Oolite Launches Vegan, Gluten-Free, Prix-Fixe Lunch Menu

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Oolite's Florida fresh kale white bean cauliflower cassoulet with rosemary coconut milk gratinee.
Oolite is all about the plant-based options these days. After the success of Conscious Bite Out dinner and subsequent introduction of a dinnertime vegan tasting menu, the owners decided to forge ahead with a lunch-time option in honor of a healthy new year.

The new prix-fixe meal is gluten-free, vegan and regionally focused and includes three courses, plus a shot of beet and carrot, plus fresh citrus juice, all for $20.15.

See also: Kris Wessel on Oolite's Vegan Dinner: Omnivores "Will Not Believe That Food Can Have So Much Flavor"

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Vegan Empanadas at Lincoln Road, Coconut Grove Farmer's Markets

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
The widespread availability of empanadas is one of many reasons to love Miami. You can find them at gas stations, farmer's markets, fast casual chains -- everywhere and anywhere. Sadly, most empanadas aren't vegan-friendly, thanks to the addition of egg and butter in the dough.

Luckily, plant-based empanada lovers have a new spot to stock up on this savory pastry. Chef Empanadas (AKA CE Catering Delights) is selling scrumptious vegan empanadas at the Lincoln Road Farmer's Market every Sunday, and at the Coconut Grove Organic Market every Saturday.

See also: FEAST Miami Serving Vegan Brunch to Support the Arts at Fairchild

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FEAST Miami Serving Vegan Brunch to Support the Arts at Fairchild

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Since winning the Knight's Arts Challenge last year, FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) Miami has hosted a series of impressive fetes at various venues. Their events showcase tasty vegan eats and creative ideas: artists pitch cool concepts, and attendees get to vote for their favorite. The winner scores the proceeds from the meal's ticket sales.

On February 1, they'll be hosting their first-ever brunch event at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Chef Loren Pulitzer of Meals That Heal and Simply Sharon's will be serving up a plant-based midday meal in one of the city's most glorious settings.

See also: FEAST Miami Feeds You, Funds Groundbreaking Local Artists in Style


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Learn How to Cook Your Greens at Love & Vegetables Class January 17

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You can never have too many greens. But aside from salads and smoothies, how many ways can you really consume kale? The same recipes get old after a while, and eating greenery can feel like a chore.

Luckily, now that greens season is in full swing, Love & Vegetables is hosting a community cooking class January 17 that's all about grassy-hued roughage. Earth 'n' Us Farm owner Ray Chasser and chef Keith Kalmanowicz will lead attendees in a healthful lesson plan incorporating collard greens, kale, callaloo, spinach, amaranth, and some wild edibles too.

See also: Love & Vegetables Launches Vegan Cooking Classes: First One All About Mangoes

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Eating Vegan at Disney World Is Easier Than You Think

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
Indian-style bread service at Sanaa in Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort.
Other than greasy French fries and jumbo-size cups of Coca-Cola, vegans don't usually have much to choose from when it comes to theme-park food.

But Walt Disney World isn't your average theme park, and a recent visit to "the Most Magical Place on Earth" proved the Orlando mecca is growing increasingly accommodating to plant-based eaters.

From Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Resort to the snack carts at the Magic Kingdom, vegan options are all over the place.

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Choices Cafe Opens Coral Gables Location Today

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Despite the closure of its Brickell location earlier this year, Miami's leading vegan eatery is headed onward and upward. In addition to opening a new location on 27th Avenue this past June, Choice Cafe is about to cut the ribbon at 2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables.

The new locale brings the total to three, and the latest outpost will have all the Choices favorites plus some delicious additions.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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The Federal Offers All-Vegetarian New Year's Eve Menu

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If you're looking to get a head-start on that "eat less meat" New Year's resolution, the Federal is the perfect place. The Biscayne Boulevard eatery is offering an all-vegetarian tasting menu for its New Year's Eve affair.

The menu, priced at $65 per person, features a host of veggie delights, from an avocado tostada to chocolate banana s'mores.

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Bunnie Cakes Offers Vegan Pan de Jamón for Christmas

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Come Christmas, Venezuelans the world over will be indulging in the undeniably delicious tradition known as pan de jamón. The ham and olive bread is a sweet and savory holiday staple.

But why should vegans or folks with food allergies be deprived of this meaty treat?

Thanks to Bunnie Cakes, the bread has been veganized (and your guests won't know the difference).

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day

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Five Best Egg Substitutes for Holiday Baking

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Open up a holiday cookbook, and eggs feature prominently in most recipes. Cookies, cakes, pies -- you name it, it's got an egg in it. Eggless eaters are often left struggling for substitutions.

But switching out the eggs is getting easier than ever, with new products hitting the market and time-tested stand-bys doing the job just as well. Here are five vegan egg substitutes for your holiday baking needs.

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day


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TCBY Now Serving Almond Nog Fro-Yo for the Holiday Season

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Like pumpkin is to fall, eggnog is to winter. The rich, traditional Christmas treat is everywhere for the next couple weeks. But for non-dairy drinkers, the cream and eggs mean it's out of the question.

TCBY, however, has a vegan alternative. Almond Nog Fro-Yo is now available in select stores, and it's everything you'd want in a healthier holiday treat.

See also: Vegan Coconut Milk Froyo Now Available at TCBY


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