Visiting a new city is always so much fun. I like to look for unique dining options; especially those with plentiful vegan/vegetarian options. Local fare trumps all else, because I like to enjoy the cuisine of the destination. I think one of the hardest parts of adopting a healthy lifestyle is figuring out how it can fit into your current lifestyle. Do you really have to change all of your habits? Usually, yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time in your city.
It’s my goal to share the places that I’ve come to love in Orlando; and the places that I frequent myself. Whether is a delicious cup of ethically sourced coffee or an eco-friendly salon – it’s nice to know where to find these things. I feel like I know this city pretty well, but I’m discovering new and interesting places all the time.
The topics will vary: food, beauty, activities etc. This week I’m starting with my favorite topic: Food. Orlando has some pretty awesome food venues, outside of the expected vacation destination eats. It’s my goal to share that world with you through this Healthy Living Guide.
In recent years, I’ve been excited to see the growth of independent businesses, many of them focused on local suppliers, earth friendly foods and superb vegan/vegetarian options.
Favorite Lunchtime Cafés:
Dandelion has been a favorite destination of my since my mom had a practice at community space next door. My first experience involved an unsweetened ice tea, which was unbearable for my 2008 sugar addicted self. I loaded it up with agave and was still disappointed. Since then, I’ve grown into a less sugar addicted person with a unique appreciation for tea. Dandelion has some of the best iced tea around. They change their offerings daily and have a fabulous wellness line of teas which include some favorites like “get well soonish” and “mental clarity.”
In addition to their teas, they also serve a thoughtful and organic menu with plenty of delicious vegan options. The café really is a community – it hosts monthly events like poetry readings, moon circles and happy hour.
My picks: the Tea of the day with the Buffalo 66 Salad.
My first visit to Infusion Tea was with my mom and sister, we took a break from wedding planning and stopped in for lunch. It was shortly after I moved to Seattle and I was floored to see their menu full wholesome, made to order eats. Like Dandelion, they also have an extensive tea menu and iced tea choices that change daily. I ordered the tea of the day (again) and sweetened it with a little bit of honey and it was perfect. We each had a meal and shared a dessert for somewhere around $30. It was so delicious and affordable. I’ve been coming back ever since.
The café also houses the Arts Co-Op which features art, jewelry, beauty products and more. They are the perfect venue for baby showers, bridal showers and birthday tea parties. Like Dandelion, they also host events that feature musicians and artists.
My picks: The iced tea of the day or the Rooibos and Roses with the lunch combo (equal parts Chèvre Panino and Milton Special).
Next time you’re out for a bite to eat, be sure to check out one of these spots – you won’t be disappointed!