Interestingly enough, in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can find dining choices besides what is normally considered Bavaria, or German, faire. In fact, one of the finest restaurants around is an excellent Latin-syle eatery, which also offers Vegan choices, and excellent ones.
South, billed as offering “Fresh, Modern, Latin Food and Drink”, offers dishes in a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and more, and features a Fresh Salsa bar, with a variety of types of salsas, with varying heat levels.
Many Mexican restaurants and restaurants that offer other Latin cuisines can prepare a Vegan dish, usually based on grilled vegetables, and little more. It’s been my overriding experience that among the two staples of Latin cuisine side dishes, rice and beans, the vast majority of such restaurants use chicken stock in their rice, and in most of their bean dishes as well. Thus, rice is usually unavailable to a Vegan in a Latin restaurant, and the usual situation is that beans are available, but that their only method of Vegan preparation produces a totally bland, unflavored and generally uneatable result. Continue reading