GB&D: Brunchin' with Friends

On a hot Sunday afternoon, my hubby and I made our way to GB&D aka Golden Brown & Delicious. We were meeting our friends there to grab a bite to eat and catch up on life. I've been wanting to try this restaurant in the West End of Greenville for a while now and I finally got the opportunity to try it!

Best part about GB&D? There's a coffee shop in the same building called the Village Grind, so if you're in the mood for a good cup of coffee, you can order it without having to walk outside! 

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What did I order? I opted for the iced rose cardamom latte with almond milk. How can I describe this latte? The somewhat floral fragrance definitely stood out with this latte and makes it rather hard to pinpoint the flavor profile. Just note if you're looking for more of a flowery taste, I'd definitely recommend trying it! In addition to the latte, I ordered the strawberry donut. The donut was more dense than chewy and the glaze was subtle, yet sweet, but overall, it was delectable. 

We only had to wait a few minutes for our table at GB&D, which was quite refreshing! Now, onto the brunch. (Yum!)

I ordered the chicken + waffles. The fried chicken was crisped to perfection and the waffles were light and fluffy. The meal also came with grilled squash, which was great! 

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Their locally-sourced meal changes daily, so they don't always serve the exact same meals. Their noodles are handmade and fresh and they use local beef! I'm just plain OBSESSED with this place because it's made from scratch food and utilizes top-quality ingredients, which are FREE OF TOXINS + CHEMICALS. 

I preach quite often that we should be eating toxin-free foods that aren't processed because it's not good for our body. You're more prone to diseases and illnesses. Not to mention, it makes you feel like crap! I know not everyone can afford to buy say fresh chicken or say grass-fed beef, but start by eliminating pre-packaged chicken and buy it when it's on sale. 

If you could replace a processed meal with a meal you make from scratch, then your body will thank you. I'm not a nutritionist, but I do have some nutritional insight. 

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The Village Grind: Cozy, Casual & Colorful

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I think deep down I'm a hipster.

I love to discuss life and question why we handle things in certain ways. Some people do not think this way, but I'm one of the few who do. Why do we have to always follow the path? Why can't we just pave our own way in life?

I contemplated this while visiting The Village Grind in Greenville, SC, a coffee shop on the West End. When you walk in, not only does the aroma of coffee hit your nose, the colorful paintings on the wall jump out and excite the mind!

The Village Grind is an authentic coffee shop that actually makes their syrups instead of purchasing processed ones with preservatives and additives most coffee shops sell.

I ordered a 12 oz toasted hazelnut latte with almond milk and asked for a 12 oz lavender mocha with whole milk for my husband.

Even though this hot spot is a bit small, we eventually found seating by the window overlooking the street. "I like this coffee," my husband said. "It has a different taste than I'm used to." In this case, "different" meant good. When I tried a sip of his latte, my first impression was smooth and surprising pleasant.  My latte on the other hand truly tasted hand-crafted. I can usually tell when coffee shops overly compensate with sugar. If it's too sweet for my taste, I'm usually turned off and that wasn't the case for either of the drinks. Mine was nothing but sweet and tasty!

If you've never made your way to the West End of Greenville, you should take a trip to try The Village Grind. I promise, you won't be sorry. It's not a chain and you won't catch the staff using pre-made syrups or even a coffee machine for that matter.