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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Guess Where Tiffany & Chucky Ate Lunch Today?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen...  Tiffany and Chucky experienced another wonderful trip to The Loving Hut vegan restaurant today.  Once again, we caught their all-you-can-eat buffet.  Good news?  We caught the buffet.  Bad news?  The Loving Hut, Orlando is moving it back to Sundays beginning at 3:00 PM once again.  Too bad because Saturdays beginning at 11:00 AM was much more convenient to Tiffany and I.

No matter.  They're still there and still open for business.  This was our third trip to The Loving Hut, Orlando and our second time catching the buffet.  Interesting because we quickly noticed two things:  (1) every dish was different than the last time and (2) everything, once again, was absolutely superb and delicious!

Trip #1 to the buffet

Let's discuss today's buffet, okay?

Buffet Dishes:
  • Vegetable Soup - Cubed parsnip, carrot, and tofu in a light broth with cilantro (optional)
  • Tangy cole slaw - Shredded lettuce, shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, rice noodle in a light tangy sauce.
  • Veggie Spring Roll - Lettuce, cucumber, basil, and spinach rolled up in rice paper with brown sauce on the side.
  • Fried Garbanzo Bean Fritters - Garbanzo beans and onion in a batter, then fried.
  • Pita Wraps - 1/2 pita bread, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, TVP, basil and creamy vegenaise sauce.
  • TVP Salad - Brown spiced TVP, sauteed onion, and fresh basil.
  • White Rice
  • Yellow Rice
  • Sweet Potato & White Beans in Tomato Sauce
  • TVP Stir-fry - TVP, cauliflower, green bean and carrot
  • Fried Cubed Tofu in Tomato Sauce
  • Fresh Pineapple Slices
  • Brownies

Trip #2 - Just too darn tasty not to go back!

Neither Tiffany nor I can figure out how they do it.  Tremendous value and everything is delicious 'n fresh.  We also noted something in common with both buffets that we've experienced.  Relatively simple dishes that do not appear to be overly complex.  None of their dishes appear to be overwhelmed with either ingredients or spices.  It's more like a perfect culinary yin yang.

Vegetable Soup - Parsnip, carrot and tofu

Take today's soup, for example.  If I had to guess I'd say that they probably didn't do anything more than dice some parsnips and carrots and steep them slowly in plain water to produce a delectable warm taste to the palate.  The broth had that inherently sweet cooked carrot flavor.  Later on they added cubes of tofu.  On the side was a small bowl of chopped cilantro.

We noticed a relatively good crowd today.  It was quite pleasant actually.  Not overcrowded and a room full of pleasant patrons.  When I asked the manager why they are moving back to Sundays instead of Saturdays, she said that they lost a large Sunday audience with the test move.  They have been getting countless plea and feedback begging the buffet be returned to Sundays.

I truly consider myself fortunate to have The Loving Hut nearby and within easy access.  Count me as one truly fortunate 2-foot tall plastic fan of The Loving Hut, Orlando!

Hi-dee hi-dee we'll-be-back-ho everyone!

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