Hey friends! While Matty and I are vacationing for three days in the Hamptons, I have a stellar line-up of guest posts scheduled for you! I’ll still be Tweeting and Instagramming, though, so you can keep up with me there!
I am so, so, so (have I said “so?”) excited for you to read this post! Not only is Cait one of my very best blogging blends but she is also reviewing two of my absolute favorite vegan-friendly eating establishments in my neck of the woods. Her reviews are fantastic and so phenomenally detailed. It’s a must-read, peeps. Without further ado, I give you the genuine and wonderful Cait!
Heather’s Favorite Places
I’m thrilled and ecstatic to be guest blogging for my BB (best blend) this week while she is away having a much-deserved vacation with her gem of a man, Matty. Trust me folks, I’ve met this guy, and he’s even more amazing than he seems on the blog. I may accuse Heather and him of being puke-inducing, but it’s more often “aww” than “blech”
So if you are a regular reader of Heather’s blog (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you are probably familiar with both Garden Grille and Wildflour. She frequents these two treasures, which are right next door to each other (well, they sandwich a Dunkin Donuts, blech) in Pawtucket, RI. The first is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, and the second is a vegan bakery and juice bar. When I stayed with Heather for the first time for #RBKFITBLOG, I was so psyched to have the chance to try the places I’d been hearing (and seeing) so many good things about on her blog. She and I opted for a dinner time tasting of Garden Grille first.
I was in love with Garden Grille the second I stepped in and absorbed its calming, friendly, open atmosphere. The place is TINY and there is often a wait, but we really lucked out when two seats at the bar opened up after only a few minutes!
It was nearly impossible for me to decide upon a unique, fresh cocktail…but I managed. At a place with offerings like this, I couldn’t settle for just wine. I ended up remembering a recommendation I’d received from my friend Kevin, and ordered the Moscow Mule: vodka, lime, and ginger beer served in a copper mug (the traditional, RIGHT way).
It was perfectly refreshing and just the right amount of ginger. It also stayed super chilled thanks to the copper mug!
Dinner was also, oh I don’t know, IMPOSSIBLE to decide upon. But after hammering a bunch of questions at the waiter (per usual), I decided on the Charred Leek Risotto Cakes, accompanied by brown rice, baby spinach, oyster mushrooms & shallots, roasted beets, and smoked walnuts, all served over a carrot puree.
OH MAN I was happy with my decision, and cleaned every last morsel off of my plate. The cakes themselves were fabulous but the accompaniments? Out of this WORLD. Perfectly sauteed greens, tender mushrooms…and that carrot puree? Honestly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. The purest PUREe I’ve ever had (hardee har) that’s for sure.
Heather ordered the special veggie, grilled local asparagus, and one of her favorites, the chipotle seitan. I always love asparagus but the seitan was special. It tasted so much like General Tso’s chicken too!
My BB and I had an amazing dinner and I could tell Heather was lighting up as she watched me take in and enjoy one of her favorite places. But it wasn’t over yet!
The next morning, I had just one thing on my mind after Heather and I completed a Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD workout – a vegan scone from Wildflour (I’d already sampled one once but wanted to try a new kind). Oh, and their legendary coffee wasn’t far from my mind either.
The atmosphere inside was conducive to creativity – and blogging – just like Heather said it would be.
I could hardly believe my eyes at all the vegan goodies!
You might have thought all the choices would overwhelm me, but I knew what I was there for – a freshly baked mushroom and spinach scone.
I also got the largest size in existence of the slow-brewed coffee. Each order is individually made by a barista who hand pours hot water through a coffee filter positioned above the customer’s cup.
I settled in with my piping-hot coffee and dipped each sensational scone bite into my brew, happy as a clam. I’ve always thought that was a random phrase, but it really is how I felt!
Honestly, I know it’s just a scone, but I have yet to find and don’t know if I ever will find one THIS good. Something that’s meant to be savored.
Thank you, Wildflour and Garden Grille, for being just as amazing as Heather promised you’d be!
Thank you Heather for letting me guest post today and share from a visitor’s perspective the beauty of these special places that are famous on For the Love of Kale!
Are there any restaurants or cafes near you that are truly special and unique? Are they places you try to bring visitors?