by CD Davidson-Hiers
Candle 79 is one branch of a triad of higher-end restaurants in New York City that offers a selection of organic vegan options. The entire menu is vegan, and that was a novelty I had to quickly adjust to after asking Elena, the manager, “so…your ice creams don’t have dairy, right?” She smiled and said again that dairy is an animal product, so no.
My first time at a Cafe Gratitude restaurant was in 2009 at their premier location, in an area that was a little “off the beaten path” in San Francisco. The restaurant had a very colorful, earthy, laid back and eclectic vibe. The wall’s were covered with inspiration quotes, detailed murals, and their pledge to “Nourish a Thankful Community.” The servers and the people were warm and inviting and the restaurant was filled with a mix of hippies, young adults, nature lovers and foodie types. Their Venice Beach location doesn’t quite have that same vibe.
After an intense workout, who doesn’t crave a thick and juicy burger? A veggie burger, that is! That’s exactly what happened to us the other night when my running partner and I had finished a 7-mile “hill training” run in the pouring down rain along the very steep and long causeway bridge. I could think of no other place than the Green Bar & Kitchen, an organic plant-based, non-GMO, mostly gluten-free eatery to satisfy our hunger in a healthy yet hearty way! gb&K is located at 1075 SE 17th St., in very popular and touristy east Ft. Lauderdale.
Open only three years, Luna’s Living Kitchen is already an icon in Charlotte, NC. Whenever we ask where we can find a good place to eat while visiting Charlotte, Luna’s is the first word out of everyone’s mouth. Everyone.
Luna’s Living Kitchen is a stand-out with its all organic, largely locally sourced ingredients without a hint of genetically modified fare to be found!!! To this I can’t say strongly enough to owner, Juliana Luna; You go, girl!
So my running partner, Mark, and I had just finished an early 14-mile combo run (road and trail) and boy were we famished! We didn’t feel like the old run-of-the-mill bagel joint/deli where I usually end up with just a multigrain bagel with peanut butter! So we opted for the bi-weekly seasonal farmer’s market located in our beautiful city of Parkland, FL (a suburb just south of West Boca Raton, north of Coral Springs), where we knew we would find the Veggie Xpress food truck. A diamond in the rough, Veggie Xpress lives up to its motto: “Delicious. Nutritious. Conscientious.”
Sure, there were plenty of vendors with vegan-friendly products like guacamole, olive oil, pickles, pasta and pastries but no other booth or stand offered wholesome and satisfying made-to-order meals like Veggie Xpress. Owned and operated by registered dietician/nutritionist/personal trainer Lori Kupferman for well over a year now, Veggie Xpress offers a wide array of all-natural, vegan, Kosher-style fare with no added salt or sugar – from smoothies to soups, wraps to gluten-free sides as well as desserts.
by Deanne Bryce
During a road trip between the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park , my husband Steve and I spent one night and morning in Phoenix. In search of a place to enjoy lunch after a morning visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, we found Desert Roots Kitchen (DRK) through an online search for organic foods. We discovered on arrival that Desert Roots Kitchen is 100% vegan. Their menu changes daily and they make everything from scratch in-house (except the dolmas). Desert Roots Kitchen cooks with many organic ingredients, especially staples like beans, lentils, produce, etc. They support and use local ingredients when possible, which is increasing and constantly evolving.