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

**Closed its doors June 2017 :( **
Spices still available on their website!
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


Wraps with their homemade GF bread


Spicy tempeh bowl


Broccoli and "cheese" soup

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

Fudge cupcake, cinnamon slice, hummingbird cake & brownie


My gorgeous BFF found these vegan GF chocolates at Sweet Pete's Candy, Jacksonville FL. SO GOOD!!!!!





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!



This beer garden by Jacksonville Beach has a couple of vegan options. Making them GF leaves then a bit sparse and $8 (not including the fries) it's a bit overpriced. The vegan bratwurst tastes like Lightlife Smart Dogs, so wasn't anything particularly great but the fries were good and it's nice to have another option when in need!



Lanna Thai Sushi 
...at The Jacksonville Landing will do you up vegetarian sushi - my go to is always avocado ;)



Jax Spice Indian Restaurant
New to Jax this Indian restaurant down on the beach has vegan options on their menu and can make many of their dishes vegan! I had the "Palak Paneer" but with vegetables instead of the cheese. SO GOOD!


Taco Lu Baha Mexicana

This Mexican fusion restaurant down near the beach has a few vegan options including these bad boys...Mushroom Tacos and Tempeh Tacos with the same sauce they use for the spicy shrimp tacos.



Menchies

I got a lovely helpful email back from the people at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. They confirmed that all their non-dairy varieties use non-char bone sugar and so are considered vegan (sorbets, coconut milk varieties). The Pina Colada was AMAZEBALLS!
There is a caveat though...the almond milk based varieties often have egg so ask the server.
Also any non-dairy varieties that have added ingredients (such as Oreo cookies) would then be considered not vegan by the ingredient.



Riverside Art Markets

These markets not only have local produce but also some vegan fare.
Garden Truck Food Co. is there for delicious food served fresh...


Pulled BBQ Jackfruit with Baked Beans and Potato Salad


The Zen Butcher has vegan meat (unfortunately not GF) and cheese sauces - the nacho one is awesome!




Olive my Pickle's selection of olives and pickles are all vegan plus they do vegan kimchi!


Provision has a selection of vegan cream cheese and pesto. YUM!




ST AUGUSTINE

There are a couple of vegan options in St Augustine. The Floridian is right in the heart of the tourist are and has a few vegan options each part of the menu. Plus their wines are vegan. The restaurant itself is adorable with an upstairs and outside area but it is a bit pricey so I just went with the Southern Chop Chop bowl with tempeh.



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 :)




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