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Dandelion Communitea & Raphsodic Bakery – Orlando, Fl

Published June 7, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Coming back from Disney, I decided a lunch stop by downtown Orlando was in order. I chose Dandelion Communitea Cafe because we hadn’t tried it yet, and because it was so close to the Raphsodic Bakery, which I was planning on hitting afterwards. Turns out there wasn’t really a need for two separate trips, as Dandelion sells RB’s baked goods on the premises! (But we did go anyway in the hope of finding a “yesterday’s box”.)

Dandelion has a great little menu of vegan friendly, vegetarian food. But they also have a great selection of teas, drinks, and good beer.

Local art is displayed on all the walls of this repurposed house.

The biggest room in the house, the main dining area has a dramatic tufted ceiling.

We both ordered off of the daily specials. These were reasonably priced wraps, that came with chips and a small side for around $9. Free refills on iced tea.

I had the black bean burrito with a side of vegan queso.

Thomas got the sweet potato one with a side of hummus.

Impression:

They were both really good and super filling. We ended up trading halves which made the meal even better, as they both complemented each other very nicely. Though I did eat the sweet potato one last because it was more dessert like of the two. The vegan queso is made with peanuts and nutritional yeast, and the hummus is made with hemp, but both are excellent, but I really like the hummus a lot. Definitely will have to visit them again. Apparently they’ve been there 6 years! Awesome.

On to Raphsodic Bakery…

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As I mentioned at the beginning, I was hoping to find a yesterday’s box. The girl informed me that since they were closed on Sunday, that wouldn’t be possible. However, the last time we came on a Monday they had 2, and we had technically purchased a Day Before Yesterday’s Box, but still, no dice.

We did pick up these 3 cupcakes, though. I was excited to try the fresh cupcakes, since I’d only had the stale ones before, but actually, I found the cake to be a bit on the dry side, sort of like the older ones had been. The flavors were good though. Pictured: Lemon Blueberry, Ginger Pear, and Chocolate Raspberry.

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Ethos Vegan Kitchen – Orlando, Fl (2011)

Published August 1, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

We had a slight change in our plans and ended up spending the day in Orlando on Monday, and then Tuesday in the Magic Kingdom, so I decided to pay a visit to the College Park area’s dedicated vegan restaurant, Ethos Vegan Kitchen. I hadn’t been there since last year (previous review), and was glad for the opportunity. We were both pretty hungry so we ordered fairly heartily. An appetizer, two entrees and some cookies to go.

Ethos is a good size restaurant with plenty of indoor seating and outdoor seating to boot.

Healthy Trio (GF*) (SF) Black and green olive tapenade, housemade hummus, and tomato-mango salsa served with toasted bread, tortilla chips, and raw veggies. $6.95


This was awesome! The bread was great, the tapenade was wonderful, the hummus yummy and the salsa good too.

Pecan Encrusted Eggplant, Sautéed pecan encrusted eggplant finished with red wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes and gravy and today’s vegetable. $12.95


This was pretty good, a little different than what I expected. The dish ended up a bit sweeter overall than I’d imagined. I wish the eggplant was a little more seasoned to contrast the pecan/wine reduction, but still good. The gravy on the mashed potatoes was sweetish too, which was a little odd. The potatoes were good without it.

Sheep’s Pie, A meat-free version of Shepherd’s Pie for our sheepy friends. Sautéed broccoli, carrots, peas, and onions in a veggie gravy topped with mashed potatoes and ovenbaked to perfection. Served with bread. $9.95


This was served piping hot, and it took Thomas a little while to be able to get a bite in. When he finally did he looked kind of dissapointed and said that it could really use some TVP. Hah ; ) It’s true. He was right when he said “it’s like the sides mixed up in one dish”. It would be nice with an Add Seitan or Chickun for +$2.50 option like they have for their pasta. It really begs for a protein, but it still tastes good.

I also picked up a chocolate chip cookie $1 and a chocolate chocolate chip cookie $1.50 to eat later.


Don’t let that greasy wrapper put you off. These were SO GOOD! I remember I wasn’t all that enthused about my gingersnap last year, but these were excellent. Definitely get some cookies! 🙂

Ethos Vegan Kitchen is located at 1235 N Orange Ave Ste 101, Orlando, FL 32804, and open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 10pm and Sunday for Brunch, 10am to 3pm. 407-228-3898

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