|On final approach surrounded by blue green ocean.|
There are NO vegan restaurants on Turks and Caicos. Nothing on Happy Cow. Nothing on Google.
There is a place that comes up on a search called Gecko Grill which advertises vegetarian fare in addition to their regular menu but no one seems to know of it.
The hotel I'm staying at is the Caribbean Paradise Inn. It's not on the water and although I am working I must say that if you're coming all this way, (my last visit was a family get together almost 3 years ago and we stayed in Beaches), you might as well buck up the few extra dollars and enjoy the waterside lodging.
|View from my room onto the pool|
|Keep coming, there's a door somewhere to the right.|
|I sat on a couch in a little sitting area. Strange but I sat there with my iphone plugged in listening to Gary Francione.|
When I said I was a vegan it wasn't the most enthusiastic response but she powered through it and dove in. There was a mushroom stuffed ravioli in a tomato sauce with tossed arugala that I thought might have had my name on it but no, that wasn't vegan. She initially suggested a few sides but I asked her to see what the chefs might be able to whip up. I was given the all too familiar, "People with special dietary needs usually give us a little notice." (Hmm, up for a challenge? I don't get much notice in my job regarding where I'm going or when, btw, and we still found the island.)
A plate of carrots, celery, and pita was placed before me. I queried the waitress and she told me the dip in the middle was coconut milk mixed with cream cheese. So close but yet so far.
I did start with 2 sides as my appetizer, the sauteed spinach and the truffle fries with mango ketchup.
|My two side appetizer.|
The fries did have a nice truffle hint but I found they were inconsistent. Some had a waft, others were intoxicatingly intense. The ketchup might have had a hint of mango but just might. The fries were actually mostly cooked with about half having a nice crunch. (I used to pick the really really crispy ones out for my mom and to this day think fries in the US are basically undercooked mush. To me a french fry has to be ... well ... fried. To a crunch.)
|Intermezzo? Now you know it's a classy place!|
|This is a "wow" presentation.|
|The flavor profile just grew with every bite but remained balanced throughout.|
|The heart in vegan pesto|
|Holy Shnikees, Batman!|