The search for good food in Fort Myers FloridaBy Toni Fiore • Oct 6th, 2011 • Category: Our Vegetarian Travels Print
One of the biggest challenges for me when vacationing in Florida has been finding something good and by “good” I mean fresh and healthy, to eat. Sounds crazy in a place where there’s some sort of food establishment about every fifty feet doesn’t it? I’m not kidding. Fort Myers has an unbelievable amount of fast food or chain dining establishments only outdone by the hundreds of shopping outlet malls. This trip after arriving in Fort Myers I’ll be moving on to Sanibel Island for a week of biking , bird watching and hopefully warm weather. I’ve managed to solve the majority of my food problems by renting a place that has a full kitchen so I’m not totally dependent on local restaurant fare however that said the other thing that perplexes me is how difficult it is to find locally grown fruits, and vegetables in supermarkets. This really is more of an observation than a complaint. There isn’t a Florida orange or tomato to be found in local markets. Only certain outlets have them available. I guess coming from Maine where there’s definitely a farm food culture and where locally grown organic produce is widely available, I took it for granted that a state with a temperate climate like Florida, a climate perfect for growing food and farming would offer better choices. Not so. Clearly the emphasis here is on volume, on cheap over processed unhealthy imported food and lots of it. Any advice from seasoned (preferably vegetarian!) Florida travelers would be greatly appreciated. In the event I find something of interest I’ll be sure to share it with you….
Toni Fiore is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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