Vegans are always the most difficult dietary constraint for us to accommodate. We don't want to give them oatmeal, nor do we want to give them a plate of fruit -- we want to "wow" all of our guests, especially the ones who typically have some issues eating out.
We've come up with a few treats that tend to go over well -- fruit and nut quinoa, anyone? But a new favorite is a simple vegan chocolate cupcake recipe that I've recently found on Chow.com (you can find the original posting here). Without frosting, they appear to be your standard chocolate muffin, minus the eggs and butter. Now, for those die-hard vegans out there, this recipe does contain granulated sugar, so all in all it's not a "true" vegan recipe, and I do share that with my guests before serving these muffins.
For everyone else -- vegans and non vegans alike -- this chocolate muffin/cupcake will soon become your new favorite. People like it so much that I think I just might make these to replace our "normal" chocolate muffin.
1c soy milk (I prefer coconut milk)
1t apple cider vinegar (use white distilled if you don't have apple cider)
3/4c granulated sugar
1/3c canola oil
1 1/2t vanilla extract
1c all purpose flour
1/3c cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
3/4t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper lines.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.
3. Whisk together the "milk" and vinegar in a large bowl and set aside for a few minutes to allow it to curdle.
4. In a separate bowl add together the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract.
5. Combine the sugar mixture with the "milk" mixture and beat until foamy.
6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until no large lumps remains.
7. Pour into liners, filling 3/4 of the way.
8. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool complete.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pet Friendly AccommodationsIf the idea of leaving your pet behind while you are out and about enjoying your vacation just doesn't sit right with you, know that New Smyrna Beach is a great place for you and your pet! There are a number of pet friendly restaurants, shops, parks, and beaches in the area, and of course, pet friendly accommodations at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast.
We've always been a pet-friendly bed and breakfast, but new owners Besty and Matt Baker have taken it an extra step with a pet station equipped with a hose, doggie trash bags, and a water bowl. They have also opened up a few of our first floor rooms in the Cygnet House as pet friendly for small, well-behaved animals. We still have the Guest Cottage as pet friendly and do prefer the larger breeds in there as the rooms aren't as delicate and a bit more spacious to allow dogs to do what they do best. We do not charge a pet fee (unless there is damage to the room), nor do we impose breed or weight restrictions. All we ask is that the animals be well-behaved, and that we have the ability to contact you in case your dog is letting all of our guests know how lonely he is while you are out and about.
Pet Friendly Outdoor Activities
Smyrna Beach Dunes Park -- Doggie Beach!!
This beach is my favorite, whether or not I bring my dog with me. This beach is at the north end of the inlet on the Intracoastal side of the waterway, which means only small waves from wakes of boats hit the shore. There is about a mile and a half boardwalk that goes around the park, but please note that doggies are only allowed on the boardwalk before 10am and for just the hour prior to sunset -- there are plenty of sandy paths to get down to the water. The park is beautiful with lots of activity -- dolphins, manatee, turtles, birds -- you can see it all here. And the best part -- this beach is much less traveled that the main strip by Flagler Avenue.
New Smyrna Beach Dog Park
This one-acre dog park is located off Glenco Road, next to the Humane Society. There is a large fenced in area for your pup to run and play, and a smaller fenced in area for smaller pups who are a little intimated by larger breeds. There is also shelter with doggie and people water fountains.
Pet Friendly Restaurants
There are a number of pet friendly restaurants in the area. Some are on my recommended list -- see that blog post here -- and some are not, but all will allow your furry friend to join you on their patio.
- Spanish River Grill
- NSB Steakhouse
- Gnarly Surf Bar and Grill
- Cafe Heavenly
- Clancy's Cantina
- Cafe Verde
- Dairy Queen
- Treats on the Beach
- Dolphin View
Silly Willies is a little boutique pet store on Flagler Avenue. This is a super cute shop, with lots of goodies for your dog. Pets are welcome here, but please keep in mind that the store is rather small -- I think my pup could knock the whole place over with one swoop of her tail!
If big box stores are more your thing, a Pet Supermarket just opened recently on State Road 44.
In Case of an Emergency
We never want it to happen, but some things are just out of our control. If while visiting the area, you have a pet emergency, there are a few places that will take your call and make arrangements for treatment of your animal. Glencoe Veterinary Hospital is within a few minutes from the bed and breakfast and the Volusia Animal Emergency Clinic is located in Daytona Beach about 30 minutes away.
Hopefully this information helps in planning your next pet friendly trip to the New Smyrna Beach area. See you and your furry friend soon!