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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Holy crap, an update! Part 1: Wisconsin

So, I've been really busy. I've been so busy, I haven't been able to think about all of the amazing food I've had in the last couple of weeks. It's been a whirlwind to say the least! I've been in two different states other than Minnesota in the last month and helped organize a vegan bake sale right here in Minneapolis and it was freaking awesome! April 2011 has been pretty great so far. I'm going to update you guys in three parts, because like I said, it's been pretty crazy.

Wisconsin!! I have a newfound appreciation for this state. I will be obligated later, as a born and raised Minnesotan, to make fun of this state, but for this entire entry I SWEAR I will not. Maybe.
In short, Wisconsin is home to a bar with the best vegan bar food I've had outside of Portland, Oregon, a kickass bakery with vegan donuts and a slew of other places that also rock for vegan food finds. AWESOME.

First up!

Larsen's Bakery in Racine! They serve vegan donuts on Thursdays and since we were passing through on a Saturday, we had to do a special order for them but man was it worth it. We got a mixed order of jelly filled and bavarian creme donuts. Below is a picture of the bavarian creme donut I ate right out of the door.

The bavarian creme in this donut was excellent-perfect texture and vanilla taste, not too overwhelming at all. I could eat probably five of them and not get sick of them. The jelly filled ones (not pictured) came with vanilla frosting on top. Delish!

Also in Racine...Circa Celeste: a very tiny but cute cafe!

That there in the upper left is the hummus plate we shared, which was really good. The pita bread was warm...drool. This place boasts a vegan-friendly cafe menu and freaking amazing vegan pastries/breads. I got the cranberry orange walnut bread slice (pictured on the right) and my good friend Melissa got the banana bread slice (on the left). I tell you what...I have NEVER had a better piece of cranberry orange bread anywhere else. It was SUPERB. I'm running out of adjectives.

Next up! The Raw Deal in Menomonie. I have been here several times before and they have fucking amazing desserts and pretty delicious raw eats too. I opted for the most decadent piece of pie I could find-turtle of course.

This pie had it all. A hard layer of chocolate topped gooey chocolate/caramely cream and nougat with a nut crust. A bit rich, but I could have given a crap-I was in heaven. I also got a piece of raw taco (pizza?) with avocado on it. It was so delicious, it warranted me making up a new word to describe it. Errr....AWESOMETASTIC. If you're ever in Menomonie, do not fear! Raw Deal is right off of the beaten path (94E).

Now. For all you people that think Madison, WI kicks ass...boy are you ever right. It's home to many vegan-friendly eateries. I had to stop at Mother Fools Coffee House again since I had been there last year and they have a huge vegan bakery. I didn't take pictures of what we got, since I just got the Manfriend a vegan banana chocolate cupcake. The whole coffee shop itself is vegan, which is great!

We also went to the Green Owl. Holy crap! Check out my raspberry lava cake and Melissa's banana creme pie!

My slice of heaven was as rich as it was decadent and Melissa's pie was banana-y, creamy goodness. Both were a very much needed treat and this place is great! Next time I stop there, I really want to try actual savory food instead of just sending myself into a sugar coma.

And now, the finale.

The Palomino. Holy ballbasket. This place is awesome for bar food and dare I say it, better than the lovable Triple Rock that we have here in Minneapolis! The prices are so cheap for the amount of food you get, your eyes will probably pop out of their sockets. Yep. Here's what we got for a mere $30-ish:

Keep in mind at this place, you get TWO sides for each sammich and TWO dipping sauces. YEP. TWO. I've blown your mind haven't I. Sorry about that. And each sammich is only $8-9. Go ahead and scrape your brain off of the wall because I know your head exploded. Pictured top left is Melissa's sammich-vegan BBQ seitan with a side of vegan onion rings and mashed taters! Yum. We shared appetizer sides of vegan hush puppies and mozzarella cheese sticks. I got the vegan Po Boy ('cause I had to) with a side of mashed taters and sweet tater tots. WHAT. Everything was exceptional. I couldn't have been happier. I might have almost barfed because I ate so much. Every vegan should experience this place at least once and I am completely SERIOUS. It's like being in Portland except not.

So this concludes my trip to 'Sconie. Keep in mind that the order of the way I introduced the above restaurant visitations was not quite right. It was really all just a blur of deliciousness and so I put the places in random order. If this doesn't convince you to get your ass to Wisconsin pronto I don't know what will.

MN Vegan

P.S. A giant THANK YOU to my good friend Melissa for showing me the ropes of Wisconsin. Much love!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


@Ethique Nouveau in S Minneapolis at 1pm. Rock! I will be there with a ten dollar bill buying everything I can fit into my bike basket. Woop woo! I'm kind of running around being a complete mental mess. I hope it goes well!

Anyways, gots to totally update ya'll on what I've been doing. First up! I went to Wisconsin and kind of had a little vegan eatin' tour with my good friend Melissa! She's awesome. If you don't know her, you should get to know her because your life will be significantly better with her in it. Yap.
Then! I went to Florida
Specifically, I went to Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. What!
It was gorgeous and warm the entire time and was a perfect, short vacation. Manfriend even came with! So fun.

Now that all of the craziness is over with, I should be able to fill you guys in soon on everything! I'm so excited for freshly baked goods today, I can barely think. This is going to be the shit.

MN Vegan

NOTE FROM MANAGEMENT: I only promote awesome people and awesome places on my blog pages. If you are going to be an asshole in real life to me or any of my friends, I will not promote your blog on my blog and I will ignore your existence, because in my opinion you probably deserve it. Thanks!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

VegNews drama that's been spreading like wildfire.

Read it here at QG! The reason I am so upset about this is that they removed comments about the issue from people that were concerned. Bad ethics, man. BAD. VegNews, you best apologize for extremely poor tact. The way you reacted to concerned vegans is truly disappointing and I will not be subscribing to or purchasing your magazine anytime soon or possibly ever again. Ugh. Come ON. To everyone that cares about supporting a good, ethical business: please tell VegNews what you think. This is truly outrageous. MN Vegan

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Looky heeerrrreeeee.

THAT, my friends, is the best piece of vegan cheezlees pizza in the Twin Cities (MPLS/STP). You will not find a better slice, not at Luce, not at will only find Mayday Cafe!

The blobs that kinda look like mold? That's creamy blobby noochy fake nut cheese and it is the smoothest and best seasoned "rinotta"-like cheese I've ever had. DANG.


Also, what'd you guys make for St Patty's Day? I made a vegan irish soda bread recipe from the "Hell yeah, it's vegan!" blog. Check it check it here, what what! It was second to none, though I really don't have anything to compare it to. I could not keep my hands off of it though-so moist and great with a little Earth Balance.

Aaaahhh spring. I love this season. Fuck snow.

MN Vegan