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.
Part 1: Getting Back Into the Groove
When I was first diagnosed with ceoliac disease, going for meals with friends or family sounded like a nightmare. There was the constant dread of being an annoyance to staff and company or the possibility of there being no options available. When I went out for food I would always look at a menu and just assume what would be gluten free. For a while I lived off of salads and chicken which, though I adore a good salad, eventually became very boring. After a while I finally plucked up the confidence to just tell the waiter or waitress my eating requirements. Turns out that a large percent of the time restaurants actually have an entire different menu for alternative eating requirements.
In this society full of oligopolies and monopolistic competitions, McDonald’s has been able to successfully hold its place in the monopolistic structure for over 50 years, meaning they are the only company to sell their own product dominating the market without any substitutes. Their ongoing corporation continues to grow and flourish with additions to their menu such as the McCafé menu, as well as their all day breakfast. Although McDonald's is widely known now, there was a time in history when people had yet to hear its name. In 1948, “The Airdrome,” a food stand, underwent a major transformation, resulting in the creation of McDonald's in San Bernardino, California. Brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald remodeled their father Patrick McDonald's food stand, “The Airdrome,” changing its name and simplifying its menu into a fast food model. As McDonald’s began receiving attention, Ray Kroc, a milkshake machine salesman, was able to take over an equity of McDonald's and create its worldwide monopolistic reputation. One of the many things that differentiates McDonald’s fast food restaurant from others is their branding, allowing people to be influenced by what they advertise, such as their Big Mac, Ronald McDonald, which is a kid-friendly character, and most importantly, their Happy Meal. Although there are restaurants who have a character, such as Wendy's with its red head girl and Burger King with its Crown and King, they can’t compete where they don’t compare. These restaurants constantly fail in beating McDonald's branding tactics. Another thing that differentiates McDonald's from the others is their innovative choices, such as creating never before seen products such as the McGriddle and the Happy Meal, appealing to a lot of their customers and allowing for more exposure of their products.
Almost everyone loves a good burger every now and then — hell, I do. I love burgers. Nothing satisfies my insane cravings more than a burger. But not just any burger, a real, authentic burger where juices drip down my chin. OK, a bit too much, but honestly, those are the best kinds. And I know the best places for a great burger.
Toronto has been described as the NYC of Canada, with a busy city culture, exciting night life, and endless destinations all within the urban area. Finding a good place to eat can be a challenge on a budget.
From the ends of the Bushwick area to Ridgewood Queens, Industry1332 is a small hipster brunch place that is unique for its karaoke, happy hour, and their brunch dishes. Their tavern theme blends in with the modern artwork outside as well as inside the building. Along with the wonderful food, Industry1332 has a lot to offer considering it is one of the only restaurants in the area.
Way down by Madison Square Park across from the Shake Shack there’s a small make your own ramen spot called SnowFox. I heard good things about this place and after all the chatter I figured I’d go see it for myself. From the design of the place to the food and service, SnowFox has gotten really good traffic which made me wonder why it has taken me so long to try this place out. SnowFox is next to McDonald’s and Chop’t salad place which means it’s fairly easy to find. With a hunger for something to eat I was excited and ready to begin this experience.
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Breaking Bad addicts, get ready to enter the Heisenberg universe! But not in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In Istanbul, Turkey! YES, you heard right! There's a cafe called Walter's Coffee in Turkey that's 99% pure Breaking Bad, yo!
Everyone has that one food that they crave in a ganja fog. The desire to run to McDonald's at 2 AM for a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese—plain—to silence your aching stomach and screaming brain is too much. It’s cold, really fucking cold. You pile on socks under the warm fuzzy moccasins mom got you for Hanukkah and the sweatshirt you basically never take off because it’s too cozy and covers your knuckles perfectly. Last to go on are the warm flannel pajama pants: you know, the ones with the pastel penguins skiing down your legs? Yeah, those. Tiptoeing through the house to the door where the keys hang is the easy part. You grab your ancient car keys, and turn the door knob. It squeaks just a bit and the fear of waking up your mom with barking dogs send a shiver throughout your slightly sweating body. You shimmy out the door, closing it ever so gently, then breathe a huge sigh of relief.