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Latin Food Restaurant

Coming from a hispanic background, everything that has to do with latin food, also has to do with meat. Well, with a little bit if creativity and by asking some questions, it doesn’t have to be that way.

When we go into latin restaurants, I immediately go to the ‘sides’ section and start looking at those. You might find a side salad, plantains, yuca, black beans (usually made vegan but ask if it was cooked with meat), rice, bread, etc. My usual meal is black beans, rice, and plantains.

We also went to a fast latin food restaurant called ‘Pollo Tropical’ which literally means Tropical Chicken, but don’t let the name fool you! They have a vegetarian dish. You can choose between rice, rice and beans, yellow rice, rice and lettuce, with corn, grilled onions, tomatoes, and grilled peppers. They also have some yummy sauces such as guava bbq. If you have one near your house, you should check it out!

Enjoy!

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Vegan in Las Vegas

So I have been in Las Vegas this whole week and I didn’t take a single food picture! Can you believe it?? I took LOTS of other pictures but didn’t think to snap a picture of the food I was eating. I hope my narrative and the stock pictures help!

Well we went because my boyfriend presented at a major convention and so, of course, I tagged along. So besides all the shopping and the beautiful hotels, what’s there to eat if you’re a vegan that won’t cost you your mortgage and your first born child? Well let me tell you what I ate.

We stayed at the Palazzo/Venetian hotel, which is a fabulous hotel, fancy, and very expensive…We ate at some of their restaurants as well as other restaurants outside.

We started with the Grimaldi’s Pizza. This place is very nice and very accommodating. I asked for a cheese-less pizza with some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. It was OK, I mean, I’ve had better pizza and I don’t think the cheese should have made that much of a big deal. My boyfriend enjoyed his pizza a lot though, so maybe the cheese is a breaking factor.

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I also had some sweet sorbet from Cocolini. They offer Gelatos and smoothies as well. They sorbets were really good!

We also had some burgers at I love Burgers. They have a great veggie burger, we really enjoyed it.

We had breakfast at the Grand Lux Cafe inside the hotel, which was really delicious. They have a buffet with some vegan options such as whole wheat bread, fruit, orange juice, and  hash browns. There was also a bar of toppings for omelets that I used for my hash browns  I added mushrooms and tomatoes for some protein. They also had oatmeal with brown sugar and dried fruit, just the way I like it! We recommend this place, but be aware, it is pricey, but what isn’t in Vegas?

We also did a tour of the Grand Canyon, it is very impressive so if you ever have a chance, please visit. In the guest area, they have a little restaurant where they offer a cheese and veggie sandwich sans the cheese for me of course. Don’t get too excited about this offering though. Two slices of bread with some lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions with a side of fries. Not great, but better than not having anything at all. So I was content (I had a lot of fried on this trip, it’s easier to order veggie burgers and veggie sandwiches when you’re a vegan and they usually come with fries.

I also had some meals in the Grand Canal Shoppes, which is the shopping mall for the Palazzo and Venetian Hotel. There was a small burger place, I forgot the name, where they offered veggie burgers. It was an OK veggie burger, nothing exceptional. I also had some spaghetti with marinera sauce and some roasted potatoes, which were also OK.

We also went to the Aria to watch a Cirque du Soleil show and had dinner there before the show. We ate at a Tapas place called Julian Serrano, which had a whole selection of veggie tapas. We had never had tapas before so we didn’t know what to expect, but in the end the food was very good. We had the roasted potatoes with the aioli on the side, the asparagus, and bread with chopped tomatos.

We also went to downtown vegas where we ate a Mediterranean place, right next to the heart attack restaurant (I’ve seen it on TV), horrible, horrible and it says that if you’re over 350 lbs, you eat free. We didn’t go in there because we were sure they wouldn’t have anything veggie friendly options. The Mediterranean place was ver delicious. We had a falafel pita bread combo and it was great! We enjoyed our meal a lot!

All in all, vegas was pretty good. We didn’t get to go to the more expensive restaurants because we weren’t about to spend $40 on a plate of food. However, we managed to find some spots in the strip and downtown LV where I could eat and be a happy vegan!

I hope this was helpful if you’re looking for some inexpensive restaurants to indulge your vegan goddess!

Enjoy! =)

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Pei Wei

We went to Pei Wei for dinner. They have a great selection of tofu and their tofu is one of the best tasting I’ve ever had.

I had the sweet and sour tofu complete with pineapples, onions, broccoli, and other veggies. I had mine with brown rice.

My boyfriend ordered another tofu meal which was very good.

I like this restaurant because they have high quality food with low prices. They also have the soda fountain available for you to get your own refills. No need to wait on a waiter. Mostly, I like the unlimited fortune cookies!

Highly recommend it!

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill

There are not many restaurants that have a big selection of vegan italian foods. Carrabas has some.

As an appetizer, the zucchini fritte is pretty safe. It’s also REALLY GOOD!

You have reiterate to whoever is serving you, “no cheese nor meats please” and they’ll make it happen.

I ordered as my main meal the Pasta Sostanza – I replaced the tagliarini pasta with whole wheat pasta. It came with with sautéed mushrooms, artichoke hearts and spinach in tomato basil sauce topped with seasoned breadcrumbs (no breadcrumbs). And I also said no cheese please!

I am pretty sure the bread they serve you is vegan. Most breads are. And the italian seasoning with the olive oil is fantastic. God I love Italian food!

Well enjoy!

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Panera Bread

Yummers!

They have A LOT of vegetarian options (with cheese) and SOME vegan options (with some modifications). We went for a light dinner and I had their Berry Salad (no chicken) and it was phenomenal! So much better than I expected! I added some avocado (Of course). I also had their mozzarella and sun dried tomato panini (no cheese, add avocado) and it was DELICIOUS! I love this place!

You can also have some black beans, salads, their veggie sandwich (no cheese) and COFFEE!!

They offer FREE (as opposed to Starbucks’ .60 cents up charge) for soy milk!

Hint: Get their panera card! You get free stuff!!

 

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Rocco’s Tacos Mexican Food

We had dinner at this place with some friends. It was delicious!

We had the guacamole as an appetizer. It was really yummy!

I had the mushroom tacos “no cheese please!” (grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and a tomato sauce). It came with yellow rice and their ensalata mixta (greens, balck beans, corn, and a yummy dressing.

My boyfriend had their vegetarian enchilada. He enjoyed it very much. The enchiladas were filled with cheese (he eats cheese), carrots, zucchini, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and other veggies. It came with yellow rice and refried beans. He said it was different because he had never had the enchiladas with veggies but he really enjoyed it.

Overall, a very good place and good vegan options!

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