As I mentioned in my review of Upton’s Naturals, I had an overnight visit to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area recently for a friend’s beautiful wedding. I wasn’t in the city for long, but while I was there, I was able to re-visit the vegan Athenas pizza at Pizza Luce for dinner. After the wedding the next day, I had just enough time for a late lunch before heading out of town.
Raw restaurants are few and far between in the Midwest, and so I headed to Ecopolitan, an organic, raw, vegan restaurant in Uptown in Minneapolis. If you come to a restaurant with a sign for colon hydrotherapy out front, you’ve found the place…
The restaurant is in a large, airy space with big windows, wood floors, and an eclectic array of local art hanging on the walls. There’s also a small room with a counter for ordering freshly made juices, purchasing cookbooks, and food to go.
I grabbed a small table near the kitchen and perused the menu. I started with Grandma’s Garden, a juice combination made with carrot, tomato, celery, and garlic. I ordered a small size, but the server accidentally made a large. More juice for me!
The juice tasted like a liquid version of homemade salsa in the best possible way. I’ve never added garlic to my juices at home, but it added a savory depth that I really enjoyed. Plus, there should be some side benefits to dining alone, and I’d say feeling comfortable ordering garlic juice is one of them!
For lunch, I ordered the raw taco pizza. As a long-time fan of raw pizza and an even longer fan of taco pizza, it was a no brainer. The pizza was served in slices, with the option of ordering one slice or two. I was feeling pretty hungry, and so I went with two. It ends up that I could have easily just ordered one; although, I wasn’t sad about having leftovers the next day.
The pizza was topped with lentil taco meat, bell peppers, onions, and cilantro. Macadamia-cashew cheese was drizzled on top with a very tangy cashew sour cream and hot sauce. It was served with raspberries and a ball of sprouts. The pizza had a good kick of spiciness that blended nicely with the cool sour cream that was true to its name.
After lunch, I stopped at the nearby co-op, The Wedge. It has a big deli area, bulk and produce sections, and a sizable make-up and beauty counter. Perhaps best of all, they had my favorite candy bar in stock! It’s not an easy one to find, and so I stocked up while I was there.
Eli’s Earth Bars are made by Sjaak’s. The bars are organic and fair trade. They come in several different flavors, but my personal favorite is the Dream Big Bar, which is kind of like a vegan Baby Ruth bar. It’s made with chewy peanut caramel, peanut butter, and roasted salted peanuts. Then it’s coated in dairy-free milk chocolate. The gooey caramel with creamy chocolate and crunchy peanuts make it tops for me.
On my way out of the Wedge, I noticed this awesome car! In case you don’t follow Doctor Who (Get on it already!), the car is the same color and has the same sign as the Doctor’s time traveling machine called the TARDIS, which looks like a British Police Box.
Which reminds me of one last thing! I’ve been wanting to share my newest favorite creation, a mug that I hand-built to look like the costume of the fourth Doctor Who, Tom Baker. I’m not selling this one in my pottery shop since I’m working on my goal of making all of the Doctor’s costumes in mug form for my own collection. However, at some point I do plan on making more!
So far, in addition to Tom Baker, for my collection I’ve made Peter Davison (above) and Matt Smith. I’ve made more Matt Smith mugs, and you can find them in my Olive Pit Pottery shop on Etsy, in addition to a Matt Smith-inspired wine bottle holder.