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Crispers – Winter Haven, Fl

Published May 21, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

We spent the Mother’s Day weekend in Winter Haven this year, to see Thomas’ mom. Winter Haven is southern feeling town in between Orlando and Tampa, and now home to newest park in the area, LegoLand. It is also a town where you’re likely to find a lot of barbeque, and not a whole lot of people who even know what vegan means. Which is fine, unless you need to eat something.

Being that it was Mother’s Day, I had a couple of factors against me about getting a decent lunch. First, there was a good chance the ladies of honor were not going to pick a vegan friendly establishment, and I could get stuck eating french fries, so I needed a pre-lunch, lunch. Second, because of the holiday, the independently owned safe options were closed.

Our hunt for a chain restaurant that would work landed us at Crispers. They had some vegetarian dishes clearly marked, but I decided to Pick a Pair, and just veganize their Southwest Salad, as their menu “We can make practically any salad meat-free. Just Ask!” encouraged. I chose this one, so I could get some protein from the black beans.

Sidenote: Dear salad places/restaurants, if you’re going to make a vegetarian salad, could you include some protein please? We need it too. Chickpeas, black beans, white beans, lentils, quinoa, etc. would be most appreciated. Kale would be great too. Thanks very much.

Southwest Salad -no chicken, no cheese, no tortilla strips, no ranch, & a cup of Vegetarian Vegetable that came served with saltines, also vegan.

I dressed my salad with some pepper and some lemon juice I squeezed from the lemons at the drink station! And we even got a free fountain drink with my check-in on Foursquare.

I actually ended up having plenty of lunch in the end. We ended up going to Chili’s, where I had a cup of black beans, and some awesome guacamole, along with some free chips & salsa from our check-in on Foursquare. So yah, sometimes you just have to get creative.

Maggiano’s, Boca Raton – Custom Vegan Dish

Published June 9, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So yesterday was my niece’s 16th birthday, and we had dinner at Maggiano’s in Boca. Upon hearing the location I immediately typed it into vegan eating out to find out how my prospects looked. Not fantastic, but not too bad. They recommended any of the “string” pastas (spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, etc.) and garlic and olive oil sauce. They also made a point of mentioning that they had no problem creating a custom dish with existing ingredients to meet dietary restrictions. I perused the regular menu to see what sorts of items they included in some of their signature dishes, and made a list.

This was actually really delicious. Fettuccine with garlic and olive oil, spinach, pine nuts, and sun dried tomatoes! Yum! Eating vegan when dining out can yield great results, it just takes a little bit of thought.

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