Wow, I can’t believe it has already been a couple of weeks since my last post. I was getting so good with consistency during Vegan MoFo. But I have a good excuse. I left the country. I hopped on a plane and went south for a 5 day visit with my brothers in Orlando. It will be no surprise to readers of this blog that the vacation centred around trying some of the best vegan eats that Orlando has to offer. I have a few days of restaurant posts to publish (so stay tuned for more). Today I present our amazing experience at Cafe 118.
As soon as I heard that my brothers were moving to Orlando, I did what every good big sister would, I jumped on the internet and did a scan of Happy Cow and Vegdining to see what the vegan options would be like in the vicinity. This research was partially in preparation for my future visits, but also because one of my brothers is vegan. Although the offerings are not as bountiful as Torontonians enjoy, I was impressed that there are a number of restaurants that cater to vegetarians and vegans in the area. One of the options that stood out in my search was a raw restaurant called Cafe 118 . I love the explosion of raw food restaurants that is occurring. I find the meals at these establishments innovative and interesting (and almost always delicious). Our lunch at Cafe 118 was no exception. My two brothers, my Mom and I ordered a number of dishes and passed them around to make sure everyone got a taste of each of the options. We are very good at sharing (we have had a lifetime of practice).
The meal was a celebration of fresh flavours, rich creamy sauces and surprising spice. We all left incredibly impressed by the culinary creations we had consumed and very full.
Here is what we ordered:
Strawberry Pearfection Smoothie (strawberry, banana, pear juice, lime juice, ginger)
Sundae Drive Smoothie (banana, cacao, walnut milk, hemp protein)
Avocado, Mango, Shiitake Maki Rolls
Lasagna with Macadamia Ricotta and Sun-dried Tomato Marinara
Crispy Summer Rolls with Spicy Macadamia Dressing and Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
Strawberry Parfait (vanilla bean cream and dark chocolate sauce)-recommended by The Traveling Vegetarian (Yvonne Smith)
The desserts were amazing, decadent, indulgent, delicious. I am very happy that we made the trip to Winter Park. Although the cafe has a casual atmosphere, each dish is a work of art in both preparation and presentation. It was a meal I won’t soon forget.