Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hot Olives

by Meghann on August 5, 2010

As many times as I’ve explored downtown Winter Park, I can’t believe there are still areas I’ve never been to!

Tonight I discovered another one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚


Isn’t this area the cutest? My dream house would be just around the corner. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Earlier this week I found a deal for Hot Olives – a chic and modern restaurant in downtown Winter Park – and decided to purchase it on a whim. The restaurant had a great menu and an inviting website (I’m a sucker for websites). Plus, it gave me an excuse to invite my sister and Megan along to help me spend it. ๐Ÿ™‚



Ok, so we weren’t going out just to use the gift certificate; we also had a graduation to celebrate! Megan officially graduates from UCF on Saturday. I’m so proud of my little engineer. ๐Ÿ™‚


Hot Olives more than lived up to it’s website. The inside was low lit and romantic, while the outside had a modern, southern flair to it.


We chose to sit outside. Luckily, a late afternoon thunderstorm had brought slightly cooler temps to the area.



Our meal began with hot white rolls and a delicious salty olive tapenade.


The olive tapenade was a welcome change from the traditional olive oil and spices usually served at restaurants. The three of us gobbled it up with out a problem.


Once the bread was gone we licked the plate clean. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hot Olives had an amazing salad menu. There were over a dozen choices and it took me three rounds of the server coming to our table before I made up my mind. I ended up ordering the Tuna Nicoise simply because it had the most toppings. When it was placed in front of me I instantly fell in love with all of the of colors, textures, and flavors.



However, it was HUGE and I could only eat half. ๐Ÿ™‚


Left overs!

After dinner we took a stroll through the downtown area and stopped for FroYo at a place down the street.


I had a mix of flavors with lots of fruit, chocolate, and some crunch.


Snacks of the day included:



Lunch was actually a pretty inspired creation if I do say so myself.


You know those ideas you get when you’re terribly hungry and everything sounds good? Well, this is one of them and it was freaking fantastic – starving or now.


A baked sweet potato topped with honey peanut butter and dried fruit.

Don’t think about it. Just try it. You can thank me later. ๐Ÿ™‚


On the side some fresh green beans and peanut butter pretzels.


I ended up giving half of the pb pretzels to Maddie. Having the pretzels on top of the peanut butter topped sweet potato was a little PB overload. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow is Friday and I am so ready for it.

Good Night!

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