College Park

Our delightful feast was prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Ryan McLaughlin

We were invited to K Restaurant in College Park to preview a few dishes from their new Brunch menu which will launch this Sunday, January 21 from 10AM-2PM and includes carafes of Mimosas & Bloody Marys. We also got to try dishes from their dining menu which changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients from locally sourced Central Florida farms and artisans, so be sure to check out their website beforehand for their updated menu. We enjoyed meeting the owner Chad Phelps (pictured above) and his wonderful team. The restaurant is quaint and dreamy, making it the perfect spot for a date or a casual meet-up with good friends trying out great fresh and local food. You must check out K Restaurant in College Park soon if you have not already! It is incredible.

The talented kitchen staff

The amazing serving staff

Pork Belly Benedict

Chicken and Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Fried green tomatoes

Shrimp and Grits

Basket of Biscuits and cinnamon maple honey butter

The following dishes are from their dining menu of the night:

Arancini

Oysters with champagne

Oysters with herbs

Charred Octopus – Waterkist Farm tomatoes and peppers, olive oil, lemon

Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Toast

Duck Cassoulet – great northern and cranberry beans, chard, pork belly, duck confit

Shared Vegetable Platter

K Filet – smashed red bliss potatoes, rainbow carrots, truffle oil, veal demi-glace with a serving of vegetables

Lemon Meringue Tarts

French Toast Bread Pudding – cinnamon anglaise, caramel

Plated dessert course by the lovely Pastry Chef, Michelle Hulbert

Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Pistachio Layer Cake (my favorite!)

Chocolate Mousse Torte

Almond Cake – fresh blackberries

Their beautiful outdoor patio

Be sure to check out K Restaurant soon!  Stop by K Restaurant this Sunday,  January 21 from 10am-2pm to kick off their new Brunch with them!

K Restaurant
1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 872-2332
http://krestaurant.net/

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Sugarbuzz Dezert Company is a new and upcoming bakery known for their delicious desserts, especially their cookies and pies. Ron James, the founder and owner, attended the San Francisco Baking Institute before starting his business while working full-time at another job. Ron invited us into his bakery and we were more than happy to take a little tour of their bakery, hear about the history and the making as well as photograph some delicious treats. Our visit consisted of a pleasant conversation and desserts with flavors that lived up to their beautiful presentation.

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They are known for their pies and cookies, but they also sell cupcakes and slices or whole cheesecake and cakes. All of Ron’s desserts are made from scratch – including the delicious caramel for the cookies you’ll soon see below.

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The Peanut Butter Pie is absolutely creamy in every bite in contrast to its chocolate crust and dark chocolate sauce on top. Alone, this reminds you of chocolate peanut butter cup candies, but whipped cream and shaved chocolate peanut butter candy bar is actually added to amplify the heavenly taste.

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The Key Lime Pie is a classic charmer that is tasteful for a hot summer day. It’s a sweet and tart dessert due to its fresh squeezed key lime juice.

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The Chocolate Cream Pie is perfect for any chocolate lover because it has dark chocolate filling on a chocolate sandwich cookie crust (before topped with whipped cream).

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The Chocolate Cheesecake is an alternate to the Chocolate Cream Pie and it has gluten free options available. It’s also made with deliciously rich dark chocolate and a chocolate cookie crust. This is one of my favorites because I love creamy dark chocolate and have been looking for a nice chocolate cheesecake to savor.

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At Sugarbuzz Dezert Company, a variety of cookies are created including the Snickerdoodle above and the cookie below with pecans, caramel and sea salt, which contains the caramel Ron made from scratch.

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Sugarbuzz Dezert Company is found in a little nook next to a nail salon.

Address:

  • 4339 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

Hours:

  • Tuesday-Friday 10:30am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am-5pm

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The weather in Central Florida can be described as fickle at best. Even the local weathermen around here don’t even know how to predict the afternoon’s shower chances. Taking the chance for a beautiful sunny afternoon, I decided to visit the Taproom at Dubsdread with a friend for some outdoor lunching.

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Located on the scenic, historic Dubsdread Golf Course in College Park, the Tap Room offers classic American fare with a sophisticated touch. Though the interior may be showing signs of aging, the outdoor seating is timeless old Florida: watch as golfers ride around in their carts, in search of the next tee on the rolling green hills of the Dubsdread golf course, so named after the “dreaded” difficulty of the course.

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For starters, we order the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Maryland style, served with remoulade sauce, a pretty large sized crab cake with a comparable price tag. The crab cake was good and full of fresh crab, but ultimately it appeared a tad too pricey.

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The Tap Room classic cheeseburger is fantastic and truly a “classic” – half-pound burger with Tillamook cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. I ordered a variant of the classic burger with some avocado on top, named after local College Park.

Some in Orlando have called this the best burger in Orlando, and although I agree it is pretty good, I thought the bread buns could be a little more fresh and fluffier. The onion rings that accompanied the burger were among the best I’ve had, fried perfectly and still juicy.

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My friend ordered the Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, a tender, flavorful sandwich chock full of pulled pork, not a single complaint about it.

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Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork

Despite its aging interior, the Tap Room at Dubsdread continues to serve up tasty dishes, if not altogether too adventurous, with great service and a little finesse.

Sitting on the outdoor patio for an afternoon lunch and enjoying the beautiful view of the golf course, it makes one feel blessed to be a Central Floridian.

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Ooh la la! This French bakery in the heart of Orlando’s College Park district helmed by husband and wife team Stephanie and Philippe Cahagne is truly a little delight. You might recognize the Cahagne family name – Philippe is brother of Francois Cahagne who runs the fabulous French bakery Croissant Gourmet in Winter Park.

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Philippe Cahagne, who owns Les Petits Pleasures with his wife Stephanie. They recently won best dessert at the Taste of College Park hosted by the Rotary Club of College Park

On College Park’s main thoroughfare Edgewater Drive, this little patisserie, with light lavender-colored walls, features many sweet pastry pleasures. The goods run the gamut: from buttery, flaky chocolate almond croissants, to fruit tarts topped with strawberries and blackberries, little morsels of sweet, slightly crunchy macarons, decadent slices of vanilla flan, coco rochers, moist moelleux apple sponge cakes, chocolate eclairs, Napoleons, and ever more.

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The bakery, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, also serves up some scrumptious hot sandwiches, quiches, and crepes for those wanting something more savory to go with the sweets. In the mornings, you can see the Cahagne family and staff at Les Petits Pleasures running about the kitchen area in their black aprons and head wraps, baking up their next creations.

When available, try their vol-au-vent, which means “windblown” in French, a flaky, delectable puff pastry stuffed with chicken, mushroom, Swiss cheese, and a creamy, rich béchamel sauce.

The Hawaii croque monsieur is a playful twist on the traditional grilled ham, Swiss cheese, and béchamel sandwich, topped with pineapple. You will fall in love with everything here, mon amis. It’s all about the little things in life.

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Moist moelleux apple sponge cakes and coco rocher

 

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Vol – au – vent – puff pastry with mushrooms and chicken

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