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Peace Love Ext

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As I’ve written before, I always like to promote small businesses. And when a small business is really worth promoting, that makes it all the better. Not only are the donuts at Peace, Love and Little Donuts delicious, but the owner has such enthusiasm for his business and his product, you can’t help but promote both.

Peace Love DonutsPeace, Love and Little Donuts is located in Naples, Florida and is owned and operated by a part-time private pilot, Mark Couch. When I told Mark about my blog, he was very interested in finding out my thoughts on his donuts. He was super friendly and told me all about the business and why he started this venture. (He’s a Gulf War veteran who was looking for a career change.)

These donuts are smaller than your average donuts, about two and one quarter inches in diameter, so they’re a bit expensive for their size. But what you’re paying for are the unusual flavor combinations.

There are 32 different flavors, but not all are available every day. Prices range from $0.85 to $1.29 per donut depending on the toppings, or lack thereof. The donut flavors are inspired by desserts and other sweet treats: apple pie, blueberry cheesecake, banana split, s’mores, Nestle Crunch, strawberry shortcake and pina colada. There’s also raspberry Peace Love Donutslemonade, lemon ginger, chocolate coconut, Boston crème, chocolate pretzel with sea salt and Devil’s Food.

If you read the reviews on Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon and Yelp, you’ll see people raving about the maple bacon donuts. I love maple, bacon and donuts, so I gave this one a try. It was an interesting collection of flavors, definitely worth trying. Not that I’d eat a dozen of them, but really good. I also tried the apple pie and raspberry lemonade, both of which were quite yummy.

I’m not a coffee drinker, but there are people who rave about the coffee served here. It’s called “Intelligentsia” and apparently isn’t served in very many establishments.

The only negative I have to say about the place is that it’s hard to find. Your GPS will tell you that you’ve arrived, but if you didn’t know that the place was part of Wayne’s World BP gas station, you wouldn’t see it. There are no large signs near the road because businesses in the area are restricted as to what signage they can post.

The Naples location has a Facebook page, but no website. You can read more about Peace, Love and Little Donuts on the website for the three Pittsburgh locations.

http://www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com/home.html

Dates of Visit:  January 2013

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Kick up your heels at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

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For quite a few years now, I’ve been in love with Celtic music – Irish, Scottish, even Canadian bands like The Chieftans, Solas, Altan, Leahy, Off Kilter, The Corrs and the Celtic rock band, Enter the Haggis.

Irish dancersWhat does this have to do with travel and food? Well, Raglan Road is an authentic Irish pub in Downtown Disney where you can enjoy a traditional Irish meal and be entertained by traditional Irish dancers and musicians. Two of my favorite things: great music and great food.

Raglan Road was constructed using salvaged pieces of Irish taverns and churches. The four bars are each over 130 years old. All of this adds to the authentic atmosphere and charm of Raglan Road.

Now, the Irish aren’t that famous for their culinary creations, but Raglan Road’s updated menu of old world favorites is definitely worth tasting. And there are a lot of choices on that menu. Master Chef Kevin Dundon has taken classic Irish dishes and pumped them up with a contemporary flair. It’s more Sod the Stewthan corned beef and cabbage. The menu includes Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, chicken and wild mushroom pie, bangers and mash, beef stew and several lamb and seafood options. For dessert try the amazing Strawberry and Apple crumble, the bread and butter pudding, Triful Sinful or the Black Forest Kiss.

I couldn’t decide between the Shepherd’s Pie and the Stew. I opted for the stew because the pie contains lamb, which I’m not that crazy about. But I am going to try the Shepherd’s Pie next time for sure. The stew was full of beef, carrots and potatoes and flavored with a hint of Guinness. For dessert, the crumble with vanilla ice cream was quite delicious.

Irish DancerAnd don’t forget the libations – beer, wine, specialty drinks and a wide variety of whiskeys. You can even have flights of beer or whiskey, a great way to try new flavors. I had Jay’Gail Sangria which was a blend of Magners Cider, Peach Schnapps, fruit liqueurs and juices. Yummy. With dessert, I asked for an iced Bailey’s coffee, not on the menu, but they made it for me. Also, yummy.

The service was exceptional. Our waiter, Todd, was very knowledgeable about the different beer offerings as well as the dinner menu. Our food arrived piping hot and very quickly.

Of course, since Raglan Road is part of the Walt Disney World Resort, you can expect high prices. But I think the delicious food is well worth it, plus you get free entertainment. There’s live music and Irish folk dancers “river dancing” seven nights a week. I think the price is quite reasonable for dinner and a show.

Date of Visit:  February 2013

http://www.raglanroad.com/

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Well Bred Bakery & Cafe

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Back in 2006, while on a trip to North Carolina, we explored the little hamlet of Weaverville, just north of Asheville. There we discovered Well Bred Bakery & Café. Now we make this café a scheduled stop on all our Asheville vacations.

I’m always drawn to homemade treats. Well Bred is abundant with “handcrafted edibles.” But the one that drew me in the most was the mountain éclair. Your normal chocolate éclair is about five or six inches long and filled with a bit of cream. This is not your normal éclair. This one is about six inches in diameter and filled with an ocean of cream. Super yummy. We get one, or two, every time we visit Asheville.

I tend to always pick one thing at a restaurant and go on and on about it, ignoring the other wonderful delectable delights. In this case, it’s the éclair. But Well Bred has so much more.

Sweets include: baklava, tiramisu, crème brulee, carrot cake, sour cream lemon and cranberry pound cake, chocolate raspberry bars, cinnamon streusel cake, key lime tarts, chocolate fudge cake, various cookies and now a mini version of the mountain éclair.

For entrees, they serve a fantastic chicken salad, fruit salad, gourmet croissant sandwiches, quiche, hot paninis, sesame noodles and homemade soups.

They offer a variety of organic coffees from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Jamaica and Columbia, along with their collection of signature artisan breads including challah, wheat, demi baguettes, Italian batard, olive oil and rosemary, and sourdough.

This place is usually crowded during lunch with locals or visitors, but it is definitely worth waiting for a table. They’re open every day and stay open late on Fridays and Saturdays, until 9pm, so you can stop by and pick up a mountain éclair to take home. It’ll feed a family of four!

Dates of Visit:  May 2006 to present

http://www.wellbredbakery.com/

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Drinking from the Chocolate River

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Attention Chocoholics: This is your nirvana. It’s the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina. Now, they have a lot of things to enjoy here, but my favorite is the sinfully delicious liquid chocolate truffle.

Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a drink from Willy Wonka’s chocolate river? Well, I certainly have. And when I put my lips to a mug of liquid chocolate truffle, my dream comes true. This is the smoothest, richest, thickest, creamiest, most decadent drink on the planet. Matched only by a similar liquid chocolate drink I tried in Anchorage, Alaska at the Modern Dweller’s Chocolate Lounge.

But since Asheville is much closer to my home in Florida, I’m able to drink from the chocolate river at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge much more often. As a matter of fact, I imbibed twice on my most recent visit to Asheville earlier this month. (By the way, the French Broad is the river that runs near Asheville.)

I could go on and on about the liquid truffle, but I must mention that the French Broad Chocolate Lounge also has coffee, desserts, brownies, cookies, cakes and so much more. It’s a casual hangout downtown patronized by the likes of actress Andie MacDowell. (She lives in the area.) I’m not sure what she likes to eat or drink there. Maybe she likes the liquid truffle too. You can get it in different flavors like plain dark, plain milk, with different spices like cinnamon, cardamom, even lavender and honey…am I gushing about it again? Sorry.

If you find the place a bit crowded, you’ll know why. It’s because everything there is fabulous. And if you can’t find a table, venture upstairs where they have lots of extra room. And if you come on a day when they’ve got live music, sit down and enjoy a liquid truffle…okay, you can try something else if you like!

Dates of Visit:  May 2009, May 2012

http://frenchbroadchocolates.com

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The Dessert Lady

                

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Just speak the words “Dessert Lady” and I am there!

We first discovered this little slice of sweet heaven back when it was located off Kirkman Road near Universal Studios, Orlando. That Kirkman location has since closed, but The Dessert Lady lives on in her newest digs, downtown on Church Street, and within walking distance of the new Orlando Arena — a much better spot for post-game, post-concert and pre-partying refreshments.

This unique dessert bistro serves wine, cocktails, gourmet coffees and the most luscious of confections. Because there are so many extraordinary dessert choices, we always opt for the sampler platter — four smaller pieces of cake, cheesecake or other seasonal dessert.

The Dessert Lady’s Carrot Cake, always a winner for sure, is out of this world, and has no nuts for those of you who prefer it that way. My second favorite is the Chocolate Neapolitan Cake, six layers of scrumptious cake with raspberry mousse, chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce. Then there’s the Six Layer Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Pie, Fudge Ripple Bread Pudding, a variety of cheesecake flavors and seasonal desserts which sometimes include another favorite of mine, Caramel Apple Cake. The desserts are a bit pricey, but they are large portions and you definitely get what you pay for.

Owner Patti Schmidt became The Dessert Lady back in 1997. But way before that, she started creating carrot cakes in her garage for a local bakery. Her passion for baking blossomed into a full line of desserts and the desire to open up her own establishment. Her cozy dessert and wine bar now features a lunch menu with sandwiches and quiche. Catering is also available and you can buy made-to-order whole cakes to bring home.

The Dessert Lady has been voted “Best Dessert” by the Orlando Magazine Dining Awards, the Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Awards and Travel Magazine’s Top 25 Reasons to Visit Orlando. The bistro is open every day with varying hours, but until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Save some room after your dinner downtown and stop by The Dessert Lady for a drink and dessert that you’ll never forget. As Pattie herself has said, “There’s never a bad experience with dessert.”

Dates of Visit:  2005 to present

http://www.dessertlady.com/

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Joey’s Pancake House – The Best Smoky Mountain Breakfast

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Every time we are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, we make the Pancake Pilgrimage to downtown Maggie Valley and visit Joey’s Pancake House.  You may be thinking a pancake is a pancake, but you’d be wrong.  These pancakes are the best… well worth the drive from Asheville. 

Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast in Western North Carolina since 1966. Joey and Brenda O’Keefe hadn’t planned on becoming restaurant owners, but after 45 years, their customers are sure glad they did.  Joey and Brenda worked closely together at the restaurant until Joey’s death in 2001.  Brenda thought about giving it up after that, but because her staff has become so much of a family to her, she decided to stick to it.  Joey’s likeness is still on the menus, website, t-shirts and coffee mugs. 

The menu consists of pancakes, of course, but not just plain pancakes.  They have blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip, peanut butter, banana, silver dollar, whole wheat with apples and more.  There’s also waffles, French toast, Eggs Benedict and sausage gravy with biscuits.  And to accompany, country ham, bacon, sausage, grits, hash brown casserole, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, cooked to order eggs and omelets…my mouth is watering!!

And if you can’t stand to leave the great taste of Joey’s Pancakes behind, you can bring home one of their Smoky Mountain Pancake and Waffle mixes.

Don’t be surprised to see a line out the door.  On a busy day, Joey’s can serve up 800 customers.  But don’t worry, the wait is never that long, even during the peak autumn leaf changing season.  Service is fast, but it never seems like they’re rushing you out.  You can definitely sit, read your newspaper and enjoy your coffee and breakfast. 

Be sure to call ahead or check the website for their hours of operation.  Joey’s is open daily April through October, 7am to noon, closed on Thursdays; November through February, 7am to noon, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Closed during March.

Dates of Visit:  Various visits from 2000 to present

http://joeyspancake.com

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