- Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 18:08
- Written by Scott Joseph
As of today, Raga, the Indian restaurant on Sand Lake Road, is closed. As I told you in this article, the owners are bringing in New York restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj to create a new concept. The space is undergoing renovations and will reopen as American Gymkhana. A mid September opening is planned.
Bhardwaj is the owner of Junoon in Manhattan, which was awarded a Michelin star. He will also open a Junoon in Dubai this fall.
- Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:21
- Written by Scott Joseph
If you're looking for Turkish cuisine on the east side of town, you suddenly have fewer options.
Turkish Kitchen, which I reviewed in April, is closed and has a summons notice slap-dashedly taped to the front door. The complaint, filed by attorney Stephen Skipper on behalf of Men-yo Shiao, the owner of the property at 929 N. Semoran Blvd., is essentially an eviction notice. Skipper, reached at his Orlando office, would not comment on the complaint.
Don't be confused the by name of the defendant. As I explained in my review of the Turkish Kitchen, it opened originally as Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen, despite the fact that we already had two Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine restaurants in the area. The issue with the name was resolved out of court, according to Doved Sexter, who owns the Bosphorous Turkish Cuisines on Restaurant Row in Orlando and Park Avenue in Winter Park. Turkish Kitchen dropped the Bosphorous from its sign and menu, but the name of the company remains Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen, LLC, with the State of Florida.
You might recall that last September I told you about a restaurant in Lakeland whose owner was trying to raise money through a Kickstarter campaign to help it relocate. That restaurant was the Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen in question above. I don't know if the owner, Mustafa Paca, raised the funds he sought, and if those funds aided his relocation to Orlando, but it doesn't look like another Kickstarter campaign is in the offing.
Down the road at 565 N. Semoran Blvd., Cappadocia is also closed, but a recording at its phone number says that it is closed only for a month and will reopen in early August. Seems a rash thing for a business to do, but at this point we'll just have to take them at their word.
In the meantime, the two Bosphorouses are open and doing fine. In fact, the Park Avenue location is in the permitting phase to expand to the corner storefront next door. Sexter tells me there are still hoops to jump through and he doesn't know if everything can be completed before the busy season begins this fall, in which case he might just wait on the construction.
- Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:30
- Written by Pam Brandon and Anne-Marie Denicole
It's the perfect sweet/hot side for your backyard barbeque, think girl-next-door charm with just right amount of edge. We can't resist this chill and be chili watermelon salad. At once ice cold and smokin' hot, the dish is a simple concoction of complex yum with gorgeous summer color.
Bridging the gap between cooling salad and the refreshingly unexpected dessert, you can make it your own with finely diced cucumber, crumbled cotija cheese or a smattering of sliced kalamata olives. Fresh mint is our herbaceous pick for this dish, but minced fresh basil or cilantro are also delish.
- Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:12
- Written by Scott Joseph
The 19th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run an unprecedented 53 days this year, from September 19 through November 10. There are a lot of new things to look forward to, and I'll have more information about them soon, but there's one event in particular that I find intriguing.
It involves the October 25 edition of Party for the Senses. The Parties for the Senses aren't new, of course, but this one will have an interesting twist. Usually, the Saturday evening extravaganza features the visiting chefs who have participated in festival events throughout the previous week mixed in with chefs from Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. This particular party, however, will showcase Disney chefs from properties around the world — the actual world, not the country pavilions around the Epcot lagoon. So along with the star chefs we have here in the Central Florida parks will be chefs from Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and others. Could be interesting.
Pricing for the Party for the Senses is $149 for general admission, plus tax (gratuity is included but admission to Epcot, which is required, is not). There are two other levels for PftS: Reserved seating, $189 plus tax, which gets you a reserved table in a cordoned area, and the Wine View Lounge level, which adds early a specialty cocktail greeting and a premium bar and an artisinal cheese station. Guests in both the reserved seating and Wine View Lounge levels have a 15 minute head start, gaining entrance at 7:15 p.m. instead of the 7:30 starting time for the huddled masses. Believe it or not, both premium levels tend to sell out immediately.
By the way, the reservations go live at 7 a.m. Friday, July 25 at 407-939-3378.
More to come soon.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or chef from a worldwide Disney property you'd like to see at the Party? Leave a comment below.
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:21
- Written by Andres Montoya
Black Slate 2012 "La Vilella Alta"
Vi de la Vila - Priorat, Spain
A Sensational Effort: This Big, Bold Red is one of the most impressive, modern Priorat's made today, and still won't break the bank! Ready to drink or cellar for the next 10 years.
Ancient vines, extreme mountain climate, high altitude, slate speckled soils and hands off wine making combine to make a full throttle, memorable Grenache-based gem.
This wine is available at the Wine Barn, Winter Park.
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