Eating at the place of your destination may be called as one of the entertainments and essential things of the vacations. Cuisine of America, Asia, Europe, Japan, Russia - doesn't it sound tempting? Most of the big cities as well as small towns that are tourists oriented, provide a great variety of places where you can taste the most delicious meals cooked by professionals who specialize in cooking something exclusive. You should only schedule what cuisine to taste today at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and decide how much money you are ready to spend on food.
But you may ask what and where I can eat if I am a vegetarian. You will say, "Finding a restaurant that serves meatless dishes is hard enough. Finding one whose veggie meals qualify as vegan, with no animal broths, eggs or dairy products whatsoever, can turn my family travel eating into a weight-loss campaign."
First of all, do not panic you will definitely find some places that suit you needs. There is always a way out of the situation. In some cases, you will have to explain what you will not eat.
When that's done in a friendly, patient fashion, and the food server is attentive and willing to adapt in return, everyone benefits. You may ask a server for recommendations. If a server actually knows what 'vegan' means, he/she will recommend you specific items. So relax and eat.
Do not forget to be friendly, not confrontational, when asking questions. Don't expect the entire restaurant industry to know exactly what you want, and don't forget to say 'thank you' to those who do.
You will ask, "Are there any real places where veggies can be comfortable?" Fir sure, such places do exist.
For example, Boston. Boston's newest culinary attractions serve up a healthy and light fare, using a myriad of vegetarian, organic and raw ingredients. From ethnic-vegetarian to raw foods delights, many restaurants now offer a healthful yet tasty alternative to diners. Reviews of health-conscious restaurants are popping up in papers all over town.
Country Life, an unlimited vegetarian buffet in the heart of Boston's Financial District, features a variety of menu items that change daily. 200 High Street, Boston, MA. 617-951-2534.
From veggie burgers to "tofu teriyaki" to vegetarian tacos and enchiladas, the buffet features several hot dishes and an extensive salad bar. Prefect for a quick lunch that's bound to please everyone, Country Life is affordable at $7 for lunch and $8 for dinner. Also try their Sunday brunches, offering "tofu scrambles" and whole wheat waffles.
Veggie Planet in Harvard Square serves up vegetarian pizzas that delight herbivore clients everywhere. This cozy eatery has all types of pizza toppings, including curried sweet potatoes, grilled cheese and broccoli, and even a Thai-style creation featuring coconut rice, peanuts and tofu. The menu also includes soups, salads, "real meals on rice," and desserts. The fare is reasonable-under $6 for lunch and around $10 for dinner. An added plus: Veggie Planet has live music on most nights.
New York City. It serves an international mix of veg*n fare at cafes, bistros, diners, and bakeries as diverse as its inhabitants! Eat on the cheap or dine extravagantly, the choices are exotic and abundant.
Zen Palate. 663 9th Ave./(212) 582-1669; 34 Union Square E./(212) 614-9291; 2170 Broadway/(212) 501-7768.
Enjoy your lunch and dinner at elegant Zen Palate, named Best Vegetarian Restaurant in New York City by Vogue magazine. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Manhattan Chili Co. 1697 Broadway, in the Ed Sullivian Theatre, btwn. 53rd and 54th Strs./(212) 246-6555.
For sizzling Southwestern cuisine (from mild to spicy) including 11 chills and many vegetarian dishes, visit Manhattan Chili Co.'s lively, colorful and kid-friendly Theatre District restaurant. Enjoy lunch, weekend brunch or dinner in a beautiful bi-level surroundings.
Mi Nidito Cantina Mexicana. 852 8th Ave. 51st St./(212) 265-0022.
At Mi Nidito Cantina Mexicana, "One Taste Is All It Takes." Enjoy some of New York's freshest and best Mexian food, plus 25 flavours of margaritas and a full vegetarian menu.
Atlanta. Cafe Sunflower. 5975 Roswell Rd., #353, Atlanta, GA 30328, (404) 256-1675
Elegant décor and beautifully presented dishes like Stuffed Mushrooms, Wild Mushroom Fettuccine, or Vegan Carrot Cake make dining a pleasure at this mostly vegan café. Open Monday though Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices.
Govinda's.1287 S. Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, (404) 378-9234
Govinda's offers an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet with all meals. Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Counter service, vegan options, take-out.
Mother Earth's Eatery. 1129 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,(404) 659-8949
This vegetarian establishment shares space with a beadery store. Dine on a wide variety of creative sandwiches, including Sprouted Hummus, homemade veggie burgers, and mock "tuna." Delicious soups are also served. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Chicago. Asian Café (Vegetarian Garden). 237 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL 60616,(312) 949-1388.Vegan/Chinese. The Asian Café uses only wheat gluten and soybeans to create their "Sweet and Sour Boneless Pork" and "Braised Fish with Hot Bean Sauce." Also included on the menu are vegetarian soups, appetizers, rice and noodle specialties, and herbal teas. Open Wednesday through Monday for three meals. Closed Tuesday.
Karyn's Fresh Corner. 3351 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 296-6990
This "living foods" restaurant has no oven, but serves creative vegan dishes like Broccoli Soup, Sunny Sea Salad made with seaweed and pine nuts, Karyn's Cashew Supreme (formerly Mock Tuna), Raw Apple Pie, and scones made with a tofu base. Open daily for three meals.
The Mother Earth Café & Organic Juice Bar. 2570 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL. 60614, (773) EAR-THLY
Part of Healing Earth Resources bookstore/giftstore, this vegetarian café features specialties like tempeh salad, a macro plate, veggie burgers, and a variety of juices and smoothies. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Limited service, vegan options, fresh juices, smoothies, take-out.
Before leaving for your vacations try to find places where vegetarian dishes are served (e.g. search in Internet), do not hesitate to ask people when you are there and review the city guide.
Have nice tasty vacations!