The Daily Grind Index

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Homemade Vegan Waffles with Cranberry Syrup, Blackberry Jam, and Fruit – Athens, Georgia 12/21/2020

Breakfast this morning was a spread of homemade vegan waffles, with Wisconsin Cranberry Syrup, and Tennessee Mennonite Blackberry Jam; and…

…And a Rose Milk Tea for Trillian from Cafe Mozart Bakery – Suwanee, Georgia 12/20/2020

After a day of Alysia and I running our errands, we enjoyed sushi from Yu-ka Sushi Bar Roll & Pho,…

BuzyBites Cupcakes – Alpharetta, Georgia – 12/18/2020

Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta hosted a local business expo this weekend. We found several great vendors, including one young entrepreneur…

Another Day Another Ding – Ding Tea Taiwanese Tea House – Suwanee, Georgia – 12/12/2020

Another day, another Ding! Yes! I think we might like this place! Ding Tea Suwanee, and all of the Ding…

Byrd’s Famous Cookies River Street Location – Savannah, Georgia – 12/08/2020

One of our favorite destinations in Savannah, Georgia, is, of course, strolling down River Street, perusing shops and restaurants, and…

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie at Pie Bar – Woodstock, Georgia – 12/05/2020

I’ve been exploring a lot of smaller cities and towns around the Atlanta area. Today’s adventures brought me to the…

Rose Milk Tea and a Slice of Sweet Potato Cake from Cafe Mozart Bakery – Suwanee, Georgia 12/03/02020

Another regular stop of ours lately has been Cafe Mozart Bakery in Suwanee. On weekdays they often have a special…

Blueberry Bubble Tea with Golden Boba from Ding Tea – Suwanee, Georgia – 12/03/2020

We’ve been hitting up Ding Tea quite a bit lately. And for good reason. They have quite the selection of…

Freezing Innocence – Athens, Georgia – 12/02/2020

It doesn’t often get too terribly cold in Georgia. Obviously, mild winters are a major draw of living or vacationing…

Virginia is for Lovers – Virginia Welcome Center – Bristol, Virginia – 11/23/2020

Virginia is for Lovers! Welcome to Virginia! Virginia Welcome Center and Rest Area along Interstate 81 Northbound

City Seekers: Exploring Sugar Hill, Georgia

Sugar Hill, Georgia, just north of Buford, on the way to Cumming, is a unique little town with a GREAT…

Yay! We Found Ah Boong at 2 PLUS 2 Bubble Tea + Ice Cream – Suwanee, Georgia – 11/18/2020

We first experienced Ah Boong in Koreatown Los Angeles last December, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever!…

Bubble Tea at 2 PLUS 2 Bubble Tea + Ice Cream – Suwanee, Georgia – 11/18/2020

We’ve had a bit of a challenge recently finding Bubble Tea Shops that offer dairy free drinks, or milk alternatives…

Sushi Cafe Duluth – Duluth, Georgia – 11/18/2020

Alysia and I decided to make a Girls’ Night Out for the two of us. We knew we wanted to…

Strong Alley – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

So many great artists, and so many fun, inspiring, and thoughtful creations… Next time you are in East Tennessee, be…

Follow Your Bliss by Curtis Glover – Strong Alley – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Follow Your Bliss by Curtis Glover is another beautiful and inspirational piece along the walls of Strong Alley. Curtis stays…

’71 Super Bug by Cody Swaggerty – Strong Alley – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Cody Swaggerty is an artist making waves in Strong Alley, and ALL over Knoxville, Tennessee and beyond! Many of the…

Not Kansas: The 865 Robot – Strong Alley – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

We’re filing Not Kansas: The 865 Robot under our growing collection of awesome Robot Street Art! I’m not sure of…

Save the Bees Rainbow Mandala by Chance Losher aka Professor Rainbow – Strong Alley – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Local Knoxville Artist Chance Losher, better known as Professor Rainbow, has worked hard to bring this lovely piece to Strong…

The Queen of East Tennessee: Dolly Parton Mural in Strong Alley by Colton Valentine and Megan Lingerfelt – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Originally painted by Colton Valentine of San Antonio, and restored by Megan Lingerfelt of Knoxville, The Queen of East Tennessee,…

Cassiopeia by Addison Karl – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Knoxville, Tennessee has an incredible amount of street art. Strong Alley / Graffiti Alley was actually one of my earliest…

Random Bits of Downtown Knoxville – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Sometimes you just take pictures of stuff! And Knoxville does have some pretty cool stuff! Click on any photo to…

K-Brew Coffee & Bagels – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Since we missed the supply of Vegan Doughnuts at Status Dough, we were still on the lookout for a Vegan-Friendly…

Quick Doughnut Run to Status Dough – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Status Dough Artisinal Doughnuts & Coffee normally does offer Vegan Doughnuts; but we just missed them today, as the customer…

Wet Autumn Colors in Knoxville – Knoxville, Tennessee – 10/29/2020

Tennessee will always be one of the more beautiful places, particularly in the Southern US, to experience the Fall Colors….

Drinks and Desserts from Cafe Mozart Bakery – Suwanee, Georgia – 10/15/2020

We are working our way through trying all of the Korean Bakeries located in Gwinnett County. Cafe Mozart Bakery, with…

A Few Cold Drinks for the Road – H-Mart – Suwanee, Georgia – 10/15/2020

After a LONG afternoon checking out aisle after aisle of amazing international food products at H-Mart Korean Grocery Store in…

Exploring H-Mart Korean Grocery Store! – Suwanee, Georgia – 10/15/2020

The variety here at H-Mart Korean Grocery Store is incredible! They have a few things we are familiar with, of…

Do or Do Not… There is No Try by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

But, wait, there’s more? Just when you think you found all of the murals by The Artist Seven in the…

Goddess Maya by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

When heading East on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, you go through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel, and this STUNNING piece, Goddess…

African Woodcarving and the Snake Staff by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

These beautiful murals by The Artist Seven include African Woodcarving and the Snake Staff. Just East of the Missionary Ridge Tunnel…

Native American Woman by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

Another of our favorite street art murals, is Native American Woman by The Artist Seven. The brilliant colors tell such…

Shatter the Matrix by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

Just East of the Missionary Ridge Tunnel along Brainerd Road, you can find several gorgeous pieces by The Artist Seven! I believe…

Dimensional Evolution by The Artist Seven – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

At this point in the Urban Canvas Street Art Game, I’d have to say The Artist Seven is pretty much…

Southern Squeeze Plant-Based Kitchen – Chattanooga, Tennessee – 10/14/2020

We’re always on the lookout for Plant-Based Food options, particularly for smoothie bowls and juices! Southern Squeeze has been on…

Pad Thai, Tofu, Spring Rolls, and Thai Milk Tea – Saigon Cafe – Alpharetta, GA – 10/09/2020

There are lots of good places for Asian food in the Atlanta suburbs. The greatest concentration of choices lies between…

Gummy Bears at Lolli & Pops – North Point Mall – Alpharetta, Georgia – 10/09/2020

Gummy Bears seem to be all the rage these days, but they are one classic treat that we ALWAYS enjoy!…

White Grape Mojito, Taro Milk Tea, and a Misugaru Latte at Coffee House Basso – Lawrenceville / Suwanee / Duluth, Georgia – 06/24/2020

We are fortunate to have such a vibrant Asian community not too terribly far from Athens! In the Lawrenceville/Suwanee/Duluth areas…

Yu-ka Sushi Bar Roll & Pho – Lawrenceville / Suwanee / Duluth, Georgia – 06/24/2020

Living in a pandemic world, it isn’t always easy to get the best pictures of To-Go Orders. But, even if…

Strawberry Acai Bowl and a Front Porch Cold Brew from Poet’s South – Cookeville, Tennessee – 06/15/2020

On a hot summer day, you need a cool, fun, and healthy treat! At Poet’s South in Cookeville, a Seasonal…

Summer Drink Specials at Sweet Boba Cafe – Cookeville, Tennessee – 06/18/2020

One of the newer shops on the Boba scene in Cookeville, Tennessee is Sweet Boba Cafe. We love the bright…

Anna Ruby Falls Trail Hike – Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests – Helen, Georgia – 06/13/2020

When visiting North Georgia, make sure you take in some gorgeous forest scenery on your way to a beautiful waterfall!…

A Vegan Picnic in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests – Helen, Georgia – 06/13/2020

When your daughter is a very creative vegan chef, you are overwhelmingly fortunate to regularly enjoy such lovely meals! She…

Home-Baked Vegan Blueberry Muffins – Athens, Georgia – 06/12/2020

After our trip to Damn Good Dawg Farms in Watkinsville, Georgia for a little Blueberry Picking, we’ve been having a…

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Pita and Spicy Hummus with Fresh Cucumbers – Athens, Georgia – 06/12/2020

Another lovely lunch from T’s Kitchen! Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Pita and Spicy Hummus with Fresh Cucumbers Yum! Vegetarian, Vegan,…

A Walk in the Yard – Athens, Georgia – 06/12/2020

‘Tis the season for pretties to be growing in the yard! We actually think most of these were seeds from…

Blueberry Pickin’ at Damn Good Dawg Farms (DGD Farms) – Watkinsville, Georgia – 06/11/2020

It’s Blueberry Season in our neck of the woods! If you are looking for some AWESOME hands-on summer fun for…

Midnight Snack: Trader Joe’s Seeded Bread with Piedmont Provisions Carrot Bourbon Orange Marmalade and Vanilla Blueberry Preserves – Athens, Georgia – 06/12/2020

Mmmm! One of my favorite breads EVER! Especially for something that came from a grocery store! I will update when…

A Mother’s Day Tea Party – Bubble Cafe – Athens, Georgia – 05/09/2020

The girls treated my mom and me to a lovely Mother’s Day Tea Party! Donuts from Zombie Donuts, and tea…

Ice Cream Sandwiches from Lil’ Ice Cream Dude’s Cool World Ice Cream Shop – Athens Georgia – 03/31/2020

It’s not easy living in a pandemic world… But, Lil’ Ice Cream Dude’s awesome ice cream sandwiches help make it…

WOOPS! French Macarons from the Mall of Georgia! – Buford, Georgia – 03/02/2020

Another favorite indulgence of ours, French Macarons! The colors are just so lovely, the tastes, so exquisite! Alysia actually surprised…

Still Our Favorite Boba Tea! – Bubble Cafe – Athens, Georgia – 03/02/2020

Yep… Still our favorite! Honestly, of all the boba tea shops we have visited so far… Bubble Cafe is STILL…

Taqueria Tsunami Latin-Asian Kitchen – Athens, Georgia – 03/02/2020

One of our absolute favorite places in Athens, Georgia is the Taqueria Tsunami Latin-Asian Kitchen. They have THE best selection…

A Late Night View of Los Angeles from Mount Hollywood at the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Any time, day or night, if you are looking for an iconic view of the city of Los Angeles, take…

Love Locks on Mount Hollywood – Griffith Park – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

While I certainly have mixed feelings on whether we should really be weighting structures all over the world with our…

Mango Snow Flower Bingsu at Little Bean Cafe – Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Our final Korean indulgence for the evening was a Mango and Milk Snow Flower Bingsu from Little Bean Cafe in…

Boba Tea at Little Bean Cafe – Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

After a big dinner at Street Food of Seoul in City Center on 6th, it was now time to start…

Shopping Adventures at Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

We came to Koreatown Galleria primarily to do some shopping at Choice Music LA. But, there were tons of cute…

Choice Music Flagship Retail Store at Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

THE place to buy K-Pop Music and Merch is Choice Music. They’ve long been our Go-To ordering site for everything…

A Little Fog Rolling in to Downtown LA – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Enjoying a lovely night in L.A. as the fog rolls in and gives it a surreal sort of feeling! Palm…

Street Food of Seoul at City Center on 6th Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

In the food court of City Center on 6th in the Koreatown neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, you will find…

Ube Ah Boong at SomiSomi – MaDang Courtyard Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

SomiSomi Soft Serve & Taiyaki serves up a super fun and absolutely delicious snack-style dessert called Ah Boong! Ah Boong…

Random Shots Along Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue – Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Heading through the Koreatown vicinity of Los Angeles, just west of Downtown… Along Wilshire Boulevard for a bit, and Western…

Love Struck by D*Face – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Heading Eastbound along the Santa Monica Freeway, you can catch a glimpse of another masterpiece by British Street Artist D*Face….