Visiting the Deli Llama

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Lake County just got a new sandwich place that is super delicious. The menu above should say it all. The Deli Llama. Tons of gluten free, carnivorous, and vegetarian options.

Take a trip up to Tavares from Orlando. It’s just around the lake from Mount Dora. Lake Dora, that is. On old 441 about ten minutes from Downtown Mount Dora. Downtown Tavares is cute, walkable, and has those lakeside breezes. The Deli Llama in an old gas station, but the decor makes the place feel like home the second you walk in.

They are going to start serving coffee in January so watch out coffee lovers…you may have a new destination on your hands.

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This is the Hot Mess sandwich. I got it to go so the photo presentation isn’t perfect. The taste however, was. Hot capicola, house-made turkey, house-made pimiento cheese, dressed arugula, and cherry peppers. It’s got some heat to it.

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The Deli Llama

124 E Alfred St, Tavares, FL 32778

Hours:
11AM - 8PM Monday through Thursday
11AM - 10PM Friday
11:30AM - 10PM Saturday
Closed Sunday

thedelillamacoffee@gmail.com
(352) 508-5044

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Six Holiday Drinks That Won’t Have You Slurring Your Words

Six Holiday Drinks That Won’t Have You Slurring Your Words

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Mini Bar Donuts in Jacksonville Beach

I headed to Jacksonville for a weekend with my lady gang. If you’ve not been to Atlantic Beach, then definitely put it on your list. It’s two hours from Orlando and north of St. Augustine. Outside of Jacksonville proper and a bit north of Jacksonville Beach is Atlantic Beach. A small beach town with a bustling maker culture. Mini Bar Donuts is one of the latest stops I made.

First, you have to know that these are TINY LITTLE MINI DONUTS that are just one or two bites. Fluffy cake is hand topped or filled and decorated while you wait. Order at one end of the counter and pick it up at the big orange VW Bus counter. Clever design with a step up and view window for kids to take a peek at all the kitchen work happening on the assembly line.

Puffy, flavor-packed, mini donuts and a great treat to grab for brunch, business meeting, social meet-up, date, or road-trip. The best coffee in the city, Bold Bean is served here. You cannot leave without grabbing a cup of this liquid gold. Don’t miss the mural outside. You don’t really notice it until you leave so be sure to look up.

Check out the pics to get a feel for the place.

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If you’re wondering about the menu. It changes a bit seasonally. You’ll always find favorites like:

FRUITY PEBBLES
Vanilla Icing + Fruity Pebbles

MAPLE BACON
Maple Icing + Bacon

BULLS EYE
Powdered Sugar + Raspberry Jelly

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
Chocolate or Vanilla Glaze + Mint Chocolate Chips

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MINI BAR DONUTS

1300 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

www.minibardonuts.com
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Foxtail Coffee Is Spreading Like Wildfire

Foxtail Coffee has locations in Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, and Altamonte with several more on the way. Recently they celebrated their grand opening of the Hourglass District location and the first week of classes marks the grand opening for their UCF Campus location.

Foxtail - Hourglass District

2401 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

If you haven't heard of the Hourglass District, it's one of Orlando's up-and-coming neighborhoods focusing on being pedestrian friendly, safe for cyclists, and supportive to local businesses.

At the Foxtail Coffee on Curry Ford Road, that sense of community is evident in the multi-vendor layout of the storefront (hey there, Social House and Leguminati...) and the spacious patio lounge in the back.

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Hourglass Social House is the glue holding these businesses together and is in the process of expanding to the rest of the spaces in the plaza. Leguminati is a new vegan eatery featuring the OG Crunch, which seems to be a vegan imitation of a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme. I don't know about you, but that's plenty of information to get me in the front door (not sure if I'll fit through on the way back out though).

 

Foxtail - UCF Bookstore

4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

At the UCF Bookstore, Foxtail Coffee has begun branching out into licensing their product and brand. Though this is uncharted territory and the bookstore side of the venue is still under partial construction, it seems to be a popular dining choice among students, faculty, and staff at the university.

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Foxtail is conveniently located at the heart of campus right next to the student union and new library expansion, so expect crowds this week. And they're certainly equipped to handle a UCF-sized crowd! With the open layout and plenty of seating and table space for study, you can set up with a textbook and laptop and work without the worry of taking someone else's spot.

Along with the classic grab-n-go snacks you'd expect from a bookstore, Foxtail features mouth-watering Valkyrie Doughnuts and their famous cold brew Growlers that you can take back to your dorm room or office on campus.

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Tina Fleming is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based travel and lifestyle blogger at Tina In The Sun. She's a cat mom, self-proclaimed foodie, and moonlight singer in an a cappella group called Geekapella.

Edible Education Experience

Say that five times fast and you've got a tongue twister.  The Edible Education Experience has a mission of "connecting students with seed-to-table learning experiences to build a healthy future."  And they do just that.  I took a walk with Garden Coordinator, Brad Jones who helped explain the mission further.  He really knows his stuff. 

As Garden Coordinator of Edible Education Experience, Jones handles everything related to the 1,500 sq.ft. Culinary Garden, from planning the crops and coordinating edible lessons with teachers to providing hands-on experiences for garden visitors and harvesting the garden’s produce.

Edible Education Experience 

26 E. King Street, Orlando, FL 32804
info@EdibleEd.org
http://instagram.com/EdibleEdExp
http://edibleed.org

 

Want to help out?

Edible Education Experience is always looking for a few good volunteers.  If this mission appeals to you and you'd like to get involved, you can click here.  

LOOKING FOR:

  • Committed volunteer gardeners to help cultivate the Culinary Garden.

  • Committed volunteer kitchen helpers.

  • Volunteer Chefs to be involved, leading a variety of sessions for a range of programs.

  • Educational liaisons to help build the foundation for field trips; to connect interested educators with our Edible Schoolyard Teacher Academy.

 

Fill Your Life with Flair from Craft & Common

Craft & Common is a new coffee and retail combo in downtown Orlando filled with ferns, femininity, funky trinkets, and plenty of fabulous photo ops.

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Craft & Common lives up to its name with a full craft coffee and espresso bar, including pastries and other baked goods.  Pictured here is a very satisfying everything croissant that caught my eye.  They also make a cheddar jalapeno croissant and store a selection of vegan breakfast sandwiches in the cooler.

Shelves upon shelves of brightly colored gifts and dainty knick-knacks line the walls of Craft & Common's spacious layout.

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You can't have a storefront these days without a super cute backdrop to take fun photos with while you peruse the goods. Craft & Common does not disappoint with the Biggie Smalls reference, "It was all a dream."

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Parking is in the back of the building and there's plenty of seating and table space for bigger groups for hanging out with friends or holding meetings.

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Craft & Common

47 E Robinson Street, Ste 100
Orlando, FL 32801

www.craftandcommon.com
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Tina Fleming is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based travel and lifestyle blogger at Tina In The Sun. She's a cat mom, self-proclaimed foodie, and moonlight singer in an a cappella group called Geekapella.

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Daytrip - Exploring Melbourne, Florida

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Melbourne is an easy hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Orlando, and tolls and highways make the trip simple.  (The alternative is a longer scenic route takes you through Fort Christmas which is another great stop on Hwy 50.)

Get to town and head first to the Historic Downtown area.  Drive slowly over the railroad tracks and park.  You won't want to miss the following:

Jacqueline's Bakery - 906 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901 

This is a family-owned, French bakery and cafe. Chef Jacqueline uses European style butter, French traditional flour and American artisan flour (both non-GMO) and everything is baked from scratch.

Things to try:

  • Continental Breakfast - tartine, croissant, orange juice, coffee

  • Apple turnover

  • Quiche Duxelles

  • Vegetarian Baguette (ask for it with butter instead of hummus) Trust me.

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Russian House - 822 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

You might not realize this but there's a very large Russian population in Melbourne. Perhaps because of its proximity to the Space Coast.  Scientists maybe?  Who knows.  All I know is that a visit to the Russian House can take an hour just listening to stories from the old country and playing with nesting dolls.  The food, drink, trinkets, art, books, posters, and more are worth a visit.

Walking up and down this Main Street area is a good start. If you've got your fill of this first stop, hop back in the car and head a little closer to the coast.

EGAD - Eau Gallie Arts District - About a half-mile down the road is the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) which is full of art, galleries, murals, and so much inspiration. Also...pie.

 

Joan's Perfect Pie - 1478B Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935

Fresh pies, baked daily.  Joan runs a tight ship and her pies are hefty and delicious.  Choose savory or sweet and you won't be disappointed.  All of the fillings and dough are handmade and the crust is an all butter crust; brown and flakey. 

Outdoor Mural Installs - Be sure to check out all the public art murals around this district.  You can find a list here.

Foosaner Art Museum - 1463 Highland Ave. Melbourne, FL 32935

This free museum is a complex that contains three buildings: a 15,000sq ft gallery space; the Renee Foosaner Education Center with spaces for drawing, painting, pottery, and printmaking; and the Harris Community Auditorium for lectures, meetings, and performances. 

The permanent collection is over 5,000 works on paper, paintings, sculpture, and industrial design of the Modern and Contemporary periods.  Click here for the hours and installation details.

Hungry for more?

Chez Quan's - 1470 Aurora Road, Melbourne, FL. (321) 622-6979

This place has to top your list for what to eat for lunch or dinner.  What happens when you mix Thai and American and Latin all together?  Chef Adam can show you.  And you want him to.  A simple cement floor and bowls full of love.  It's always a good idea to show up for Wu Tang Wednesday. 

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There's so much more to explore so look for a second installment happening Fall 2018.

Drink Your Vegetables: New Moon Market

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I'm going to be honest for a minute and tell you that I hate vegetables.  I am not a great cook so they end up mushy or nearly raw and I just don't like dealing with them.  I end up throwing a salad together and calling it a meal.  What I learned at New Moon Market though is that I don't actually have to eat them...I can drink them. 

*disclaimer* You really do have to eat vegetables.  I'm just being silly.  Read on...

New Moon Market is in the heart of College Park in Orlando. It's on Edgewater Drive which is the main drag through that Orlando neighborhood's center. 

Jennifer Moon-Huggett, a Central Florida native herself, and her husband Paul have perfected the art of squeezing every delicious nutritious drop out of fruits and veggies.  Not only that but they've got an expanded menu of toasts and grab and go salads that are rich and yummy and so so good for you.

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College Park is made up of young professionals, families and dogs and kids and lots of bikes and people walking and yoga-ing.  It's chill.  If you're looking for a healthy stop in the middle of chill-town, this is it. 

You can call ahead to place an order or just grab made-fresh-daily items from the cooler.  You can also order from the menu and even set up a consultation for a juice cleanse with Jennifer herself. 

What are some of my favorites?

  • Green Eyed Lady - kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, romaine, celery, lemon, ginger
  • Luna Lemonade - coconut water, lemon, maple syrup, activated charcoal
  • Rainbow Pad Thai Salad - Spiral zucchini with a medley of red cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper with seasoned quinoa.  Served with Thai peanut dressing on the side. 
  • Chickpea Salad Toast and the Sweet Toast with almond butter and banana.

Jennifer loves her Power Shot.

  • Power Shot - beets, ginger, lemon, tumeric

Paul goes for Wheatgrass every single day. 

  • Wheatgrass Shot - 100% wheatgrass
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New Moon Market 

(407) 440-8147
2314 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
@newmoonmarket
http://newmoonmarket.com

Note: Bring back the glass bottles and they'll recycle them for you.  All juices are made with 100% organic ingredients and have not been pasteurized (No HPP). No additives or preservatives. 

Watch our interview and visit to the kitchen below on Townie Tourist! 👇👇👇

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Gary Rack's Farmhouse: Del Ray Beach, Florida

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I may be back in Orlando, but I'm still thinking of the breakfast I had in Del Ray Beach at Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen.

This clean eating spot serves up seasonal, sustainable, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes. Their motto is "just good food," and they do not disappoint. If you're even in the area on in Boca, you must stop in. Even if it's for a snack.

Here are all the things my mom, sister and I feasted over:

  • Crushed Avocado Toast – with green goddess pesto and ricotta. Yes, my sister and I were basic millennials for ordering this, but if it ain't broke don't fix it right?

  • Roasted Root Hash - A yummy mix of crispy purple potatoes, --- and --- seasoned perfectly.

  • Honey butter biscuits – basically two giant clouds of sweet, carby goodness. I would do extra cardio in the gym just to have these on a regular basis.

  • Chicken Sausage - a thing I did not know even existed but am super glad I know exists. Well, maybe not since I'm not sure anywhere in the O is doing this. Normal sausage has always mades me nauseous, so I was really surprised at how freaking good this was. Super tasty with a touch of raisins (or maybe they were blueberries? I'm stilll trying it out honestly) for a nice hearty start to the day.

  • Yogurt Parfait – with Florida honey, mixed berries and Greek yogurt. I ordered this to ease my conscious for the bag of cheese puffs I devoured the day before, but it added a nice sweet touch to balance our breakfast out.

Gary, or if anyone else from the Farmhouse crew is reading this, please hurry up and open an Orlando location so a girl can get some good brunch. Much appreciated. 

 

 

4 Top Caribbean Treats in Orlando, Florida

Almond cakes from Melao.

Almond cakes from Melao.

Driving around Florida Mall is a nightmare, but there is a bakery nearby that makes it absolutely worth it, Melao

1. Melao

This place offers a huge menu of savory Hispanic dishes, but the true point of pride here are their bakery items. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by a giant display of every dessert you can imagine. It all looks delicious and overwhelming. I can help calm your nervousness by insisting you try one thing - "the one with the sprinkles."

That's definitely not this dessert's name, but I don't speak Spanish and I'm too shy to ask, so you can just do like I do and point to deliciously soaked almond cake with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles. It is perfection.

I also tried a similar version with a brown custard-like topping with almond. That one tasted amazing as well. For a total of three slices (I shared with a friend, no shame) during this visit, I spent less than $5.

My trip to Melao got me thinking about what other Caribbean desserts are found in Orlando. Over the next week, I tried some items from some new and old places around the city. 

Rum and rock cake from Golden Krust.

Rum and rock cake from Golden Krust.

2. Golden Krust

My next taste-testing journey took place at Golden Krust, a chain Jamaican restaurant, in Waterford Lakes. For $4.60 I got a hefty slice of rum cake and rock cake. To this day my mom makes rum cake for the holidays, but in all honesty I was never a fan.

However, the rum cake here is much, much better (sorry mom) because it's soaked in rum and so moist! My mom's version has lot of chunks of dried fruit in it, but this one only has a few in it, which I like. 

The rock cake is similar to a sweet coconut bread I grew up eating as well, however Golden Krust serves it in these huge rounds. Basically flour, sugar, butter, eggs and coconut flakes, this treat is just sweet enough. It's definitely a dry desire (might be good for dunking in milk), but if you don't have a huge sweet tooth this might satisfy you. 

Frosted galettes, tres leche cake and guava and cheese pastry from Old Cuban 

Frosted galettes, tres leche cake and guava and cheese pastry from Old Cuban 

Old Cuban Cafe on 50 near Alafaya offers traditional pastries at affordable prices. For $6.36 I got a small tres leche cake, two galettes dipped in frosting and sprinkles, and a guava and cheese pastry. The last item was one of my favorites out of all the desserts and the fact they serve it warm is a nice touch. The tres leche had good flavor, but the cake is a little mushier than what I'm use to or prefer. 

3. Singh's Roti Shop

A Trinidadian spot that serves up everything from doubles to Chinese-style stir-fry, is another place you can get Caribbean sweets. Here's a breakdown of some of the dessert items you can find there, along with their descriptions. 

Salara - A soft sweet bread-like pinwheel with red dyed coconut between its layers, this treat is also known as coconut roll. 

Kurma - Also known as mithai to the Guyanese, these small strips of dough that are fried until super crunchy and then coated in sugar. Fair warning you might break your teeth on this crunchy delight, or rot them out since they're highly addictive. 

Pone - A truly unique dessert that takes the form of a gelatinous cake due to the use of shredded cassava. Coconut and raisins are the other main additions to this dish, but I have also heard of pumpkin being added as well. This dessert has a special place in my heart since I was always assigned to grate the coconut and cassava for this. To this day my mom makes me do this. 

4. Tunnock's Caramel Wafers

Tunnock's Caramel Wafers - Think a much thicker Kit-Kats on steroids with a light layer of caramel throughout. This is actually from a Scottish bakery but is a popular import to Trinidad. 

Orlando truly is a great place for all cultures to come together, and it is especially amazing to have a representation of Caribbean cultures through these sweet bites.