Here's something I am interested in attending. While I'm not expressly vegan (though I've shared many vegan recipes that I didn't realize were or planned them to be), I am all for cooking food that tastes good and learning new recipes.
Below is a quote from a flyer I received for Feb. 3 at 7:00 pm:
There are no pictures to accompany this post. However, the meal really didn't look much different than our first trip. Unfortunately though, the situation was significantly more depressing than the first trip. And along with that, I must ask for sincere apologies for not pointing out previously that the rice is not vegetarian. I just found out myself.
The first time I heard of Paxia, I was getting off of I-4 and saw a guy dancing around with a sign saying it was the best Mexican restaurant in Orlando. The next time I heard of Paxia was less than a week later when I was researching the restaurants participating in Eat Local Week sponsored by Slow Food Orlando.
Our first night eating local started off pleasantly in at a great little restaurant on Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando. Virgin Olive Market used to be on Clay, and I think the change in location surely must have increased its exposure. There was a nice, steady stream of customers during our entire dining experience. Virgin Olive makes the grade in a couple of areas. First, it is a fast, very friendly, and significantly cheaper restaurant than the two restaurants it's sandwiched in between.
The results are in&helip; but they won't tell us! The Orlando Sentinel is hosting an evening at Eden Bar to announce the winners next week. However, we're pretty sure Eat Like a Rabbit came in second place for the Foodie section of the Orlando Orbbies. We also expect we came in at some point for the best overall Central Florida Blogs. I'm really proud of these results because we were up against some very nice Foodie blogs.
If you're in town on November 22 and are looking for people who feel as strongly about their vegan food as you do, take a look at this scheduled event for the day. It's called Thanksvegan, which is a clever name for a luncheon and games for the children focusing on being compassionate toward animals during a season that is often focused on gluttony and turkey or ham.
The following are some vegan or easy-to-make-vegan recipes that you might want to bring to share.
It was 10:40. I was rushing between offices because I had patients to get to at the second one after finishing a meeting at the first one. But more importantly, I was speeding down I-4 because I knew what time it was. I was pretty sure breakfast at McDonald's ended at 10:30, and I was sure I was going to miss fulfilling my current "craving".
I'm not in the habit of photographing my groceries, but this was all part of my mom's and my scheduled day together, which we hadn't had much of because my grandmother had been visiting, and she doesn't have the energy to run around like we do. We had a few errands to run, but also, I wanted to take the opportunity of being down near Super Target to investigate whether or not I should shop there more often because their collection of organic products is far superior to Walmart and is mostly cheaper than Publix.
Metro is very special to us. It is the restaurant where we ate just after Paul proposed. One thing I love about Metro is that it is in a building with its back to Lake Eola. You can't see the lake while dining, only the street, which can be entertaining enough. But, I love to park half way around the lake and walk to Metro to take in the beautiful sights of the fountain, swans, and owners walking their dogs.
These are pictures of our lunch visit with Tim and Magally Putt to Ethos Vegan Kitchen. Paul and I shared the vegetable lasagna and a 10" pizza. Tim and Magally shared the vegetable lasagna and a black bean burger. Tim said the sandwich was twice the size of the lasagna but half the price.
Paco's is a small restaurant on Fairbanks Avenue and should almost have a downtown Orlando address instead of a Winter Park address. With its size and mismatched table linens and chairs, it might be hard to imagine how the restaurant could be celebrating 27 years and consistently have a line of hungry patrons waiting in the small entrance. The easiest answer would be really good food and really good service.
On occasion, we find opportunity to eat at IKEA. Generally, a sale draws us in, and we arrange to have friends go with us. The activity is so much more fun with another couple. When IKEA Orlando opened, we were still newlyweds, and we took along fellow newlyweds, Tim and Magally Putt. We enjoyed a variety of vegetarian dishes. Magally, also enjoyed the Swedish meatballs, which are not vegetarian.
Paul says this is probably the most hippy place in Orlando. But you know what? We keep going there. In fact, it is the most visited restaurant on our list right now. We took my dad a month ago while my mom was out of town, and he loved it.
This restaurant is consistently good. It has a menu rotation for every season and has a nice selection of teas. It was a tad warm this fall day; so only Gerald selected a warm tea. But everything was good. Paul and I absolutely loved our sandwiches. IF I could only make them like that at home! Surely it can't be that hard!