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USA, Alabama, Mobile – Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Company

(See my other Food and Coffee related posts) – While we were recently returning home from a trip to Disney World we stopped in Mobile, AL. A little searching on the Internet produced the Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. as a popular local coffee house.

We spent two nights in Mobile and we liked Carpe Diem so much we visited it twice. They offer a selection of breakfast and lunch items, but we focused on their baked goods. It was busy both times we visited. Parking can be a little difficult, but a little patience usually yields a place.

Carpe Diem is located in what looks like an old house. It can be found at 4072 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608. It is directly across the street from Spring Hill College. We tried coffee and an assortment of baked goods on our two visits. We tried their Cinnamon Role, Blueberry Crumble Cake, Mississippi Mud, and White Chocolate Raspberry Scone. We were very pleased with it all.

We have begun to look for and doing flavored coffee. It is not always easy to find freshly roasted and flavored coffee beans. We were able to find some at Carpe Diem and have been very pleased. They offer several types of freshly roasted coffee beans – Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Blends and Flavored. We bought Snickerdoodle, Christmas Morning, and S’mores flavored coffees. We have been enjoying those since we returned home, but sadly all three are almost now gone. We may have to take advantage of they mail order service.

If you are in Mobile and looking for a caffeine hit (or some baked goodies), I recommend Carpe Diem!


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USA, Florida, Orlando – Slate Orlando Restaurant

While we were recently in Florida we stopped at Slate Orlando for lunch. We picked it from an Internet search and we were very pleased with the results. Slate is located at 8323 W Sand Lake Rd Orlando, Fl. It is a little hidden away.

They offer separate Brunch and Dinner menus. We ordered from the Brunch menu. I had the Southwest Burrito (Sausage, Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, Poblano Peppers, Salsa). It was very good. All in our party enjoyed their orders.

There were few people there when we arrived, but by noon it was beginning to fill up. The interior was spacious and modern. The waiter we had provided excellent service.

We plan to visit again the next time we are in Orlando. If you are in the area I recommend it.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – The Cupcakery

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(See my other Dessert related posts) – A while back when we were in Nevada my brother-in-law suggested we try The Cupcakery. It is located at 9680 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123.  That is just behind Hot’n Juicy Crawfish.

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It is also located very near two other very good bakeries – Le Paris Brest Cafe and Gama Mexican Bakery & Cakes. As the name implies, this bakery specializes in cupcakes of all kinds.

 

 

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Their selection was not as good as we would have liked, but we were there in the afternoon. It is best to order in advance to get what you want.

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We were able to pick out a few that were very good. I can’t remember what the flavors were now but we liked them all. Cupcake flavors vary from month to month. Check their online order form to see what is currently available. At the time I write this there are 27 different cupcakes available for order at $3.60 each.

The Cupcakery opened in January of 2006 and sold more than 275,000 cupcakes during their first year in business. If you like cupcakes, check this place out if you are in the Las Vegas area.


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USA, Nevada, Henderson – Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

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(See my other Dessert related posts) – One of the places we visited the last time in Nevada was a Kneaders Bakery & Cafe location. The one we tried is located at 11271 Eastern Avenue, Henderson, NV 89052. This is a chain with 47 locations at the time I write this spread across the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. 

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Kneaders began in Orem, Utah in 1997. From baking bread, their menu expanded. Now it includes sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries.

They serve breakfast items including their signature Chunky Cinamon French Toast.

 

 

 

 

 

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Of course, we were only looking at the pastries the day we visited. I know we tried the Cinamon Rolls and cookies. These were good. Kneaders does have a wide variety and it is a large cafe. The one we visited was busy.

On the whole, we enjoyed Kneaders. It is a chain though and the items we found at small independent bakeries like Gama Mexican Bakery, Le Paris Brest Cafe, and Chef Flemmings were better. That said, I would certainly visit a Kneaders again.


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USA, Nevada, Henderson – Chef Flemmings Bake Shop

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(See my other Dessert related posts) – When we were in Nevada recently we visited Chef Flemmings Bake Shop. the bakery is located at 7 S Water St Suite B, Henderson, NV 89015. The bakery has been open in this location since 2008.

Chef Flemming has served as a pastry chef at nine high-end luxury hotels in Las Vegas. He also been a pastry instructor at the Art Institute in Las Vegas. 

This bakery is “Inspired by our Danish heritage, our full-service retail bakery creates pastries and specialty cakes for our community.

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We tried a few different items. From the case above we had a Cherry Chocolate Crumb cake (bottom second from left), a cinimon roll (middle row second from right), Blueberry muffin (bottom row far right), and a cheese danish. They were excellent!

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We didn’t stop there though. We also had macaroon cookies (top shelf, second from left) and a whoopie pie aka moon pie (second shelf second from left). Again we enjoyed them all.

As you can see from the photos above they offer a variety of baked goods – pastries, cakes, cookies, and breads. You can check out their full menu. This is in downtown Henderson and only a few minutes drive from where we normally stay. I am sure we will be visiting it again on our next trip.


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USA, Nevada, Henderson – Le Paris Brest Cafe

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In one day we had three great finds: Crêpe Expectations, Gama Mexican Bakery & Cakes, and Le Paris Brest Cafe. Not only did we visit them all for the first time on the same day, but they are within easy walking distance from one another. In fact, all three are just down from The Original Rolled Ice Cream.

Le Paris Brest Cafe is located at 9550 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 110, Henderson, NV 89123. They carry a wide variety of pastries and French baked goods.

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The inside of the store is small with most seating outside.

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We actually visited the bakery more than once during our stay in Nevada and tried several different items. From the case above (some items changed from day to day) we tried the Black Forest cake, Tiramisu Cake, and Chocolate Eclair.

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From the case shown above, we tried the Ham & Cheese Croissant (croissant, butter, ham, & swiss cheese) and the Croque Monsieur (ham, swiss cheese, and bechamel sauce).  Needless to say, we loved every item that we tried.

I think we tried one or two other items as well. I think we visited the bakery three times. Beyond the baked goods, the location also has a variety of sandwiches, salads, crêpes, and beverages. You can check out their menu for a better idea of what is available.

This is definitely a place we will be returning to when in Nevada again.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – Coca-Cola Store

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When we were in Nevada recently we took the time to visit some of the tourist spots on the Vegas Strip. The first place we visited was the M&M’S Store. Fortunately just down the street was the Coca-Cola Store.

This store is located at Coca‑Cola Store Las Vegas, 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The store has Coca-Cola branded merchandise of all kinds.

 

 

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One of the features of the store is the small cafe on the second floor.

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While you can get a variety of Coke products, the first thing we tried was the “Taste of the World” assortment of 16 Coke products from around the world.

You get two trays each with eight glasses of beverage.

Some of these were pretty good. Some were left after a brief taste. The one we liked the least was “Beverly” from Italy.

We ended up buying root beer ice cream floats to clear the taste.

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Even in the cafe, you had Coca-Cola merchandise around you. While the cafe was busy, they had the tables spread out for social distancing.

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I never knew so many things were imprinted with the Coca-Cola logo!

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Much of their merchandise was clothing oriented.

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if you are a Coke fan you will likely enjoy a visit to this store. On Trip Advisor is it rated at 4.5/5 and on Yelp at 4/5. Even during the COVID-19 outbreak, it was busy. The staff was careful to only let in a few customers at one time. Even with this control we only waited about 10 minutes in a widely dispersed line. I can only imagine how packed it would have been otherwise under normal circumstances.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – Crêpe Expectations

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When we were in Nevada a few weeks ago we ventured out to visit Crêpe Expectations. It is located at 9500 S. Eastern Ave Ste 18, Las Vegas, NV. Owner-chefs and married couple Larry Cox and Ana Topete began with a food trailer in early 2010. By May they had moved into their current location. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a variety of beverages including beer and wine.

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It has an interesting look to the establishment. They certainly like the color purple.

 

 

 

 

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We were actually able to sit inside and eat. Not many restaurants were yet open for inside dining.

 

 

 

 

I had first thought that all they would have is desserts. I was surprised to find that they had ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’ style crêpes as well. Their menu contains nearly 30 different crêpes.

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I had the “Marco Polo” (Above – Mild ground Italian sausage, scrambled egg, and Jack cheese). It made for a very good breakfast.

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We also had two other crêpes. The one to the right is “The Simple Delight”. It came with a choice of cinnamon, vanilla, or lemon sugars. The one shown is with cinnamon sugar.

 

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The third crêpe we tried was ‘The Perfect Combination’ shown to the left. This was made with fresh strawberries and a chocolate drizzle.

 

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In addition to the inside dining area, they have a nice covered area outside.

When we were there there were several customers. We enjoyed all three of the crêpes we tried. If you like crêpes you will like Crêpe Expectations!

As an added benefit when we left Crêpe Expectations we looked in at the neighboring establishment Gama Mexican Bakery & Cakes. In the same strip mall all within easy walking distance are Le Paris Brest Cafe and The Original Rolled Ice Cream. These are all great finds!


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USA, New Mexico, Albuquerque – Swiss Alps Bakery

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(See my other Dessert related posts) – We were traveling through Albuquerque, NM a few days ago, and found the Swiss Alps Bakery. It is located at 3000 San Pedro NE, Suite F, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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It does not look like much from the outside but they have some very good baked goods.

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Among the items we tried from the display shown above were: a Cherry Danish (second shelf from top to the left), an Elephant Tail (second from right on the bottom), and an Elephant Toe (second from left on bottom). They were all very good!

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They had other items as well. Beyond the baked goods, they offer a variety of breakfast items, Sandwiches, Paninis, Pizza, Quesadillas as well as Soup & Salad. Check out their full menu.

In addition to the baked desserts, the bakery also makes different loaves of bread on a daily basis. They also do specialty cakes and pies. The Swiss Alp Bakery is open 0700-1600 Mon-Sat, and 0900-1500 Sundays.

This will be a place we will visit again! If you are looking for good baked good give the Swiss Alps Bakery a try.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – M&M’S Las Vegas

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(See my other Dessert related posts) – We are back in Nevada and took a chance to go to the Las Vegas strip for a little sightseeing. Our first stop was the M&M’S Store. The store is located in the Showcase Mall, 3785 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Of course we, like everyone else, were masked up. The store was also limiting the number of people allowed in. 

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This 28,000 square foot, a four-floor tribute to the M&M was the first M&M’S Store that was opened.

Inside you will find anything and everything related to the M&M. Including these ‘life-size’ figures.

 

As soon as you walk into the building you are confronted with a variety of merchandise – all M&M oriented. There are all sorts of figures, cups, caps, and t-shirts.

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On the second floor, you are given the opportunity to select from a wide variety of M&M’S. These are in many flavors you will not find elsewhere.

 

On the third floor is more merchandise. You can also order custom printed M&M’S from the personal printer. You can combine customized messages, a variety of images, and 16 different colors of M&M’S candies.

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On the fourth floor is more merchandise and a replica of Kyle Busch’s 18 M&M’S sponsored NASCAR.

 

 

 

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My wife even found an M&M’S themed purse she liked.

 

 

 

 

This was an enjoyable excursion. If you are in Las Vegas, this is a place you should visit, especially if you have kids. And just a short distance down the street is the Coca-Cola Store for more family enjoyment.


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