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Orlando - Vegan week in Orlando - Discovered Ethos Vegan Restaurant!!!

Windsor | Jan 8, 200803:30 PM

I just returned from a week long trip to Orlando trying to stick to a vegan diet.

My list included Boma at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. I read that it was very vegetarian/vegan friendly and it was a pure delight. This is a glorious African buffet filled with an array of aromas and color. The chef even came out to talk with us as the hostess told him we were vegan. He presented a platter to share that was a true piece of art...In addition to the buffet of grilled vegetables, salads, and many ethnic grain dishes

Season 52 on Sand Lake Road was a hit with everyone in our large group. The salmon and scallop dishes looked wonderful and our grilled winter vegetable plates were the envy of all.

One rainy and cold night we wanted Thai. The last time we were in town we dined at Thani Thai. I read about a new tiny Thai restaurant on I-Blvd called Basil Thai (next to TGIF and Walmart) and found a great vegetarian section on the menu. Imagine a Pad Thai without fish sauce and eggs and it was great! Vegetable Red Curry medium spice was perfect.

Somewhere I read that in the last week or two Ethos Vegan Kitchen was having a pre-opening. We went there for a late lunch at 2:00 on a weekday and found the place packed. The owner greeted us and said that they were offering a limited menu and the grand opening was next Saturday. The limited menu brought tears to my eyes,instead of one or two options, if lucky, on a regular menu, I can order ANYTHING I want. I am thrilled at their early success and only hope it will continue. Here is a link to their website: http://www.ethosvegankitchen.com/

My only regret, and it is huge, is that we didn't make it to Woodlands. Last fall I posted on this board trying to find vegetarian friendly places in Orlando and our beloved by all, Bob Mervine, told me to go to Woodlands. The schedule of our night bridge games at the tournament in Lake Buena Vista just didn't allow us time to get there and back for the evening games. It will be top of my list next visit to Orlando. I have always followed his advise in my past trips to Orlando and am so sad that was his last advise to me.

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