Scones and Puree’s New Burger!

WOOOHOOOO! Friday has arrived. Let’s start with a sweet, buttery scone. Sound good?
My grandma gave me some Cinnamon Apple Scone mix last fall and it took me until this week to make them. The worst part is that the recipe calls for the addition of water. That’s it, just water. The easiest mix ever and for some reason I waited now, eight months later, to bake them. And now I just want more! They were delish. 
Since we can’t live off of baked good alone (tear), I fit plenty of substance in my week too. I returned to Purée  for some “real food” earlier this week. They posted about a new menu item last weekend and I couldn’t stop thinking about it: Blackened Tempeh Burger with cheddar and jalapenos. 
The owner Jenan greeted me at the door as always and knew exactly why I was there. After a short wait, I was served this beautiful burger with a citrus ginger slaw on the side. 
Up close and personal….

Needless to say, I was a clean-plater. This burger was everything I hoped and more. Jenan was spot on when she said the citrus ginger slaw went so well on the side, because the coolness balanced out the heat of the burger. So true. I was definitely feeling the heat and needed that coolness in my mouth! It was hot and spicy, but too intense by any means. 
On my way out, Jenan was kind enough to treat me to a serving of S’mores Bark. You can count on them to keep some sweet treats around. Cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and this chocolate bark are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth after a wholesome lunch.
The cafe just started offering Saturday night dinner by reservation only. With the success I’ve had with brunch and lunch, I can only imagine dinner would be a hit too.
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This weekend we have some friends coming into town, which marks the beginning of a long strain of visitors for the next couple of weeks. Yay! I love visitors. 
I better get baking again to share with the company!
Have a great one my friends. 

A Restaurant Review – Purée Organic Café

I already told you about my very first visit to this new café in Mt. Pleasant last week, and I wasn’t lying when I said I couldn’t wait to get back for more! Sunday brunch was calling my name from the second I woke up yesterday. Greg must have thought I looked extra pretty after church, because I could tell he wasn’t thrilled about going out to eat and spending more money, but obliged with my request begging anyway. 

I had been craving pancakes most of last week, but then I saw Purée update their Facebook page on Saturday night with their brunch menu. First on the list: Banana Bread French Toast ($11). I instantly knew pancakes, my go-to brunch meal, wouldn’t be an easy choice like they so often are. 

When we walked into the restaurant, we were seated by the owner Jenan at a booth right by a window (as the majority of the seating is). After taking a few minutes to peruse the menu, I told Jenan I was torn between the french toast and pancakes. She told me the french toast really was awesome and that was all it took to sell me on that one. 

These two extra thick slices of banana bread were created into the most perfectly delicious french toast I have ever had. The outsides were crispy, while the middle was soft and dense. I was even surprised to find some nuts mixed throughout for some extra crunch (just like in the chocolate chip cookies).  
Happy, happy brunch-er you see right there!
The toast was so moist that I hardly even need syrup at all. Butttttt, that doesn’t mean I didn’t take the opportunity to make it just a little sweeter anyway 😉
Although this organic, vegan-friendly restaurant doesn’t necessarily cater towards Greg’s typical diet, he was ultimately happy with his meal as well. 
He chose the BBQ Sausage Tempeh Burger ($11), which is topped with onions, avocado and cheddar cheese.

Neither of us actually knew what tempeh was, but Jenan was so helpful in explaining everything to us. It is a soy-based product, kind of link tofu, and serves as an alternative to meat. 
Greg ate the entire thing before I was halfway through with my toast. Either he was extremely hungry or the burger was extremely good. I bet it was a little of both. 
Side note (unrelated to the food), I loved this hutch that was right across from us. Isn’t it adorable?
When it was time to go, we went to the front counter to pay and I couldn’t help but reexamine the bakery case full of nut breads, cookies, cupcakes and muffins. If it wasn’t for the french toast already filling me up, I would have jumped at a Triple Chocolate Cupcake too.
Purée has done a great job so far in my book: cookies, french toast, decor, service. It’s all be fantastic. Jenan even told me they are planning on starting dinner service within a few weeks!
One thing I was not overly thrilled with was the cost. It was not unreasonable, but for $11, I was expecting the “fresh fruit” that came with my toast to consist of more than just a single sliced strawberry (although, the presentation was pretty). Greg said the same about his dish. Again, for $11, he was barely filled up and could have used a side dish to go along with it. 
Regardless, the food is excellent and you know you are getting quality, nutritious ingredients. I highly recommend Purée to anyone looking for something fresh and delicious. 
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Puree – It’s Not Just for Babies!

The other day I was walking by a coworker’s desk to ask her a question and noticed she was eating a nice big chocolate chip cookie. Suddenly I had a more important question to ask her. “Where did you get that?!”
She told me about Puree, a new organic cafe in Mt. Pleasant, that offers plenty of vegan and gluten free options for breakfast and lunch, as well as a variety of baked goods. When I saw on their Facebook page that they were having a Grand Opening celebration scheduled for yesterday afternoon, I just had to check it out. 
The menu offers food for everyone in the family, from babies to adults. I was a little hesitant to go inside without a baby in my arms, but quickly realized it didn’t matter in the least. I was instantly greeted by the owner’s mother who was so friendly and helpful. 
They were offering samples of their Spinach Pies and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they were delicious!
I had a packed lunch waiting for me at the office, so I had to pass on the wraps and salads. Instead I chose something sweeter to save for after lunch.
The chocolate cupcakes looked tasty, but the chocolate chip cookies that drew me there in the first place were calling my name.

I snagged one for myself and one to bring back to my friend that recommended them to me. The cookies had chopped pecans mixed in as well, which gave them a perfect crunchy contrast to the chewiness.

I can’t wait to go back to try breakfast and lunch!

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