Friday, August 19, 2011

Back from vacation, lots to catch up on, part 2

So, this past week, my family, Zach, and I went on vacation to Ocean City, New Jersey.  Armed with my vegan sunscreen (Organic Natural SPF30), I was ready for some sun, haha!  There were so many seagulls and sandpipers and sparrows and other birds, so I had fun greeting all my little friends.

Seagull friends

Many little friends resting together on the sand in the evening 
(there were even more to the right, but I couldn't fit the whole group into my photo)

While I cooked most of my meals during the week, it was nice being able to have a few meals and snacks on the boardwalk; in addition to various water ices and hot pretzels, I was able to enjoy many goodies from a restaurant--Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe--which clearly marks the items that are vegan!  

[Honestly though, they should just make their entire menu vegan.  And while I'd obviously say that about any place, I don't have any doubt that this restaurant could really make it, could be successful in both furthering their business and in showing people how wonderful and varied vegan food can be.  With how good their vegan offerings are, it's (to me) a no-brainer to go all the way with it.]

One night, Zach and I split the ambrosia smoothie, which we both thought was pretty good.  It was made with apple juice, bananas, strawberries, orange mango, and a couple of ice cubes, blended all together.  It was really nice because after you ordered it, you were able to watch your smoothie getting made while you waited.  Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture of it, but ah well.

The next morning, we had breakfast there, and I ordered the "Burrito Duo"--two burritos (whole grain tortillas) filled with tofu, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes, topped with grilled tomatoes and with fresh fruit (watermelon, strawberry, and honeydew melon) on the side.  After starting to eat, I realized I probably could have ordered just one burrito and been filled, so I ended up taking the second one home and having that for part of my lunch, which is when I tried the salsa, which was, for me, a bit too spicy, but it was good nonetheless.

And that night, Zach and I came back to try the famous "Banana Whip"--we decided to get one plain (just bananas) and one with raspberries.  In short, these were amazing!  The machine that they use to make these desserts is incredible--they put frozen bananas through it, and when it comes out, the texture of the banana whip is so smooth, it's pretty much like ice cream.  Zach and I shared the two banana whips (the one that I had gotten, topped with raspberries in a raspberry sauce, was extremely sweet!) as we wandered the boardwalk, and I only thought of taking a picture once we were nearly finished, so I didn't bother at that point.

The next day, I got a "Naked Veggie Burger" (a veggie burger without the bun) for dinner.  Not only are their homemade veggie burgers vegan, but they are also gluten-free, so double-bonus for any vegans who need to avoid gluten.  It came with their homemade hummus (also vegan!) and sat on some lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes and had sprouts scattered atop it and some more fresh fruit on the side.  All in all, it was a great dinner, as you can see!

In conclusion, being vegan is easy, even when on vacation.  Regardless of the ease, though, it's the very least we owe to nonhuman animals.  So please go vegan, and encourage others to do the same.

Peace.  :)

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