Tuesday, February 20, 2018

VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN NEW ORLEANS

Vegan cuisine isn't what comes to mind when I think of New Orleans. From crawfish étouffée to shrimp creole, from jambalaya to po boys, New Orleans isn't the most vegan-friendly city. But even though Louisiana signature cuisine is pretty much off limits to vegans, vegan food can still be found here. Here are my top 5 vegan-friendly restaurants in NOLA.

The Gumbo Shop - 630 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
  You cannot visit New Orleans without trying some gumbo and po boys, vegan or not! So the Gumbo Shop, located in the French Quarter, was a must as that was the only place I knew of that had either one. The gumbo soup was seasoned with creole spices and filled with red beans, rice, and okra while the po boy was white sandwich bread filled with grilled vegetables. Both were light yet satisfying, perfect for lunch. The vegan/vegetarian menu is separate from the regular menu so ask for it upon arriving.

Dat Dog601 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116


Dat Dog is another vegan-friendly restaurant perfect for lunch, with three vegan dogs on the menu. With Spicy Chipotle, Field Roast Italian, and Smoked Apple Sage veggie dogs, they give vegans interesting options rather than a plain flavored hot dog. For toppings there is a long list to choose from, making every dog unique to your taste. Out of the Field Roast Italian and the Smoked Apple Sage veggie dogs, the Apple Sage was my favorite, topping them both with ketchup, mustard, pickles and onions. The veggie dogs pair great with the seasoned fries too!

Mid City Pizza - 4400 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119


Mid City Pizza was one of my favorite restaurants to eat at while in New Orleans. In my opinion they not only have the best pizza in NOLA, but the best pizza I've ever had. I got the 18 inch build your own 5 topping pizza with daiya cheese, artichokes, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and black olives, and it was so big it took my boyfriend and I three meals to finish it all. We still had some the next day. Definitely worth $20.

Sukhothai2200 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Another one of my favorite restaurants, not only in New Orleans but in the world, is Sukhothai. It's a good thing I don't live in New Orleans as I would go broke here. They have an extensive list of vegan options so if you love Asian food this is the place to go. My boyfriend and I ordered the fried eggplant, glass noodles, and pad thai. If we hadn't discovered this restaurant on our last day in New Orleans, I would have loved to have eaten here more so I could try every vegan thing on their menu. Loved their large portions also. One thing to keep in mind is that they close in the middle of the day then open back up later, so check the times before you go to make sure they aren't closed.

Seed1330 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The last restaurant is Seed. This is the only 100% vegan restaurant I know of in New Orleans. It makes it nice for vegans to go to a restaurant and not having to worry about if we can eat it or not. Here I tried the chili cheese fries, eggplant pomodoro which is basically fried eggplant over spaghetti, zucchini salad, and beignets. Yes, beignets! The only place in NOLA with vegan beignets, and is actually how I found out about this restaurant. My favorites were the salad and the beignets, funny because I don't like salad, but I loved the flavor the filling inside the zucchini rolls gave.

That is it for my top 5 vegan restaurants in New Orleans. It took my boyfriend and I forever to find vegan options so I hope this list helps hungry vegans in NOLA. Definitely give these restaurants a try for delicious vegan food! Also make sure to check out my New Orleans video on YouTube!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

EXPLORING MARYVILLE


Two weeks ago, I had a little bit on my mind and was feeling a little disconnected from the world. When I was living in California, I would always escape and reconnect myself by going to the park or going to a new restaurant or just exploring new places I had never been to. With me just moving to  Tennessee a few months ago, I am unfamiliar with the area and decided it would be nice to go driving and see what's around town. I only drove two minutes away from my house to find a park that I had never been to before, or even noticed before, called Bicentennial Greenbelt Park, which you will have already seen pictures of on instagram if you follow me on there. It is one of the most beautiful parks I have been to, with ducks, bridges, lots of greenery and a bike path. I literally stayed there walking around for two hours taking pictures, climbing trees, and sitting on a bench admiring what was surrounding me. I then walked a few streets over to the downtown area of Maryville to look inside shops and visit the farmers market. While traveling on foot, I came across an old cemetery, and with me loving cemeteries, I had to take a look around. The day started getting ahead of me and by this time I had been out for hours so I started heading back as it was getting late and also a little bit hot. On my journey back to the car, I went down new roads to find a different way back. I ended up finding a cute, high fashion clothing store called Razberries. So much winter apparel I wanted in there! After that I found another park called Jack Greene and I loved the tunnels you could go through. After adventuring Maryville for about five hours, I had cured my wanderlust and had taken a lot off my mind, leaving me feeling happy and refreshed. I hope you enjoyed these pictures I took during the day! Also. make sure to check out the vlog I made from this day over on my YouTube channel!