mardi gras

Carnevale Lights up Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs

Carnevale is a traditional festival with roots reaching back to 11th century Venice, Italy. Like its younger cousin Mardi Gras, there is an atmosphere of celebration centered around masks, music, and food and one last chance to indulge before Lent. That’s where Maria & Enzo’s… Read More »Carnevale Lights up Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs

Maria & Enzo’s importing Carnevale to Disney Springs

Carnevale, the traditional winter festival famous in Venice and known as Mardi Gras outside of Italy, is a spectacle of glamorous costumes, culinary delicacies, and riotous celebration. For the first time Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs will import all that fun to brighten… Read More »Maria & Enzo’s importing Carnevale to Disney Springs

Party With Friends at Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras

Last weekend I was invited to Universal Studios Florida for a lesson in fun. We got to see behind the scenes at Mardi Gras, learn how to cook up some authentic New Orleans gumbo, caught some beads, and then partied into the night at a marvelous concert featuring the B-52s. It as an amazing experience.

The night started off with a cooking lesson from the resort’s executive chef Steven Jayson.

Thankfully there was no slicing and dicing required. All the ingredients for our gumbo were ready to go when we arrived as well as a cooking station.

The final product was supposed to look like this

but mine was more like this…

we didn’t really have the time required to bring out all the flavors, but it was still pretty good.

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Things to do in Orlando this weekend

It may be the off-season for theme parks right now, but you would never know it based on some of the crowds expected this weekend. Of course, it is a three-day weekend with President’s Day on Monday (although I don’t get it off :p ).… Read More »Things to do in Orlando this weekend