There are times when it is appropriate to cut corners when eating. We felt Mont Saint-Michel was one of those opportunities. A real tourist trap, even small packages of cookies with the island printed on the packaging ran over 7 euros in gift shops.
We already knew Paul bakery existed and was good because we had seen one two years ago in Charles de Gaulle airport during a layover. Being peak lunch time, Paul was doing a great business. In an effort to be speedy as we knew there was more on our to-do list, we ordered three pre-made waffles that were put into a warmer at 250 degrees Celsius. Then we could request chocolate syrup or powdered sugar as a topping.
This is a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a Mediterranean food store attached. It has a Greek menu and has been voted Orlando's Best for a few years, with framed advertisements above the cash register. However, when you look at the plastic table covers with pictures of different kinds of pasta and the "silk" leaves and plastic grape clusters hanging from the ceiling, you might get slightly confused. Paul had a falafel sandwich in a great thick bread wrap. I had the hummus and tabouleh sandwich. Both had lettuce and tomato added with a creamy cucumber dressing coating every bite.
Perhaps this post will talk Paul into getting me a camera for my birthday. I had expected to be done at work before lunch time, but had a surprise patient. At noon I ran out to scavenge for a lunch as I have been sick for a week and my stomach was finally getting its gumption back. All I passed as I drove a couple block radius (too afraid to drive far as I have a bad sense of direction) was a Sobik's Subs. It has been about 4 years since I have been to one and thought I would visit in the spirit of trial for ELAR.
Paco's is a small restaurant on Fairbanks Avenue and should almost have a downtown Orlando address instead of a Winter Park address. With its size and mismatched table linens and chairs, it might be hard to imagine how the restaurant could be celebrating 27 years and consistently have a line of hungry patrons waiting in the small entrance. The easiest answer would be really good food and really good service.
The powers-that-be in my office must really like this place because this is the third year in a row that our office Christmas party has been hosted here. It also has a good reputation in the city for quality. This is my first year being able to attend the entire Christmas party because of my church choir ironically always seems to sing at Disney on the same day as the party.
We did not take any pictures of this meal because we were with a new group of individuals we had never met before. People who don't participate in Eat Like a Rabbit sometimes become embarrassed when sitting at a table with us while we take pictures of the food we are about to eat.
The neatest thing to me about Panullo's is the history of the building. I am pleased that the restaurant recognizes the importance of the history of Orlando and even points this out on the front page of its website.
Paul says this is probably the most hippy place in Orlando. But you know what? We keep going there. In fact, it is the most visited restaurant on our list right now. We took my dad a month ago while my mom was out of town, and he loved it.
This restaurant is consistently good. It has a menu rotation for every season and has a nice selection of teas. It was a tad warm this fall day; so only Gerald selected a warm tea. But everything was good. Paul and I absolutely loved our sandwiches. IF I could only make them like that at home! Surely it can't be that hard!
This is often a favorite lunch spot of us in Winter Park, Florida. It is very close to the hospital where Paul works and near shopping areas I may visit on my days off. The selling point of this restaurant is a relaxed atmosphere with outside eating, a selection of sandwiches and salads, and their amazing creation of smoothies--with or without yogurt.
It seems so long ago now, but in 2005 when I finished my Master's degree, Paul took me along on a trip to Italy and Germany. I believe everyone should visit Italy given the chance, although I think I love Germany more. This trip was peak-season, but we are very happy to travel in February/March/April when it's cooler and when the rates aren't so high. We have done that the last two years. But this was my first trip to Europe, and I will always remember it very fondly.
This is one of those restaurants that appears to be a hole-in-the-wall, but is really a popular and enjoyable place to dine. Paul went there with some coworkers for lunch one day and brought me back a week later for dinner.