Before I go out of town, I spend a ton of time researching the area looking for vegan-friendly bars and restaurants, and for grocery stores in case I need to make my own food. For the Orthodox Young Professionals Conference in New Orleans, I found a nearby Rouses Market to stock up the condo I rented with a group of friends.
I noticed on their website they have a dietitian that put together a couple shopping guides for people with special diets. I emailed the store to see if they could do a vegan shopping guide and maybe a recipe, and pretty soon Esther, the amazing dietician, sent me a list of more than 1200 vegan items available at Rouses!!! Sure, it includes EVERY vegan thing in the store, like beans and fruit juice, but still. It just goes to show how much vegan food people are already eating without even thinking about it.
Anyway, Rouses has several locations around New Orleans, so chances are there will be one near you no matter where you stay in NOLA.
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to run around the store like a crazy woman taking pictures of every single vegan specialty item I found, but here are some of the things I saw:
-Multiple brands of vegan & vegetarian meats
-Non-dairy ice cream (Coconut Bliss was only $4.49!!!!!!)
-Cruelty-free health & beauty supplies
Of course there is also a big variety of fruits and veggies, fresh bread, an olive bar, hummus, guac, salsa & chips. There are hot and cold cereals that can be eaten with the non-dairy milk. The salad bar isn’t too exciting, but it’ll do (I filled a box with all romaine leaves so I wouldn’t have to spend a ton on a whole package of romaine hearts I wouldn’t be able to finish). They also have locally made kombucha that is delicious.
By the way, I did indeed get a recipe from Esther that can be whipped up using simple ingredients found at Rouses, and probably also at a store near you! I’ll be sharing that Wednesday.
Meanwhile if you’re going to be in NOLA and curious to know if Rouses Market carries a specific item, comment below and I’ll check my giant shopping list for you!