About Nicole Pacini

Complete FOODIE. Photo Junkie. Lover of Life. Coquettish. A private extrovert. Somewhat complicated. Loyal. 46.

Top 5 Summer Picks

5. LolaRita from Lola on the Lake (formerly Tin Fish) at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) is an adult slushie that is sure to cool you off and chill you out. Try the strawberry or lime or mix them together.

4. Milkjam Creamery Vegan Ice Cream. My two favorite flavs are Black and PB vs Everybody.

3. GARDEIN™ VEGAN BURGER from Yard House

Red quinoa, kale, shiitakes, daiya vegan mozzarella, avocado, tomato, arugula, onion, miso, onion bun, mixed greens.

2. Cluster Truck … A delivery restaurant.

Smoked paprika-spiced chickpeas, quinoa, roasted sweet potato, purple cabbage and sliced avocado served on a bed of baby greens with tahini sauce and sriracha.

1. Best Guacamole EVER. Cafe Ena.

Period. Point. Blank.

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Hai Hai … means two two in Vietnamese 

There’s nothing low-key about Hai Hai, although it is nestled in a little area in Northeast Mpls that I rarely frequent.

Walking in was reminiscent of a restaurant featured in a travel magazine. A place I’m pretty sure was so eye catching that I folded the page for quick and easy reference.

I immediately scoured the menu for vegan options and asked a few questions before confirming my order.

“I’ll have the fried potatoes and the Balinese cauliflower.”

Great choice😉

Bold flavors, amazing textures, pungent and fresh herbs happily satisfied my pallet. My mouth was doing a happy dance and I swear they were playing trap music 👌🏽.

Vegan at Crave West End

You have to appreciate restaurants who can accommodate any diet lifestyle. Although this meal seems very simple, there are a lot of restaurants who use chicken broth to season their dishes.

Ingredients can be hidden so make sure to ask the appropriate questions and then cross your fingers that the server has double checked for accuracy.

Check out the stir fry that would normally come with chicken👌🏽

Fig + Farro

There’s a new vegetarian restaurant located in Calhoun Square called Fig+ Farro. Their grand opening was Wednesday January 24, 2018. Some menu items are vegetarian and can be made vegan by request, however they have several options that are vegan on their own. The food was great, the service was great and the space is absolutely gorgeous. For dinner I ate the moroccan stew and couscous, chickpeas, root vegetables, squash, North African spice simmer. Now they do have to work on their desserts. I wasn’t impressed 😯 I ordered the swedish kladdkaka dense chocolate cake, coconut whipped cream, strawberries. The cake was very dry, pasty and chalky tasting. *Fig + Farro serves up plant-forward meals with a pinch of environmental awareness giving you an amazing food experience that benefits people, plants, and the earth. There’s also a small retail space to purchase books and snacks. Fig + Farro serves a lunch, dinner and brunch menu.