Press and travels

I returned from an incredible cross-country road trip last week to the news that Straight Outta Chocolate has gotten some nice press lately, notably from the LA Weekly here, and the Succeed blog here.  Thanks for all the love!

Range Cafe

The Range Cafe in Albuquerque

In addition to visiting friends, sight-seeing and vinyl shopping, I managed to eat a few super delicious meals along the way.  In Florida, I fell in love with the Dandelion Cafe’s vegetarian chili.  They serve it in a whole wheat wrap with scallions, cheese, crumbled blue corn chips, greens and fresh tomatoes.

Henry’s Hearty Chili
by Dandelion Communitea Café
Serves 8


1 small red onion, chopped
1 large green or red pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 pkg. veggie burger crumbles
1 cup corn
3 tsp. hot sauce
1 packet chili seasoning
3 tsp. sea salt
2 large cans cooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 large cans diced tomatoes with juice


Place the ingredients in a slow cooker in the order listed.

Cook on high until bubbling, approximately 1 1/2 hours, or on low for 3 hours.


Wish I could buy these in California.

In New Orleans, tired of fried food, I ate an excellent African meal at Bennachin. Black-eyed pea fritters, coconut rice, greens supercharged with flavor and fried plantains so good they made me miss my mama!  A must-visit if you are ever in the French Quarter.

We ate more breakfast and lunch than dinner, due to the exhaustion after long days of driving.  Highlights of the trip include the homemade veggie burger and fried pickles at Nashville’s Pied Piper and the Huevos Rancheros at Jimmy’s Egg in Oklahoma City.  Driving through the South and discovering Cajun boiled peanuts was the true culinary highlight of my trip however.  Stay tuned to see how it goes when I attempt to recreate this roadside snack without using a sawed in half beer keg…


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