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I pick a city. Do cool stuff. Eat all the vegan food. In this episode, I explore Annapolis and all that it has to offer. Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city. It’s quaint, cozy and oozes history. Sitting on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy. 

It’s historic district includes the domed MD State House, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and the Governor’s Mansion. Historic Maryland Avenue with it’s cobblestones streets is a commercial hub of independent shops and restaurants.

RUTABAGA JUICERY AND EATS features minimally processed foods that are nutrient dense, plant based and delicious. Behold the breakfast of plant based champions…matcha bowl, berries and cream toast and fresh juice. 

Dedicated in 1998, the WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL honors the 6,454 Maryland military men and women who gave their lives in World War II. The open-air granite amphitheater is enclosed by 48 rectangular stone columns that represent the 48 states that made up the United States at the time of World War II.  This memorial is a beautiful tribute to our fallen heroes.

The HELEN AVALYNNE TAWES GARDEN is nestled behind three large state office buildings is a barrier-free five-acre public garden that includes native plants, assorted flowers, wooded walkways, and thick vegetation. It’s intimate, peaceful, serene and quiet secluded breathtaking.

The UNITED STATES NAVEL ACADEMY established in 1845 is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies. The Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The sprawling waterfront grounds of the United States Naval Academy feature incredible architecture, beautiful monuments and a naval history museum. 

TSUNAMI is an upbeat modern Asian-fusion eatery and lounge. It has a laid back ambiance with an edgy vibe. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional. 

The WILLIAM PACA HOUSE is an 18th-century Georgian mansion in Annapolis. The two-acre colonial William Paca Garden is a picturesque retreat from the bustle of the city. The garden is exquisitely manicured. It’s an oasis within downtown.

The BANNEKER-DOUGLASS MUSEUM established in 1984 is The official African-American history museum of Maryland. Named for native Marylanders, Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, the museum serves to document, interpret and promote African American History and Culture through exhibitions, programs and projects. 

ANNAPOLIS ICE CREAM is a local creamery with house made flavors. They  use only natural ingredients. No fake flavorings, preservatives, or  fillers. They have more than a few vegan options so needless to say I was in heaven.

I love seeing a city at night.  It looks different. It sounds different. Annapolis is as picturesque as they come.

Locals point me in the direction of BREAD AND BUTTER for breakfast. Their motto is delicious food, local ingredients. I opt for the hippie hash made  vegan with PlantFare scrambled with freshly grated potatoes, spinach, green pepper, mushroom, tomato, onion, and vegan cheese. This was the best vegan breakfast  I have ever had! It was phenomenal.

The KUNTA KINTE-ALEX HALEY MEMORIAL commemorates the place of arrival of Alex Haley’s African ancestor, Kunta Kinte, to the New World. The memorial includes a sculpture group of Alex Haley reading from a book to three children of different ethnic backgrounds. He tells his family’s story and the story of the Annapolis port, a symbolic Ellis Island for African Americans.

The MARYLAND STATE HOUSE, built in 1772, is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use. Older than the country itself, the Maryland State House is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. It was here that the Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Revolutionary War.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, also known as the Governor’s Mansion was built in 1870. The Georgian-style country house is the official residence of the Governor of Maryland and is located on State Circle adjacent to the Maryland State House. 

JONAS PARK is another hidden gem on the edge of Annapolis. It’s small park with amazing vistas of the Severn River and the Naval Academy. There are fantastic views in every direction. It’s quiet and serene. A great place to fish or relax and watch the water flow by. The perfect place to soak in some peace and tranquility. I spent more than a few minutes just gazing. 

SILVER DINER was my choice for dinner. They have rolled out a new chef-driven flexitarian menu that I was eager to try. It offers healthier choices, more vegan and vegetarian items, and feature high quality locally sourced ingredients. I was impressed. The food looked exactly like the pictures on the menu.

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