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Jan 4, 2011 07:30 AM

Cook from NYC; I have a weekend job cooking in Orlando

Any suggestions for where to find excellent bread, olive oil, fresh artichokes, fresh mozzarella?

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  1. We're really more of a grocery store area than a market (sadly). There are two farmer's market's I recommend, though both are small with limited options. The biggest/best is the Winter Park Farmer's Market on Saturdays. A nice small one is the Audobon Market on Corrine just East of downtown on Monday nights. They have only a few booths but good stuff from Big Wheel Provisions as well as local cheese from Winter Park Dairy.

    Our Italian options are terrible here (tyranny of being the home of Olive Garden I guess), so for Mozzarella best bet is probably Whole Foods (as well as your other cheese needs). For bread we like Fresh Market's baked goods, but we also think the local Publix bakeries aren't too bad if you get there at the right time. I haven't been to All Italian Market & Deli down by Hunter's Creek yet but it sounds promising (


    If you are here in February, make sure to get over to Plant City for the Strawberry Festival - that's a good time with some awesome fresh berries....

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      1. re: fayehess

        By the way, if you are here and free some nights we have a sporadic small group that gets together to try different independent (usually ethnic) restaurants - check the board for an announcement or join the Google Group in the Sticky section to get updates. So far we've had Ethiopian and Lebanese.

      2. re: YosemiteSam

        Okay I'm going there soon and home to report on it - the italian market in hunters creek. I'll let you know when I try it.

      3. If you are ever in the mood for a ride, try Mazzaro's market over here in St Petersburg

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        1. re: annemarie07

          x2 for that, Mazzaro is almost worth the drive from Orlando haha

        2. Best bread around comes from Olde Hearth Bread Company in Casselberry. They sell their stuff at the farmers markets and sometimes have breads for sale at their actual bakery...