Category Archives: Vegan Dining

Salt Lake Vegan Trip

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The Rose

Happy Summer Everyone,

I realize it has been a while since I’ve written. As a friend said to me a year ago,
“It’s probably because you haven’t felt you’ve had anything to say.” Not exactly true, but that is part of it. Life also takes over. Doesn’t it for everyone? This is from a recent trip I took to Salt Lake City to visit my aunt & uncle, plus see some dear friends. One of my favorite go-to places is The Rose Establishment. Not only do they have yummy vegan things, like cinnamon rolls and muffins on certain days, but they always have this toasted bread with avocado. It is SO Amazing that I ended up ordering this just about every day I was there…I could literally move to Salt Lake just to order this along with their awesome tea that they serve. They also make great coffee! One day I came back twice to read in the afternoon, I had this amazing tea infused with lavender… It just happened to match my Kindle with the not so correct time setting.

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On another day I had to go back to Sage’s Cafe…

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It says “Vegetarian”, but it is all vegan! It’s another “go-to” place because the food never disappoints, neither does the service!

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I love their Jackfruit tacos. YUM! That day I felt like a beer. I seldom drink, but that day it was hot and it went perfectly with this meal.

One of the days I was there, my sweet friend made a few adjustments to my hair…

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Afterwards, I took him to lunch at a new place that I’d heard about called Boltcutter. I was pretty excited about trying this place out…

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…And the menu nor the food disappointed. The prices were also very reasonable.

 

We both ordered the Chorizo Potato dish in wraps…and we had a glass of wine. The food was great, but the wine less so. We talked to the manager, or the guy who looked like he was the manager. My friend asked if it had been sitting for a while. He didn’t offer to bring us any new wine. Just looked and walked sourly around. My friend and I are very polite to people in the service industry. We also leave generous tips, but this guy seemed to not care about anything. As much as I hate to say anything negative about any vegan place, especially since the food was delicious…However, the service could be greatly improved! After this meal, we were stuffed, but then we saw this place next door called “Monkey Wrench” and guess what? It’s ALL Vegan NICE Cream! YESSSS! So after Mr. Sourpuss  that’s where we headed…

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This place seriously did not disappoint and we wanted to chill…

 

I have a thing for Earl Grey Tea, so I tried out this one, plus another scoop of something equally delicious. It was a bit much after lunch, but we did it. Check out the sign above – notice the “ANTI DAIRY” in the top right corner? That had me at “Hello”! Seriously, if you stop in Salt Lake City, just stop there first! Forget the food…LOL! (I’ll put the addresses below to all four places.)

All in all it was a great trip. I got to spend some quality time with my sweet auntie and uncle. They’re from Denmark, so we spoke a mixture of Danish and English (Danglish) while I was there. I also saw a few friends, went on a couple of hikes…had to work some of these calories off that I was eating.

My next post will be about what I’m eating this summer. I’m on a much stricter diet and workout routine since I’m off for a month and a half. How about you? Any great trips? Places to recommend in the country or world?

Recommendations:
The Rose Establishment: 235 S. 400 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84101. M-F: 7am – 6pm | S-S: 8am-?
Sage’s Cafe: 368 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. (801) 322-3790
Boltcutter: 57 E Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Monkey Wrench: 53 E Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vegan Dining in Charlotte, NC

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Who would travel across the United States on their day off to rendezvous with a European friend? Well, of course I would! I left Seattle Friday morning and arrived in Charlotte, NC to just in time for dinner. At first, when this trip was presented to me, I hadn’t expected to find any vegan restaurants in this part of the country, but I was pleasantly surprised! Actually, there are three or more vegan restaurants in Charlotte. They have more vegan restaurant options than in the city I currently live in. However, I believe that it is a growing trend everywhere in this country as demand for cruelty free and healthier dining options become more of the norm and more people start realizing that it is not only better for their health eating this way, but also for our precious planet! Not only is it a win-win situation, it is simply also smart business for the future!

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We studied the menu’s for each of the three restaurants in Charlotte (Bean, Fern, and Luna’s Living Kitchen) and settled on going to Luna’s Living Kitchen. We were definitely not disappointed. First, we started with an appetizer of  Sweet Potato Sushi roll with red bell peppers, cucumbers, arugula wrapped with sweet potato rice and nori leaves, garnished with lightly spiced chili sauce. This appetizer was incredibly delicious and the dipping sauce simply outstanding! My friend, who isn’t a vegan, had a look of sheer delight on his face after the first bite, which was priceless! He said, “I had no idea that vegan food could taste this good!”

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Then it came time for the main meal. I had ordered the “Skinny Witch” burger “wrapped in collard leaves w/ cucumber, greens, an bill’s local ‘piccleville’ pickle relish”. My friend got a kick out of the title, but it was just as delish! Seen here with a raw beet salad. We shared! 

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My friend went for the Pad Thai, which consisted of crisp zucchini and sweet potato noodles, bean sprouts, purple cabbage and bell peppers served with almond butter pad thai sauce – garnished with fresh cilantro and a dash of their spicy sambal sauce. YUM!

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The interior of Luna’s is quite spacious and very relaxing! I was impressed with the style and decor. Have a look!

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The picture below was after everyone had left. We were among the last to leave.
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I had to convince my friend that we should have dessert despite the fact that we were both full after this meal…and it certainly did not disappoint. Here is the Lemon Berry “Cheese” Cake…

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…and which I, of course, had to model! The “cheese cake” was perfectly balanced in all its flavors and so delicious that it should have been illegal! SO, Vegalicious ones, if you make it out to Charlotte, North Carolina one day, Luna’s Living Kitchen is one place you don’t want to miss! 
Have a Wonderful Vegalicious Week!
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Dessert

Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Süße Hummelbiene!