Friday, April 13, 2012

A Very Vegan Aruban Vacation

I admit, I am still in denial that our Aruba vacation is over! But as promised I am excited to share some of the great vegan eats while relaxing and taking in all that wonderful Aruba has to offer.

Dinner at  Cilo City Lounge never disappoints! I chose the Chili Sin Carne. It was divine!



Most days we made our lunch from food we purchased at the grocery store but treated ourselves a couple of afternoons. Once at Sole (the pool bar) where I ate a terrific pizza. What it lacked from a cheese perspective was certainly made up for with lots of olives!



The other lunch we treated ourself to was at Papagayo- the restaurant on Renaissance Island- a private Island only accessible to guests of the resort we stayed at (and truly my favorite spot on Earth).  Lots of fresh veggies and fries hit the spot!



Dinner at Casa Tua consisted of pasta. Don't be fooled by the simple appearance- there was tons of eggplant goodness in this dish!



I enjoyed it so much I took pictures throughout the meal!



And I actually lamented that there was no more when it was finished!!!

















Easter dinner we stayed with our five year running tradition of eating at the Flying Fishbone. While this is the most decidedly non vegan place we go the setting more than makes up for that fact.  The tables are situated in the sand right on the waters edge making it a perfect spot.  So relaxing and if you time your reservation right, you will be guaranteed a spectacular Aruba sunset!  We started our meal with some bread and dipping sauces (mustard, olive, hummus).



My meal was a rolled vegetable tortilla sort of thing- it was tasty- filled with asparagus, squash and other veggies.



We had a lovely family dinner sitting at the waters edge with our feet in the sand!



And the sunset? Now, that is what I am talking about!



I am already dreaming about when we will be going back!

13 comments:

  1. I love Aruba, and I'm so glad you had such a lovely time! The eggplant pasta dish looks and sounds amazing. Now I really long to go back (sigh!) Thank you so much for sharing highlights from your vacation!

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    1. You are so welcome. It was a wonderful trip!! I can't wait to go back!!

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  2. Do you know if there are any Vegan or Vegetarian restaurants on Aruba? Going there in October.
    Thanks,
    Danielle

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    1. Hi Danielle- Aruba, as lovely as it is, is decidedly not vegan friendly. I think there my be one Indian restaurant that is either vegetarian or very close to it but for the most part it is not to veg oriented. I would suggest hitting the local grocery store when you get there to get some snacks you can keep with you. Message me at lee@theveganversion.com and I can tell you the places I have found to be most vegan friendly. I am jealous! I want to go there in October!!!

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  3. next time try Yemanja Woodfired Grill.
    Lots of Vegan/Vegetarian and gluten free options.
    Located Downtown Oranjestad

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  4. next time try Yemanja Woodfired Grill.
    Lots of Vegan/Vegetarian and gluten free options.
    Located Downtown Oranjestad

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    1. Yes!! The last few years we have been to Yemanja several times and I love it!! You can check out some photos on my Instagram page The Vegan Version. Yemanja is by far my favorite restaurant in Aruba. I don't think it was open when I posted this.

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  5. Thank you so much for this article! My boyfriend and I will be going there this summer and staying for 3 months!

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    1. Three months? I am jealous! Do check out Yemanja as well- that was not there at the time this was written. It is my favorite!

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    2. I'm also happy to read this blog. I'm a vegan as wel and I'm staying in Aruba for 3 months.
      If there are more vegan tips, they are welcome :-) !

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    3. I'm also happy to read this blog. I'm a vegan as wel and I'm staying in Aruba for 3 months.
      If there are more vegan tips, they are welcome :-) !

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