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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.
The promo code is “EatMore” and will give 10% off tickets to our readers. This promo code is good till March 31, 2014.
Make sure to mark Thursday, March 27, 2014 on your calendar for Truckpocalypse!
For Trucks and Tech III: Truckpocalypse, survivors and zombies will go head to head in an epic costume contest battle. Before the war begins, stock up on gourmet goodies that’ll satisfy both human and undead appetites alike. Get infected through captivating tech conversation and startup demos. And enjoy a commemorative cup filled to the brim with delicious brews, all while kicking back on your lawn chair/blanket for a front row seat to the inevitable onslaught. Truckpocalypse is coming…are you ready?
It wouldn’t be Trucks & Tech without the food trucks. The food trucks on site will be SWAT Truck, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, SwedeDISH, Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles, The Crepe Company, Soup to Nuts, and The Pastrami Project. Grab yourself a delicious cupcake, a plate of swedish meatballs, and spicy buffalo chicken waffle to munch on with the family. I know I’m craving one of these right now!
This event is one of the few family friends tech events in Orlando. Bring out the family for fun and to learn a little about the tech community in Orlando. Our family has enjoyed every Trucks & Tech so far.
RSVP for the Truckpocalypse on the Facebook event page for additional updated and info: https://www.facebook.com/events/590204037719658/
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have found my newest foodie obsession: balsamic vinegar and ice cream. Specifically, cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar from The Ancient Olive and French vanilla ice cream. I am serious. This is one of the most delicious combinations I have had in a long time. Honestly, I don’t really like vanilla ice cream, but while visiting The Ancient Olive in Winter Park with Orlando Food Tours, Nick introduced us to the idea of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on ice cream. Using a combination of blood orange olive oil, dark chocolate balsamic vinegar, and a small scoop of ice cream, he hooked an entire group of people on this strange new idea. I dare you to give it a try. Find a flavor you would like and give it a try. If you’re not sure where to start, head to The Ancient Olive in Winter Park, and ask for Nick. He’ll know what you’re talking about.
You know when you walk into a place and everything just feels right? It’s homey, warm, and inviting. A place that feels like home.
That’s what it feels like at Yellow Dog Eats. Yellow Dog Eats is nestled in a neighborhood in Gotha, right outside of Windermere. It’s located in a house that is over 100 years old. Inside, you’ll find wood walls, low lighting, and a cozy atmosphere. Oh, and a killer outdoor backyard setting that I know I would want to duplicate in my own yard.
It’s the food we’re here to talk about, though, and it doesn’t disappoint. The menu is extensive, filled with homemade sandwiches, BBQ, salads, and sides: both vegan and non. There are even a few choices for the kids though there is no, “kid’s menu.”
Josh went with the “Drunken Pig:” a pulled pork sandwich topped with pecan-smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, crispy fried onions, Fish’s Gold BBQ sauce, homemade beer cheese soup, and scallions.
I chose the “Mr. Smokey:” pulled pork sandwich topped with juicy pineapple slices, fried onions, pecan-smoked bacon, and Fish’s Gold BBQ sauce. I asked for no fried onions, though. I’m not an onion lover.
The little man got the “Puppy Love:” peanut butter, strawberry preserves, sliced bananas, fresh cut strawberries, chocolate chips, chopped roasted peanuts (which he nixed), served on multi-grain bread with animal crackers.
The pork was juicy, and the BBQ sauce flavorful. You can get that anywhere. It’s the toppings that pull everything together and make the sandwich memorable.
Find out location and full menu info: http://yellowdogeats.com/
Every year and a half, vintners from around the world donate and pour their finest wines and spirits to help raise dollars for scholarships at Taste for Learning in Orlando, FL, courtesy of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. The event marks the continuation of joint philanthropy efforts between the Valencia College Foundation and the Orlando Health Foundation. Taste for Learning will benefit both Valencia College scholarships and Orlando Health’s medical education program. Every item is donated — from the gourmet food to the international wines poured by their own vintners, to the advertising and the decor. 100% of all dollars raised from tickets, sponsorships, and auction items will go back to these foundations. The last six events have raised $2,266,825 for student scholarships and medical education.
Plan to join us at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 17, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to enjoy wine, spirits, food, and friendship. I would suggest booking at room at the Rosen Shingle Creek for a discounted rate for this event, too.
Until February 14, 2014, couples can save $50 by purchasing a couples ticket for $200, instead of the normal $125 each. http://www.valencia.org/taste/
The Orlando food truck craze began just a few years ago. One of the first to be mentioned on Eat St. and to take food truck cuisine to a new level was Big Wheel Truck.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 was the last shift for Chef Tony Adams and his Big Wheel Truck crew at the East End Market. After spending some time up north, Adams ventured back to Orlando to enjoy some lovely Florida winter weather and spread his love for food to others. Adams partnered up with the East End Market to offer a few classes, dinners, and one last Big Wheel Truck pop-up!
Big Wheel fans and local foodie newbies came out for their final taste of the Big Wheel Truck. They wanted one last bite of some Big Wheel classics. When asking people waiting in line what they thought about Big Wheel Truck, a few key words seemed to be repeated; local, fresh, unique, and delicious!
Lump crab stuffed Florida avocado with sticky rice and momofuku vinaigrette.
Seared beef heart tacos with waterkist tomato salsa.
Colossal shrimp and grits with spicy andouille sausage.
Thanks to Chef Tony Adams and the rest of his crew for one last taste of something local, delicious, and fresh! Your food will be missed!
Do you have any Big Wheel Truck memories? Any favorites?
Check out East End Market events calendar for more info on the special events being hosted.
The Treehouse Truck recently was filmed by the Food Network for their show all about food trucks, Eat St.. They were on location at the Golf Channel in Orlando for a lunchtime shoot. I was lucky enough to get interviewed and take a big tasty bite of the GC Luther Burger – Bacon Cheeseburger in between 2 Krispy Kreme Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Hopefully a few snippet of my interview make the edits for the show.
Lots of foodies were interviews by the Eat St. crew. Taking a big bite is a must!
Other featured menu items included:
I was wearing my Google Glass while being interviewed. Here is a look at the crew from my point of view.
I was able to grab a sketch of the Eat St crew filming too.
We will definitely post again when we find out when the episode will air.
Forget getting a Hot Pocket for lunch. Go find the La Empanada Food Truck in Orlando, Florida.
This is a delicious chicken pesto empanada for only $3.50 or 3 for $9.00.