Over the past few years I have fallen in love with traveling. Whether it’s just here in my home state of Florida or somewhere only a plane can take me, experiencing something new and seeing beautiful places really is exciting to me.
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE things to do though while traveling is finding different places to eat. While most people are Googling landmarks, monuments and historic things to see and do, I’m looking to see what healthy, organic, or plant-based type restaurants may be around.
Not Far From Home
Just the other day, my friend Kim (from Get Green Be Well) and I decided to meet up for lunch. We live about an hour or so apart from each other, so we wanted to find a half-way point that would be fun and different.
Kim, being the wonderful friend she is, was willing to be a little adventurous herself and try out a local Mount Dora eatery called Vitality Bistro with me. Eating plant-based, funky food is normal for me, but it was definitely going to be an experience for Kim. A fun one of course.
Vitality Bistro is found right in the downtown area of Mount Dora. Surrounded by cute niche shops and a beautiful lake, this historic section of Lake County is definitely a place you can spend a whole day.
Time to Try Something Yummy
The minute I walked in Vitality Bistro I knew this was my kind of place. It has a relaxed, calming atmosphere with windows everywhere, that allows you to take in the beauty and sites of Mount Dora as you enjoy your food.
I actually had a pretty good allergy headache going when I arrived, so I asked the waiter if he would recommend any of their juices or smoothies that may help. He explained to me that they had a homemade ginger ale that may do the trick.
Now, I am usually not a big fan of fresh ginger, but the headache was pretty bad, so I was willing to try anything.
The drink was delicious. Not only did my headache go away, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the drink. The ginger wasn’t overpowering and the blend tasted just right.
The Food Adventure Begins
Kim soon got there and in between our hugs, laughs, and catching up chats, we picked out which items we wanted to try. Kim decided to try out a few of the appetizers instead of ordering one main dish and an organic mimosa.. just in case she needed some liquid courage to try her food.
One of the best parts of this day was watching Kim try all this raw food. I had so much fun seeing her reactions each time she took a bite. It was great seeing her eyes light up and than to hear her say,”‘Wow! That tastes really good.”
I think she enjoyed every single bite.
After looking over all the tempting items on the menu, I decided to try their Vitality Bistro Signature “Burger” which is a well seasoned carrot and almond dehydrated burger patty is dressed with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts and served on onion bread with side du jour.
I chose fresh fruit as my side and although that was delicious, the burger was AMAZING!
Kim and I had stopped to take pictures and video when our food came, so I was a little nervous that once I picked up this ‘onion bread’ the whole sandwich would have soaked through and would fall apart. Yet, to my surprise, it still held together great.
The Delicious End
Everything we at and drank at Vitality Bistro was delicious, but it wasn’t until Kim and I decided to split a Cashew Ice Cream Sandwich, that my tastes buds went into overload.
OH MY YUMMY GOODNESS!!!
Seriously.. this dessert was off the hook. The cocao nib cookie was fabulous and when partnered with the cashew vanilla ice cream.. well, it was like eating a big ole spoonful of cookie-dough.
Man.. I’m getting hungry just typing this out..
A Must Stop & Try
OK. All I’m going to say is this..
If you like fresh, organic, healthy food and are little adventurous when it comes to trying new food.. AND just happen to be going to Mount Dora… stop by Vitality Bistro. I dont’ think you or your taste buds would be disappointed.
Thank you to Vitality Bistro for putting up with all our questions, laughter, and picture taking. You had no idea who we were and were so kind and gracious!
Here’s a little video I put together about our visit.
To see my friend Kim’s review of Vitality Bistro just click here to go to her web site Get Green Be Well.