By Pastry Chef Norman Love

I've lived in Ft. Myers for many years; my job with Ritz-Carlton brought me to the area from California. We raised our kids here and it became home. I've stayed for the beautiful weather, beaches and good quality of life to raise a family, but also because this is where I started my business.

Working with Chocolate

 To me, pastry is profession and chocolate is a passion. I always felt, no matter where I’ve worked, that chocolate was the best received dessert. I appreciate the artistry, décor and flavors. Working with chocolate inspires me because it is an ingredient that is universally loved and has the ability to create and express art. I can express my creative side through the medium in so many different aspects: from sculpture to an elegant enhancement to a dessert confection to a subtle, but delicious piece of chocolate.

At Norman Love Confections (NLC), we use hand-made fresh ingredients to create artistically expressed confections. I favor artistic expression because chocolate is such an expressive medium and I think of my chocolates as edible art. The design element is always top of mind when we are creating a new line or product.

Make sure you try our S'more Love. It will bring you back to your childhood sitting around the campfire on a warm summer evening.

NORMAN LOVE BOUTIQUES
Fort Myers Chocolate Salon | 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33913 | T: 239.561.7215
Naples Chocolate Salon | 3747 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103 | T: 239.687.7215
Artisan Gelato by Norman Love | 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 112, Fort Myers FL 33913 | T: 239.288.4333
www.normanloveconfections.com


Chef's Naples & Fort Myers Restaurant Guides

 Photograph courtesy of Sea Salt

Photograph courtesy of Sea Salt

Sea Salt 

Fabrizio Aielli is an award-winning chef who we're lucky to have here in Southwest Florida. His Naples restaurant wins many awards and is a beautiful place to dine. They have a fantastic oyster bar where you can sample oysters from all over North America (British Columbia, Connecticut, Maine, Florida) really whatever your favorite is, they should have it.

1186 3rd Street South, Naples, FL 34102
T: 239.434.7258
seasaltnaples.com

 Photograph courtesy of Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton

Photograph courtesy of Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton

Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton Naples

I enjoy all the restaurants at the Ritz Carlton in Naples. It's a fantastic hotel and an ideal place for a quick getaway from Fort Myers. Their new lobby restaurant, Dusk, is serving great sushi. The Blue Sea Roll is really creative. It combines blue snapper with jalapeno and on the outside, blue crab, pistachio and wasabi -- really delicious.

280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34108
T: 239.598.3300
www.ritzcarlton.com

 Photograph courtesy of Cibo

Photograph courtesy of Cibo

Cibo

Cibo is a local Fort Myers Italian restaurant that my wife, Mary, and I like to go to.  If you want some good comfort food, their Polpette Alla Mama (spaghetti and meatballs) is great. It's simple, but so good!

Bridge Plaza, 12901 McGregor Blvd #16, Fort Myers, FL 33919
T: 239.454.3700
cibofortmyers.com

Cru 

Cru is a great seafood restaurant that serves so much more than seafood. I like the line-caught sea scallops and wild-caught white shrimp with saffron rice, done with citrus -- really refreshing.

Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S Cleveland Ave #241, Fort Myers, FL 33907
T: 239.466.3663
eatcru.com

 Photograph courtesy of Rumrunners

Photograph courtesy of Rumrunners

Rumrunners

Chef Todd Johnson has several restaurants in the area and Rumrunners is a really fun place to have dinner on the water. It has a Cajun feel. I like to order the New Orleans style Little Neck Clams, which are cooked with garlic, shallots, chorizo and tomatoes, simmered in clam broth and served with a touch of red pepper, to make them spicy, hot and really delicious.

5848 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, FL 33914
T: 239.542.0200
rumrunnersrestaurant.com

Yabo

Mediterranean food that is delicious. The owner is a musician and there is rock and roll music memorabilia all over the walls. There's a stage with performances of all types of music, everything from blues to heavy metal.

16230 Summerlin Road #223, Fort Myers, FL 33908
T: 239.225.9226
yaborestaurant.com


Norman Love

Pastry chef Norman Love is an artisan chocolate maker and owner of Norman Love Confections. He lives in Fort Myers, FL where he has chocolate boutiques and gelato shops. Previously, he was the corporate executive pastry chef for The Beverly Hills Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotels.


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