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cinnamon rolls

Do you remember Capt. Appleby's? It was a popular Mount Dora restaurant until it wasn't anymore -- wasn't popular then wasn't there. If you don't remember that, then you probably won't remember that it was also the restaurant that occupied the space at Dubsdread Golf Course before the Tap Room moved in and started serving good food. (My first review of Capt. Appleby's in Orlando coined the term dubsdreadful.)

Even if you don't remember anything else about the restaurants, you'll remember the little cinnamon rolls that were served there. These sweet treats were served as a garnish on each plate at Capt. Appleby’s.

I was digging through some old files and came across this recipe and I thought you'd enjoy it. I'll be featuring chef recipes regularly. Let me know if there are any you'd like to see here.

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Mi Tomatina, the Spanish tapas and paella restaurant in Winter Park's Hannibal Square, is calling it quits after a five-year run.

MT broke the news in a tweet to its Twitter followers:

Tomatina tweet

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Two Chefs Brunch oyster blt

I’m heading to New Orleans next week, so to get primed I stopped in recently to try out the new brunch menu at Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar in the North Quarter.

If you missed it, you can read my review of the Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar regular menu here. That same great quality is carried through with the Sunday brunch menu.

Two Chefs Brunch deviled eggs

I’ve become inured to the siren call of deviled eggs. I love them, but I’m almost always disappointed when I order them in restaurants. But the Lobster Deviled Eggs at 2CSOB. Besides the sweet lobster meat, the eggs were topped with chewy chunks of bacon and pickled shallots. Each one a delectable treat. And there were four halves instead of the mathematically illogical three that most restaurants serve. I appreciated that.

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Teriyaki Madness bowl

Ordinarily, this is the type of place I would probably take a pass on, another franchise location among the thousands — yes, thousands — that already litter the Central Florida foodscape. But something about the press release announcing the opening of Teriyaki Madness made me take notice.

The Colorado based franchise is being brought into the area by Brevard Achievement Center, a nonprofit agency with headquarters in Rockledge that offers programs and services to assist people with disabilities. According to the press release, BAC decided that one way it could assist its clients — and generate income, to boot — would be to purchase a fast-casual restaurant franchise. Besides being a revenue source, the business could provide on-the-job training, not to mention employment, for people with disabilities. That’s smart thinking, and that’s the sort of organization that I would like to support.

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Mcwhopper

Now what is Burger King up to?

In a full-page ad in major newspapers Wednesday, Burger King issued an open letter to McDonald’s, which of course is its Golden Arch enemy, proposing a truce. Or at least a one day ceasefire.

“Good morning McDonald’s,” the letter began, omitting a needed comma after the word morning. “We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace.”

The ad explained that BK has been inspired by the designation of September 21 as Peace Day by an organization called Peace One Day. The nonprofit’s tagline for the event is “Who will you make peace with?”

So Burger King proposes in the letter that the two burger companies come together to form, for one day only, a pop-up restaurant that would serve a single item: the McWhopper, a mashup of all the mashed up ingredients that make up the fast food ginants’ signature items, the Big Mac and the Whopper.

The restaurant would be in an Atlanta parking lot that lies between a McDonald’s and a Burger King. (Atlanta lies midway between the brands’ headquarters, Chicago for McD’s and Miami for BK.

So is it real? Burger King insists that it is, and has even created a website, mcwhopper.com, with details (including a glimpse of the proposed uniforms the workers would wear that day).

But Burger King has been known to do some outrageous marketing stunts in the past. Who can forget the meat-scented cologne from a couple of years ago?

What Burger King has definitely done is put McDonald’s in a difficult situation. It can turn down the offer and look Putin-esque, or it can accept the offer and sheepishly follow in the marketing ploy of its business enemy.

Either way, it’s a lose-lose proposition for the clown. And I don’t see the dining public coming out a winner, either.