Help Kickstart the “HEMPEH” Revolution!
Have you heard about "HEMPEH" yet? I sure hadn’t. But the sweet folks at Smiling Hara Tempeh contacted me today & asked that I spread the word about their exciting kickstarter campaign. So I checked it out, & this stuff sounds awesome!
Soy-free tempeh does not exist on the national market, & this company will be first ever to offer a highly digestible soy-free protein alternative called “HEMPEH!” Hempeh is soy/gluten-free tempeh fortified with hemp seed for optimal health benefits, paired with organic legumes. They just launched a Kickstarter to bring two types of Hempeh to the marketplace— "Black Bean Hempeh" & "Yellow Split Pea Hempeh" — & so far it’s going strong!
In addition to being good for you, Hempeh supports a good cause. The beans and hemp in Hempeh are from Growing Warriors Project, a healing farm in Kentucky that teaches war veterans how to farm & feed their families & local communities.
Tempeh is my personal favorite veggie protein, & I am a big supporter of the magical powers of hemp. I cannot wait to give Hempeh a try for myself.
Oh yum! Soy free tempeh would be an awesome option for people at my food truck! I think I’ll go donate.
friendly reminder: you don’t love animals if you eat them.
Come out tonight and get some BBQ jackfruit and black bean burgers. Or come out sunday to artichoke red for our weekly brunch!
The fact that I feel like I have to be educated on every vegan issue ever because people don’t accept ‘animals suffer and die’ as a reasonable answer for me being vegan is so beyond me.
Thanks! It’s great to get messages like this and it’s super great that people are taking the time to learn and grow and change for the better. So thank you for being so wonderful
a message to moral/ethical/political vegans:
Chill dudes. We’ve built up a system that commodifies and abuses sentient beings for the sake of convenience, tradition, pleasure and profits, but all is cool because we’re not the victims here, so let’s enjoy our privilege.
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
Tickets available here. I have to sell at least 84, so tell all your Orlando friends!
Be sure to buy your tickets by the 23rd! And if you already saw it for free online, it would be super if you purchased a ticket to support the filmmakers
Garden Cafe, Downtown Orlando
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Hoover’s Market, Apopka
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
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!
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!
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. 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)
Stop calling yourself vegan. Thank you.
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