We are new vegans and about to head back to one of our favorite vacation destinations -- Anna Maria, Fl (the tip of Anna Maria Island, which is in between Sarasota and St. Pete). We always rent a house, so I'll have a kitchen, but I really don't want to spend my vacations cooking three meals a day. And the nearest Whole Foods (or Whole Foods-like) market is in Sarasota...about 30 minutes away. So far, we know there's a local taco place that offers tempeh and organic veggies. But where are the juice bars? (in a place like Florida, with easy access to so many fruits...why are there so few juice bars?). Where are the vegan restaurants?
We live in Northeast Ohio and are lucky enough to have several shopping options -- The Mustard Seed (grocery, great to-go, bakery and terrific cafe, too), EarthFare, Whole Foods and more. And we have a bevy of vegan or very vegan friendly restaurants, from Brandt Evans' Pure Vida to Jonathan Sawyer's NoodleCat downtown Cleveland to scores of ethnic options. We have become a foodie haven...even for vegans...here in the heart of the rust belt. So what gives, Florida??