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About Sunshine Baker

Sunshine Baker is a Communication Instructor at the University of Central Florida. Her research focus is social media and restaurants. She also consults with hospitality firms to enhance their social media efforts. Sunshine blogs about Florida shopping, and loves to travel the U.S. and Europe to discover unique local restaurants, thrilling experiences, and exotic spas.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Cabernet Dinner Honors the King of Grapes

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On Thursday, June 12, I was fortunate enough to find time to attend Ruth’s Chris Steak House Cabernet Dinner, the latest in their wine dinner series.  A group of food and wine enthusiasts in the Winter Park location’s plush private dining area enjoyed a five-course pairing dinner to celebrate the “king” of grapes – Cabernet […]

Bistro Cloclo – Raising the Standard for French Fare in Orlando

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As someone who has traveled extensively, I will admit that I avoid French food in America as much as possible.  I usually find that the flavors, portions, and service at French restaurants, especially in Florida, do not justify the astronomical prices.  My family owns two homes in the south of France, and I visit there […]

Happy Hour At Orlando Yard House: Come For The Beer, Stay For The Fun

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Orlando’s first Yard House opened last week, and their grand opening was a spectacular affair.  This is like no other restaurant in Central Florida, and I can tell you one thing, I’ve found my new go-to Happy Hour location for sure!  Steele Platt, the founder of Yard House hand selects the music, and makes sure that […]

Outdoor Kitchens Make Epcot’s Flower And Garden Festival A Perfect Springtime Day!

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The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival gets better every year, and for me the best addition to recent festivals has been the FOOD!  Food booths, called ‘outdoor kitchens’ highlight each area of the festival, allowing guests to taste and experience each area with ALL of the senses. The food is totally different from the offerings […]

Orlando’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Festival Is At Raglan Road

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The spirit of St. Patty’s day has already begun to lend merriment to Downtown Disney, with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival going on this week.  Live music is playing every day and night, special menu items are available, and Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon is on hand to reveal his new cookbook. I attended the Raglan […]

Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon to Showcase New Cookbooks at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant during St. Patrick’s Festival

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March 12 ‘Modern Irish Food’ Lunch Demo and March 13 ‘Raglan Road Cookbook’ Dinner In the midst of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival March 7-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Ireland’s celebrity chef Kevin Dundon will serve up flavors of his homeland during two signature dining events. Host of the PBS series, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food,” Dundon […]

Orlando’s Top Chefs Rise To The Challenge, Creating Gourmet Dishes From McDonald’s Ingredients!

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On Saturday, March 1, some of the who’s who of Orlando’s chef community will show us just HOW talented they are at the new Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida’s Appetite for the Arches fundraising event.  Fourteen different chefs have created dishes using ingredients from McDonald’s, and they all have gotten VERY creative.  The chefs […]

Top Five Reasons To Visit Dick’s Last Resort In Orlando, Florida

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Top Five Reasons To Visit Dick’s Last Resort In Orlando, Florida They say there’s something for everyone in Orlando. And now, that’s really true.  You see, until this month, Central Florida locals and visitors have been sorely lacking an essential dining experience.  Some people truly enjoy being teased, jostled, and ribbed by the wait staff […]

Celebrate 30 Years With La Coquina, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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In honor of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’s 30th Anniversary, the quintessential Sunday Brunch at La Coquina will return for an encore on Sunday, February 2, 2014. This brunch is an elegant, intimate experience unlike any other.  It begins in the hotel’s grand lobby, where guests are greeted by a talking parrot named Merlot.  A […]

Thinking of Proposing This Valentine’s Day? Classy Engagement Ideas From A Local Chocolatier

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Winter Park, Florida natives and visitors know that no visit to Park Avenue is complete without a stop at Peterbrooke Chocolatier.  The owners, Kevin and Jami Wray, keep the doors open all the time, allowing the intoxicating chocolate scent to waft across the avenue, creating a sweet, heady blend with smell of roses from across […]