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    A Beginner's Guide to Enjoying Sake

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Sake often gets served up in sushi restaurants, and much like that Japanese delicacy, some people need a little bit of time to warm up to ordering it. Much of what people think about sake is actually false. There are many varieties of sake available, and chances are that there is one that suits your palate. If you’re ready to give sake a try, this beginner’s guide will help you find the perfect glass. Here is what you need to know.

    What Exactly Is Sake?
    Sake is a fermented beverage of Japanese origin. Many people think of sake as a type of wine, but technically, it is neither wine nor beer nor spirit. Sake is made using fermented rice, but the fermenting process is what makes it different. In the West, fermented beverages are made by allowing whatever grain is being used to sprout naturally. With sake, a type of mold is used to encourage the rice to ferment. At 14 to 20 percent, it is higher in alcohol content than Western wine or beer, but lower than spirits.  

    What Does It Taste Like?
    There are many different kinds of sake, and they all have unique tastes. Like wine, some are very sweet, while others are very dry. Very pure sake often has a musky aroma and can taste earthy. Other sake varieties may have added sugars or other kinds of alcohol mixed in and will have less of those stronger flavors. Let your palate be your guide as you decide which is your preference.

    How Should I Order Sake?
    Before you order a glass of sake, talk to your waiter. If you describe the kind of wine you like, he or she should be able to recommend a good starting point for you. It’s a myth that sake has to be served warm. It can be chilled in the same way wine can be. Let your waiter know how you want to try it.

    Sake is the perfect accompaniment to blu on the avenue’s sushi menu. Our full bar also offers a range of creative cocktails. Make a reservation and find out why we’re one of the top restaurants in Orlando. Call us now at (407) 960-3778.

    The Art of Pairing Craft Beer and Gourmet Food

    Last updated 8 months ago

    For years, wine was considered to be the only drink sophisticated enough to be served with gourmet foods. Now, that old tradition is thankfully out the window, and craft beers are finally getting the recognition they’re due. Beer can be paired with a surprising number of different foods. The trick is selecting the right kind of brew to complement your meal. At blu on the avenue, our lauded seafood menu and craft beer selection go hand-in-hand. Here are some tips for getting the right marriage of flavors at your next meal.

    Finding the Right Hop Level
    You should consider the level of hops when you’re matching craft beer to a meal. Beers that are high in hops have strong, bold flavors, and as such, they go best with hearty meals. Red meats and rich sauces can stand up to a bitter beer, while delicate dishes, like white fish and lemon sauces, need a more subtle, low hop beer. If you’re trying a new beer with your meal, ask your waiter about the hops to get an idea of what you can expect.

    Matching Flavors
    Another great guideline for pairing craft beer with food is to simply try to match the flavors. Sweet beers work best with sweet dishes. Similarly, a tart dish demands a tart beer. Generally, this works best when your beer has the strongest flavor profile. For instance, for a sweet dish, choose a beer that is a touch sweeter. There are exceptions, however. Dry beer pairs nicely with chocolate, for example.

    Working the Wine Angle
    If you’re more comfortable pairing wines with food, categorize your beers according to wine styles. When you would order a red wine, order an ale. If white wine would go with the meal, a lager would be a good fit. Beers that are high in hops are good fill-ins for acidic wines.

    The expert wait staff at blu on the avenue is here with great advice as you select the right drink for your meal. Our Orlando seafood restaurant has one of the best bars and menus in town, so enjoy a great seafood meal tonight. Call (407) 960-3778 for a reservation. 

    Your Guide to Eating Oysters on the Half-Shell

    Last updated 9 months ago

    You cannot enjoy one of the top seafood restaurants in the area without tasting oysters in a half shell. If you have shied away from this tasty delicacy in public because you are not sure about the proper way to eat them, keep reading for a crash-course on how to enjoy oysters on the half-shell:

    Detach and Pour
    When you first pick up an oyster, use your fork to ensure that the entire thing is detached from the shell. Once you know that the oyster is loose, pick up the shell and pour it into your mouth from the wide end. Some people think that you should just swallow the oyster without chewing it for optimum flavor, but that is not actually the case. Chew the oyster once or twice to help the flavor explode across your taste buds.

    Leave the Liquid
    Some people try to pour out the oyster liquid before they slide it into their mouths, but this detracts from the full experience. This liquid, which is filtered seawater, is responsible for a large part of the oyster’s overall flavor. You can sip a little bit of the water before eating the actual oyster if you prefer.

    Enjoy the Oyster
    Instead of overpowering the taste of the oyster with heavy condiments like cocktail sauce or horseradish, eat the oyster on its own or use small garnishes like lemon or mignonette. This will allow you to enjoy the full flavor of this delightful meal from the sea.

    If you want to enjoy some of the best oysters in the Winter Park area, come to blu on the avenue for lunch, dinner, or Happy Hour. Our sushi and seafood menu offers an amazing fusion between East and West Coast cuisine, so our guests can always enjoy a meal that hits the spot. To learn more about our menu options, call us today at (407) 960-3778.

    Planning Your Next Private Event at blu on the avenue

    Last updated 10 months ago

    With the holidays approaching, your schedule may be filling up fast with office parties and friendly gatherings. To host your own holiday get together in style, you might consider a private event at blu on the avenue just a short walk from downtown Orlando. Hosting your party with blu on the avenue offers you the luxury of full catering and professional event planning services with a unique menu concept and assortment of signature cocktails.

    Refreshments
    If you are hosting an event on a budget you might reserve only beer and wine service for your party or have a cash bar available for cocktails. To splurge and offer your guests the ultimate selection of festive refreshments, you might opt for a full bar selection, including our own signature cocktails such as the blu Manhattan and our uniquely distinct Old Fashioned.

    Food
    Whether you want a selection of small plates or a full sit down meal, blu on the avenue can provide the fare you are looking for. With a menu of locally inspired cuisine including grilled steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta, you can plan an unforgettable dinner that your guests will love. For a more casual cocktail party theme, you might choose a selection of sushi rolls and starters like Beef Carpaccio and raw Oysters.

    Details
    blu on the avenue is the perfect venue for smaller parties such as small corporate affairs or family holiday celebrations. If you are in search of a larger venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and big office parties, you can find the same impeccable service and exquisite menus at 310 Restaurants with two beautiful and spatious locations in Orlando.

    For more information about private parties accompanied by the award-winning cuisine of blu on the avenue, visit our website or call us at (407) 960-3778. Our seasoned event coordinator will help you plan your special event down to the last detail.

    Superfood Spotlight: The Health Benefits of Salmon

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Superfoods are a growing craze in the culinary world, and they are definitely worth the hype. To be considered a superfood, an item must be exceptionally nutritious and offer a distinctive array of health benefits when consumed regularly. Salmon fits perfectly into this category of food, because it is rich in good fats, vitamins, and minerals that have amazing effects on the body—not to mention it is delicious both cooked and raw. For a savory cooked choice of salmon, we recommend our horseradish and orange crusted salmon, served over brown rice & roasted vegetables with dill cream sauce! For those who prefer raw salmon, enjoy our many sushi options including but not limited to the Tokyo Sunrise, Rainbow Roll or the Triple Tail roll!

    Bone health
    Salmon is rich in vitamin D, which is essential for the absorption of calcium into the blood stream. Calcium is necessary for healthy bone regeneration and bone density retention, so it is important for the body to absorb plenty of it from foods like milk and leafy greens. While the sun is the ultimate source of vitamin D, sun exposure can be harmful to your health. Therefore it is important to have other sources such as delicious salmon.

    Brain power
    Eating salmon is an excellent way to improve your brain health and boost your brain power. Salmon contains a variety of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA, which can reduce inflammation in the brain and fend off depression and dementia. It’s not just delicious—it’s highly beneficial to your health.

    Heart-friendly nutrition
    If your doctor has told you to eat less red meat and animal fat, try replacing steaks and burgers with salmon filets. The anti-inflammatory properties of DHA also have incredible heart health benefits such as improved circulation and lower blood pressure. Plus, salmon provides antioxidant protection for the heart from the nutrient selenium.

    To tap into the health benefits of salmon with a delectable char broiled filet, hand crafted nigiri, or inventive sushi rolls, visit blu on the avenue for lunch or dinner. You can learn more about us at our website or call us at (407) 960-3778 to make reservations for dinner in downtown Orlando.

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