Think Sweeties by Mili for Superior Homemade Delicacies!
When you think of homemade, owner and chef Milouska Kennis wants Sweeties by Mili to be first café and bakery that comes to mind for freshness, quality of ingredients, and unparalleled flavor.
Though some bakeries may claim to make homemade, chef Mili explained that unfreezing a pastry and heating in the oven does not constitute homemade. She is proud that her decadent Swiss chocolate rum truffles and chocolate truffles don’t all look identical in the display. They were rolled out by her hand, not by a machine.
Serving breakfast, lunch and a wide array of sweets, Sweeties by Mili is proudly celebrating two years at its location in Citrus Park at 11961 Sheldon Road this month.
One of a kind, family-owned and operated, Sweeties by Mili is where everything, from the ganache in the brownies and the dulce de leche and strawberry marmalade in the cakes and cookies, to the mayonnaise in the chicken salad and even the buttery croissant, have been hand created from the talent and imagination of chef Mili.
Originally from Peru, chef Mili combines her love of baking native Peruvian desserts with her degree from the prestigious and European-inspired Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, to come up with a variety of delicious desserts to showcase at her café and bakery.
Family owned and operated, Mili’s mother, husband and brother’s wife all work at the bakery and her daughter assisted before she began working on her Master’s degree.
“Since I was a kid I have always baked for my grandmother and my mother,” explained chef Mili. “I love to make cakes. We have a specialty cake that I created myself called House Cake that is so different than the ones you eat here (in America). It has pastry cream, strawberry homemade marmalade that my mother makes here, homemade dulce de leche and Chantilly cream on top.”
Besides a delicious dessert menu, chef Mili recently increased her hours due to breakfast requests from her lunchtime customers. “We have homemade croissants, real eggs (not the packaged kind), bacon, cheese, ham and turkey, and bagels,” she said.
Lunch features your choice of croissants: plain, cheese, ham and cheese, tuna or chicken salad.
But, if you have ever wondered what heaven tastes like, press your fork into the blonde and chocolate four layers of the House Cake. Savor the creamy dulce de leche and the moistness of the cake and the lightness of the icing. Know somewhere angels must be singing this cake praises. Another item Sweeties by Mili is known for is their signature familyrecipe, Alfajor, a light, crumbly and tender cookie filled with dense dulce de leche and pressed together. The cookies truly are the ying to the caramel’s yang.
Moving into chocolate confections, chef’s Mili’s choice to continue using the Swiss chocolate she grew comfortable with in pastry school has made the difference between a great truffle and an extraordinary one. Handcrafted and absolutely decadent, the chocolate is mouth-watering and the rum in the Swiss chocolate rum truffles is subtle and not overpowering. “The Swiss chocolate is more expensive for me, but you can taste that it is really good quality,” said chef Mili.
Chef Mili’s chocolate croissant is another fabulous selection, with buttery, flaky goodness filled with rich Swiss chocolate – any chocoholic’s dream. Or, if you are in the mood for a cookie, even the butter cookies with a zigzag pattern of Swiss chocolates evoke a reaction of “oh my God” upon first bite.
First time guest Beatrice Rose, was invited to Sweeties by Mili by café regular Marcy Rey. Beatrice says, “I think it is a great place to bring your family. The food is delicious. My friend has been here more than a couple of times and her husband had ordered a birthday cake and that’s what I’m going to buy today. Everything they make is homemade. It’s in a great place and the atmosphere is very nice – beautiful, clean, sophisticated – so I would recommend it to anyone.”
Chef Mili prides herself on a menu display of customer favorites and offers a cozy environment that invites guests to eat and socialize. But, if there is a special treat that you don’t see it on the menu, it’s more than likely Chef Mili can research a recipe and make you a custom order. “I love that,” she said. “By order, I can make anything. I get orders for desserts from other countries that I have never made before. I love when I have to look the recipe up and just make it.” Sweeties by Mili carries glutenfree cupcakes every day and can make sugar-free and gluten-free desserts by order.
“I want everyone to know that this is a family business,” said chef Mili, “Everything we make is really completely homemade and you see and taste the difference.”
Sweeties by Mili is located at 11961 Sheldon Road in Tampa. They are open 7am – 8pm, with breakfast served 7am – 11am, Monday through Friday; 10am to 7pm with breakfast available until 1pm on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. For more information, please call (813) 298-0492, visit www.SweetiesByMili.com or Facebook.com/SweetiesTampa.