Its Spring Break here in Orange County, so my kids and I set off on an adventure. Turns out we had the best of luck today, with the best weather, best outdoor fun, and the greatest new gluten free discovery.
We ventured to Clermont to Southern Hill Farms for u-pick blueberries. Florida is 100 bajillion degrees 364 days of the year, but today was 70degrees, blue skies, and a nice breeze. The staff was so friendly they felt like family and the kids had an AMAZING time selecting the biggest, juiciest blueberries. It should also be mentioned, that in mid-March this is crazy early for blueberries, but they have a special variety that produces early and it made for the most amazing spring adventure. Lets be honest the end of May/early June is just too damn hot to be traipsing through a sandy farm with toddlers. So we picked our 4 pounds of blueberries, sipped our ice cold blueberry lemonade, and brought home a jar or homemade blueberry jam & local honey.On the way back to Apopka, we met up with a friend in Winter garden for a picnic lunch outside Plant Street Market. I’d recently found a bakery in Winter garden that had gluten free cupcakes, so as the kids started to burn out on fun, we cranked it up a notch grabbed a freshly roasted latte from Axum and ran down the streets for cupcakes.
Now-when I first saw The Tasty Trend(@thetastytrend) on instagram, I thought it was a bakery that also had a few samplings of gluten free items BUT BOY WAS I WRONG! We drove past the place and finally found it nicely tucked in a shopping center behind the Winter garden library. They had a tiny sign out front and a very minimalist approach inside. There are no tables to dine or decor to impress, but none of that is needed once you feast your eyes on ALL THE GLUTEN FREE GOODNESS! There were easily a dozen different flavors ranging from your plain jane Vanilla to Maple bacon. My (gluten loving) friend tried a sample and couldn’t resist. She grabbed a half dozen while I stood with my mouth open. I mean, as a gluten free diner, I NEVER have this many options. I also knew if I ordered a dozen I’d eat them before I got home. I have zero will power and its a major problem for my waistline.I sampled the Bacon maple which was amazing. I’m a chocolate fan, so I purchased others, but the cake was unbelievable moist and carried a nice strong maple flavor with crumbles of bacon both inside and on top. I finally calmed myself down and told myself we’d be back, after all we are frequent shoppers at the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market.I settled on a Boston Cream and a Cookie Dough cupcake plus a chocolate chip cookies for my begging 4 year old. All the cupcakes were moist and the frosting was perfect; packed with flavor but not overly sweet. The cream in the Boston Cream was delicious and covered with a nice thin layer of chocolate ganache, but the Cookie Dough won my heart. Typically when I see gf cupcakes, its vanilla or chocolate. But this was a chocolate chip vanilla cupcake topped with cookie dough frosting, chocolate chips, and cookie crumbles. It was so delicious! I felt guilty eating it because it tasted to moist and full of flavor to be gluten free. (Clearly I’ve been let down by bakeries before).Looking for something fun and non Disney in Orlando? Check out Southern Hill farms or spend a day wandering through Winter Garden. Its super bike friendly, has a splash pad for the kids, and with Plant Street market and the Farmer’s market, its my favorite place to spend a beautiful Saturday! With this new gem, I may have to go to Winter garden throughout the week. I mean look at that menu. Watch out Chocolate Covered Strawberry! I’m coming for you 🙂