Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

Art N Soul On 101

In late June, Whole Foods opened up in Encinitas in San Diego’s lovely North County. A recent visit revealed many customers fueled by kombucha and carrot juice zipping around the store and noticeably attractive, like the coastal town of Encinitas.

This store is open daily from 7 am- 9 pm and hosts events like store tours, coffee sampling and the coming screening of “Forks Over Knives” on July 19. The film follows the lives of vegan nutrition researchers Dr. Colin T. Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and shows how they and other experts bring people from disease to greatly improved health through dietary changes.

At Whole Foods Encinitas, Southern Californians have numerous choices for filling themselves with healthy items from the drink “bar” – hot drinks like yerba mate, fresh vegetable juices, and smoothies, ever popular on hot summer days.  Around the corner, vegan pizza is cooked up in four varieties, including one pesto with veggies variety that looks great. The produce section at Whole Foods is always a nice place to peruse.

In order to get to all these delicious foods, one often must access the parking lot, though it may be crowded (I have not experienced parking there yet). If you haven’t seen the hilarious music video “Whole Foods Parking Lot” please do!

Nearby is a stop you will want to make if drawn toward creativity and making a difference in the world: Art N Soul on 101, “an art gallery and hand-crafted gift boutique featuring local, regional and aspiring artists.” Art N Soul on 101 donates profits to charities, all the staff are volunteers, and the store is all about community. Besides those two places, you’ll find several other ways to enjoy healthy fare and a relaxing day in Encinitas.