Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Where Vegans Eat: Voodoo Doughnut, Denver

I braved the line at Voodoo yesterday morning to get some vegan doughnuts. There's typically about a 20-minute wait, both times I've been there I've just managed to slip inside the door. Yesterday, everybody wanted doughnuts. As I waited, I watched the line extend outside and down the block. I was glad I arrived early. 

I could barely see my bike through the window! I wonder what kind of doughnut that dog is going to get...

The wait is worth your while. First, there's racks upon racks of pretty doughnuts to gaze upon. There are  Also, it smells like doughnuts. Finally, when you get up to the counter and get your big pink box of doughnuts, a grin of pure happiness will begin to spread across your face. 

Choosing your doughnuts is also fun! Imagine my delight when, on my first visit to Voodoo, I discovered that the entire bottom shelf of doughnuts in the carousel display are vegan! 

On my first trip to Voodoo I got a Fruit Loop, a Grape Ape and a Voodoo Doll, which is a raspberry-jam-filled doughnut that comes with a pretzel stick for poking. They were all so good that I got one more of each, plus a few new confections to try, namely: a Portland Creme, a Colfax Creme, and an Old Dirty Bastard. 

They survived the bike ride to my art studio pretty well. That was a nice bike ride, with the yummy doughnut smells. Voodoo Doll lost its arm and got a bit sticky, but that's what voodoo dolls are for. I was too hungry to wait and since the Colfax Creme was a bit squashed I attacked that one right away. It's a custard-filled doughnut with maple frosting. I've always had a thing for custard cremes.

Voodoo Doughnut is at 1520 East Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado. This is the only Voodoo store outside of Oregon! Bring cash! It's a cash-only establishment, but if you forget there's an ATM inside. A vegan dozen will only set you back about $15. 

Where do you get your vegan donuts? Comment below!

& don't forget to #whereveganseat when sharing your photos! There are currently 5,127 posts on Instagram about #whereveganseat around the world. Yeehaw!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Where Vegans Eat: Beet Box Café, Denver

I popped in at Beet Box this morning for a big Bhakti Chai and a cinnamon apple scone to-go. This sweet little bakery is completely vegan and my favorite place for coffee and donuts.

Usually I show up early when no other place is open. Beet Box has free wifi, lots if tables and tons of natural north light from the big garage windows facing 22nd. I have enjoyed many working brunches in the big back room, editing my forthcoming Cowgirl Curry Cookbook.

Not only are there all kinds of donuts, muffins, cupcakes and cookies, there are also croissants! Sometimes I'm in the mood for a chocolate croissant, other mornings I prefer a savory, like mushroom & spinach or curried cauliflower. After 11, Beet Box serves Sammiches! I've tried almost all of them, and my favorite so far is their Chickpea of the Sea, pictured above with a locally-brewed Kombucha.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Where Vegans Eat: Sputnik, Denver

Today I'm brunchin' and bloggin' from Sputnik on S. Broadway, one of my favorite places to hang.

This is a rock'n'roll type of joint, with beer, liquor, coffee and all kinds of vegan eats - hand cut fries and vegan sliders, hush puppies, chilaquiles, arepas...my favorite are the arepas. They're like giant hush puppies with tofu scramble, chipotle pickles, salsa verde, avocado and pulled jackfruit.

Bike parking on the sidewalk and free wifi means I come here pretty often. I haven't tried the photo booth yet...gotta bring a friend next time! I'm working my way through the brunch menu. Check out all those vegan options!!

Sputnik is located at 3 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado. They are open from 10:30 am - 2:00 am daily. Get some arepas and your mouth will be all kinds if happy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Final Post

Dear Readers,

After six years of glorious recipes, reviews, picnics, potlucks, drinks and detoxes, I'm retiring Rubber Cowgirl. Several other new exciting projects are calling me and I just haven't been able to give this blog the TLC it deserves.

So farewell! I had a wonderful time...


I'm just joshin' y'all. I know I didn't post one single time in March - every so often I have to take an unannounced month off. I haven't abandoned this blog yet, though I do have some other irons in the fire...

One hot project in the works is my first Cowgirl cookbook! I've compiled all my curry recipes and I've been tasting, triple-testing, and setting up some gorgeous food porn.

So instead of recipes, I'll be blogging restaurant reviews this month of all my favorite vegan eats in Denver. I've been using #whereveganseat on my Yelp, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Let's get this hashtag trending! If we all work together and tag the city, too, we will be able to find vegan eats in any city!  In the future if I'm in say, Austin, all I will have to do is search, #whereveganseat #Austin to find a restaurant with vegan options!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Level-Up + Lunch at Leaf Café in Boulder

I've set myself a health regimen for the month of November, and composed a list of #guidelines regarding food, exercise, art, etc. To myself I'm calling it a Level-Up Intensive, and my Prime Directive is to follow Special Agent Dale Cooper's advice to, "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a cat nap in your office chair, or...two cups of good, hot, black coffee."

I started the day with a very good cup of good, hot, black coffee and some raisin oatmeal, then after a morning stroll around Boulder, treated myself to lunch at Leaf.

Leaf is a farm-to-table vegetarian restaurant located right in the middle of Boulder. It's right off the mall and the bus station is like 3 blocks away. I love their decor and the food and the service are both superb. Or at least, their tacos are! both times I've lunched at Leaf I ordered tacos. The first time I ate their Korean BBQ tacos - can't resist kimchi - and today I ate Buffalo Cauliflower tacos - because it's Tuesday, by golly! I added a side salad and a glass of Pinot noir. A perfect selfie lunch date.

At work I ate a bowl of Peanut Soup. After work, I hiked home under the full moon for 4.5 miles. The route has a gradual and constant gain in elevation, but there are a few downslopes. I ran on the downhills and made it home in 1:20. I'm getting faster. At home I ate some of the spinach and beet lasagna I baked yesterday and most of a Native Foods carrot-caramel cupcake (all the caramel cream cheese frosting and a bite or two of carrot cake). I figured I deserved it after the long walk.

Beet It Lasagna: cashew-cauliflower garlic ricotta layered with spinach, basil, red onion, and thin slices of red and yellow beets. If you want the recipe, please post a comment below!

If you want to eat at Leaf, which I highly recommend, their address is 2010 16th Street, Boulder, CO.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Mindset Makeover

Happy New Year! I love the optimism that January brings - everyone gets another chance at a new beginning. It's a season of reflection and resolution, of hopes and dreams, schemes and stratagems.

Or at least, for me it is. I used to make long and complicated Resolutions, some of which were kept. Last year I decided that instead of making resolutions, I would create a Plan of Action. I wrote a list of my greatest ambitions and desires, chose three goals from the list, and broke each goal into monthly steps with the intent of taking one small action every day toward my goals.

I didn't exactly stick with my plan, because life is all about adapting. Some improvisation is required. As Tara Marino says in her Sensual Planning course, one must remain "committed yet unattached" to fulfilling a goal. My 2014 was full of upheaval and surprises but to my astonishment, I accomplished much of what I set out do.

My first goal was to "level up" in yoga. I managed to get a part-time receptionist job at a wonderful yoga studio in New Jersey, where I regularly attended intermediate-level classes and even attempted a few advanced-level workshops. The physical and mental challenges of yoga helped me develop new strength and flexibility in mind and body.

Another of my goals was to exhibit new artwork. Thanks to my dearest friend, I was able to check this goal off in March. She not only gave me a place to live and work, she even organized a group show of local artists and included me! Because of her support and encouragement, I was confident enough to continue making and exhibiting art the rest of the year.

My third goal was to travel abroad. While I never made it out of the U.S., I did quite a bit of cross-country travelling. I moved from Buffalo, NY to Lambertville, NJ, visited New York City several times, visited my sisters in Michigan, and then moved to Colorado. I spent the second half of the year exploring this beautiful state and getting up into the mountains as often as I possibly could.

A fourth goal from 2014 that I feel I can check "complete" was to fall in love. I know that falling in love isn't exactly something you can plan, but the idea was that instead of trying to meet the perfect someone, I would work on making myself more perfect. I had a broken heart that needed to heal, and my self-confidence was nearly gone, but I drew strength from the love and encouragement of my friends and family. I learned to enjoy being single (even at 35!) and in the process began to love myself again.

2014 was the year of my Soul Makeover. I decided to start the year out with a detox, to cleanse my body and mind so that I could focus on my soul's desires. After a three-weeks regimen of self-care, I began forming healthy new habits. I learned that if you nourish your body, you will naturally begin to nourish your mind and your spirit as well. My Deep Soul Detox set the stage for my entire year. I was proud of myself for completing a 21-day cleanse, and felt ready for new challenges.

I gained a lot of clarity last year - I discovered a lot about myself, my needs and my purpose in life. I know that 2015 will be another transformative year, and I want to be prepared for new adventures. It is time for another detox. 2015 is the year of my Mindset Makeover. I will learn to believe in myself and I will change my dreams into reality! As my hero, Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say, "Make it so!"

Here are some of my dreams for 2015:
  1. Climb a 14'er. Go hiking at least once a week, in all different terrains and conditions. Build strength and endurance for the high altitudes.
  2. Level up to Advanced yoga practice, and begin training to be a yoga instructor. Attend classes at least twice a week. Perfect the basic asanas.
  3. Advance in my career as a professional artist. Make art and make connections. Organize an artist camping trip in the mountains.
  4. Launch TRAPEZOID magazine with my sisters. (More on this exciting project in a future post!)

How will you spend your life force this year? I have decided to launch 2015 with a 21-day detox, to attain the strength and focus I need to make this year great! Who wants to join me?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Orange Sesame Truffles - Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014

Happy Potluck! Are you stuffed yet? I usually bring an appetizer, but this year I fancied something sweet. I wasn't alone! This year's dessert demographic is daunting - how will I ever manage to try a bit of everything?

My post was originally supposed to be a vegan remake of one of my favorite childhood desserts, Chocolate Lava Cake. I decided to experiment with coconut flour, and discovered that it is highly absorbent, and if you sub it 1:1 for regular flour you will have a cake but you won't be able to eat it.

Instead I concocted a semi-sweet treat that takes some time to chill but very little to make. In keeping with the potluck's Citrus theme, I decided to pair orange with sesame. Combine those two ingredients with cashews, agave, tahini, and a little coconut flour and freeze. 
 Abracadabra! Truffles...

1/2 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked and drained
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup coconut flour
zest of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Blend cashews in food processor until fine, then add the agave syrup and the tahini and blend 2 to 3 minutes, until a sticky paste has formed.
Put the cashew mixture in a bowl, then fold in the coconut flour. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
When firm, roll small spoonfuls of the truffle dough into balls. Roll the truffles in sesame seeds and orange zest. Keep chilled until just before serving.

Bon appetit!

For more potluck goodies, skip ahead to Wendy's amazing Rocky Road Brownies...

or go back for some of Kyra's scrumptious Lemon Cheesecake!


 A thousand thousand thank-yous to Annie for creating the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Bloggers and vegans around the world are linking up today and sharing their amazing eats. I feel very lucky to have been around since the beginning!

Here is my VVP history:
Ghosts of Potlucks Past... 

November 2013

 Brussels Bruschetta with Empire State Cranberry Sauce

May 2013
Sweet Potato Samosas with Mango Mint Chutney

November 2012

May 2012