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Losing a favorite and a goodbye to Johnny Rockets @johnnyrockets #johnnyrockets

Thomas

We moved to Florida 10.5 years ago now. Around that time, we discovered that there was a Johnny Rockets located in Daytona Beach. We had went to Johnny Rockets before in other states and always liked the veggie burger there. We first started going to the one in Daytona Beach when my son was only six months old. I would carry him into the place in his car seat, while my daughter, who was two at the time, would push her toy stroller with her mallard duck into the restaurant. The regular long term staff got to know us over the years and they watched our children grow. Thomas (pictured above), one of the cooks, first saw our son when he was an infant in the car seat and for 10 years watched him grow, always coming out of the grill area to come over to our table and chat, giving the kids high five's. 

We love Johnny Rockets. For a decade, I've told everyone how Johnny Rockets has my favorite veggie burger and fries of anywhere. It was the best! I love it and always looked forward to going there to get it.

Today, my son turned 11 and got to choose where he wanted to go for his lunch since it is his birthday. He choose Johnny Rockets, wanting one of their shakes, and he knew that I love their veggie burger and fries. We always enjoy going there. Until today.

I went to order my usual Streamliner (the veggie burger) only to see that the menu had changed and they no longer had it. In its place, they now offered a gardein black bean burger. Ugh. My heart sank! I about cried. How could they take my favorite meal off the menu? My favorite veggie burger and fries in the whole country? The only thing that I eat at this restaurant, too.

Much to my disappointment, they quietly replaced my favorite veggie burger with a black bean burger. Well, I don't like black bean burgers. I've never had one yet that I can say is good. I reluctantly ordered one to give it a try, because my son still wanted his shake for his birthday (otherwise we would have just left). One bite and I again about cried. It tasted like every black bean burger I've ever tried, which isn't good. But what made me even sadder was the fact that I knew right then that our Johnny Rockets days were over. 

A place we've been going to for a decade, and now I can't see us ever going back. Three of the four of us order the veggie burger, and my daughter and I can't stand the new black bean burger. My husband thinks it's just "okay," yet he always loved their Streamliner veggie burger. My son eats the grilled cheese. So with that one little menu change that someone made (someone who probably doesn't even eat the veggie burgers and was swayed by gardein's marketing tactics), one of my favorite restaurants is off the list, my favorite veggie burger and fries is gone, and so too is the fun we had going to the same restaurant for over 10 years, chatting with some of the same people that have been there the entire time. 

Not only will we miss the Streamliner veggie burger, but we will also miss seeing Thomas and the other we have gotten to know over the years by being "regulars" in a place filled with tourists. All good things come to an end. Unless they bring the Streamliner back, we sadly have no reason to go back into Johnny Rockets again.

- Jacqueline


Why I'm loving making Buddha bowls for dinner!

Vegan-bowls

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with dinners, week after week, after week, after week. You know how it goes. An average of 30 dinners per month that you need to figure out what to make, unless you are going to be doing a lot of dining out. Most people get stuck in a rut and want to try something else. My new thing is making "Buddha bowls" for dinner once a week. Making a healthy dinner Buddha bowl makes the food more interesting, and it looks great in the bowl.

Some people refer to them as hippie bowls or macro bowls, but a Buddha bowl is just a healthy dinner that is served in a shallow bowl. I have two larger ones for me and my husband, and then I found some nice smaller size ones at Old Time Pottery in Daytona Beach for the kids. They are the perfect size for them and they were only around $2 each.

The great thing about making bowls is that you can get creative with what you put into it. You want to add a protein, grain, and veggies, but you can also drizzle a sauce over the top, and you can change up what you put into it each time. You can make themed bowls (Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, etc.), or you can have some of your favorites in there. I love to use quinoa, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and couscous when making mine.

Here's the interesting thing - my kids seem to love the Buddha bowls and eat everything I put in it. Yet I can put the same things on a plate and they won't be as excited. So once a week, it's bowl night, where I make a healthy dinner bowl recipe of my own creating (although I do have a bowl cookbook I used it for ideas, but haven't used one recipe in it yet). I arrange it in the bowl so that it looks nice and dinner is served!

Above is a picture of the vegan Buddha bowl that we had last night, which contains gardein beefless tips, quinoa, mix of steamed spinach/chard/kale, and roasted cauliflower. Delicious, easy to make, and nutritious!

- Jacqueline