Saturday, 13 August 2016

Welcome to Sunny Florida!!

So I am now officially moved to Jacksonville, Florida so I hope to find many South Eastern vegan places to blog about! My friend was visiting from Australia and we did a couple of road trips so I was able to sample some great vegan delights!

JACKSONVILLE

This super cute casual restaurant in the trendy part of Jacksonville serves Asian style street food and has a lot of vegan options which is great!


Lettuce Wraps with Tofu


Hawkers Delight


Summer Rolls


This fresh juice bar and yoga studio serves a number of signature juices and small treats. Everything is vegan. They don't have any meals but they have a lot of original pantry items such as "beer mustard" and tea cocktail mixes. They also sell a bunch of spices and different types of crackers.



Icy poles


Tea cocktail mixes





Pantry items


Raw sweets


Puddings etc


Spices

Sweet Theory

This cute bakery in trendy Riverside is 100% vegan has a small selection of gluten free items. Not a huge bakery and sweets only.



Salted Caramel Cupcake, Berry Cupcake, slices

Mellow Mushroom

This chain restaurant offers gluten free crust (vegan) and a signature vegan dish using Daiya cheese.



Moe's Southwest Grill

This chain casual dining restaurant has a build as you go type of meal and there are a ton of vegan options, including tofu. Almost all the toppings are vegan except the obvious ones like cheese, meat and sour cream. Vegan guac...whoop whoop!



FLORIDA KEYS

The Cafe in Key West had a few vegan options. These two salads were great and we also had sweet potato fries. Other options in Key West are Date & Thyme (which looked amazing but unfortunately didn't have indoor seating during a big storm) or Sugar Apple Organic Restaurant.


Watermelon, cucumber and lime juice




Spinach and Tahini salad


Quinoa and avocado salad

We found this cute Mindful Mermaid Cafe in Key Largo while looking for the Hobo Cafe which apparently also had vegan options. The Mindful Mermaid had a lot of vegan options. I loved my kale wrap and juice!








MIAMI

We ended up just eating Amy's vegan meals for dinner in the hotel and vegan protein bars on the go in Miami in the interest of saving money and time but the vegan restaurants are Choices Cafe & Choices Kitchen, Della Bowls Food Truck, Manna Life Food and Plant Food & Wine.


A selection of the vegan bars I had for breakfast - LOVED the Pure Foods one.

We stopped in at Palm Beach Gardens on the way home and ate at very fancy restaurant open for lunch and dinner called Christopher's Kitchen. They are plant based but a few of their items do contain honey - just as them. You can also buy Miyoko's Kitchen cheeses!!!!


MAUI JUICE - celery, cucumber, parsley, kale, lemon, apple, ginger


Raw Tiramisu




Thai Wrap

Guac BBQ Wrap

SAVANNAH

Obviously not in Florida but close to Jacksonville and one of the day trips we did.
Beetnix is a vegan juice bar and yoga studio and had a bunch of gorgeous homemade juices in lovely glass jars and a selection of salads.





Saw this on our Florida trip - so proud :)




Tangy Oatmeal

I can't remember when I first saw this recipe but it was part of a diet program I did over 10 years ago. It's so easy and really delicious! It looks like not much before it goes into the microwave but I promise you it's enough, and very filling!


Tangy Oatmeal

Ingredients

1/4-1/3 cup GF oats
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
2 Tbls walnuts


Method

Add oats, cranberry juice and bananas to a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 3 minutes.
Add blueberries and walnuts before ser ving.
If you want added sweetness add a drizzle of maple syrup or agave syrup.

Simple Lentil Soup

This soup is filling, healthy, simple and delicious! Add any herbs you like. I like to squeeze a slice of lemon over it.


Simple Lentil Soup

Ingredients

2tbls vegetable oil
Large onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
800g diced or crushed tomatoes (I used organic tinned)
1/2 lb brown lentils, soaked for 24 hours
2 liters (2 quarts) Vegetable stock
Salt & pepper to taste


Method

In a very large saucepan heat oil and cook onion and celery on a medium heat until onion is translucent.
Add in lentils, tomatoes and stock.
Add more water if needed, should have liquid covering the lentils by at least an inch.
Bring to boil and then simmer on a low-medium heat for 30-45 mins or until lentils are soft.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve.



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Vegan Products - July 2016

As per usual all products are vegan and gluten free. They may not be new but it's the first time I've tried them :)

Found this Neat brand in the local Publix supermarket - it's faux meat that is soy free. Tasted a lot like falafel but still made great burger patties. looking forward to trying the Italian Meatball one. There is also a breakfast and Mexican one. They also make egg replacer!


Found two different Amy's vegan/GF chocolate bars in a health food store. I love the chocolate one - tasted like a chocolate Milky Way.

 
 I found this Bold brand vegan GF pizza at a health food store marked as "discontinued" which I was very sad about because it was REALLY GOOD!! If you see these stock up!


I'm sure this Tofutti Garlic & Herb cream cheese has been on the market for a long time but it's the first time I got to try it. Thumbs up! 


A couple of newly discovered vegan GF Amy's meals...



Found this Ener G brand Tapioca bread at the health store and I really like how it tasted toasted.


Found Gardein GF chicken scallopini which I was excited to try. It was OK. I think it you are adding it a recipe with other flavors it would be a great substitute but alone it doesn't have a ton of flavor.


Arbonne has been around for a while but they really are lovely products and GF/vegan to boot! A little on the pricey side but well worth it for certain items you like to splurge on! I've been very happy with the items I purchased so far. Mascara, make up primer, facial cleanser and renewal serum.


Everytime I travel whether it's by plane or car I always take vegan protein bars as snacks and possible meals where vegan options are naught. I found these new ones.... Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Organic Vegan Greens (loved this, like a healthy chocolate bar), The GFB (taste like a cookie), D's Naturals No Cow Bar and Pure Organic Berry choc bar.



Found these at Walmart and they are so delicious! No all the Good Thins are GF & vegan but some seem to be! I always count sugar (in the USA) as not vegan unless otherwise stated.


 The Jackfruit Company didn't impress me with the BBQ flavored one but the Sesame-Ginger was good in a stir fry - I had to make another sauce though as the amount in the packet is just enough for the jack fruit.


I found these Tres Latin Foods pupusas at the health store. They kind of taste like thick quesadillas - very delicious. Like a healthy hot pocket! Kale & Pinto Bean and Black Bean & Sweet Corn are both vegan.


Very excited about this late item! Lotus Foods finally brings us a decent vegan and healthy alternative to ramen/pot/minute noodles! In fairness I've only tried the Buckwheat & Mushroom Rice Ramen but so far so good!