Minneapolis Fun

Minneapolis was a good ol’ time! I am such a city girl at heart, so when I found out that the hotel we were staying at was smack dab in the middle of Downtown, I was ecstatic!

LOVE Big Buildings!
LOVE Big Buildings!

The weekend was so fun (with business mixed in, of course) and it pretty much revolved around food! That’s what happens when you travel with food lovers, haha! Our first Minneapolis food stop? Pizza Luce, of course! Cuz who doesn’t like pizza?

After much deliberation, I decided to “Build My Own Pizza” with soy cheese, mushrooms, pineapple, and mock breaded chicken. Mmm!

Nom, Nom!
Nom, Nom!

Afterwards, we decided to walk around town, though it was chilly! Luckily, we used the Skyway.. such an brilliant idea!

The Skyway
The Skyway
View From Skyway
View From Skyway

After walking, shopping at Nicollet Mall and getting to know the city, we worked up quite an appetite and my omni friends wanted to go to The Melting Pot.

Cheese All Gone.. I assume that means it was good?
Cheese All Gone.. I assume that means it was good?

I wasn’t able to participate with the cheese fondue, but I did have my fare share of dippers while my friends gladly chowed down on the cheese. But they didn’t want to leave me out with dessert, so we ended ordering The Original Chocolate Dessert, subbing DARK chocolate for milk chocolate.

Umm, dark chocolate with peanut butter?? YUM, are you kidding me??

OMG! Check out the spread!!
OMG! Check out the spread!!

I gladly dipped my fruit and dipped it into melty, smooth delicious mix of dark chocolate with peanut butter. Oh, yea!

Hooray for Chocolate!
Hooray for Chocolate!

We were all quite content with our first night in Minneapolis. On Saturday it was pretty much all business, attending the conference and presenting our project. It was fun and we learned a lot, too!

After the presentation we decided to enjoy our last night by making a mandatory stop at the Mall of America! On our way there, I was delightfully surprised to find the legendary OatsCreme!

Non Dairy Soft Serve! Score!
Non Dairy Soft Serve! Score!

I ordered the small vanilla with carob chips(!!) and strawberries…

I Scream for OatsCreme!
I Scream for OatsCreme!

I was so happy and I throughly enjoyed my OatsCreme experience. Soo good, and soo healthy, too! Why don’t I have this in Chicago? 😦

When we finally arrived at the Mall of America, all of our jaws dropped! Whoa, this mall is INTENSE! We were so overwhelmed!

4 floors?
4 floors?

And then we saw this…

An Amusement Park.. Inside? Cool!
An Amusement Park.. Inside? Cool!

And they had…

LEGOland
LEGOland

Then it was time to head back…

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For breakfast this morning I was able to find another vegan goodie!

Lemon Poppyseed Suncake
Lemon Poppyseed Suncake

I was happy to have found these, since I can’t find them anywhere in Chicago. Ruby Red has recommended the Heart Thrives to me for quite a while. This delicious California Suncake packed quite a nutritonal punch! It totally satisfied me during the trip back home. Oh, and I did nibble a bit on a Pizza Luce dessert…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar (it's vegan!)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar (it’s vegan!)

A delicious way to end my fun weekend at Minneapolis. I was pleased to find how vegan friendly this city is! It was a wonderful place and I hope to visit again sometime and hit up even more of the wonderful vegan places this town has to offer.

Well, I think it’s time for me to get to bed and get ready for another week of classes. Ugh!

I wish you all a happy week!

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14 thoughts on “Minneapolis Fun

  1. shelby says:

    I’m so jealous of the oatscream!!! Now I’m going to have to plan a trip to Mall of America!

    Heart Thrives?! I’ve heard of those as well! Glad to know they were worth it =)

  2. OMG! You are making me miss my hometown SO SO much!! I need to go to the Mall of America. And I haven’t been back in so long that I had no idea what oatscreme was…I really need to go back now just for that purpose 😉 I’m glad you had fun, girly!

  3. You lucky duck! I miss Minneapolis a lot! I forgot all about Oatscreme — isn’t it sooooo good?! They sold it in pints at my co-op and I got the chocolate kind a couple of times. They need to get that stuff sold everywhere!!!

    Suncakes are super yummy, too! They were pretty easy to find in Minneapolis, but I have not seen them in stores anywhere else. And oh my gosh, that Pizza Luce pizza and dessert look so yummy!

    I’m glad you had a lot of fun! I used to walk around that mall for exercise — each time around a floor is either .25 or .5 miles, I forget which one!

  4. i love the mall of america!!!
    almost as much as I love dairy-free desserts with carob chips! mmmm!!!

    enjoy going back to school. blahhh. can’t wait for summer!

  5. lilveggiepatch says:

    Pizza Luce is amazing!!! I always get the same pizza though… I need to branch out a bit. Glad you had a nice trip!

  6. Such a glorious culinary trip!! Mmmm, now you have me wondering why they don’t have OatsCreme in Atlanta either – it looks SO yummy!!

    Sorry that I’d been a a bit MIA in my commenting lately… 😦 I had been swallowed by the all consuming NCLEX studying monster… :-p but now I’m happy to report that I passed the NCLEX! 🙂 ‘Twas not as dreadful as I’d feared… 🙂

  7. I love all of the pictures. Felt like I was right there with you (ALMOST! HA!).

    Hhhmmmm chocolate peanut butter bars… I’ve had those before. Just heavenly.

    Cheers,
    Kristen

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