A Weekend in Providence, RI

Weeks ago, as I was planning my schedule, I realized I finally had a weekend (mostly) free of obligations and scheduled a weekend trip to Providence to visit one of my very best friends.  I was only there from Friday evening to Sunday morning, so we mostly just ate, along with trips to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Christmas Tree Shops.  Oh, and we saw Divergent, but if you liked the books, you probably won’t love the movie.  I basically disliked every character’s actor and I thought the movie was really long.  Anyways though, all I’m going to talk about is food.

Garden Grille Café

IMG_1874 My friend chose Garden Grille because it’s vegetarian and she’s a vegetarian and it had good reviews.  It did not disappoint!  We had Downeast Ciders to start.  I love hard cider.  We decide to split three entrees – the sweet potato and yucca latkes with creole aioli, korean tempeh tacos (which had tempeh, cabbage, guacamole, and chipotle mayo), and apple & cheddar pizza.  The latkes and tacos were vegan, and we chose to have normal cheddar cheese on the pizza.  The latkes and tacos were so good, my friend got takeout from Garden Grill two nights later for those items!  The pizza was good, but it was nothing special – something I could have whipped up at home.  Overall, we loved the atmosphere, and the funky menu, we would just skip that particular pizza and get the butternut squash enchilada next time!

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WildFlour

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WildFlour is a vegan bakery and juice bar that happens to conveniently be almost right next door to Garden Grille.  We decided to skip a dessert at Garden Grille and went over to Wildflour instead.  I had a chocolate peanut butter cupcake (with excellent peanut butter fudge filling), while my friend had a chocolate peanut butter brownie and peppermint tea.  The server was nice enough to let us smell a few of the teas before she decided and the Earl Grey smelled wonderful.  We had plans to get juices/smoothies and tea here on Sunday morning, but they didn’t open until 8, and I left a little earlier than that.  I was eyeing the “sillyantro” green juice though – spinach, kale, parsley, pineapple, orange juice and ginger.  Juice is definitely on the list for next time.

The Duck and Bunny

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First of all, the Duck & Bunny is SUCH an adorable place.  It’s an old house converted into a restaurant with fun chandeliers and marble tabletops.  We went there for brunch Saturday morning.  We had pots of tea (I got Earl Grey, which was a little lemony for my taste, but my friend got Coconut Truffle, which was AMAZING.) to start, which they called “wee pots”.  For our brunch we had truffle oil home fries, red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze, and the creperito which was burrito filling in a crepe!  Everything was delicious, though the fries and the creperito needed extra salt.  Yum, yum, yum in general though.  Plus, I got a dark chocolate salted caramel cupcake to go and it was delicious.

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The Grange

The Grange is another vegetarian restaurant in Providence that we ate at on Saturday night.  It’s much bigger than Garden Grille and the atmosphere is different – much louder and hipper, but I liked the intimacy of Garden Grille slightly more.  The food was yum though.  We got the pommes frites with new bay aioli, scallion pancake rolls (with sweet potato and black beans), the cheese plate with crusty bread, honey, house made mustard, apples and apple butter, and pickled shallot, and lastly, the Korean seitan tacos.  Everything was delicious, though we didn’t finish the scallion pancake rolls.

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Seven Stars Bakery

We stopped here for a quick bite literally minutes before I left to head home.  My iPhone was dead, but I had a cheddar scone and a very, very large Earl Grey tea.  Both yum.  I love the food here when I visit, but there’s not much of a cozy coffee shop atmosphere, I have to say,  There are no comfy armchairs and no wi-fi, which is sad, because the location is nearly right next to my friend’s apartment.

On the list for next time:  high tea at The Duck and Bunny, Indian food at Rasoi, smoothies at WildFlour, and more!

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