Sunday and Monday I was in Florida, and that meant eating out. I was able to do so successfully as a vegan throughout the stay, but some meals were better than others.
One of the better meals was Evelyn's Favorite Pasta at The Cheesecake Factory (pictured below).
When I told the server that I was vegan, she immediately recommended that dish for me. I was impressed, but then again my daughter worked at The Cheesecake Factory during her college years, and I know that they are trained to be able to quickly make recommendations like that.
This pasta dish contained lots of good veggies including broccoli, spinach and more. The dressing was a combination of olive oil and lemon juice. My only complaint would be that it was a little heavy on the olive oil, and I left as much as I could of it in the bottom of the plate. If I were to order it again, and why wouldn't I, I would order it without the olive oil.
My other main restaurant meal was at Aunt Catfish in Port Orange. Aunt Catfish has a vegetable plate on the menu that allowed me to order two sweet potatoes covered in mango salsa, steamed asparagus, steamed green beans and pickled beets. In addition, I ordered the salad bar with it. The salad bar was good with plentiful variety, but the vegetable plate was somewhat unexciting.
But that was okay. I focused on the visit with my relatives rather than on the food. And having decided before I went what I was going to eat (I do that more now since I've gone vegan), I was able to talk rather than spend time studying the menu at the restaurant.
Overall, I was once again happy that I did stick with my vegan diet.