29 February 2016

We Had a Blast Tasting! The Food and Wine Festival Comes to #Orlando




This past weekend was the 8th annual Downtown Orlando Food and Wine Festival, complete with awesome food, wine and music. This festival is special because you get to taste many of Orlando's finest local cuisine and listen to some great live music at the same time. As we walked downtown right near beautiful Lake Eola in the heart of the city, the most amazing smells were right ahead of us.  It was a great experience for locals and visitors alike. The best part was trying many different foods in one central place. One reason I loved going was there are so many restaurants I have never tried before. For me, it's simple I get to sample a restaurant's cuisine at the festival and if I like the food it's a new place to enjoy for lunch or dinner.

When you arrive at the festival, you buy tickets to purchase each food of your choice, about 2 or 3 tickets per food item. With so many choices, your tickets will go fast. Here's a quick low down -- cuisine ranging from Sushi to Burgers to Italian to New Orleans, Beer Dip, Chinese and lots of seafood too. If your a visitor this would be a great way to check the local scene because, there's lots of info provided by each establishment and menus are there for you to take with you. I also like the  relaxing atmosphere of just walking down the street with a glass of wine and listening to some great music. The musical acts play the entire time of the festival and there is a spot for you to relax on the lawn in front of the stage. I'm going to share with you the foods and places we tried but feel free to check them all out when you are in Orlando! Lots of pictures below....


2015 Foodie AwardMarlow’s Tavern Shrimp & Grits 
2015 Sweet Treat Award: Primo at JW Marriott Orlando Cannoli Gelato Cone
2015 Best of Show:Siro at Orlando World Center Marriott (winner 2013-2015)
 
Over 30 of Orlando's finest restaurants are represented and here are a few of my favorites. 

Marlow's Tavern - One of my favorites, the food is always fresh and delicious. Shrimp and Grits - It was my favorite, love the taste of the shrimp mixed with the cheesy grits. The real delight was the marinated beef tenderloin, so tender and delicious a real melt in your mouth dish.


Next stop was the Sushi House and their Volcano roll was excellent. A California roll with a very spicy crab salad, yum!!

Cooper's Hawk  - We enjoyed a very delicious and spicy Jambalaya. This was awesome and had a lot of of flavor and lots of shrimp too.


The Pub - Had some amazing (highly recommend) beer cheese with hot pretzels to dip into the cheese.
The cheese definitely had a beer taste and was savory and so delicious. An awesome snack.
The loaded Gouda Mac & Cheese - had so much gooey creamy cheese and the taste was amazing, gouda is the perfect melted cheese for the mac.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice - They had many of you favorite flavors and we choose - Sea Salt Caramel - very sweet and refreshing.

Dancing Pigs Deli - Had the most interesting hot dogs. The Farm Dog was indeed the best with bacon, cheddar,  radishes, onion relish and mustard - At first I wasn't sure about the combo but after, tasting - the combo totally worked, yum. Another interesting combo included The Brit - white cheddar, cakes, onion. The Muff Dog with Italian meats, swiss, olive salad. Some really different ways to add to that classic hot dog and this was the place to do it.

Here's a list of some of the other restaurants that were there - Feel free to check them outline!!
Hawkers
Hard Rock Cafe
Kobe
Dick's Last resort
Copper Canyon
Morton's Steakhouse
Tapa Toro
Siro
Primo
Gringos
Itta Bena
Maddey's
Shari Sushi Lounge 
BJ's
Carmel Fire Grill
Funky Monkey 
Ash 
Baoery 


Thanks again for stopping by! Enjoy :-) 

#DTFoodWineFest.
 
For more information, please visit www.DowntownFoodAndWineFest.com
 


24 February 2016

Sing!! A Music Comedy About the Singing Star in All of US




enjoy the clip above from the funny guys at Illumination, you've never seen anything like this...  A musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award®winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. 

#HaveYouSeenHer ?

 IN theaters June 17, 2016. Love these posters from Finding Dory, bottom left my fave!!

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.  

Connect with Dory here!!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FindingDory


ThXS!! Be Well :-) 


23 February 2016

Free Gumbo! Come Celebrate the #BayouNBourbon @Marlow'sTavern

Check out the Free Bowl of Roast Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo at Marlow's Tavern offer to try a taste of the #BayouNBourbon menu.

Enjoy everyone!! D

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22 February 2016

See The Emotional Motion Poster! #PetesDragon

#PetesDragon
After seeing it last night I'm thrilled and exciting to bring it to you once again! 



my take: 

This is a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” - You remember the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Yes I do, from a long time ago, not sure how I feel about the remake of a childhood classic. I guess I will have to wait and see it!


details:

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.


 See ya real soon movie fans! Enjoy and Be Well ....




Get Ready 2 Taste & Sip #Orlando! Food & Wine Fest This Weekend


Are you ready for some scrumptious food and amazing wine? Okay, then, The Downtown Food & Wine Fest is this weekend. So let's get ready Eat & Drink our way through Orlando's funnest signature event.  Get all the details below!!


Mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants and 50 domestic and international wines 
 
 A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person at the Fest.
 
 National entertainment line up to include: a special acoustic performance by Mike Posner, Michael Franti acoustic duo, American Authors and Firefall
 
A limited number of Ultimate Fest Experience packages are available for $100 per person, per day and includes a VIP parking pass, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 value in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage-side VIP tent, private wine/beer bar with premium wines (food and beverage tickets required) and access to private bathrooms reserved for VIP guests.
 

The Eighth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is  Saturday, February 27 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 28, 2016 (noon to 7 p.m.)

More than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe. 
 
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment. 
 
 

The live entertainment schedule* includes:
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016
 
12:50 p.m.        Adam Moreno
2:30 p.m.          Orange Avenue 
4 p.m.               The Mud Flappers
5:30 p.m.          Special acoustic performance by Mike Posner
6:30 p.m.          Michael Franti Acoustic Duo
7:45 p.m.          American Authors
 
Sunday, February 28, 2016
12:45 p.m.        Nicholas Marks
2:15 p.m.          Sidereal
3:45 p.m.          Derek & The Slammers
5:20 p.m.          Best of the Fest Awards
5:45 p.m.          Firefall
*Performance times and artists subject to change without notice.
 
Ticket Info! 
 
One-Day General Admission
Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase. Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. 
 
Two-Day General Admission
For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $25 per person with advance online purchase.
 
Wine Tasters Club
A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person at the Fest.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.
 
Ultimate Fest Experience
A limited number of Ultimate Fest Experience packages are available for $100 per person, per day and includes a VIP parking pass, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 value in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage-side VIP tent, private wine/beer bar with premium wines (food and beverage tickets required) and access to private bathrooms reserved for VIP guests.
 
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets. 
 

19 February 2016

Pic of the Day! ~ #Marvel Begins Production, GUARDIANS of the GALAXY vol.2

More excited than you can know. This Movie Fan is a Huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan. I have been waiting so long for this announcement and now I share it with you!

Fabulous - First Shot of the Gang and Everyone's Back. But will we find out who Peter Quill's (StarLord) mysterious father really is and his connection to the Marvel Universe. I have a feeling it's going to be HUGE!!!! right - Check out little Groot 


18 February 2016

StarWarsific!! Episode VIII Info - #Video #Dates #POTC questions?

Can't wait for the new name but this shot is beyond Starwarsific!!! But, even more is the video below. Looks like they have started filming on the same island with Luke and Rey!! Now he's the scruffy looking nerf herder. LOL!


Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. 

Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. 
The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London (feb). 

With Star Wars: Episode VIII jumping to December, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail on May 26, 2017, from its previously scheduled July 7, 2017, berth. The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1B-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May. 

Glad to see them all returning but is Mrs. Turner coming back???

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a terrifying new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, oh evil!

Sounds like it gonna be a fierce movie sequel fan favorites!! #UltraMovieFan

If I could interview the cast of PoTc -  I would ask Johnny Depp - What drew you to the Jack Sparrow character from the beginning? 

Orlando Bloom - Does he like playing a nice villain or would he rather be more evil than Davy Jones? 

And to the dashing Geoffrey Rush, Would he like to do a prequel movie about when he was Captain Jack's 1st mate on the Black Pearl? 

Thoughts?
See ya later Movie fans! 




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Inside #SneakPeek The Ganachery at Disney Springs - Chocolate Mickey Pops




Hope you enjoyed this little  #SneakPeek into a fabulous new world!!

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17 February 2016

MARLOW’S TAVERN HOSTS NOLA PARTY ~ Check Out Some of the Big Easy Food #BayouNBourbon & A Trip Giveaway

MARLOW’S TAVERN KREWE HOSTS NOLA PARTY in addition to having some of the most scrumptious foods around Central Fl. - Check out the pics below and watch your mouth water!! And don't forget to check out the end of the post for contest and prize info during this special Cajun extravaganza at Marlow's.


Now for the details: 
The exquisite dining of Marlow’s Tavern is bringing you the tempting taste of the Big Easy to Central Florida with its annual Bayou ‘n Bourbon menu, available through March 28!


The New Bayou ‘n Bourbon menu is ready for lunch and dinner. 
  Bayou Lump Crab Dip - Creole-spiced lump crab, andouille, spicy mustard, Asiago, Parmesan crust and toasty French baguette            
  N’awlins-Style Po’ Boy  - fiery spiced red fish, apple-cabbage slaw, shredded lettuce, Roma tomato and Creole rémoulade on toasted baguette                                             
“The Big Easy” Muffaletta  - imported mortadella, Genoa salami, spicy capicola, GG’s secret recipe olive salad, melting provolone on pressed ciabatta bread                                          
Sweet Bourbon St. Rib-eye blackened Jack Daniel’s Honey-blazed rib-eye, jumbo asparagus and a creamy crawfish pie

    
Plus, Marlow’s signature Bayou ‘n Bourbon menu favorites include Roasted Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo, Daily Flatbread from the Bayou, Deconstructed Jambalaya and Honey Bourbon Bread Pudding. Yum!

I have always been impressed by Louisiana’s rich culinary heritage, which draws on French, German, Spanish, African and Native American influences,” said John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. “We’ve been letting the good times roll in our kitchen creating appetizers, entrées and cocktails that show off that unique blend of flavors from New Orleans with a Marlow’s twist.  Let’s just say we're throwing our own parade for the palate.”
To kick up the local spice another notch this year, Metz’s team has added Classic Creole seasoning from Woodstock-based GG’s Fine Food. to several of its recipes. “Linda "GG" Gibson learned to cook Creole the old-fashioned way - from her grandmother,” Metz said. “Her seasonings are very traditional in the classic Louisiana style.”

 Marlow’s has crafted a special menu of drinks and handcrafted cocktails including:
·        “Pat’s” Marlow’s Hurricane – a New Orleans tradition stolen from Pat O’Brien’s.  His secret recipe all “jazzed up” with Bacardi light rum, fresh orange juice and a floater of Bacardi. Hold onto your beads! 
·        Bourbon Rum Punch  – Old Forester, Meyer’s Dark Rum, vanilla, cream & nutmeg
·        Bourbon Street Lemonade – house-made  New Orleans original, Southern Comfort, lemonade, kiss of mint, fresh lemon; lime and a dash of simple syrup
·        Sokol Blosser Evolution, Oregon 16th Edition – unique blend of nine different white grapes, produced and bottled in Oregon with hand-selected Oregon, Washington & California fruit, bright straw, exotic tropical citrus, hints of spicy apple with lush, crisp, bright finish 
·        ABITA® Turbodog-Draught – Turbodog Dark Brown Ale brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate malts and Willamette hops, rich flavors, perfect partner for all things Cajun!  
·        ABITA® Wrought Iron IPA-Bottle - Abita Wrought Iron IPA is the resilient, indestructible nature of New Orleans. India Pale Ale forged with intensity of apollo, equinox and mosaic hops, bright as iron from a fiery forge, perfect for a night on the bayou


During the celebration, one lucky grand prize winner and a guest will enjoy a weekend in New Orleans listening to music legends such as Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Flo Rida and many more at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Visit www.MarlowsTavern.com for contest details and registration.   
Marlow's fans can also enter on the tavern's Facebook page for a chance to win Bayou 'n Bourbon prizes between February 19 and March 17. A prize winner will be randomly selected to win dinner for four ($100 value), with a second drawing for dinner for two ($50 value). 

Finally, Instagram users are encouraged to share their Bayou ‘n Bourbon experience and tag @marlowstavern. Lucky winners will have their image regrammed and receive a complimentary Honey Bourbon Bread Pudding.


Thanks and Enjoy, Foodies!! Appreciate you taking the time to visit....


Forgot About my #TsumTsum's - Wait What? Darth, Luke and Yoda!

 Get a close up look! It's #TsumTsumMania

I know it's not Tuesday but I missed it yesterday and still wanted to share. Now available {Tsum Tsum Star Wars} Collection. Awesome indeed, right! The pics dare to be posted again, if you missed it yesterday on the Disney website, check'um out below. I love these cute guys and I will go broke like many others collecting them, laughing as I'm typing.

Which one in this collection will you get or how many - That's what I want to know?? People!!!
 Boba Fett/R2D2  for me.


 Part of the Tsum Tsum Squad!!! XO


BE WELL!









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Baseball Season Has Arrived in Florida! #FunInTheSun

Central Florida has more going on! Spring Training Hits the Sunshine State....


 If you needed another reason to live in Florida, this is it. Imagine a Baseball paradise, warm temps and 12 MLB teams right here practicing before the regular season starts. It has become something that locals and vacationers love. Why? because the teams virtually are located so close together in their respective cities of practice, you can see them all while you are here, check map below. Another great reason, (think about this) - It's great to get away to Florida on vacay and see some baseball a month or 2 earlier than regular season, enjoy life people.... Put away the winter coats and come see some baseball.

Which team would you go see? #SpringTraining

pic courtesy of MLB

 Astros: Kissimmee, Osceola County Stadium
 Blue Jays: Dunedin, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium 
 Braves: Lake Buena Vista, Champion Stadium
 Cardinals: Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium
 Marlins: Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium
 Mets: Port St. Lucie, Tradition Field
 Nationals, Viera, Space Coast Stadium
 Orioles: Sarasota, Ed Smith Stadium
 Phillies: Clearwater, Bright House Field
 Pirates: Bradenton, McKechnie Field
 Rays: Port Charlotte, Charlotte Sports Park
 Red Sox: Fort Myers, JetBlue Park at Fenway South
 Tigers: Lakeland, Joker Marchant Stadium
 Twins: Fort Myers, CenturyLink Sports Complex
 Yankees: Tampa, George M. Steinbrenner Field
 tidbits from the squad
  • Feb. 18, 2016: Pitchers and catchers first workout: Cardinals, D-backs, Giants, Phillies, Reds
  • Feb. 19, 2016: Pitchers and catchers first workout: Angels, Astros, Indians, Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Rockies, Royals, Tigers, White Sox, Yankees

 Enjoy and there's more on mlb.com





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15 February 2016

"The Secret Life of Pets" #Waggish Trailer #2



Funny!LOL!Hysterical!!Crying!! Chug toliet water is this what they really do?

See Max and Duke create spectacular chaos, when Duke (new pup) is brought home and introduced as a big surprise. Max - "What I was the only one here and now you want me to include him". No Way! Get Lost!  - then Max goes for support from - Chloe the cat. OMG....


Who's your favorite Pet from this trailer??


Bring the tissues, I will be laughing during this whole movie... Can't wait to see it.



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13 February 2016

Stack THIS!! #Zootopia TsumTsum's -- They all Look So cute...

How many are you gonna buy? I'm a HUGE Collector of Tsum Tsum's - the cuties are my favorite little treat to buy myself, they are inexpensive and don't take up much room. Totally stackable too! And now with the next funniest movie coming out I need to get a few!!! Who loves Tsum Tsum's?


See ya real soon!!

12 February 2016

Check Out these Hilarious Clips Again!! #ZOOTOPIA Feel the Fluffy Sheep...


"Assistant Mayor Bellwether" Clip - Disney's Zootopia #LOL

"I know I say this often, I cannot wait to see this movie it looks hilarious. The clips for this movie have me watching them over and over.  I wish I could have been in it, I would have loved to do one of the voices. It was probably more fun than words can say.  Zootopia would be a fun place to visit for real. Catch it when it opens..."


in theatres everywhere on March 4th!


08 February 2016

#TheJungleBook Official Trailer and Movie Posters




See it on -- April 15, 2016





This is really cool!!!!

Disney and Twitter are delivering the trailer directly to any user who Tweets using #JungleBookTrailer. Users who ReTweet the trailer post from @TheJungleBook will get a special thank you from director #JonFavreau

03 February 2016

Orlando's #LakeHouse Restaurant ~ Delicious Dining With A Private Lake Retreat Feel


Welcome!  Living here in Orlando, I love going to new and exciting places to dine and this was at the top of my list to try. I was luckily enough to be invited to dine at Central Florida's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort's newest restaurant, LakeHouse. It's a beautiful, relaxing restaurant and the resort itself is gorgeous too. Located downstairs, I found myself in awe of the decor both bright and bold, it welcomed me like an dear friend. I really loved the cascading staircase down to the dining room and bar. Located alongside Lake Windsong, the grounds and beauty of the LakeHouse are breathtaking. Be sure and go outside and walk around the beautiful grounds. I found the cuisine amazing and I will be telling you about some of it, right here. But before that I wanted to mention the wonderful and very attentive service from the staff - they were nice to talk to and shared the details of all the foods we tried.

For instance, House made pizza made this night a special treat, who doesn't love fresh and delicious pizza? They are available Margherita style, Turkey and Brie and a Sage with Butternut Squash. Also available a Vegan flatbread with yummy heirloom tomatoes, herbs, beets and mushrooms.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure the contemporary setting is comfortable and will make you feel right at home, here at the LakeHouse. Their selection is locally based foods with a lot of regional inspiration.  It's a great place for a romantic getaway for 2 or a nice night out with the whole family.

LakeHouse is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as delicious appetizers and cocktails, throughout the day. They also serve bottle and draft beer, a large selection of wines plus the wood-fired pizza/flatbreads, yum!


Their menu has something for everyone. For me, the two drinks I had were some of the best both the White Sangria and Blood Orange Mojito tasted simply amazing. Both added an amazing zing to my dinner. Let me tell you about some of the apps we had. To start we tried some sinful - Almond filled Dates wrapped in Bacon, can you say delish? The sweet date with the savory, salty bacon - Heaven!! And the Sea Salt Pretzel Bites w/ Horseradish mustard and beer cheese fondue, Ah-mazing. The mustard was tangy and slightly spicy but, oh so delicious. I highly recommend both.


Pictured above is the Filet Mignon with port wine sauce, tender asparagus and a very scrumptious herb bread pudding. Cooked perfectly the filet melted in your mouth, 100% recommended this dish. Now for my next fave - Grilled Shrimp Cocktail ~ is one of the most amazing tastes, loved the spicy Bloody Mary cocktail sauce and the grilled taste of the shrimp together. I also love fish and this next dish, Sea Bass with Citrus Butter Sauce and Lemon Grass Orzo was delicious. It was so tender and flaky, and the spiced kale were delicious together, I would order this anytime.  Shrimp and Grits were a true southern favorite dish: creamy, cheesy and with a zesty passion fruit bbq sauce.

And last but not least - the wonderful, amazing, melt in your mouth Sushi. All of the sushi was expertly prepared and extremely fresh. Sure to be a hit with any sushi lover. There are many types available and some of my faves were Volcano, Caterpillar, Rainbow and California rolls are just some available here.
The sushi menu is extensive and many of your favorites are available, along with house specialities.

Sweet Desserts:
Starting with my favorite - the Hot Roasted Apple Tart - it has the most delectable taste. Imagine fire roasted apples inside a flaky crust, topped vanilla bourbon ice cream.YUM!  All their desserts were amazing and I wish I had more room, lol. Now check out the rest - Key Lime Cheesecake, Double Fudge Cake, Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae w/enough for 2 and the scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake shots pictured below.

Inside:Outside
The decor focuses on Florida's natural beauty with a blend of blue, yellow, orange, grey and white colors. The 6,350 sq. ft. restaurant seats 206 guests and they can soak up views of beautiful Lake Windsong.  A visit to the herb garden outside definitely gave me the feeling of fresh ingredients being used here. 


With so much more to enjoy on the menu, stop by for a relaxing and very enjoyable meal. For more details and the location visit their website listed below.
I want to thank the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress for having me. This post was written with out influence from anyone and or anything, thanks for stopping by!!


More details about the  Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including the 5,200 square-foot, full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa, 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com.





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02 February 2016

Disney Store Announces Phenomenal Release of Star Wars #TsumTsum - Stackable Plush to Hit Shelves on February 16

I just love these little guys. A plush for me and for you to stack, is definitely meant to be!! What could be better? I love Star Wars and I love Tsum Tsum's -- Read More below about which characters, sizes and where else you can purchase besides Disney Stores!!



The Disney Store today unveiled characters from a galaxy far, far away as a part of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection, the newest addition to the popular stackable plush line that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced at Disney Store in Japan in 2013.

The Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection will feature characters from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jediand will come in three sizes – mini, medium and large. Characters represented in the collection include: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3P0, Ewok and Stormtrooper. The collection will be launched exclusively at Disney Store locations – both in-store and online – in the U.S., Japan and Europe on February 16.


Similar to the classic Disney and Marvel Tsum Tsum characters currently available, this first collection will serve as the evergreen Star Wars assortment that will live on as future assortments are introduced.

To capitalize on a growing fan base and the product’s collectible nature, Disney Store launched #TsumTsumTuesdays where a new collection of the adorable plush is unveiled the first Tuesday of every month. 

With the February 16 release of the Star Wars collection, Disney Store will also kick off a new #TsumTsumTuesday release cadence with a new Disney, Marvel or Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection launching on both the first and third Tuesday of every month.

In addition to its success at Disney Store, Disney Tsum Tsum has also seen great momentum moving into mass retail. Beginning with an exclusive launch at Target in 2015, where it has been well received by guests, Disney Tsum Tsum offerings now include collectible toy figures and figural, stackable lip balms. And, new this year, Disney Tsum Tsum can now also be found at a number of other retailers, including Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney.

 Since its debut in 2013, Disney Tsum Tsum has quickly become one of the most successful plush lines in Disney Store history, prompting category expansion into softlines, accessories, home décor and more. Featuring classic and new Disney, Marvel and now Star Wars characters, Disney Tsum Tsum’s whimsical design reinterprets everyone’s favorite characters with a unique Japanese aesthetic.

“With a unique mix of charming design and collectability, Disney Tsum Tsum has solidified its place as one the latest Japanese pop culture crazes to go global, and we’re thrilled to introduce Star Wars characters to this ever-popular line,” said Paul Gainer, executive vice president of Disney Retail. “Disney Tsum Tsum has proven to be a true fan favorite and we look forward to delivering more exciting offerings in the future.”  

 The free puzzle app – LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum – which was first released in Japan in 2014 and quickly became the #1 free app on both iOS and Android, now boasts more than 50 million downloads worldwide.



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