Lunch Out and Shopping at Garden Cove

Me and my mom went to Huntsville, AL a few days ago for lunch and a much needed trip to the health food store.

Rosie’s Mexican Cantina is one of the few restaurants around here with vegan options. Rosie’s has a huge vegetarian menu featuring tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and enchiladas. Most of which can be made vegan by asking for no cheese and sour cream. Be sure to tell the waiter you want vegetarian rice and beans. They have seperate rice made with vegetable stock (instead of chicken) and beans without lard (since they usually serve “traditional” lard filled beans) for their vegetarian customers.

With a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff, Rosie’s Mexican Cantina is a great place to enjoy lunch. You may have to wait a while to get a seat since they’re quite popular, but it’s worth it for the yummy food.

I got the spinach enchiladas (with no cheese) in corn tortillas topped with ranchero sauce, and served with spanish rice and refried beans.

It was all sooo good. The spinach in the enchiladas was perfectly seasoned and mixed with sauted onions and peppers. The ranchero sauce topping it was flavorful, with a spicy bite. Their rice was incredibly fluffy, the beans were yummy and perfect for dipping your tortilla chips in. I’m definitely ordering this meal again.

After stuffing ourselves at Rosie’s Mexican Cantina we drove to Garden Cove, a health food store. Although it’s small, it sure does pack a bunch of vegan food in there. It carries a ton of different things, from fresh fruits and veggies, to several different brands of soy cheese, to bulk spice bins, and more.

My huge load of groceries.

The back row (from left to right):

Textured vegetable protein breasts, Soyatoo whipped “cream”, organic pink lady apples, Road’s End Organics Penne and Chreese boxed pasta meal, Worthington canned Linkettes, Skallops and Vegetable Steaks, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Better Than Sour Cream, Enjoy Life snickerdoodles, nutritional yeast, orange and cranberry granola, and last but not least ZenSoy vanilla soy milk.

Front row (from left to right):

Organic avocados, Nate’s Meatless Meatballs, two Alternative Baking Co. cookies (lemon poppyseed and oatmeal raisin), two packages of Yves deli slices (“ham” and “roast beef”), Follow Your Heart monterey jack soy cheese and two packages of Follow Your Heart mozzarella soy cheese.

Since Huntsville is almost an hour away and we don’t get to go there often, I always make sure to stock up on ingredients I use all the time (i.e. nutritional yeast and soy cheese) from Garden Cove. If you’re in town, I’d definitely recommend you eat at Rosie’s Mexican Cantina and go over to Garden Cove and look at all the great products available there.

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