The Special: Can You Say Hawaiian Kale Salad Delivered?

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Healthy and convenient aren't two words that typically go together. Although your stomach might not agree, fast food is easy and cheap, two highly valued qualities in today's fast paced, expensive world.

Maybe you should follow the advice of your cardiologist and stop shoveling pizza and French fries down your gullet. But who has the time or energy to chop vegetables and wash dishes after a long day? Or the money, for that matter, since organic broccoli costs about $8 at Whole Foods?

Imagine if you had your own personal chef who did all of your grocery shopping, chopped all the vegetables, and then combined them into a tasty balance of savory, sweet, and tangy. That is where the Special comes in, It provides a completely different way of thinking about lunch.

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So What's Wrong With Eating Eggs and Dairy?

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It's a question posed to every vegan at one time or another: What's wrong with eating eggs and dairy? They don't kill the animals, so what's the problem?

But as on Instagram, things aren't always what they appear.

Dig a little deeper and the realities of dairy and egg farms are unpleasant indeed. To get the deets, we spoke to Jaya Bhumitra of Compassion Over Killing. Check out her answers to your burning questions after the jump.

See also: Cowspiracy Screenings Look to Raise Awareness About Environmental Hazards of Eating Meat (Video)

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Try the Vegan Pistachio Gelato at Bianco in Coconut Grove

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
It's hard enough to find vegan ice cream (outside of your grocer's freezer, that is). But vegan gelato? Forget it. Those who opt out of dairy don't have a lot of options when it comes to this creamy Italian treat.

But Coconut Grove's newest sweet spot, Bianco Gelato, is serving up handmade flavors made with almond milk and other all-natural ingredients. So vegans can go nuts with pistachio, pineapple and peppermint, strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate, and more.

See also: Bianco Gelato: Organic, Authentic Gelato in Coconut Grove

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Temple, a Plant-Based Eatery, Now Open in South Miami

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Rosy-hued water and a lengthy menu.
Temple, a plant-based eatery with an interior as colorful as its ingredients, is officially open for business at 5831 Sunset Drive. The new spot is now serving up breakfast and lunch to South Miamians looking for farm-to-tummy edibles.

It's a vibrant addition to Sunset's array of eatery options. A rainbow-hued mural (painted by a local artist) colors one wall, and the fresh, aesthetically appealing eats echo the place's motto: Joy to the Food.

See also: Rip Esselstyn in the Gables Tomorrow: "If You're a Real Man with Big Cojones, You're Going to Eat a Plant-Strong Diet"

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Choices Kitchen Hosting Free Cooking Class Featuring Field Roast Grain Meats

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Field Roast's Coconut Cutlet tops a mango salad.

If you're clueless in the kitchen, plant-based eating can seem especially intimidating. How do you cook eggplant exactly? What in hell are you supposed to do with shallots? How much is too much oil?

Luckily, there's help. Choices Kitchen and Field Roast Grain Meats have teamed up to offer a free cooking class to curious eaters. Attendees will learn how to make a quick and easy vegan wrap -- an entrée that's sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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


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Lemoni Pizza & Kitchen: Try the Vegan Hawaiian

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Hearing that a spot serves vegan pizza is maybe the best thing ever for an herbivore. Because, let's be real, it's impossible not to miss that chewy dough, that piquant sauce, that melty, gooey, drippy mozzarella. Sigh.

So when I heard Lemoni Pizza & Kitchen serves vegan pies, I was on it like Miami's intelligentsia on Pamela Druckerman. And it has earned every ounce of my unbridled enthusiasm.

See also: Lemoni Pizza and Kitchen Launches New Menu, Concentrates on Raw and Vegan Items

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The Ménage à Trois Raw Vegan Doughnuts from Jugofresh Will Leave You Stuffed

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Photos by Carina Ost
The threesome.
There's a certain person (El Jefe) who likes to visit local doughnut shops whenever he travels to different cities. Unfortunately, in Miami you have to leave the city and head to Mojo in Pembroke Pines for that special round sweetness with a hole in the middle.

It's unclear why this Magic City is lacking a special doughnut, but surely this healthful population is partially responsible. Perhaps that is why the juice masters at Jugofresh brought us raw, vegan donuts in a three-pack to satisfy our pie doughnut holes.

See also: Jugofresh Hires In-House Health Expert to Educate Customers

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Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to Miami Spice 2014

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Heirloom tomatoes, avocado mousse, cotija cheese, HFF pea tendrils, and lemon at the Federal.
Miami Spice is officially upon us. For foodies across Miami, the concept of three-course meals at the city's finest eateries (at prices mere mortals can afford) is worth waiting ten months for.

For the meatless among us, however, it can feel a little lonely. But the landscape is getting better for herbivores all the time, and this year's Miami Spice selections are no exception. There are plenty of places to get veg-friendly options, from Seasons 52 to Macchialina and more.

See also: The Great of Miami Spice 2014, Part Two

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Lan Pan Asian Cafe: Banana-Coconut Bubble Tea Is the Best Thing Ever

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Vegan-friendly and just as creamy as its dairy-infused counterparts.
It's thanks to Lan Pan Asian Cafe that I discovered the joys of boba tea about a year ago (I was totally behind the eight ball, I know). I was utterly enamored with their taro variety -- a creamy, lavender-hued, frozen dream.

When I made the transition to veganism back in January, I was bummed to learn I had to forego this indulgence. Luckily, I've discovered that the Asian eatery offers fruity versions of their bubble tea that are just as magically delicious and dairy-free. The banana-coconut, in particular ($4), is amazing.

See also: Try Vegan Bubble Tea at North Miami's Shing Wang

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Five Reasons to Join a CSA for Fall

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Everyone knows they should eat local. But when faced with a busy schedule and the convenience of the Publix produce aisle, it can be tough to commit to a locavore lifestyle.

But that's what CSAs are for. Community Supported Agriculture means someone else does your shopping for you and you're supporting local farmers. Now's the time to get on board with a fall share.

See also: Tastemakers: 16. Muriel Olivares of Little River Market Garden

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