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Holiday Supper Club at The Boheme in the Grand Bohemian
Let's have a holiday Supper Club. We did one last year and it turned out to be a lot of fun.
This year we're going to The Boheme in the luxurious Grand Bohemian hotel in downtown Orlando. We'll convene at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4. That date is key because it's also the day of the lighting of the official holiday tree at Lake Eola. The lighting ceremony finishes at 6 p.m., so you could attend the festivities there and then join us at the Boheme for dinner after.
The folks at the Grand Bohemian have put together a terrific menu, and in the spirit of the holidays, they're practically giving it away. Cost of the dinner is $85 plus tax; gratuity is already included.
Tickets for the Supper Club will go on sale Monday, Nov. 9, at noon. I'll announce on Facebook and Twitter, too.I'll also have the full menu and wine pairings at that time. But if you want, you can check the SJO Deals page on Monday (or now, if you want to see some of the other great offers).
Mi Tomatina, the paella place in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square, is now Pepe’s Cantina. While Spanish may still be spoken here, the dialect is more Mexican and Catalan. And there’s a distinct Texas accent, as well.
Pepe’s Facebook page (the website is still “under construction) states that chef Jose Baranenko’s menu “puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.” Inasmuch as fajitas and nachos — and burgers, for that matter — are Mexican it’s only because they migrated from the country to the north.
Well bless Disney’s little revenue producing heart. You have to give them credit for finding new ways to extract monetary blood from the touristing turnips. The latest scheme is called Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. It really is a brilliant idea: take one of the ferries that ferries guests from the transportation center across the lagoon to the Magic Kingdom, a boat that presumably is usually idle during the nightly fireworks presentation, and sell tickets to watch said display of colorful combustibles from a unique vantage point.
Yet with the exception of the fireworks display itself, the cruise is, in a word, boring. Guests board the ferry more than an hour before showtime and then slowly circle the lagoon. Once you’ve made one loop, there isn’t much else to look at.
Victoria & Albert’s, the intimate fine dining restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, quietly changed its menu and seating policies last month, according to chef Scott Hunnel. Previously, diners in the main dining room were offered a seven-course prix fixe menu while guests in the even smaller Queen Victoria Room were treated to a 10-course chef’s degustation.
Paxia, the modern Mexican restaurant in College Park, has been sold. The new owner is Jerry Peppy, who recently sold his restaurant in Delray Beach, Casa di Pepe. Paxia has been closed for the past few days while Peppy and his employees do some “painting, cleaning, just some freshening up,” he told me. He expects the restaurant to reopen Wednesday.
It will still be Paxia for now, but once all the documents have been signed and approved, the name will change to The Peppy Bistro. Has a certain bounce to it, doesn’t it.