I had the distinct pleasure last month to drive from Los Angeles to Tennessee and back for the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester. Whitney from Eco-Vegan Gal was nice enough to let me tag along as her co-pilot for her Ford Fiesta Movement mission – follow her adventures HERE. We had a BLAST and ate some amazing food along the way.
2. Las Cruces, NM: Before we headed out for a long day of driving we stocked up on snacks and started the morning off right with fresh juice from Mountain View Market Co-Op.
3. Dallas, TX: Our next dinner was at Spiral Diner in Dallas. This place was adorable and we were happy to have another filling vegan meal after a long day of driving. Plus we met up with two of my favorite people in the world: Cindy & Jeff.
4. Memphis, TN: After a few hours of sleep we were on the road again, stopping for lunch at the cutest little restaurant I have ever seen in my life – Imagine Vegan Cafe – down home vegan cooking in the heart of Memphis. Such a great vibe in this place!
5. Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo! I was shocked at how much vegan & gluten-free food we found at the festival! I was imagining myself living off of french fries and Clif Bars for four days straight, but we definitely scored. Here are some highlights:
6. Murfreesboro, TN: Needing another refill on healthy snacks for the road, we stopped at Pa Bunk’s Natural Market in the adorable downtown Murfreesboro. This place was so sweet and had a great selection of fun vegan foods.
7. New Orleans, LA: We were lucky enough to find some vegan gumbo and bean & rice from The Gumbo Shop – traditional Nawlins dishes without the cruelty – awesome!
8. San Antonio, TX: The first hit I got when I googled “Vegan San Antonio” was Vegeria – 100% vegan & gluten-free restaurant with a TexMex menu – SCORE! The people there were so nice and the food was great. Believe it or not L.A. doesn’t have a decent vegan Mexican food option, yet, so this was an exciting treat.
9. Tucson, AZ: By a recommendation from Mary & Scott we stopped for lunch at Lovin’ Spoonfuls and had another wonderful gluten-free meal. Hands down the BEST gluten-free bread I have ever tasted.
Overall I was overwhelmed by all the amazing food we encountered along the way. With a little research you can find delicious and healthy vegan food practically anywhere. No restaurants? Look for a natural market and make your own, it’s really easy to stick to your dietary needs – no matter what anyone says 🙂
I also put together a little video tribute to Bonnaroo – such a wonderfully positive festival filled with incredible music.