Your most important meal of the day is about to turn into your favorite. After all, breakfast sets the stage for the rest of your day! And if you're looking for the perfect breakfast spots, look no further than New York City and its five boroughs. Stopping in for a light, early morning meal is the best recipe for keeping you going. It’s a respite in the busy rhythm of our daily lives. It's also a phenomenal place to cure your hangover.
This past June I took it upon myself to become a vegan; it wasn’t an immediate move, for years I had been contemplating on the necessity of animal products in my diet. The transition was a slow and meticulous process before I had given up meat altogether I had started removing certain things at a time. The first being dairy, I had already been aware of my lactose intolerance to milk, it made me have to immediately hit the toilet after consuming something like ice cream or a milkshake and replaced all my dairy products with nut-based "dairy" and I saw an immediate change in my body after only a few months of being free of everything but cheese. Next, I got rid of red meat and pork, which proved to be a challenge being that I loved bacon and burgers, so I researched and came across the Turkey alternative and stuck to that for the majority of 2016 before making the decision to cut out animal products altogether. I will elaborate on my journey in a later post, but for now, I want to focus on navigating my city for the best options in vegetarian foods. What prompted me to write this piece is that Orlando, like any other city, is a place filled with chain restaurants on every corner, from McDonald’s to Kentucky Fried Chicken and in a lot of cases these places are across the street or even next door to each other. Every store offering variants of the same thing for a few cents difference and no true nutritional value to offer. The issue didn’t really occur to me until I went out for dinner with friends and everything on the menu was some kind of fried meat and what they considered to be a healthy option was a bowl of lettuce, no bueno. The sad part about it is, I love going to Black-owned restaurants and they were the main culprits of offering only salads as a means of the option for people who want to eat healthier. I decided to "use my googles" and look for the best options out here, to look for restaurants I can enjoy with my friends and none of our personal food options are affected by what is available. Here are five of the best vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the greater Orlando area.
**The JG Blogging Team of Lauren, Mo, Jamiel, Chino, and Big Al covered the chill outdoor party that consisted of numerous food trucks, vendors, an outdoor beer garden and much much more. Here's Mo's recap of the lit time.**
Apple brios are brioche breading, shipped in from Europe, flattened, with apples cut and mixed in with cookie butter syrup, cinnamon, a little brown sugar, and more. They are served warm with powdered sugar and agave syrup!
**The JG team of Lauren, Mo, and our newest blogger/social media director Ant aka "Young Thumbs" made the trip to Manayunk to indulge in one of Philadelphia's newest dining hot spots. Here's Mo's recap of our night and experience.**
Pizza is one of the most beautiful foods that has ever been created in the history of mankind. It is something that done poorly is generally speaking still edible however when done well it can make one feel as if they are dining on one of the finest things they have ever eaten. Pi Craft Pizza has found a way to put heaven in a box and serve it quickly.
For the crustacean nation the Atlantic City Seafood Festival is back and is moving to Atlantic City's famous boardwalk! This year's festival will be held outside, adjacent to The Showboat Casino. We have some major seafood fanatics on our team of bloggers at JustGrubbin.com so this might as well be our Super Bowl. The two-day celebration will have something for all ages, including live entertainment, games, a touch tank, and so much more. With September being National Hunger Action Month, the Atlantic City Food Festival will once again support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey by donating a portion of their proceeds from the event to the organization. Last years event was able to raise $10,000 which is equivalent of $100,000 in food distributed throughout the Garden State and this year they plan on increasing that amount!
As the summer grows late and the trees fill themselves with the last reserves of the deep green chlorophyll of summer, many will hike deep into the mountains of Colorado. They are in search of a hidden treasure that only comes with patience and a little luck. It is the season of mushroom hunting in the mountains.