Friday, October 23, 2015

New Restaurant Coming to Disney Springs

Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner, is the latest chef to sign on to open a new restaurant at Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World® Resort*. Known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, Bayless is opening Frontera Fresco, featuring specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes. And, of course, margaritas (plus cocktails, beers and wine).

Bayless is probably best known for winning the title of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” and his highly rated National Public Television Series, “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” is in its 10th season. His popular Chicago restaurants include Frontera Grill (which received a Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007); Topolobampo; Xoco, and several locations for Frontera Fresco.

His six James Beard Foundation Awards are for two cookbooks; Midwest Chef of the Year; National Chef of the Year; Humanitarian of the Year, and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. 

*Disney Springs was formerly known as Downtown Disney

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Explore Okinawa: Art, Culture and Cuisine from the Ryukyu Islands

The exotic flavors of Japan’s tropical island chain, Okinawa, are coming to New York!

At Explore Okinawa: Art, Culture and Cuisine from the Ryukyu Islands on Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30pm, you can learn about the Okinawan way of life, the cuisine and its relationship to longevity, and arts and crafts like the brilliantly colored bingata textile.

Plus, there’s a special tasting of Okinawan cuisine included with admission:

  • Goya chanpuru: Okinawa’s signature stir-fry, made with egg, tofu, and the exotic green goya, or “bitter melon” 
  • Rafute: Braised pork belly simmered in soy sauce, awamori liquor, and Okinawan brown sugar 
  • Mozuku: A healthy seaweed treat that has a mild flavor and is loaded with nutrients 
  • Bingata roll: A colorful salmon roll with cucumber and turmeric-tinted rice, representing the vibrant patterns of bingata textiles 
  • Jimami tofu: A sweet and savory tofu dish seasoned with peanut butter and sweet potato starc
  • Okinawan beer: A light, crisp beer perfect for the islands’ tropical climate 
  • Sanpin tea: A floral green tea similar to jasmine, sanpin is the most popular variety of tea in 
  • Okinawa Shikwasa juice: Made from the shikwasa citrus fruit, this juice has a pleasant balance of sweet and tart notes 
  • Awamori Cocktail: Cocktail made from Okinawa’s distinctive awamori liquor, which has a smooth, deep flavor
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

LIVE Broadcast with NYC Foodie Girl: The Foodie/Actress/Cronut Adorer on The Joe Show

Come join me LIVE on blab tomorrow, Monday, October 19th at 5pm PDT / 8pm EST as I guest star on THE JOE SHOW

I'll be joining as @ActressVP (one of my other profiles) - but talking food, travel and acting...and might have a Cronut to discuss as well. website also has a free app download for your iPhone or Driod. Download Blab today or click and follow @ActressVP.

Please stop in and say hello...!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Limited Edition Fall Wine Offering

In celebration of the winemaking harvest and holiday season, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is pleased to introduce the limited-edition Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend, available beginning October 1, 2015. A uniquered blend with flavors of rich red berries accented with cinnamon, vanilla, and clove, this blend is the perfect accompaniment to festive gatherings with friends and family.
Available for $5.99-7.99 per 750 mL bottle, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend is delicious served at room temperature, or can also be heated on the stove with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cloves, for a cozy mulled cocktail treat.
“At Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, we strive to craft great quality wines to share with family and friends,” says Todd Ziemann, Director of Winemaking, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. “True to our winemaking style, the Harvest Spiced Red Blend is an easy-drinking red blend that can bring people together for celebrations big and small – it’s the perfect pairing for seasonal dishes and holiday traditions.”
Boasting a collectible harvest-themed label design and screw cap for easy enjoyment, the limited-release blend combines the best flavors of the season into an irresistibleproduct. Whether paired with food or simply sipped on its own, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend is a welcome new holiday tradition for 2015.
The Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend will be available at major retailers beginning October 1, 2015. 

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