Eating My City, Eating Out Meat Free, Vegan

Winter Garden’s New Plant Street Market Offers a Great Vegan Option in Press’d Juice Bar & Kitchen

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From my house to the nearest vegan eatery is more miles than I would like to travel on a lazy weekend afternoon. Living on the west side of Central Florida, this has been one of my most recent food struggles. This may not sound like a struggle per se, but finding the energy to drive for at least 30 minutes to get, what I admit is awesome, food is just way too much for my mind and body to take on a non-work day. But as you have [hopefully] read, I continue to find the energy to do such a thing weekend after weekend. Well, except for a recent weekend when, instead of venturing to the Winter Park, east, or downtown parts of town, I went just a little bit down the road to visit Winter Garden’s newly and much lauded Plant Street Market. Among the many eateries, bakeries, coffee shops, and knick knack shops, was Press’d a.k.a the answer to my close-to-home-vegan dreams. It is where I would quench my appetite for a meal that I didn’t even know I missed until I had it again—the remixed version, of course.

Chickenless Salad Wrap. I feel like I could just end this post right here, but I won’t. There is much more to Press’d than its food. Like most of the places packed inside of this market, Press’d is family owned. The brains behind the operation are wife and husband duo Jim and Deb Fitzgibbon. They also make up the team of hands that prepare the food. Along side them are their two kids: Ryan and Katie. The menu is made up of juices and smoothies that can be given a dose of plant-based protein by way of pea or hemp.They have acai bowls, kale chips, salads, hummus, and so much more! Let’s just say that it took me a few minutes to make my selection. It all looked amazing!

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But when I saw the Chickenless Salad Wrap, my final decision was made. Press’d has many other wraps included on its menu including the Tofu Eggless, the Tu No Salad, and the Curried Quinoa Wraps, but seeing the Chickenless Salad Wrap quickly took me back to my meat-eating days, and I just had to have it! I remembered the creamy, chunky texture of a great chicken salad. I was excited to have those tastes and textures playing around on my tastebuds, sans the chicken, of course.

The wrap was amazing! It was stuffed with chickpeas, veganaise, dijon mustard, celery, red onions, scallions, and romaine lettuce all inside a tortilla wrap. It was very simple AND very good. I can’t wait to go back to try more! Be sure to check out the pictures from my visit below.

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