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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Disney Springs 2017

This year, when my daughter came to visit, I didn’t think we could top our adventures from the last time. I was wrong! Before leaving for our Colorado vacation, we spent the entire day at Disney Springs.

We started out our day at The Boathouse.  A restaurant that overlooks the water, and has a bar set up at the end of its dock. Relaxing by the water, taking in the magnificent view, and enjoying a cocktail.

Dinner with family and friends was at Morimoto Asia.  I’d been there before and knew that my friends would love it, and they did! The food was delicious and the restaurants’ decor was simply candy for the eyes.

After an amazing dinner, we walked around. We listened to music, saw sidewalk performers, then, made our way to Paddlefish.  A little trivia, many years ago, this riverboat is known as, Paddlefish,  was once named Empress Lilly.

Paddlefish, a beautiful riverboat, is a restaurant with a cocktail lounge on the top deck. They make a Bloody Mary that included a few surprises!

Disney Springs was just magical. Enjoying time with family and good friends. Watching the sunset over the water then seeing it disappear into the horizon was beautiful.  Disney Springs flipped its magical switch, and all the many lights came on. The sparkle of the lights reflecting over the water was simply breathtaking.

 

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Capa

Art Work Representing The Matador's Cape

I had to start my post with this picture above. My amazing daughter Melissa came to visit me this year.  Every year she surprises me with a night out. She puts a great deal of thought and research into where we’ll go to for our special mother-daughter dinner. In the back of my mind, I knew it would be Disney related, and I was right. She chose the Four Seasons Orlando, 17th floor, Capa.

The picture I’ve posted above is where I want to start. When Melissa and I were first seated, I couldn’t help but see this vibrant red color fabric. I’m thinking, is this some type of fabric that’s been pinned so perfectly, and hanging just above all of our heads, or is it some other kind of material. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. The fact that it’s portraying the matador’s red cape flowing throughout the dining area was breathtaking.

Authentic Matador Attire

In cased in glass, these three beautiful Matador costumes. You just knew by looking at them that they were authentic.

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Let me start from the beginning. Melissa and I are on our yearly mom daughter night out. It was a surprise she’d been planning for a while. It’s around 7:30 pm, it’s dark out, and the back streets of Disney property are lit up. We pull up to the Four Seasons Hotel Orlando.

It’s breathtaking!  Then we go inside and this is what we see.

After taking in the main lobby and peeking into other corridors like you see above, we head up to the 17th floor.

Here are a few shots of the dining area. The dining atmosphere is unique in that it greets you with a casualness. There are a few separate dining areas, a lounge area, and, of course, the patio.

The Disney parks fireworks start at 9:00 pm so we were able to catch those out on Capa’s patio while enjoying a glass of wine. I took a few more pictures, overlooking, from the 17th floor, of the Four Seasons Hotel, down to their property below, so awesome!

Antoine And Melissa

Wine Menu

Antoine, the Sommelier for Capa was so amazing! He took his time going over the different wines as if we were the only table in the restaurant. We told him what we were planning on ordering for the different courses and he recommended which wines paired the best with those dishes. Check it out, the menu even lights up!

Antoine was so passionate about his job. I know this because we spoke about the terrible fires in the Napa, California area that had happened recently, and I could see the emotion and sadness he felt. He spoke about how there would probably be serious damage to the soil and to future grape vineyards in that area.

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Above is a slideshow I put together of their complete menu.

Our Amazing Server At Capa

This man you see in the picture above was our server, Michael. He was attentive and very knowledgeable regarding specific dishes and ingredients. He helped us in making up our minds when it came to deciding on our choices of the different courses.

His timing in bringing the different courses throughout the meal was perfectly timed. This made for an amazing dining experience.

The courses ranged from Spanish Charcuterie and cheeses, Foie Gras, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp- Egg Yolk-Chili with Celery Root Chips, Esparragos, to Rack of Lamb and NY Strip.

At this point, Melissa and I were so full we couldn’t even think about dessert. We did check out their dessert menu and it was out of this world! If you’d like to get more information like their hours, menu, or directions for the Four Seasons Rooftop Steakhouse and Bar in Orlando- Spanish Cuisine, you can visit, www.fourseasonsresortorlando.com for more information.

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A beautiful Theme

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Two very special people, Ashley, and Stephen Sargent came into my life a few years ago and I’m so glad they did. They bring a ray of sunshine to any work day and are such a joy to talk to and be around. Ashley and Stephen represent what true love looks like.  Having a Wedding Planning business is the perfect way for them to share their passion for celebrating love.  I mean, I’m reading their bio’s, one of the things they love is eating breakfast at Christo’s Cafe. As you know, I do occasionally blog about my life, so I thought I’d share this part with you.

They are the husband and wife duo. Wedding Planners at A Beautiful Theme.  Ashley,  the lead and creative director. Her husband Stephen, the amazing floral designer, along with their dynamic team who deliver the best Wedding Event services in the heart of Central Florida.  Let me show you a quick peek at some of their work.

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You can visit their website at www.abeautifultheme.com  on Instagram @abeautifultheme, or on Facebook at A Beautiful Theme.

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Santiago’s Bodega

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Courtney took me for lunch at a wonderful place I’d been dying to try, Santiago’s Bodega. This quaint little eatery specializes in Tapas. An amazing variety of small bites that you would normally get at an upscale restaurant. Inside, the atmosphere has what I consider to be an eclectic decor. Outside, the view reminds me of a Parisian bistro. We went a little crazy with the Tapas. Let me show you. Visit them at www.santiagosbodega.com

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