The Science of Wine, the deliciously educational event benefitting the Orlando Science Center, returns this year on Saturday, April 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. throughout the Loch Haven Park facility.
This is the 10th annual SOW (even though the ninth annual event was in 2019) and it combines the enjoyment of savoring wines – more than 150 – with some oenological learnin’. But don’t worry, there will not be a quiz and the only way you can fail is to not show up.
Photos by Roberto Gonzalez Photography
It’s a walkabout event with wine pouring stations set up throughout the Science Center and spilling onto its rooftop balcony with terrific views of the part and Orlando’s skyline. Interspersed among the wine stations you’ll find numerous food stations hosted by area restaurants. Participants include: Yak and Yeti, Black Rooster, Hungry Pants, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Tim Webber, Sonny’s BBQ, and Bonefish Grill.
Orlando has a new luxury hotel, the Lake Nona Wave, and with it an upscale restaurant, Bacán.
That’s pronounced bah-KAHN and is a Spanish word meaning cool or awesome. I might add suave and sophisticated, too, because dining here is a fashionable experience with a modern menu of Latin American-inspired dishes served in a stylishly appointed atmosphere.
My companion and I sat in a booth with buttery leather seats beneath a large, colorful wall mural with a full view of the open kitchen, the rows of banquettes that run down the middle of the room and the cluster of gold-mesh hexagonal light fixtures overhead.
The About page on Thai Farm Kitchen Orlando’s Facebook page describes the new College Park restaurant as having, “Award winning authentic Thai food from Thailand and the New York Times.” Sort of conjures up images of someone from the paper’s Food staff cooking up a batch of laab khai jiaw in the test kitchen to send out to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is where the original Thai Farm Kitchen is, and the Times mention is apparently a reference to a review by Ligaya Mishan in 2019 in the paper’s Hungry City column. Mishan, who now writes for the Eats column in the New York Times Magazine, named the Kensington neighborhood restaurant an NYT Critic’s Pick.
Perhaps New York doesn’t have as many fine Thai restaurants as we do here in Central Florida. Ot maybe it’s the same old story of out-of-state restaurants moving to Orlando and figuring they don’t have to try too hard to impress. I could be wrong, but consider this: The back page of the College Park menu has a four-step process on “How to enjoy phad Thai correctly”; I could find no such instructions in any of the dozens of online photos of the Brooklyn menu. Because, you know, New Yorkers are born with the necessary knowledge to eat any kind of food.
Either Fredster’s, featuring Adrian’s Bar & Grill, or Adrian’s Bar & Grill/Fredster’s has (have) opened in Maitland. The way the name appears depends upon which site you’re viewing. The Adrian of the name is Adrian Mann, who was a partner in the Dexter’s Wine Bar restaurants from their early days. In the last days of that once-popular mini chain, it was arguably more Adrian’s than Dexter’s. So you’ll probably know what to expect when you visit. The other part of the name comes from Fred Badalli, a local musician. The restaurant/music venue (or music venue/restaurant) took over a space that had been home to the Silly Grape, at 1720 Fennell St.
Fat Shack, an unfortunately named franchise out of New Jersey, has opened its first Florida shop in Orlando near UCF. Sandwiches have names like Fat Cow and Fat Slob, which just makes me want to run right over there. (Literally run, to burn the 1450 calories the Fat Slob contains.)