Lunch at Luma on Park

I had the opportunity to visit Luma on Park this weekend (thanks to a generous gift card from my boss). The hubs and I made the most of our child-free afternoon, and indulged in a 2 hour, 5 course lunch at Luma. It was a wonderful experience! (Both the food and the child-free lunch part.)
 We were among the first to arrive for lunch service on Sunday, and had reservations for 11:30 a.m. After being seated, we told our server, Courtney, that we were going to enjoy a long lunch and he was happy to accommodate us through the entire visit.
 We began our meal with sweet potato soup.

Made with white and yellow sweet potatoes, and topped with a citrus crème fraîche, truffle oil, and chervil, this soup was light and delicious. The citrus flavor, truffle oil and black pepper perfectly seasoned this dish.
 The hubs and I shared a Caesar salad.

The house-made croutons were especially good.
 Next, I enjoyed the roasted cauliflower tart appetizer.

This tart was made with gran cru gruyere and was topped with a fried egg, a suprising and tasty flavor combination, and plated with a frisée salad, and garlic and chive purée. I definitely recommend you try this, I absolutely loved it.
 The hubs had a hard time deciding between a few of the appetizers (all of them looked good, really), so our served suggested the spinach-ricotta ravioli.

The ravioli was served atop broccolini, melted onions, carrots, and thinly sliced jalapeño, and seasoned with chili flake. The colors in this dish were wonderful, and the textures of the soft ravioli in contrast to the crispness of the carrots and jalapeño made me love this dish too.
 For my entrée, I chose the Idaho rainbow trout. This dish smelled amazing, and the flavor combinations were incredible.

The trout was served on a bed of red colusari rice, eggplant purée, broccolini, roasted carrots, fennel and salsa verde.

The hubs chose the Snake River Farms flank steak.

The steak was seasoned to perfection, topped with Bordelaise sauce, and served with a classic wedge salad and fries.
 As we came to the end of our meal, we were completely stuffed and beyond satisfied, yet we still managed to fit in a dessert (we shared). We opted for the brownie à la mode.

This decadent brownie was rich and creamy on the inside with a light flake on top, and was served with a small dollop of vanilla ice cream, and covered in a sweet caramel sauce.
 We met the general manager, Tim Noelke, and let him know how much we enjoyed our visit and appreciated the great service by Courtney. He definitely recommended we come back for dinner, so we went ahead and made a reservation for our next visit. (Happy birthday to me!) Can’t wait to return!
 Luma on Park has been open for 8 years, and they offer dinner service 7 nights a week. They are open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Reservations are suggested but not required. Do expect a wait during peak service hours. You can find more information on Luma’s website at and can make reservations through their site or by calling (407) 599-4111.
 Luma on Park is located on the corner of Park Avenue and New England at 290 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. You can find them on @Twitter at @LUMAONPARK.
 Treat yourself to an incredible meal! (And ask for Courtney…he is knowledgeable and attentive.) Also, pick up Chef Brandon McGlamery’s book “9 Courses” while you’re there!
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Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe

I’ve wanted to get to Sanford for some time now after hearing great things about the German fare at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe.

I’ve eaten at a couple of other German spots around town and even Germany at EPCOT, but after tonight’s visit, I have to say Hollerbach’s is my new favorite.

Tonight’s soups and special:

We decided to start with the Riesen Brezen.

Imported from Germany, this 10 ounce pretzel was served with sweet Bavarian mustard and Obatzer Kase, a savory cheese spread that was fantastic!
 Fresh bread and butter came with our drinks.

I ordered the Beef Rouladen. Thin slices of beef rolled up with bacon, onion and pickles.

This dish was served with potato dumplings and red cabbage, covered in a rich, full demi glacé. I really enjoyed this dish and it was very filling (especially after that pretzel), so I have leftovers for dinner tomorrow!
 My child chose the mac-n-cheese which came with goldfish, fruit and real German gummy bears.

My parents ate light tonight and had the potato pancakes with bacon and cheese…

and the bratwurst sliders, served with sauerkraut.

My hubs ordered the chicken Wiener schnitzel.

His sides were potato pancakes and “Heaven & Earth” (Hollerbach’s special recipe mashed potatoes with sautéed onions, bacon and apples). Incredible!
 I let my daughter see the menu before our meal and, of course, she fixated on dessert; specifically, the Black Forest Cake.

Needless to say, most of this came home with us. The desserts are huge!
 There are so many choices available and everything looked wonderful. I now have a list of things I want to return and try, including a fruit and cheese platter, and the pork loin.
 This place is a must experience. You can find more information about them at Also, you can find @TheoHollerbach on @Twitter.
 Segne, Vater, was wir essen
 Lass uns Deiner nicht vergessen
 Lieber Gott fuer Speis’ und Trank
 Und alle Guete sei Dir Dank. Amen
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A #sandwicheatup event at Yellow Dog Eats

I love going to eat at a cool local restaurant for the first time. Last week I had the pleasure to visit Yellow Dog Eats in Gotha.

If you don’t know about the #sandwicheatup events hosted by Anthony “Biggie” Bencomo of Deli Fresh Threads, you need to check him out on @Twitter and Instagram to check out his cool local brand, @DeliFreshThrds.
 This #sandwicheatup was a great opportunity to see other local bloggers and foodies, and enjoy a meal together.
 I had a hard time deciding what to get. The menu had a ton of selections that all looked good! I took a few pics of food that other folks were eating to give you an idea of some of the other options at Yellow Dog Eats.

(Seriously need to try those nachos!)
 I finally made a decision, and went with the Puppy Love sandwich (and had them add fluff).

This sandwich was awesome! It was made of peanut butter, strawberry preserves, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, sliced strawberries and bananas on wheat bread (so, it’s kinda healthy, right?)!

And how cute is it that they serve this sandwich with Animal Crackers!
 I had to have something savory with all this sweet, so I opted for a side of the BBQ bacon potato salad!

Oh my word was this good. Instead of a mayonnaise based salad, this had spicy mustard. It was spicy and fantastic!
 Yellow Dog Eats has cool, funky decor. Here are some pics of the inside.

They have a litte area where they sell their sauces, and in the corner, a little bar. (Try the strawberry mojito, it’s excellent!)

They have a great outside “garden” or patio area where you can eat as well. It would be awesome to eat inside that VW van! Groovy!

It also has a pretty cool history…

You definitely need to make the trip out – – it’s basically right off of 408 and Good Homes Road (take Good Homes to Old Winter Garden, and turn onto Hempel off of Old WInter Garden)! It’s worth it!

(This pic via Google)
 You can also find Yellow Dog Eats on @Twitter at @YellowDogEats!
 Woof woof!
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