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Dandelion Donuts – Step Up Tallahassee

Good morning readers! Do you like donuts? Do you like supporting local businesses? Do you live in/near Tallahassee? If so, I am about to make your day. Allow me to introduce you to Dandelion Donuts! They’re vegan, they’re organic, they’re delivered in a wonderful eco-friendly modified bicycle, and most importantly, they are INSANELY delicious. They had a launch party for their Indiegogo fundraiser this past Saturday at Sweet Pea Cafe, and Andy and I had to stop by and try things out.

Strawberry Basil! These were Andy’s favorites by far, and I have to admit that I love how they were delightfully pink without any artificial coloring.  The Summer Herb was my runner up favorite. It was perfectly tart and a tiny bit herbaceous. I could eat these all summer long! Double Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs! Me with my favorite, the Maple Facon. I don’t know how I have lived this long and never tried coconut bacon. It’s perfectly crispy and exactly what this donut needs to contrast that rich maple glaze.

To find out more about Dandelion Donuts and to support this local venture, check out their fundraiser Indiegogo page, and to receive updates on progress and availability be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Twenty Six Divine: Charleston

One of the coolest things I got to do in Charleston was have Afternoon Tea. Not just any high tea, mind you; my traveling companion was vegan so we had vegan Afternoon Tea at Twenty Six Divine. For those of you who don’t know, afternoon tea is your tea blend of choice accompanied by small pastries and bite size sandwiches. It sounds pretty simple, but I’ve run into issues finding a place that can accommodate my vegetarian diet, let alone someone that calls for absolutely no dairy.  When I was doing research for our trip, I noticed that Twenty Six Divine not only offered afternoon tea, they had a blurb at the bottom of the page saying that they could accommodate various allergies and dietary restrictions. A quick phone call later, we were booked and very excited to see how things would turn out.

ts2 ts3We were the only people taking tea that afternoon, so we had the added luxury of having the place to ourselves. We felt pretty special, let me tell you, but the “special snowflake” special, not the “eat the paste” special. ts4 ts9After learning that I was vegetarian not vegan like my dinning companion, our server brought me some of the fresh almond biscotti they had just made. Had I pockets, I would have filled them with smuggled biscotti.  ts5 ts6The food was incredible. There were so many different things that I can’t honestly remember them all. My savory favorites were the red pepper gazpacho and the eggplant and onion flat bread. As far as the sweets went, the house made cinnamon almonds and the raspberry and chocolate torte took the proverbial cake.  ts7 ts8It was a really great experience, even more so since Stefanie had figured her days of high tea had ended when she went fully vegan. I also came away with the conviction that I need to work even harder to incorporate recipes for people with restrictions into my repertoire. The crowning achievement would be throwing an afternoon tea for my friends that could accommodate vegan as well as gluten free. If I pulled it off, there might have to be a baking equivalent to a mike drop. Perhaps, a spatula drop, or better yet a whisk drop… I’ll figure it out and get back to you later.


Dellz: Charleston

Travel food can be a bit hit and miss, but sometimes the stars align and you find that gem of a place that not only provides an excellent meal but makes you lament that there isn’t a place like it in your town. Dell’z in Charleston was one of those places for me.  D1 D5 D6 We rolled into Charleston late Thursday afternoon, and after checking in with our host, food was very much a priority. After getting lost with our GPS and doing some serious navigating around detours and construction, we finally pulled into the small gravel lot behind the restaurant. Getting out of the car, we were immediately optimistic when we saw the colorful murals and the small garden at the back of the establishment. D7 D3Our optimism continued to grow as we took in the colorful decor and chatted with the sweet and very informative cashier (Hello, Caroline!). She helped us navigate the menu and gave us lots of recommendations for our dietary restrictions and culinary preferences. D4 D2 The place was so laid back, and the decor was fun and eclectic. We both loved the found treasures displayed on the walls and the chairs that had been reupholstered with coffee and produce bags. D8 D9 D10 The food…oh, my goodness, the food. I had their vegan chicken cordon bleu wrap, and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten, vegan or other wise. There was crunch from the veggies and melty from the “cheese” and sauce! I let Stefanie try it since my food came out first, and there was a brief but very real moment where I was unsure if I’d be getting my food back or not. Of course, this only lasted until her thai bowl came out, and then she was very interested in her own meal (and rightly so, it was awesome!). The last thing I want to talk about is the green goddess dressing/dipping sauce that they make in house. Both our orders came with a side of it, and even though we were both stuffed, you can bet your ass we ate every last chip and piece of pita bread just to justify eating the dressing.D11I can honestly say if there was a Dell’z in Tallahassee I would be there at least once a week. Grab a wrap on the way home; go out for a low key dinner. I’d probably even have my very own table. Who knows, maybe the owners will someday feel the need to retire to the unrelenting heat of Florida.


The Sentient Bean: Savannah

Another great place we discovered on our vegan friendly trip to Savannah was a charming coffee shop located right around the corner from where we were staying, The Sentient Bean.

S6 S4Located right on the edge of the famous Forsyth Park. This place was clearly a popular spot with the locals; they had everything from college students curing their hangovers to informal business meetings going on. All at mid morning on a Friday.S2 Obviously, we had checked out the website before walking over, so the menu wasn’t a huge surprise, but it had a number of great options for all sorts of dietary restrictions. Even better, they had lots of fresh baked goods that change from day to day. S3 S7 Since we were going to be doing a lot of walking in the sultry summer heat, we kept things pretty light: two large iced almond milk chais, a vegan burrito for her, and a egg & cheese croissant for me. Everything was incredible, and we were both a little disappointing that we were heading out of Savannah in a few hours since it meant we’d be gone before they started serving lunch.S1 S5I’ve been going to Savannah for years, and I love that no matter how much time I spend there are always new things to see and try out. Equally cool is how different it seems depending on who I am traveling with. One of my all time favorite places.


Green Truck Pub

One of the interesting things about the trip I recently took was that my traveling companion was vegan. Since it can be a bit difficult to find places that accommodate my vegetarian diet, I knew there was going to have to be some research to make sure we could find somewhere we could both eat. Fortunately, the vegan community is great about sharing travel tips and discoveries online, so with a few key strokes I had a list of restaurants that we both couldn’t wait to try.

First up on our list was Green Truck Pub in Savannah, GA. After being in the car all afternoon and checking in at our Air BnB, we were both more than ready for dinner. Green Truck was a 15 minute walk from where we were staying, and we knew we’d picked the right place when we saw that they had a decent wait on a Wednesday evening. GT1 GT4We decided to forgo the 30 minute wait and instead haunted the bar until two seats opened up (maybe 10-15 minutes). The staff was great, getting us some teas to sip while we waited and coming back by a couple of times to make sure we had everything we needed even before we got to sit down.GT5I loved that there was a nice mix of patrons. There was everything from the elderly couple who we replaced at the bar to college students to families. Clearly, a beloved neighborhood spot. I even noticed that the wait staff and bartenders seemed to be on first name basis with some of the people coming in. GT3 GT7The food, oh my gosh, the food! HEAVEN!!! I went for their Veggie Rueben while Stefanie opted for the house made Veggie Burger. Both came with fries and the incredible spicy house made ketchup. Heck, even our pickles were house made and so good that we wedged them in on top of everything else.  GT6 GT8By the time we were done, we both completely stuffed and thinking longingly of stretchy pants. We also made the executive decision to Uber back to where we were staying instead of trying to awkwardly waddle there. I have had some incredible food in Savannah, but this place is right at the top of my “Places I’ll have to go to again.” I am hoping Andy will get to try it when we are back in November.