Reviews written by peaceofrice

Registered on Apr 17 06
 

Azia in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 17 06

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You want real Asian cuisine? Don't go to Azia. If you want a more posh place to hang out on Nicollet's Eat Street, then this is a viable option, but don't go for the food or reasonable prices. You won't find it at Azia. You'll just find a more fancy atmosphere which in my mind does not justify spending over $10 on noodles that doesn't taste that great.

Cafe Brenda in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 30 06

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They insisted that I make a reservation so I did. I got there with my friend and only one table was being occupied. I thought, "Hmmmm , maybe it'll get busier as the evening goes on." It didn't. I guess it was part of the uppity process in order to eat there.

I can't say the food was downright horrible. I ate a little over half of my entree. I didn't get sick the next day from it. It sufficed. But...I will not go back there. Much too expensive and I can make better food at home!! It was bland. Plus, it's incredibly annoying that it's gotten press as a "Vegetarian" restaurant when it's not. A true vegetarian restaurant would not serve animals as food.

Health conscious omnivores probably love this place, and those are the majority of people who are rating this place as "Best Vegetarian" for City Pages. Too bad they don't know the true definition of "Vegetarian" and too bad City Pages allows it to be put in that category.

Blah.

Fast and Furless Vegan Emporium in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 30 06

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I give this place a 10 because it's gutsy to be the 1st to open an all vegan boutique in the Twin Cities and have excellent customer service. I love that I can go and see some of the products I've found on vegan websites up close. I bought a pair of shoes there recently and although they weren't the cheapest pair of shoes I've ever bought, the price for vegan shoes doesn't get much better anywhere else. Reality is, a lot of vegan shoes are expensive. My only complaint is that the place doesn't carry more items. I hope people go and check it out and buy something - even if it's the cheapest item in the store to show support for being an all-vegan business in the Twin Cities. Someday soon, maybe the owner will be able to expand and have more square footage and a much larger selection.

Holy Land Deli in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 17 06

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The falafel makes it worth the trip! I wish they didn't use plastic everything, but otherwise I'd say it's quite veg friendly and a very cultural experience.

King and I Thai in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 29 06

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Fancy atmosphere, expensive, and too bland for what Thai food usually is. The soups are really good and tasty, but their pad thai is pretty tasteless compared to most every other Thai restaurant in the Twin Cities. I'll go if I have a coupon, but wouldn't pay full price there as it is simply not worth it.

Korea Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 24 06

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Most every Korean restaurant brings out an assortment of side dishes that are refillable throughout your meal. When I was there in the summer of 2006, I didn't let them know I'm vegan and they brought out mostly all veggie-friendly side dishes except one was dried anchovies. I was there in December of 2006 and let them know I'm vegan so they brought out just veggie side dishes. Instead of the dried anchovies, they brought out very tasty tofu. Other side dishes include potatoes, bean sprouts, and of course, kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage). All are prepared with tasty seasoning. Ja Jang Myeon, a noodle dish with black bean sauce is good, as well as Jap Chae, made with clear potatoe noodles. I tried the Den Jang Chigae, a soup that came out bubbling hot and was made with tofu and other veggies. It often has pork, but they made it without with no problem. Other Korean restaurants in the Twin Cities have told me that they cannot always prepare the menu items free of meat and seafood (probably due to the food being prepared earlier), but so far Korea Restaurant has been more than willing to do so which is why I keep going back. Not to mention the price is the best compared to other Korean restaurants in Minnesota. The lunch buffet is also very good. You can get that on weekdays only. There are enough veg options on the buffet to make it worth your trip.

Linden Hills Co-op in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 29 06

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The deli made this place a great visit. The deli manager, I believe his name is Nate (he's vegan) made great suggestions for myself (a vegan) and my friend who is not vegan. This kind of customer service is rare to find in a huge grocery store like Whole Foods or worse, Cub Foods. I may just have to consider shopping at co-ops exclusively after seeing the difference in customer service.

The Red Sea Nightclub, Bar, and Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 29 06

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I loved the vegetarian dish. It's actually all vegan. I ate there with one of my closest friends who is Ethiopian (lived there for 22 of his 24 years of life) and he approved saying it was pretty similar to back home. He's ate at a few other Ethiopian places in the Twin Cities and this one is in his top 2, so I'd say that's a good sign.

I LOVED that they don't provide utensils - it makes the experience more authentic to how the food is supposed to be eaten in Ethiopian culture. It's about being culturally sensitive and not expecting every restaurant to accommodate to mainstream "American" culture. The more ethnic restaurants that stand up against trying to assimilate, the better.

The injera bread was delicious. All the tasty dishes were presented nicely, like paint on a palette. They tasted fresh, too.

Go with an open mind to trying a different kind of food from a culture not commonly represented in Minnesota. Enjoy the bread, enjoy the various tastes of vegan cuisine (a.k.a. "blobs") and feed those you're with at least 3 times. That's a traditional gesture in Ethiopian culture. It's showing you care about them.

Triple Rock Social Club in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 29 06

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Absolutely yummy. My partner is more adventurous and has ordered the cook's revenge the past two times and both times the end result was delicious. This is my number one choice for vegan comfort food. The mac and cheese is great, as a vegan who grew up with dairy, this rendition of mac and cheese makes me wonder why I ever *missed* the dairy version. Only complaint is that there are not enough places to sit down and eat which is a damn shame because the food is so good I'd go there at least once a week if I was guaranteed a place to sit down and eat. These cooks should consider opening up an all vegan restaurant and keep the tasty, rich, and classic "American" dishes comin '!

The Vegetarian in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 30 06

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Loved it. My new favorite Indian restaurant. The Masala Dosas are better than the ones I had in India! Good service, good buffet and impressive menu.

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