Faiyaz Kara’s 55 Best Restaurants in Orlando

Courtesy: Faiyaz Kara (Orlando Weekly)

Explore the Orlando Weekly restaurant critic’s essential places to eat in 2018 2. Norman’s Fine dining is indeed alive and well, and at this perennial stalwart within the gilded walls of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, so is fusion cuisine – thanks to celebrated chef Norman Van Aken, who leaves the execution of…

Norman’s Fifteenth Anniversary Dinner To Be A Star-Studded Celebration

Courtesy: Faiyaz Kara (Orlando Weekly)

Written/Posted by Faiyaz Kara For some, like orange-hued braggarts who “reject the idea of globalism,” the term “fusion cuisine” is worthy of scorn and revulsion. But like it or not, the term is a celebration of diversity, a celebration of “immigrant food” and a celebration of our ever-evolving palates. Our state’s most…

A Table for Friends

I am recalling another visit to our restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. I am not recalling it from distant memory but actually from a very immediate place. I love to sit in the quiet early-morning of the grand lobby of this amazing hotel and savor a cappuccino … and sometimes a…

Norman’s Orlando

It has now been over 8 years ago that I was asked to create a second “NORMAN’S”. But I can instantly recall how it all began… Some of the senior management from The Ritz-Carlton Companies were having dinner in my Coral Gables restaurant one evening back then and a rather tall gentleman…

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