, you may want to hear about your options. In both cases, keep reading.

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Newsy Nuggets: Wheels for Meals and an overhead Subway

Written By Scott Joseph On September 11, 2023

Ordinarily I wouldn’t be telling you about a car show. But the 2023 Ultimate Car Show & Festival, Sat., Sept 30, in Longwood, will benefit Meals on Wheels, Etc., which makes it food-newsworthy – and also a perfect event tie-in.

The show will feature a variety of cars – classic, muscle and exotic – as well as SUVs and trucks. There will even be some of those newfangled horseless electric carriages.

The event is free to attend, which raises the question of where the proceeds that will be donated to Meals on Wheels will come from. But there will be food trucks, a beer garden and a 50/50 raffle, so we’ll assume some of those funds will go to the good cause. There is also a fee for car show participants. 

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Longwood’s Reiter Park.

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