In fact, it's the first Scott Joseph's Dinner Party, but we're going back to one of our favorite venues, when we called it Supper Club.
Tapa Toro, the tapas and paella bar, is the ideal place for a fun to-do. One of my favorite things to do when I throw a dinner party is to invite my guests into the kitchen to help cook.
So executive chef Wendy Lopez is going to show all of us how to make her Flatbread "Coca." We'll mix the dough, form it, stretch it, and then Wendy's crew will bake it up. While it's baking, we'll sit down for dinner.
Our party will get started at 7 p.m. on Wed. March 15. Tickets are $84.50 plus tax ($89.57). Gratuity is included.
This place has scared the hell out of me for nearly 29 years.
That’s how long I’ve been driving past it, usually as I turn left onto South Orange Blossom Trail from Michigan Street heading for the on-ramp to Interstate-4. It’s a route I’ve taken probably thousands of times. And most of those times I’ve been conscious of glancing at the freestanding boxy building with the yellow plastic sign across the top, just over the windows clad with metal bars, with the name China Palace Restaurant and a couple of Chinese characters.
Who goes there? I wondered. What must it look like inside? Do people really eat there? And then I’d turn my attention to the traffic ahead and gird myself for the only thing scarier, a drive on the moving hell that is I-4.
Paramount Fine Foods is such a grand name for what is essentially a fast food restaurant. Quick serve at most.
Actually, I’m not sure that’s the name. I’ve also seen it refer to itself in various places at Paramount Middle Eastern Cuisine and Paramount Lebanese Kitchen.
Whatever, Paramount is a Middle Eastern eatery out of Ontario, Canada, that has recently moved into the United States with its U.S. headquarters on International Drive. A location there has been open for a while, but I stopped in to the newest store near UCF to give it a try.