Date Night!

We had a fabulous time on our sister-date on Monday! As always, it went by way too fast but we enjoyed it while it lasted and can’t wait for our next adventure.

As you probably know by now, we love running together and basically look for any workout activity we can find. We were planning on going to Bikram Yoga on Monday afternoon so we got out of the car at the yoga studio and went in to pay, only to find out that the class had already started ūüė¶ It was 100% my fault because I looked up the time on my phone and told Elysia the wrong one. Hopefully she’ll be able to go to a class soon because the ones that I have been to have rocked my socks off (if I were wearing any, that is..). If you haven’t been to one, try it out! It’s kind of one of those things that you may get frusterated by while you’re doing it, but feel great once you’re done. The instructor was nice and gave us each a free pass to come back another time, even though it was my fault.

The next highlight of our day was a quick trip to Whole Foods and then on to Ecopolitan, followed by The Wedge Community Co-op.¬† Ecopolitan is an all-vegan, raw restaurant in Minneapolis that serves delicious food. If raw food intimidates you, this is a great place to pop that raw-food cherry. Their menu is extensive and the atmosphere is laid-back and casual. It took us a long time to decide what to get because we’re not used to having so many choices at a restaurant. We finally decided on the ‘trio sampler’ for an appetizer and then split the ‘Eco-Burger Plate’ and ‘Eco-Sausage Pizza’. It also came with a raw chili, which was loaded with flavor.

Flax Chips served with pesto, hummus and an olive tapenade. We also each had a glass of wine; this one is called Radical Red, by The Organic Wine Works.

Raw Chili. Yum!

Made out of mushrooms and walnuts, this burger was delicious. The pickles were too!

We liked this pizza the best! I don't know how they made the 'walnut eco-sausage' but the flavor was fantastic and the buckwheat crust packed a lot of flavor and pleasant texture.

Our final adventure of the evening entailed a vegan and gluten-free cooking class held by Compassionate Action for Animals. It was really interesting and we sampled some delicious treats (and left with a sugar-rush). I know that gluten-free and vegan baking can be a challenge so was pretty thrilled with the options that the instructor, Angela, presented us with. She made/demonstrated how to make a pumpkin cake with ‘cream cheese’ frosting, cookies, granola and squash seeds.¬† The texture of both the cake and cookies were phenomenal (especially if you’ve tried some of the store-bought varieties).¬† She was a blast to listen to and is writing a cookbook so that her recipes will eventually¬†be available to everyone. Not only did we have fun meeting her and others, but we also talked to some of the members of CAA and may get a chance to teach a class of our own! Either way, we hope to volunteer for more events that they put on and will continue to let you know of opportunities as they arise.

Coming soon: Part 2 of our favorites and a Tempeh Slider Recipe!

Do you have any unique vegan or vegetarian restaurants in your area?
Whenever¬†we travel, restaurants are one of the first things¬†we look for (Hello Happy Cow!) and we’re always looking for suggestions of new places to try.

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