Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring so much pleasure. Today I’m thankful for popsicles. Recently I discovered that my favorite little popsicle shop four hours away in St. Augustine is now exporting to Dunedin. I can walk a mere 15 minutes for a fresh, juicy artisan ice pop. For those in the area, there is a case of amazing selections like pineapple cilantro and sangria plum waiting for you at Broodway Deli. I’m thankful to have Hyppo in my neighborhood!
Category Archives: Eating out
Lunch at Serendipity
Side salad with tahini dressing, Rice & beans with salsa and avocado
Mom’s veggie wrap w/ white bean salad
Recently I stumbled upon this little gem in Dunedin, Florida. Serendipity Cafe serves fresh, healthy (and gluten-free) breakfast all day long. I ordered a fruity spinach smoothie with cornmeal pancakes, almonds & blueberry syrup. It was delicious and I felt full, yet light and happy after devouring it all. The restaurant is connected to a health food store~ add the yoga studio down the street and what more could you ask for?
Have you found any neighborhood gems lately?
It’s the last day of a whirlwind trip home to the Tampa Bay area spending time with friends and family. I’ve seen just about every wedding venue and tried on bridal gowns at three dress shops. I also took a mini four-hour road trip with my mom to visit my cousin and her brand new baby. My heart just melted. Today’s pictures are from yesterday’s amazing lunch at The Taco Bus on Central Avenue in St. Pete. This place is open 24 hours on the weekends and I can only imagine the crowd.
Agua de pina
We all need direction sometimes
The taco plate with one vegan tempeh and one butternut squash
While it’s true we spent most of our time in Ibiza napping on the beach and dancing at clubs, M and I did find the time to tour the old port town. A little bit of travel trivia: Spanish (as we know it) is not the first language for many people in Spain. Ibiza and Barcelona are located in a region called Catalonia, where most people speak Catalan. Hence, the proper spelling for the island is Eivissa according to the locals. I found it interesting that some islanders preferred to communicate in English rather than the Spanish that I know (which is called Castilian). One restaurant server told me that it’s because some people on the island aren’t really fluent in Castilian Spanish. Street signs and government building are all labeled in Catalan and everyone is proud of their cultural heritage.
Followed by paella that I forgot to take a picture of
Lemon & mandarin sorbet at the bottom of the hill
Do you have any travel trivia that you’ve learned along the way?
Every summer M and I go away for a week together. We’ve never done the same spot twice until this year. We couldn’t resist the laid back atmosphere and gorgeous landscape of Ibiza. In my opinion it’s the world’s best people-watching. Even though we rented the same little apartment, we did try a few new places for meals.
The raw salad at Passion Cafe in Playa de’n Bossa
(that’s macadamia nut cheese along with yummy spicy peanut dressing)
M’s avocado wrap
Breakfast was eaten leisurely on the balcony everyday around 11 (read last year’s post for Ibiza’s schedule). I brought coconut milk for coffee and M went out for fresh bread and chocolate croissants each morning. We also picked up a bottle of chunky tomatoes stewed in olive oil from the airport gift shop.
M and I just got back from a week in Spain. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, but more about that later. I wanted to share how impressed I was with the veggie meal on my U.S. Airways flight. They have a non-dairy vegetarian option that’s actually pretty good. (Just call ahead and request it, there’s no extra charge.)
Fruit salad with coconut shavings, green salad with Italian dressing & Spanish rice and veggies with lemon wedges
Once we got to Barcelona, we had a few hours to kill before boarding a smaller plane to Ibiza. We munched on salads and chips. Again, I was impressed with our airport dining choices.
Salad #1: chickpeas, tomatoes and lettuce
Salad #2: corn, olives & carrots
They must be healthy because they’re coated in olive oil…
Just kidding, but a girl’s gotta crunch once in a while
How do you get your veggies while traveling?
Three rolls: seaweed, sweet potato & avocado
I absolutely love sushi! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have two favorite spots for sushi in Philadelphia: Vic Sushi Bar on Sampson Street between 20th & 21st and Yakitori Boy in Chinatown. Vic’s is a tiny little place with about six bar stools (it’s B.Y.O.). I used to know the delivery guy pretty well when I lived in Philly. My friend Liz and I had a little ritual we called Tuesday Night Tivo. We’d jog, then order sushi and watch our cheesy teen shows (90210 & Gossip Girl). The other day I ordered take-out (read this post to find out why I really try not get take-out, sushi’s the exception) and ate it in the park.
Bliss: sitting barefoot in the park with chopsticks in hand
What’s your idea of bliss? Do you have any rituals?
4th 5th! The holiday may be over, but it’s never to late to express love for America.
An all-American beach: Ocean City, New Jersey
The power’s still out at my place so I spent a few days at the beach. I discovered new (to me) shore spots that have tons of healthy, delicious options. Yianni’s Cafe on Asbury Avenue has outdoor seating, smoothies, oatmeal and other yummy choices. Red’s Jersey Mex Cafe is a cute little place a few blocks off the beaten track. It’s got everything I love: tacos, guac and surf pics.
Yianni’s Favorite: fresh oj & fruit
Oatmeal with sliced almonds and cinnamon
Mexican on July 4th~because we’re all dependent on each other
Veggie tacos with guacamole
I love that the U.S.A is a melting pot of world cultures. My perfect July 4th: Cali-style American breakfast, yoga (from India), Mexican lunch and Cuban for dinner (no pics of chickpea stew and fried plantains…but they were amazing).
What do you love about America?
A while back I read this book:
Back in January I posted a few of her tips that I took to heart. Click here to read ’em. How have I done with Christina’s suggestions? Well I’m definitely trying new food with my CSA membership. I eat tons of local greens and make slime juice a few times a week. I’ve mostly stuck with my self-imposed soda ban and I’ve kept free from tv during meal times. I have however, been bringing my laptop to the table while dining. I guess the no tv rule needs to be extended to all tech gadgets.
Blended greens & fruit over ice
Since I wrote about McDonald’s on the Kind Life I thought I’d elaborate a little bit here. I’ll preface with this statement: I love french fries and I’ll never give them up (sigh of relief). However like many of us saw in Supersize Me, a fast food french fry is not composed of oil, salt and potato. There’s loads of other crap in there like chemical beef flavoring. (That’s because until the 1990’s McDonald’s was frying them in actual beef fat. They took a lot of heat about saturated fat content so they recreated the flavor with fake stuff. Who knows what’s actually in it since they can legally patent their unique “flavor”.)
“Real” french fries from Rouge in Philadelphia
And to go with those fries? Christina quotes Michael Pollen (writer of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) on what’s in chicken nuggets from McDonald’s:
- 38 ingredients
- 13 ingredient are derived from corn
- the corn comes from a petroleum refinery or chemical plant
- leavening agents and synthetic antioxidants to keep the nuggets from turning rancid
- suspected carcinogens like dimethylpolysiloxane added to the oil to keep it from foaming
- Preservatives derived from petroleum (that’s right…we are basically feeding our kids lighter fluid in the form of a nugget)
So if you are going to eat chicken nuggets, or feed them to children, please consider buying organic chicken and making them yourself. One of my best friends is a busy mother of three (ages 2-6) and she gave me a recipe a few years back that I used to make for M’s kids. Click here for a similar one that’s simple, fast and easy. (I know…a chicken recipe on a veg blog. But if it keeps anyone out of the drive-through than I’m all for it.)
We all know that nuggets and fries are bad for us, but what about the so-called healthy choices?
- A carrot walnut muffin at Panera has 500 calories, 37 grams of sugar and only 4 grams of fiber
- McDonald’s oatmeal has the same amount of sugar as a Snickers bar
- The red sauce on Domino’s pizza comes from Hunt’s and has MSG in it
The moral of the story is that we can’t trust these places to give us anything remotely healthy or safe to eat. Using actual fruits, vegetables or even meat would cost too much so they have to make a cheaper chemical alternative in order to keep prices down and customers happy. Quite frankly I’m disgusted. I stopped eating fast food last year, but haven’t excluded mid-range places like Panera. This just reinforces the fact that it’s much healthier, cheaper and satisfying to eat at home. I’d rather save my money for a delicious dinner at a regular restaurant than spend a few bucks here and there on chemical
Homemade breakfast quinoa is waaaay better than McDonald’s oatmeal
Have you read the book? What’s your take on fast food? Do you have any favorite homemade versions of favorite fast food items?