Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Celebration at Emeril's

 During our visit to Universal Studios Orlando last month, we decided to celebrate my Mother's birthday at Emeril's Restaurant right at Universal's City Walk. Emeril's is the restaurant of famous Food Network Chef Emeril Lagasse. He is also famous for always saying "kick it up a notch" and saying "Bam" whenever he cooked on TV. Emeril's speciality is Southern Creole cooking which is a perfect match here in Florida. The City Walk at Universal Studios is a place full of restaurants and shops. It comes alive most especially at night. Right beside Emeril's is Margaritaville and the famous Hard Rock Cafe. When you visit the Universal Studios Orlando, stop by and experience the pulsating night life in this place. It is a one stop place for fun!
 For appetizer, we all had the Chef's Daily Gumbo, a soup based with rice and scallians. 
Then our main entree was Emeril's famous Apple Cider Glazed Pork Ham chops with southern greens and mascarpone grits. 
 The service at Emeril's was impecable. The waiters were well dressed in white crisp shirts, black pants and green apron. They operated in military precision, friendly and nothing so stiff in this place. It was a delicious evening with authentic Southern cooking!
 For dessert, the Birthday celebrant had cappuccino and White chocolate cherry bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, chambord sauce and chantilly cream. 
After all that eating, time to walk around and check out the pulsating night life around City Walk. 
We had a delicious and fun evening at Universal Studios.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dinner At Cinderella's Royal Table

During our visit to DisneyWorld Magic Kingdom Park a few weeks ago, we attended a Royal Dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table which is right inside Cinderella's Castle. When we arrived inside the Castle, we were greeted with a royal greeting from Cinderella herself with matching photo session with her Royal Highness. Of course, my niece and nephew were beyond glee and was so excited to meet her. My nephew even declared to us that he is now in love with Cinderella and would like to live with her in the Castle. After the photo session with Cinderella, were whisked up to her Royal Dining Hall surrounded by stained glass windows and different flags up in the ceiling. Everybody was excited with the dinner and meeting the other Disney Princesses. My niece was given a magic wand, a sword for my nephew and everybody received our own Wishing star. I would say that this whole Royal Dinner experience was already a wish come true!
Inside the Royal Dining Hall.
The Royal Menu with the gift of a Wishing Star. 
The dinner included a three course meal and drinks.
Kids Dessert at Cinderella's Royal Table.
Dessert at Cinderella's Royal Table.
We met them all. Who is the fairest of the all? 
Cinderella (middle), Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine or Princess Aurora?
Cinderella's Castle at night.

May you have a magical Weekend!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

It's A Magical Kingdom

I'm back again at Disney's the Magic Kingdom Park, in Orlando, Florida. Coming back here after many years ago. Back again with adult eyes but with a child's heart. The moment I arrived at the Park and saw Cinderella's Castle, I felt the magic, wonder and excitement! It never fails to feel this way when one is in the Magic Kingdom no matter our age. We knew that there are long walks, long lines and long wait times but we knew that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The magical light we found in all of the rides, the shows, the parades, entertainment, dinner in Cinderella's Castle and lastly, the magical fireworks that is one of the best in the World. It is truly worth the visit in the Magic Kingdom Park with all the memories that we will bring back home.
Founder Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
Feeling the magic when I saw Cinderella's Castle. I was happy to see Goofy.
  We arrived with this magical show happening. 
My childhood favourites from Goofy, Donald Duck, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. There were magical fountains all over the Park.

Let's begin the Magical Parade
Belle and the Beast
The super famous Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
  There's Ariel!
 It's Rapunzel!
 Peter Pan and Captain Hook!
 Where is Tinkerbell and Pinocchio?
 Are you Brave?
 Of course Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Alice and Mr. Tod Pole were in the parade too.
 Then lastly, we all love Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
 At night, the whole Main Street Disney turned bright and sparkly.
Then the finale, the Magical Fireworks.

Power to make a wish come true.
Make a wish
All our wishes will come true... 
When you wish upon a star...
makes no difference who you are...
Everything your heart's desire will come to you...
Every wish will come true..
Believe it with all your heart...
All it takes is a little courage to set it free...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Summer Splash In Orlando

 I just came back from a vacation in Orlando, Florida. It was great to be back again after many years. The first thing I did was to go swimming in our Hotel to enjoy the Florida sun and heat! It was really hot over there. We had a relaxing and fun time being outdoors and in the water.  I hope you are all having fun wherever you are this Summer season. 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Weekend In The Pillar & Post

I celebrated my birthday last June here at the Pillar & Post located in the Niagara On The Lake region. The Inn is a member of the Vintage Hotels Collection.   We had Brunch and visited the outdoor swimming pool which was a perfect place to hang out to quench the summer heat. The Inn also boast one of the best Spa in the region with its 100 Fountain Spa, indoor saltwater pool and the outdoor hot spring pool which can even be used during the Winter. Their Spa offers a variety of services that will soothe the body from head to toe, mind and soul. As you can see, the lobby shows elegance, country style comfort and chic. The Sunday Brunch at Cannery Restaurant offered a variety of  gourmet food from cooked pasta dishes, meats, seafood, fresh salads, pastries, cakes and even your own cooked omelet plus the variety of local Niagara Wines grown around the area. The Inn is now one of my favourite places to visit during the Summer as it offers a variety of services from dining, spa and even swimming at their pools for their Guests. If you will get a chance to visit the Niagara On The Lake region, try stopping by the Pillar & Post to rejuvenate and discover this gem. 
Cannery Restaurant at the Inn.
Freshly baked tarts, pastries and cakes.
Brunch with freshly made apple juice.
Even Queen Elizabeth II stayed here during her visit to the region. 
The inviting outdoor pool at the Inn. What is your favourite past time during Summer?

Enjoy the Summer Weekend!