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The Whole Enchilada – Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Published April 15, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

As you can probably tell, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking since we moved to Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately for us, there are quite a lot of restaurants to choose from in our area, and while most of them aren’t expressly vegetarian, I’ve been able to feed myself just fine from the selections offered. We’ve been hitting up many of the mexican restaurants, and were meaning to try The Whole Enchilada again. We had been here one time last year, on an off day, when the staff was really overwhelmed. Today the service was friendly & quick and the food was good & plentiful. They have seared tofu as a protein option, which I really appreciate for variety’s sake, and both their black beans & pinto beans are vegetarian.

For $7.69 I got a massive Tostada complete with lettuce, rice, black beans, guac, seared tofu, and lots of toppings I picked up at the salsa bar. I ordered this without sour cream (and I said no cheese, but I’m not sure that it came with it?). It also came with a side of chips. So much food that I had to ask for a lid to take it home. Pretty awesome.

Also check out the Tree Hugger without the cheese for a vegan burrito! (I had this last time.)

The Whole Enchilada is located at 4115 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33308. 954-561-4040.

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Tequila Sunrise – Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Published April 1, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Surprisingly enough, with all of the restaurants that there are in Fort Lauderdale, there really aren’t many vegan options here. Sure there’s Sublime, the well known, all vegan, over priced, bland and uninspired restaurant, but I hate giving them my money, even if the profits do go to animals. That being said, let me tell you about a mexican place that’s really close to our new place, and at least has a little vegan section on their menu.

This review is actually long overdue. We dined at Tequila Sunrise last year when we got one of those groupon/living social vouchers. Back then they had the menu that’s currently up on their website. I ordered the vegan black bean tostadas, which I thought were great.

On this visit, the vegetarian/vegan menu was just a section of the regular menu, and a lot more limited. I was happy though, because they still had vegan enchiladas listed, even if the tostadas weren’t.

I specified that I didn’t want mushrooms at least 3 times. Mostly because it seemed like our waitress wasn’t paying attention. She let me know I could sub vegetables instead of white rice, so I said sure.

When my plate came and I spotted a mushroom in the vegetables, I remembered that I had not asked an additional time for no mushrooms, so I was still hopeful, but upon peering into my enchiladas I realized they were all over. A second waitress came out and said that there was no way to make the dish without mushrooms, because the veggies were already mixed. Then she came back and said they could do it with just onions & peppers inside. So I just ordered two tacos a la carte. Both the black beans and the refried beans are vegetarian, so I ordered one of each.

They came in very thick, delicious hot shells, and the black beans were really tasty. These were $3.50 each.

Impression:

We eat mexican food A LOT. Half the time it’s from Taco Bell. (fresco bean burritos or the occassional 7-layer, no cheese, no sour cream!) And I admit, I don’t ever ask if the beans are vegetarian when I’m at a restaurant. So it’s nice to know that they are here. If you aren’t allergic and/or grossed out by mushrooms (like I am!), they have a good amount of well thought out vegan options for you. I mean, that enchilada dish really did look delicious. I was pretty disappointed that I had to give it back! So if you’re so inclined, it’s worth checking out.

Tequila Sunrise is located atย 4711 c N Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334. (954) 938-4473. Open Mon-Wed 11:30am – 10pm, Thurs – Sat 11:30 am – 11pm, and Sunday 12pm – 10pm.

mexican pumpkin soup

Published April 6, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

so i was staring into my pantry earlier looking for inspiration. the cans of pinto beans, corn, tomatoes w/jalapenos and pumpkin stared back. so i decided to make a soup. this one’s spicy, so if you can’t take the heat, just use regular diced tomatoes & leave out the cayenne.

ty’s mexican pumpkin soup

3 tbsp. olive or canola oil
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cloves of garlic, minced

6 c. vegetable stock

1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more!)
a few grinds of fresh ground pepper, i like smoked

1 can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix
1 tsp. cornstarch

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes w/jalepenos or chiles, drained
1 16 oz can pinto beans, drained
1 16 oz can whole kernel corn, drained

vegan sour cream, optional, as garnish

Heat oil to medium in large pot or dutch oven. Add onion and salt, stir until softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add vegetable stock and spices. Whisk in pumpkin puree and cornstarch. Add canned tomatoes, pinto beans and corn. Bring up to a boil, and then drop to simmer. Simmer uncovered for at least 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls and garnish with dollop of vegan sour cream, if desired.

results:
success! spicy, savory and fresh. the corn kernels burst in your mouth. yummy with or without sour cream. ๐Ÿ™‚ i can’t stop eating it. reducing stock down to 4-5 c. will give you a chunkier style stew.

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