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All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian

After our first day of the show, which was the longest day of the week, we pretty much went right to dinner. While waiting, we saw Hulk Hogan in the hotel lobby. He was rather frightening. And in person, he looks like a cartoon character. We went to Texas de Brazil, but were sorely disappointed when they told us it would be an hour and a half wait. It was 9pm at this point. The place closed at 10:30. And we were supposed to wait an hour and a half to be seated. That didn’t work logically, so we headed out. We ended up at another random brazilian churrascaria place called Espeto de Prata right down the street. On this particular strip we were driving down, there were churrascarias all over the place.

This place was only about half full, so we got seated right away. They brought over some pao de queijo, which is a brazilian style cheesy puff bread. I remember having them in brazil and falling in love with them. But you need to eat them when they’re fresh and hot out of the oven. When they’re not, like the ones we got, they’re just kinda strange.

I love churrascarias not for the meat, but for all of the other stuff. There’s always a salad bar with all kinds of cold foods, as well as hot foods and soups / stews. And because it’s brazilian, there’s usually always sushi too. Brazilians love their sushi, and there are tons of japanese people living in Brazil. They also love veggies so there’s all kinds of salads and random veggies.

And they had various soups as well as my favorite brazilian food in the world – feijoada. They called it “black beans” but we know that’s not all it is. It’s a delicious dark stew with all kinds of meats and sausages and in this case, it was a bit spicy. But my favorite dish of the entire evening was the fried bananas. The brazilians just know how to do the best things with bananas. And I didn’t take a picture because I was way too preoccupied shoving them in my mouth. Seriously, if my stomach would have cooperated, I would not have stopped eating them. Oh, I did try the meat. It was ok. In general, this place was ok. I liked the feijoada and I loved the bananas, but really, it was just so-so. I’ve been to much better churracarias in Brazil and in the US.
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Dining At Emeril’s In Orlando

I went to Orlando to play trade show girl for work, and we stayed in the Universal Studios area. On my first night there, we dined at Emeril’s in Universal CityWalk. I had low expectations, because you never know what you’re going to get with a celebrity chef restaurant. I personally have never watched Emeril on tv, so it wasn’t like I was a fan of his anyway. But I knew it was a nice place, so I was excited, but only a little.

M and I were the only two that went with the prix fixe degustation menu. It started with the pan seared jumbo sea scallops with stone crab caramel, oven dried white alba clam shell mushrooms, and a balsamic drizzle. It was supposed to also have flash fried fresh soft shell crab, but that was obviously not there. I love me some scallops, so I’m happy whenever I get to eat them. I thought this was great! The scallops were nicely seared, rare in the middle, and the sauce went perfectly with them. It was a great start.

Next up was a crispy chilean sea bass with black truffle-australian lobster vinaigrette and organic red romaine lettuce. Another nice dish! I liked the scallops better, but this was still tasty.

Finally, a seared angus 4 oz filet mignon, chive mashed potatoes, and wild ramps with a worcestershire cream sauce. Ok, so I’m not really normally a steak girl, so this meat was fine by me. But oh my gosh, this worcestershire cream sauce was freakin heavenly. I wanted to bathe in it and drink it. I wanted to put it on everything I will ever eat again for the rest of my life. Seriously, I will eat steak every day for the rest of my life is it came with this sauce. I will eat cardboard if it was topped with the sauce. It’s beyond amazing. Oh, and if you order just the regular filet from the menu, it will come with a worcestershire sauce, but not the worcestershire cream sauce. They’re different!

The dessert from the degustation menu was a profiterole with cinnamon ice cream, white chocolate fudge, sweet cream. and fresh berries. We thought this was ok, but was disappointed that the profiterole was stuffed with cinnamon ice cream, and not cream. We expected a cream puff, but got a strange ice cream puff.

A couple of people got the souffle for dessert. It’s funny to get this because when they give it to you, they put the plate down, and then take a big hunk of souffle out, drizzle chocolate on it, and then put the hunk back in. It’s really awkward because it’s a production, and you have to watch it, they take their time, and have to work around you.

The service is good here, as it is a fancy and expensive place. ┬áBut because of that fancy service, you have to wait quite awhile for your food. They coordinate the service, so everybody’s food has to be ready. So be ready to wait and be hungry for awhile. But when you do get the food, it’s pretty darn good! I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the quality of the food here. I recommend it highly!
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