Vegan in Saint Augustine Florida

I love Saint Augustine, Florida.  It is one of my favorite places in the world.  It is full of history and charm, especially the downtown area around St. George Street.  I get to visit often because my daughter goes to college in St. Augustine.  As I posted recently, my daughter broke her ankle, so I left the Abacos (Bahamas) early in order to help take care of her for a few weeks.  Not only did this give me time to catch up with her, I was also able to explore the beaches, restaurants, and shops.  It was wonderful.

I love the water, so I took a lot of beach walks.  The sand in St. Augustine is soft near parking, but hard near the water.  It’s perfect for a jog or even a bike ride, and it is really good for building sand castles.  Dogs are allowed on the beaches here; bring your dog!

Walking downtown near the inter-coastal is an excellent way to get some exercise.  St. Augustine is perfect for early risers.  Watching the  sunrise over the Bridge of Lions from the fort wall is just gorgeous!

I really like all the vegan options in STA.  Breakfast at The Manatee Cafe is fantastic.  I highly recommend the vegan french toast, breakfast burrito and tofu scramble.  http://www.manateecafe.com/

The Floridian Cafe has a few great options, but my absolute favorite is the Winter Salad with Tempeh. http://www.thefloridianstaug.com/

Dos is a great coffee shop to work in during the day.  Friday nights they have live music and a full house!  They also serve wine, beer and local kombucha.  This particular latte is Vanilla-Pear Tea with soy milk. https://www.dosbar.com/

If you like drinks with a view, Sangria’s is on St. George’s Street and awesome for drinks and appetizers.  Live music on the weekend.  Make sure you specify NO DAIRY when ordering! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sangrias-Wine-Piano-Bar/

Another favorite coffee shop is The Kookaburra.  They have several locations.  These photos are from the larger on on US1.  Perfect place to work while enjoying a fantastic latte and vegan pumpkin donut.  It’s bigger than it looks in these photos, and often full to capacity. https://www.facebook.com/TheKookaburra

I didn’t include all the places I visited and delicious food I enjoyed while I stayed in STA.  I have been busy with the business, taking care of Sky, making sure she got to class and appointments.  I will miss this beautiful little city while I am away, but leaving means getting ready for the roadtrip!  So happy to get to travel the country soon.  🙂  I will post more next time I am in town.  If you visit and find an amazing dish or restaurant I didn’t mention, leave a comment!  I would love to try a new place next time I am in STA.

 


Marketing Mastery Event Orlando Florida

Good afternoon, Blog Peeps!  I had the opportunity to join some of the people I work with online at an event at Coronado Springs Resort at Disney in Orlando Florida for a few days so I jumped at the chance.  Online marketing has changed my life and provided me with the financial freedom I had always wanted, and I only want to get better at what I do.  In order to do that, I am surrounding myself with gurus, mentors, coaches, and other like-minded people.  Luckily, I get to do that in a beautiful location! This is my amazing team at the Meet and Greet with the founder of the company.

Being at the event means I won’t be posting again until the weekend, since my days are full of amazing speakers.  I’m taking a ton of notes, and my brain is desperately trying to soak up all the information.  I am writing this over lunch break, and still have about 45 minutes before I need to be back for the next speaker.  Since I have the time, I am going to talk about lunch today.

I ate at Las Ventanas inside Coronado Springs main building.  It is one of five restaurants at the resort.  There are three other eateries in the immediate vicinity of Las Ventanas and one at the main pool.  Disney always provides at least one vegan option on their menus, or at the very least a vegetarian option that can be modified to accommodate vegans.  Last night at the Meet and Greet the chef was kind enough to make me veggie skewers since there were no vegan options available at any of the stations.  I have to apologize for forgetting to take a photo of them.  They were quite pretty and delicious.  Each had a tomato,  an artichoke heart and an olive.  I was enjoying the party, and didn’t get a photo.  I will do better!

Back to lunch, the Soba Noodle Bowl I chose was good.  I will not say great, because it just wasn’t.  I did enjoy the fresh herbs and jalapeno slices, since they really brightened up an otherwise dull and boring dish.  I would have really enjoyed some kind of vegan protein like tofu or tempeh, but the restaurant doesn’t have it as an option.  I am going to contact Disney about that, because I know they want their customers to have the best experiences, and I feel like they will respond positively.  Since it is the only thing on the menu that is vegan friendly besides salad, I guess I will recommend it; but it’s not a dish I will rave about to anyone. I will rave about the resort and the event though.  I’ve had so much fun, met great people, and learned a ton in the last day and a half!  I am so grateful to have found such a amazing, people oriented company to work with.


The Restaurant at Orchid Bay

We eat out quite a bit.  I love trying new food, and it’s nice not to have to cook all the time.  I also find it is a really good way to get to know an area.  Unfortunately, when you are vegan, it’s not always easy to find food that you can eat when dining out.  Since we are in the Bahamas, we headed out on the boat the other day.  The weather was phenomenal, and the wind had died down after the front moved through.  It’s always fun to explore the other islands in the Abaco Island chain and one of our favorites is Great Guana Cay.  It’s only a 2o minute boat ride across the Sea of Abaco on a calm day, and the water between where we are staying and Guana is so pretty!

I was in absolute heaven.  They say it’s better in the Bahamas and it really was on Saturday.  Just look at that water.  There is no filter on these photos.  No matter how many times we come to the Abacos, this water never ceases to amaze me.

Anyway, our neighbors recommended a restaurant at the marina that we had not tried before.  They said it was nice, and we were pretty excited about it.  The wind was light and variable and it was cool in the shade, so we sat on the front covered patio to enjoy the view with lunch.  I could have sat there all day.  Really, it was that nice.  Look at that view.  Look at it.  (The angels are singing right now.)

There is never a large selection of vegan items on any menu in the Bahamas, so I felt pretty lucky to find a garden salad and a veggie wrap.  I ordered both and asked for no cheese, please, on the veggie wrap.  The waitress brought my salad and I happily dug in.  It was super fresh and delicious, and I would definitely order it again.  Then my wrap and Bruce’s burger came out, and boy did my plate look yummy!  I went straight for the “spicy” fries, and killed about half of those before grabbing my wrap and taking a huge bite.  Well, guess what….cheese.  UGH!!!!  🙁  Yep, cheese.  I usually check BEFORE taking a bite, but I had been so specific and I know the waitress heard me.  When she came over and I told her, she was super upset and took it back to the kitchen.  The cook told her she had certainly not put any cheese IN the wrap.  She had simply put cheese on the outside flap to hold it together.  For really??????  The poor waitress was beside herself, so I couldn’t be mad at her.  *sigh

My lunch ended up being the salad and most of the french fries.  I know I can’t be the only vegan this has happened to.  It just goes to show that no matter what, you have to double check your food before taking a bite.  I would say “especially when you are in the Bahamas” or “especially when out of the United States”, but we all know this happens quite often right in our own neighborhoods, so I can’t even say that.  At least the fries and salad were good, and I really enjoyed the new Sands Pink Radler I tried.  🙂