Bakeries in Orlando

There are lots of great bakeries in Orlando to check out. Here are a few that I enjoy. I especially love to pair desserts with beer!💗


Blue Bird Bakeshop
Cafe 906
Crossiant Gourmet
Gideons' Bakehouse
Gigi's Cupcake
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Olde Hearth
P is for Pie
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Se7en Bites
Sister Honey's
The Gourmet Muffin
Valhalla Bakery

You can find these goodies on my map

~ Kelli
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Exploring Sanford Florida

I always enjoy exploring Sanford. This historic Florida town nestled alongside Lake Monroe has a lot to offer. The town is known as the "Historic Gateway City" and is filled with historic buildings. The downtown offers some great places to shop and dine.

Sanford is also a cultural hub for the area with the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and the monthly Sanford Art Walk. It's also a local food and craft beer destination.

It's a great town to explore whether it be for a date night, a night out with friends or an afternoon with the family. I always have a great visit. 🎇
map of sanford florida
The city has a great video to entice you to visit.👇

Here are some of my discoveries in Sanford.

Places
Aerosim Flight Academy
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Riverwalk


St. John's River
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Beer & Drinks
Celery City Craft
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The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
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Sanford Brewing Company
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Wops Hops
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Bites
Hollerbach's Willow Tree
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Tennessee Truffle


Coffee & Tea
Palate Coffee & Brewery


Treats
Wondermade


Here's my post on nearby nature to enjoy.
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~ Kelli
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Taste! Central Florida is Returning August 19th with an All New Local Focus

Taste! Central Florida, the region’s premier fundraising food, and beverage tasting event, returns to Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19 with an impressive roster of 40 restaurants and more than a dozen brewers, distilleries, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors. 

This is a great local event I look forward to every year! 

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence invites guests to an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, fine wines, and specialty beverages to help Central Florida children struggling with hunger get access to the meals they need. 
No kid hungry Food cans at taste of the nation in orlanod

One of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Taste! Central Florida is a volunteer-driven event with chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors donating their time, talent and creations, more than 300 event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott. 

New to this year’s event are nine of the area’s most noteworthy restaurants including The COOP, Ace Café, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort, Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks, Raglan Road, and Urbain 40 American Brasserie.
craft beer at raglan road in disney springs
Irish beers at the pub🍻

Tapas & beer at Chroma in lake nona orlando
Tapas for two👌

Several popular brewers, spirit vendors, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors will give guests plenty to sip on including Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino, Beam Suntory, Beso Del Sol Sangria, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Orange Blossom Brewing Co., Orlando Brewing Co., Pabst Brewing Company, Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey, RedCypress Brewery, Rico Foods/NOI Caffe, Rogue Pub, Scavi & Ray Winery, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Wild Buck Whiskey/Njoy Spirits. 
orange blossom brewing obb craft beer
Florida fresh beer🍺

Also new to the event is the way proceeds will benefit childhood feeding programs in Central Florida. With a new name and focus, Taste! Central Florida will direct 100 percent of the funds raised from this year’s event entirely to local anti-hunger efforts to make an even greater impact on hungry children throughout Central Florida. 

Drink a beer for a great cause. My recap of last year's event.

“In previous years, our event helped battle childhood hunger and food insecurity both locally and around the country,” said Michele Byington, co-chair of Taste! Central Florida. “This year, we are advocating solely for those in our own community, since the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population in Central Florida is families with children.”

 Guests will also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways. 
Silent Auction table at Taste of the nation at Orlando world Marriott center
Lot's of great offerings at the Silent Auction

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the third year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select an envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a concealed gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value. 
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Local 💗 with the Giving Tree

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game is back offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 300 chances to win this exquisite wine collection. Each key is a $25 donation.
Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ 3 tosses for $15. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home. 

Orlando World Center Marriott is offering Taste! Central Florida guests an exclusive rate to stay at the resort during the weekend of the event. A special rate of $129 per night for a standard room (additional $25 daily resort fee applies) is available between August 18 – 20. Guests can reserve their room at the discounted rate by clicking here or call (888) 789-3090 with the discount code Taste August 2017 before July 28, 2017.

WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando 
TICKETS:👉$150 each 
ATTIRE: Cocktail / Semi-Formal 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 
1. 4 Rivers and The COOP 
2. Ace Café 
3. Benihana 
4. Canvas Restaurant & Market 
5. The Capital Grille 
6. Catering for Good/Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida 
7. Centerplate 
8. CFHLA Food & Beverage Council 
9. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen 
10.Cress Restaurant 
11.Dragonfly Robata Sushi and Grill 
12.Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort 
13.Empress Sissi 
14.Florida Nitro 
15.Fresh Point 
16.Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 
17.Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt OIA 
18.JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes/Primo 
19.K Restaurant and Wine Bar 
20.Marlow's Tavern 
21.Nestle Professional 
22.Orlando World Center Marriott
23.Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando 
24.Raglan Road 
25.The Ravenous Pig 
26.Red Wing Restaurant 
27.Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes/Highball & Harvest 
28.Rosen Shingle Creek │A Land Remembered 
29.Rosen Shingle Creek │Cala Bella Restaurant 
30.Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom 
31.Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks 
32.Seasons 52 Fresh Grill 
33.SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando 
34.STK 
35.Sysco 
36.Universal Orlando 
37.Urbain 40 American Brasserie 
38.The Whiskey 
39.Yak & Yeti 

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 ABOUT TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors, Taste! Central Florida is an annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence offering an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty beverages. This volunteer-driven event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the children’s feeding programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Exploring the Baldwin Park Neighborhood of Orlando

The Baldwin Park neighborhood in Orlando has a bit of a historical past. This mixed-use community was once home to a former Naval Training Center. The military used this base from 1942- 1990's. The decision to close the base in July of 93 was made by the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission. That's when the ball got rolling to turn the former base into an urban redevelopment.

The neighborhood is house along the shores of Lake Baldwin. There are many parks scattered about the neighborhood. There is a trail that runs around the lake and connects to other bike paths in the city.

The homes here range from apartments to million dollar abodes. There is a Town Center in the heart of the community. It's had its ups and downs and now the trend seems to be back on the way up with many new restaurants, shops and services moving in.

This is a great neighborhood to live in a nice place to do lots of exploring.
Trees at the entrance of baldwin park neighborhood in orlando florida


Here are some of my finds in the Baldwin Park neighborhood.

Parks
Blue Jacket Park
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Harbor Park
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Lake Baldwin Park
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Orlando Veterans Memorial Park
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Drinks
Tactical Brewing Company *Coming this winter
The Nest Bar Orlando
Winestyles Baldwin Park
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Bites
Cafe 906
Colibri Mexican Cuisine
Gators Dockside
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The Osprey Tavern
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Seito Sushi


~ Kelli

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Summer Drinks and Late Night Bites at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

I always enjoy exploring Disney Springs. As a local, I find it a fun place as a local to drink, eat, play and shop.

Disney can get pricey when you're a local. I'm always looking for places I can get a good bang for my buck. I was happy to hear that Morimoto Asia was rolling out a sweet deal with their new summer cocktail menu and late night bite menu for their Forbidden Lounge.

morimoto asia restaurant in disney springs
Morimoto Asia

I was invited to sample the seasonal cocktails and bites.

Theses cocktails were concocted by the bartenders. There was a lot of passion put into these drinks🍹

There are five Summer Cocktails on the menu. These drinks are $14, but if you swing by the Forbidden Lounge after 10 pm you can score then for just $8.
five different summer cocktails at morimoto asia in disney springs
Watermelon Soyokaze ~ Kunsei Smoked Coconut
Melon Boba (non-alcoholic)
Kyuuri Gin Blossom Martini ~ Yuzu Sidecar ~ Tequila and Tonic


I sampled all the drinks, I didn't go crazy! The Melon Boba is a delicious non-alcoholic drink with the Boba. My favorite cocktail was the Kunsei. I liked it because it was a bit different with the smoked coconut. There's tequila, rum, almond syrup, lemon and honey syrup with the coconut flakes on top.

The Watermelon Soyokaze is a refreshing summer drink with rum, watermelon juice, fresh lime, Midori and a splash of cranberry.🍉

There is a nice variety in all of the drinks. There is sure to be one that stands out for you. My friends and I all picked different drinks that were our favorite.

Let me tell you, this late night bite menu is delicious! It is offered in the Forbidden Lounge upstairs after 10 pm. The late night bites are all priced at $8
forbidden lounge at morimoto asia
Forbidden Lounge

There are eight items on the late night menu. I sampled most of them and I enjoyed them all very much.

I thought the peppers might be hot, but they weren't for me. the wasabi creme fraiche and yuzu salt balanced it out.
Blistered Shishito Peppers at morimoto asia
 Blistered Shishito Peppers

I was most excited to try the Shrimp Chips and Dip. They are light and airy and the dipping sauces make for a fun twist on the "usual" chips and dip. My favorite combo was with the spicy mayo.
Shrimp Chips and Dip at Morimoto Asia
 Shrimp Chips and Dip

The grilled meats were amazing! I could've eaten the Miso Marinated Black Cod (1) all night! The Chicken Yakitori (2)  and Pork Skirt Steak (1) were equally as delicious.
Shichimi Spiced Edamame ~ Kushiyaki "Gilled on a Stick" at morimoto asia
 Shichimi Spiced Edamame ~ Kushiyaki "Gilled on a Stick"


While the food and drinks were great I appreciated how warm and engaging the staff was. I would be happy to sit at the bar in the Forbidden Lounge and enjoy a drink and take in the view of the restaurant. It's quite a visual delight✨
view of morimoto asia from the second level forbidden lounge
Drinks with a view

You'll be happy with the drinks and bites and having extra money to spend shopping at Disney Springs too is always nice!😊
Kyuuri Gin Blossom Martini at morimoto asia
Kyuuri Gin Blossom Martini 

Heading down to Disney Springs for some shopping and capping an evening of shopping with some drinks and bites at Morimoto Asia and I'm sold.

~ Kelli
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Editor's Note: I was invited as a guest to try the menu. All opinions are mine. Please do not use photos without credit.