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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

We headed toward the Great Smokey Mountains National Park from Nashville. We stayed in a cabin between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We didn’t eat too many meals out, but got food from the grocery store instead. Because of this, I hardly took any pictures of my food.

***This is not the most vegan friendly city***

***We began referring to this city as a redneck Las Vegas- not my favorite city, but it is right next to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park***

Day 1:

On the way to Gatlinburg, we grabbed a quick breakfast from Chick-fil-a. I ordered hash browns, a large fruit cup, and orange juice.

We, also, stopped at Great Smokies Flea Market & Antiques . Not really a place I necessarily recommend stopping at; there is kind of just a lot of crap. We did pick up some watermelon, cantaloupe, and peaches, from the small selection of produce they had.  Both melons were delicious, but the South Carolina peaches were not all that sweet.

We stopped to get groceries at the Kroger in Pigeon Forge. I was extremely surprised by the vegan selection they had. We got breakfast, lunch, and snack stuff for the next few days. I even got a Daiya frozen pizza (the best vegan frozen pizza) for dinner that night!

Day 2:

For breakfast, I had a peach and made oatmeal with a banana and almond milk.

We hiked for the majority of the day. I packed almonds for a snack and had an almond butter sandwich and another peach for lunch.

For dinner, we ate in Gatlinburg at we ate at the Smokey Mountain Brewery. They had a few vegan options, like a soybean based burger, but I just felt like getting a Caesar salad with no cheese and oil and vinegar and a side of fries.

For dessert, we grabbed some ice cream from the Ben and Jerry’s store because they have make my favorite vegan ice cream. They only had two flavors available to get a scoop of, so i decided to just get a pint of the Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Half Baked.

Day 3:

Again for breakfast, I had a peach and made oatmeal with a banana and almond milk.

I ate peanuts for a snack, while hiking.

We hiked less this day and took a trail that led into Gatlinburg, where we had lunch at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. I picked this place because I saw that they had soy cheese for the pizza, on request. I don’t recommend this place because it was just okay and a bit pricey for what it was.

After walking around Galtinburg and doing a moonshine tasting *yuck*, we headed back to the cabin for dinner and to play cards and watch a movie. I decided to eat just a bunch of fruit because we had a lot left and were leaving soon. I gotta say, it was absolutely delicious.

Day 4: 

I, again, had oatmeal made with a banana and almond milk for breakfast.

We packed up and headed out rather early. Packing a lunch and whatever food we had leftover. After driving around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a while, unsuccessfully looking for handcrafted artwork and such, we headed back towards Nashville.

For lunch, in the car, I ate a almond butter sandwich, pretzels, and some jicama.

Photos that don’t include food:

Hanging out the car window to take pictures of the mountains

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Nashville, Tennessee

Here goes nothing! Hope you enjoy my first post…

I was in Tennessee for a week with my mom, aunt, and younger cousin (all meat-eaters). I found some restaurants from another blogger ( A Southern Gypsy) and just had to lookup menus for the rest (I use Trip Adviser a lot).

Day 1: 

We flew in very early and I had a banana and water in the airport before take off.

When we arrived, we got brunch at The Post . (discovered on the blog linked above). They had an enormous amount of vegan option! I got the waffles with the seasonal compote, which was strawberries, blueberries, and lavender. I, also, got a side of fruit. This meal was amazing and I ate until I couldn’t eat another bite! One of my favorites; definitely recommend this restaurant.

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In the afternoon, we were exploring downtown Nashville. After stopping to try different cocktails, listen to bands, and get chips and salsa as an appetizer at a few different bars, we went to Mellow Mushroom because I saw that they had vegan cheese. I opted to build my own pizza- for the sauce, I just got oil and garlic and topped it with vegan cheese, spinach, green peppers, and onion. I ended up only eating half and saved the rest to eat in the hotel later.

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Day 2:

In the morning, we were heading towards the Adventure Science Center, so I found a southern breakfast restaurant nearby, Biscuit Love. I got the Banana Foster Oatmeal with a side of fruit. The oatmeal was made with coconut milk and there was so much of it that I barely put a dent in it.

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While out looking for resale shops, we stumbled upon No Baked, a place that sells cookie dough like ice cream. All of the cookie dough bases are vegan and they have 3 (4, if you consider Oreos vegan) flavors that are vegan. It was so good! Though, I couldn’t eat it all because it was so sweet and had to save the rest for later.

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For dinner, we were in a rush to get ready for the CMT Music Awards, so we ordered food via Uber Eats. We decided based on what would arrive the fasted. We went with Nuvo Burrito and I had the Berkeley Burrito with no cheese. The traffic was really bad, so the burrito got a little soggy, but otherwise good. SorryI didn’t get a picture of this!

Day 3:

We decided to just go to the restaurant across the street from our hotel, Pucketts. This was a really southern style restaurant and I had very limited options. I had to just order three sides: fruit, potatoes, and whole wheat toast.

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We headed to The Gulch district or Nashville to take a picture in front of the iconic #WhatLiftsYou wings. I saw Juice Bar and just had to get something. I went with The Doc. It contained kale, spinach, probiotics, spirulina, ginger, mint, blueberries, strawberries, banana, and juiced apple. There was extra, so they gave it to me in a large, even though I had only ordered the small! This was an amazing smoothie and a really nice snack to follow my okay breakfast.

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In between doing a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry and going to a concert there in the evening, we explored and ate at the Opryland Hotel. This place is ginormous and we decided to eat at Wasabi’s Sushi and Cascades. This two restaurants are attached and you can order from both/either. I went with a huge bowl of edamame and the Mango Vegetable Roll. This was another one of my favorite meals!

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Day 7:

We came back to fly out of Nashville, after spending time in the Rocky Mountains. We didn’t want to have to go far from out hotel near the airport, so we went to Darfons. I got the Chef’s Summer Salad and a side of fries. Both were very good.

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Photos that don’t involve food:

Fontanel Mansion

CMA Fest was going on when we were there