We recently visited Mt. Dora, Fl. (elevation 176 feet). It was spring break but there were no crazy balcony jumpers there. Mt. Dora is a nice little old Florida town with a modern art museum, art galleries, shops, and a lake with a lighthouse.
On the evening before we left home for our trip, we had dinner with friends. En route to their house, we stopped at Publix for a bottle of wine and dessert. Jim said, “something chocolate” when asked for a recommendation for the menu. I found their Decadent Chocolate Cake and bought my first one ever. It was decadent indeed.
In Mt. Dora, our innkeeper was Melanie. Over coffee, she revealed that Publix bakes fresh bread for the B & B’s gourmet breakfast every day. Our menu included strawberry and ricotta stuffed french toast, served behind a tropical soup of strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and banana, topped with diced Fuji apple. Yes, if you suspect that this was amazingly delicious, you are right.
Melanie knows that Publix uses only the best ingredients because the company was one of her customers when she worked as a salesperson for some of the world’s finest chocolate.
In fact, Publix’s Decadent Chocolate Cake? She developed that recipe.
Jobs well done, Melanie; at breakfast in Mt. Dora…and on the cake recipe. I just love unexpected connections.