Rona Gindin is an Orlando-based multimedia writer, editor and TV personality.

  • Get a Kappo/Guesthouse/Kadence Pop-Up Dinner

    Kadence Kappo Guesthouse SushiPopUpOrlando -- As they continue to fundraise for Kadence, the chef-owners  of the former Kappo will team up with folks at Guesthouse for Sushi Saturdays & Sundays. Join in for a $95 sushi omakase lunch on any of the available days. Add on creative paired beverages for $50 more. September 3-25. Reservations  
  • Taste French Wines at a Norman's Orlando Dinner

    WineDinnerOctober2016Orlando -- Master sommelier Andrew McNamara will guide guests through wines specially chosen to pair with each of five courses at a dinner at Norman's in the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. 5:15 p.m. Saturday, October 1. $175 all-inclusive. Reservations: 407-393-4333  
  • Save the Date for Cabs 'n Cabs 2016

    CNC2016Orlando -- With its top restaurants, crisp(ish) fall air, live music and relaxed country theme, Cabs 'N Cows has become my favorite food-related fundraiser of the year. This year's chef line-up is already looking good with The Osprey Tavern, Tapa Toro, Whisper Creek, The Pop Parlour, K Restaurant, Black Rooster Taqueria, The COOP, Morimoto Asia and others already signed up. Saturday, October 22, $110/VIP $140. Tickets  
  • Sign Up for a $20 Bulla Gastrobar Gift Card

    Bulla Gastrobar logoOrlando -- A Spanish tapas concept called Bulla Gastrobar is popular in two South Florida markets and plans to open a Winter Park restaurant in autum 2016. Receive a $20 gift card in advance by writing "Can't wait" in an email addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
  • Have OrderUp Deliver Your Meals in Orlando -- With a RONA RECOMMENDS Discount!

    OrderUplogoOrlando -- Smartphone-based meal delivery company OrderUp now delivers food from restaurants to homes within Orlando's Baldwin Park, College Park and UCF neighborhoods, plus parts of Winter Park. Use the discount count RONA and get $8 off. Participating restaurants include Sushi Lola's, Teriyaki Madness, Uncle Maddio's, Little Saigon, Dandelion Communitea, Avenue Gastrobar and Giovanni's Italian Restaurant.  
  • Have a Sake Dinner at Baldwin Park's Seito Sushi

    SeitoSushiSakeDinnerSmall2016Orlando -- Fine sakes will be paired with six courses at a special meal prepared by Austin Boyd, chef of Seito Sushi & New Japanese, located in Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood. Menu details are not yet available. 7 p.m. Sunday, August, 28. $100 plus tax and tip. The event will be held across the street at sister restaurant The Osprey Tavern. Call 407.898.8801 to reserve a spot.  
  • Try 3 Courses for $30 at Dexter's

    Screen Shot 2016 08 01 at 9.34.59 AMOrlando -- All four Orlando-area Dexter's restaurants will offer three courses for $30 starting August 1. Choose from a black-and-blue steak flatbread or Cajun-lime calamari, then chicken schnitzel, sweet potato-wrapped salmon or red group with wild mushroom risotto. Finish with guava cheesecake or two-mousse brownie. Details  
  • Try the $69-Course Summer Menu at Hemingway's

    HemingwaysOrlandoOrlando -- Casually elegant Hemingway's in Orlando's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has a faithful clientele for its pretty setting and Key West-esque menu. Starting August 15, the restaurant will offer a Flavors of Summer menu. Choose from a Key Wester or Key lime Caesar salad, then the signature crab cakes or shrimp scamp, chicken Creole or black grouper. Dessert: mango cheesecake or Key lime tart. $69, $89 with Canvas wines. Reservations  
  • DoveCote Brasserie Is Now Open in Orlando

    Screen Shot 2016 07 20 at 10.16.41 AMOrlando -- Downtown Orlando's DoveCote brasserie opened is now open, serving French-inspired dishes in a grand setting. An all-star team is behind the concept: chef Clayton Miller, who was Norman's first chef de cuisine; Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar; and Larry Foor of Cask & Larder, who helped with the beer line-up. The 5,000-square-foot establishment will serve light breakfasts and full lunches and dinners.  
  • Titusville Is Getting a New Brewpub

    MainBrixGreenTitsuville, FL -- The owners of Central Florida's Playalinda Brewing Company have announced plans to build the Brix Project. Located in a one-time lumberyard, the new facility will be a brewpub with 20 types of suds on tap plus a restaurant and beer garden.  
  • A New Restaurant called Chroma Is Coming to Lake Nona

    ChromaModernBar PressRendering June2016Orlando -- A new restaurant called Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen is being developed in Orlando's Lake Nona Neighborhood. It will be owned by the Tavistock Restaurant Collection. The menu will be modern America, and the 256 seats will be indoors and out.  
  • Experience the Palms' Sanctuary Yoga Retreat

    The Palms logoMiami -- Take a tip from Rona. Book yourself a weekend at The Palms Hotel & Spa's next Sanctuary Yoga Retreat. You'll stay right on South Beach, participate in covered open-air yoga and meditation classes -- with a farm-to-table lunch in the middle, and receive way more including 15 percent off the room rate, 25 percent off AVEDA spa treatments, and pool and beach access. The next Sanctuary Yoga Retreat is September 16, 2016. Details  
  • The Pharmacy Restaurant Now Serves Brunch

    Pharmacy logoOrlando -- The restaurant/speakeasy Pharmacy now serves weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals, which include an entree and a cocktail for $25 apiece, begin with complimentary chocolate- and spice-glazed donuts. Food options include buttermilk and chive waffles, and mushroom cream mac 'n' cheese with smoked brown-sugar cured bacon. The Bloody Michelada garnished with cheese, olive, and prosciutto is a cocktail choice.  
  • Try Fancified Asian Street Food at Baoery Restaurant

    baoery logoOrlando -- Now that the Thornton Park Restaurant Group has its New Southern restaurant Soco up and running, the team has introduced a second neighborhood eatery: Baoery. Pronounced, apparently, like the New York City neighborhood The Bowery, this so-called Asian gastropub serves up hipster versions of Asian staples like bao (buns), wontons, and stir-fries. Read Rona's blog post for menu details. Read  
  • Explore the Gulf Coast on a Four-Day Florida Eco-tour

    combo 2Bradenton -- Locally grown foods prepared by farm-to-table chefs are part of the low-carbon-footprint trips offered by the new ((ecko)), a fascinating and fun enterprise on the Gulf coast of Florida. Experts -- we're talking about scientists, PhDs, folks who make things happen -- take time out from their day jobs to lead portions of each tour. That means novices know what they're looking at and knowledgeable travelers get a more in-depth education. Leave your car in Bradenton and every element will be taken care of for you, including, for camping options, having your tent pitched and your bedding laid out. (Some trips involve hotel stays instead.) Bicycling or kayaking, birding or Indian heritage make this trips worthwhile. Here's Rona's feature and here's the ((ecko)) website.  
  • Cask & Larder to Open at Orlando Airport

    Cask and Larder logoOrlando -- Winter Park restaurant Cask & Larder will bring its New Southern cooking to Orlando International Airport in summer 2016. The owners are teaming up with chef Johnny Rivers, who has airport foodservice experience, to create and run the 390-seat restaurant and take-out shop. Housemade beers, and gin and tonics on tap, will also be served.  
  • Winter Park Distilling Co. Is Expanding

    WDPC Collection smallOrlando -- Winter Park Distilling Company has been producing spirits for awhile, but  could only sell them retail. Now the homegrown business will become a "brewstillery." The building, in the old State Auto body building on 17-92, will include the distillery itself, tours, and a brewery and taproom to be called Bear & Peacock. Expect a mid- to late-2016 debut.  
  • Disney Employees Receive 20% Off at Plancha

    Disney Plancha FlyerOrlando -- Cuban-American specialties like chorizo burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and mojitos are on the menu at Plancha, the restaurant at the Orlando Four Seasons' Tranquilo Golf Club. Now Disney World's 65,000 or so "cast members" will receive a 20 percent discount off food and beverage purchases. Details.  
  • French Classics Made Easy

    French Classics Made EasyFrench Classics Made Easy is a cookbook that gets you to satisfying Gallic fare without a ton of sacrifice. Author Richard Grausman simplified a load of recipes and takes away the intimidation factor, shrugging that unbleached all-purpose flour is best "but if you have bleached flour, use it" and casually explaining that using a food processor cuts pasta-making time to mere seconds.  I have bookmarked several recipes to try ASAP and I'm sure you will too.  
  • Sample Moroccan Tapas at Spice Road Table

    Spice Road smallOrlando -- Small plates of Mediterranean fare invite lingering at Spice Road Table, a civilized indoors-and-out escape at Epcot's Morocco pavilion.  Sip a just-sweet Lillet, a light chilled wine flavored with honey, orange, lime, and mint. Nibble on crazy-flavorful lamb sliders on a brioche with mint-tzatziki sauce, plus rice-stuffed grape leaves, beef skewers with garlic and fresh hrbs, and spicy garlic shrimp. The fried calamari is tender with a terrific flavor. It's served with two sauces: harissa, and caper aioli.