It’s time for another edition of City Cafe snacks, and this one is a feast. I picked up several treats from my favorite local bakery to bring home and eat. As this was a to-go order, I’ll get right down to business and show you my selections. After this run, I only have a few items from their case to try, other than the rotating cakes and pies that are constantly changing. Continue reading Comprehensive Review: City Cafe, Part 5
After over a year of doing these reviews, I’ve talked with many different restaurant owners and their employees. Last week I had what was probably one of the strangest encounters with a business owner that I’ve experienced so far. Not long after Lagniappe Deauxnuts closed in Fayetteville, GA, a sign was put up in their window that told of a new bakery coming soon. I was excited that I had a new bakery opening so close to me, and hoped for some unique food to sample. I thought it would be interesting to visit on their opening day, try some food, get a feel for the place, and post a review so readers could see what it’s all about before most of them even knew it existed.
By their opening day, I still had yet to see a single piece of advertising for The Candybar Bakery, other than the sign that had been up in their front window saying that it was “coming soon.” It was exciting to think that my review could be one of their first, and I was more than happy to get the word out that they were now open. Continue reading The Candybar Bakery
I don’t know anyone who would disagree that Publix supermarkets have some of the better bakery items around (for those living in the Southeast). I have always thought that they may have the best key lime pies I’ve personally eaten. In fact, all their pies are fantastic. The amazing thing is that the majority of all their baked goods are frozen, but you’d never guess that unless you were told. Everything including the cakes, pies, cupcakes, and pastries are brought in frozen, and then thawed. They then decorate items like the cakes with frosting in the store. This is probably done at most grocery stores, but somehow Publix’s thawed bakery foods still taste so fresh, you’d swear they were made that morning.
I’ve noticed my local Publix has been well stocked in cupcakes lately. Their cupcakes are fairly large, and sell for just over $3. During my last visit I was admiring how well decorated and delicious the cupcakes looked. I was curious how they compared to my personal reference point for all cupcakes, Disney World. Disney by far has some of the most elaborate cupcakes I’ve tried. They are always at the forefront to new and innovative ways to decorate and spruce up these old favorites. Publix’s cupcakes seemed to be almost the same size as Disney’s, but they were about $2 cheaper. Could they possibly be a substitute when I’m having Disney withdrawals? I was about to find out. Continue reading Publix Cupcakes
I recently made another stop at City Cafe while running errands. My wife and I stopped here on the way home to pick up some desserts to sample. Previously, I started this comprehensive review by enjoying a lunch, then I came back for some desserts, and then back again for another meal. I didn’t stay long enough on this stop to get any new information on the restaurant, so this will simply be a quick review of some treats we brought home to enjoy.
A friend of mine was up in Concord, NC at the Great Wolf Lodge Resort. At some point during his trip he stumbled across a dessert from one of their dining venues that was so amazing, he couldn’t resist texting me a photo and telling me that he “met his match.” Knowing my love for unique and amazing foods, he purchased an extra one and brought it back for me to try.
My wife and I often drive up to Brookhaven, GA to shop at Costco. Every time we go up there we pass a small café-looking place called Sugar Shack. If you know me, you know I can’t see a place with the word “sugar” right in their name, and not at least take a peak inside. On our last trip up there I finally got permission from my wife to stop the car and go in.
Sugar Shack is a café and bakery combo that has some display cases filled with unique and delicious looking desserts. Everything including pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies… you know what, let’s just call it the works. I wanted one of everything, but since my wife was waiting in the car, this would be just a quick grab-and-go stop to pick up a couple things to bring home.
It was February, and the temperature outside was in the low 70s here in Georgia. I decided it would be a great time to take my first walk over to City Cafe for another sampling of food.
Last time, we featured some food from the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot resort. I started with about half of the kiosks before taking a break to wander around Epcot and let my food settle. You can read Part 1 here.
After two hours of enjoying other parts of the festival, it was time to get back to the food and see what the rest of Epcot’s World Showcase has to offer.
It’s that time of year again. Disney’s Epcot has started their Flower & Garden Festival, and for the second year they have brought back the food kiosks. For 2014 they are calling them Outdoor Kitchens. It was almost two months later in the year that I last reported on these small meal samplers. This year I arrived as the festival opened, as opposed to last year when it was coming to an end during my trip. I once again managed to sample every item from these kiosks so I can report back with information on everything.
There have been many renovations around the Disney parks over the last few years. Just about every bakery on property has been altered in that time, and the Boardwalk Bakery is no exception. Last April, the bakery, which is just a few short steps down the Boardwalk from the Inn of the same name, reopened with three times more interior space.