EVOS: A Wholesome, Natural Approach to Quick-Food Fare

  The Veggie Garden Grill burger, air-baked fries, mesquite magic ketchup and an iced tea. EVOS approach to the quick-dining experience is a more healthful and fresh alternative to the traditional burger and fries type joint. EVOS cooks their menu items using air-baking methods instead of deep frying, which decreases the caloric count significantly. They also use organic greens for their salads, organic and reduced-fat ice cream for their shakes,... Read More

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013

  I’m holding Dole Whip with spiced rum and Sam Adams Cream Stout in front of the Pineapple Promenade. They are not both for me! I’ve been wanting to visit Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival for years, not realizing that it was a feast for more than just the eyes! In their 20th year celebrating mother nature’s finest flora, the festival also offers a variety of spring-inspired culinary dishes available... Read More

Winter Park’s trendy living cuisine

Tucked along a side street of the affluent Park Avenue area of Winter Park, Florida is a restaurant serving cuisine based on the raw/living food lifestyle.  Cafe 118° exemplifies a fresh and delicious living cuisine menu. Crispy Vegetable Rolls For those unfamiliar with this type of cuisine, allow me to give you a brief explanation. The raw/living cuisine is plant-based foods that are prepared by not cooking foods in the traditional sense.  Foods... Read More

Autumn Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque

Butternut squash has more vitamin A than that in pumpkin. At 10630 IU per 100 g, it is perhaps the single vegetable source in the cucurbitaceae family with highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 354% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for vision. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A helps... Read More

Uncommon Shopping in Seaside

Family-owned and operated for over 20 years, Modica Market in the Central Square of Seaside, Florida offers many gourmet and specialty items.  Modica Market has a nice selection of fresh produce, exotic mushrooms, nuts, gourmet chips, crackers & snacks, specialty & locally made sauces and dips, hard to find gourmet pastas, boutique wines and micro brewery beers. My favorite brands are well stocked within the market: Rice Dream, Newman’s... Read More

A Day of Play in Seaside

Halfway between Destin and Panama City, along the Emerald Coast waters, lies fairytale beach towns on County Road 30A.  Among those beach towns is the master planned community of Seaside. Wooden custom cottages, wide porches and a complementary color palette to the bordering gulf waters makes Seaside the vision of a beach town ideal. While enjoying the beautiful beach at Seaside, one may find hunger and thirst of necessity to quench. Fortunately,... Read More

A Few Good Apples

    Tucked away in the corner of Seagrove Plaza on beautiful state road 30-a, surrounded by sub shops and kitschy beach merchandisers is a fresh and tasty café, A Few Good Apples. Upon entering the quaint eatery, the first things I noticed was the bright decor and clean environment. I reviewed the overhead menus with lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I had trouble choosing between homemade vegetarian soups, baked sweet potatoes, a... Read More

Orlando’s Best Kept Produce Secret

  Before I discovered Freshfields Farm, my budget for fresh produce consisted of bananas, green beans, potatoes, onions and the occasionally bag of spinach.  The chain supermarkets drained my budget quickly and a few years ago at the height of the recession canned and frozen food were replacing the fresh, nutrient rich foods I craved.  Then one day while I was running errands, I drove past a bright and inviting sign with produce specials... Read More

Orlando’s Freshest Veg Friendly Greek Cuisine

Mediterranean Blue restaurant in SoDo Orlando is the freshest, most flavorful and affordable veg friendly Greek cuisine you’ll find in Central Florida. Mediterranean Blue interior When you are driving along Michigan Avenue, Mediterranean Blue restaurant can go unnoticed among the variety of restaurants and retailers lining the busy road. Set back on the corner of Michigan Avenue and South Osceola Avenue, next to an insurance office, is a... Read More

Veg ‘n’ Out: Downtown Disney

  Disney World is Orlando’s tourist mecca with four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of themed resort hotels and countless places to grab a bite to eat. With that being said, this article is focused on vegetarian and vegan options at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. The Fresh A-Peel building at Downtown Disney I started my Downtown Disney Marketplace veg experience at the new Fresh A-Peel quick service dining pavilion, which is home... Read More