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Coffee, chocolate, and pizza, oh my!

As my first official entry for my blog it seems only right that I talk about a place that houses pretty much all of my favorite things in the same building. Plant Street Market is a hidden gem that serves as home to over 12 small businesses inside, offering everything from coffee to pressed juice, farm to table meals and even a brewery. It’s about 25 minutes north of downtown Orlando. It’s been on my “to do list” for over a year now, but since I’m spoiled with so many fun things that are less than 5 miles away from my neighborhood, I always found a reason to talk myself out of the drive. But I can honestly tell you that the 25 minutes each way was well worth it when I discovered all that the market had to offer.
IMG_0275[1]                                                                  How cute is the outside, right?

IMG_0257[1]          What a fun concept for an indoor market! Everything you need under one roof.

Upon entering, I decided to start with coffee, because well, coffee. I pretty much start every day with coffee and I’ve alwasy been open to try everything from light roast to dark and bold. The place inside Plant Street Market is called Axum Coffee and they give away 100% off their profits to worthy causes. How could you not feel great about supporting a local business like that? I’m pretty boring when it comes to coffee because I usually just drink it black (All the caffeine plus 0 calories). I settled on the cold brew and it was delicious. Truth be told, when coffee is done right…as in fresh and full of flavor, there is no need for sugar or cream. If you’re thinking to yourself that what I just said is impossible, then you haven’t had the right coffee. 🙂

These 2 coffees were sitting on the counter when I was ordering so I had to take a picture.

IMG_0260[1]                Happy as can be with my cold brew ice coffee!

Next I moved on to to sample another one of my favorite things, chocolate. (Sidenote: washing a piece of dark bacon chocolate down with a cold brew is amazing.) The place is called David Ramirez Chocolates and they have everything from macaroons to salted caramel and every kind of chocolate you could imagine. Because I’m terrible at making decisions related to food, I settled on 3 pieces and split then with my husband. Is there anything better than chocolate for breakfast? Not in my world.

IMG_0266[1]     From left to right: chocolate with beer and bacon, salted caramel, and chocolate with bacon and peanut butter. Thankfully these were really small bites.

After wandering from one end of the building to the other, we arrived at Crooked Can Brewery. I love trying new, local breweries and this one was a pleasant surprise. I liked every beer that I tasted and would definitely go back again. Refer back a paragraph regarding my indecisiveness for food and know that it applies to adult beverages as well. Which is what makes getting a flight so perfect, you can try a little bit of everything. I stuck with a flight of their lighter beers, while my husband got the darker. After trying them all I have to say that my favorite was the Highstepper IPA, but the most surprising one was the Pineapple Cider. I’m not a huge cider fan, but their pineapple cider had just enough sweetness balanced with a crisp finish that made it a nice refreshing drink.

IMG_0267[1]       I’m pretty sure there’s not a bad choice on this beer list.

IMG_0274[1] By far the coolest flight holders I have seen at a brewery! Bonus points for the creativity.

Whoever came up with the concept of the Plant Street Market must have known the inner desires of my heart when they put a wood fire pizza place right next to Crooked Can. Naturally we finished the afternoon with some oven roasted wings and a cheese, basil and olive oil pizza. The place was called Michaels Ali  and they know their stuff. We enjoyed our lunch of pizza and wings while watching the Panthers run up a 14 point lead within just a few minutes of the game starting. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our delicious food. Typing this just made me realize there are leftover slices in the fridge so I’m off to heat those up for dinner. Happy Sunday and thanks for reading! Check back soon for more posts.

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