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I've been trying to figure out how to blog about eating in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, where I spent a week last month. There's only one small problem- the Virgin Islands are really, really vegan-friendly! It's so easy to find good food that I have too many photos and stories on my hands. So after trying to find a way to fit all the culinary goodness into a post, I've decided to go with the simplest: just posting photos of the food, and linking to the restaurants where we find them. In my next post, I will show off some of the fabulous drinks that I tried while down there- and maybe throw in some photos of the cute animals from the islands!
(Note: we spent the majority of our vacation on St. John, 2 days in St. Thomas, and 1 day in the BVI)
West Indian tofu curry at Sweet Plantains restaurant.
Breakfast tamarind from a tree!
Breakfast tamarind from a tree!
One of the many purveyors of Ital food on St. John. Ital is a huge help to vegetarians and vegans, since many Rastafarians follow vegetarian diets of varying degrees.
Fresh gazpacho and house-made lentil burger at Shipwreck Landing.
Some yummy groceries from the Starfish Market: different flavors of hummus, whole wheat bagels, ginger beer.
Produce from roadside stands: coconut, plantain, yucca.
Organic micro-greens from Josephine's- she grows them right on the island!
Spicy and delicious in hummus wraps.
An awesome invention at The Beach Bar: cesar salad dressing that uses portobella mushroom paste instead of anchovies! (Make sure to ask for the salad without cheese)
Red beans and rice, hold the sausage, at Vie's Snack Shack.
Fancy food at Asolare restaurant: spicy tofu and soba salad. (This was only an appetizer, but Asolare allows vegetarians to replace any protein on the menu with tofu, and the chef makes a different vegetarian/vegan dish (to order) every night.)
Less fancy, but every bit as enjoyable (if not more!) food from an Ital street vendor at the Cruz Bay market. Tofu chunks, stewed veggies, plantains, coleslaw, and rice, with an energizing sorrel drink. I got excited every time I saw this stand at the market- he wasn't there every day, but I could eat his stuff all the time.
Platter of island goodness at Miss Lucy's full-moon party: rice, plantains, squash, sweet potatoes, corn pudding and bread.
A tasty veggie burger at Sidney's Peace and Love bar and restaurant on the island of Jost van Dyke.
A humongous, meal-worthy serving of guacamole with fresh-made tortilla chips at Duffy's Love Shack in Red Hook, St. Thomas.
Just some of the signs of veggie-friendliness from all around the Virgin Islands.
And, the obligatory Bazu eating fruit shot. I found this mango on a ledge under a mango tree while walking around Charlotte Amelie in St. Thomas and couldn't resist. Sweetness, thy name is a mango tree.
Conclusion: vegans and vegetarians will be hard-pressed to find a travel destination more suited to their needs. From fancy restaurants to street food vendors, dive bars to tourist attractions, supermarkets to road-side stands, you will never lack for a variety of fresh veg. food in the USVI or BVI.
Next post, drinks!