Dandelion Donuts

Donuts By Bike

I love donuts. Who doesn’t love a good donut? When I learned that a new local business could be bringing organic, vegan donuts to Tallahassee, I became very interested. Learning the donuts would be delivered by bicycle just made me giddy. That’s right, Dandelion Donuts will be delivering organic, vegan donuts by bike (the freight bike in the photo below).

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First Taste

Dandelion Donuts graciously sponsored Breakfast on the Chain, a monthly breakfast for bicycle commuters in Tallahassee, last month. This was my first opportunity to actually taste the donuts. I started with strawberry-basil. I appreciated how the natural berry and herb flavors came through. This was a welcome change to the artificial colors and flavors found on so many donuts. I also appreciated that it was not as sweet as donuts I usually come across. This made me feel better about eating a second one; this time a chocolate with cocoa nibs.

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Crowdfunding

Last week, I attended the launch party for their crowdfunding effort and sampled a summer herb donut. Like the Strawberry-Basil donut, the summer herb had a bright flavors. I am definitely looking forward to these being readily available.

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Coming Soon

It was clear from the number of people at the event that I am not the only person excited about these donuts. If you like donuts as much as I do, watch for these to roll into our community soon.

 

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Pimento Cheese Love

I should probably start by saying that this post is not sponsored by Sweet Grass Dairy and I did not receive any products from them for this endorsement. I just really like their cheese and thought I would share some of my favorite ways to serve it.

Pimento cheese. Not normally something I would say I like. Growing up, those sandwiches with the bright yellow/orange filling and the little red bits weirded me out. I also don’t really like mayonnaise. It wasn’t until I (reluctantly) tried the pimento cheese at Sweet Grass Dairy that I fell in love.

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The first time I tried this pimento cheese was at a wine and cheese tasting. It was tucked into a deviled egg. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it, but I didn’t want to say so until I gave it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised.

The pimento cheese at Sweet Grass Dairy has great texture and flavor. It is creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy with just enough mayo to hold together the delicious Thomasville Tomme cheese and Piquillo peppers. Oh my. This pimento cheese is perfect on crackers, on crusty bread, in a deviled egg, or by itself on a spoon (don’t judge!). More than once, I’ve gone to a potluck with a tub of this cheese and a sleeve of crackers and there is never any leftover at the end of the night.

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Our favorite way to eat Sweet Grass Dairy pimento cheese is on bread, open-faced and topped with a pickled green tomato slice. We serve these yummy open-faced sammies alongside a simple salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

I highly doubt I would like any pimento cheese other than this one. We try to get up to Thomasville every few weeks and you can be sure whenever we are there, I come home with a tub of this cheese and plans for a simple, delicious dinner.

If you are interested in trying this yummy cheese and don’t like anywhere near Thomasville, you can order it online here: http://sweetgrassdairy.com/products.

SRSLY Chocolate

With the redevelopment of the Gaines Street corridor, All Saints District, and Railroad Square in Tallahassee underway, many funky little local shops and cottage industries have begun to take hold in that area of town. One of these industries is SRSLY, a local chocolate confectionery. SRSLY describes themselves as “bean-to-bar chocolate entrepreneurs” who begin with organic and fair trade cacao beans and end up with bar of chocolate that “preserve the beans’ distinctive flavors.”

Intrigued by this concept and wanting to support Tallahassee’s cottage industries, I decided to splurge and pick up a few bars of chocolate.

My first taste of SRSLY chocolate was their Strawberry Balsamic Truffles, a creation that immediately peaked my flavor imagination.

Box of SRSLY Strawberry Balsamic Truffles
Box of SRSLY Strawberry Balsamic Truffles

Slowly taking my first bite of a Strawberry Balsamic Truffle, the slight give to the chocolate coat gave way to an initial flavor of dark chocolate, followed by a velvety (and ever so slightly gritty) strawberry infused chocolate center, and a subtle balsamic finish. While it would be easy for the strawberry or the balsamic flavors to dominate the taste of this type of confection, the dark chocolate (70% cacao) remained the leading flavor in this very enjoyable chocolate morsel.

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SRSLY Strawberry Balsamic Truffle Filling

My second exposure to SRSLY chocolates was a Sea Salt and Almond chocolate bar.

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SRSLY Sea Salt+Almond Chocolate Bar

The first thing I noticed tasting the Sea Salt and Almond chocolate bar was the delightfully smokey flavor profile, pervasive throughout the entire bite of chocolate.

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Chocolate with Sea Salt and Almonds

In addition to the smokey flavor, the chocolate bar was made more interesting by its texture. The almonds and flakes of of sea salt both provide the chocolate bar with a nice crunch. Unlike other bars I’ve had before, the almonds in the SRSLY chocolate did not get soft and chewy. The SRSLY chocolate bar also let the sea salt do what salt does best – enhance the other flavors in the bar – without the salt becoming a flavor itself.

SRSLY chocolate is currently available at several local venues in Tallahassee, including New Leaf Market where I bought mine. The SRSLY website also appears to be in the process of setting in an online store where people can order their chocolates. However you procure your tastings of SRSLY chocolate, you should indulge soon. SRSLY.