I’d like to think someone out there missed me this week, but since this little ol’ blog is still so new, my short absence likely went unnoticed. Here’s what I discovered on my mini-hiatus: Milwaukee rocks!
Hubs and I took a trip across Lake Michigan for a short four-day stay near Milwaukee. Unfortunately, Hubs was stuck in job training most of the time. On the other hand, I worked a little (did a fun Stella & Dot trunk show one evening, did some work on my laptop at the hotel) AND played a little. I got to hook up with a friend and her two little girls for some shopping at Bayshore Town Center. Wow. I have mall envy. That place is awesome! So many great stores.
It can be challenging to find vegan-friendly restaurants while traveling. However, Milwaukee didn’t disappoint. Who knew “America’s Dairyland” would have so many great vegan options?!
Raw Quiche (raw, vegan, gluten-free)
A carrot, pumpkin seed and cashew crust filled with savory spinach and cashew “cream”, tomatoes, bell peppers and celery. Finished with balsamic date sauce and served with our house salad.
So I ordered that and vegan flourless chocolate cake for dessert (couldn’t resist). The quiche wasn’t so photogenic (especially with a camera phone), but it tasted amazing. So did the cake. I would eat there every day if I could. There were several vegan dishes I wanted to try – like Pepita Guacamole Potato Skins and Raw Pizza Bites and Polenta Florentine. All made with fresh ingredients and beautifully plated. Love, love, love. Café Manna, if you’re reading this, pretty please come to Holland, MI, and open a restaurant here. I’ll be your best customer.
On our last day in Milwaukee, we had some time to kill before boarding the evening ferry. I did a little research and found a place that I knew Hubs would love. His favorite show is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He wants Guy Fieri’s job. So, when I read that Comet Café had an old-school diner feel and served classic comfort food, that sealed the deal. When we got there, he started looking around and figured out that this place was on that show! I didn’t even know it – but how perfect is that? Just go ahead and crown me as Wife of the Year now.
While the Comet Café menu is largely non-vegan, there are several dishes that can be made vegan. I opted for the vegan Big Luck Burger. Again, sorry about the camera phone pics. I ditched the bun and devoured the rest. Vegan burgers can sometimes have a mushy or dry/crumbly texture. This one was neither. While I don’t know what it was made of, and I suspect it wasn’t all that healthy, it had a delicious, crunchy nut coating and was full of flavor. According to Hubs, it had better flavor than his flank steak sandwich. In fact, he said he would rather have the vegan burger!
As if that wasn’t enough, we found an ice cream shop (Babes Ice Cream) that offered several vegan options, including soy ice cream, vegan shakes, vegan cones/waffle bowls, vegan ice cream sandwiches… what a TREAT! I couldn’t decide between Oreo and Espresso Oreo soy ice cream, so I had a shake made with half of each. Even the whipped cream was vegan! Dee. Lish. Hubs ordered some naughty non-vegan peanut butter/chocolate/caramel sundae thing. I’m sure mine was better – again.
*** Later, I paid the price for eating fries, a crispy vegan burger and a vegan shake (which was both lunch and dinner, btw). My stomach wasn’t feeling so hot – and the choppy ferry ride didn’t help. Oh well. Gotta live a little, right? ***
We did a little shopping/exploring in the Historic Third Ward. Checked out the Milwaukee Public Market. Hubs could have stayed there all day – he was in sensory overload with all the fresh meat/poultry/seafood, baked goods, cheeses and more. I wish I would have snapped a pic of the “Angry Curds” t-shirt. Too funny. Oh and check out this funny gadget. You know how I love a good gadget ;)
Picked up some fabulous new photo props at Anthropologie. Enjoyed the beautiful RiverWalk. There was so much more to see and do – we only hit the tip of the iceberg. But we’ll be back. What a great city.
So long, Milwaukee! You rock.