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Key Biscayne Lighthouse

After a nice drive through Coral Gables, we arrived in Key Biscayne. This is the last shot of the lighthouse that I took today. It was difficult to get a shot where there were no people at the top of the lighthouse!


Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

Hitting the road, visiting places I’ve never been, and seeing new things is always fun and challenging. It’s even more of an adventure if you are a vegan like me. Finding food to eat while travelling can be a bit tricky at times. With a little help from Happy Cow, our trip to Florida got off to a great start.

If you’ve never heard of Happy Cow, my guess is that you are either a carnivore or are new to veganism. Happy Cow’s website can be a total lifesaver when it comes to finding vegan and vegetarian-friendly eating spots just about anywhere in the world.

After a nearly sleepless overnight flight to Florida, we hopped in our rental car and headed to Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin which we had discovered on Happy Cow. Arriving about half an hour before opening, we parked out front of the restaurant and slipped into snore-dom. We woke up (45 minutes later) very hungry and very surprised that the restaurant was not yet open.

I called the phone number listed and it just rang and rang. Just as I was about to hang up, a very groggy voice answered the phone. Uh-oh, I woke him up. After a few words and several apologies, he said he would come right over and open the restaurant.

Ok, so this was a little odd, I have to admit. I wasn’t sure whether to stay or head for the next restaurant on the list. The thought of vegan pancakes had me hooked. In my travels, I’ve found that a yummy vegan breakfast is the most difficult meal to find. And, vegan pancakes are a very rare find, so we opted to stick it out and hope for the best.

And the best they were. Hakin brought us each two gorgeous pancakes. These were not just any vegan pancakes, they were stuffed with fresh, not frozen, juicy blueberries! Boosting the yum-factor of the pancakes was the syrup. At home, we are accustomed to having pure maple syrup and at times, on the road, we get served honey, but we had a real treat here. Hakin served his vegan blueberry pancakes with a light agave nectar. Delicious. Interestingly enough, he also served a side of green salad, which we opted to skip, but it left me wondering why. Perhaps it is a cultural thing.

As thrilled as I was that Happy Cow pointed us toward Hakim and his vegan pancakes, nothing compares to the homemade whole-grain banana wheat-germ pancakes back home. See, vegan pancakes are not so hard to make. In fact, they are easier and faster to make than buttermilk pancakes and they are a healthy alternative for breakfast. I’d be willing to bet that if restaurants secretly changed their pancake offerings to a vegan recipe, not many people would even realize it and if they did, it would only result in more compliments to the chef and more customers.

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