I recently attended a reception held on the rooftop space of Bites & Bubbles, the Mills 50 restaurant that last year moved from its original address on Mills Avenue near Marks Street to its current location in Mills Park. There was little to eat at the reception, so as my companion and I were leaving, we spotted two seats at the bar downstairs and decided to stay for dinner. It was a perfectly delightful experience.
I’ve always had a rule that you could still wish someone Happy New Year all the way through January 31. After that, the trajectory of a person’s year is pretty much set and if it isn’t going well then you’re just taunting them.
But this year is an exception because today, February 1, is the beginning of Lunar New Year, the Asian holiday that celebrates the beginning of the year based on the lunisoar calendar with festivities lasting up to 16 days. The lunar year is designated by an animal. Last year was an ox and 2022 is the year of the tiger. I hope the ox got away in time.
Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and often called Chinese New Year, but other Asian countries, though not all, observe it too. In Vietnam it’s known as Têt and in Korea it’s Seollal.
So let’s celebrate Seollal with a quick visit to Nifty’s Korean BBQ & Ramen in downtown Orlando.
Diversitastic! Dining, cooking contest and a Turkish restaurant coming to Restaurant Row.
FusionFest is restarting its Diversitastic! Dining experiences, the monthly excursions to area restaurants to experience the cuisines and traditions of other cultures. (You may recall that one of the last ones of 2021 explored exotic Texas through its barbecue.)
January’s dinner at Curry Mantra is already sold out, but you can sign up for February’s South African exploration at Serengeti Restaurant at the Bronze Kingdom Museum. The dinner is Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. and tickets are $49.95 per person. Tickets here. Other upcoming D!Ds include Korea, Poland, Romania and the United States. (I just hope it’s not Texas again.)
February is breathing down our necks with its disturbingly cold breath. That means: 1) February could use a Tic Tac and 2) the clock is going tick-tock on getting your Valentine’s Day reservations in.
This year, Valentine’s Day will fall on Feb. 14, which is a Monday, the least romantic day of the week. But a few of our favorite restaurants are offering some Valentine’s Day special that will help you feel the love and impress your dinner date.