Best of Summer 2018 in Winter and College Park

My Summer Break has officially come to a close (I’m a teacher.) I didn’t go anywhere new or cool, but I did accomplish my goal of knitting and crocheting like crazy. I binged on Netflix’s Jessica Jones (it’s sooooo gooood!) I finally finished the Appalachian Baby Blanket that took me an entire year. Other cool activities included:

-The opening of Gratitude Coffee Shop in College Park! Still the best cold brew and so reasonably priced. I actually had a dream some big company bought her out and was charging $7 for a cold brew but everyone still gladly paid it.

-The opening of The Heavy in the old Lombardi’s spot. While the aesthetic is supreme, it’s mostly overpriced plants and pots. I’ll stick to my trusty Florida Cactus Inc. in Apopka. While it’s a bit of a drive and there’s no coffee bar, it’s a whole experience that can’t be duplicated.

-32789 lunches that include Black Bean Deli, Mediterranean Deli, and my new favorite, Soho Juice that whips up heavenly smoothie bowls that stay on your mind.

-and of course… more crystals because I’m officially obsessed.

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New General

New General, Winter Park FL

Last week, I thought I saw a picture on Instagram of this place but forgot what it was called and where it was. I drove up and down Park Ave looking for it and couldn’t find it. I tried googling it but was searching “General Store” and came up with nothing. I gave up and thought maybe I imagined it or something but then my cousin texted me about it and told me where it actually was. It’s right down from Luma next to Colonial Drugs. I can’t remember what the building used to be. It’s so cool, it’s almost too cool for Winter Park, but is Winter Park becoming dare-I-say ‘that’ cool? It has everything¬† we love right now; cacti, neutral colors, ridiculously high priced leather goods, canvas, clogs, and tiny wooden bowls. Oh and coffee. The cold brew was delicious, very strong. I only tasted it since I’m off coffee right now and my cold brew heart belongs to Gratitude Coffee.

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Gratitude Coffee Truck

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My coffee situation drastically changed this week, hopefully permanently. After the whole caffeine overdose scare, I went off coffee cold turkey then eventually promised I would have just 1 (one!) just one “cup” per day. This ended up being an iced Americano from Starbucks every morning before work that got boring real quick.

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Decided to finally try the Gratitude Coffee truck that parks at a flower shop on the corner of Formosa and Par from 7am to 3:30pm during the week. I’ve only ever had the cold brew with cream, sugar, and a tad of vanilla and it. is. magical. I dream of it before I go to bed and the whole experience gives my whole day a positive vibe. It’s the smoothest, more flavorful coffee I’ve ever had. It’s really quite different than others and I’m so thankful that it’s so close to my work.

Yarn Truck

This Saturday morning, I ventured down Fairbanks to the Black Sheep’s new location. Every third Saturday, Four Purls of Winter Haven brings a little slice of their shop via a truck to the 32789. The truck offered a friendly, fabulous selection of yarns I have been longing to see and touch in person. They carry they good stuff- Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Knit Collage, and much more. A visit to their brick and mortar store is definitely in my future, but a quick fix to the truck was just what I needed in this yarn-starved WP.

I left with a skein of Knit Collage Gypsy Garden and a Malabrigo that will both end up as hats, I’m betting… I celebrated with a Matcha Milk from Krungthep, naturally.

Sick Days

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Took my first sick day this year due to an accidental caffeine overdose (this has happened before). So naturally I spent the day knitting and busting into the La Colombe Draft Latte that I ordered online and have been looking at longingly sitting in the fridge. It’s a smooth magical blend of coffee, milk, and delicately sweetened. Also, no after taste all those canned coffee drinks have. It was the only caffeine that day, I swear.

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Spring Break So Far…

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Obligatory Winter Park Rose Garden Art Festival Pic…
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Spring Break 2016 kicked off with Art Festival that was accompanied by very fickle weather…

Checked out a new yarn shop on Fairbanks called “Gabriella’s Yarn Shop.” They carried the typical bright, tacky, shawl and sock yarns. I didn’t even see a lick of bulky yarn and it’s not like anyone was assisting me to find it. The entire time I wandering around, the woman working didn’t even acknowledge my presence. Can’t see myself stopping in for a 2nd visit.