Nice to wake up to a front page (food section) article called “No Longer Sides,” about the rise in vegetarians and vegans and what restaurants are doing to keep up with the changing times. While Sublime continues to be about the best vegan restaurant in South Florida, it is pricey and not necessarily a place that some mainstream eaters want to dine (though they really do have some great food for ALL!). Anyone that knows me, knows how much I appreciate a place like Falafel Bistro, where we can ALL find something delish, or Big Bear Brewery for offering up one of the best veggie burgers I have ever eaten. Derek and his posse love Sarah’s Kosher restaurant in Hollywood, though I have yet to try it, so can’t say, personally. I am unimpressed with the vegan burger at Elevation Burger, even after giving it a second chance. This morning’s article enlightened me to the fact that Johnny Rockets, the burger chain has a vegan burger and their buns and fries are also vegan. TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, known for their over-sized corned beef and pastrami sandwiches also have several vegetarian and even vegan dishes. Seasons 52 in Boca, where all the dishes are calorically sound, offers many meat-free entrees and I have tried and enjoyed their market vegetable plate with grilled tofu (a small portion) and tabbouleh. They also offer an herbed polenta cake with mushroom casserole. They say they NEVER have used butter in any of their dishes. Maybe that’s how they keep the calories in check! At the Yard House, which features over a 100 beers on tap, there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to those on plant-based diets and featuring Gardein products. I have NOT gone there yet, but it is definitely on my list of to-dos this summer! Additionally, ALL dishes on the menu can be made with Gardein instead of chicken or beef. Now that’s progressive!
Thanks to the Sun-Sentinel and correspondent Jan Norris for this timely (it IS VFT!) article. Here at this vegan mama’s kitchen, we’ll be feasting on grilled veggie subs, garden salad, bean and corn salad, garlic tofu and lots of fresh mangoes, cherries and berries. It’s a menu fit for the first Thursday of summer and summer we shall celebrate! First, it’s fitness time which means getting my butt out of this chair! Wishing you a day of peace, fitness and an extra veggie or two! Much love…and let’s go Heat. We can wrap this thing up tonight, right here and now!!!