Yesterday, I revisited several “On the Run” highlights from the first six months of Vegan on the Run. Since at the heart of each and every one of my days is plant-based cuisine, today I’ve decided to revisit the recipes that I’ve shared thus far. And so, I present to you a visual recap of the spread of vegan eats and drinks I’ve included on the blog since its launch date.
Intrigued by any of the dishes below? Simply click on a photo and it will take you to the appropriate blog post—complete with ingredients, directions, health perks and more.
Monday, September 1, marks six months since the launch of Vegan on the Run. With VOTR six months strong, I feel it’s only fitting to revisit some of the highlights from the past six months, beginning with my “On the Run” out of town adventures. Complete with each recap are photos that didn’t quite make the blog the first time around.
March // St. Augustine Spring Breakin’
Ah, my St. Augustine Spring Break trip. Just a few short weeks after launching Vegan on the Run, while in the heart of marathon training, I ventured over to the oldest city to take advantage of a change of scenery and reunite with a friend I had not seen in many moons (Andrew). Little did I know before departing for St. Augustine, this trip would mark the beginning of a relationship. Not only did it kick off countless return visits to St. Augustine, it set the stage for a move.
Read more about my St. Augustine Spring Break visit, here.
Come Friday evening, I will officially be a St. Augustine resident.
The very same day I posted about my pending living arrangements falling through requiring some rerouting of plans, a text message alerted my phone with an offer of another place to live. In that moment, I felt the giant monkey on my back climb off and watched him run around the room, jumping for joy (figuratively speaking).
With that particular monkey set free, I was able to spend the remainder of my week and a half back in St. Augustine feeling a bit more at ease, and focus my attention more fully on my company and my surroundings. One particular surrounding I’ve found myself gravitating toward in the evening hours, is Vilano Beach. Just north of St. Augustine, this location has become a prized spot to watch the sun set.
The premise of the two day rule is simple.
Don’t let something you love become absent from your life for more than two consecutive days.
The idea for this rule came in the form of a realization. When I spend more than two days away from the things I love, I feel out of sorts. There’s a blanket of uneasiness that surrounds me. I grow resentful toward anything that’s separating me from the things that make me feel most “me.” And then I start resenting myself. Realizing I’m the only one who allows this pattern to occur, I established the two day rule as a way to keep the things I love from falling by the wayside.
Want to live a life you love? Make time for the things that make you feel alive.
While my return trip to St. Augustine has required ample rerouting of plans, the past week in the oldest city has been filled with blissful reunitings, welcomed opportunities, and delicious eats.
Immediately upon my arrival, I returned to two local eateries I especially adore—The Floridian for a Saturday night dinner date, and Manatee Café for Sunday brunch. I’ve also gotten back into a joint cooking jive with my boyfriend Andrew.
We decided to play around with a vibrant, mega-sized eggplant he bought down the street at his neighborhood produce stand. We both love eggplant and couldn’t recall the last time we had eaten it, which is a shame, considering it’s delicious and packed with phytonutrients that aid in blood flow, along with fiber and powerful antioxidants.
We knew we didn’t want to simply try and recreate a more typical eggplant dish. Instead, we wanted to create something different. We wanted to create something memorable. We wanted to create something that did this mighty eggplant justice.
So, what exactly did we create?
In less than an hour’s time, we created crispy chia-coated eggplant, paired with sauced tomatoes and quinoa, served alongside a bed of spring mix.
Plans always change.
Be it having to forgo a race you trained long and hard for due to logistics or an injury, or even just attempting to plan out what you are going to cook for dinner, with the great many variables that exist in day-to-day life, plans are always subject to change and most often they do. In fact, I would be willing to bet money that at some point in your life you had a sizable plan that shifted shape, or had to be rerouted several times before it came into fruition.
When I’m asked, “Do you want to do brunch?” my immediate thought is, “Is there anything for me to eat there (aside from a fruit cup)?”
Truthfully, while I typically abide by a “You can take me (almost) anywhere” mantra, brunch can be a tough one for vegans. But when it’s on, it’s on. In recent months, I’ve enjoyed some standout vegan brunches across the Southeast states—brunches too good not to share.
With the exception of End of the Line’s $15 all-star, three-course brunch (that I most recently indulged upon this past Sunday with my mom), all of these platefuls came in under ten dollars a pop. For this reason, I will go ahead and refer to the following selections as vegan brunchin’ like a boss on a budget.
Whether you are planning to stay in for brunch, or dine out this coming weekend, here’s a little vegan brunch inspiration to get your mouth watering.
Brunchin’ in Pensacola — End of the Line Café
Brunch Hours: Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
On My Plate: Brunch of the Day–tofu eggs benny florentine with hollandaise and grape tomato-basil relish over black-eyed peas and yellow grits, served with a spring salad; Not Pictured: roasted red pepper bisque; peach cobbler with vanilla cream and toasted almonds
Selling Points: Although open for lunch and dinner throughout the remainder of the week, Sunday brunch is one of this vegan café’s most notable features. The following excerpt from a write-up I did last year for Inweekly’s Best of the Coast awards sums up my sentiments toward this rave-worthy hole in the wall: “Multi-course weekly spectaculars, tempeh anyway you could dream it up, made to order cashew cheese to take home with you—and that’s only the half of it. Over the course of the past decade, Jen Knight-Shoemaker, owner of End of the Line Café has transformed her coffee shop into a full-fledged, bright, shining, organic, locally-sourced, powerhouse of a vegan restaurant, coffee bar and art space. Yes, it really is quite a mouthful! And a tasty one at that.” Owner Knight-Shoemaker also contributed to a cover story I wrote for the paper last November during World Vegan Month, titled “V is for Vegan.”