Garden Fresh | Palo Alto, CA

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gardenfresh-6While visiting my friend at Stanford, she took me to a fantastic vegan restaurant that surprisingly was Chinese. Very unusual yet very delicious! I feel that oftentimes fake meat can have a texture that is off or flavor too much like tofu, but this was perfect. I especially liked the orange beef, but the duck was good and even had a good fake duck skin. Yelp; website.
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Petite Provence | Portland OR

Tea Do | Philly Chinatown

Elm City Social | New Haven

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Absinthe Flip Mansinthe, eggwhite, lemon, lime

Absinthe Flip
Mansinthe, eggwhite, lemon, lime

Little Cheeseburgers house blend chuck & brisket, sharp cheddar, smoked aioli, red onion jam, brioche

Little Cheeseburgers
house blend chuck & brisket, sharp cheddar, smoked aioli, red onion jam, brioche

Duck Sliders confit, brie, red onion marmalade, brioche, arugula, demi-glace

Duck Sliders
confit, brie, red onion marmalade, brioche, arugula, demi-glace

Jerk Chicken Tacos flour tortilla, spicy cabbage slaw, pulled jerk chicken, spicy aioli

Jerk Chicken Tacos
flour tortilla, spicy cabbage slaw, pulled jerk chicken, spicy aioli

Ramos Gin Fizz Ransom old tom gin, orange blossom, lemon, lime, cream, egg white, sparkling wate

Ramos Gin Fizz
Ransom old tom gin, orange blossom, lemon, lime, cream, egg white, sparkling wate

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Fully Loaded Sweet Potato slow roasted, candied whiskey pecans, maple sugar, torched marshmallows & molasses

Fully Loaded Sweet Potato
slow roasted, candied whiskey pecans, maple sugar, torched marshmallows & molasses

Here I had the most well-shaken drink I’ve ever encountered, the ramos gin fizz. On other happy hour occasions, I’ve also gone for the Rubber Ducky, which actually comes with a cute little duck that you get to keep. They have a nice rooftop lounge that’s lovely in the summertime.

Yelp; website.

Elm City Social Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pine State Biscuits | Portland OR

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Biscuits aren’t really a food I automatically think of when I think of brunch. However, Pine State Biscuits really does an amazing job of taking everything we love about biscuits and breakfast and making it into the most mouthwatering breakfast biscuit I have ever dreamed of. There was a long line out the door but it was totally worth it. There was a nice, cozy outdoor seating area sheltered by a tent and full of space heaters. The biscuits were so fluffy! They also had this great orange hot sauce that had a great vinegar tang to it. Again, I’m surprised at the amount of southern food that’s in Portland, but this was really fantastic. The Alberta Arts district also had tons of interesting murals. I want to move to Portland. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Pine State Biscuits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Beiler’s Bakery | Philly

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beilers-8We waited in line curling around the corner for these Amish donuts. The donuts were super light and fluffy and fantastic, although I think we overdid it by getting a half dozen of heavily creamy ones. In retrospect, would’ve gone with something simpler like glazed although with one maple bacon masterpiece. (Yelp; website)
Beiler's Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

T-Swirl Crepe | Philly > Chinatown

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tswirl-4tswirl-4Best crepes ever! These crepes are lighter and crispier than your usual flat ones and so can be carried in a paper cone. They are sweet but not too densely sugary. The fruit was fresh and portioned out at a good ratio to the crepe dough. A great snack and portable too! My husband liked them so much he went back twice during the three days we were here. (Yelp; website)

T-swirl Crepe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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