I recently had the opportunity to venture out to Winter Park, FL to try Sleeping Moon Café for a blogger dinner. This cafe offers its guests mainly sandwiches, Turkish coffees and specialty teas.
The atmosphere of this café is very laid back and chill. As you walk inside, you will see paintings by local artists displayed on the wall, and a large comfy couch in the middle of the room that you can sit on and make yourself at home.
Immediately the owner, Raihan Preston, greeted me. She was very kind to all of her customers and her service was unmatched. I felt that I had known her for a long time and enjoyed listening to the stories she told about Turkish traditions and her family.
As I took a seat near the bar area, I saw a plethora of coffees, teas and sandwiches to choose from that were written on a large chalkboard. What makes this menu even more delightful is that everything is made from fresh ingredients.
During my visit, I was able to sample some of the café’s most delectable items including fresh hummus, stuffed grape leaves and white bean soup.
I will admit I am not the world’s biggest fan of hummus. It’s not that I don’t like the taste, but it’s more about the texture. However, I think this hummus may have changed my mind. The hummus had a nice sultry flavor and was very smooth. I really enjoyed this. It was my first time trying grape leaves and they weren’t too bad.
My favorite item was the white bean soup. The jasmine rice, beans and pasta gave the soup so many flavors. I’m also one to love a bit of spice and this soup definitely had that added flare of spiciness.
To compliment this meal, I sampled the teas they were offering that day, which were Pink Blossom and Honey Jasmine. Both were very delicious. The pink blossom had a sweet flowery taste, and the honey jasmine was very strong and I could definitely taste the honey.
Lastly, came the best part – dessert. I was able to sample their vanilla ice cream topped with a bit of whipped cream and kiwi slices. The ice cream itself was smooth, creamy and delicious.
I then sampled the Turkish Delights and Turkish coffee. The Turkish Delights were exactly that – delightful. You could taste a little bit of rosewater. Also, the starch and sugar gave this a very chewy texture.
The Turkish coffee was very, very strong. If you are a coffee lover, I recommend giving this drink a try.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience and would certainly come back to try some of the other items this café has to offer. If you’re visiting the Winter Park area and are looking for a place to relax, I recommend stopping by this shop for great entertainment and tasty food.
495 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 1
Winter Park, FL 32792