I hope you guys are enjoying this winter weather. Can you believe it is actually chilly in sunny Florida?! The end is near for sure. Anyway a few days ago my blog partner and I were invited to Seasons 52 in Altamonte to taste the new winter menu. The menu had tasty dishes such as;
- Portuguese Kale & Chorizo soup
- Braised Short Rib Flatbread
- Artisan Grilled Vegetable sandwich
- Nantucket Bay Scallops,
- Wood Grilled Tuna
- and more
To say we were excited would be an understatement. Neither my blog partner nor I had ever been to Seasons 52. To be honest I worried days in advance about what to wear and how to eat and what forks to use. It was stressful. But when we finally arrived at the restaurant my worries faded away. We were nicely greeted and shown to a table by Carmen our waitress for the day. A few minutes after being seated the manager Mark came over to introduce himself and apologize for a little mix up with our reservations. We didn’t mind, we were just happy to be there.
Shortly after Mark left, chef Allen Zegarra approached the table and inquired about any food allergies we might have. He wanted to make sure that there would be no contamination as he would be preparing our meal. You could tell he is super passionate about his work. That passion made me even more eager to see what the day had in store. After being extremely indecisive, the most patient waitress ever, Carmen, came back to our table and walked us through the menu. After a little fear we finally ordered what would be the best lunches we have ever eaten. I tell you no lies.
We began our course with the All-Natural Pepperoni flat bread. I love pepperoni. When I say this I don’t mean in a normal way, I mean I eat pepperoni straight out of the pack as a snack. Yes, it is a problem. That aside the flat bread was so good. It had just the right amount of crisp flavor without being to hard or difficult to eat. We very much enjoyed it!
While we were going gaga over our flat bread, chef Allen brought us out this amazingly beautiful dish that had a fancy spoon filled with California golden beat salad with goat cheese, pistachios, and micro basil. The plate also came with a glass filled with grits and short rib with a carrot tucked ever so nicely in the corner. This was one of my blog partners favorite dishes. We were both impressed by the presentation. In fact had we been judges on chopped he would have gotten extra points for presentation and taste!
For the entrée I enjoyed the Asian-Chilean Sea Bass with black rice, snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, and micro wasabi. I requested that the chef please omit the micro wasabi and they happily obliged.
This picture does not do this dish justice. I think I may have gained another pound or two after this meal. I’m only joking but I almost forgot I was in a restaurant. This dish transported me to another place where only happy things take place. Due to my gastroparesis, I had to leave some on the plate to bring home later. I swear i feel like my illness loves to ruin happy moments for me. But there is nothing wrong with pacing yourself and that is exactly what I did.
My sister enjoyed the Wood-Grilled Filet Mignon entrée. Omg you guys this dish was beautiful and if I were a red meat-eater I would have pounced on this dish. It is served with a trio of roasted mushrooms, broccoli, Yukan mash, and red wine sauce. Definitely a win!
Our waitress Carmen checked on us frequently. It was actually funny because at one point my sister was not paying attention and Carmen swooped up and refilled her water glass. About five minutes later my sister goes “How did this happen?”, her eyes were bucked, she literally thought it was some type of magic. That had to be the funniest moment of the afternoon.
Finally, it was dessert time. Carmen swooped in like a dessert fairy God mother and gave us the scoop on all of the offerings. These desserts were a phone photographers dream. They were decorated beautifully. My sister chose the Pecan Pie dessert which was prepared with vanilla bean mousse, whipped cream, and a honey-glazed pecan. Get this it was only 370 calories! I opted for the only dessert I could eat and that was the delicious Pumpkin Pie prepared with pumpkin mousse, and a gingersnap cookie. Both desserts were delicious and I have to figure out how to get back there so my sister can try one of these delectable desserts.
Steven greeted us twice and in addition to being super hospitable he was super cute. I was smiling so hard I thought my face would break. My sister explained to him that I could not speak due to my illness ( I have Mitochondrial Disease). He was very cool about it and said, “Oh that doesn’t matter” with the cutest smile I have ever seen. My sister picked at me for saying how cute he was but I’m disabled not dead. My eyes work and he was gorgeous. But jokes aside, no one treated me weird because of my disability and I appreciated that immensely.
Once lunch was complete Carmen, Chef Allen, and Steven came around to make sure we enjoyed our meal and to thank us for coming. Chef Allen even took a picture with me!
In the end we had a blast and I am thankful to Caitlin for inviting us out to taste the Winter menu. There are a few exciting things happening at Seasons 52 this holiday season and I want you guys to know about them. Please see the bullet list below for details.
- Thanksgiving: Seasons 52 will be open for the holiday and is proud to offer Plainville Farms turkey with zero antibiotics, served alongside the chef’s take on the usual trimmings and seasonal cocktails.
- Black Friday: Seasons 52 will be offering All Day Black Friday specials for guest looking to shop ’til they drop on November 25th.
- Holiday: Along with seasonal cocktails and intimate private dining options for family events or holiday parties, guest can purchase Seasons 52 gift cards for foodie friends and relatives.
- Purchase $300 or more and receive a signature 7” Japanese Santoku knife from Mercer Cutlery. The knife has the Seasons 52 logo etched on both the blade and the sleeve.
- Purchase $500 or more and receive a 10% bonus gift card for yourself!
Now how cool is that! Something for everyone at Seasons 52, be sure to take advantage of these deals and don’t forget to pop in to taste the wonderful winter menu.
Seasons 52 Altamonte Springs Location
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701