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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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

Santiago’s Bodega

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Courtney took me for lunch at a wonderful place I’d been dying to try, Santiago’s Bodega. This quaint little eatery specializes in Tapas. An amazing variety of small bites that you would normally get at an upscale restaurant. Inside, the atmosphere has what I consider to be an eclectic decor. Outside, the view reminds me of a Parisian bistro. We went a little crazy with the Tapas. Let me show you. Visit them at www.santiagosbodega.com

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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 www.pharmacyorlando.com.

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