Monday, September 12, 2011

Cafe Life and Cafe Sunflower- Business Travel in Atlanta

You may know I travel a lot on business. What you may not know is that I am absolutely terrible at getting out and experiencing the cities I visit. I typically work from dawn to dark and then opt for a lousy room service dinner.  Not this time!  I started my exploration of the Atlanta area at Cafe Life in Marietta, GA where I had an organic vegan broccoli cheddar quiche with a side of tempeh bacon. It was as good as it looked!

Organic broccoli-cheddar quiche, tempeh bacon and fresh fruit.
The cafe itself is tiny. It is, however, attached to an awesome vegan-centric grocery store called Life Grocery. I was  pretty bummed I couldn't shop and bring some good things home with me but I suppose the almond cheese I had my eye on wouldn't fare too well in my suitcase.

Really tiny but cute.

There were a bunch of folks in the cafe who had a laptop set up projecting Forks Over Knives (which I have yet to see).  So, I got to watch some of the movie while I ate.Cool! Note: I did not get a picture so I pulled this one of the Internet.

On Monday night I met an old friend for dinner at Cafe Sunflower, a vegetarian restaurant with a lot of vegan options, in Sandy Springs, GA.

 The place was cute but very very, very dark.  So dark I had difficulty reading the menu and unfortunately the pictures did not come out great. We ordered the Sunflower box appetizer sampler to share and everything that came with it was really good. I especially liked the spaghetti squash cake and the spring roll.

Sunflower box.

For the next course we were served a small salad. It was nice an fresh and the soy dressing was quite good.

My friend ordered the spicy pad Thai for dinner. I  went with a stuffed acorn squash. The portion sizes were ENORMOUS! My squash was quite good but I could barely make a dent in it after eating the appetizers and salad.

Spicy pad Thai.

Stuffed acorn squash.

All in all much better than room service! Worth a try if you are in the area. Unfortunately I had no room whatsoever for dessert so I cannot comment on that.

The best part of the trip? I learned that with a little research and without expending a ton of energy you can do much better than room service for dinner! Oh, and catching up with an old friend? Priceless.

If you find yourself in the Atlanta area you can find Cafe Life at 1453 Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30062.

Cafe Sunflower is located at 5975 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30328.

1 comment:

  1. I was in Atlanta for business earlier this year and dined at Cafe Sunflower. I absolutely love that place!