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Looking for something different for the holidays? From holiday sushi to feast of Seven fishes, here are some creative alternatives

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:13 am



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary this holiday season, some area restaurants have just the alternative to pumpkin pie and turkey.

There will be a feast of seven fishes at Pizza Bruno, 3990 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando, Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Join Bruno Zacchini and the Pizza Bruno crew for a Feast of Seven Fishes under the stars in celebration of Christmas Eve. This spin on the Italian-American tradition will feature five savory seafood courses prepared on the mobile pizza oven and wood-fired grill, plus two dessert courses and optional wine pairings. Tickets are $65 per person with optional wine pairings available for $35.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://pizzabruno sevenfishes.brownpaper

The Canvas Restaurant & Market, 13615 Sachs Ave., Orlando, will host a Santa Brunch, Saturday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Santa Brunch features bottomless mimosas, plus brunch selections like Butternut Squash Hash and Ricotta Pancakes while the little ones get an opportunity to take photos with Jolly Old Saint Nick himself

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on or via phone at 407-313-7800.

And Dragonfly Robata will host the Holiday Sushi Class 101, Saturday, Dec. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Roll your own sushi with the Dragonfly sushi maters at the restaurant, located at 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando.

General admission for this event is $60 per person and includes a pre-class aperitif, passed hors d’oeuvres sample Robatayaki grill dishes, along with a comprehensive sushi rolling class.

The class includes:

• A brief history of sushi

• The tools of the trade — both ancient & new

• Tips tricks and techniques for making perfect sushi rice

• How to pick the best sushi ingredients

• How to make maki sushi, hosomaki & temaki

During sushi class, the team will help you make the perfect sushi and hand rolls, and invite you to sample dishes from our Robatayaki grill.

For anyone who wants to add to the experience, the bar staff will have hard-to-find Japanese Whisky’s, sake shochu—or any of your favorite cocktails and drinks available a’ la carte.

There are a limited number of early bird tickets available for $50.

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And while you can’t dine on donuts, they can be a lot of fun over the holidays and Duck Donuts (there is a Kissimmee location) is offering a seasonal-inspired assortment including limited-time mint icing and festive sprinkles.

Guests can also sip the flavors of the season with the new Winter Roast Coffee, a blend of Central and South American beans medium roasted, boasting a sweet butterscotch flavor along with a combination of hazelnut and whiskey flavors. In addition, most stores are offering cozy espresso drinks, Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut Latte, to warm up the season.

Available at most locations, Duck Donuts offers last minute gift ideas for teachers, coworkers and children, such as the Stocking Stuffer Card, sold in multiples of five for $16.95 and good for two donuts and a regular coffee. Stores also sell retail items including gift cards, apparel, drinkware and popular collectible rubber ducks, perfect gift additions for under the tree.

To learn more about local promotions or locate the nearest Duck Donuts, visit

Reunion Resort, near Kissimmee, is offering a special holiday treat at its Eleven Rooftop or Forte restaurant inside the Grande. It is a specialty chocolate peppermint mousse tart created by Chef Rachel.

Also, at Reunion, is the Grande Christmas Feast, a Christmas buffet with holiday favorites including Charred Herb Lamb and Slow-Roasted Striploin carving stations. There also will be live music and activities for kids. There are 2 and 5 p.m. seatings Dec. 25, in the Grande Ballroom.

The cost is $54.95 for guests 13 and older, $21.95, ages 4-12. Reservations required, call 407-662-3463. Self and valet parking is included.