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Continuing my tour of North Carolina

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									   Charming Charlotte
   Continuing my tour of North Carolina
                                 Continuing my tour of North Carolina, I was quite
                                        enamored with the healthy choices I found in the
                                           Queen City of North Carolina! A neat looking
                                             downtown, and a southern financial capital,
                                               Charlotte had the city feel with plenty of
                                                 hip and chic spots to boot. Home to
                                                  Nascar (including guided tours of the
                                                   museum), this North Carolina metropolis
                                                   takes care of those in search of healthy
                                                   Located in downtown Charlotte as well as
                                                  spots across the Carolinas & Tennessee, Brix
                                                 Pizza is a fun place for friends and family to
                                                        dine.  And no one is left to starve as they
          1            2              3             4   offer vegan cheese as well as healthy
                                                        crust options, available for all varieties of
                                                        their delicious, wood fired pizzas. They
                                                        also serve a smorgasbord of salads,
                                                        sandwiches and more.  I devoured my
                               veggie                   stacked, vegan pizza and so would
                                                           you ; ) When in the south, hit up Brixx!
                                                           Well, I love a good Indian meal but a
                                                           good Indian meal is an understatement
                                                           when you dine at Woodlands. Serving
                                                           100% vegetarian, super healthy,
                                                           authentic Southern Indian food, this
                                                           dining establishment will knock your
                                                           socks off. Outside of downtown (and with
                                                           2 other locations in Florida), this is an
                                                           Indian food experience like no other.  No
                                                           oil is used in their cooking and they are
                                                           incredibly conscious of all special diets
  Greek & Asian fusion cuisine, with a dash of             when it comes to accommodating their
 American kitsch, you can get everything here              guests. And on top of that, the food just
                                                           plain rocks!  I ate like a queen, one dish
from pasta to gyros.I really enjoyed their grilled         that stands out in my mind is the Dosa.
  veggie sandwich and veganized strawberry                 About 2.5 feet long, this crepe like dish is
                     salad!                                like a paper thin, hollow, rolled cigar
                                                           made of lentils & white rice, served with
                                                           tasty sauces.  A definite must, along with
                                                           a ton of other great treats, to try at
In the heart of downtown, you will find Blynk Organic. Open only for the bustling
weekday meals of the Charlottian business folk, Blynk has a an innovative, fresh and
organic menu. Salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps in all varieties, including awesome
vegan selections, this healthy yet quick eatery is just the injection of tasty and good for
you food that a busy downtown needs.  Dining in or catering for your function, office
meeting or picnic outside of the NasCar museum, check out Blynk! PS, the Thai Sky
wrap is bitchin’ ; )
Also in downtown, unwind with some wine and tapas at Press Wine Bar. In route to film
some other areas, I stumbled into this fabulous looking place to just buy some water.
Needless to say I found more then H2O! A gourmet market with cafe type sandwiches,
salads and small plates (including freshly made sushi at their sushi bar), Press’s big
draw is their wine selection and how it is categorized.  Cute icons describe the types of
wines they have such as “soft” wines which features a cartoon rear end icon, “lucious”
wines found under a pair of cartoon boobs and so on.  Pick your wine based on fun,
feel, and cute avatars while munching on some yummy snacks at Press.
Lastly, Cosmo Cafe, cooks up yummy food all day into late night. And the great thing is,
they specify what items are vegetarian friendly right on the menu, most of which can be
easily veganized. Greek & Asian fusion cuisine, with a dash of American kitsch, you can
get everything here from pasta to gyros.I really enjoyed their grilled veggie sandwich
and veganized strawberry salad!
I love traveling to cities that surprise me with their numerous healthy options and I so
look forward to many, many more surprises ; )

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