If you’ve been following along on my Instagram account, you probably have seen me posting food photos on my story using the Whim.Social app. Whim.Social is an app that aims to show its users everything they need to know about what is happening right now in the area around them. Users can also post photos of things happening in the area that they feel others need to know about in that moment. This week, I participated in a campaign with Whim.Social called #WhimTheMoment, in which I posted about food specials or other things happening in Charleston that I felt people needed to know about in that moment. Keep reading to see what food specials I indulged in!
OFF TRACK ICE CREAM
I started my week at one of my favorite spots for ice cream. Off Track is located on Wentworth Street downtown, and specializes in vegan and non-vegan homemade ice cream. Yes, you can literally see the machines they make their ice cream in behind the ice cream counter. One of my favorite flavors that they have is their vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream, which I paired with their non-vegan Springbok Cold Brew and Cookies ice cream. The Cold Brew and Cookies ice cream is part of a collaboration with Sprinkbok Coffee Roasters, a local Charleston coffee distributor, and let me tell you, it is everything and more. The coffee flavor in the ice cream is rich and the cookies mixed into the ice cream offer the perfect sweet flavor contrast and chewy texture. I don’t know how they do it, but Off Track just nails it every time I go.
BANH BANH MI
Banh Banh Mi is a Southeast Asian inspired restaurant with locations downtown, as well as in Mount Pleasant. I live just a few feet a way from the Mount Pleasant location, so you can assume that I frequent this restaurant quite a bit. Banh Banh Mi specializes in Banh Mi sandwiches, which are traditionally known as a Vietnamese street food. They are complete with an assortment of veggies, mayo, a protein and are served on a baguette. The restaurant also offers up salads, rice bowls, tacos, small plate options and large entree options. In addition to their usual menu offerings, the restaurant offers a selection of weekly specials, which I decided to indulge in. I ordered a cauliflower banh mi sandwich, as well as roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash smothered in gochujang sauce. Both were incredibly delicious and so full of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors that my mouth and eyes were watering. If you’re looking for a meal that makes you feel like you are actually dining in Southeast Asia, this is the place to go. Not to mention, their prices are quite reasonable!
Gnome Cafe is known for its all vegan menu. It is a very small cafe located on the corner of President and Cannon Streets. I’ve tried a few of the items on their lunch menu, but my go-to food items are their baked goods and chia seed pudding. Every time I go to Gnome, they always have a different assortment of vegan and gluten free baked goods, along with a few staples. Upon my visit this week, I opted for their apple cinnamon muffin and their chocolate chia seed pudding. The muffin was perfectly sweet and I loved the chunks of apples I tasted as I chewed my way through the muffin. The chia seed pudding had the best rich and chocolate-y flavor, perfect for satisfying any chocolate-lover’s sweet tooth! It was topped with sliced bananas and almonds, providing a slight nutty contrast.
Ok, sorry not sorry but I am completely and forever obsessed with this cafe. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you’ve probably seen me talk about this cafe on multiple occasions. Lucky for you, here I am again to tell you about how much I love their daily salad selections. Every day, the Harbinger offers a selection of unique and delicious salad creations, which are beautifully displayed in large bowls in their front case. You can mix and match all the salads and they will serve it all to you on 1 plate or to-go box for just $11. You really don’t want to miss out on these salads and the great deal. I always have leftovers for lunch the next day!
CAVIAR AND BANANAS
I decided it was time to search for a delicious and unique drink special and Caviar and Bananas proved to be just the right place. Caviar serves a selection of specialty coffee drinks every week. I opted for their dark chocolate caramel latte, which really just hit the spot. It had a rich chocolate flavor with a smooth caramel finish. With an additional hint of espresso, it truly was the ultimate flavor combination. Definitely recommend stopping in for one of these before they’re gone!
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