A Bit of Heaven on Earth in Palm Harbor 

Posted on 25. Nov, 2005 by in Reviews

The Green Cutting Board

Today we continue our survey of Tampa Bay area vegetarian friendly restaurants and businesses designed to help our winter visitors enjoy their stay on The Sun Coast. We set out early for breakfast at Consciousness Blossoms, a small brightly decorated bistro style restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. They specialize in organic, vegetarian and vegan cuisine and the menu is surprisingly varied with many fresh options and side dishes to choose from.

Nan had Tofu Scrambled with diced veggies for $6.75 and a side of European style fried potatoes – like southern fries but chunked rather than sliced – for an additional $2.75 and cranberry juice. Her breakfast was served with generous slices of a yeasty multi-grain country toast and real butter or soy spread if you request – they’re very accommodating. I chose a Belgium Waffle ( they have Traditional or Buckwheat ) which was served ‘hot’ not warm for $4.25 and a cup of rich black coffee $1.25

Consciousness Blossoms is owned and operated by followers of Sri Chinmoy a spiritual teacher from Bengal. Sri Chinmoy is perhaps best known for his love of art, sports and music and the special role these arts play in the enrichment of human consciousness. After eating at Consciousness Blossoms I can truthfully say that they have extended the art to great food and service.

The menu includes eggs and dairy but no meat and a delightful selection of fresh smoothies as well as Mango Llasha and Chai. They serve a full lunch replete with awesome wraps and more traditional country table favorites like a soy bacon BLT and my favorite, the Vegetarian Reuben; we’ll see if we can persuade them to share their recipe in a future edition of The Green Cutting Board. I never thought I would taste a real Reuben again after I left the mid-Atlantic for the deep south.

I asked our hostess to name their most popular dish and the general consensus was the “Neatloaf”, haven’t tried it yet but we will!

Bottom line, whether you are a vegetarian or not Consciousness Blossoms is a treat for the palate as well as the soul and most certainly worth a visit. They also offer catering from their location at 3390 Tampa Road in the Heart of Palm Harbor 727 789-1931.

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