Thursday, November 16, 2017

Koukounari Taverna, Zakynthos, Greece

We decided to go to a fancier place for our last dinner on this island. That led us to Koukounari Taverna. This was not the most vegan friendly place on the island, but I had some of the best food on the island.

I also loved that grapes were growing over us!

Of course, we started with wine. But, when it came to ordering, it proved difficult for me. Most of the things that appeared to be vegan were not including the eggplant dip.

So, I went with a Greek salad without feta, which was really great.

And grilled vegetables--eggplant, squash, tomatoes, mushrooms, and herbs. It was incredibly good.

I loved this place with its outside seating, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food! Okay, back to BASE jumping over the blue water!

Koukounari Taverna
Katastari Alykes Road,  
Alykes 252 00, Zakynthos, Greece
+30 2695 085009

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Anatolikos Taverna, Zakynthos, Greece

We jumped on our scooters in search of another great restaurant on Zakynthos Island and we found it at Anatolikos Taverna. At this beachside restaurant where most, if not all, of the seating is outside, the weather is amazing and the view is equally so.

I started with a nice glass of white wine--super cheap on this island.

For lunch, I ordered the stuffed tomatoes and peppers. As simple as it sounds, it was oh-so-good. Stuffed with rice and spices, this was a very filling meal. And like everything else on this island, it was served with baked/fried potatoes. Delish!

The Gigandes bean dish is fantastic as well! I just took a few from my friend's dish, which was a huge bowl of tomatoey beans!

Service was a bit slow, but we were a party of 20 or so without a reservation so there's that. But, loved the food, drink, and company!

Anatolikos Taverna
Alykes Main Road
Alykes 290 90, Zakynthos, Greece
+30 2695 083158

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Apollo Restaurant, Zakynthos, Greece

As the restaurant that was directly across from the Letsos Hotel that we stayed at, Apollo saw us about every day during our time on Zakynthos island. The server there was a lot of fun and made it easy for me to be vegan.

Each time, he asked whether I was in the mood for sweet or dry, red or white wine and would choose a wine for me. For just two Euros per glass, I really couldn't ever complain.

On my first visit, he said he'd choose something for me and when he brought it out, I was delighted! It was Briam--roasted vegetables in a thick tomato sauce served with fried potatoes and salad. It was so delicious that I came back several times for this same dish!

I also tried the Dolmades also served with fried potatoes and a salad. Delicious.

The waiter, who may have been the owner (I don't know), also took a selfie of himself when we asked him to take a pic of us. So, I have this. LOL

I loved this place. Fun atmosphere, outside seating, great food, great prices, and great service. Highly recommended.

Apollo Restaurant
Main Road
Alykanas 290 90, Zakynthos, Greece
+30 2695 026562

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paporo Beach Restaurant-Bar, Zakynthos, Greece

I journeyed to Greece for the first time this year to participate in the Apollo Games. This is a prestigious BASE jumping event where 40 people from all over the world get to jump off a cliff on an island called Zakynthos. It was the most beautiful water I've ever seen.

But, what about the food? I found it easy to find vegan food here. One of our first stops was Poporo Beach Restaurant-Bar, which was right on a beautiful white sand beach with gorgeous blue water. We asked if they could accommodate our party of 20+ and they gladly obliged. They sat us on the deck on the beach at a huge table!

I ordered a fresh squeezed orange juice to start as I perused the menu. Many of the side dishes and salads looked vegan and luckily the server spoke great English. She confirmed that many of the salads and sides could be made vegan.

I ordered a Salad with greens, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions (hold the cheese) and it was great.

I also had the Mushroom Special, which was stewed tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms--a nice hearty accompaniment to my salad.

The service was as good as it could be with a big party and food was incredibly cheap as it was everywhere on this island. This is a great, relaxed place to go with a big party.

Paporo Beach Restaurant-Bar
Alykes 29090, Zakynthos, Greece
+30 2695 083884

Zakynthos, Greece
+30 2695 083884

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Doi Moi, DC #3

Doi moi is still one of my favorite restaurants in Logan Circle. It's varied Southeast Asian menu with lots of vegan options inside one of the coolest dining rooms in town never disappoints and this visit was no different.

We stopped by with no reservation on this Monday night and were seated immediately. I ordered a fantastic cocktail, but can not remember the name of it. I've had a really good experience here with cocktails.

For my dinner, I ordered the Kee-Mao Stir-Fried Rice Noodles. This dish was chock full of veggies with drunken noodles. With wild mushrooms, snap peas, zucchini, carrots, baby corn, and basil, this dish was a culinary delight.

We also shared the Green Papaya Salad. With chili, lime, peanuts, and tomato, this simple, yet satisfying dish was really fantastic.

No dessert this time. The food, atmosphere, and prices were great. Doi moi continues to satisfy my need for upscale Asian food every couple of months.

Previous reviews
August 24, 2015
December 17, 2013

doi moi
1800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131

Doi Moi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thyme, Newark, NJ

Upon landing at the Newark Airport in Newark, NJ, I did a quick Google search for vegan in the airport. Lo and behold, I found that there was a vegetarian restaurant in this airport. Despite all the horrible reviews, I wanted to try something there. And it was conveniently located at the gate at which I was departing. It couldn't have been any easier.

Thyme is a small cafe in the airport. Apparently, the owner of Dirt Candy, a vegetarian restaurant in New York, partnered with United Airlines and OTG to create a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in this airport. The only problem is that nothing is labeled as vegan or not.

Upon entering the restaurant, which is really self-service, I asked the hostess what was vegan. She had no clue and didn't seem to care. I asked if she could check with the chef. The chef came out and was incredibly helpful. She basically said almost all of the salads, sandwiches, and entrees could be made vegan.

I ordered the Mushroom Tacos made with oyster mushrooms and topped with thinly sliced red onions, microgreens, and tomatoes in a flour tortilla. They were good, but didn't taste that fresh. The mushrooms were somewhat lukewarm and the tortillas tasted like they'd been reheated on a plane. I liked them, but they definitely need something else. I did order them without the creme fraiche as that is not vegan. And for $13.50, I expected a little more.

The bad reviews tend to focus on the lack of service and I'll agree. Newark does the iPad ordering thing. There is an iPad at the table and that's how you order. There really isn't any service other than the chef dropping off the food. That kind of sucks.

Other options include the veggie burger, green falafel sandwich, smoked beet club, spaghetti pomodoro, roasted maitake mushrooms, and other various salads and soups. I truly hope this restaurant survives, but adding an element of service and fresher food will definitely help this.

Near Gate C75
Newark Liberty International Airport

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pret A Manger, DC

The international cafe chain, Pret a Manger, has gone vegan-friendly! This is exciting for two reasons--they make really good food and they are located all over the place!

I headed to my local Pret a Manger to check out the many new vegan selections. This cafe operates like a to-go place even though you can take your to-go items and eat them at the cafe. Everything is prepared in advance and available in the hot or cold areas. There is no custom ordering.

The first thing I tried was the Mediterranean Mezze Salad. I loved this salad and I didn't even realize that I could have chosen a dressing as well. Loaded with falafel, butternut squash, beet hummus, beets, mesclun, harissa, chickpeas, mint, and pomegranate seeds, it was delicious. The beet hummus had enough flavor to carry the dish without additional dressing.

Excited about this dish, I went back to try another. The Miso Sweet Potato Bahn Mi was even better than the salad. On a fresh French baguette was miso-marinated sweet potato, cucumber, carrots, pickled cabbage and carrot, sesame seeds, cilnatro and mint with vegan mayonaisse and chipotle sauce. So much flavor, so little time.

Other vegan items include Miso soup, Moroccan Lentil soup, Spicy Black Bean and Mango Wrap, and the Turmeric Tofu and Sweet Potato Balance Box.

My favorite part? Everything is labeled as vegan or not in the store and online. They make it so easy to choose vegan and eat delicious food. With a drink, meals range from $8 to $12. And I love that they offer some natural drinks like Ginger Beer as well.

Nice work--Pret. You are winning at the fast casual vegan-friendly game! Recommended!

Pret A Manger
(many locations)
1825 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Pret A Manger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato