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Vel Johnson relishes Orlando's supportive spirit

An M.B.A. association meeting was the last occasion that brought Johnson to Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (2901 Parkway Boulevard, 407-396-8088, Kissimmee, www.kobesteakhouse.com), where certified Angus and Kobe beef is served in specialties such as the Imperial Dinner. The hibachi-style food preparation with chef table service adds dazzle and amusement to the dining experience, which is great for large groups.

For unwinding at the end of the week, Johnson takes her appetite for Spanish paella and rum teriyaki glazed salmon to the [4] Samba Room (7468 Sand Lake Rd., 407-226-0550, www.sambaroom.net), where the ambiance is business casual. A deejay spins for salsa classes on Friday nights, and every Saturday a Latin band plays.

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“Down here everyone wants to know if you golf. I took a golf class shortly after moving here to learn the real technique of the sport,” says Johnson, who occasionally plays at a country club. A course she recommends is the [1] MetroWest Golf Club (2100 South Hiawassee Road, 407-299-1099, www.metrowestgolf.com).

This story originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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