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Orlando Trip - Portobello

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Hi everyone! I'm back in action, this past month or so have been busy. I went away with Will and his family to Toronto for a few days during July 4th weekend, we been on a house hunting trail, and I've been job hunting and been running all around interviewing. I've accumulated a few rejections and waiting to hear back on a few companies. Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday I've got a few and hopefully it'll go well.

I'm taking a break from the job hunting right now and moving along to catching up with my food blog, so we're going to backtrack to my Orlando trip. Will and I ate at Portobello (an Italian restaurant) that was located inside Disney Springs (Downtown Disney). My heart is heavy since I found out they've closed since we ate there for dinner just after a few hours of being engaged.
We arrived to Portobello around 6-6:30PM and was happy to see that the restaurant had a lot of seats available. We sat down and looked at the menu and everything sounded a…

Orlando Trip - Cinderella's Royal Table

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I've always wanted to see the Cinderella's Castle in real life, but never did I think I could eat inside of it. I heard that to eat inside you have to make a reservation three months prior to your visit.

Will had told me he made reservations for the third day (Sunday, April 2nd) at Cinderella's Royal Table where we could have lunch there. I was excited at the same time because I absolutely love Disney princesses (well most of them), please read on my blog for the complete review of my day.

There was a lot of people lining up for lunch at the castle. I read reviews on Yelp about the experience and how four princesses would come out to greet all the guests, take a picture, and sign an autograph. The restaurant/castle was humongous and big. Our waitress gave me a magic wand and referred the women as "princess" and gave a sword to Will and refer the men as "lord".

We had a Prix-Fixe menu which included the Chef's Tasting Table (a platter of cured meats,…

Orlando Trip - Krusty Burger

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During our first trip in Orlando and first visit to Universal Studios, we didn't have the opportunity to eat at Krusty Burger. Prior to the trip, I told Will we have to try Krusty Burger and so we did.

Krusty Burger, Moe's Tavern, Cletus' Chicken Shack, and a few other dining options were located under the same roof, but there's one line to line up for the dining options and once you've reached the front of that line, you can proceed to whichever place you want to and line up in their own separate line. The dining area is humongous and there are staff members that will ask how many people are in your party and will find the next available seat for you, how hospitable! I like that they play different clips from The Simpsons, it brings back childhood memories.

Will and I both got the Krusty Burger with Kurly fries ($10.99).The Krusty Burger is made up of 1/3 lb. burger with a secret sauce (tasted like a thousand island dressing), cheddar cheese sauce, tomato slice, i…

Orlando Trip - Les Chefs de Frances

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I mentioned in my blog that Will and I went to Orlando from March 31st - April 3rd. We had visited Epcot on our first day and passed by a restaurant in the France area by the name of Les Chefs de Frances. They did not accept walk-ins so we made a reservation. We came back a little earlier after walking through the different countries, so the hostess was able to sit us down earlier.

The restaurant was classy and had nice relaxing vibe to it. It was an enormous restaurant with a lot of windows to allow natural lighting to lit up most of the dining area. The staff here was exceptional and respectful. Will and I went with the prix-fixe menu for $39.99 per person.

We started off with glasses of iced tea to cool us down since it was hot. Iced tea was unsweetened, but they had sugar and sweetener on the side for us.
Our waitress also presented their butter and fresh baked bread to us which was placed in a white paper bag. The bread was delicious, warm, and had a nice crunch and fluffiness to…

New World Mall Food Court

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A friend recommend New World Mall Food Court for Will and I to try because it's inexpensive and food is on par. The food court is located at the lower level of New World Mall where you'll find over 15+ vendors, a lot of seating, and restrooms too.

There's a wide variety of Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines where food stalls offer Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Taiwanese specialties. From dumplings, soups, hot pots, bowls, prepared meals, desserts, literally a potpourri of Asian dishes. Walking through the food court I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the the choice, the aromas, and the crowds of people.

Will and I tried based on what we were recommended by our friend and Yelp. So this is what we ended up with:

Will ordered the fried giant squid combo ($8.50) from Cheers Cut which came with two different sauces, a side salad, rice, vegetables, and seaweed salad. The fried giant squid was absolutely delicious! It was fried and cooked just righ…

Italian Eats at San Marzano

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I've been craving for Italian food and pasta for some time now. Late March, I decided to check out San Marzano in the East Village with three friends. Will was out of town, so it gave me a chance to catch up with close and old friends.

The menu at San Marzano excited me because of the food and how you can pair any type/shape of pasta with any sauce you want and only for $9.00.  The pasta is also made fresh in-house, another bonus point. They only take reservations for six and up, so we couldn't make one and walked in instead. We came on a Friday night around 6:30-7PM and pretty soon the restaurant was filling up quick. 
The restaurant isn't as big as I thought it would be, but I did love the chic ambiance - think low lighting and sleek decor. 

We started off with the Cavicchioli Prosecco, 1928. My friend made a fantastic choice because the Prosecco had notes of flowers, apples and citrus. It paired well with our appetizers and the prosciutto in our appetizer.

The calamari …

Mango Mango - Brooklyn,NY

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I've been falling in love with mango and mango desserts, so when I heard Mango Mango had opened up in Brooklyn, boy was I happy. I've already been to the Flushing and Chinatown location to order take-out, but never had the opportunity to sit and indulge.

Although I heard mixed reviews about the Brooklyn location, I still decided to try it out for myself with Will. We came on one of the windiest and frigid Saturdays last month and luckily Mango Mango wasn't crowded at all. The Brooklyn location is definitely a lot bigger and much more chic. There's a decent amount of seating and they're pretty comfortable too.

Before I move on to discuss about what we ordered and our thoughts, I just have to say the service here is preposterous! The waitresses took our orders quick, but the wait time for these two desserts was absolutely ridiculous. The desserts we ordered weren't very complicated to make nor would it take very long to make. I've been to many Asian dessert s…