Top HappyCow Ambassador


As some of you may know, I am the HappyCow ambassador for Minneapolis, MN. As an ambassador, it is my responsibility to review restaurants in the area with vegan/veg options and curate the listings on the site. A task I enjoy doing.

Each month the top three performing ambassadors are recognized with a prize. For October 2014, I was the number three ambassador in the world and received the totally awesome HappyCow shirt above! I earned 243 points, 2nd place had 279, and first had 320.

You can see the other 120+ ambassadors on the ambassador list page.

Dinner At Verdant Tea

Last night, I had the pleasure of dinning with Laura from One Girl, Two Cities for restaurant week at Verdant Tea . They offered a three course meal for $15 with vegan, veg, and gluten free options.

For the first course, I had yunnan rice stick salad. It was a small bowl filled with shredded radishes, beats, turnips, cilanro, peppers, and sunflower microgreens covered in a vinegaerette.

For the second course, I had the kitchen stir fry vegan with tofu and seasonal vegetables sautéed with ginger and garlic on a bed of rice. It was garnished with more microgreens. I really liked this dish. The flavor was great and the microgreens really made it pop.

The server said they didn't have a vegan dessert in stock. A shame because I was secretly looking forward to the vegan dark chocolate sorbet from Sweet Science Ice Cream. He offered me a mocktail instead, so I chose the kombucha mimosa, a mix of Lychee Prohibition Kombucha, orange juice, and Paychaud’s bitters. It was excellent! I will be getting that again.

Overall, the meal was great. I enjoy meeting other bloggers. We both enjoyed our food and drinks, and there was interesting conversation as well. You can checkout Laura's post on her site .

Verdant Tea
2111 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Peanut Chutney

Peanut Chutney
On my recent trip to India, I feel in love with chutney of all kinds. I learned to make this peanut chutney while I was there. It is amazing with mini dosa, as pictured, or as a base for pizza. The spicy, savory peanut chutney is also great to eat alone with a spoon. Tasty!

Dinner at Seward Cafe

I had the pleasure of dining at Seward Cafe recently. They have many veg and vegan options clearly labeled on the menu. You walk up to the counter and write your order on a ticket before paying. They will then call out your name when your food is ready.

VegFest 2014 Posters

I had the pleasure of picking up the new batch of posters for Twin Cities VegFest 2014 recently. I am excited go this year; I have enjoyed the two previous years. See you there!

Delicious Dinner

Last night, I had the pleasure of dining at Gorkha Palace with a friend. I couldn't decide which of my two favorite entrees to get, so I ordered both the channa saag and the hariyo saag. They both are delicious with garlic roti.

The waitress at Gorkha was vegan and talked about her favorite places. She got me thinking about the tasty cupcakes at Hard Times Cafe.

After dinner, we popped over to Hard Times for dessert. A chocolate cherry muffin and a chocolate mint cupcake. The cupcake was really good and tasted like a thin mint cookie.

A fun night filled with a lot of tasty food.

Tasty Breakfast

Vegan Breakfast

This weekend, I had the pleasure of making a tasty breakfast for a friend. I made tofu scramble on a bed of mixed salad greens, hashbrowns, broiled carrots, and a sliced strawberry. It was delicious.

Vegan Breakfast