Review: Barr Necessities Cookies

line up of five flavors of the Empowered Cookie

Barr Necessities reached out to me about reviewing their Empowered Cookies, and I can’t pass up cookies. With the new year, many people are trying out Veganuary (sign up here to take the pledge!) and there are more options than ever for enjoying the same foods you’re used to. Take these soft, moist, flavorful cookies, for example.

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Vegan Options at Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse franchises can be found around the country, and the Twin Cities has a location in Woodbury. In poking around their website, it appears that nearly all have a separate vegan menu, or at least vegan options on their regular menu. They use a fun, B-movie themed decor, and they have comfortable reclining seats. There’s a table for every two seats, and each person gets their own menu. You write down your order, display it in the rail at the edge of your table, and the servers will come around to take your order.

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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 compassionate 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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Vegan Options at Crisp & Green

white bowl with greens, quinoa, and squash
#SquashBowls Grain Bowl

Crisp & Green is a fast casual eatery, and they just opened two new locations in St. Paul. They have some suburb and Minneapolis locations with further expansion plans in the works. You can either select from their salad or bowls menu, or build your own. They also have smoothies which are all vegan and feature pea protein.

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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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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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