Review: Birch Benders Plant Protein Pancake Mix

stack of vegan pancakes

Birch Benders is based in Denver, CO, and they’ve coined themselves a “micro-pancakery.” They make pancake and waffle mixes, along with a few different kinds of toaster waffles. You can find their products at retail stores across the country.

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Twin Cities Vegan Gift Guide

Our wonderful little vegan community is not that little anymore, and it’s easier than ever to support local businesses with cruelty-free offerings. The holiday season is upon us, but these gift ideas are for any time of year. 

Note: While many of these places make and sell 100% vegan goods, not all are fully vegan so double check before purchasing. For example, Urban Forage sells mead in addition to vegan cider and wine, and The Buzz has non-vegan waffle mix. 

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Midori’s Floating World Cafe

If you’re looking for a sushi fix, Midori’s Floating World Cafe is a great spot. The restaurant is colorful and cheerful, and they have many vegan options. Dishes that are either vegan or can be made vegan are marked (VG), along with (GF*) for gluten sensitive dishes. Just let your server know when you order in case a dish needs to be modified.

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Vegan Options at Keefer Court

puff pastry cone filled with vegan buttercream
Buttercream Cone

Keefer Court opened on the West Bank in the eighties as a restaurant and bakery. They’ve started veganizing products in their bakery case, and I can’t get enough. They have plans to add vegan options to the restaurant menu, so stay tuned.

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3 Vegan-Friendly Eateries in McHenry County, IL

A veggie, bread, and hummus board on a table with two glasses of cider. Two people are in the background.
Crudité at Duke’s Alehouse

Thank you to Visit McHenry County for hosting me for a fun Girlfriends Getaway weekend! Click here for a full recap of our itinerary.

McHenry County, IL lies about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, and I’ll admit that it’s not a place I would have ever considered visiting until I was invited to a blogger weekend. My previous post recaps the yummy plant based eats I enjoyed at the Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, but we spent a lot of time out and about which meant a lot of other yummy food!

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Eating Plant Based at Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast

facade of Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast in Woodstock Illinois

Thank you to Visit McHenry County for hosting me for a fun Girlfriends Getaway weekend!

I had the pleasure of enjoying a hosted blogger weekend in McHenry County, and the area embodies the definition of small town charm. Our home base was the Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, which is about as idyllic as bed and breakfasts come. If you’re a fan of Groundhog Day, then you’ll recognize it as the same place Bill Murrary’s character stays in during the movie.

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Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge

The VCC is a fun community event that takes place in cities across the nation. The Vegan Chef Challenge started in Sacramento in 2011 by Bethany Davis. The goal for this event is to not only show the community how amazing vegan food is, but to bring the vegan and non-vegan communities together to share in something they both love—amazing food! It’s also a great way to show local restaurants the monetary benefits of offering delicious vegan food on their menus. The competition part is fun for the chefs because it encourages them to push their creativity when creating their menus.

See more FAQs here: theveganchefchallenge.com/faqs

You can visit participating Twin Cities restaurants through October 20 to enjoy specials, then go online to vote. Descriptions of each dish are posted on the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge Facebook event page. The challenge is sponsored by Vegan Outreach, and Compassionate Action for Animals is running the Twin Cities challenge. Read on to learn about what I’ve tried so far.

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Sünabloom’s Parfait Away Launch Party

vegan yogurt parfait in a glass bowl

Formerly known as Nogurt Yogurt, sünabloom is making a splash in the Twin Cities with their sunflower seed based, allergen friendly, plant based yogurt. Together with Eat.Drink.Dish, sünabloom hosted a tasting and launch party, and I happily accepted an invitation to the pre-event influencer social.

They invited some of my favorite local vegan businesses to provide additional treats, there was a DJ, and amazingly styled sunflower drag queens. Upon arrival, I was shown the champagne bar and my first thought was, “These people know how to throw a party.”

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Vegan Pizza in the Twin Cities

Vegavore at Parkway Pizza

The Twin Cities offers a wide variety of vegan pizza options. This is a list of where I’ve been and what I’ve had. The restaurants range from sit-down table service to quick-serve casual. The brand of vegan cheese varies among the restaurants.

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Review: Seva Foods Space Ice Kream and Coconut Jerky

A tote bag that reads "may all being everywhere be happy and free" next to bags of freeze dried vegan ice cream and coconut jerky

Launched in 2017, Seva Foods touts itself as a producer of organic plant based snacks. They were kind enough to send me their Coconut Jerky and Space Ice Kream, and I had fun tasting them and sharing them with others. All of their products are organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan and contain no added sugar or oil. The Space Ice Kream contains cashews, which is the main potential allergen in their products.

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