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Seeking Gourmet Stores in Jax, Orlando, Tampa/St Pete corridor

travelingwith oil Jan 8, 2011 06:44 AM

Hi, I'm coming to Florida to visit gourmet stores in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St Pete/Sarasota corridors, possibly as far south as Ft Meyers/Naples, preferably those offering good selections of oils, cheeses, gourmet/specialty items. Smaller independents are my best choice, but interested in hearing about all. Thanks, keep shining...Tom

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    Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: travelingwith oil Jan 8, 2011 09:45 AM

    Orlando has a few nice gourmet stores:

    Cavallari Gourmet in Oviedo (right off the 417):

    Petty's Meat Market in Longwood (very close to I-4):

    Harmoni Market, with locations in College Park and Longwood:

    And of course we have a Fresh Market in Altamonte Springs (minutes from Petty's in Longwood) and two Whole Foods locations, in Winter Park and a giant store in Dr. Phillips, right off I-4 on Sand Lake Road.

    If you can time your trip for a Saturday, the Winter Park Famer's Market is extremely nice, and there are several vendors with oils and other gourmet products, many of which are locally produced.

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      travelingwith oil RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jan 8, 2011 11:47 AM

      Thanks Lou, good input, I'll check them out, not sure I'll be there on Saturday, if so will go to the market. Keep 'm smiling...T

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      karenfinan RE: travelingwith oil Jan 8, 2011 11:52 AM

      you may want to try this store. they have prepared foods and a wide selection of gourmet items, including wine and cheese.
      Bottega di Bella Sera
      919 King Street
      Jacksonville, FL 32204
      (904) 387-8483

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        ospreycove RE: karenfinan Jan 8, 2011 12:02 PM

        St. Pete

        GEIR"S FOR EUROPEAN, (German, Austrian, Polish Specialty has their own smokehouse for sausage and makes housemade coldcuts, etc.

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          askdrtodd RE: ospreycove Jan 9, 2011 05:55 PM

          x2 on Mazzaro, also Datz in Tampa has some gourmet goodies

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            travelingwith oil RE: askdrtodd Jan 11, 2011 04:40 AM

            Thanks Dr Todd, DAtz sounds very interesting, I already have Mazzaro in my list. T

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              VeggieHead RE: travelingwith oil Jan 11, 2011 11:18 AM

              Datz...a big thumbs up! Flew into Tampa from Cleveland on Friday morning with a planned stop at Datz to pick up some Jeni's ice cream, a great organic Ohio made frozen delight! I was in search of the Goat Cheese with Cognac Fig, but had to settle for the Gouda and Vodka Soaked Cranberry along with a pint of Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallow... but I digress. They have a great selection of wine, cheese, pastries, and chocolates and the deli was packed during the lunch hour. Parking was a bit limited, but worth stealing a spot at the deli next door. I'll definitely be stopping in next month for another batch of Jeni's before heading to Sarasota, but this time, gonna have to do lunch.

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                travelingwith oil RE: VeggieHead Jan 13, 2011 02:10 AM

                Thx Veggie, I am looking forward to Datz...Datz for sure...Tom

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              deet13 RE: askdrtodd Jan 11, 2011 07:13 PM

              Datz is pretty awesome, plus their cafe has some good grub. Also Mazzaro's has a decent selection of Italian and Piedmont cheeses.

              Also Land and Sea Market is a good butchers shop here in Tampa.

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                travelingwith oil RE: deet13 Jan 13, 2011 02:12 AM

                I'll check out the first two, and Land & Sea also sounds interesting, thanks Deet. T

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            travelingwith oil RE: karenfinan Jan 11, 2011 04:38 AM

            Hey Karen, thanks so much, I missed it, I'm already south and heading for Orlando area. keep shining...Tom

          3. sunshine842 RE: travelingwith oil Jan 9, 2011 09:42 PM

            Rolling Pin Emporium in Brandon is good for a huge range of gourmet toys and goodies - and European Gourmet for, well, European goodies, mostly English and German.

            European Gourmet
            1919 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511

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              travelingwith oil RE: sunshine842 Jan 11, 2011 04:41 AM

              Hey Sunshine, Rolling Pin sounds like fun, hadn't heard of them before, I'll look them up, thanks...Tom

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                sunshine842 RE: travelingwith oil Jan 11, 2011 07:17 AM

                they've got a great big store with all kinds of things you never knew you needed...AND lessons and demonstrations in the big kitchen in the center of the store.

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