The Sweet Shop at 4 Rivers

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Well, I checked off the BBQ aspect of 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park, FL. But then, I noticed they had a separate bakery, The Sweet Shop, and, well…duh, I had to check that out.

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It’s a common habit, we eat with our eyes first. These desserts were pretty eye catching with their large, grand size and their perfectly confected baked goods. They offer cupcakes, cakes, ice cream and brownie bars, to name their most prominent items.

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They also have some really novel and unique items such as their Cupcake Milkshakes (your choice of a cupcake dropped into a milkshake and blended up into a shake that is sure to bring all the boys to the yard…Kelis…) and their Mountain Dew Dorito Cupcake (novel, yes, but sorry, I wasn’t too interested in eating one). 

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I certainly have eyes a bit bigger than my stomach, and had to get a few things to try. Their desserts are not for the weak, each one is large and hefty. I first had their Double Chocolate Cookie with nuts. So, if you haven’t worked out in a little while, fear not because this cookie can double as a weight for arm curls, weighing in at around 1lb. It’s huge, but the chocolate flavor and sweetness are actually more on the mild side, allowing you to make your way through more of it. It’s also a little fudgy on the inside, almost like a brownie. 

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Next, I got their Kryptonite Brownie (pecans and caramel), another huge portion. The brownie was rich, moist (I hate that word) but also not overly sweet either, allowing the sweetness and creaminess of the caramel to take that spotlight, and adding the pecans for a nice nuttiness and crunch. I think Superman would have been pretty happy eating this one. 

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Last, I got their Texas Bourbon Pecan Bar, which, was hands down, my favorite. The bourbon absolutely comes through, giving it a really rich, warm flavor. And who doesn’t love the taste of a little booze in a delicious treat? The whole pecans were coated in a crisp, sugar crumble coating, giving the bar a sandwich effect of crunch from the pecans and the bottom crust, and the contrast of the creamy, oozy boozy center. 

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And, of course, some wise words to live by.

The Shorts:
Name: The Sweet Shop
Location: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 1600 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. And hell, I might even get the Mountain Dew Dorito Cupcake. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely, something for everyone sweet tooth, and each item makes great to share among a few people. 

 

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Big Booty Bread Co.

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If you’re in the mood for fresh baked goods, made from local ingredients, with a Latin flare, head to Big Booty Bread Co. in Chelsea. 

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This former Wall Street trader comes from baking roots and decided to follow his passion and open up a bakery. Serving items from cupcakes and cookies, to empanadas, many of the items have a Latin influence to set them apart. 

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Now, I’ve had their cupcakes before and really enjoy those, so, I went for something different. First, I got their Booty Bun (which, is just fun to say anyway). They have a few varieties to choose from (filled with chocolate, guava, or strawberry/cream cheese), but I went for the dulce de leche. The bun is eggy in flavor and pillowy soft.

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Inside you have the dulce de leche, sweet and creamy. My only wish is that there was more inside.

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Then, because who doesn’t love a brownie, I got their Cheesecake Brownie. Rich and chocolatey, and almost fudge-like. 

The Shorts:
Name: Big Booty Bread Co. 
Location: 261 West 23rd Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, an empanada is calling my name.
Would I recommend it? Yes, get your hands on their buns without anyone complaining.