Costco – Veggie Patch Falafel

This veggie snack is another middle eastern food that seem to be following the lead of hummus in popularity here in the US. It is basically a mix of ground beans, bread crumbs and spices rolled into a ball. In the middle east it is usually deep fried and served in sandwich or together with hummus and mezzas.

Here’s a picture I found on Flicker for a breakfast in Jordan with falafel.

The falafel sold at Costco is pre-cooked, so you could actually eat it right out of the bag. The cooking suggestions on the package are microwave or conventional oven, and both ways tasted OK. The issue with not deep frying the falafel is that you don’t get the crunch of the outer layer which to me is a must of a good piece of falafel. I ate them deep fried at a friend’s house once and they tasted better.


You can eat falafel in many ways. One good option is to stuff in a pita with hummus a tomato/cucumber salad.

The Costco package sells for $9.99 for two indivually packaged portions – total weight is 2.2 lbs.

By the way, falafel in Jordan sells by the piece and you would get about 20 peices for a dollar these days.


Costco – Rostello Roasted Sliced Turkey

There’s nothing much to say about sliced turkey. We tried few of the brands that Costco offers and we liked this one the best. Based on how long this has been offered, it seems that other Costco shoppers like it too. There are two individually sealed packs of turkey (10oz each) for a price of $6.99. 50 calories per 2oz of turkey.


Costco – Nutella

Do we need a review for this?? probably not. Ferrero’s Nutella is what many in the world use as a spread instead of peanut butter. One of our absolute favorite spreads with croissants, crepes, or just by itself, straight from the jar. What does it taste like? have you tasted a Rocher chocolate by Ferrero? Nutella is the hazelnut cream that’s right in the center. Imagine a full jar of that!

Costco’s deal is unbeatable. Two jars (26.5 oz each) for $8.79


Costco’s Key Lime Pie

I had doubts about what Dima wanted to do. She was looking for a desert item that she could have after dinner once or twice a week that wouldn’t involve a special trip to a take out place. She had tried the key lime pie at Costco and loved it and she was considering freezing the pie and eating it (it’s huge) over few weeks or more.

The pie (pictured) is $9.99 and it froze amazingly well. She’s been eating from it for over 2 months now and it still tastes great. Definitely a recommended item for Key Lime Pie fans.


Winter Park Farmers Market

IMG_0167This is one of our favorite things to do on Saturday morning, a visit to the Winter Park Farmers Market. Located next to Central Park on Park Avenue, the converted rail freight depot and it’s yard offers a small but cozy area for vendors and farmers to offer their hand made goods and produce.


 The market offers a small selection of fresh produce, plants, seeds, crafts and food items. There is a crepe stand outsite, kettle corn, omlette/grill trailer outside, while inside the depot there is a host different food merchants, from cheeses and pickles to coffee and cake. A couple of our favorites are Davis Bakery (the station with the longest lines) and Irene french patesserie stand for great french baked stuff.










The market is crowded.. way more people than you should fit in that tiny space and it’s hard to find a place to sit sometimes and that could be annoying when holding a bagel or two, a drink and running after a toddler, but we seem to always find a spot on one of the large tables outside. Food is not cheap at the market.. a sandwich bagel is $7 and a pain au chocolat costs $3.5.  The price for produce is decent and it’s fresh.

We ordered an egg sandwich, a salmon bagel and a couple of citrus ice teas.

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Luma on Park

We went out to have dinner at Luma on Park. The babysitter (thank you Brittany) came and we had our much-awaited date night. We visit Luma once every 2-3 months. We like the food and the atmosphere and it’s close by where we live. Luma is in Winter Park on Park Avenue, a very prime location and very busy on weekends. They also have prix fixed menu for Sunday, which is a pretty good deal at $35/person for a 3-course dinner.

We had the Ceviche to start and I took the picture after we already started eating (oops!), it was really good but a little on the small size.

I had the Gnocchi appetizer as my main dish and Zaid ordered the Skirt steak with an extra side of Polenta. Mine as the picture shows was a little small but very delicious. I ate about 1/3 of Zaid’s steak with the potatoes and about 3/4 of the Polenta because I liked it and he didn’t.

Overall, the meal was very good and we had a good time, a little rushed but a nice place and we’ll definitely be back in a couple of months.

Rediscovering Pom Pom

We had forgotten about Pom Pom; it’s been a while since we ate there last. Pom Pom is a “tea house and sandwicheria” on Bumby Avenue in downtown Orlando area. It’s very easy to miss this hole in the wall while driving down Bumby. We went there for a lunch today at around 1pm and it was relatively busy. We managed to find a table inside and ordered one of their cold teas and 2 sandwiches; I got the chicken curry sandwich (Curry+apple+Raisin) while Dima ordered their Cobb sandwich (Turkey, avocado, blue cheese + stuff). Both sandwiches were great and the tea was tasty as well.

It was definitely busier than the couple of times we’ve been to it before. I like it when these independent restaurants get the traffic, especially in the chain restaurant capital of the world.

We grabbed a couple of great looking cupcakes on the way out. They were pretty excellent!! The cupcakes are baked and delivered by the Blue Bird Bake Shop in Orlando.

I’m glad we “rediscovered” Pom Pom. We’ll be there more often, I bet. Here are some pictures from our lunch.