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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Sugarbuzz Dezert Company

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It’s been a little over a year that I’ve worked at my neighborhood cafe. I’ve really built a relationship with my guests at the diner.

Wait, let me back up a bit. When I say a relationship, I mean that the longer I’m there, there more I get to know them. There’s really not a lot of time for chit-chat when you’re as busy as we are, but every now and then I learn something new. Every weekend we have the most awesome group of guys that come in and by luck, sometimes they end up in my section. Now, in the case of this past weekend, they all came in and we were given a box of delicious mini pies. They were absolutely delicious.

If I knew now what I didn’t know then, I would have taken a picture of these beauties and posted them right along with this. The support of small and family-owned businesses is what our College Park community is all about.

 

The owners of Sugarbuzz come into our neighborhood diner and have breakfast with us one a week. Just when you think things couldn’t get any sweeter, they bring in a box of their homemade cookies for all of us. Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chunk With Sea Salt, Lemon Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, and Double Chocolate Chunk. These cookies aren’t like cookies you’ve had before. They are so deliciously soft, chewy, and don’t even get me started on their size, they’re HUGE! 

Let me give you a little background on Sugarbuzz.   Owner, Ron James made baking a way of relieving stress after a hard days work in the business world. Earning for more knowledge, he attended classed at the San Francisco Baking Institute and started baking for family and friends. His elegant and delicious confections were no doubt, destined for greatness. Classic cheesecakes, cookies, cakes, and pies, all made from scratch, using the finest ingredients. In 2014, October 30th Sugarbuzz Dezert was born. Located, in College Park at 4339 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL. 32803 and at www.sugarbuzzdezertcompany.com.

 

 

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Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen- Classic And Twisted Americana

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A very unique restaurant opened up recently in College Park, at 2603 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Fl. 32804., called  Outpost. Celia, a good friend of mine, and I visited there recently. We wanted to experience Outpost first hand. I arrived first. Julie, the owner, greeted me so graciously when I entered, and allowed me to take some pictures for my blog.

 Julie Casey, a longtime resident of the College Park area, and also known as “the restaurant mom” has fulfilled her longtime dream of having her own place. Executive Chef, Richard Felshaw, and Chef Ken Barnett have brought seasonal menus that feature the farm-to-table concept to reality. Locally resourced produce, fresh bread made daily and locally, handcrafted beers. vintage sodas, bottled teas, a variety of wines. The attention to detail shines through from the appetizers, to the entree, and finishing with the dessert.

After the appetizers and entrees, we were so full but that didn’t stop us. The s’mores, Outpost s’mores!  Peterbrooke chocolate from Winter Park, homemade graham crackers and Wondermade marshmallows from Sanford. You can bet we’re going back!

Let me give you a sneak peek into The Outpost.

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Here’s are the items that chef Ken helped with, in the decision making.

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To start, fried green tomatoes served with a delicious remoulade for dipping. A smokey Poblano, with a kiss of Sriracha, Pimento cheese spread with their fresh baked bread. For the entrees we shared, the fish and chips, along with a beer pairing that chef Ken recommended. Finally, my choice was the meatloaf melt on Ciabatta bread. That sandwich was absolutely delicious.

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Even the check presenter book was locally made from a local artisnal leather shop.

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Artichoke Red, A Vegan Market

Located on Edgewater Drive in College Park, there is something for everyone. This quaint little market with it’s red artichoke symbol catches my eye every time I drive by. Now I suppose there is no stopping me from checking this place out. I’m going to browse around on my next day off and give you the 411 on everything Vegan. Here’s a peak from their web site for now.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Trevi Pasta, Artisan Pasta & Caffe’

I’m posting this quaint little place both in two of my categories, both in College Park and in local information.  In College Park, we as a community support our small local businesses any way we can.  We even have a “Small Business Saturday” dedicated to it.  Owner Vanessa Falcone open her shop around one month ago. It’s located right on Edgewater Drive, in a small strip plaza across from the Publix. So let’s talk about whatImageImageImage this shop has to offer. You can have your choice of a variety of gelatos, or how about some freshly made pasta. Next to the gelato selection there is an antipasto bar, with some wonderful choices of olives and other goodies.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage They also have an espresso machine, so if you would like to have a cup of Italian coffee, it’s ready and waiting for you while you wait for your pasta. This store also offers you an eclectic array of “ready available” Italian specialty items. There is also a Trevi Pasta Facebook page for your convenience. Here’s a peak of this little gem.

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