death to carnism
Vegan’s Guide to the Greater Orlando Area *updated*

veganresources:

Most of the vegans I talk to here have only heard of Ethos or Dandelion Cafe, so I just wanted to make a list of all the other places with great vegan food that I eat at regularly

Garden Cafe, Downtown Orlando

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This is a Chinese and sushi restaurant. Everything on their Chinese menu is vegan and their sushi menu is entirely vegetarian, but the cream cheese and mayo they use are not vegan, so I always make my own spicy mayo at home and bring it with me. The sushi is amazing. Every roll I’ve tried here has been delicious and their unagi don is especially good. Many dishes on the kitchen menu are good too. When you go, be sure to get the steamed vegetable buns. I like that every time I go, an old Jackie Chan movie is on.

Kiko Sushi, Winter Park

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This used to be Gizmo Sushi, but I think it changed fairly recently. It’s really small and right behind China Garden. I tried it for the first time yesterday, and wow it was so good. They have an entire separate vegetarian menu with things like fish katsu, chicken teriyaki, bbq skewers, shrimp tempura, curry fried rice, and a lot of sushi rolls. Pictured above is the dragon roll, the cho-less-ter roll, and the super fruit roll. They have a vegetarian miso and if you ask, they’ll make the katsu without eggs, but a salad comes with all their entrees and the dressing has mayo. I always ask for two soups instead. Everything we got was really amazing. 

Seito Sushi, Dr Phillips

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The food here is really good. They have vegan spicy mayo(!!!) and some other creative vegan rolls. One is wrapped with daikon, instead of rice or seaweed and it’s soaked in ponzu sauce. Their agedashi tofu is amazing, just ask for it sans bonito. Their tempura doesn’t contain any egg, which is great because most places it does. But be warned all their soups contain fish and their ginger dressing has mayo. They have two other locations, but they do not have the same vegan options.

Bento Cafe, Downtown, Dr Phillips 

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I go to Bento fairly often. They’re quick and cheap and their kitchen menu has a lot of vegan options, if you choose tofu for the protein. I also like that their veggie delight roll has inari on top because I love inari. The spicy tofu roll is good too, just ask for no mayo

Shin Sushi, Downtown Orlando

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I come here whenever I want sushi, but I’m in the mood for more fresh vegetables. The agedashi tofu here is really good, just ask for no bonito. And definitely get the vegetable nigiri plate, but ask for no mayo. They have some other really good garden rolls as well. I can’t confirm if their miso or ginger dressing is vegan, but if you get the platter, you can just upgrade it to a seaweed salad to be safe. Or ask, whichever you want. Also note that while the tofu batter is vegan, their regular tempura batter has eggs.

Loving Hut, Downtown Orlando

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Loving Hut is part of the largest vegan chain in the world. They serve mostly Vietnamese dishes as well as some American foods. Pictured above is their beef pho. It is very good. I also enjoy their sushi, golden nuggets, drumsticks, dumplings, and lemongrass noodles.

Anh Hong, Downtown Orlando

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This is a Vietnamese restaurant on the corner of Mills and Colonial. They have a huge page of vegetarian and vegan options. I always get the banh mi chay, which is a sub (ask for no butter) and the garden rolls. So good. I also like going here because they have boba and if you ask, they’ll make it with soymilk.

Thuyen Vien/Veggie Garden, Downtown

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This is a really small, all vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. I don’t believe they use any eggs, but some of their desserts have cream. They also have a counter where you can buy pre-prepared foods, including vegetarian kimchi (most kimchi is made with fish sauce). Pictured above, is the udon soup and the Bún bò Huế, both of which were great. Cash only.

Noodles and Rice, Downtown Orlando

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This is a pan-asian restaurant right across from Dong A. They have a lot of specifically marked vegan items, like fried tofu and curry samosas and most of their hot pot broths can be made vegan. we got hot pot and it was really good. They had a lot of vegetable options. Pictured above is mostly different kinds of cabbage, tofu and mushrooms.

Baby Cakes, Disney

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This was my favorite bakery, but they closed their location. Now they just offer desserts throughout some of the parks and resorts. Their website has all the specific locations. I’m not sure what they have anymore, but they always had amazing cupcakes and donuts. They’re all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined-sugar free. The blondie cupcakes are by far the best.

Tuscan Pizza, Altamonte Springs

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Formerly Red Brick. No words can describe their pizza. It is exactly the kind of pizza you want to always be eating. They have daiya cheese, which you can get on their veggie lovers pizza or you can make your own. A lot of their gelatos are vegan and they have a lot of gluten-free options. They’re right next to World of Beer, so you can get really drunk and they’ll bring you pizza! It’s like heaven. There’s another location in Hunter’s Creek, but unfortunately they discontinued daiya.

Lazy Moon, UCF area

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Really good pizza and some pretty good beers as well. They have daiya cheese and a lot of good vegan options. The hummus pizza is really good. They have gigantic slices, but i don’t like really thin, crispy crust that much, so I prefer Tuscan. 

Mellow Mushroom, UCF, Winter Park

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More Pizza! They have locations all across the country; two in the Orlando area. I don’t like their food that much and they always skimp out on the ingredients, but I know others who like them, so it’s worth a try. You can see their vegan options here. Heads up: their tempeh, flatbread, and trio mushroom pizza are not vegan.

Woodlands, OBT

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This is the best Indian restaurant. It’s all vegetarian and for lunch they have a buffet. The food is amazing and pretty cheap. Some of their dishes do have yogurt or honey, but they have plenty of vegan stuff. I’ve never gotten a curry here that wasn’t delicious. Definitely get the batura bread.

Habibi, Metrowest, UCF, Semoran

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Habibi is a really cheap, order-at-the-counter place, but the food is so good. I think they have the best Lebanese food. I usually get a falafel pita and a side of lentil soup for dippin’. Their grape leaves are really good too and they have a few other vegan options. Everything here is really good.

Taste of Jamaica, OBT

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Very good Jamaican food. Their vegan options include: veggie stew, vegetable platter (pictured above with cabbage and collard greens), plantains, beans and rice, vegetable dumplings, boiled green bananas, vegetable patties, and coco bread. They also have a lot of natural juices, coconut water, and ginseng drinks. It’s just an order-at-the counter place, but there’s a lot of room to accommodate large parties.

Toasted, Winter Park

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Toasted is a small restaurant next to Whole Foods. It doesn’t have table service and they are not vegan or vegetarian, but they have a separate vegan menu. Above, is the Viva La Vegan burger and it is one of the best burgers I’ve ever bought at a restaurant. They also have a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches that use a house-made vegan cheese. They are all really good, as well. Sometimes, the burger comes out a little dry or the grilled cheese has too much/too little cheese, but overall it is really, really good. 

Austin’s Coffee, Winter Park

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This is a super, super “trendy” place. When I went, the cashier was some old white guy who had a shirt that said “white rappers” and be warned, Tuesday is open mic night. But the marinated tempeh sandwich, pasta salad and the coffee I got were really good. They have a ton of vegan options and vegan desserts, you just might want to order to-go, if you’re not into that kind of scene. Bonus is they’re open 24/7

Stardust Video and Coffee, Baldwin Park

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This is a very trendy cafe and video rental place. They mostly sell sandwiches and salads, but almost everything on their menu can be veganized and they have a full-bar. Above are the triple nachos I got, which were some of the best nachos I’ve had. They have the best tempeh chili that they put on them. I also got a bbq tempeh sandwhich which was pretty good. They have a brunch of Sundays too, but I’m not sure what vegan options they serve, if any.

Seasons 52, Altamonte Springs

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I went here one time because I had a coupon and it actually had a lot of vegan items. The server even told me they could make their vegetarian platter (pictured in the middle) vegan, so it’s cool that the kitchen is aware of veganism. Everything was a little too salty, but otherwise really good. They have a seasonal fruit cup for dessert. It was adorable.

Wheat Berry Cafe, Altamonte Springs

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This is a cafe in Altamonte Springs. It doesn’t have many options for food, but the food they do have is really delicious. I recommend the spinach manicotti (picture above) and the taco, but ask for it as a salad. They also sell a ton of cold-pressed juices and smoothies. All the ones I’ve tried have been really good. The cafe is all raw and would be all vegan, but they use honey in many of their smoothies and desserts.

SkyeBird Cafe, Baldwin Park

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Skyebird is a new cafe in East End Marketplace. They’re also all raw and would be all vegan, if it weren’t for the honey. Like Wheat Berry, they don’t have a lot of food options, but they have a lot of smoothies and they sell homemade kombucha on tap. The tacos I got (pictured above) were amazing. I like that they used romaine lettuce for the shell, instead of using that weird dehydrated bread, a lot of raw recipes use.

Vitality Bistro, Mount Dora

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Ok, so I know Mount Dora is a bit outside of Orlando, but hear me out. This place is too amazing to miss, if you’re anywhere near Florida (I drove 30 minutes from Altamonte). They’re all raw, organic, gluten-free and again, would be vegan, if it weren’t for the honey (what is it with raw places calling themselves vegan and using honey? Bees are not a plant!) They have cheeses, sour cream, milkshakes, burgers, brownies and ice cream, pies, and so much more! They even sell some of their stuff to go, which obviously I took advantage of. They have a Sunday brunch too, which is amazing. If you ever eat anywhere again, eat here

The Juice Bar of Winter Garden, Winter Garden

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This is mostly a juice bar (take out only), but they also have wraps, salads, raw desserts and daily specials. It would be all vegan if they didn’t use honey (I’m so tired of saying that). I haven’t been here yet, but they sound pretty good and I plan to check them out if I’m ever in the area.

Grocery Stores

Hoover’s Market, Apopka

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This isn’t a restaurant, its just a grocery store, but they have a little cafe bar thing where they make fresh, raw juice, sandwiches, wraps and other items and they have a couple tables outside to sit at. They have so many vegan options. In their cafe they have tofurky slices, vegan cheese slices, a lot of vegetables, and chili. They also have some pre-prepared items. They change every day, but they always have vegan ones. And they have one of the largest supplies of vegan specialty items. Desserts, pudding, and a huge row of frozen vegetarian and vegan items. They also have organic and local produce and the first Sunday of every month they have a small farmer’s market outside. If you see a lady selling bible bread, buy it!

Artichoke Red, College Park

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This isn’t a restaurant, but it is the only all vegan grocery store. It’s small, but they have a bunch of hard to find vegan items, including vegan cat food and if you can, you should support this all-vegan business. They now sell beer and wine and produce! 

Food Trucks

The Squid Box

Sorry for the lack of updates recently! We’ve been working our booties off getting the truck ready to go. Follow us on instagram for more updates! @thesquidbox

This is the best place to eat in Orlando and I’m not just saying that because I co-own it. It’s true. We do brunch on Sundays at Artichoke Red and we’re always looking for new locations to set up. Come out and see me!

Dixie Dharma

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I’ve only been here once, but I can say their chipotle sloppy joe is killer. They alternate Tuesdays at Milk District and the Mills 50 Market. Valhalla Bakery also operates out of them and they have amazingggg cupcakes

2nd Sun

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So I’m sad to say I have not had a chance to try their food yet because I just found out about them, but the owners came out to our first brunch and they were super nice people and their menu looks great, so be sure to go see them. They do Mills Market and Milk District on the weeks that Dixie Dharma isn’t there. And I think Doughn’t Be Cruel doughnuts serves from them sometimes

If you have more to add, please do! 

(side note: since I know a lot of vegans are younger, college kids who don’t know how to tip: 18-20% is standard)

fightingforanimals:

underdogsalley:

Educate yourself
100 reasons to go vegan
What are animal rights?
Get vegucated
Vegan vs. Meat-eater
What would happen if we all quit eating meat?
How many animals do you save by not eating them?
Benefits of veganism for your wallet, your health and our planet
Frequently asked questions
Making the transition
Vegan Starter Kit - Great for beginners!
Getting started
How to make the transition to veganism
So you wanna be vegan?
Mistakes to avoid when going vegan
Daily plan
Food recipes
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert ideas
4 ways to make any vegan recipe
Vegan Health
Vegan breakfast recipes
Finding Vegan
The Vegan Stoner
Videos and Books
Earthlings (contains disturbing images)
Masterlist of vegan documentaries
Eating animals (PDF)
MEAT: the truth (contains disturbing images)
Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows
Vegan: The new ethics of eating (PDF)
Blogs
fightingforanimals
adviceforvegans
vbasement
veganresources
Credit for photo: Elena Shumilova

Signal boosting for people who are new to veganism! :)
Animal liberation is the most difficult liberation struggle of all because speciesism is primordial and universal. Speciesism is arguably the first of any form of domination or hierarchy and it has spread like a deadly virus throughout the entire planet and all of human history. The problem is not limited to Western culture or to the modern world, such that there is some significant utopian past or radical alternative to recover. The problem is the human species itself, which but for rare exceptions is violent, destructive, and imperialistic. Universally, humans have vested interests in exploiting animals and think they have a God-given right to do so. To change these attitudes is to change the very nerve center of human consciousness. That is our task – no more and no less.
Dr. Steve Best (via give-a-fuck-about-nature)

your-virgin:

If you think your taste buds are so incredibly important that their pleasure outweighs the entire life and suffering of an innocent being I don’t even know how you can get offended when people question your morals.

I have very exciting news! After watching this movie last week, I realized how important it was to share it with as many people as possible, so I applied to host a screening and I’ve been approved at Downtown Disney! (details below)
The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. Watch the trailer here.
Join us: Thursday, October 30 7:30PM – 9:06PMat AMC Downtown Disney 24 1500 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, 32830$11.00 General
Tickets available here. I have to sell at least 84, so tell all your Orlando friends!

I have very exciting news! After watching this movie last week, I realized how important it was to share it with as many people as possible, so I applied to host a screening and I’ve been approved at Downtown Disney! (details below)

The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. Watch the trailer here.

Join us: Thursday, October 30 7:30PM – 9:06PM
at AMC Downtown Disney 24 
1500 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, 32830
$11.00 General

Tickets available here. I have to sell at least 84, so tell all your Orlando friends!

trustnofedora:

i’ll never understand why people think eating the flesh of a sentient being is somehow less weird than eating a burger made from vegetables.

thevegansquid:

This Sunday from 10a to 4p at Artichoke Red in College Park!

thevegansquid:

This Sunday from 10a to 4p at Artichoke Red in College Park!

A 2008 study estimated that 115 million animals are used in laboratory experiments each year, a figure clouded by the fact that only 21 percent of countries actually record data on animal testing.

Even the U.S. fails to collect data about birds and laboratory-bred mice and rats, which, despite making up over 90 percent of all laboratory animals, aren’t even defined and protected as “animals” under the country’s Animal Welfare Act.

(via animalsandtrees)

tempeh-princess:

urbancheff:

One of the weirdest things about going vegan is how 99.9% of food advertisements simply stop applying to you. You just become this spectator of a culture you’re no longer part of. Once you’ve lived on a plant-based diet for a certain amount of time, the idea of using animals for food becomes this alien concept beyond understandability. Like why did I ever do that? Why do others still do it?

its horrible seeing dead bodies on tv contantly and no one blinks an eye at all

you also notice how often people talk about food and how they never seem to understand that telling you they had the juiciest chicken wings last night is incredibly distrurbing

adviceforvegans:

WARNING: Contains VERY graphic content.As we all know, PETA have their flaws. However, no one can deny the power behind these videos. They’re short, sharp and shocking. If you need a quick, ethical reason to choose veganism, just watch these videos!SeaWorld In 30 SecondsBullfighting In 60 SecondsBacon In 60 SecondsMeet Your Meat In 30 SecondsHorse Racing In 60 SecondsCircuses In 60 SecondsThe Fur Industry In 60 SecondsAir Cruelty In 60 SecondsThe Dairy Industry In 7 SecondsThe Down Industry In 60 SecondsPuppy Mills In 60 SecondsThe Dairy Industry In 60 SecondsAnimal Testing In 60 SecondsFactory Farming In 60 SecondsChina Fur Trade In 60 Seconds
second-breakfast:

nowyoukno:

clementinemorrigan:

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:
Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
Lilies (Lilium sp.)
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!

Now you know

Asparagus ferns too!!


You don’t OWN a cat, but good info otherwise

second-breakfast:

nowyoukno:

clementinemorrigan:

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  • Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  • Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!

Now you know

Asparagus ferns too!!

You don’t OWN a cat, but good info otherwise

Do you ever want to eat something similar to tuna, without all the death and destruction behind it?
Well you’re in luck because now there’s a healthy, meaty sushi without the fish. A natural, eco-friendly alternative to raw tuna, invented by one of America’s top chefs. It’s all vegan and gluten-free.
Looks amazing, but they still need funding! Less than $1000 to go. If you donate $25, you’ll receive a FREE package. If anything, you should donate a little, so I can get to try it.
Donate to their kickstarter here

Do you ever want to eat something similar to tuna, without all the death and destruction behind it?

Well you’re in luck because now there’s a healthy, meaty sushi without the fish. A natural, eco-friendly alternative to raw tuna, invented by one of America’s top chefs. It’s all vegan and gluten-free.

Looks amazing, but they still need funding! Less than $1000 to go. If you donate $25, you’ll receive a FREE package. If anything, you should donate a little, so I can get to try it.

Donate to their kickstarter here

onegreenplanet:

3 Ways YOU Are Driving the Sixth Extinction of Species
Hi it's me, cheese anon, yeah I know a lot of shitty bad places exist that torture innocent cows but there's farms around here that don't do any inhumane things like I've been down there and they make the milk themselves and shit and give it to this meat and cheese deli and I only get cheese from there, but yeah, I'm 100% sure vegan cheese most likely tastes better, is better for you, and more humane than any store bought cheese, would you be able to post a link to the recipe of your cheese?
Anonymous

the-southern-dandy:

I’m sorry to break the news to you, but there is nothing humane about dairy farming, no matter how nice all these magic farms seem (which every single non-vegan seems to live just across the street from, waving to farmer dave every morning you get your paper).

I grew up on a farm. Literally. From my room window I could see cow, goats, chickens, pigs, emu, ducks, and quail.  I raised these animals. I murdered them with my hands. I skinned them. I cut them up and ate them… and there’s nothing in my life that I regret more than these acts. I was a monster.

Besides that, it still is irrelevant when you think of the simple fact that you are not a cow, so why are you consuming a cow’s milk? You in no way, shape, or form are required to eat cheese (it’s actually pretty bad for you an shouldn’t be eaten anyway), so why imprison the cow, rape her, then take her children away to be murdered for baby cow mean (aka veal), or raised in prison until they themselves are able to produce milk or be slaughtered for more meat. It’s unjustifiable.

Go ahead and read the basic page for dairy cows on wikipedia and tell me it doesn’t make you want to throw up

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dairy_cattle

and that’s just the really nice, dairy council funded page about how things work….