May 2009 ACT NATURALLY, Orlando Home & Leisure
It may not be the Age of Aquarius all over again, but there’s definitely something coming in the air – a rising desire to create harmony in our chaotic lives and on our planet. Those who lived through the first flowering of eco-consciousness have noticed a familiar trend in the recent sprouting of vegan restaurants, fair-trade clothing boutiques and teahouses hereabouts. The difference is that there’s a new and growing audience for their message – baby boomers, their children and even their grandchildren, who are tuning in to the idea that we all need to live a little more lightly on the planet and spend more time being happy. For those ready to start down that path, there are plenty of options – some new, some established – right here in Central Florida. Read More Here
05.01.09 Orlando Magazine Dining Awards
Healthiest Place to Eat, 2nd Place
04.01.09 Orlando Magazine: Eco-Crusaders
They call her a Grassroots Goddess but it’s not entirely accurate to say we are nearly carbon-neutral or waste free, although we do go through great pains to recycle and compost. People & businesses create both these things and we strive to minimize our impact where we can, but do have a long way to go.
10.20.09 The New York Post
Perhaps unsurprisingly considering the corporations that hold sway here, Orlando has a burgeoning culture of casual, principled people who are tired of living under the thumb of the pre-fab lifestyle. Julie Norris, a fixture on the city’s slow food scene, runs this charming and highly authentic hangout near Vimi, the city’s Vietnamese restaurant district. Read More
December 2008 Orlando Magazine Golden Whisk Award: Freshest Restaurants Read More Here
July 2008 Central Florida Future
Dandelion Communitea Cafe offers comfy atmosphere
May 2008 First Monday Magazine (Orlando Chamber Publication Oh, my. You know something is afoot when the Orlando Chamber puts an eco-preneur on the cover of it’s monthly publication. Julie was proud to stand tall in front of Dandelion and spread the eco-word on running an authentic green business. Check the article out here on page 18.
05.11.08 The Orlando Sentinel
For some teen vegetarians, a meat-free diet is a style statement
10.18.07 Taste of Thornton Park
Holy Tomatoes! We won 2nd place for Best Food at the Taste of Thornton Park last week. That’s right folks, Dexter’s took 1st, but we are honored that our food was recognized as we were in some very fancy company with Midnight Blue, HUE, The Beacon, City Fish and a bunch of other GREAT local restaurants in competition! Huge thanks to Sandra Diaz, vegan menu creatress extraordinaire and the flexitarian judges who were smitten with our organic, homemade food! Shucks, we didn’t even bring any chili with us! Ha ha ha ha ha…next year we’ll take ‘em by surprise with our secret weapon!
07.19.07 The New York Post
The best places to eat, though, aren’t in the heart of the neighborhood, rather up in the Little Saigon area. The best known is, well, Little Saigon, perfect for pho, but I prefer to hang out at the ridiculously named but very lovable Dandelion Communitea Cafe, a vegan-friendly but not humorless joint serving a suck-it-down veggie chili and brilliant, rough-around-the-edges but super-tasty hummus. And vegan chocolate cake, also, which I can report was quite good.
Read the full article here.
05.17.07 Restaurant Review: “Tea Totally: Urban Teahouse is steeped in eco-attitude” Orlando Weekly
“Dandelion has blossomed along a decaying tract of urban wasteland, attracting a broad cross-section of society, from tea-totaling nonconformists to closet neo-con herbivores and everyone in between. A Mother-Earthy, bohemian vibe infuses the main room, with thrift-store furnishings and a curtained ceiling in all its Good Morning Starshine glory adding additional flavor.” Read the full article here.
Hot Diggity, picking up where the National Geographic left off, the most famous publication in the world has just featured downtown Orlando in it’s travel section, giving mention to our happy little cafe. Read the full article here. This will run in the Sunday, April 1st edition – so be sure to pick yours up! Be sure to click on the slide show and see a great photo of us! What a great birthday present for us and a great appreciation to OurLando, locally made!
Cafe’s attitude goes easy on environment
“Whether it’s about eating healthful food, supporting local farmers and independent businesses or bringing people together, Julie Norris of Orlando likes to think local.” Read Full Article
Here’s a dandy little teahouse for the mellow set. It’s called Dandelion Communitea Cafe. It’s the sort of place for people who, when I was growing up, were hippies. Before that they were beatniks or bohemians. Now they’re just young people with an “eco-attitude.” ….Read the Review & don’t forget to rate us online!
04.11.06 Our First Online Review! AOL CityGuide
“The flower-power, Mother-Earthy, Bohemian vibe infuses the parlor like orange pekoe in H2O, with thrift-store sofas, recycled furnishings, off-the-wall art and a curtained ceiling resembling rays of the sun.”
03.13.06 Local Entrepreneur Seeks Fair Trade – No Free Trade Orlando Business Journal
“I consider myself an eco-entreprenuer, and Fair Trade goes hand-in-hand with what I’m doing…I call it voting with your dollars. It’s not just about how it affects you, but how it affects things up the supply chain.”
03.09.06 “Cafe Society” Orlando Weekly
“I was sitting with a friend and thinking, ‘What can I do?’” she says. “My friend told me, ‘You won’t figure it out until you get it: that it’s not about you, it’s about the people you would affect.’ When he said that, it just clicked.”