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Best Breakfast Around Orlando

I’m not usually a big fan of breakfast places. The idea of a bacon-loaded greasy eggs and hash browns, or syrup-overloaded empty-caloried pancakes just makes me kinda sick to my stomach. I know from personal experience that I will end up feeling lethargic all day, or for a lack of better words… feeling like crap.

There is a place right around my school that gets raves from every person who I’ve asked about it – Keke’s Breakfast Café. So prior to graduation, I decided to give it a shot.

I went on a Saturday morning and it was packed! This to me is always a telltale sign of a good eatery. The good first impressions didn’t stop there. Instead of the dim-litted, musty smell of a familiar Denny’s or IHOP, Keke’s had… a clean, fresh feel to its interior. I wish I had pictures of the interior to show you guys, but just think tall glass windows, smooth wooden furniture and lush floral decorations. It didn’t even feel like it would serve anything remotely disgustingly greasy.

The menu was impressive – everything you could ever really want for breakfast. Eggs, french toast, pancakes etc. etc. in every sort of combination you fancy and cooked any way you wished.

When trying out a new restaurant, I would make it point to order something more standard to judge how good the place is; so I ordered an omelet; the Greek Omelet, with fresh baby spinach, diced tomato and Athenos feta cheese, complete with a side of home potatoes and English muffin. Check it out:

Lets just say the whole thing went above and beyond my expectations. The omelet was in the perfect level of moistness and saltyness, and cheese just oozed and stretched when I cut a piece from the center. Even the potatoes and muffin was a perfect 10. The English muffin was perfectly toasted and the insides glistened with buttery goodness. The home potatoes was a healthy amount of greasy, with some pieces crunchy around the edges…. uh! Just writing about it is making my mouth melt.

One of my friends decided to go with something sweet, he had the Turtle Stuffed French Toast, pecans, milk chocolate, caramel cream cheese topped with caramel and powdered sugar. To be honest, the description of that on the menu just sounded saccharin, like most desserts and such in America (for my taste, anyway).

I had a couple bites from my friend, and it was decadent with just the right amount of crunch.[The ‘stuffed’ part of it really referred to it being ‘stuffed’ between two pieces of french toast, ie. a sandwich.] That being said, I do not know if I would be able to stomach the whole plate for breakfast. It was definitely a good closing to my omelet though.

I would love to go back again, but that is only if I return to Florida. I know it wouldn’t be soon – so for the while being, I’ll have to be on the lookout for a similar cafe in Hong Kong! (Any of you readers from around there and know of a place, please let me know!!!)

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Epic Breakfast Egg Toast & Pao de Queijo!

I love great food. Healthy foods that make you feel good. Foods that you prepare and cook yourself is always a little more enjoyable than something that you order or buy. This weekend, I had a beloved friend who came to visit me. She is quite a health nut – a devoted supporter of eating organic local, and a permaculture fanatic – needless to say, she can make some of the best hearty healthy home meals 🙂 Breakfast is her specialty: we made an epic omelet toast on the first day…

Prep: grape tomatoes & basil

Le Chef Emily

Ta-daa!: whole grain toast from local bakery w/ butter; lettuce; basil; grape tomatoes; scrambled eggs with peppers & red onion

And And the final product…. mega egg toast/sandwich:::

Garnished with sea salt & fresh ground black pepper

That night, we had a little soirée at home. We made little appetizers and Emily made her cheese bread a la Brazil, where she just spent a year abroad at.

tomatoes, mozzarella, basil; balsamic dip

aAnd the feature dish you’ve all been waiting for::: Pao de Queijo (aka Brazilian cheese puffs)

These were so deliciously chewy, cheesy, and buttery – it was a gluten lovers’ (aka me) heaven. The thing though, is that this bread is gluten free! – That’s right, it’s made with tapioca flour instead of wheat or other flours. Tapioca flour, also known as manioc starch or tapioca starch, is made with root starch derived from the cassava, or yuca plant. It is a staple in many Asian desserts to create that chewy, sticky texture – I love it!!!

This Pao de Queijo was actually extremely easy to make. Here is the recipe that we referred to. It was my first time ever eating this Brazilian delicacy, so I don’t know if it was anything close to what it’s supposed to taste like, but nonetheless, it was awesome 🙂

If any of you have ever tried this cheesy bread, let me know about your experience! Alternatively, if you have any great recipes for  easy hors d’oeuvres, post them in the comments below!

Happy munching!

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