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Consciousness-Blossoms Palm Harbor, Fl

Published March 7, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Thomas' barbeque tofu sandwich with slaw. This was very good.

So in case you’ve been wondering where the heck I’ve been, I will tell you! We’ve spent the last two weekends in central Florida. The previous weekend we were in Clearwater and Palm Harbor, visiting Kass, and we spent this past weekend in Winter Haven and Orlando.

Here’s some proof:

Thomas & I showing our vampire skin off briefly in day light.

Me & Kass!

I was thrilled when a happycow.net search turned out a place for us to go and get some Sunday brunch. Consciousness-Blossoms had me at vegan pancakes. (I love happy cow. I even have the app on my phone!) This place is vegetarian, but has plenty of vegan goodness to go around.

The sign is easy to spot; a good thing in a strip mall location.


They have a section of books and cards with a spiritual theme.

The women all wear saris and it's very, very pastel.

There is a little bit of seating outside too, but this place got slammed shortly after we got there. The counter filled up, and people were waiting for tables in no time!

Thomas' barbeque tofu sandwich with slaw, which was very good.

Kassidy's tofu scramble with potatoes, toast and a side of hummus. The tofu scramble was well seasoned, just a little greasy. The potatoes were delicious, and we really liked the hummus. It had an unusual taste in there that we couldn't figure out, but we liked it a whole bunch.

For some reason I didn’t take a picture of my pancake.

I think it’s because I was waiting for my tempeh reuben to come out. I ordered the “one large pancake” with bananas and walnuts, but it wasn’t until I dug in that I found out where they were hiding the bananas and walnuts. It was truly spectacular, and very big, and the sweet, cooked bananas contrasted ever so nicely with the crunch of walnuts.

When my reuben came out, I could tell that even though I had requested it vegan it was covered in melty swiss cheese, and the waitress confirmed it, so back it went. After I finished my pancake I was pretty full, but I felt bad cancelling it at that point, so we waited. At this point the restaurant was in full swing, with quite a number of people waiting for tables. Then my reuben arrived…

Vegan Tempeh Reuben with slaw.

I wasn’t crazy about the reuben at this point, but that’s probably because I was already full, and because it came after we were all done eating. I also think I’m kind of over vegan cheese, but oh well, the last part’s not their fault. I scraped the vegan cheese aside, and picked at the sandwich until most of it magically disappeared.

I also got one of their carob bliss balls to go (not pictured) which was a delicious, mostly raw snack for the ride home.

Impression:

If you’re in the area, this place is definitely worth checking out! There’s plenty to try, and it’s fairly easy to tell which are going to be the heavier dishes if you don’t want something greasy. Consciousness-Blossoms is located at 3390 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor, Telephone 727-789-1931

Credit Cards Accepted

Breakfast & Lunch: Tue-Sun, 8am to 3pm
Dinner: Friday, 5pm to 8pm
(Closed Monday)

Brunch at Darbster, WPB/LW, Fl

Published November 7, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

On Saturday, I was down in South Beach celebrating with a soon to be bride for her bachelorette party, and by the end of the night, I ended up one very hungry girl. With only a little hummus as my dinner, and the two burritos I had for lunch being just a faint memory by the wee hours, I was absolutely famished. Literally, my stomach hurt from hunger! I ended up at the 24 hour pharmacy picking up some Triscuits and raw nuts to eat before bed. Sunday morning I woke up with a sense of purpose (and more hunger!); I was going to go to Darbster for Sunday brunch!

the bride to be!

See, I’ve been meaning to try Darbster’s brunch for EVER, but we never get out of bed early enough to get there before 2pm. I know, Thomas & I sleep like adolescents. That’s the beauty of having cats for children. They just let us do whatever we want. ; ) So being that I had no control over my wake up time, and that I was already dressed and in a car by noon, I figured this was the best chance I’d get, and I made the journey north. Here is my trek on a map, just so you realize how dedicated I was:

I had already decided before I got there that I was going to order at least 2 items since I may never be up that early on a Sunday again. I knew I wanted french toast or pancakes, and a more savory dish too. When I told the waitress I was going to order two things she said, “I’m not judging”. ;) Which was actually really great, because I remember the first time I went there and ordered a bunch of food, the waitress (she wasn’t there for too long) kept telling me that I was ordering too much food. (Really?!) Aside from the one food phobic girl that waited on me that first time, I’ve had nothing but excellent service from super warm hearted people at Darbster, and that always makes the experience twice as nice.

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AM Quesadilla: hash brown, eggs, cheddar, salsa $10.00

So for my savory dish, I chose the AM Quesadilla. It was stuffed with tofu scramble, large cut home fries, mushrooms (not in the description, but at least fungi and I are starting to be friends now, so it was OK.) and just a hint of queso (Daiya cheddar), contrary to what you might expect. It came drizzled with vegan sour cream and presented with a nice dollop of guacamole and a side of salsa. I am the type of person that needs ketchup and hot sauce to make eggy dishes feel complete, but I refrained in order to get the flavor of the dish. Honestly, it wasn’t a really fair taste test though, because I had already eaten half of the yummiest vegan french toast I’ve had to date… I had a few more bites and then proceeded to annihilate said toast. I did however, take it home and eat it for dinner properly with ketchup and hot sauce. ; )

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Challah French Toast: cinnamon and nut crusted with maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream and sausages $10.00

Hi, this is vegan brunch heaven on a plate! This hits on SO MANY LEVELS! The french toast was perfect… toasty edges and a slight mush in the middle. Well flavored and topped with rice whip and sweet, sliced strawberries. It turns out I really didn’t need a savory dish to balance out my meal because it came with two plump, delicious veggie sausages that I proceeded to cut up into little pieces so that they could be a part of every amazing bite. The fruit salad was cut up into teeny little pieces that were bursting with flavor. This plate is masterful and enough to make even this dedicated weekend slumberer re-think her ways (at least occasionally!). I have a feeling I will be craving this fairly often! AWESOME.

Darbster is open for Brunch on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Do yourself a favor and GO! Oh yah, and there’s live music on the deck. The dude even played Norwegian Wood (Beatles) which made my breakfast [in my Abbey Road t-shirt] that much better. ; )

Darbster for Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary

Published May 19, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Last week my lazy, don’t feel like cooking, night coincided with Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary at Darbster. I had seen artichoke fondue on the menu that day too, and the weather just happened to be perfect for some al fresco dining. It was dimly lit outside, and my phone was dying, so I apologize in advance for the less than stunning photographs! ; )

The artichoke dip was made with cheddar & mozzarella Daiya and served with what I think were gluten free chips? Delicious! I literally scraped every little last bit of this up. I used to LOVE fondue, as well as artichoke dips, so this was a little bit of both. I’ll definitely be trying my hand at one of these at home!

For dinner, I had the “steak” tacos. I had been wanting to try these since my last visit, and also had a craving for beans & rice earlier in the day, so this was the perfect meal, served with salsa, vegan sour cream, guacamole and a side of black beans & brown rice. (Even though I’m cuban and my family loves white rice, I always avoided it. It wasn’t until I discovered brown rice that I got to love the combination.) SO GOOD! The steak bits were really flavorful, and Chef Seth explained that all that extra goodness comes from the marinating that they do with all their Gardein.

I also got to try one of the dinner specials, the Cantonese Chick’n dish. It was pretty amazing. The sauce was wonderful, and again, the chick’n was well seasoned and not reminiscent of it’s straight out of the freezer counterparts.

Even after all this food, and stuffing myself thoroughly on it, I was still going to order dessert, only in a box to go! But before I got to figure out which, they brought out sliced pieces of Chef Seth’s [surprise] anniversary cake, complete with chocolate ganache strawberries on top. Thanks for including me in your celebration, guys! : )

Darbster is located at 8020 South Dixie Highway – West Palm Beach, Florida 33405. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Telephone – 561-586-2622

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