Middleton Place and Opening Night Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Middleton Place and Opening Night Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Visiting Middleton Place during our week in Charleston was my lovely wife Therese’s idea.  To be more specific, it was in a list of possible things to do that she emailed to me and I dutifully pasted at the end of my Microsoft Word document-itinerary.  However, as I went back to that list and mined it for activities for the week, I somehow overlooked Middleton (mea culpa).

But then our Wednesday activity – a road trip to an architectural salvage company north of Charleston – fell through (I got an email from the company telling us their hours have changed, and now they are no longer open on Wednesday, boo hiss).  So all of a sudden, there was a big hole in our itinerary, and Therese had reminded me about Middleton Place, so it was a natural adjustment to plug it in for our main daytime activity.

Middleton Place

Wednesday was the last day we planned to have our rental car, and driving out to Middleton Place, on the west banks of the Ashley River, was a very smooth relaxing drive (though you will have to ask the driver Therese to confirm my impressions).  We arrived in the late morning and explored some of the grounds, heading towards the main house which is now a museum of the original owner family’s belongings.

Unfortunately, there are no pictures allowed of the interior of the house.  And the exterior of the house is hard to get a good picture of as well, since it is surrounded by many trees.  Taking the tour was a great idea (the house tour is not included in the general admission ticket) – seeing all the beautiful paintings of family members and the furniture, some of it simply period and some actually belonging to the family, was splendid.

After the tour, we walked around the house and came out on the side where the Middelton Place Restaurant is housed, in another lovely brick building which is I believe original to the property.  Therese and I were copycats, each electing to have catfish sandwiches with sweet tea (as I recall, she was extra hungry and also ordered a salad appetizer).

After our refreshing reviving lunch, which included a lovely chat with our server, we were just in time for the garden overview tour.  I will cut to the chase and tell you that our docent-guide Fran was outstanding – knowledgeable, pleasant, the kind of guide who makes you feel like she you are her new friend and she is showing you her backyard.

And there is lots to see of gardens at Middleton Place – maybe not as much as Magnolia Plantation, with its camellia forests, but enough to keep you busy for an afternoon.  Sadly, we did not have to rest of the afternoon to wander among Middleton Place’s gardens – we had to get back to drop off our car at Enterprise’s convenient Meeting Place office before 5.

And along the way, we wanted to make one more stop, at Seventeen South Antiques.  It took a little searching to find it – Google Maps showed it being on a different corner than where it actually is.  Not our sort of place was this antique store – it seemed cluttered and not in a good way.  Oh well.

We dropped off the car and still had a couple of hours before the evening’s Wine & Food Festival event, the Open Night feasting in a tent in Marion Square.  So we paid a visit to Circa Lighting, which had been on our list of stores to visit (nice merchandise but out of our price range).  Then we went to our favorite coffee shop, Kudu, and drank coffee (well I had an almond iced chai latte) – and I was a little disheartened to discover that Kudu has changed.  No longer is there a round table near the bathroom where you can have a meeting with friends, and most of the seating that there is is bar stool height (very bad for the circulation – oh I sound like an old person I know, but it’s true).

Anyway, finally it was nearly time for the Wine & Food event, and so we got in line, excited to have the festival finally beginning.

Opening Night Rooted in Charleston Tent in Marion Square

The tent was set up similar to the way the culinary village on the weekend is – tables full of samples of one and two bites size.  Since the theme of the event was “rooted in Charleston,” there was a heavy lowcountry influence reverberating through the foods available – lots of riffs on shrimp with grits and that kind of thing.

And as usual, there was more food than I could ever hope to eat – I had to choose what things to go for, and what to avoid.  In the latter category were, of course, dishes whose dairy component could not be avoided, and most of the desserts (more on that later).

The vast majority of the dishes, thankfully, fell into the former category – scallops and shrimps and fish salads and small bites of steak and lots of vegetable-focused samplings (nice, huh?).  There was very loud music provided by JD McPherson, and Foosball tables, and a plastic full-sized tennis court in the middle of the tent where you could actually take a stab at playing tennis if you wanted (I saw the ball flying off into the crowd a couple of times, so my guess is that there was a direct relationship between the amount of alcohol imbibed (of which there was much available) and the willingness to swing a racket in the middle of a crowd of feasters.

As for my favorite dish of the night (drumroll please), it was a coconut cream-based panna cotta made by Chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886 Restaurant.  The first time we came to Charleston, we had a progressive Christmas Eve dinner whose main meal was at that restaurant, where they did a fabulous job of accommodating my allergy.  Well, once again the chef did wonders without dairy.

Not only was this dish dairy free, but I believe it was also gluten free.  It was sort of a dessert (sweet coconut milk and passion fruit jam), but it also had many savory elements – pickled shrimp and cucumbers and cilantro oil (for example).  Maybe it was an entree and a dessert?  I don’t know, but it was extraordinary – the shrimp went well with both the passion fruit and the coconut, and the cucumber went well with the shrimp and (maybe) the fruit(?).

I thanked Chef Collins, who was right there, for this super imaginative and wholly dairy free concoction.  When we arrive in Charleston as residents this summer, we will have to eat at his restaurant again.  In the meantime, we left the event very stuffed and lit up inside by this very fun start to the festival part of our week.

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Bunny Peeps Brownies Make Special Easter Treats

Bunny Peeps Brownies Make Special Easter Treats

Since Therese and I were planning to attend a family Easter dinner this year at my nieces house, and I knew there would be young people present (i.e., less than 5 years old), I thought it would be fun to make a special dessert.

For inspiration, I thought of one of the constants of childhood for Eastertime, the Peeps, or more specifically, the Bunny Peeps.  It didn’t take me long to find this delight recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, where Peeps are lain across brownie rectangles and then covered with a little blanket of chocolate and sprinkles.

For the component parts, it didn’t take me long to fill in the blanks.  I have recently become a big fan of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Cocoa (Amazon link).  On the back of the package, there is what they call an award winning brownie recipe (I don’t know what award they won, but it sounded good to me).  Then for the dipping chocolate (i.e., the “blankets”) I had two kinds of chocolate on hand: Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Amazon link) and Valrhona Noir Cairabe Baking Bar. I thought I would start with the first one, and then use the second when the Ghirardelli ran out.

The one element that was a mystery to me was the sprinkles.  Luckily, Therese is a genius at finding things on Amazon, and within a couple days, a large package of Edible Pastel Confetti Sprinkles (Amazon link) lay at our door.

The concept of the entire dessert is pretty simple: make brownies, and let them cool; melt chocolate; put some melted chocolate on the back of the peep and adhere it to a rectangle of brownie; dunk the peep and brownie into the chocolate; apply a pinch of sprinkles before the chocolate cools.

Peeps on Brownies Waiting for Their Blanket Dipping

Like everything, there is a bit of a learning curve, and as I went along, I got better at it.  The chocolate dunking part was the most challenging – my brownies were still a little soft, and the melted chocolate sucked the brownie/peep into it.  When I tried to pull it back out, the brownie started to crumble (oh no!).  So I determined that the best thing to do was put a small spatula into the chocolate, dunk the brownie/peep, and then use the spatula to extricate it in one piece.

Dipping Brownie Peeps in Chocolate

As for my dipping chocolates, both of them contributed just incredible flavor.  As far as texture goes, the Valrhona seemed to be more liquid, and after melting, remained tacky on the dessert even after several hours of cooling.  So I refrigerated them all overnight so they would be pretty solid for the next day.

How did the Peeps in their chocolate-y blankets go over?  They were a big success.  My niece’s older daughter proudly announced that she only likes the yellow ones, and my niece’s in-laws’ two sons both took blue ones.  They were a chocolate-y mess, but loved by one and all.  Even some of us adults got into the fun (I had two and thought they were scrumptious – the first-rate brownie and chocolate overshadow the potentially cheap marshmallow flavor of the Peeps.

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Charleston Wine & Food Festival Week Overview

Charleston Wine & Food Festival Week Overview

Therese and I had an absolutely fabulous time when we were in Charleston over the end of February and beginning of March for the city’s Wine & Food Festival.  It was our last visit to the city before we (gasp) move there to become residents in June, and we had two objectives to our visit: first, to enjoy the five days of the festival, and second, to make preparations for our June move in.

Since we were there on Sunday night, and the festival didn’t start until Wednesday night, that gave us time, in addition to meeting with contractors and shopping for furniture, to enjoy meals at some of Charleston’s great restaurants, outside of the festival.  I won’t go into any details here, since that is what the individual posts of each day’s adventures is all about.  Above you can get a bit of a preview of those events for which we were given wristbands – but not every event did that, and there was much much more.  Hope you enjoy reading about our Charleston adventures!

Sunday-Monday, February 26-27: Arriving in Charleston; meals at Artisan Meat Share, Pavilion Bar and Fig Restaurant

Tuesday, February 28: McCrady’s Tavern

Wednesday, March 1: trip to Middleton Place; Opening Night of the Wine & Food Festival

Thursday, March 2: Mirth Studios: Brown Dog Deli; Provost & Old Exchange; Dockside Supper at Boone Hall Plantation

Friday, March 3: Indaco Lunch; Coffee at Five Loaves Cafe; Descendants of Daniel at Woolfe Street Theater; Dinner at Tattooed Moose

Saturday, March 4: Culinary Village at Marion Square

Sunday, March 5: Fuller Bill of Fare Event at Aiken-Rhett House and Gatewood House

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McCrady’s Tavern Crowns Tuesday in Charleston

McCrady’s Tavern Crowns Tuesday in Charleston

Our second full day in Charleston for our Wine & Food Festival week opened with promise.  We had a couple of appointments to meet with a landscaper and potential contractor, and then there were some storefronts to visit in the afternoon.  Topping it all of was going to be dinner at McCrady’s Tavern, which was very very exciting.

The day did not start out so great.  No details necessary, but just to say that of our two appointments of the day, one was a no-show, and the other showed up, and then basically said, sorry, I can’t help you.  So when we headed to lunch at Shrimp Roll on King Street, we were feeling very unaccomplished.  And frankly, Shrimp Roll was pretty unimpressive – lackluster Chinese food, oh well.

In the afternoon, we did a little better.  First, we stopped at Encore Architectural Salvage.  I will say that they don’t have much of what I would consider to be “architectural salvage” – just a couple fireplace covers and a shelf full of old doorknobs.  They have decided to focus on wood for floors and other purposes (I guess that’s where the money is), so we switched gears and asked lots and lots of questions about that.  And so we learned about the different kinds of wood, and lots of details, like what gives wood flooring color.  And we talked about having them make us some tabletops for our desks, which we will probably hire them to do.

They also clued us in to the existence of AIM on King, which is right around the corner from Encore.  AIM (which is short for Antiques & Interiors Market) is really a huge warehouse of antiques dealers all under one roof, and we saw lots of things that we loved.  And unlike other antique stores in Charleston, which seem to be priced only for the ultra-wealthy market, this place actually has prices that might actually fit our budget.  So we were happy to walk through there, talk to the owner of the space, and contemplate furniture purchases for when we move in.

Feeling more accomplished, we headed back to the hotel to chill and get ready for dinner.

Okay, let’s talk about McCrady’s Tavern for a minute.  Those of you who know about Charleston might be saying, why go to McCrady’s Tavern?  It used to be that McCrady’s was the main restaurant, and the tavern was just, well, a tavern, with simple bar food.  The first time we came to Charleston, for Christmas in 2013, we did have dinner at McCrady’s and it was wonderful.

Well, since the recent remodeling/re-build, the two restaurants are now very different than before.  McCrady’s is now an ultra-exclusive tasting menu restaurant – they only seat something like 36 people a night, in two seatings of 18, and they may now be the hardest reservation to get in Charleston.  Meanwhile, the tavern is now the more mainstream restaurant, with still some very pubbish food, for sure, but also some great offerings that would have been very much at home on the menu of the former McCrady’s.

I opened with a tavern salad.  You may think, “oh, salad, how boring,” but just as with my appetizer the previous night at Fig, this salad really made my heart sing, for a couple of reasons.  One, I knew that with the food festival coming, I would probably be eating lots of rich meat-centered dishes, and this was an opportunity to go healthy, get a whole serving of vegetables.  Two, there was lots to enjoy in this salad, like hearts of palm, and it was all covered with a nice light dressing.

For my main course, I went much more in the direction of hearty and decadent.  The grilled porterhouse porkchop was everything you always wished a porkchop would be – plenty of tender juiciness and crisp chewiness, all offered in perfect balance.  They altered the sauce to accommodate my allergy – very nice – but it was perfect for dipping.  And instead of carmelized onions atop the porkchop (butter, boo), they grilled some spring onions and then covered it all with the “herb salad”.  A nice balance of all the meaty goodness, and the crunch and bright flavors of the goodness from the garden.  And to accompany the dish, I ordered some of the “tavern fries” for the table – they are kind of a thing at McCrady’s, fries that take 48 hours to create, being cooked several times, leaving them very crisp on the outside, and creamy like mashed potatoes inside.  My take on the fries: tasty, but not as the revelation the creation story (uttered in tones of reverent awe) would lead you to expect.

At the end of the meal back in 2013, I was thrilled with the inventiveness of the dessert sorbet – I wondered if the one I had this night would be similarly inspired and multi-dimensional.  Sadly, it was not.  Nevertheless, it was a very good raspberry sorbet.  I was a little surprised that it was already well on the way to melting when it arrived at our table – must have been some kind of miscommunication among the wait staff.  But I do like my frozen desserts on the soft side – all the better to enjoy the silkiness of the sorbet!

So, I would say that while this dinner may not have been quite the equal of the one we had three and a half years ago, nevertheless, it made the day for me.  As we left the restaurant, I felt that we were well on our way to having a memorable week of food feasting (and house preparing) in Charleston.

Mints from McCrady’s Tavern

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Charleston Wine & Food Festival Week Begins with Fig Restaurant

Charleston Wine & Food Festival Week Begins with Fig Restaurant

Therese and I had been looking forward to our week in Charleston for a long time.  We would be attending their Wine & Food Festival, which began on Wednesday night; but we traveled there on Sunday afternoon so that we would have a couple days to do some work on our new house there (yes, we will really be moving to Charleston during the summer – hard to believe it is actually going to happen!).  And also, this gave us the chance to visit some new restaurants, such as the universally acclaimed Fig.

We flew from New York City out of JFK Airport’s Terminal 4, which gave us the chance to stop by the Shake Shack there.  Nothing mind-blowing, but a tasty way to keep our bellies full until such time as we headed to dinner in Charleston.

Shake Shack in JFK’s Terminal 4

For this visit, we tried out a new hotel – the Hilton Garden Inn on the waterfront, facing the Ashley River and the Marina (for those of you who know Charleston, it is on the western tip of the Downtown peninsula, just north of Calhoun Street).  The river-view rooms are the most desirable, and with our Hilton status, we were able to get one (later in the week, we would move to a second river-view room, one with a small balcony).

Ashley Marina and Sunset over the River Seen from Hilton Garden Inn

Sure enough, between flying down to Charleston, picking up our rental car, driving to the hotel and checking in, that pretty much took care of Sunday afternoon.  When it came time to think about dinner, we thought about the hotel’s shuttle, which leaves once an hour and drops off at a spot near some of the best restaurants, at Concord Street and Market Street. This drop-off spot is a bit desolate – the only thing nearby is the restaurant Tabulli across Concord Street – but if you walk up Market Street one block to East Bay, there is lots going on there.  Our eyes were drawn to the roof bar atop the Pavilion Hotel, fittingly named Pavilion Bar – on the spur of the moment, we decided to try there for our dinner.

Duck Confit Nachos and Champagne at Pavilion Bar

It was a cool evening, but between the barriers keeping the wind away and the outdoor heaters, it was comfortable on the roof.  We ordered duck confit nachos to start – Therese asked for the cheese to just cover half the dish, so that I would have a good amount of the nachos (dairy free, you know).  As it was, it came out more like 75/25 cheese to no cheese, but I made do, scarfing up the non dairy ones and then pulling soft cheese off of some others.  Then for a main course, I ordered some chicken salad.  This bar felt like a place that people go for simple hearty food after a night of partying (or before such a night).  As a beginning to our week of enjoying Charleston, it was a good fit.

On Monday morning, we had some work to do – shopping for furniture and meeting a contractor or two.  After driving around for the first half of the day, we headed to a reliable lunch stop – Artisan Meat Share.  We had been there once before, during the “Charleston Insiders” weekend visit in May of 2015.  With their superb collection of cured meats, I thought a nice hearty sandwich there would do it for me.  Sure enough, the Porchetta sandwich (starring an ingredient new to me, ‘nduja) with a side order of pickles was perfect.

Porchetta Sandwich with a Side of Pickles

After lunch, we met with another contractor, this time at our new house.  After a very productive visit, we drove back to the hotel to get freshened up for dinner.  We were going to Fig, one of Charleston’s most famous restaurants, and one that is not easy to get reservations for.  I had tried, unsuccessfully, to get dinner reservations a couple of times previously – this time I tried calling them about five weeks before the date of our prospective dinner night, and that worked (like many restaurants, Fig releases dates to phone orders before they put them on the Internet for electronic reservations).

This dinner lived up to our expectations, without question.  I started with a sort of warm vegetable salad that they call “a la Grecque” – a dish that changes every month based on whatever vegetables are available locally for that month.  For February, it included such things as tiny brussels sprouts, artichoke hearts and mushrooms.  It is covered with a light dressing that brings it all together, and it was very good.  For my main course, I had fish stew Provencal, and holy mackerel, the broth in this dish was extraordinary.  Long after I had eaten the seafood and potatoes, I could’ve kept sipping this broth for hours, it was so good.

Our first day was an excellent start for the week.  We had eaten well, and we had gotten some good starts on the work on our house.  And while the festival had not yet begun, we had seen signs advertising it around town, and we were starting to get excited!

Charleston Wine & Food Festival Poster at Artisan Meat Share

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Baltimore Walters Museum Concludes Valentine Weekend

Baltimore Walters Museum Concludes Valentine Weekend

The Sunday before Valentine’s Day this year was a chance for us to visit Baltimore’s Walters Museum (my first time there).  Unlike the day before, when we got to spend time with our friend Faith (as we saw both the Visionary Arts Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art), we were mostly on our own.  We made the most of the day, eating dumplings at Pinch in the Mount Vernon Marketplace after our stop at the Walters, and then picking up some food for the train ride home from Peter’s Pour House.

We unexpectedly did get to see Faith on Sunday – we had something of hers by accident, and it worked out logistically for her to meet us at our hotel for the exchange.  And then she generously offered to drive us to the museum.  What a nice surprise!

Our first stop in the Walters was on the second floor, at the Chamber of Wonders, their recreation of the Cabinets of Curiosities that were so popular among the crowned heads of Europe during the Renaissance period and thereafter.  The Walters chamber is dominated by the Maerten van Heemskerk Panorama, which combines a narrative on the abduction of the the mythical Greek beauty Helen with depictions of the wonders of the ancient world (the pyramids, etc.).

Near the Chamber of Wonders is the Collector’s Study, a recreation of the study of an art collector.  Glass cases line the walls, filled with small statues and glassware, and paintings hang above those cases.  My favorite in this room may have been the stained glass windows that depicted hunting and jousting scenes.

From there, we moved up to the third floor.  The western half of the floor is devoted to art of the Medieval Period, and within that are a couple of galleries containing Islamic art.  Stylistically, as well as by period, the Islamic art meshes very well with the Medeival art nearby.

The galleries of Medieval art may have been my favorite in the entire museum.  The stained glass that is contemporaneous with that of Sainte-Chappelle in Paris is fantastic (love all those rich shades of blue glass).  The Opening Madonna Triptych is extraordinary – I have never seen anything like it, and while it is rather strange to see the Madonna’s body split in two and opened to reveal the Stations of the Cross inside, it is certainly worth a good long look.

We were keen to move to the eastern half of the third floor and see the Renaissance art galleries, but we felt like it was time to take a break at this point.  We were disappointed to discover that there is no food offered in the museum’s cafe (just a bunch of tables and a vending machine of snacks).  However, while we were down there, we did some shopping in the museum’s gift shop (the globe/ornament and its hanging stand at the top of this post were two of our purchases).

We changed our plans just a bit at this point, electing to head to the top floor to see the temporary exhibit on how the museum’s collection was, well, collected by father and son William and Henry Walters. Some of the earliest pieces purchased by the two are shown here, including a fascinating painting of the interior of Cordoba, Spain’s Mezquita and a lesser-known painting of Claude Monet showing his wife (I presume) lounging in full spring dress on a lawn.

Now we would finally head back to the third floor and the Renaissance collection.  And yes, it was nice to see the museum’s Raphael painting (although I have to say, the Raphael paintings in Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art are far superior to this one).

Not far from the museum is the Mount Vernon Marketplace.  Denied a lunch at the museum (a bag of potato chips and a juice box didn’t quite do it), we decided to have a larger nosh there.  Sharing an order of dumplings from Pinch really hit the spot.

We could’ve eaten a larger lunch there, but we were thinking of how to time things right for our train home.  So after getting a good glimpse of the impressive HMV doggie atop the Maryland Historical Society (see below), we Uber-ed back to our hotel, picked up some sandwiches at the nearby Peter’s Pour House (the memory of those shrimp salad sandwiches makes me wish I had one right now!), and (keeping the same Uber car) made it to the train station with plenty of time to spare.  A full day, a great weekend, let’s do it again sometime!

Giant RCA Dog Nipper Atop Maryland Historical Society Museum

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Bushwick Market Hotel Hosts Sunday Vegan Market

Bushwick Market Hotel Hosts Sunday Vegan Market

Nowadays, it seems like every weekend in Brooklyn, somewhere somebody is having a vegan market.  Last weekend it was the Market Hotel in Bushwick, which is across the street from the Myrtle Avenue stop of the J train, that was hosting more than a dozen purveyors of fine vegan goods, including pastries, hot sandwiches and cosmetics.

Now before we go any further, I have to acknowledge that this event took place in a spot that, for most New Yorkers, is obscure and out-of-the-way.  Even veteran residents of the city like me (I’ve lived here since the Reagan era) rarely find themselves riding the J, M and Z line which services, honestly, parts of Brooklyn and Queens that really no other trains do.  On the weekends (especially if there are service repairs being made), the M and Z pretty much stop running, which leaves the J as the only train that runs through that area.  Luckily, the J stops at Canal Street, where it connects to the N, Q, R and W lines, and those also stop not far from my apartment – so it took me just about an hour to get there.

As I said, Market Hotel, a venue for rock and roll acts that apparently has just recently re-opened after being closed for several years, is right across the street from the subway entrance.  The door to the hall is down the block a bit, and the hall is on the second floor.  Entering the room at 1pm for an event that started at noon, I was pleased to see that it was very well-attended.

The first table I saw was manned by my friends at Riverdel Cheese.  While I was mostly keen on bringing home some fine vegan pastries (more on that later), it was lunchtime and I was hungry, so I got a hot panini – salami and cheese.  This sandwich reminded me so much of a classic Reuben sandwich, in spite of the fact that it had very different ingredients – no sauerkraut and Russian dressing, just tomato and tapenade of some sort with vegan salami and cheese.  It was tangy and sour with hearty sourdough bread, very satisfying.

Salami and Cheese Sandwich from Riverdel Cheese

I was also thrilled to learn from Michaela, the owner of Riverdel, that the shop now carries vegan cakes and cannolis and such from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA.  If you have eaten these cakes before at places in Manhattan like Red Bamboo or Atlas Cafe, you know that Vegan Treats makes some of the best cakes anywhere, vegan or otherwise (I have been a huge fan of their Death by Chocolate and other specialties for a couple decades).

I wanted to bring home a sandwich for my wife.  While not opposed to vegan food, she is not too crazy about veggie meats (or cheeses either).  I chose a burger from Monk’s Meats because it was full of vegetables – radishes, beets and peppers.

Monk’s Meats Burger

With some savory foods under my belt (and in my belly), it was time to go for the desserts.  First up was Gigi’s Doughnuts.  She had available a chocolate with vegan butternut frosting and a raspberry filled – both turned out to be quite wonderful (I showed remarkable restrain and ate them a couple days later).

Gigi’s Doughnuts – Chocolate Buttercream and Raspberry Jelly Filled

The main baker I looked forward to visiting was Peaceful Provisions – it was a visit to them by my brother Chris (which he memoralized on Facebook) that tipped me off to these vegan markets to begin with.  They listed about a dozen different doughnuts and such on their website that would be selling that day.  They are so popular, though, that only an hour into the event, they were already down to just four items for sale: their triple decker brownie and three different varieties of doughnuts (chocolate, strawberry lime and one I’ve forgotten – I haven’t eaten it yet – more of that incredible will-power!).

Finally, I had to visit Gone Pie Bakery.  Their offerings of all sorts of decadent desserts smothered in chocolate make my eyes pop out of my head.  They sell things like chocolate covered pretzels and this time, with Easter around the corner, they had bunny-shaped chocolates filled with peanut butter and caramel (drool).  I couldn’t help but walk away from there with a handful of goodies.

Goodies from Gone Pie Bakery

OK, so it’s not really will-power that has kept me from devouring all these sweets in one orgy of sugar consumption.  My wife Therese suggested that I see if I can eat just one a day, since I don’t really need the sugar as they say.  So I am doing my best to follow that plan (so far so good).  I started it all off with the chocolate doughnut from Peaceful Provisions.  Happy vegan pastry hunting, my friends!

Chowing into a Peaceful Provisions Chocolate Filled Doughnut

 

 

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