I used to go for BBQ too, but not so much now that we are vegan. I do have a theory that people don't like the taste of just meat, they like what it is seasoned with, so we can still season our tofu, tempeh, beans, whatever with awesome Memphis BBQ sauce and have BBQ vegan style.
We were in Memphis around 11am, so had time to kill before checking in to the little 1 bedroom apartment we rented at The Cotton Exchange downtown. We enjoyed a picnic in the park with our paninis and salad. Once we got checked in, we did our usual and went to a grocery store to stock our little apartment with healthy vegan food: almond milk, granola, hummus, fruit, veggie salad from the deli, etc.
Remember my key tips for healthy travels:
1. Rent a hotel room with kitchenette or apartment so you can cook your own food.
2. Think grocery stores not restaurants for most of your meals. Always healthier.
We arrived on a Thursday morning and toured around downtown Memphis that night. I had contacted Bianca Phillips, the author of a Memphis vegan blog called Vegan Crunk. I have been following and loving her blog for years because I love Memphis so much and it's great to see how she lives her vegan lifestyle in Memphis. She gave us some great restaurant suggestions. One was a few blocks from our hotel, so we were actually able to go out and enjoy a nice vegan meal. We each had a pasta dish at Deja Vu on Main Street and shared a warm lovely piece of carrot cake for dessert.
On Friday, we road tripped to Indianola, Mississippi to pay our respects to the late, great B.B. King and tour the BB King Museum. God rest his beautiful soul. It was a very emotional day driving down through the Mississippi Delta and cotton fields. I could write many more posts about everything we experienced spiritually that day, but we will stick to the vegan vacation topic. Let me just say if we ate a fairly healthy vegan diet in small town Mississippi - anybody can be vegan anywhere!
On the way back to Memphis from Indianola, we stopped in Clarksdale, MS, the home of the Delta Blues for a cold one at Ground Zero Blues Club owned by Morgan Freeman. They always have great live blues and an awesome atmosphere. We even ordered a few appetizers (vegan, but not too healthy - remember Progress, Not Perfection).
OK, I am realizing this post will be way too long if I summarize everything we did on this trip, so I will just comment on the pictures. Below is our dinner at Fuel Cafe near Midtown. Great mostly veggie and vegan friendly restaurant recommended by Bianca. I had their handmade vegan veggie burger with a side salad and house vinaigrette. Simon had the veggie plate with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cauliflower, greens, and rice pilaf. Dr. McDougall would be proud of all that starch!
Pictures below of a cool little tap room in Cooper Young and kitties in baskets at The House of Mews.
Speaking of healthy no oil vegan food, we are going to pop some potato wedges in the oven, do some stress releasing restorative yoga with Rodney Yee while they bake, then enjoy homemade beet burgers with potato wedges for dinner tonight. YUM!!!
How is your summer going? Any fun trips? How do you try to eat a bit healthier when you travel? I would love to hear about it.