Category: Orlando Restaurants

Universal Orlando Close Up | A Sports Fan’s Guide to NBC Sports Grill & Brew

If you’re like me, then you probably research your vacation destination in advance to make sure you don’t miss your team’s games. Whether it’s the playoffs, regular season, or a friendly, nothing will stop you from being front and center for every play.

Sound familiar? Then NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk is the mecca for all your sports watching, beer drinking and tailgate-feasting needs.

We’ve got the ultimate sports fan’s guide to NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal Orlando Resort. Click to learn more.

Source: Universal Orlando Close Up | A Sports Fan’s Guide to NBC Sports Grill & Brew

Downtown Disney / Disney Springs Update 2015 | New Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs in Orlando FloridaLast night we went for a stroll round Downtown Disney to see how they are getting on with the transformation into Disney Springs, it’s completion is not due for another year (Spring 2016). I’m pleased to report that the main multi-storey car park was open, we parked on the 4th floor in the hope of a view, but there wasn’t much of one!

Amphicars at Disney Springs in Orlando FloridaThe roads in are complete, but we were guided out past Cirque du Soleil, which added a few minutes onto the journey, as the way out hasn’t been finished yet. The walkways into Downtown Disney aren’t complete yet either with long billboards sectioning off areas whilst the building work continues.

Source: Downtown Disney / Disney Springs Update April 2015 | New Boathouse Restaurant

Ovation Bistro & Bar | #1 Casual Dining Restaurant in Davenport

Ovation Bistro and Bar in Davenport, Florida

Ovation is a smokehouse who smokes their own meats in house daily. Ovation Bistro also cuts their meats daily ensuring that the food and meat is the freshest that it can be. They operate a full bar that does great happy hour specials all day, every day.

Source: Ovation Bistro & Bar | #1 Casual Dining Restaurant in Davenport

The Proper Pie Company – Davenport, Florida

Meat Pie

The Proper Pie Company is located on Highway 27, just 1.25 miles south of the I-4, a hidden gem to both tourists and residents. As the name suggests, this English style bakery whips up over 200 freshly baked pies a day.

With over twenty different flavors, from the traditional to the eccentric, there is a treat in store for every member of the family. Customary English favorites such as Steak and Guinness, Cornish pasties, and Steak and Kidney fill the shelves of the deli. They are accompanied by some more unusual, yet equally mouth-watering varieties like Chicken Curry, Shepherd’s Pie in a Pie, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Beef Stroganoff, just to name a few. All of the pies can be left in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, and they all freeze well.

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Free Wine Tasting Tours – Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards

If you’re looking for something a little different from a day at the theme parks and kids attractions, and you enjoy savouring a glass of wine (who doesn’t?) why not visit the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards in Clermont to broaden your knowledge of the award-winning local ‘Lakeridge Reserve’ wine which is sold at the larger supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida.

Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week for both individuals and groups — Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The wine-making process is pretty fascinating and at their vast 127 acreage site, Lakeridge have a really great way of engaging and educating guests on how they grow, harvest and process, and finally bottle the wines ready for distribution.

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Royal Wedding Celebrations in Orlando

Royal Wedding Celebrations in Orlando

For folks across the pond looking to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Wills and his Queen-to-be Kate on Friday 29th April, I’ve found  a couple of events hosting the regal celebrations for you! Not a big royal fan? Still, you can’t beat a good wedding party!

In traditional English style, the popular Cricketers Arms Pub located at Festival Bay mall on International Drive are having tv screens dedicated to the wedding and a ‘Royal Wedding Palooza’ (if you’re like me and haven’t heard of palooza, for the benefit of you and I, I looked it up and it basically means ‘all-out, large scale party extravaganza’ – so it does sound like it promises a lot of fun). For more info, call Cricketers on 407-354-0686.

Disney’s Wedding Pavillion, overlooking Magic Kingdom across the lagoon, are hosting an event: beginning at 4am – with the Royal Wedding ceremony commencing at 6am Orlando time, and ending at 8am.  An English themed wedding breakfast will be available to guests.  For those keen to enjoy the royal celebrations in an authentic chapel-like building, you won’t mind the eye-watering early start – and guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion – question is: will you go dressed up, wedding-style? or…in your pyjamas!


There’ll be great photo opportunities with the fairytale Cinderella Coach majestically led by six white ponies and coachmen at the Pavillion.  Incidentally, the coach was created by the same coach makers who have historically designed for the British Monarchy.

Entrance and parking to the event is free. The Wedding Pavillion is situated in the Seven Seas between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts.

Downtown Disney Orlando

Downtown Disney equals lots of entertainment and nightlife all in one Disney hotspot. Situated on Buena Vista Drive, follow the signs for Walt Disney World and then you’ll see signs for Downtown Disney, taking you to the free parking lots. The majority of our Florida villas to rent are within a 20 minute drive away.  You can stroll along the scenic walkway of the 3 distinct sections, all bordering the village waterfront and experience the dining, shopping and entertainment on offer. On the West side – you can take in a live theatrical show of breathtaking acrobatics at the Cirque du Soleil theatre – tickets can be purchased at the box office in the theatre or by calling 407-WDW-SEAT. Or perhaps see the latest Hollywood movie at the AMC Pleasure Island 24 screen cinema – we have a handy post on our Florida Villas blog for film showtimes. Soak up the party atmosphere on Pleasure Island with the bars, discos and eateries. You’ll also find the very best Disney souvenirs and gifts for friends and family at the World of Disney store (largest Disney character store in the world) in the shopping hub of Downtown Disney Marketplace on the East side. Featured in the store is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon for girls and boys who want the ultimate princess and knight fairytale makeovers. This is extremely popular with young children over 3 years and we would advise calling in advance to make reservations. Makeover package prices vary.  The marketplace also has a fine art gallery which is fun to browse called The Art of Disney.  There are an abundance of themed restaurants for the family – the Rainforest Cafe has casual dining in an amazing tropical rainforest setting. For an unforgettable experience, try the T-Rex Cafe – a prehistoric adventure where you can eat, shop and gaze at the moving T-Rex dinosaur.

For music lovers, back on the west side, the House of Blues offers southern-inspired food along with live music from Rock ‘n’ Roll to R&B in their Music Hall adjacent to the diner. Once you visit, you’ll be coming back again and again. Check out Leona Lewis below…..

Why not try a 400ft balloon ride in the Characters in Flight open everyday.