On a beautiful Sunday morning, Josh and I headed to downtown Winter Park to take a three hour tour. Don’t worry: we weren’t on the water, and we didn’t get lost. We went on a journey for the love of food.
The Ancient Olive
Tucked back down a small side street near a charming Spanish-style fountain is The Ancient Olive. Specializing in infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, The Ancient Olive is a gem. There are many varieties of olive oils such as Basil, Blood Orange, and Tuscan Herb, and balsamic vinegars such as Cinnamon Pear, Dark Chocolate, and Grapefruit. All are free to try. You’re even encouraged to mix and match to find a combination you love. They host cooking classes, too. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.
The cinnamon pear is one of my personal favorites. It’s great on ice cream, as you might have seen in my previous post.
Kiel, one of our tour guides.
The Spice and Tea Exchange
Josh and I have been to The Spice and Tea Exchange many times. They have a vast selection of spices, teas, rubs, sugars, and small kitchen utensils. They have ready-made packets of spices for easy cooking and plenty of helpful, knowledgeable staff on hand willing to help.
I have not had a lot of Thai food in my life. It seems like there are not enough Thai restaurants around. Fortunately, Orchid Thai is there to save us from our loss. It’s a small restaurant on Park Ave. with seating both inside and out. We were given a table outside due to the beautiful day. We were served Pei Mussels with a lemon ginger sauce, and an appetizer sampler plate with summer rolls, spring rolls, crispy shrimp, dumplings, curry puffs, and a cucumber relish. I’ve never had mussels. I was thoroughly impressed. The lemon ginger sauce made the mussels shine. All of the appetizers were flavorful. There were not enough of them.
Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream
Good dessert should always follow a good meal. Ice cream and fudge was our treat at Kilwins. Kilwin’s specializes in fudge, but they have an array of delicious sweets to tempt you.
Sassafras Sweet Shoppe
Because one sweet treat just isn’t enough. We stopped at Sassafras, a small candy store on Morse St. There were plenty of sweets: old favorites and new ones. They also have a cotton candy machine. Who doesn’t love fresh cotton candy?
The Orlando Food Tour was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We visited places new to us, and others we were already fond of. We also learned a little of Winter Park history along the way. If you’re new to the area, or just interested in getting a better look around (as well as eating some delicious food), we highly recommend taking a tour.
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