Wake up, Captain Adventure! Time to honor your namesake, Minneapolis-style, beginning with the breakfast of champions: doughnuts!
The Donut Cooperative
2929 E 25th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
The fact that I'd missed vegan doughnuts in Seattle drove me here. Nah, that's a lie. I would've come here anyway. Vegan doughnuts in my very own city! Who'd have thought. I love you, Minneapolis.
But now, vegans are back in the game. The Donut Coop offers vegan doughnuts, cookies, cakes, whoopies, and more. So, uh. Matt and I ordered pretty much one of everything. But vegans beware: their chai mix is made with condensed milk. You don't want none of that.
Oh. My. Agawd. It's like a Krispy Kreme. That texture and bite is a total blast from my past, when I used to eat doughnuts at will. Very well done, little doughnut fox!
One problem, however. It's a personal problem. (Don't worry. I'm not going to talk about pus-filled blisters, just allude to them.) As I mentioned above, super sweet coconut isn't my thing. I couldn't get through half of the doughnut because of it. Matt, however, will tell you that it's a perfectly wonderful flavor. Since I trust his judgement (unless we're talking about RPGs), I can tell you that you will probably enjoy this thing.
We hold no responsibility for our subsequent actions. It was morning!* We were hungry. We didn't know what we were doing. I saw all those vegan labels in the bakery case and went just a teensy-weensy bit overboard... and ordered two more super sugary morsels.
On the left is the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie for $1.50. The girl behind the counter told us it's very popular, and for good reason! You know how salt can take a perfectly good cookie and raise it to legend if used correctly? This is a perfect example of that principle. Lots of salt = lots of yum. In Matt's words, it's a heavy cookie - full of good, dense, moist texture. Delicious.
On the right is the Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Whoopie for $2.50. Is that not just the cutest little pie you ever did see? That thing was very well done also - it had a more subtle flavor that spoke to the quality of the cookie portion. The strawberry filling impressed us, too, with it's marshmallow-like texture and sweet flavor.
All three of these items were super high-quality baked goods. However, at this point, the sugar kicked our butts. Defeated, I grabbed my wallet and headed back inside. When I came back out, I had a slice of savory Vegan Pizza for $4!
That was a fun pizza. Although the crust was super difficult to cut with a fork... or a butter knife... I eventually just picked it up to bite and things improved. The light brown bits were this super yummy fried mixture with tahini, and the darker bits were basil-filled pesto deposits. The garlicky sauce and sun-dried tomatoes tasted great, too. Altogether, an expertly flavored slice.
Sitting outside, nomming our eccentric breakfast under the sun - it was lovely. Setting ourselves up for a sugar crash? We didn't care. That's what movie theaters are for.
* I am not a morning person. Just because I spring energetically out of bed at 6am every day of my life to throw some shorts on and go for a run does not mean I'm a morning person.