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The best pie I've ever had (in Orlando or anywhere else) -- Se7en Bites

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Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 15, 2012 02:35 PM

My wife and I enjoyed another great lunch at Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria on Bumby this weekend. They always have creative and delicious pressed sandwiches on great bread, good salads, interesting flavored teas, and a side order of spicy smoked turkey macaroni and cheese that I could eat by the bucketful, but this time they really outdid themselves.

Pom Pom's always carries beautiful cupcakes by the Blue Bird Bake Shop, another Orlando favorite located in Audobon Park. But on our most recent visit, they had a small variety of mini pies from a new bakery I had never heard of before, Se7en Bites. There was a dark chocolate pie with whipped cream on the top, a mulled wine and caramel apple pie that looked and sounded really good, and the one we shared, a chocolate pecan and sea salt caramel pie.

AND IT WAS THE BEST PIE WE'VE EVER HAD, no joke, no exaggeration! I don't do so well with nuts (go ahead and laugh), but it was delicious and worth any risks. The crust was without a doubt the greatest pie crust I've ever had. It was rich and flaky and buttery and everything pie crust ought to be. We bought one for my in-laws, who later agreed that it was the best pie they had ever had, too. I would kill to try a fruit pie in that same perfect crust.

The label on the little pie box had a phone number for Se7en Bites (that I regret not getting), but no e-mail address or website information. I Googled various combinations of Se7en/Seven/7 Bites, but there just isn't anything out there yet, aside from a brief mention on Pom Pom's Facebook page on October 3rd: "Now serving Se7en Bites by Trina Gregory mini pies!!! Yum!!!"

"Yum!!!" is an understatement. I can't gush about this pie enough. Orlando people, you owe it to yourselves to try them! And Ms. Gregory, whoever and wherever you are, get a Facebook or a blog and start marketing yourself, because you have a SUPERIOR product.

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    cynder RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 22, 2012 11:20 PM

    a few mentions on the web - looks like her website isn't really up and running: http://tmgcc.wordpress.com/about/
    She is also quoted in an article about the change in Florida's law regarding cottage food industry

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      bcodom RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 23, 2012 06:14 AM

      Thanks for the heads-up. I've had Pom Pom on my list of places to try for a while now and "best pie ever" will definitely get me there soon. And by the way, Lou, your reviews and recs are always so much fun to read!!

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        Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: bcodom Oct 23, 2012 07:22 AM

        Thank you very much! That is kind of you. I often regret not starting my own food blog a few years ago, when that market was untapped. Now the local food bloggers get all these perks and freebies and super-secret invitations, and I feel like a schmuck.

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          bcodom RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 23, 2012 08:28 AM

          You could still write a blog from *your* perspective -- the way you write and the reviews I've read here *are* somewhat unique compared to the two best-known food bloggers in town IMO. I would say your approach is more the "I'm just a regular guy interested in expanding my culinary experiences in this town" -- what the heck, give blogging a try. What can you lose??

      2. Sandwich_Sister RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Oct 23, 2012 04:11 PM

        Thanks for the report. I will have to check it out.

        I have had mini pies from Darland Bakery that I have enjoyed a lot, but I'm not opposed to a new comer.

        The proof is in the pie. :)

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          martincharm RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Feb 7, 2013 07:12 PM

          Hi, I just tried a Se7en Bites berry mini pie from Pom Pom's. The crust was out of control. The Se7en Bites phone number is 407-432-7812. Good luck!

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            Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: martincharm Feb 7, 2013 08:20 PM

            Was it the strawberry pie with balsamic reduction and basil-infused mascarpone whipped cream? Because that was seriously the best thing ever, even better than the dark chocolate sea salt pecan pie.

            Thank you so much for the phone number, but I've been back to Pom Pom's a few more times for a few more pies since my first post almost four months ago. So glad you liked it too!

            Also, Trina Gregory has a Se7en Bites Facebook page now, but I quit Facebook a few weeks ago, and I'M NOT MISSIN' IT AT ALL!

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            smatterchu RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Apr 4, 2013 01:38 PM

            After reading this post, I have had Se7en on the brain!! I found Chef Trina on LinkedIn, but I wasn't finding success in the real world...until today!!

            Yellow Dog Eats has Se7en desserts! They get a delivery on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are on their Facebook/Instagram feed, you might have seen a picture of these adorable little pies/tarts.

            I'm definitely planning a trip!!

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              Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: smatterchu Apr 4, 2013 03:33 PM

              I'm sure you will love them. Wednesday and Friday are "Pieday" at Pom Pom's as well.

              I'm so glad Orlando finally has some excellent local bakeries: Benjamin French Bakery in Thornton Park, Yalaha (a German bakery) near downtown, Sister Honey's on Orange and Michigan, Blue Bird Bake Shop (best cupcakes in town) in Audobon Park, and Chef Trina's Se7en Bites pies showing up at various locations.

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