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recently traveled to colorado (denver and boulder) for the great american beer festival. food, food, food, food, beer, and food! 

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city o’ city in denver (pictured above and below): breakfast burritos, buffalo wings and savory waffles for brunch. pretzels, pizza, and kimchi stew for dinner.

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vegan van parked at great divide brewing serving up…

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…seitan wings, reubens, cesar salad.

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vegan pizza by basic kneads at great divide brewing (they know what vegan means, separate utensils and everything!). 

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GABF, avery brewing in boulder, flying dog tasting room.

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lodging at the brown palace.

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happy hour at root down: sliders and edamame hummus! also a breakfast burrito from sputnik

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breakfasting at watercourse: scrambles, burritos, homemade sausage.

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dinner at watercourse: seitan wings, draught beer, a benedict special, and ricey tofu dish. 

overall: gorgeous scenery, inventive vegan food, and craft beer…what more can i ask for?

Boulder CO (Taken with Instagram at Wonderland Lake Park)

Boulder CO (Taken with Instagram at Wonderland Lake Park)

Welcome to Denver (Taken with Instagram at WaterCourse Foods)

Welcome to Denver (Taken with Instagram at WaterCourse Foods)

new fall menu at native foods on TUESDAY!

just a quick update with more info on the new fall menu at native foods that will hit all locations tomorrow!

pizzas will be off the menu. the caesar salad will be off the menu. they’re bringing the OC raw chopper salad back, along with a new cobb salad that contains crispy shallots and tofu bacon. the bistro steak sandwich (pictured above) will be added to the menu!! the maryland tempeh cakes are history, and will be replaced with polenta bites. new soups include split pea with garlic croutons and french onion with native cheese. vanilla cupcakes, cardamom rose cupcakes and strawberry shortcakes will be taken off the menu and replaced with pumpkin pie (served with ginger cream on the side), pumpkin cheesecake (served with a maple pecan sauce), and an oatmeal cookie cream sandwich!

fun stuff! 

photo via native foods on facebook

vg burgers in boulder is closed. but really, who cares!

should i be sad that vg burgers, boulder colorado’s ONLY vegan restaurant, has now closed? i dunno, maybe. but it sucked big time. i went there on my birthday and had the most awful and expensive meal. everything was pre-packaged and not properly cooked. i know places like veggie grill proudly rock the generic frozen gardein in all their dishes, but at least they put some effort into it! 

anyways, in memory of vg burgers, here are some snaps of my underwhelming birthday meal—-which cost $30 and tasted like 5. BTW ATTN ALL RESTAURANTS: IF YOU EVER SHUT DOWN, UPDATE YOUR FUCKING WEBSITE!

burnt frozen hot wings. $5.99

boca bacon cheeseburger. $9.99

reuben that i could make at home. $7.99

tempeh was out of a package—-not heated, seasoned, nothing!

awkward atmosphere.

sorry you closed, vg! but you truly gave vegan restaurants a bad name.

freshcraft in denver: food & brews!

denver colorado is one of america’s top beer cities, and it’s also home to some of the tastiest vegan food i’ve ever eaten—-who’dve thought! on our latest trip there (you already read about our debaucherous meals at city o’ city), we hit up freshcraft: one of the town’s best beer bars that happens to boast a surprisingly vegan-friendly menu. here’s what we ate:

fresh avocado salad wrap: sliced avocado, marinated rice noodles, shaved cabbage, radicchio, red onion. (no honey vinaigrette!) garnished with cashews and chili sauce. $8

mole bello tacos: cocoa chili marinated roasted mushrooms, southwestern slaw, tomato junks, creamy lime sauce. (this dish is VEGAN by DEFAULT! it even says so on the menu!) $8.75

drown it all in some oskar blues hot sauce and i’m good to go. 

oh we also drank the shit outta several avery beers. i promise to take pictures of them next time i go.

denver rules, and don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.

city o’ city: too good for words.

words can’t adequately describe how much i love city o’ city in denver. it’s an entirely vegetarian bar/pizza place where everything can be made vegan—-and they’ve recently doubled the size of the menu and even added breakfast options. here’s what a table full of friends and i ate last time i was there (during the 2011 GABF):

buffalo seitan wings with “ranch” and celery.

fork & knife sandwich: meatless loaf with gravy and fries on a pretzel served with sautéed greens.

fried pickles drizzled with malt vinegar gastrique. 

florentine pizza with olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, homemade vegan cheese and rosemary.

the wings and the fork & knife sandwich were especially memorable. i’d say if you’re ever anywhere near denver, it’s worth making a special trip to city o’ city. wish we had a place like this in LA.

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