Everest on Grand in St. Paul

I’ve visited Everest on Grand several times, and I’ve enjoyed working my way through all of their vegan options. They offer a huge menu of Indian, Nepalese, and North Indian food with tons of labeled vegan options, from momos to noodles to curries and more.

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What I Ate in Asheville, NC (Savory)

I previously wrote about the sweet treats I ate in Asheville in April 2018, but the savory meals I enjoyed are worth mentioning as well. Above you’ll see the Organic Tofu and Avocado Sandwich from Rosetta’s Kitchen. The herb walnut sauce and sourdough bread put it over the top! I also enjoyed the Family Favorite which includes peanut butter-baked tofu, and a side of kale that was cooked perfectly. Buchi Kombucha also has a kombucha bar inside the restaurant, so I had a flight of kombucha. My favorite was the Fire Kombucha which has ginger, cayenne, and other spices. I’ve been able to find it locally which makes it even better.

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Pig Minds Brewing in Machesney Park, IL

In addition to Cheeze Factory, Pig Minds Brewing in Machesney Park, IL is a great lunch stop on the way to Chicago from Minneapolis-St. Paul. They have a wide range of beer, and all of the food is plant-based. Continue reading

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Cheeze Factory in Baraboo, WI

After 25 years in Wisconsin Dells, the Cheeze Factory Restaurant relocated to Baraboo, WI in December 2017. I had visited the former space once and enjoyed a meal, and I didn’t even realize they had moved until my GPS brought me to the new space. It’s cute and bright, and I want to do this in my home:
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Brunch at Seed Cafe in Minneapolis

Since I had already checked out Seed Cafe’s lunch/dinner menu (see post here), it was time to scope out brunch. I’d heard good things about the Breakfast Sandwich, so I honed in on it pretty quickly on the menu. 

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What I Ate in Salt Lake City

Four days in Salt Lake City was not nearly enough time to try all of the vegan food that the city has to offer, especially since I spent most of one day at Salt Lake City Veg Fest. I think I put a pretty good dent in the list, though.

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Salt Lake City Veg Fest 2018

Salt Lake City Veg Fest took place at the beautiful setting of Library Square where you can see the mountains in the distance. Because heat seems to follow me, it was around 90 degrees that day, but thankfully I was able to escape into the library for a screening of The Last Pig and to hear Food Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas speak.

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Urban Wok in St. Paul

Urban Wok is a fast casual restaurant that opened October 1 in Lowertown, St. Paul. As the name implies, the cuisine skews Asian, and their ordering system is quite modern. You’ll find no servers but also no cashiers; instead, they have kiosks at the counter for guests to create their own orders. Start with a base (vegan options are Jasmine Rice, Rice Noodles, Brown Rice, Zucchini Noodles – marked with a v), then pick a protein (tofu or just veggies), select up to five veggies, choose a sauce, then complete your order. You’ll see a shot of the veggies listed below, and apparently I completely missed that there was a second screen of veggies. They’re working on getting a large menu board up, though, which will help you see all the options in one go.

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Eating Plant Based at White Castle

I grew up going to McDonald’s and Burger King but not White Castle. When I learned that all White Castle locations in the US started carrying the Impossible Burger, I figured it was worth a visit. As you can see in the ad above, it comes with cheese so you have to ask to leave it off. They’ve had vegan buns and burgers for a long time, so that’s one less thing to worry about. And they prepare the plant based products on a separate grill from the animal products.

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Vegan Pizza in the Twin Cities

Capricciosa at Pizza Nea

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. Most places offer Daiya cheese, but a couple have house-made cheeses or mozzarella from The Herbivorous Butcher.

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