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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.


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…


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.


Babycakes Downtown Disney – Lake Buena Vista, Fl

Published March 11, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

On our way over to Orlando from Winter Haven, I decided making a pit stop at Downtown Disney would be a good idea, so we could check out Babycakes, and Thomas agreed, since he wanted to check out the Disney stores for Star Wars and Nightmare before Christmas merch. ; )

Since our phones had not yet recovered from their battery death, I brought the ipad in with us, so I wouldn’t have to give you another picture-less post. (Points to Thomas for that one!)

As a new vegan, I had eaten some cupcakes and pumpkin bread at the New York location which I really enjoyed, but today I was on a mission for vegan doughnuts. Under the doughnuts, however, was a whole batch of cornbread, and we’re both really big suckers for cornbread, so I picked up 2 slices of that as well as a cinnamon sugar doughnut and a vanilla cookie crunch doughnut.


The doughnuts were both good, with the cookie crunch one being my favorite of the two. They had seams as if they had been baked in a pan, but I’m not sure of their method.  The cornbread was a bit of a let down, cakey and a little bit too crumbly. It was also way too salty, so I would say skip it. If you’re already in the area, and looking for a vegan doughnut, definitely go check them out, but if you’re in Orlando, I don’t think it’s worth the drive simply to come here, but that’s just me.

Heads up! Babycakes is located inside of the Pollo Campero (chicken place) pavillion, tucked away in the corner, but as long as you know that, it will be easy to find. There’s a little kiosk to the left that sells juice, coffee & tea that you can buy to accompany your baked goods.

(And yes, that kid totally opened up the umbrella.)

And here is Thomas gleefully showing you how it looks from outside. 🙂

Raphsodic Bakery – Orlando, Fl

Published November 29, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I decided to put both Orlando vegan food posts back to back so you can see that I do in fact give praise where praise is do… and that would definitely be at Raphsodic Bakery! This place is ALL VEGAN and all awesome. 🙂

We missed it on the first go, but found it after the U-turn!

Where to begin?! We had already gotten on I-4 to leave Orlando when I decided to give my HappyCow phone app a quick check. I was super hungry and wanted breakfast, and it was just after 11am. That’s when I found Raphsodic Bakery, and according to the website, they had biscuits! Turns out it was pretty close to where we had just left from, near downtown Orlando. I was going to hold out until we got further south for Darbster lunch, but then Thomas reminded me that they’re closed on Mondays! So we turned the car around and headed to the bakery, and I’m so glad we did!

Unfortunately there were no fresh biscuits available for purchase that day. The boy at the counter explained that they had some from the day before in the back that were going to make it to one of their “Yesterday’s Box”s. I asked for the least sweet item, and picked up a blueberry scone. We also selected a biscotti and a piece of apple pie to share. This landed us in the ball park of $11. I noticed that there was an extremely generous box of day old goodies marked for only $12 or $13, but I wanted to try the fresh stuff so I could give you an accurate review. (PS – If their day old baked goods don’t sell in the store, they donate whatever’s left!) So off to the table we went with our mismatched plates to get into some yummies.




We both agreed the almond biscotti was pretty awesome. The scone was subtly sweet as promised and perfectly delicious. I had to try hard not to eat the whole thing! The apple pie was a little different than the usual texture when it came to the filling. Instead of big, jelled pieces of apple it was a finer texture of well spiced, tiny pieces of apple that weren’t overcooked, so it gave it a surprisingly welcome fresh taste.

Having sampled the goods and spotted a section of teas in the back, I asked Thomas what he thought about taking home one of those “Yesterday’s Box”es. He assured me that he could eat his way through it. I headed back to the counter, smiling, but the dude behind it didn’t seem surprised. I asked him if they had herbal teas, and he showed me their vast assortment of both caffeinated and not. I picked out a really nice herbal chai blend that he had bagged himself. It smelled so good that I left the tea cup in the car for days. On purpose. ; ) I also got him to throw some of their day old biscuits in with the box! YAY! And of course I sampled them on the way home. Though he was right, they were better slightly reheated at home because of their age, but still really tasty. They were cheesy herb biscuits, and I could have eaten a whole box of just that.




Our box was so heavy and full! There were tons of cupcakes in there, sugar cookies, biscotti and sugar cookie “sammies”. Unfortunately we didn’t get to eat all of it while it was still really fresh due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I can tell you that it was all really good. In fact, out of that whole huge box, the only thing we weren’t crazy about were the “sammies”. It was just way too sweet on sweet. I took two to work that Tuesday, and Thomas ate one at home, and we all agreed even though our taste tests were independent. The icing was just way too sugary with that cookie. The cookies by themselves were almost caramelly and complex. Really everything else was fantastic. The lemon frosted candied ginger cupcake that I had later that day?! Um, pretty much blew my mind. The fruit topped one was good, others in there were carrot cake, vanilla (?), peanut butter & jelly (?), and a whole bunch of these spicy, chocolate on chocolate numbers. Yah, spicy! I thought the heat was great.

I’m not a big sweets person. You could’ve just handed me a box full of the biscuits and I would’ve been the happiest person in the world, but I will definitely be paying them a visit anytime I’m in O-town!

Raphsodic Bakery is located at 710 N Mills Ave, near downtown Orlando, Fl 32803. Open M/T 11A-8P, W/Th 11A-9P, and F/Sa 11A-10P, Call 407-704-8615. They do special occasion cakes too!

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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