EAT & RUN in ATLanta'S WESTEND WITH STIC of dead prez
#ROUTESANDCULTURE Words by @Stic | Photos by TTColes
Outdoor fitness and plantbased cuisine is really thriving in Atlanta right now. Today’s run I’m jogging along the tree-lined sidewalks of Ralph Abernathy road through Atlanta’s “Wakanda” of healthy, plant based living - the Historic West End.
As featured on our curated playlist, Beyonce’s anthem Black Parade is knocking in my earbuds, as I’m putting in some light roadwork, careful not to crush the black parade of ants that are building what looks like a miniature version of the ancient kingdom of Mali on the sidewalk. A fitting sighting, as I step into Atlanta’s modern day Black wellness Mecca. “Grandmama” Opal Lee, the founder of Juneteenth, would be proud.
The West End is home to a vibrant “Pan Afrikan” hub of black owned shops and restaurants that take pride in culture, community and health conscious lifestyles.
Allow me to put on for my city and share some of the highlights.
World Taste AtlantaEver try the African grain “fufu”? Not like this i bet!
Try World Taste’s original fufu tacos. It’s fluffy and crispy and drizzled with a tangy, spicy, slightly sweet sauce.
When I’m missing Brooklyn, one of my favorite west end eateries is Healthful Essence. They have a boutique style buffet of Afro Caribbean fused plantbased cuisine.
Treat yourself to their soft and crispy chickpea fritter and dip it into their home styled, hearty Tumeric soup. And why not wash it down with their special Moringa infused peanut punch, sweetened with dates. I mean why not?
Have you ever had “gleeda” ? It’s the Hebrew word for Soul Vegetarian’s signature creamy, vegan ice cream served in a cup or cone. One of the very first vegan restaurants in Atlanta, this precious landmark offers a plant-based cafeteria styled buffet, that feels like grandma's love on a plate. Visit Soulvegetarian.com
Tasili's Raw Food Reality
TASILI’S RAW FOOR REALITY is a renowned local kale wrap hotspot and pillar for conscious, college kids to socialize, explore Kemetic yoga or sip fresh young coconut juice out of eco-friendly straws. Visit TasilisRawReality.com
Wadada which means love, is a popular Rasta owned health food spot with an indulgent nut based ice cream bar, and offers a wide array of other healthy treats and many other cultural items from local black creators.
Sanktuari of Self
Moneek Reid, is the shop owner and visionary behind this magical space. You can pick up hard to find aromatic incense, crystals as well as book a variety of wellness services including massage, spiritual readings and other holistic self care offerings.
Royal Health World
Tea Lover? Take the stairs up one flight and step into Royal Health World’s gourmet hot and cold tea bar, its an urban tea lover's oasis.
In the mood for a soft, sweet, freshly made gluten free vegan donut? Yes Lion! Stop in the Rastafarian owned Vegan Dream Donut shop...it delivers the goods.. and the irie vibes.
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A Soulful spin on World Cuisine: The Vegan Remix
Vegan chef, holistic nutritionist, and author Afya Ibomu is known for creating scrumptious vegan dishes with a soulful twist.
Her landmark cookbook The Vegan Remix features over 90 modern and ethnically diverse vegan recipes from around the world, soulfully remixed and allergy-friendly; 100% gluten and dairy free with soy, grain and nut free options.
As Erykah Badu writes in the foreword, “Afya is right on with her spin on healthy eating!”
Setting the table for a new global groove in vegan cooking, The Vegan Remix draws inspiration from cuisines such as Ethiopian, Indian, Caribbean, Asian, Italian and traditional Soul Food. Blending these colorful cuisines results in exciting and delectable recipes like:
- Seoul To Soul “Chikn” And Waffles • Spicy Singapore Noodles • Ital Stew • Miser Wat (Ethiopian Spicy Lentils) • Aloo Gobi (Indian Potatoes and Cauliflower) • 5 Spice Rice Crispy Treats Covering breakfast, soups and stews, main dishes, snacks, beverages and more,
Afya delivers her nutrition expertise, original recipes and best brand recommendations. In addition to over 30 full color food photos, there are nine classic album covers; from artists such as Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers, Diana Ross, Rihanna and even Dr Dre’s The Chronic; chopped, screwed and visually remixed, all starring the lovely Afya.
As an extra cherry on top, Afya shares some of her favorite music playlists (From Red Hot Chili Peppers to JayZ) to turn up the flavor of the cooking experience.
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