Guest post: A vegan guide to Madison! »
So, you’re a vegan in Madison, Wis. Maybe you live there, maybe you’re traveling through. You may have a lot of despair in your heart, because you know that in Wisconsin, underneath the earth’s crust is a river of molten cheese. You may have also discovered that everyone born in Wisconsin is composed of pure cheese. In fact, if you were to shake my hand right now, it would melt.
Yes, the dairy industry is a proud part of life in Wisconsin. It can seem that there’s cheese at every turn (the streets are made of cheese), butter on every vegetable, and mayo in every salad. But if you know where to look, Madison can be a vegan’s delight.
Things I, Rachel, a vegan, ate at Madison restaurants: a list for your pleasure
- Lemon poppyseed cheesecake
- A BBQ jackfruit sandwich
- Tangerine champagne cake with raspberry filling
- A crab cake sandwich
- Split pea soup
- A grasshopper (a brownie with mint frosting)
- A scone
- So many muffins I am now known as “The Muffin Man”
AND MORE! “Lead me to this smorgasbord, Rachel,” you are saying to me right now. Forward!
The Green Owl Café
Located on Atwood on the near east side, The Green Owl Café is Madison’s first vegan/vegetarian restaurant. I went there twice in two weeks and wish I could transport it to Oakland so I could LIVE there. The most outstanding part of both meals was the desserts, which they make in house. The waitress said “Vegan lemon poppy seed cheesecake” and I screamed so loud it deafened her. I was like a hippo, making loud noises and eating everything and probably sweating from all the joy.
BBQ jackfruit sandwich
Tangerine champagne cake
Did you know that Madison has more Nepalese restaurants than any other American town? We have two, and they are next door to each other. Himal Chuli is where you go if it’s 2 degrees and hasn’t stopped snowing in three months. The food will warm you AND prevent scurvy! Their vegetarian menu is extensive, but I recommend the momochas and the takari (your choice of 2 vegetable blends). WARNING: the roti is made with yogurt!
You can’t go to Wisconsin without eating ice cream. IT’S THE LAW. Luckily for us, Chocolate Shoppe ice cream is locally made and has soy options! My favorite flavor is the espresso oreo. The photo you see before you was taken when I ate ice cream for lunch one day. TREAT YO SELF.
The Willy Street Co-Op
This is the Rainbow of Madison, y’all. I ate like 55 muffins here? I also consumed a grasshopper as big as my head (see photo). The baked goods at this place kind of put the Bay Area to shame, you guys. The only thing they were missing is Cinnaholic rolls.
I left Madison with a sad heart and tight pants.
Rachel orders one pancake with her breakfast burrito at Saturn Café, just so she can cover the burrito with maple syrup. She organizes the SF Vegan Bakesales and is the genius behind @sfveganbakesale. Will you marry her?
Help Fund a Vegan Bakery in Wisconsin! »
Compassionate Cake is a vegan bakery in Milwaukee and they need our help! And that is because they’re in the heart of dairy country and fucking representing with a vegan bakery, and all of us need to GIVE IT UP! And by IT, I mean our cold, hard cashola CHA-CHING$$$!
The owner, Jess, has been baking for a nonprofit coffee shop since the summer, and they’re fundraising to expand their kitchen so she can have a storefront, and sell vegan pastries to all the cheese-curd-loving fatties in Wisconsin! And I say that as a vegan-cheese-curd-loving fatty so NO HATE. According to the lovely Kelly Peloza:
Jess’ desserts fucking rule (she made me my birthday glitter unicorn white chocolate speculoos cheesecake!) and we need a good vegan bakery in Milwaukee! And I think they’re mailing cupcakes out to people who donate if they’re not local. Woo!
FUCK YEAH VEGAN CUPCAKES IN THE MAIL. Do it to it!
And if you’re not convinced, not only does Jess make cute-ass cowcakes:
But she can also class it up with vegan wedding and birthday cakes that are magical dreams of adorable-yet-professional deliciousness. Tell me the word CLASSY didn’t just pop into your brain:
I mean, right after TWEENAGE DREAM. Which is my dream so heeeey! OK, go give them your money and help spread the glorious Vegan Word in Wisconsin and get a vegan treat delivered to your face!
“Mass dog breeding through ‘puppy mills’ is big business.” —Wisconsin state Rep. Don Pridemore, a Republican, defending his proposed bill to ease regulations on the state’s puppy mills. (Cute dog photo via andrewmorrell)
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Today’s news: Jon Stewart breaks my heart.
For a Daily Show stunt surrounding the Madison, Wisc. labor protests, this poor camel is dragged around in the cold until he gets his foot caught in a gate and topples to the ground. In the video filmed before this one, you can see 1.) You “handle” a camel by hits to the jugular?; and 2.) the trainer actually walks the camel right into the gate. Genius. I’m sure it was so totally worth it for whatever amazing segment this was supposed to be a part of. I doubt it will ever see the light of television though, right? Man, Jon Stewart, I used to love you.