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Our trip to Madison, WI

Madison, WI is about a two hour drive away, which makes it great for a day trip. However, thanks to a hotel point promotion, I was able to redeem the points I earned from previous stays for a free queen studio suite. I was able to use 5000 points instead of 20,000 points for a redemption! Woo Hoo!

Our room had a mini kitchenette with a two burner stove-top, microwave, sink, dishwasher, and fridge:

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We stopped at the Willy Street Co-op and picked up some vegan-friendly foods. We each got a “Caribbean Queen” juice which is a mixture of orange juice, lemon juice, and fresh ginger. It was really good. We also bought some fresh organic pineapple chunks, some Fajita-fu (seasoned-tofu) made locally by the Simple Soyman, a large portion of Vegan Pot Pie, and a bar of ricemilk chocolate. Everything was really tasty but I didn’t read the label closely enough on the Vegan Pot Pie…it contained peas! (For those of you that don’t know, I dislike peas very much). For the most part, I was able to eat around the peas. The pot pie had a really moist and flaky biscuit crust that was delish. The ricemilk chocolate was yummy too.

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We stopped by an awesome coffeehouse called Mother Fool’s. All of their desserts and soups are VEGAN! They also do not charge extra for soymilk in coffee drinks. The barista was really friendly and gave us some good dining tips in Madison that we will check out on our next visit. I had a hazelnut soy cappuccino and a lemon-blueberry scone. Rob had a soy capp too (I can’t remember what flavor he got) and a large gingerbread cookie. Everything was really tasty and we’ll definitely stop by here again when we are in the area.

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We went to the Monroe Street Festival and had a great time. I needed a birthday gift for my godmother’s granddaughter so I actually went to a children’s clothing store called Wild Child. The staff was really nice and helpful. I really appreciated that because I have no clue about anything child-related. I ended up buying 2 shirts and a pair of pants on sale for 10% off. Yay!

Sunflower Top and Black Flared Pants:

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This is a long sleeve shirt with a very vegan friendly theme! I thought that was great because not only are the gift-givers (Rob and I) vegan, the baby’s uncle is actually a vegan who owns a vegan restaurant in Portland, OR called Proper Eats:

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A library on Monroe St was having a book sale. We arrived just as they were having a bag sale. Buy a bag for $4 and fill it with as many books that will fit. We snagged 31 books! I didn’t photograph all the books I bought. Here are some of them:

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Beard on Bread, Karl Marx – His Life and Thought, The Hungry Hikers Book of Good Cooking, Environmental Politics – Domestic and Global Dimensions, Salads – Food Writers’ Favorites , Power and Style – A Critique of 20th Century Architecture in the US, The Almost No Fat Cookbook (Bryanna Clark Grogan), John Stossel – Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity, Chinese Village Cookbook, Regional Cooking of China.

Trader Joes was also participating in the Monroe Street Festival and had a table set up outside with free samples. We each got a fruit leather bar and a mini bag of peanut butter filled pretzels. The pretzels didn’t interest me but Rob enjoyed them. The fruit leather was pretty good.

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Last but not least, we had vegan pizza in Madison from Supreme Pizza. Although the pizza looks like it has a lot of sauce in the picture, it actually held together very well. We had mushrooms, onions, and artichoke hearts on our pizza. Yum! We ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

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I did buy some vintage kitchenware from a thrift store in Madison but will save that for a future post. If you are planning on visiting Madison, WI, be sure to check out Veg Madison. It’s a really helpful website. Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

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  • Aurora's Mom September 11, 2007, 7:00 pm

    Sounds like a great trip, with so many goodies! I look forward to your kitchenware post.

    It just seems to me that veganism is much more popular in the U.S. I wish it would become more so here in Canada. There are no vegan restaurants where I live, which makes it quite difficult to eat out anywhere without asking them to hold the cheese!

  • Emmie September 12, 2007, 3:57 am

    That sounds like such an awesome trip. And I agree with you on the peas, yuck!

    I love booksales, there’s so many fantastic and interesting books out there that needs a good home in my bookshelf.

  • Vivacious Vegan September 12, 2007, 8:18 pm

    What a fun trip. That “Proud to be an Animal” shirt is terrific.

    I couldn’t put down John Stossel’s book even though the first couple of sections peeved me and I didn’t agree with him at all. But everything else from school bureaucracy to lawyers to diamonds was fascinating.

  • selina September 12, 2007, 8:27 pm

    Awesome! Wisconsin isn’t too far of a drive for me either. Thanks for all the tips on where to go. A friend & I are coming to Chicago this Sunday & hopefully will be able to eat at The Chicago Diner.

  • bazu September 14, 2007, 8:29 am

    What a great trip, Emmy! I’m loving all the food! That coffee shop sounds wonderful, as do the cute little samples from Trader Joe’s! Nice stash of books! Oh, and I love the “animals” shirt, very cool.
    I know you don’t like peas- every time I eat them I think of you! lol. I would have taken your extras out of your pot pie for you. =)

  • Sara September 14, 2007, 2:02 pm

    You always go to the most interesting places! What a find that book sale was. You got some great books!

  • Lina September 15, 2007, 2:32 pm

    Very interesting! I live in Madison so it was intriguing to hear tourist experiences in Madison – glad you enjoyed your stay!

  • Midwest Vegan September 16, 2007, 8:43 am

    Being bookstore deprived here, I’m so jealous of your book haul! $4 for all those books – wow!

    Thanks for sharing your trip. I have some friends that live in that area but have never been there myself so it’s nice to be able to visit through you.

  • Judy September 16, 2007, 3:47 pm

    Sounds like you had a fun little trip. I also love hotels with kitchenettes, though I rarely use them!

    How in the world do you always end up finding such great deals on books?

  • veganruthie September 16, 2007, 9:53 pm

    Emmy —

    Your trip looked great! 🙂 I LOVE your hotel room. Dishwasher? Hello!

    We just tried that ricemilk choco and really liked it. I mean, whats not to like??

    I thought of you today when we went to this used bookstore. I was horribly offended by the prices! Most of their books were from the 70s (You know, like vegetarian cookbooks that use a lot of dry milk powder, soybeans, cottage cheese and brewer’s yeast) and the worlds largest supply of MicroWave Cookbooks and Oserizer Cookbooks and Weight Watcher Cookbooks and they were priced at like $4-7 each! HELLO?! They even had some cute church cookbooks or community cookbooks with the spiral binding priced at like $5. Seriously! Those books usually go for like $0.50.

    Obviously, I decided not to get anything. I consoled myself by remembering I still haven’t played with all of my books from the library book sale here. 🙂

  • vicki September 18, 2007, 7:47 pm

    What a fun road trip! I’d love to peek inside the Chinese Village cookbook.

  • crankysysadmin September 21, 2007, 5:07 pm

    $4 for all those books, what a find! The food looks really great. I’ve yet to find a vegan cafe like that in my area, but someday!

    Congrats on the new job!

    The botanical garden looks really neat. The Asian style architecture reminds me of a garden in Sweden I visited. It was kind of odd as you wander through a park and then find structures designed in a way you wouldn’t expect….

  • selina September 22, 2007, 4:41 pm

    Speaking of Peas. I used to hate them. Now I think they are ok but not my 1st choice for a vegetable. And I prefer sweet peas.

    I was at the Chicago diner last Sunday. Absolutely Wonderful food. Have you ever been there?

  • Jody September 25, 2007, 2:59 pm

    When I visited Bazu a few weeks ago, she was showing us her crazy old cookbook collection. They aren’t vegan, but they sure are funny. The old cookbooks made me think of you.

    Nice to hear/see you are moved and glad you have started a new job.

    The food looks great as usual. I love the Rice Milk bars.

    Cute outfits that you found for the kiddo.

  • veggiedude October 10, 2007, 12:27 pm

    Good job on your Madison trip!.
    Next time you’re here, do try out the following vegan friendly restaurants (my favorites):
    Himal Chuli – State Street (Indian – Nepalese homestyle cooking)
    Lao Laan Xaag – Williamson St. (Stick to the vegetarian menu and ask them to make your order vegan)