Couple at Large Giveaway: Win a Chef’s Table Date Night at Hamilton’s Kitchen

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It’s time to kick off another Couple at Large giveaway, which will give one lucky couple the chance to experience an unbelievable, unforgettable, all-expense-paid date night. The winner will have just one favor to return: the pair become the Couple at Large and are tasked with reporting back with a short, first-person blog about their experience. This month the Couple at ... Read More »

Food & Wine Weekends Return to Waldorf Astoria Orlando


Lovers of fun, creative and decadent culinary experiences will adore all the foodie festivities planned on weekends through November 9 at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. To begin with, the annual Food & Wine Weekends will host a series of wine dinners held on Friday and Saturday evenings when 16 guests will feast on a three-course, wine-paired ... Read More »

Hamilton’s Kitchen Launches New Tasting Experience

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Lots of new surprises have been bubbling out of the kitchen at The Alfond Inn where Chef Marc Kusche took over the helm as Executive Chef of Hamilton’s Kitchen this past spring. Since his arrival, the restaurant has launched a Sunday brunch and unveiled new dishes that are earning Chef Kusche accolades from local restaurant reviewers, including Orlando Magazine’s Joseph ... Read More »

A Date Night Guide to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival


This Friday begins 53 days of foodie festivities at Epcot, home to the 19th International Food & Wine Festival September 19 – November 10. Nearly 300 chefs have come together to showcase fare from across the globe at more than 25 food-and-beverage stops, hundreds of food and beverage seminars and workshops, as well as dozens of epicurean events from five-course ... Read More »

Orlando’s Best Burgers

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What better way to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day (Sept 18) than with a round-up of the best places to enjoy America’s favorite food. We eat a lot of burgers here in the USA. 50 billion burgers a year, in fact. That translates into three burgers a week for every single person in the country. Wow! So for those of us ... Read More »

Highball & Harvest Opens at Ritz-Carlton Orlando


One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Highball & Harvest quietly opened its doors last week and now stands ready to wow and delight with an inventive take on culinary cocktails and the farm-to-table movement. A casual dining concept (jeans are totally acceptable attire), this Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando restaurant boasts interactive dining, handcrafted cocktails, and a creative, locally ... Read More »

Date Night Perfection at Shari Sushi Lounge

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It’s been quite a while since Marc and I headed to Thornton Park for date night so this Saturday night we were long overdue for a trip. Unlike other areas of downtown, parking is easy to find most of the time in the area where Summerlin Avenue and Central Boulevard connect. There’s a parking garage, lots of on-street parking and ... Read More »

Dinner at Barnies CoffeeKitchen… yep, you read that right!

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When thinking of a great date night dinner experience, you might not immediately turn to a local coffee bar. But when offered the opportunity to try out the locally sourced, fresh, farm-to-table menu at Barnies CoffeeKitchen on Park Ave. (118 S. Park Ave., Winter Park), hubs and I jumped at the opportunity. We arrived at 6pm on Saturday evening, just as ... Read More »

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Kicks off Aug. 25

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Get ready for the foodie extravaganza of the year! Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is once again upon us but this time with more than 75 participating restaurants and a special preview week starting Monday, August 25. Now in its 9th year, this annual affair gives diners the chance to experience the area’s best restaurants where special three-course dinners have been ... Read More »

Orlando’s 10 Best Sunset Spots

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Sunsets make us swoon. Few would argue that. So, when an Orlando Date Night Guide reader recently reached out and asked me to write a blog all about Orlando’s best sunset spots (thank you, Ian), I was thrilled to comply. I love a good sunset too! Being landlocked, we Orlandonians don’t get the pleasure of watching the ocean slowly swallow ... Read More »