Talking about Veglatino with a possible client of My Company I was directed towards a Vegetarian Restaurant at La Ponce De Leon Avenue, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Little did I know that I was going to find the possible Fountain of Youth.
After ordering my Hummus (homemade) on Pita, Avocado, Organic Greens, and Cheece (doesn’t that sound delicious) I was greeted by Nora who offered a shot of a in house made juice fill with nutrients, vitamin c, and cayenne pepper to boost the system. A different experience that what I usually get when I visit a restaurant. Once I say I am vegetarian I get a funny look. Entering Veggie Fruity was such a unique experience that automatically it made me stay longer and I did not want to leave.
I approached Nora so she could give us a bit of her insight on the reasons why she created Veggie Fruity and she quickly shared the following: I conducted the interview in a very informal way since I saw much value in spreading the word around about this great place.
Nora became part of the Ann Wigmore institute to improve her style of life. The Ann Wigmore Institute is located in Aguada Puerto Rico and focuses on helping vegetarians and people that want a change to achieve better quality of life.
Based on Nora’s explanations they create awareness and concentrate everything on making sure that you can improve your health by making key changes in your lifestyle. Teaching you the importance of proper chewing, detox cleansing, and exfoliating can make a positive difference. The importance of reducing your need for meat which are full of hormones.
Nora took a course at the AW institute for one month and felt like she had found how to stop the clock of aging. Her main reason was because just like me and many other fellow vegans and vegetarians would agree your body was not created to eat meat.
Veggie Fruity is open on Weekdays from 8am to 4pm serving breakfast and lunch. Menu options range from daily specials, entrees, variety of soups and the Veggie Deluxe Burger which I tried and highly recommend (below).
Nora recommends trying also her “Pastelon de Yuca” and during the holidays her vegetarian pasteles made with fresh ground spices. Nora is a a fan of using fresh spices such as cilantro, garlic, basil, and many others that can be easily found.
I had the opportunity to try many of the frozen smoothies and raw juices she creates once ordered. While I was waiting to pay for my food a customer ordered a drink containing ginger and the whole place was filled with its delicious smell. Acai is a brazilian grape with great nutritional value which she also includes in her drinks.
Nora also highlights that her shop is vegetarian with various vegan options. Even when she prepares the Quiche which is not vegan she only uses egg whites trying to maximize the nutritional value. She recommend the use of romaine lettuce and other nutritional leaves over Iceberg Lettuce.
Norah started her business with the purpose of providing better options for a public in need of good nutrition. By creating quality food and drink options at Veggie Fruity she is creating awareness of a better style of living. Nora is giving everyone in Santurce or willing to visit her a better option into eating.
So in Nora’s words
The fountain youth.. on Ponce de Leon Avenue.. Through fruits, vegetable, and better eating, stop the aging process it’s never to late.
It would be great if you can share the great experiences of Vegetarian restaurants owned by Latinos.
Feel free to name a few in the comments sections.
1558 Ave. Ponce de León
Near Francisco Arriví Theater
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909