Sanford – The White Cup Coffeehouse

Sanford, Florida does not jump to mind when thinking of exciting places in Florida.  Most of that reputation is well deserved as Sanford is, by enlarge, a quiet, residential town.  It is, however, an older city than Orlando and has had a chance to develop a real, if small, Main Street.  I shall probably write about a few places in Sanford, because there are a couple “diamonds in the rough” hidden among the antiques shops.

The Front of The White Cup

The Front of The White Cup

The subject of my first post is The White Cup Coffeehouse.  The White Cup opened less than a year ago with the idea to be different from the stereotypical coffeehouse.  There are the normal variety of espresso based drinks and food items for customers, a stage for performers, art for sale on the walls.  Then you notice the differences.  The house amps on stage are larger than you would expect.  There is a guitar shop, Wayne’s World Class Instruments, in the middle of the coffeehouse.  The sell a coffee called 3Caf, which has 3 times the caffeine of normal coffee.  This is no cliched coffee shop.

Monday night is called “Metal Mondays” and the coffeehouse hosts a strictly heavy metal open mike / jam.  Local metal aficionados gather to exchange power cords and blistering solos.  Wayne himself occasionally jumps on stage to join in.  Soon, performers deemed not worthy will blasted off stage with a peal of thunder from “The Gong of Death”.

Friday night is “Open Mike Night”.  Performers are given 15 minutes in which to perform.  The room is packed with people waiting to conquer their fear of performing in public.

There are dozens of Coffeehouses in the Orlando area, but if you want a Coffeehouse that stands out from the generic coffee shops, definitely take the time to visit The White Cup.

Update April 16th, 2012

This place just keeps getting better. They have recently added Cuban coffees to their menu and they are top notch. Their Café con leche tastes salty-sweet like a melted toffee. The regular Cuban espresso is incredible as well. If you need a step up in caffeine from 3Caf, I highly recommend the Cuban coffees.

125 W. 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771

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Leesburg – Polish Delicatessen

Polish Deli Storefront

Polish Deli Storefront

There is a Polish Deli  you have to visit if you are ever near Leesburg, Florida.  Why you ask?  Because they make their own kielbasa.  Not only do they make one kind, but several: fresh, smoked, double

A small section of the cold case

A small section of the cold case

smoked, garlic, extra garlic, light garlic, spicy hunter’s, and more.  Not only do they make polish sausage, but other kinds of sausage as well.  In addition, they have other kinds of preserved meats and Eastern European products.  When you walk in the store, the woman behind the counter greets you in accented English and the smell of garlic makes you instantly hungry.  This place is the real deal.

Even though the whole cold case full of various sausages beckons you, their best product is the kielbasa.  This is not some mass produced brand that looks and tastes like bologna.  In the cross section of a hefty link, you will find large chunks of pork that would have been an entire mouthful on their own.  You specify the amount you want, not by weight, but by the number of coils you wish to purchase.  Only then is the mass of meat measured and priced.  Be aware, that your trip home will be a tortuous one.  The smell of the kielbasa will haunt you the entire way.  It doesn’t matter if you put it in a bag or in your trunk.  The smell will permeate through your vehicle and be a siren song,  tempting you to dash your diet against the rocks of preserved pork.

You have been warned.


Polish Delicatessen
1322 W North Blvd (Rt 441)
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 365-1747

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