The Discriminating Diner – Special Edition

The Discriminating Diner and crew recently had the opportunity to participate in some food related events here in SWFL. We wanted to share these experiences with you.

The Dunkin Donuts Coolatta Experience

Recently we were invited to DD to try some new Coolattas and other items. They featured for us their new Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta® and Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta® and the Comet Candy Donut as well as a smoked sausage, cheese, egg on a English muffin sandwich. We also tried the cold brew with caramel. Dunkin Donuts has launched these new cosmic items. So, we got to taste test them.
I am not a sweet drink kinda person but if you are then the Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta® is for you. I preferred the Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta® as it was less sweet. The Comet Candy Donut was pretty rockin as well. Who doesn’t like a good donut right?

discriminating dinerThe sandwich was really tasty, and I would not hesitate to order that one. However, I am a coffee drinker and the cold brew with caramel was just perfect.
We were also given some freebies…perks of the job one could say…lol…which was very nice of them.
Overall, I suspect the Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta will probably not sell as well as the Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta® and from checking out the feedback so far…. they may have to rethink this one.

Personally however, I am sticking to the cold brew. This they do a great job on and I prefer it to other chains that offer cold/iced coffee. There is a Krispy Kreme opening soon and it will be interesting to see how they fair in the market.
Are you a Dunkin Donuts or a Krispy Kreme person?

Dining in the Dark – Lighthouse Of SWFL

The lighthouse of SWFL recently had a fundraising dinner at Trattoria Mia in Fort Myers. It was a wine tasting with a 5-course meal. The hitch was all who attended had to eat their meal blindfolded.
The Lighthouse of SWFL “mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in our society.” They provide “vital training, programs and services to individuals living with blindness and vision impairment.” This event was not only a fundraising event but highlighted stories from 2 individuals who are associated with their programs. They had amazing stories about overcoming obstacles to be successful in achieving their goals.

discriminating dinerTrattoria Mia provided the meal and the food was outstanding. So, try eating Shrimp on an Herb Garlic Crostini or Salmon Risotto with Fennel blindfolded. You had no idea where on the plate your food was or how much you got on your fork. The biggest challenge was when we had the Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Drizzled with a Gorgonzola Cream Cheese. This required cutting the meat with a knife while blindfolded. Eating the meal became work. You had to think about what you were doing. Drinking was also a challenge. Where was the glass? They did give us some tips on how to find our glass but you had to think about everything you were doing. When most of us eat, we do not have to focus or even think about how to dot it. This experience reminded us of how even the simplest of tasks, that we take for granted become a chore. It was an effort as you had to feel with your fork where the food was. The food was delicious but was hard to enjoy at the same level as when one does not have to think about how to eat. When eating, your taste is somewhat different. You notice all the different flavors more. It was an enlightening experience. You may want to try this at home sometime if you want to gain a new application for those who are visually impaired.

Both these events occurred right here in Fort Myers. It is amazing the number of events the occur weekly here in Fort Myers as well as all over SWFL. Many of which you may never even knew were happening. So we encourage you to join our Facebook Group SWFL Happenings to learn about other great SWFL events.

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