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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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

Pharmacy Orlando

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Life changing?, Yes!!!  Finally, I got the chance to visit the Pharmacy in Orlando. My daughter came to visit and this was a “must stop” for us. Seeing this place on the Food Network on one of Emeril’s Florida television series. I watched Emeril interview an amazing chef/owner, named Loren Falsone, of the Pharmacy. She talked about using local and seasonal ingredients, that she bought daily, then turning them into spectacular Topas, and desserts. I watched as she served Emeril some sample dishes that she created as I was speechless.

I’m walking up to the entrance when I notice this woman on her phone sitting the steps out front. I stopped dead in my tracks. Melissa’s like, mom, come on. I put my hand up signaling her to wait as I hoped this woman would make eye contact with me. I knew who it was, and I wasn’t moving until I met her. Just like I thought, it was Chef Loren. She took the time to speak with me for a few minutes and then took a picture with me. That’s not all after Melissa and I were seated, she visited our table and asked us if we would like to tour the kitchen. That was a real treat, for me. to be able to see the inner workings of how everything was done behind the scenes.

Our server came over and told us the Chef Loren was sending us out dessert. Could this night get any better?!!! After the desserts arrived and we tasted these delicious creations, Chef Loren came over once more to see how we were enjoying them. We were speechless. Again, “Life Changing”!!!

During my conversations with Chef Loren, I told her how passionate about cooking I was, and that I had my own food blog. She gave me her card and we exchanged emails. Stuff like this just doesn’t happen to me and now that it did, well, it’s a great feeling.

I hope to attend cooking classes hosted by Chef Loren in the near future. That’s going to be so awesome!! For more information visit www.pharmacyorlando.com.

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Blueberries And Peaches With Sweet Ricotta

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I’m going out on a limb here, and say, this is the fastest dessert you can make EVER! With that said, it’s also one of the most delicious and healthy desserts too. My Blueberries And Peaches With Sweet Ricotta.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 8-ounce container of ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 pint of fresh blueberries
1/2 package of thawed frozen peaches (2 fresh peaches pitted and skin removed, yielding 8 slices per peach)
2 tablespoons of slivered almonds, divided
2 sprigs of fresh mint

Directions:
In a bowl, add the 8-ounce container of ricotta cheese. To the ricotta add the confectioner sugar and stir to combine. Place half the amount of the sweet ricotta mixture in each bowl.

Next, add 1 of the sliced peaches, or 1/4 package of the thawed frozen peaches to the bowl. To that, add the fresh blueberries divided equally between the two bowls.

Drizzle honey equally over each one, then sprinkle on the almonds. Garnish each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint. My Blueberries And Peaches With Sweet Ricotta.

 

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Croissant Gourmet Bakery

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This is what I call “Picture Perfect”. Croissant Gourmet Bakery. Their located at 120 E. Morse Blvd. Winter Park, brought a taste of Parisian French-style pastries into our lives. French bakery featuring croissants, coffee, and crepes, plus tarts, flans, and cakes for dessert.

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

You can “google” Croissant Gourmet Bakery for locations, menu, hours of operation, and directions.

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