Disney Trip – Part II

After getting stuffed at Ethos Vegan Kitchen on Saturday, we went to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Sunday.

We wandered around, rode a ton of the rides and then after working up an appetite, stopped at Pinocchio’s Village to grab a bite to eat. The only things vegan on their menu was the Mediterranean salad (if you remove the chicken and cheese) and Smucker’s uncrustable PB&J sandwiches.

  I chose the Mediterranean salad and it was suprisingly good.  When I’m eating out, salads usually (when you remove the meat and cheese) end up just being flavorless lettuce and some pale tomatoes, but this salad had tons of fresh veggies and flavor.

It had a mixture of spinach and lettuce, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, black olive and red onions. I topped it off with a baggie of olive oil/balsalmic vinaigrette that was on a rack of pre-packaged salad dressings for customers to choose from.

We also had some little visitors to our table.

People often feed the birds their leftover crusts from the pizzas they serve at Pinocchio’s Village, so they weren’t at all timid and just hopped onto our table.

Here’s me being goofy and my dad enjoying his pizza.

After having fun in the park, we went back to the hotel and rested up. Then when my stomach started to growl, my mom took me to a Whole Foods that was only five minutes away to pick up some yummy vegan food. Since the closest Whole Foods to my house is over two hours away, I always hit one up when I get the oppertunity.

 Here’s my haul.

Here’s what I got (from left to right):

Smoked chedder style Shreese, Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake frozen meal, a sandwich from the whole foods deli that had seitan, vegan soy cheese and bell peppers in it, Chreesy instant mashed potatoes, five different flavors of Larabars that aren’t available in my area, boxed shells and Chreese, two Bumble Bars (original and hazelnut), Enjoy Life snickerdoodles, Ricemellow creme and fresh fruit.

The first three things on the list were disappointments (the Shreese, frozen meal and sandwich). The Shreese doesn’t melt or taste very good (in my opinion), I think I’ll just stick with Follow Your Heart soy cheese for now. The Kashi frozen meal was just totally gross, it was kinda sweet and mushy and just totally wrong.

Sadly, the seitan sandwich was icky too. The package claimed to have vegan soy cheese, but there was nothing on the sandwich that looked anything like soy cheese, all I saw was seitan and peppers. The seitan was totally flavorless, it tasted like they’d just mixed together vital wheat gluten and water, then baked it. They’d also apparently put the sandwhich in the plastic it when was still hot, because the bread was totally soggy. A big dissapointment.

BUT, now that I’m done complaining (which is my forte) I have to say everything else I bought was delicious. I knew the shells with Chreese and Larabars would be since I’ve eaten them before, but all of the other things were a pleasant suprise after being so disappointed with the first three things I tried.

The Enjoy Life snickerdoodles were soft and tasted home-baked, the Chreese potatoes were creamy with a hint of cheezy-ness, the Bumble bars were chewy and tasty (despite looking frighteningly similar to bird food), and last but definitely not least the Ricemellow fluff was divine! It tasted like the marshmellows I remember while having a great consistency and all completely vegan! It’s amazing in a peanut butter sandwich.

So all in all, Orlando is a very easy place to have a vegan vacation. Now I’m sitting at home, typing this up with Charlie (our huge pitbull) on my lap. I had fun, but I’m happy to be home, because I missed my baby dog!

Disney Trip and Ethos Kitchen

*gasp* Do my eyes deceive me?! Is that my sister actually eating and enjoying broccoli? Only one thing could cause this: Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, FL.

My entire family went on vacation to Orlando this week to visit Disney World and just take a break from the daily grind. We left last Friday and came back on Wednesday.

On Saturday we ate at Ethos Vegan Kitchen. It was sooo good. I was super excited because it was the first time I’d ever been to a 100% vegan restaurant.

So here’s what everyone ordered:

My mom and I got the mac ‘n cheez (which is only available on Saturdays) and it was delicious.

I could taste that they used Follow Your Heart chedder soy cheese, but it’s way better than when I attempt to make my own home-made mac ‘n cheez with it. It was creamy and rich, but not too heavy.

My dad (the hardcore carnivore) got the Samson Burger. Here’s the description from the menu:  A grilled black bean burger served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, sprouts, spicy mustard, and ketchup. It comes along with a side of blue corn chips and salsa.

It was a huge sandwich but my dad managed to gobble down the whole thing and said it was really good.

My sister got the Sheep’s Pie. Here’s the description from the menu: A meat-free version of Shepherd’s Pie for our sheepy friends. Sautéed broccoli, carrots, peas, and onions in a veggie brown sauce topped with mashed potatoes and oven-baked to perfection. Served with bread.

This dish was so good that my vegetable-hating sister actually ate the broccoli and carrots in it. She shared a bite with me and it was super yummy.

If you’re anywhere near Orlando, go and eat at Ethos! The food was great, the servers were nice, the restaurant had a nice relaxed vibe and some insane art work too.