Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.
Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.
Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.
Get ready to nab a great theme park deal…LEGOLAND Florida will offer its annual Awesomer Pass for only $99 each May 26-29, 2017!
That’s right, for less than $99, you get a full year of unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park.
But that’s not all!
You also get one year of unlimited admission to four other attractions: The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Sea Life Aquarium Orlando and Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta.
Other benefits of the pass include free parking at the attractions, early access to Legoland Florida, 10 percent discount on food and beverages at Legoland Florida, 10 percent discount on stays at Legoland Hotel and Legoland Beach Retreat and more.
To get the deal, you have to sign up in advance at legoland.com/memorial-sign-up. An email with a link and discount code will be sent when the sale opens May 26.
Already an Awesomer Pass Holder? Current passholders can renew their Awesomer Annual Pass at the $99 rate through May 31.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
After seven years, Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations. James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master, Tony Mantuano, is leading the development of the restaurant, which will still offer Italian cuisine. The revamped eatery, still operated by Levy Restaurants, is set to reopen Fall 2017.
REDRUM! REDRUM! Universal Orlando has announced The Shining horror maze, based on the iconic movie, will debut at Halloween Horror Nights 27.
The Shining maze will provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most memorable and sinister moments.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. and Sesame Workshop announced the extension of their collaborative relationship through December 2031, to include the development of an a new Sesame Street land to be built in SeaWorld Orlando by Fall 2022.
Orlando get your engines ready…North America’s first Ace Cafe will host its Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017.
All three days of the grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW R nineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Memphis’ Rockin’ Jason D. Williams
The 26th Annual Orlando Fringe Festival returns May 16th-29th in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Loch Haven Park, with a wealth of artistic endeavors, music, and more.
What is the Fringe? It is a 14-day arts festival that is founded on the concept of being 100% unjuried, uncensored, and accessible. Fringe Festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and made its way to Orlando where it was started 24 years ago, in 1991.
This week, Visit Orlando celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week by announcing a record number of visitors to the city, and by setting a Guinness World Records™ title.
The organization, which promotes tourism in the Orlando area, announced a record 68 million travelers visited our area last year.
Enjoy super savings at the Orange County Library System‘s annual Spring Book Sale in downtown Orlando the weekend of May 18-21, 2017.
The book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Orange County Library System, takes place at the downtown branch of the library, and features a great selection of fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs, and more for 50% off.
Orlando’s Mennello Museum of Art will host a new exhibit called Our Orlando from May 19 to June 18, and it will feature the work of five local artists.
Katrina Constantine, Hillery Powers, Chris Tobar Rodriguez, Andrew Spear, and Rhett Withey were originally featured in a Pulse coloring book that was available at the museum, as well as the fence wrap that surrounds the Pulse Nightclub.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is partnering with leading beverage companies to produce a series of events called the TasteMaker Dinners, and I was recently invited to enjoy an evening filled with great food paired with Johnnie Walker Whisky.
Whisky and steak seems a no-brainer, but the chefs at the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse elevated the meal with some out of the box dishes.
The 8th Annual Hamlin and Associates Wishmaker’s Ball presented by Fields BMW is Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida’s signature black-tie gala, and will be held May 13, 2017.
Take your family to a Galaxy Far, Far Away when LEGOLAND Florida Hosts LEGO Star Wars Days the weekends of May 6-7 and 13-14.
Earlier this year, the Orlando food scene lost Chef Bryce Balluff when he passed away. This month, Millenia 106 and Chef Bruno Fonseca will host a benefit wine dinner for his family on May 18.
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Central Florida, is hosting a free Margherita pizza event this weekend, May 5 to 7, 2017.
The Margherita is one of the restaurants most popular pizzas, featuring ingredients representing the Italian flag: basil (green) and mozzarella (white) on a bed of crushed tomato sauce (red).