I lucked up on Winter Park’s Sleeping Moon Cafe through a series of unfortunate events. If things had gone as I had planned the day before I took my most recent meat-free food adventure, it would have probably been months before I even heard about the cafe. But thankfully, two locally-owned vegetarian friendly restaurants that I had visited before and was excited about sharing with you, just did not display the type of customer service that made me comfortable to dine there. So, I left. Both places. Without hesitation. After my second “walk out,” I did a quick Foursquare search and Sleeping Moon Cafe popped up in the search results, and the rest was history.
Not only is Central Florida filled with great entertainment experiences and theme parks, but over the past few months, I have really come to find that we have a lot of really cute, locally-owned, coffee shops. To be honest, if you live or visit here, there really isn’t a good reason to even visit Starbucks, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. Sleeping Moon Cafe has most certainly made it to my list of places to not only grab a great drink but also really good meat-free food.
Walking into Sleeping Moon Cafe late Saturday afternoon, I experienced pretty much everything that one would expect to experience in a local coffee shop: a lot of eclectic art on the wall done, I assume, by local artists, flyers promoting a live show that was to be held at the cafe, Christmas-like lights draped across the ceiling, a soundtrack complete with Indie artists that played softly throughout, and, of course, a list of different yet ultra cool sounding coffee, tea, and smoothie options. I felt at home.
Enough about the ambience. Now for the food.
So, let’s start with the drink that I ordered. I started off ordering some kind of chocolate cappuccino. Then, I heard another customer order the Thai Tea Milkshake, and I knew that I had to have it. What exactly is this wonderful concoction made of? Only three ingredients from what the young lady told me: Thai tea (made from brewed Thai tea leaves), sugar, and almond milk. That was it, and it was so good. I could not get enough. This drink made my visit beyond amazing!
Now for the food. I started things off with a simple plate of pita chips and hummus, which was made in house. I love when places make hummus themselves, but honestly, I’ve found that hummus is the same wherever I go. I should’ve ordered the bruschetta. Now, there’s something that can go amazingly right or horribly wrong, kind of. I’ll do better next time. Then there was the main dish: the Black Bean Burger Bowl. Now, Sleeping Moon Cafe has two vegetarian and vegan options. The Black Bean Burger Bowl was the vegetarian option and the vegan option was the Vegan Viceroy which had sautéed onions, spinach, jasmine rice, and in-house tziki sauce. The next time I go, which will be soon, I’ve already decided to try this rice bowl. Of course, I have more detailed information, but I’ll save it for the picture descriptions.