Don’t use travel as an excuse to slack off on healthful eating. By doing just a little research, you can find wholesome food away from home, too. You’ll feel much better for it! In fact, discovering great, fresh, local food en route or at your destination can be a lot of fun!
This is the fourth and final article in a series about our recent trip to Pensacola, Florida. If you missed the others, catch them here:
- Gluten-Free RVing, I-75, I-65
- Six Great Coffee Places in and around Pensacola, Florida
- How to Eat out Gluten-Free without Being Obnoxious
In addition to the big supermarkets, great places to find fresh, local produce and good quality cooking ingredients include natural grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and local speciality shops.
Charlie and I walked downtown by the Pensacola marina to the waterfront of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoyed a nice coffee on a backyard patio behind the Bodacious Brew.
Oils and Vinegars
The Bodacious Brew and the Bodacious Olive share a space where you can sample all sorts of flavoured olive oils and vinegars. In my usual style, I chose a basic olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I find the plain ones to be more versatile in recipes and am always keen to have a good quality bottle of each in my kitchen.
On Saturday morning, we visited the downtown Palafox market where you can pick up a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, and fresh flowers. I purchased a solid body lotion from Beach Bird Botanicals. The texture of a bar of soap, it’s phthalate-free, made from natural butters and oils, and will be a great non-liquid “lotion” to pack in my carryon luggage when I fly. You just rub it on your skin to moisten and soften it.
Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe has a wonderful selection of organic produce and natural foods. They host various events including cooking and yoga classes. There’s even a garden growing out back!
No trip to the Gulf Coast would be complete without seafood. In Pensacola, the best selection is at Joe Patti’s Seafood, where the fresh catch is brought in daily.
There are more pictures of Joe Patti’s Seafood and Ever’man Grocery & Cafe in this previous post on Pensacola, Florida.
One day our son and daughter-in-law took us for a drive to the nearby tourist town of Fairhope, Alabama. It’s a pretty place to explore.