Sunday, January 2, 2011

Vegan Travel Highlights: Florida

I lived in Florida for 3 years but was not a vegan during that time. So, we did a lot of planning before we left. We started in Orlando and attending the wedding of one of my absolute favorite friends, Debbie. Her and her family are not vegan or vegetarian but are very open to the fact that I am and they do not take my dietary choices personally. So, I had fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, lots of salad, and roasted veggies and tofu for dinner.

We then drove down to the Florida Keys and stayed on Key West for four nights. For breakfast, we ate at a cute place called Help Yourself. They had great wraps, including a tempeh breakfast wrap and vegan french toast along with salads and curries.

They also had a section of ingredients available for purchase. And, these little raw, chocolate coconut bites! We managed to get through two containers in our 5 days there!

 Our favorite dinner spot is called The Cafe. We ate there three nights in a row! Here was our meal one night: Stuffed Peppers and Seitan Sandwich with bean salad. 

We left the Keys and drove to Central Florida where John's mom and step father live just in time for Christmas. They are over 90% vegan so we had an amazing vegan Christmas dinner together.  The menu included Nut Loaf with Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Asparagus, Eggplant Tart, Sweet Potatoes, and Pumpkin Pie. I will link to the recipes when I get them from John's mom!

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