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Tea for two or maybe more. New tea shop features baked goods, lunch and a high tea on Sundays

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

 

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Fancy a cup of tea?
I’ve got just the spot for you.
While there are several places to get a good cup of coffee in downtown Kissimmee, there really isn’t a place to sit back and have “a nice cuppa” in that timely British tradition, until now.
Lyndees Bakery & English Tea Shoppe is one of the newest dining places downtown and a nice place to just relax and unwind from an otherwise busy day.
Maria Mitchell, who has been baking British confections such as scones and pasties at home for years, and just recently opened Lyndees (named after her two daughters) late last year.
Men usually get nervous in tea rooms, but there is no danger of being the bull in the china shop at Lyndees. The décor is inviting for all and as soothing as one of the many varieties of teas available.
And the prices for tea are pretty soothing as well. For just $1.95, you get your choice of tea in a small pot, which is more than enough for two cups of the steaming beverage.
The menu itself is still in the development stage, but it already includes a nice assortment. Apple fritters and the already mentioned scones are definitely a prerequisite with tea. Apple fritters are $2.50 and scones (served with jam and butter) are $3, so a little tea break  is not going to break the bank by any means.
If you want something a bit heartier, the shop also has spinach or cheese quiche ($5.50); English pasties ($7.95); and a chicken sandwich with chipotle dressing ($6.99).
Other items include bagels with cream cheese ($2.50), carrot juice, fountain drinks and orange juice.
And just because it is a tea shop, it doesn’t mean coffee isn’t available. There is the standard house variety, as well as cappuccino and espresso. Flavored coffees also are available.
If you are looking for something special, Lyndees offers a traditional high tea on Sundays.
The tea ($19.95 for two) features your tea of choice, Victorian sandwich, scones and finger sandwich.
The tea shop could be the perfect place to bring that special someone for Valentine’s Day. A Valentine special will be featured for that day as well.
Because of limited space, Mitchell advised calling ahead for the high tea and on Valentine’s Day (407 552-6229).
Stop in today (Saturday) for some grand opening specials as well, she said.
“This is something I really enjoy doing,” said Mitchell, a first-time business owner, and downtown Kissimmee seemed like the perfect place for a shop of this kind.
Mitchell said she found the location last year, but as with any business it takes several months to get up and running.
Right now it is pretty much a one-person operation, but hopefully her daughter will be working in the shop soon and her son helped with much of the carpentry work, so it is a family operation.
In addition to the regular tea and high tea on Sundays, Lyndees also caters and is nice place for special events.
“I had a bridal party here recently” (including a couple of men from the bridal party) she said.
‘It is just a soothing place to be,” Mitchell said. Plus  it is  good place to bring youngsters  for a bit of a structured setting on how to behave.
“I would like to have some classes for young kids on Saturdays,” she said, to teach that kind of thing.
Lyndees offers a variety of American, British and Caribbean blend teas and has free Wifi.
The shop, located at 121 Broadway, is open daily Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. High tea is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Lakeridge Winery
A clink of the wine glass to the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, which donated a check of more than $4,000 to the Greater Orlando American Heart Association.
Each month the winery attracts thousands to its themed festivals featuring food, music and wine. While there is no admission, a $2 admission is accepted at the gate with a portion going to a local charity.
“We are so thankful to Lakeridge Winery for their support in our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Dan Artone, Greater Orlando American Heart Association Board Chairman. “Funds will go towards the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association to help eliminate the number one killer of all Americans – heart disease.”
In February, Lakeridge Winery will host Winefest XXIV, which will benefit the South Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Pollo Tropical
Got an old phone that you are not using or that doesn’t even work?
Pollo Tropical is offering a way to get rid of them and support a great cause at the same time. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, guests can help battered women’s shelters by dropping off their old phones at the restaurants, and in return receive a free Tropical Chicken Spinach wrap.
The annual Handheld for a Handheld event, now in its fourth year, provides cellphones to abused women for emergency use. Pollo Tropical hopes to collect 2,000 phones to donate to women’s charities including Women in Distress of Broward County, Harbor House of Central Florida, and the Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
“Pollo Tropical’s annual cellphone drive provides a valuable tool in our mission to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy,” said Danay Pelaez, director of development and operations for Women in Distress of Broward County. “Domestic violence is a community problem, and this program raises awareness and helps the community be part of the solution.”
“We strongly believe in giving back to the communities in which we do business, and our annual Handheld for a Handheld campaign is a great way to get our guests involved,” said Pollo Tropical Director of Marketing Sandra Pascual. “It’s a total win-win – guests get rid of their unused items and try our delicious new Tropical Chicken Spinach Wrap in return.”
Pollo Tropical introduced the Tropical Chicken Spinach Wrap at select locations in mid-December as a healthy, portable new option to enjoy on the go. The grill-pressed wrap is made with citrus marinated chicken breast, fresh spinach bits of bacon, melted Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, wrapped up with a flavorful cilantro-garlic sauce.
There is no limit on the number of phones customers can donate or the number of wraps they can receive, and the phones don’t need to be in working order – they just need to have a battery.
For locations and additional information about Pollo Tropical, go to www.pollotropical.com.
Fresh To Order
I try to avoid a trip to Waterford Lakes because it just seems like a really long drive, but Fresh to Order just may make the drive worthwhile.
The first Florida Fresh to Order upscale “fast fine” food concept, is scheduled to open soon at Waterford Lakes Town Center.
Waterford Lakes Town Center has just announced Fresh to Order will be coming soon to the center.
From the release: Fresh to Order couples the level of quality found in casual fine dining with the price point of a fast casual establishment.  Their menu offers chef-inspired entrees, pizzas, paninis, soups, salads, and burgers. Guest favorites include Coconut Curry Salmon, Bourbon Filet Steak, Almond Chicken Skewers. Fresh To Order offers a selection of beer and wine and Gluten Free, Vegan and Kids’ Menu options are also available.
“Fresh To Order will be a welcome addition to our restaurant mix at Waterford Lakes Town Center,” said Jamie Fraser, director of marketing and business development at Waterford Lakes Town Center. “Their extensive menu and ‘fine food fast’ concept will offer our visitors another delicious and differentiated dining option as they relax and unwind before or after shopping.”
Fresh To Order, which specializes in flavorful, fresh and affordable traditional favorites with a creative twist, began in Atlanta and is actively pursuing franchisees in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.  The Waterford Lakes Town Center location in Orlando will be the first Fresh To Order to open in Florida and will be owned by Giriam Patel, with Girdar, LLC, experienced restaurant operators,  who plans to open eight Fresh To Order units in the Orlando area.
The restaurant serves a menu of freshly prepared entrees, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads in under 10 minutes for around $10.  Fresh To Order has received numerous accolades from the foodservice industry including Nation’s Restaurant News 2013 Hot Concepts and Top 50 Break-Out Brands, and QSR Magazine’s 2013 Best Franchise Deals.
Downtown
Food &  Wine
I will elaborate on this popular downtown Orlando event as it gets a bit closer, but the Sixth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest returns Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.
The popular event attracts more than 20,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.
The event will be held noon until 9 p.m. Saturday and noon until 7 p.m. Sunday, at Lake Eola along Robinson Street.
Admission is $15 per person, per day with online purchase (admission day is $20 per day. Admission children under age 12 is free.
For all-weekend Fest fans, a new, two-day ticket is available for $20 per person with advance online purchase.
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
For tickets/information go to http://downtownfoodandwinefest.cbslocal.com/2012/01/11/ticket-info/.

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