If you aren't hungry, you are about to be with my newest feature in the Support Local Businesses Section of The Orlando Millennial! If you've been following my Instagram over the past few months, then you've probably seen pictures of some of these delectable treats that are made right in the Horizon West area of Central Florida! Well, now it is time to learn more about the amazing cottage bakery that makes these amazing pastries - Atlas Bakehouse!
What is the name of your business?
What type of business is it - what do you offer?
We are a home-based cottage bakery in Winter Garden, Florida, with a passion for small-batch, hand-crafted baked goods and pastries.
How long has Atlas Bakehouse been around?
We began working on our concept in August 2020 and began baking in October 2020, and it has been incredible to see how much our little cottage bakery has grown since then.
What made you decide to create a business in your home?
In 2016, we moved back home to Central Florida to begin our family, and when I left the workforce in June 2020 to stay home with our two children, I decided to take a chance on starting a home-based cottage bakery to put my baking passion and skills into practice. The bakery has been an incredible blessing to our family – allowing me to stay home with our two children while doing something that I absolutely love on a flexible schedule.
What has been your favorite part about starting this business?
Seeing the joy that hand-made baked goods and pastries brings to our family, our friends, our neighbors, and our customers has truly been a silver lining of this difficult past year and makes the long bake nights worth it. We enjoy trying new spins on classic baked goods and incorporate seasonal fruits or flavors – one of the greatest compliments we have received from customers is how our pastries and croissants remind them of those in Paris.
Do you think you will continue this business in your home or do you ever think about opening up a brick and mortar shop in the future?
For the near future, we plan to remain a home-based bakery, but we hope to one day move into a commercial production kitchen and eventually a brick and mortar shop as our kids grow. We are operating much more efficiently and quickly than during those first few weeks, which has allowed us to bake more goods and meet ever-growing customer demand while still operating out of our home.
Where can we find out more on how to order or what you are offering for the week?
To keep in the loop on our bake day schedule and pre-order information, be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/atlasbakehouse), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/atlasbakehouse/), and bookmark our website (www.atlasbakehouse.com), where you can sign up for our monthly newsletters.
Personal message from The Orlando Millennial: Michelle here! Thank you for reading this installment of Support Local section! I am very happy to be letting the community know about Atlas Bakehouse! This little at-home cottage bakery is a gem in our community! Definitely be sure to check out their website and social media to learn about when you can place an order, since it is NOT a daily thing! They have started to offer mini-bakes too! You don't want to miss out on trying these delicious pastries! Be sure to tell us in the comments what your favorite treat from Atlas Bakehouse is once you try them!
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It's JUNE! Rosen Plaza in Orlando Celebrates Father’s Day Throughout the Month with Special Offers at Jack’s Place and ‘39 Poolside Bar & Grill
Rosen Plaza Hotel is declaring June National Heroes Month, in honor of all of the Dads and father figures that we treasure as the special heroes in our lives.
Jack's Place Restaurant
To celebrate, on Father’s Day or any Sunday in June, treat your favorite leading man to the hotel’s popular Jack's Place restaurant where he can relish an award-winning multi-course meal and, as an added treat, “meet up” with some of his own favorite heroes, too.
First, reward Dad’s amazing feats of patience and support with a free succulent Jack’s Place entree (free with entree purchase of equal or greater value). Hearty selections include the 20 ounce Bone-In Rib Eye, Grilled Rack of Lamb, Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin and a 6 ounce Filet Mignon.
For the fresh seafood lover, seasonal favorites include Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Broiled Lobster Tail, Carmelized Chimichurri Scallops and Sesame Crusted Tuna. Entrees are accompanied by Chef’s fresh market vegetables and Jack’s Place Au Gratin Potatoes. Plenty of additional menu options include inventive sides like Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese and sweet endings like Junior’s “Most Famous” Cheesecake. A children’s menu is available.
While dining, Dad can revel in the hotel’s unrivaled gallery collection of autographed celebrity caricatures penned by owner Harris Rosen’s father Jack while working at the Waldorf Astoria during the hotel’s tony heyday in 1930s-50s. Gracing the walls are home run kings Hammerin’ Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth, astronaut and moon walker Neil Armstrong, heavyweight boxing champ Muhammed Ali, first flighter Charles Lindberg, WW II hero General Douglas MacArthur and stoic Western actor John Wayne -- just a few of the hundreds of historic icons mesmerizing guests.
For your own hero's portrait, an in-house artist will pen complimentary caricatures of the man of the hour and your party as cherished keepsakes. Just make sure to get Dad’s autograph before framing.
To make your reservation and for more details, please call 407-996-1787. Or book on OpenTable.com using the code Heroes21. For more information, the menu and a list of caricatures, please visit JacksPlaceRestaurant.com. Parking is complimentary for dining guests.
'39 Poolside Bar & Grill
For the father who enjoys his day in the sun, Rosen Plaza’s ’39 Poolside Bar & Grill is ideal for a scenic outdoor celebratory brunch for the entire family.
Reserve a comfy shaded table next to the hotel’s glistening tropical pool.
Then sip chilled Mimosas or a cold Rosen’s own Alligator Drool Beer while perusing an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch delights where Dad enjoys a free entree (free with entree purchase of equal or greater value).
Choose from guest favorites like ‘39 Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, French Toast Stack and ‘39 Crab Benny.
Or enjoy more traditional fare like Sixty South Grilled Salmon Salad, Poolside Brunch Burger with fried egg, smokehouse bacon and cheddar cheese, Poolside Chicken Fajita or Shrimp Tacos and more. Plenty of special brunch accompaniments include Chicken Apple Sausage, Crispy Onion Rings and Made-Fresh-to-Order Poolside Guacamole.
The free entree offer is available throughout the month of June during the Poolside Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at ‘39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
To book this dining opportunity, please visit OpenTable.com and use the code Heroes21 or call 407-996-3899 to book or for more details.
For more information and for the brunch menu, please visit RosenPlaza.com and click on the dining tab for ‘39 Poolside Bar & Grill. Parking is complimentary for dining guests.
For guest safety and security and that of our associates, Rosen Plaza implements Rosen’s Total Commitment. For more information, please visit RosenHotels.com/RosensTotalCommitment.
Rosen Plaza Hotel is located at 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, please visit RosenPlaza.com.
I'm a Rosen Hotels Blogger Ambassador. In exchange for sharing upcoming information, sometimes I receive complimentary admission to events. As always, all opinions are my own.
Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival - Cheers to the Yummiest Event of the Season!
The Orlando Millennial was invited to attend Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food & Wine Festival this year and it sure did not disappoint. Just like the past few festivals, this one required a park reservation, social distancing, and masks.
Y’all, the food at each festival just keeps getting better. I have been to Food & Wine at Busch Gardens before, but hands down, this one was THE BEST. I thought Mardi Gras had the best food and drink- NOPE - this one did! Never have we at The Orlando Millennial eaten or drank so much while at one of the events - but we used THREE sampler cards. Two 5 stamps, and one 12 stamp. Yes… it’s true. The drinks were wonderful and honestly, the festival area was empty as everyone was on the rides, which made it even better.
FAVORITE DRINKS: Hungry Elephant [Frozen] (Giraffe Bar), The Posh Puffin (Giraffe Bar), Chandon Sparkling Brut (Napa Nook), Main & Vine Blood Orange Mango (Vino, Vidi, Vici), Bud Light Seltzer Lemon Lime (#CorksandCoasters Draft House), and the grape Jell-O Shots (XCursions) .
FAVORITE FOODS: Fried Chicken & Biscuit Slider (Southern Kitchen), Lobster, White Cheddar KRAFT Mac ‘N’ Cheese (All American Eats by KraftHeinz), Drunken Shrimp Tostada *This is listed as beer battered but it is actually not fried* (West Coast Catch), Baileys Bliss Cupcake (XCursions), Hand Carved Espresso-Rubbed Tenderloin (Yuengling Butchery)
As always, I highly recommend getting the sampler card. This is a GREAT way to save some money. The drinks will be smaller, but if you want to try a bunch, it's also a great way to do that while saving room in your belly and saving a penny - plus once you know what you love, you can then go back and grab a big one! The food portions stay the same size, which is great.
There was tons of seating and tables for eating for this festival. My absolute favorite spot for sure though, was the #CorksandCoasters Draft House area. It is a little hidden gem. We sat there for about an hour or more. Very peaceful in that area and close to drinks if needed. Starting this weekend bands will be playing, so I’m sure it will change, but in the evening a live musician was playing, which also made it nice.
Busch Garden’s Food & Wine Festival will be taking place on weekends until April 25th. It is included with park admission, but food and drinks are sold separately. Park reservations are required, as are masks and social distancing.
I am a Busch Gardens blogger ambassador. In exchange for sharing upcoming information sometimes I receive complimentary admission to events. As always, all opinions are my own.
This time of social distancing can be difficult, especially with grocery stores being low in stock, or perhaps you just want something different to eat. Well Ace Cafe Orlando is offering a NEW free home delivery + curbside pick-up menu during this time:
I am an Ace Cafe Orlando blogger ambassador. I have been asked to share this information with my followers. As always, all comments and opinionså are my own.
Tea Time at The Garden View Tea Room
Looking for something unique and different to do in Orlando or at Disney World? Yesterday I took my sister for a tea time at The Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World as part of her birthday celebration. I had never done this before and had actually only heard about this a few months ago (I had thought they only offered the Princess Tea). The tea time is really an awesome experience and reservations can be hard to come by, so be sure to book in advance!
How does it work? Well 3 options are offered. There is The Bedfordshire Tea ($35 per person), The Cheshire Tea ($50 per person), and The Berkshire ($150 for 2). We both opted for The Cheshire Tea. The difference between this and the Bedfordshire is that you also get a plate with cheese and fruit. Being cheese lovers, we were definitely down for a cheese plate!
Each person gets to choose their own pot of tea. I chose the nutty chocolate which was yummy. My sister chose the fig & rose white tea, which is special to the Garden View. Also delish! (Another pot is only $7.50 should you want a refill).
After the cheese plate we moved on to the little sandwiches, scone with jam/clotted cream/lemon curd, and dessert. The sandwiches were yummy! If there is one you know you won’t like, beforehand they will let you order extra of another or switch for something else like a PB&J. I went for all the normal sammies. Sandwiches included: Egg salad, chicken curry, cucumber boursin, poached pear & gorgonzola, fire roasted tomato w/ oregano-goat cheese, and onion tart. My favs were probably the chicken curry and onion tart.
The scone with jam, clotted cream, and lemon curd was good. There was also a strawberry preserve tart. I loved the lemon curd and I recommend putting the lemon curd on the tard - yum!
For dessert, there were 3 options, but we both went with the trifle. The trifle offered to us was a cranberry trifle, which was yummy but I was SO full, there was no way I could finish the whole thing.
Would I go back? YES! However, this is more of a special occasion venue I think. I wouldn’t just go any day of the week. I would want to keep this a special place. I already booked it again for my birthday in February!
Can men go? YES! So many men were there!
Would I choose the same option again? It was a lot of food, so next time I would maybe go with The Bedfordshire option depending how hungry I am. I would not choose The Berkshire as I’m not much of a caviar person.
Of course once we were done we had to check out all the holiday decor before it magically disappears in a few days...
Hi all! I'm Michelle and I have been a lifestyle blogger since 2017. I used to host fun networking events around Orlando and now I've decided to take a step back and continue to focus on my favorite part - bringing you all the fun happenings around Central Florida, plus filling you in on my travels, life, and more! I'm a foodie, selfie-taking Millennial that loves spending time at the theme parks, traveling, and spending time with her dog, and trying new wine. I hope you enjoy reading my blog!