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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.

Culinary Adventures at the Swan & Dolphin 5th Annual Food & Wine Classic

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The Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World hosted their 5th annual Food and Wine Classic on October 31 and November 1 this year. The weather was unusually brisk for Central Florida, but the warmth of the delicious food and decadent libations combined with convivial company and lively entertainment to make for an excellent […]

What To Look Forward To During Return Of Orlando Home Show

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The perennially popular Edible Orlando Cooking Stage returns again to the Orlando Home Show October 24-26, and this fall, we’re in for a treat!  An exciting collection of Central Florida’s top chefs will be there, showcasing their skills and their latest creations. This week, I attended a preview event where I got to meet Chef […]

Explore Central Florida’s Finest Cuisine During Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

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This week I enjoyed a preview of Magical Dining Month at a lovely preview party held at the historic Ballroom at Church Street.  For the first time ever, Yelp partnered with Visit Orlando to launch the annual September dining adventure during a special preview week.  The opportunities to save while savoring Orlando’s cuisine continue throughout […]

Mac Attack To Give Back! Yummy Event Supports Give Kids The World

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A Delicious Way To Help Give Kids The World On August 23 at the Orange County Convention Center, Give Kids The World presents the ultimate Mac-n-Cheese experience.  It’s a delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants as well as home cooks and non-profit organizations who will duke it out to the very […]

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 […]