Why you need to start hanging out at The Heavy in Winter Park

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The space is filled with inspired plant combinations, floral arrangements, and home decor by Porch Therapy (Sound familiar? You've probably seen them in East End Market).

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The Heavy

SHOP. DRINK. EAT.
1152 Harmon Avenue
Winter Park, FL
@theheavywp
http://theheavywp.com

Last week, we visited The Heavy for a sneak preview of the very Instagrammable chill space opening this July in the old Lombardi's Seafood building in Winter Park.

The Heavy is bringing your favorite local vendors together, featuring a Downtown CREDO coffee bar and rotating pop-up restaurants. Bangrak Thai Street Kitchen will be popping up three times per week with their traditional Thai food and (great news for me!) an expanded menu to include more vegetarian and vegan options.

Long farmhouse table, perfect for dinner parties.

Long farmhouse table, perfect for dinner parties.

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The Heavy will have regular open hours to the public starting in July and will be the perfect place to setup and work, study, or hang out and take creative photos with your friends. 

The best part is all of the cute plants and decor are for sale! See something you like? Let one of the employees know and you can bring what you love home with you. 

 

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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Krungthep Tea Time: Winter Park, Florida

Tomyum Goong sandwich with a sweet ginger-dressed salad

Tomyum Goong sandwich with a sweet ginger-dressed salad

Located in Winter Park, Krungthep offers sandwiches with a Thai twist, a variety of tea and coffee drinks and super indulgent desserts. During my first visit to this spot, I was lucky to be treated to an item of each variety and try something that I've been seeing more and more people post on Snapchat and Instagram - cheese tea.

I know some of you are probably wondering, what in the world is cheese tea? No it is not shredded mozzarella on top of a cup of tea, which is what one of my baffled friends envisioned when I told him about it. 

Cheese tea is a popular Asian drink that is made from a whipped cream cheese topping served over oolong, matcha, jasmine or whatever tea of your choice. Iced or hot, although I've only seen people order it cold. Think of the cream cheese as the whipped cream (cheese!) topping on a frappuccino. 

I opted for a version with Thai ice tea and it was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. I'm a person that primarily guzzles water every day, so for me this is a treat to only be had once and a while. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this thing and figure out the best way to describe it, but there isn't one. You just have to go for it. I doubt you'll regret it. 

Jenny ordered the Nom Yen ($3), a bright pink tea that resembles strawberry milk, is actually a caffeine-free condensed milk beverage. Despite the shocking artificially color, this drink didn't taste anything like Nesquik syrup. Like the cheese tea, it wasn't as insanely sweet as I though it would be. 

Also, fair warning the drink sizes are HUGE. You get SO MUCH for what you pay for so you might want to share if you stop in with someone. 

For $9 the Tomyum Goong offers a regular-size sandwich of marinated shrimp, white onion, cilantro, pepper jack cheese and Tomyum mayo on your choice of bread and a side salad dressed in a sweet ginger dressing. Although I was a little hesitant to try a shrimp sandwich with cheese, this was absolutely delicious. The sandwich wasn't too heavy, but I loved that a salad was included to help lighten up the meal.

Ferrero Choco Brick Toast piled high with pieces of Ferrero Rocher, fudge brownie gelato and a pile of whipped cream.

Ferrero Choco Brick Toast piled high with pieces of Ferrero Rocher, fudge brownie gelato and a pile of whipped cream.

For the piece de resistance, we ended with Brick Toast – another item I'm sure has you scratching your head in wonder. Seven different varieties of this dessert between $6-8 all start with a base of buttered cubes of toast. Yes, you read that right. No, I can't look at breakfast the same after this. 

We went with the Ferrero Choco serving because chocolate, duh, for $7, which comes with a scoop of fudge brownie gelato topped with a mountain of whipped cream sprinkled in chopped peanuts and drizzled in chocolate syrup. Oh and Ferrero Rocher chocolates cut in half if there wasn't enough decadence here already. Aside from the toast, all traditional dessert items for a tasty bite you can count on.

From start to finish this meal was something different, but everything worked well. As a fan of Thai food, I really liked this place and their twist on menu items. They've got a large menu, with two whole pages dedicated to drinks and another one for desserts. There's plenty here to try, but do yourself a favor and pace yourself before the sugar rush hits you too hard.