Friday, January 30, 2015

Urban Tide, Hyatt Orlando's Newest Restaurant

After attending a long day of inspiring Leadership action at the Junior League Fall Leadership in Orlando, we had the privilege of dining at Hyatt Orlando's newest venture Urban Tide. When we visited, in December we were told that they would soon be premiering their new restaurant and we would have to come back to check it out. Check it out we did! 

Our waiter Humberto was amazing, we explained to him that we had spaghetti brain and please bring forward the red wine in copious amounts. It was one of those evenings! I was really happy that I was at Urban Tide, because wine is something they do QUITE well. They had many selections by the glass, as well as an insane selection of bottle choices for us to choose from.

If you are conferencing in Orlando, its a short walk from the Orlando Convention Center and trust me, this is the way to end your day. I know that we are lucky, as we are conference nerds....especially when it comes to the Junior League...but conferences can be yawn fests. Having terrible conference food, we were HANGRY. Hungry, and a little angry at being hungry...but the food came out quick and each entree was better than the last. We are still talking about the au gratin potatoes!

My friend Amy and I dined on some of the new dishes that Urban Tide, happy to report that the staff and Chef Jared is still there, just shook it up a little from the old concept. Check out what we feasted on!

Asparagus and Sweet Corn Risotto | Mascarpone Cheese | Baby Tomatoes

Ceviche | Citrus Marinated Florida Sea Bass | Serrano Spiked Rock Shrimp 

Loch Duart Salmon | Sustainable Scotland Loch Caught

New England Sea Scallops | Juicy and Creamy Texture |

Flash-Fried Brussels Sprouts | Aged Balsamic 

Four Year Aged Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes 

A little info about the new restaurant: From Florida’s bountiful coast, chic coastal cuisine and the freshest seafood is served at Urban Tide.

Seasonal favorites are celebrated, and elevated with bold flavors served in a stylish setting. With its dark wood furnishings and modern décor, Urban Tide offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the Grotto Pool.

Chef Jared Gross brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to life with his modern twist on coastal favorites. Pair lunch or dinner with a classic or our current take on favorite handcrafted cocktails, or select from a distinctive collection of craft beers and fine wines.

Check out their menu here

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fashion and Knowledge for the Super Bowl for the Modern Girl

Assumedly, I am a girl. But, when it comes to sports I know why my uncle is so happy to have me around at all times when watching sports. I don't know everything but I sure know enough to be welcomed to any sports event with boys. In fact, during college season I am normally the only lady present.  I learned from listening and being a fan, but what if you need a crash course? 

Forget the chocolate-covered strawberry footballs – the best thing you can bring to a Super Bowl party is your arsenal of football knowledge. And since women represent over 45 percent of the NFL’s viewing audience, a new book from Vanessa-Franchesca "VF" Castro The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron needs to be in your arsenal. Her goal is to make it easier for women and girls to understand and relate to the sport they love. 

This book is great for:
  • Decoding Sports Talk: Includes a glossary of football terms every fan should know
  • Any football fan wanting to learn about the world’s “manliest” sport and its histories, traditions and scandals through the eyes of a female reporter
  • Connecting with a sports-minded partner: Learning more about the sport that your significant other loves (TMGGTTG has been called “the best marriage book ever”)
  • The perfect guide for mothers trying to learn more about the sport as they support their sons and fathers trying to relate their love of the sport to their daughters

The 49th Super Bowl will take place on February 1. To celebrate, VF is kicking off a giveaway and blog tour for The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron, a comprehensive guide to the game from a woman’s point of view, written by sports journalist Vanessa-Franchesca “VF” Castro. Formerly a makeup artist, Vanessa also puts together Game Day Looks – both beauty and fashion – on her blog.

Vanessa took some time our of her busy schedule to give you some ideas on what to wear for the big game!

Seattle Seahawks: For the first look, I styled a pair of skinny jeans (which are a closet staple), and a neon green embellished blouse by 3:1 Phillip Lim, followed by a pair of navy blue espadrilles from Michael Kors. The second look is a little more fashion forward, but it's still a classic style. I paired a gorgeous blue ribbed knit sweater by Yves Saint Laurent Vintage with a playful bright green skater skirt by Go Jane. And for accessories, I paired a sparkly bib necklace by BaubleBar, with grey booties from Steve Madden, and then a matching grey Debutante clutch by my favorite, Henri Bendel.  

New England Patriots: For the first look, I paired basic skinny jeans with a white tank top, and a red sweater by KAOS, with leopard booties by Ella Moss (similar), and a necklace by BaubleBar. For the second look, I styled the same skinny jeans with this white dolman sleeve sweater by Helmut Lang, with white booties (similar), and accessorized with a red Ralph Lauren scarf, and this "timeless" nautical-style watch by Daniel Wellington -- a perfect nod to New England style.  If you go with the basic colors of each franchise, your rooting interests will be easily differentiated, but the goal is to have fun -- both with your fashion choices, and during the game itself.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

World Traveler Themed Bridal Shower

If you are just coming to the party (see what I did there) I am an event planner by simply trade. I LOVE throwing bashes!! I wish I could recreate my wedding every day! I laugh when people call me crafty, I am just a professional on Etsy and Pinterest and go from there. It is so much fun to plan something and have it come out of your head onto a party. When it was time to plan our favorite Megan's bridal shower, I was giddy. 

She suggested a World Traveler theme, to go along with her honeymoon in England, France and Italy. So for a couple of weeks, her bridesmaids and her mom and I went to work. Here are some of the things we came up with! Hope you like them! The most fun was going thrifting for different pieces of china to fancy it up a little!! 

That tea set? $7!!! 

chalboard stickers and white chalk pen are my new BFF

This is my soon to famous vodka recipe!

London is Always A Good Idea Sign
London and Paris cupcake/finger sandwich toppers
London confetti-I used a 2"punch

Recipe Cards-she was wonderful, I sent her my recipe and she formatted it!

This was my only non home run-and in my defense it was midnight (and I was on bottle three) but I printed out this map and wrapped it around the C and threw a coat of Mod Podge on it. Let the record reflect T's are so much easier!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Taste of Ormond

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If you love food and love local cuisine, what better way to kick off Valentine’s Week than enjoying food from 15 local chefs at this year’s Taste of Ormond?

Let Ormond Beach’s thriving restaurant scene take you on a taste adventure sure to please your palate and titillate your tummy. On February 8, 2015, local restaurants including 31 Supper Club, Cakery Creation, Daytona Pigstand, Florida Hospital Catering, Fusion 43, Grind Gastropub, Hull’s Seafood, Kale Café, La’s Bistro, Larry’s Giant Subs, Lulu’s Oceanside Grill, Maria Bonita, Mia Dona, Thai Woodhouse and Theia’s Pastries will offer small plates with tasty samples of their cuisine, while S.R. Perrott will provide a wine bar and a craft beer tasting. This popular event sold out last year as foodies gathered to taste, sip and enjoy in a casual, garden atmosphere.

The event begins at 4 pm under a large tent in Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive.  Guests will be able to eat their fill and taste 6 wines and 20 beers – all included in the ticket price of $50 per person.  Sponsor tables can seat up to 10 people and are available for $500.
Tickets for Taste of Ormond are available online at ( or by contacting Ormond MainStreet at 386/492-2938. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The 43rd Annual Play For WORC Charity Classic

It's hard to believe that we are already thinking about May, but mark your calendars for May 16 and the 43rd Annual Play for WORC Golf Tournament!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Former Volusia County Council Chair Patricia Northey Joins Ghyabi & Associates as Project Manager

Patricia Northey, who recently wrapped up a twenty-year tenure as a member of the Volusia County Council has accepted a position as Project Manager with Ghyabi & Associates, an engineering and planning firm with offices throughout Central and North Florida.

“We are especially pleased to welcome Pat Northey to our executive team,” said Maryam Ghyabi, CEO of the firm. “Throughout her career, Pat’s vision for our community and all of Central Florida has been the impetus for positive change in the areas of transportation, the environment, recreation and economic development. She will continue to work for better communities in her new assignment.”

Northey twice served as Chair of the Volusia County Council and twice served as its Vice Chair. She was feted last week at her final meeting as a Council Member, with colleagues and residents recalling her many contributions to county government.  During her tenure, she also chaired the Tourist Development Council, the Transportation Planning Organization, the St. Johns River Alliance and president of the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia County. Her community service brought leadership awards from the Rotary Club, Healthy Start, Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of Arts & Sciences and more.  

“I am proud to join the Ghyabi & Associates team,” said Northey. “This is a company that has contributed mightily to the community in transportation engineering and planning and has a passion for building a better future for residents and visitors alike. My role will be to help facilitate those improvements through planning and implantation of selected projects that require collaboration and multi jurisdictional involvement. There are so many exciting things on the drawing board.”

Northey served as the District 5 County Council Member and is well known among environmental planners, transportation officials, business and government leaders. “Pat has represented the County in many regional forums and will continue her involvement throughout Florida from her new perspective in the private sector,” said Ghyabi.

About Ghyabi & Associates

Ghyabi & Associates is engaged in planning, land development, civil engineering, transportation engineering and construction inspection. The firm maintains offices in Ormond Beach, Orlando and Jacksonville.   

For more information contact:
Maryam Ghyabi: 386.677.5499, ext. 222

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Daytona International Speedway To Hold First Ever Daytona Rising Escalator Duel

NASCAR Driver Austin Dillon and NASCAR Team Owner Richard Childress to Race to the Top of New 150-Foot Grandstand and Showcase New Vertical Transportation

As Daytona International Speedway continues its ever so fantastic renovations, on January 14th, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will hold the first ever “DAYTONA Rising Escalator Duel” to officially activate the new vertical transportation associated with its $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon and Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, will have the ULTIMATE grandfather/grandson battle to the top of the new 150-foot grandstand using the stairs and new escalators respectively. Each individual will also need to make several “pit stops”/collect items related to the Speedway’s new amenities along the way.

The event will take place at the Daytona International Speedway (Turn 1 Plaza on the West end of frontstretch grandstand) 1801 W International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, FL.

Tentative Schedule

12:30 p.m. – Brief opening remarks from Joie, Austin and Richard
12:41 p.m. – Race begins (at the base of the Florida Hospital Injector)
12:50 p.m. – Austin and Richard reach finish line; trophy presentation (highest concourse level)
12:50 p.m. – One-on-one interviews (Joie, Austin, Richard, DIS ticket holders)

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