Monday, February 13, 2012

This Is What I Eat on Vacation!

Hey everyone! Got home from my long weekend in Orlando. It went by so fast!! I'm bummed that it's over but I had an amazing time. It was great to see my friend, I ate some amazing vegan food and went to one of the most amazing farmer's markets I've ever seen.

I have a lot of food to share with you so I'm going to try and organize it so it makes it easier for you to read (and for me to post!). I'll share my restaurant meals, my cooked meals and something I picked up from the farmer's market :) I took all of the pics with my phone so the quality isn't great but you'll definitely get the point. I used instagram on some to spruce them up so the color may vary a bit but they look ok I guess! Let's dive in!

So first I'll share two of the three restaurant meals I ate. I didn't take a pic of the third because to be honest it made me really annoyed. I'll explain in a second.


I actually ate this absolutely DELICIOUS sandwich for lunch today. I usually go to Ethos Vegan Kitchen for brunch when I'm in Florida but I wanted to try it for lunch so we went somewhere else for brunch (which subsequently served me the meal that annoyed me). I got the "Hippie Wrap" in the gluten free option minus the banana peppers. I chose the fruit for my side. This was AMAZING. Ethos is one of my favorite restaurants in Orlando which is why I go back every time I'm there!


This meals is from The Loving Hut! I actually ordered the "Combo #1" but was given the Combo #2. It originally arrived with a faux beef skewer type thing that was definitely made with wheat gluten which I wasn't really interested in. I didn't want to make a big deal out of it since the summer roll and rice were correct. Instead of the spring roll I was supposed to get veggies but it was fine so I just asked them to switch the wheat meat for the tofu I was originally supposed to get and all was well. It was SO GOOD! This is another place I come every time I'm in Orlando. They usually get the order right but the girl who took our order was new. No big deal though, it was still delicious!

Quick story about that third restaurant. They had a salad that looked great...basically greens topped with supposed fresh fruit. I expected beautiful fruit to be sitting on those greens...instead I saw a sparse, sad looking salad with minimal fruit that was far from fresh. The thing that annoyed me about it wasn't necessarily that the salad was kind of pathetic. It was that I was sitting in the restaurant staring out the window at the farmer's market. It drives me nuts when restaurants don't even think to utilize the beautiful, fresh, local ingredients located literally 100 feet from their door. So ridiculous.


Speaking of the farmer's market, I went to the Winter Park Saturday Farmer's Market and was completely blown away. They even had a small stall with raw shakes and some tea blends and a few raw things such as crackers, soup and moon pies. I have been dying to try raw crackers so I picked up a package.

I tried to eat a lot of healthy raw food in between some indulgences that I'll share at the end of this post. They were fairly consistent with what I eat on a regular basis.


A beautiful salad of greens, cucumber, carrots and some avocado. I dressed it with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.


Cherry chocolate green smoothie for breakfast one of the ninja turtle glasses I got my friend for his birthday!


Snacky type lunch plate with carrots, an orange and some of the raw crackers from the farmer's market with mashed avocado. So good!

I tried to be somewhat virtuous with my food choices during the trip but definitely wanted to indulge a bit as well. As part of our tradition I made a really great dinner followed by dessert, both of which were decadent and rich and 100% amazing.


Check out this amazing, decadent mac n cheese! I used this recipe and it was so good. I made it gluten free with rice pasta and gf flour and left the breadcrumbs off the top. Next time I'd add a little more seasoning but it was creamy and amazing!


I forgot to take a wide shot but I served it up with some amazing brussels sprouts that I picked up at the farmer's market and roasted, as well as some carrots. It was a really delicious meal and totally worth the splurge!

And every decadent dinner should be followed by an equally decadent dessert!




You seriously have to try these! They are amazing! I was super careful to avoid wheat the rest of the weekend because I knew I would be eating this and wanted to make sure it wouldn't effect me that much and it didn't. These are great, impressive and pretty easy!

So that's what I ate on vacation! I indulged a bit more than I typically would and it is amazing that I came home craving healthy, raw foods. I guess that is a great thing and shows just how much my tastes have changed over the past month or so. It's a great feeling!


It's back to reality for me now. Here I am very relaxed and happy (although some makeup would make this photo a bit more flattering ha!) before I left to come home. Hopefully I can keep this feeling for a little while before I settle back into my reality.

Hope you all had a great weekend, now I have to catch up on all of your blogs!

20 comments:

  1. Lots and lots of yummie food here! Did you like the raw crackers?

    malin @ veganparade.tumblr.com

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    1. Oops I totally forgot to write it but yes the raw crackers were really good! It really reinforced my desire to get a dehydrator! Someday :)

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  2. Okay, first of all, you do not need makeup! You're very photogenic and look great. :)

    All of the food looks great, especially those bars you made. Wow!! I can just imagine how good they were. We tend to eat a lot more decadent when we're on vacation, too. It always leaves us craving healthy meals made at home by the end of the vacation.

    It's too bad that restaurant doesn't take advantage of the farmer's market that's literally right outside their front door. WTF?? Some people just don't get it, I guess.

    I'm so glad that you had a great time. You definitely look happy & relaxed!

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    1. Aww thank you Molly that is sweet :)

      Those bars were really amazing! I think that I did pretty well with eating mostly nutritious, clean eats with just a little bit of a splurge thrown in. Still craving some healthy meals though!

      I was baffled by the farmer's market situation. i was bummed I didn't have more room in my bags because I would have gone shopping and brought stuff home! And all they had to do was walk a few feet! Crazy! And I had a great time, thanks :)

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  3. I agree with Molly - you're gorgeous without the makeup, Sarah!

    And about the food - AW-SUM! I'm almost drooling :)
    Glad you had such a fun time in FL.

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    1. Aww thank you Isobelle, you are very sweet :) I had a great time and the food was delicious! Perfect for a once in a while indulgence.

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  4. Sounds like a really great trip. I haven't been to Florida in a long time but I bet all the fruits and veg must be so fresh and delicious.
    All the food looks great but those cheesecake bars, wow!
    Glad you had a fun time.

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    1. The farmer's market produce was absolutely beautiful. I tried some fresh squeezed orange juice that a vendor was selling and I can't even describe how incredible it was. The cheesecake bars were great! I knew I wanted to make them as soon as I saw the recipe.

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  5. It looks as if you food was a nice mix of healthy and indulgent food. The mac & cheese and chocolate chip bars look great so it looks as if you were able to share the deliciousness of vegan food with your friend. The salad in your photograph looks more like the kind of salad you would expect a restaurant across from a farmer's market to serve. I'm glad you had a good time; it also must have been nice to have a little bit of summer in your February.

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    1. I totally should have schooled the restaurant on how to make a proper salad. My friend is quite open to trying vegan food, which is definitely nice for me when I visit. The weather was lovely for most of the trip, a bit chilly on Sunday but the 80 degree day on Friday was great!

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  6. That mac & cheeze looks AMAZING! I'm impressed by your ability to eat healthy while on vacation. I can't do that. When I'm on vacation, I go crazy and eat all kinds of naughtiness. :-)

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    1. Thanks Bianca! That recipe was really good. I definitely indulged in some naughtiness but I actually was craving some healthy eats while I was there, so it actually wasn't too difficult!

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  7. Excellent recap! So cool that they have a Loving Hut in Orlando. I want both the Mac & Cheese and the CC Bars! I'm sure your friend was sorry to see you go after such fantstic treats.

    Did you go to Disney World? Is your friend vegan?

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    1. Thanks Shen! The Loving Hut is so delicious. I've been there about 4 times now I think. The food is so good there. You should definitely try both of those recipes! I think you'll love them!

      We didn't go to Disney. Not enough time...or desire really :) My friend is not vegan but he is very open minded and will try anything. He loves the Loving Hut too :)

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  8. Great eats on your vacation! Sounds like you had a good time! It's fun to eat out for a while, but then it gets old and you just want good home-made food again. The mac n' cheeze looks very creamy and satisfying!

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    1. Thanks Rose! I had a great time. I agree, sometimes a home cooked (or uncooked in the case of my raw meals) meal is exactly what I'm looking for. I guess that is the control freak in me, I like to know exactly what is in my meals. The mac n cheese was amazing!

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  9. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! So much to say! First, hooray for a great vacation. Second, so happy to have you back.

    I long for farmer's markets. I bet the produce in Florida was really amazing (which is why I agree - the restaurant totally should have used it!). All of your meals - both home and out, look super delicious! Wow! The mac and cheese looks so incredible.

    You, are freaking adorable.

    So glad you had a wonderful trip! :)

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    1. Aww thank you Ingrid, you are so sweet!

      The farmer's market was probably my favorite part of the vacation. It was huge, amazing and beautiful. The produce was fresh and delicious. Every single brussels sprout in the box I bought was perfect. I'm really glad that we ended up going there.

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  10. I would love to try both of those recipes! Glad you had fun!

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    1. Definitely give them a try, they are amazing!!

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