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August 8, 2017

Orlando's Magical Dining Month - Part 2

Deb's Digest Blog

Here we are again talking about eating during Orlando's Magical Dining Month. Previously, we went over the Walt Disney World restaurants that were participating this year, including those at Disney Springs and the Four Seasons.

In this blog we travel outside the Disney bubble! Are you ready?

IMPORTANT: Be sure to read Part 1 for our TIPS and SUGGESTIONS

Magical Dining Month offers a great chance to try new things. With 80 restaurants representing a wide variety of cuisines you are sure to find something you like. So come on -- get OUT of the Disney bubble! Here are places we have tried -- many we've enjoyed, a few we haven't.



These are great places to try especially if you have tickets to Dr. Phillips Arts Center! Make it a real date night!

The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando - Get an early reservation if you're going to an event at Dr. Phillips Center afterward.

Le Coq Au Vin - South Orange Avenue in Orlando - Get an early reservation if you're going to an event at Dr. Phillips Center afterward.


Mama Della's Ristorante - Portofino Hotel at Universal -- We love eating at Mama's. Reminds us of an Italian restaurant in New York during the '60s! Mama wears her housecoat and musicians entertain.

The Kitchen - Hard Rock Cafe - We dined here once and didn't have a very good experience so haven't returned.


Eddie V's Prime Seafood - West Sandlake Rd

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Orlando

Seasons 52 - We've been here several times and have never been disappointed.

Urbain 40 (Chef Tim Keating, formerly of Disney, is here now and recently debuted a new menu.)

Vines Grille & Wine Bar -- We tried this last year during Magical Dining Month and the food was delicious, service was great, with good selection of wines.


1921 by Norman Van Aken - Mount Dora - Go for an afternoon of walking around Mount Dora and then grab dinner before heading home.

Cafe D Antonio (Celebration) - Great Italian food just outside Disney property.

David's Club (Omni) Champions Gate - One of our favorite places, but we always get the delish burger! This time we will go and try the steak!


Deb: Wow, it's hard to choose a favorite, so I'll just share the spots where I had my most memorable experiences over the last year: Mama Della's, 1921, Le Coq Au Vin, and Urbain 40.

Linda: I agree with Deb that it is hard to pick just a couple places. Her choices are also my choices.

Go and enjoy Magical Dining Month in Orlando!

Let us know about your experiences! Bon Appetit!

September 3, 2016

Magical Dining Month in Orlando

Deb's Digest Blog

Every year for the last several, September has been designated Magical Dining Month in Orlando. Over 60 restaurants offer special prix fixe dinners (appetizer, entree, dessert) for only $33. Tip, tax and beverages are extra. One dollar from each meal goes to charity, this year, The Russell Home for atypical children.

This is your opportunity to try out some restaurants you may not have otherwise visited. The menus offered (although they are subject to change) are on the Magical Dining Website.

The whole idea is for the restaurants to offer you a great representation of their menu so you will taste, love and return!

Here are the restaurants right on Disney Property.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin have 2 restaurants on the list:

Il Mulino New York Trattoria in the Swan. Italian


Todd English's bluezoo in the Dolphin Seafood


Over at Disney Springs you can dine a la Magical Dining Month at:

Morimoto Asia! - Asian and Pacific Rim Cuisine



STK Orlando Steak and Seafood


Last but not least, head over to the Four Seasons

Ravello! with fine Italian cuisine.


I highly recommend you make a reservation through the Magical Dining website via Open Table. When you arrive at the restaurant, let them know you wish the Magical Dining menu!

Go out and explore and let me know what you will be trying! I already have reservations at a few places I have not dine at yet.

June 17, 2016

Recent Tragedies in Central Florida

Deb's Digest Blog

It has indeed been a very tragic and sad week in Central Florida. First, I, and the entire AllEars team send love, strength, prayers and support to everyone affected by the recent events.

This is not meant to be an exact accounting of everything that has happened. It is meant to alert our readers to three tragic events that happened in Central Florida.

You may know that on Friday night, June 10, a man shot and killed "The Voice" singer Christina Grimmie while she signed autographs after her concert. Horrible, senseless violence. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans.

Then, there were the horrendous mass killings at the Pulse nightclub in the early morning of Sunday, June 12. This is a tragedy beyond belief and I still don't have coherent words. To bring it even closer to our "home," the news has reported that the gunman scoped out parts of Walt Disney World, including Disney Springs. (For an official accounting of what transpired, read the national and Central Florida news websites, which have documented everything.)

As if that wasn't enough, on Tuesday night, June 14, a toddler was suddenly attacked and killed by an alligator on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort. (You can read an official accounting of exactly what happened on the national and Central Florida news websites.) It appears that the family was on the beach watching the nightly Movie Under the Stars. According to reports, they were at the water's edge and the 2-year-old was ankle-deep playing in the water. An alligator jumped out of the water and grabbed the boy, dragging him under the water and carrying him away. Hours of search and rescue efforts, followed by search and recovery, ensued. The boy's body was recovered the next day. I can't even imagine what the family has been and will go through. All of us at send love, strength, prayers and support to the family.

Walt Disney World spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler gave a brief statement early Wednesday, saying, "Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident." She said Disney was doing everything possible to help the family and law enforcement. Disney is working closely with Florida's Fish and Wildlife Department. She added that the company also was conducting a "swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols."

All Disney resort beaches were closed and personal watercraft use has been suspended. The Walt Disney Company has said it will add alligator warnings to signs.

Update: Here is a photo of the new signs Disney will be posting :


There has been much discussion online as to whether Disney signage should have been more specific than it was, simply stating "No Swimming". People who live in Florida are very aware of the presence of alligators. They were here long before us. They are able to move from body of water to body of water over land. Someone told me long ago if you are in Florida and there is a body of water, there is a good chance it has a gator. I have watched one cross the street where I live. I know not to go near the water's edge at night. Even during the day, out walking in my community, I am very alert to my surroundings, as we have lots of lakes and ponds.

At the same time, I understand the family from Nebraska probably had no idea about the danger of alligators in Florida.

I have started writing a new page for AllEars talking about the wildlife in Central Florida -- in addition to alligators, we have venomous snakes -- in the hope that folks will become a bit more aware of potential dangers, even when under the magical spell of Disney.

Be kind to the cast members and residents of Central Florida this week. Be kind to each other. Nothing could have prepared anyone for the tragedies we've suffered in these last several days.


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