Cuba Libre – Seafood Paella


International Drive – Orlando

Besides the theme parks, here in Florida, International Drive in Orlando has lots of restaurants to choose from. In fact, Cuba Libre is one I  highly recommend.

As mentioned, I eat seafood occasionally. This seafood paella is one of the best I have ever tasted. Interestingly, I wanted to try the seafood paella and also the grilled vegetables paella.  So, I asked the server and received a personalized dish which contained both ingredients. The ingredients in blue I omitted. Moreover, here are the  prices and ingredients from both:

The seafood paella costs $31.00. It includes Jumbo shrimp, littleneck clams, lobster, mussels, Mahi-Mahi fillet, squid, baby octopus. Saffron long grain rice. Roasted piquillo pepper salad.

The grilled vegetable paella costs $21.00. It includes broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, leeks, eggplant, wild mushrooms, artichoke hearts, saffron long grain rice. Asparagus and roasted piquillo pepper salad.

No doubt, I give this dish 5 stars!





Spoletto – Vegetarian Foccacia (Flatbread)

Usually, mall foods are not that healthy however there are exceptions. If you are ever at the Florida Mall in Orlando visit Spoleto in the dining pavilion. Here you get to choose your own toppings or additions for your pasta, salad or flatbread. I am not a big pasta eater, nor did I feel for it so I decided to go with a flatbread as the basis, I tried both the salad and the pasta but have to say the flatbread is exceptional. Remember this is special order so you can choose any six toppings you would like to have, and there are chicken, shrimps, beef, and meatballs as well.

Here is my recommendation a vegetarian flatbread. I choose the flatbread and added a small amount of olive oil as the topping. My six toppings selection were: truffle mushrooms, zucchini, red onions, grated carrots, spinach, roasted red peppers and Italian cheese blend.



Joey Burrard- Herb Crush Salmon

We visited the concierge at our hotel and asked for dinner recommendations. She suggested Joey. I had the herb crush salmon. This was an exteremely well-seasoned piece of salmon. I honestly believe if you are looking for great salmon come up to the north. Sockeye Salmon is so delicious. This meal, the herb crush salmon, priced at $25.00 comes in a lemon butter sauce, crispy mashed potato, a vegetable medley consisting of zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers, and carrots. Instead of the crispy mashed potato, I asked for double veggies. Yeah me 🙂

The Keg – Lobster & Shrimp Salad

Our bus tour took us to Grainville Island, it was just about lunchtime, so we stopped at The Keg for lunch. I had one of the best and freshest salads I have ever tasted. I am really trying to keep a stricter vegetarian diet with minimal seafood. I had the lobster and shrimp salad which costs $21. It consisted of artisan greens, lobster and shrimp, black beans, corn, cremini mushrooms, tomatoes and fresh avocado with a mango sesame dressing, topped with pine nuts. Like customary, I requested to have the dressing on the side. In addition no corn (yuk) sorry I hate corn since my childhood, so I asked to be replaced with avocado slices, I also requested to have my lobster steamed and I upgraded my shrimps to jumbo instead which costs an additional $4. I prefer to have my seafood warmed on the salad. This salad was so delicious, take a look and be the judge 🙂

Sccozis – Famous Scoozis Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza

We did not enjoy the $33 dollar breakfast buffet at the hotel we stayed while in Vancouver, so we ventured out to get better breakfast options. And YES  I said that right, $33 US dollars, so having said that we have lots of great breakfast options to share. At Sccozis this is what I had.

This is indeed delicious.  I never had a breakfast pizza before. It consisted of a  mixture of scrambled eggs, cheese, and spinach; topped with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese for 13.95 CAD (Canadian dollars also you can add zucchini and mushrooms for no additional costs which I did, I omitted tomatoe sauce and it was perfect.