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A Visiting Blog Friend

by Meghann on July 8, 2010

One of the major pluses of living in the Orlando area is the fact that it is essentially the vacation capital of the world. Everyone comes here!

I mean, admit it – at one point or another you have vacationed in the beautiful Orlando area. Whether it be to visit Mickey Mouse or to escape to the beach, you’ve been here! My only hope is that during that stay you ventured outside of International Drive/Disney World and were able to experience what Orlando truly has to offer. 

When one of my favorite vegan blogging friends e-mailed me to let me know she would be in town this week and whether I could meet for lunch, I immediately responded with a list of my favorite vegan restaurants that most visitors will probably never have a chance to experience. I wanted to prove to her that Orlando has so much more to offer than Disney World.

In the end we met for lunch at Dandelion Cafe – a hippie vegan cafe located just east of downtown.


I’ve been to Dandelion Cafe many times in the past and always enjoy the peace, love, and tranquility vibe you experience as soon as you walk in. It’s a small place with a small menu, but has a lot of heart and soul to it.

Strawberry Black just happened to be the iced tea of the day and I enjoyed 2 glasses of the unsweetened fruity concoction.


And even though it’s sweltering outside, I couldn’t pass up the famous Dandelion Cafe Chili.


Even on a hot day, this small cup was good.

I tried to even out the warm chili with an order of cool hummus.


I’m pretty sure my dining partner, Nicole from, enjoyed her meal as well. 🙂


Though we’ve never met in person, I’ve been following Nicole on her multiple baking, cooking, and photography blogs for almost 2 years now. It was great to finally meet her in person! There was no awkward silences during lunch just lots of chatting about cameras, blogs, Harry Potter World, and the upcoming Healthy Living Summit.

I actually purchased by Canon Rebel T1I from Nicole back in November and in August she will be leading the photography presentation at HLS. I think I almost have her talked into letting me assist her for the presentation. 😉 She’s a self taught photographer with a lot of knowledge and takes GORGEOUS photos! (see her flickr page to see what I’m talking about! ) I’m sure I could find some way to make myself useful during the class!

Earlier this morning I had 3 fresh figs for a snack.


Figs are amazing whether they are fresh, roasted, grilled, or dried. Mmm…mmm..mmm… good!


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1 Jenny July 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Looks like an awesome lunch! Sometimes you just can’t pass up your favorites:)

2 Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen July 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I lovelovelove fresh figs! 😀 Your dessert the other night made me think I should try them roasted sometime.

3 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Never been to Orlando .. Never been to Disney World 🙁 I’m a sad sad kid!

4 britchickruns July 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I’m SO glad someone else is blogging about the AMAZINGNESS of fresh figs!! I seriously thought I was the only one 😛

5 Hyemyung Kim July 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Mhmmm, I love figs! Did you ever try figs with a piece of prosciutto wrapped around it? It’s out of this world!

6 Frugal 'n' Fit! July 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I head to Orlando every February and it’s true — I don’t get far beyond International Drive! I should start writing down these restaurant recommendations for Feb 2011!

7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Yeah, who wouldn’t want to vacation in Orlando? I have the Harry Potter world on my list of things to see.

8 hundredtenpounds July 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The food has a great presentation!

9 kaztronomic July 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

A lot of my family lives in Orlando, but I’ve never gotten the chance to explore it.

I wish there were a restaurant like that out here! Your lunch looks so yummy! 😀

10 Beth July 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’ve never eaten fresh figs before – they look delicious!

11 Erika July 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

The 9 minus the 1 and the 2 plus the 6? That might be stretching it, but it works. Sorry, I’ve never been to Orlando… maybe some day.

12 Jen July 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I am coming to Orlando over Thanksgiving and I am definitely making a trip to Dandelion – yum!

Also, do you love your Rebel T1i? I am thinking of purchasing it this weekend!

13 Nicole July 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

So fun meeting you today! My hair looks like fire in that photo, haha. And I totally want you to help out during the presentation! 😀 I brainstormed a whole lot of ideas on my drive back to the house!

14 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I’ve been to Orlando 3 times (from the UK) but am ashamed to say I have never ventured outside of the tourist traps which seems like such a shame now the blog world has shown me it has a lot more to offer!! Oh well, there’s always next time and now I have an excue to return!!

15 blissfulhope July 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Your lunch looks amazing! I just came across your blog and LOVE it! I am going to add it to my blogroll and stop by frequently. Thanks for all your amazing posts 🙂 — Maria

16 Melissa July 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I love Disney! I am heading to south beach tomorrow. It’s actually been far hotter in nyc than miami beach lately! kind of crazy. i love figs too. 🙂

17 Rosey Rebecca July 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I’ve actually never been to Florida. The cafe looks so good and fun, though!

18 newleafeats July 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Oooh, I so wish I could go to HLS. Ah well. Maybe next year?

19 Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

What a wonderful lunch! AND a bloggy catchup! Good times 🙂

20 runningwithsass July 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

so fun! I am obsessed with disneyworld so it’s hard for me to want to leave the grounds when down there lol!

21 missyrayn July 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Meeting blog friends is great! We have friends in the Orlando area I’ve never visited and would love to get together for lunch with you if we get a chance to make it down that way.

22 Megan July 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

1/6/63 adds up to 16 (8 x 2) but I don’t know about the other one. Looks like a fun day!

23 mindy July 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Yeah blog friends! I’m so excited to actually get to meet some people at HLS!

24 Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

you are so right that orlando is such a vacay spot! i think it has to do something with disney 🙂

i am obsessed with fresh figs! they are so beautiful and delicious!

25 Kathryn July 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

looks delicious!!

26 Emilyeatsclean July 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I can’t wait to have my first blogger meet-up!! 🙂 That restaraunt is too cute-looking!!!

27 Cindy July 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Hey! I went to high school (in Tallahassee) with Julie, the owner-proprieter of Dandelion! Thanks for the shout out on your blog – I know Julie has lived and breathed Dandy from it’s inception, good to see people in Orlando are enjoying it!

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