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Garden Cafe!!! [Oct. 18th, 2003|02:17 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Lol - kenderdrache and sunkachina - you guys should check this out - we're going to drag you to this restaurant when you visit! EVERYTHING in the restaurant is 100% vegetarian (even the eel and abalone are fake meat, lol!). Any other vegetarians out there should check this menu out and feel jealous! I swear, the Vegetarian Sweet & Sour "Pork" is worth moving here alone!!!!

Here's the Garden Cafe menu - I scanned it in ;) Big pictures - please wait to load!

I've LOVED everything I've tried so far! The Combination Lo Mein had fake shrimp in it though, which tasted like real shrimp (even when I was a little girl and ate meat I didn't like seafood) so I picked it out. Too fishy, even though it's 100% vegetarian.

[User Picture]From: alohashark
2003-10-18 05:33 am (UTC)
looks like absolute goodness, jasmine! I might be in Fort Lauderdale for a little while this winter, do they have more than one location of this resteraunt? At some point I'll be going to Orlando too, I am just not sure if we are going this time ....
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-10-20 08:41 am (UTC)
Ah, unfortunately no - they just have the one in downtown Orlando. I wish they were a chain, with a location on every block like Taco Bell or something, lol!
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2003-10-20 09:47 am (UTC)
it would be so much healthier and so much tastier, but things are getting much better, there are so many yummy veggie things now and they are more widely available than ever ... maybe one day there will be a national veggie chain like that, you never know :-)

Orlando sounds like a cool area to live, how did you guys choose the area when you decided to move? It sounds like the perfect location for both of you :-)

Made even better with a veggie resteraunt like that one. Do they deliver?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-10-20 10:30 am (UTC)
Ah, they don't deliver (we'd probably be out of their range anyway - Celebration is about 25 miles out of Orlando), but next time I go I think I'll order a bunch of extra entrees for take-out to stock my fridge! That sort of stuff re-heats so easily!

Well, Matt and I decided that we wanted to get out of Kansas City and move somewhere WARM, lol! KC gets very very hot in the summer (almost everyday over 100 in the summer, that kinda thing) and very very cold, icey and snowy in the winter (waaaay below zero, with windchills of -40 sometimes!). I was sick of that nonsense! I spent several years researching a good place to live. Originally we were thinking about moving to California. I had decided to go into animation and was preparing for an internship with the Walt Disney Studios and I love California, so it seemed like a good choice (we would have lived right next to Erika by the studios, lol!). But, the cost of living is soooo high out there! Internships don't pay very well of course, and it didn't seem financially feasible. Then I was contacted with another internship program after Disney started using their Florida based animation studios full-time for production, and we started researching Florida. Florida has a very low cost of living, and also had the mild temperatures we were looking for, so we embarked on several trips down here to explore. As a proponent of "New Urbanism" I was already very familiar with the town of Celebration ( http://www.celebrationfl.com ) and after our first visit we were hooked =) By then though, I was making enough with my own artwork so I no longer was concerned with interning or looking for additional employment. While I'm sure being an animator would be a wonderful career choice, and I had a wonderful time working for Disney in the past, I know I'm better off being self-employed and pursuing my own artwork. I love being my own boss =)

So far we absolutely love it here - I couldn't imagine living anywhere else!!!
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2003-10-20 10:45 am (UTC)
very cool :-)

I read a few articles in The New York Times about Celebration a couple of years back, and it seems they did an excellent job and a lot of interesting and artistic people have been drawn to the place :-)

Great story, thanks for sharing, definitely it's a great thing you started off with your own business and your own art, and I really do think you should write a small book or documentary movie about your work, your art, and your marketing approach ... including Ebay, the webcam, etc., etc., it would be fascinating and very much a product of our times :-)
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2003-10-18 08:45 am (UTC)
You know one of my life goals is to have my own resturant-I will definitely have to make sure to keep in mind a wide and various selection of veggie type food(ie no meat but come on lets be creative besides just veggies, fruits, and salads)-there is such a big no no on the meat if ever to have a resturaunt-ABSOLUTELY NO PORK. Might come up with some of the fake pork but no real piggies killed for my benifit.
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[User Picture]From: waltzingdog
2003-10-18 09:27 am (UTC)
OMG - NEVER put a menu like that in front of a Libra!! hahahahaha! I'll have one of everything - what time shall we meet for lunch? I'll be right over...
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[User Picture]From: kaokame
2003-10-18 03:24 pm (UTC)
Jasmine and I often order a few different items so we can try more than just one thing, so I understand what you mean. We always leave there stuffed!
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