PLNT BSD has been a Twin Cities fixture for several years with their apparel line. They’ve sold at Twin Cities Veg Fest, Vegan Invasion, and smaller events around town. You can purchase their apparel online as well. I have one of their hoodies and it’s probably the softest thing in my closet.
Their new iteration is PLNT BSD Smoothie Bowls, which operated out of a cute little cart last year, and now has a more permanent home in the heart of downtown White Bear Lake. Currently, they’re open Friday through Sunday from 8am-2pm, and they offer curbside pick up exclusively for the forseeable future.
After closing up shop a couple weeks before our shelter-in-place order went into effect, Reverie is now open again and they’re offering curbside pick up. For now, they’re open daily from 4-8pm with a somewhat limited menu, but I’m sure those will expand over time.
Be sure to read the detailed information posted on their ordering page so you know what to expect when you place your order and when you arrive. Select from appetizers, entrees, and dessert. They even have beer and wine, and you can purchase a meal to donate to healthcare workers.
Restaurants and other businesses, like distilleries, have had to make adaptations to their operations to help them get through this time of sheltering in place. I saw that Lawless Distilling was offering make-your-own cocktail kits and couldn’t resist picking up a couple.
Vegan Essentialsis an online vegan grocer and retailer based out of Waukesha, WI. They’ve been operating since 1997, and they’re a fantastic resource for vegan goodies. The stock rotates and refreshes frequently, and especially right now, many products are listed as sold out. Browsing their site is like exploring a treasure trove, and if you find something you want that’s sold out, you can submit your email address to be notified when it’s restocked.
Reducing waste is a process. I finally started composting when I found out that Saint Paul has a free drop off spot, and I recently welcomed a bidet into my life. So when the co-founder of theotherstraw reached out to me about reviewing their bamboo utensils, I happily took them up on the offer.
Theotherstraw is an Australian company that initially only offered bamboo straws, but as you can see above, they’ve since expanded their line to include utensils as well as coconut bowls. They chose bamboo because it grows quickly and is incredibly environmentally-friendly. The products are organic, dishwasher safe, and once you’re done with them (in several years, most likely), you can compost them.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or merely the fact that it’s Friday, the three restaurants in this post have not disappointed me. I’ll include some honorable mentions at the end, but I wanted to focus on the fancier spots in town. Reservations are always recommended.
Fig + Farro is a fully plant based restaurant offering seasonal dishes for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. While it’s a little hit or miss for me, overall I’ve enjoyed several dishes there with attentive service provided.
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.
Hamburguesas El Gordo has two locations with a third one on the way. The menu board lists vegan tacos either in a flour or corn tortilla shell. They also sometimes have vegan burgers; they didn’t have them at my first visit but they did at the second visit.