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

Grand Lake Kitchen

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Grand Lake Kitchen

Located at 576 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610., right outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Grand Lake Kitchen is where the locals love to eat. If you’re in the Bay Area, google them and check out their different menus for brunch, afternoon, dinner, beverages, and dessert. Visit http://www.grandlakekitchen.com for their menu, directions, and hours of operation.

Melissa recently went for brunch at Grand Lake Kitchen. After her experience, she was excited to send me a few pictures to share with you. The food looks amazing! Here’s a peek.

Remember, there’s lots more to see in the Bay Area, including across the bridge in Oakland.

Buratta, baby beets, herbs, grilled bread,

Scrambled Egg Breakfast

French Toast With Fresh Berries

Turkey Sandwich

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Urbain 40 American Brasserie And Lounge

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The Dellagio Town Center is located on Sand Lake Rd. The locals living in the Orlando area call this particular strip of road as “restaurant row”.  Restaurateurs of the culinary world have set up shop and are definitely here to stay. My daughter just recently came home for a visit and we decided to check out a restaurant called Urbain 40. We had an amazing dining experience. The atmosphere, both in the restaurant and lounge gave you this very carefree feeling. The lounge was set off to one side of the main dining area. The live music was a mix of blues and jazz which was perfect in its paring of the lounge’s decor.

We started out with the Tuna Carpaccio.  For our entree, we each had a burger, topped with their bacon made in-house. If I had to describe the meal, I would say, life-changing! They took the hamburger to the next level and beyond. If you are a lover of great wines then you will be pleased. Visit http://www.urbain40.com.

Here’s a peek into Urbain 40 American Brasserie.

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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 http://www.pharmacyorlando.com.

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