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The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is one of my favorite weekly farmer’s markets here in Orlando.

Located just a block away from bustling Park Avenue, it’s the perfect Saturday morning outing for both friends and families to stroll around and grab little bites to eat or take home, before or after a meal on the Avenue.

It’s held at the old train depot, now the Winter Park Historical Musuem located at 200 West New England Avenue every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is usually packed with folks walking their dogs and is a great opportunity for people watching.

Some of my favorite things to get here are the freshly popped kettlecorn – the best found in the city – from Mountain Kettle Corn, lovely croissants from Chez Vincent, fresh fruit jams from Ginger Jams and Jellies, artisan breads from Olde Hearth Bread Co, and a delicious breakfast bagel inside the Winter Park Farmer’s Market building.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, Florida
407-599-3275

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Off of Park Avenue on Morse Blvd, Croissant Gourmet, run by French Pastry Chef Francois Cahange, is one of the many joys that I think of when wandering around Winter Park’s popular shopping and restaurant area.

In addition to some of the best French pastries in town, also serves up some very delectable sandwiches, quiche, crepes, and salads for lunch.

Two display cases hold the wonders of Croissant Gourmet: fruit tarts topped with raspberries and blueberries, éclairs, Napoleons, assorted croissants, apple turnovers, macarons, and many more all made fresh and locally.

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The beautiful pastry cases
The beautiful pastry cases
Jalousy pastry
Jalousy pastry
Almond Croissants
Almond Croissants

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Plain croissants
Plain croissants
Strudel
Strudel

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Lam’s Garden is probably known best for their banquet style Chinese Cantonese cuisine.

Though my favorite dim sum restaurant may be elsewhere, Lam’s Garden also offers solid dish choices for the weekend dim sum lovers.

They have the steamed push carts here for dim sum service, where guests can point and ask what plates lay hidden beneath the covers. I prefer the menu method to ordering dim sum – no waiting and wondering for your favorite dish, and it arrives hot and fresh more often than not in comparison to the push cart service method.

Dim sum is served here every day, but the push carts are only on the weekend.

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Spare Ribs, Pork Siu Mai, and Sticky Rice in Lotus leaf at Lam's Garden
Spare Ribs, Pork Siu Mai, and Sticky Rice in Lotus leaf at Lam’s Garden
Steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Buns at Lam's Garden
Steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Buns at Lam’s Garden
Pork Siu Mai dumplings at Lam's Garden
Pork Siu Mai dumplings at Lam’s Garden
Fried stuffed shrimp tofu at Lam's Garden
Fried stuffed shrimp tofu at Lam’s Garden
Fried taro dumplings
Fried taro dumplings
Shrimp ha gow dumpling
Shrimp ha gow dumpling
Egg custard tarts for dessert
Egg custard tarts for dessert

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Clams stir fried in black bean sauce
Clams stir fried in black bean sauce
Salt and pepper calamari / squid
Salt and pepper calamari / squid
Braised beef and tofu hot pot
Braised beef and tofu hot pot
Braised beef and tofu hot pot
Braised beef and tofu hot pot
Stir Fried lobster
Stir Fried lobster

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