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.

 


Tempeh B(a)LT

I love BLTs.  Let me rephrase.  I love vegan BLTs.  The idea of eating a BLT with actual bacon makes me a little queasy.  That being said a BLT with some crispy tempeh bacon is right up my alley.  While the classic BLT is delicious, I personally think it goes up about five notches when you add avocado to the mix.  I think it was Aristotle who said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.  Look, I know we are just talking about a sandwich here, but it applies, okay.

The key to this B(a)LT sandwich is really crisping up your tempeh bacon.  I specifically use Tofurky’s Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Strips for this sandwich.  They burn crisp up really nicely, which gives the sandwich a nice smoky flavor.  When you prepare the strips you will want to get your pan nice and hot.  Don’t smoke your kitchen out, but get your pan hot enough to get a good sear on your tempeh.  You can see from the photo that mine have some really nice charred spots on them.

You will also want fresh, crisp lettuce and ripe tomatoes.  There is a produce stand right up the street from my daughter’s apartment that sells big beautiful Ruskin tomatoes.  Ruskin tomatoes are nice and meaty and don’t have an overabundance of juice or seeds.  Look for something similar.  If you can’t find these, try an ugly ripe or another meaty tomato.  Tomatoes have the best flavor when they haven’t been refrigerated, so store them on your counter-top rather than your fridge.  I didn’t have any iceberg lettuce on hand, because I rarely eat it, but I had a salad mix, so I used that instead.  It gave a lot more flavor and nutrients, so I was winning all day with this one.

 

Putting the sandwich together was pretty easy.  I toasted up my bread, slathered it with Hellmann’s new Vegan Mayo (have you noticed that I am obsessed with this stuff?), then stacked my ingredients.  Let me reiterate, toast your bread!  No one wants a soggy BLT.  Toasting it also adds a nice crunchy factor.  Just trust me on this and toast your bread.

I layered my lettuce mix, tomato, and tempeh bacon on one side, and avocado on the other so you guys could see my layers.   You can layer your ingredients however you choose, just make sure you have all the layers on your bread.  Don’t forget to season your tomato and avocado slices with a little salt and pepper.  It’s the little things that take food to the next level.

After you have your sandwich assembled, dig in.  It’s going to be messy.  The avocado likes to slip out the sides.  I don’t even care, messy foods are the most fun to eat.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • Bread, toasted
  • Tofurky Tempeh Bacon Strips, charred
  • Fresh tomato, sliced
  • Lettuce
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Fresh Avocado, sliced