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Vegan Eatin’ in West Palm Beach

Over the weekend, hubbers and I went down to Florida to celebrate the union of two wonderful friends! The wedding was beautiful, and one of the most fun weddings I’ve been to in a while. We ate, danced our booties off, and took lots of photos like this:

Of course, I did my research before we flew south, and found a couple GREAT restaurant recommendations on Will Travel for Vegan FoodChristopher’s Kitchen and Darbster.

Christopher’s Kitchen

We chose Christopher’s Kitchen for lunch on Saturday afternoon since it was super close to our hotel, and actually turned out to be in the same development as the wedding venue. They had a big selection of fresh juices. I ordered one called the “Maui,” which was a blend of celery, cucumber, parsley, kale, lemon, apple and ginger.

It was mighty tasty. I felt instantly healthier.

D and I are a bit obsessed with Avocado, so of course when we spotted Avocado Toast on the menu, we had to order ourselves a slice. The avocado tasted so fresh and creamy, I could eat this toast for breakfast everyday.

For our main courses, I ordered the Falafel Wrap, which came in a lettuce wrap and was topped with this yummy Brazil nut and cashew hummus. Very tasty, but I did end up abandoning trying to eat it like a sandwich since it was a little messy. It was also VERY filling and I ended up sharing the second half with D.

D had the Pesto Sandwich and I had more avocado envy (even though my wrap was filled with Avocado too.

He ate it all up. I think that means he liked it.

We were definitely splurging on lunch, so we decided to indulge and order two desserts – the Ice Cream Sundae and the Chocolate Mousse.

I didn’t love the crust on the mousse, but the chocolate was fluffy and creamy. And the ice cream sundae was fabulous and topped with delicious chocolate macaroons.

Christopher’s Kitchen is pricey, so be prepared for a splurge. It’s totally worth it. Most (if not all) of the menu is raw vegan. At night they have an organic grill and wine bar open as well.

Darbster

As if I planned it perfectly, Darbster was just a couple exits away from the airport off 95, AND they served Sunday Brunch, so it was the perfect place to grab some grub before heading back to Atlanta.

This restaurant is like a little oasis right off the expressway. Once you walk in, you feel as if you are sitting in a beachside eatery in the Bahamas, or better yet, on your best friend’s (who happens to live somewhere tropical) porch. We were shaded by large umbrellas and palm trees on our patio seat. A guy named Ric strummed on his guitar with hangover-friendly tunes.

Darbster is all vegan, and I loved that they had education in their menu about the vegan lifestyle and why people should consider veganism. It was done so tastefully, that you didn’t feel like their message was “in your face” or preachy.

And the food. Oh the food. I wish they would open in Atlanta.

I ordered the Palm Cake sandwich, which I can only describe as the closest thing to crab cakes that I’ve had since going vegan. And I used to LOVE crab cakes. It came with a side of home fries, and I ordered their “sausage,” which was also the best vegan sausage I’ve ever had.

D ordered their AM Quesadilla, which had Daiya cheese, tofu scramble and hash browns. It was topped with Guacamole, to add to our avocado fever. He also had a side of the Tempeh Bacon, which was delish.

Darbster’s ambiance, and wallet-friendly menu would definitely make it a regular hang-out if we lived in West Palm.

Not a DIY Bride

I admire brides that DIY their wedding. My cousin put on an awesome wedding that was largely DIY. She assembled an army of talented friends and family and we set up the ceremony and ballroom according to her amazing vision. She is awesome and probably the calmest bride I’ve ever seen. I, however, am not a DIY bride.

Maybe it’s because I’m in public relations and have quite a bit of event planning under my belt already, so it sort of feels like work. The thought of doing-it-ourselves for our wedding is frightening. Seriously, I’ve had nightmares. I wouldn’t be a calm DIY bride. I would be freaking out.

Luckily, I AM a really good delegator. And, thankfully, we don’t have to DIY for our wedding. We are assembling our own mighty army with a wedding planner, event designer, baker, etc. They will execute our vision, and I won’t have to worry about letter pressing 30,000 invitations or assembling 6,000,000 cute little individual gift bags of Hershey kisses (apparently, I’m planning the royal wedding).

A lot of the wedding blogs out there (cough, weddingbee, cough cough, style me pretty – both of which I LOVE btw) feature DIY brides. Incredible DIY weddings, with creative and artsy brides. I am neither visually creative or artsy (those talents went to my sister), which is why we are hiring an army to take my random adjectives I throw out and turn it into our lovely and awesome wedding (it will be epic, oh yes).

So, I’m focusing on the other fun things – like shopping for bridesmaids gifts, and accessories, and shoes. Oh, and moving into a new house next month!! Hooray!!

And, I’m on my last week of bootcamp! Just four more days. . .well, until I start another bootcamp on May 9.

I promise I’ll start talking about food again soon. I’m kind of holding out for our new kitchen, which will afford me the room and counter space to actually experiment with some plant-strong food items.

Veils, Fascinators and “Jane Fondas”

I got my veil and fascinator from Etsy yesterday! Woot!

The flower fascinator is beautiful, and the veil is a little birdcage veil. It’s a lot smaller than it looked online, but I also think I was putting it on wrong. I was also gross and sweaty after my workout, so I didn’t look very “bridal.”

I also got a matching ring bearer pillow with another pretty peony on it, with a little rhinestone center. This will all be very glitzy and glamourous.

I actually have TWO fascinators for the veil. One I pretty much got for free at the bridal store, and the other I fell in love with on Etsy. One is white, the other is Ivory. I’m not really sure what color my dress is. In some lights it looks white, in others it looks ivory. I think which flower I wear might be a game-time decision.

Meanwhile, I’m almost done with week two of bootcamp. The workouts are still hard. My favorite move is the “Jane Fonda.” Think of her workout videos, kicking your knees high up in the air while pulling down an imaginary bar with your arms.

We do a lot of running. A lot. But it’s kicking my ass which is good.

My mom always talked about the pain of giving birth as a “pain you forget,” which is why people have more than one kid. Well, bootcamp is that kind of pain. It’s horrible while it’s happening, but then after the workout you think, “I survived, that wasn’t so bad, I think  I’ll come back tomorrow.”

I both look forward to and dread the workouts each day. But, I find myself signing up for 5K (OK, the Pete the Cat finisher shirt is a big draw) and planning to attend OBC’s Free Workout Saturdays in May and June.

I’m thinking of doing another OBC session in July, which will only be three weeks, but it’ll be good to tighten up again before the wedding.

Yep, I’m crazy.

Another item checked off the list!

We have bridesmaids dresses! hooray!

This was another “to do” that I was dreading a little bit. However, I have really awesome bridesmaids and the whole process of finding a dress took about 30 minutes. We chose the first one that we tried on.

I think it helped that I looked around online a lot, and also finally settled on a color. The dress wasn’t very impressive on the hangar, but was SO pretty on.

Now we just gotta figure out what the men are gonna wear!

Meanwhile – Day 1 of week two of bootcamp was brutal. I’m not a big fan of running up and down hills. At one point, I felt like I had a huge elephant sitting on my shoulders and I could barely make it back down the hill. It doesn’t help that I think I hurt my ankle. It’s been sore. We do a lot of jumping and shuffling, and my feet and ankles are not fans.

Last night we had our first “encouragement” workout, which is about 5 extra minutes after the full workout. We worked abs, it was great.

I’ve been eating really really well (except for Saturday, it was a birthday party, oops). I did introduce a little bit of dairy back in my life. Pretty much just lowfat string cheese and yogurt. I would like to get some of the soy yogurt. The string cheese is just an easy snack. I’m sure there is a vegan equivalent. But, my diet remains plant strong. I made tofu for the first time last night. It turned out pretty well, a little spicy, but good.