STATE 1: TEXAS
The best vegetarian meals that I eat in Texas are often prepared in my own home. One of my favorite pastimes is to experiment with new vegetarian recipes. I love demonstrating how delicious a plant based diet can be. Below are just a couple of examples from my own kitchen:
STATE 2: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
One of my favorite places to visit is California. On every visit, I always enjoy eating delicious food at a vegetarian restaurant. A few years ago during a visit to San Francisco, I ate at a vegan Chinese restaurant which was unheard of in my part of the World! And on the recommendation of a friend I found my way to Herbivore. Below is a picture of the corn cake breakfast that I still remember:
STATE 2: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
My more recent trips to the west coast have been to Southern California. I am always drawn by the prospect of seing the Pacific Ocean and eating at one of my favorite burger joints, Veg-N-Out. I have been tempted to fly to San Diego on a long weekend just to eat the Western Burger shown below:
I never thought I would enjoy a veggie burger more that the beefy burgers I used to eat before committing to a plant based diet. I give thanks that I was wrong!
STATE 3: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
During my trip to New Mexico I had delicious meals at Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe and Harry’s Roadhouse. Annapurna’s offers fresh locally grown Ayurvedic vegan food. I decided to try Idli Sambhar (Urad dal, basmati rice and cilantro steamed into moist cakes servers in a large bowl of sambhar) and Masala Fries (Fresh hand cut potatoes dusted with a blend of spices and served with chipotle veganaise and housemaid ketchup):
Harry’s Roadhouse is not a strictly vegetarian restaurant. But unlike roadhouses in my home state of Texas, they offer excellent options for vegetarians. I decided to try the Moroccan Vegetable Stew over over Cous Cous with Charmoula and Harrissa –Butternut Squash with Chick Peas, Cauliflower, Carrots, Spinach, Potatoes and Raisins with Moroccan Spice Mix.
Once of my joys of becoming a vegetarian has been the discovery of different cuisines from around the world. My trip to New Mexico was an excellent example. In both cases, I enjoyed meals inspired by other cultures.