Out and About: Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

CSO was recently invited out to Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando to sample the new menu created by recently appointed chef de cuisine Scott Pizzo.

Chef Pizzo, formerly of Ravenous Pig/Cask & Larder, has created some flavorful dishes that put a spin on the modern-Southern cuisine of the restaurant..

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Out and About: Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Recently, we were in Cape Canaveral, Florida and decided to try Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza. Friends have mentioned this restaurant to us, and it did not disappoint us.

Their menu had a good variety listed and they also had a few off menu options that looked and sounded amazing. One dish looked especially yummy from the pictures on the iPad. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of one pasta dish. And, honestly, I couldn’t spell it even if I did remember it. I do know that it was amazing. The linguini was cooked perfectly al dente, the clams, shrimp and crab were not over cooked, and the sauce was light while having plenty of it made with butter, garlic, clam sauce.

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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Out and About: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Hosts Johnnie Walker TasteMaker Dinner

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Hosts Johnnie Walker TasteMaker Dinner

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.

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Out and About: Create Your Nature Offers Healthy Delicious Food in Winter Park #getyourbowlon

Create Your Nature Offers Healthy Delicious Food in Winter Park

If you’re looking for a a quick, healthy alternative to your average breakfast or lunch spot in Winter Park, then you’ll want to check out Create Your Nature.

Dan and Kim Dill opened the eatery in 2016, out of a desire to provide a healthy lifestyle for their family, including their two daughters. They discovered, and fell in love with, the acai bowl concept while on vacation.

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Out and About: Millenia 106 offer New American Classics Loaded with Flavor

Millenia 106 offer New American Classics Loaded with Flavor

You’ll find Millenia 106 next to The Mall at Millenia, in a storefront facing the intersection of Millenia Blvd and Conroy Rd, but trust me, this is not mall food.

I was invited to check out the revamped menu, which comes courtesy of Chef Bruno Fonseca, who recently took over operations. It’s hard to judge the restaurant from the outside, but you’ll definitely want to venture inside for the delicious food and drink.

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Out and About: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Brings Flavortown to Orlando

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been an iconic restaurant on Disney property since it opened, but many wondered if the recent remodel and revamp would change the great food and fun atmosphere.

It did…and for the better, in my opinion.

The finished version of the Planet Hollywood Observatory features three floors of seating inside, with a new outside screened terrace that offers a great view of Disney Springs.

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Out and About: Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen Elevates Small Plates Menu

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen in Lake Nona

If you’re a foodie, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen has been on your radar. If it isn’t, let me tell you why it should be on your list.

We visited Chroma, which is located in Lake Nona, for dinner on a Thursday night, and after seating us, the server told us the restaurant offers small plates to share, and he recommended ordering 2-3 dishes per person.

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Out and About: Midici Neapolitan Pizza Company Brings Taste of Italy to Kissimmee

Out and About: Midici Neapolitan Pizza Company Brings Taste of Italy to Kissimmee

As soon as I walked into Midici , the fragrant aroma of pizza hit me…and it smelled so good!

Midici specializes in Neapolitan pizza, made the traditional Italian way, with many ingredients actually  imported from Italy.

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Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

If you’re like me, nothing satisfies the hunger like a good brunch, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to try the new Sunday Brunch at Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

The brunch only runs from noon to 2pm, so we arrived just as they were opening the buffet area. Taking a quick spin around the room, I saw a nice selection of breakfast dishes, salads, cheeses, carved meats, savory dishes, and more.

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Out and About: The New Lunch Menu at Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern launches new lunch menu

Last month, The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park added a lunch menu to their offerings, and invited us to come try it out.

The restaurant was founded by Orlando restaurateurs Jason & Sue Chin, who also own the popular Seito Sushi across the street. From its opening in March 2015, The Osprey Tavern has been a favorite among local foodies.

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Out and About: Chuy’s 2016 Green Chile Fest Menu is Here and It’s Delicious! #chuysgreenchilefest

Chuy's Green Chile Fest - Queso Fundido

I love all things spicy, so when Chuy’s invited me to check out this year’s Green Chile Fest menu, of course I said, “Yes!”

The fest celebrates the green chile harvest in Hatch, New Mexico. Every year Chuy’s contracts with family farmers to grow over 2 million pounds of the very best green chiles on the planet just for them.

Chuy’s then creates a special limited time menu of made-from scratch dishes to serve for three weeks during the heat of the harvest. Which happens to be right now.

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Out and About: House of Pho Opens in Orlando

House of Pho Opens in Orlando

We have eagerly been awaiting the opening of the House of Pho (pronounced fa) on John Young Pkwy at Sand Lake Rd. Well, at last, they are open!!

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, and at House of Pho, there is a beef version and chicken version. They are working on a vegetarian option, but haven’t perfected it yet. We love pho. It comes with broth and noodles, red and green onion and then you add things to make it your own. I add Hoisin sauce, culantro, a little bit of fish sauce, and bean sprouts. The kids add soy sauce too. My husband adds Sriracha in addition to everything else. We love it as what starts out the same, is personalized in a short amount of time.

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Out and About: Lunch at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop

A Review of Lunch at Emeril's Tchoup Chop by Michelle Snow of CitySurfing Orlando

Emeril Lagasse is known for his Cajun cuisine, but when it came time to open his second restaurant in Orlando, he looked to the South Pacific for inspiration.

The result is Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, one of the signature restaurants at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

The chef recently revamped the lunch menu, and we were invited to come check it out.

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Out and About: Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk

I recently visited the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk for dinner prior to catching the Blue Man Group show next door. It’d been a few years since I’d eaten there, and I know the menu had undergone some changes since. This was the perfect opportunity to see if the food was as good as I remembered.

Upon arrival, we were immediately seated towards the back of the main floor. The restaurant was packed and noisy, but that’s to be expected given it’s location at the theme park.

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