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Croissant Gourmet Bakery

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This is what I call “Picture Perfect”. Croissant Gourmet Bakery has come to College Park.. Located on Edgewater drive, Croissant Gourmet is now the newest member of our neighborhood culinary family. Their first location at 120 E. Morse Blvd. Winter Park, brought a taste of Parisian French style pastries into our lives. Now the second store is located at 2445 Edgewater Drive Orlando, 32804, rigtht here in my neighborhood.

Inside or outside seating are available. You to enjoy gourmet pastries, croissant sandwiches, salads, or just a great cup coffee while people watching.

This is just a sneak peak into the newest culinary member of our College Park family. You can “google” Croissant Gourmet Bakery for locations, menu, hours of operation, and directions.

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Sugarbuzz Dezert Company


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 getting 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 delicious 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



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The 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 the Outpost. I went with a dear friend of mine, Celia. We wanted to experience The Outpost first hand. I arrived first. The owner, Julie Casey greeted me so graciously when I entered, and allowed me to take some pictures for my blog.  Julie Casey, long time resident of the College Park area, and also known as “the restaurant mom” has fulfilled her long time dream of having her own place. Executive Chef, Richard Felshaw, along side with Chef Ken Barnett have brought the farm to table concept to reality. Locally resourced produce, fresh bread made daily and locally, hand crafted 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. Oh, I have to be honest, we were so full and happy after the appetizers and entrees there was no way we could have eaten dessert.  The s’mores, the Outpost s’mores!  Peterbrooke chocolate from Winter Park, homemade graham crackers and Wondermade marshmallows from Sanford. You can bet we are going back for that! 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 paring that chef Ken recommended. Finally my choice, the meatloaf melt on Ciabatta bread. What a great experience we had. When the check arrived…

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Even the check presented was locally made and AWESOME!

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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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