In addition to its history, running paths, cute dogs named Doug and insanely delicious plantain omelets, there are still more reasons why I love Minneapolis.
Two of those reasons being Mama Everythingtarian (seen above) and Tao Natural Foods.
Minneapolans have been flocking to this corner cafe for more than 50 years, which means us beer-drinkin’, funny-talkin’ and snow-shovelin’ Minnesotans have been on the cutting edge of health, holistics and homeopathy for longer than you may realize.
Consider us somewhat of the Berkeley of the Midwest, mmmkay?
Well…maybe not quite as hippie and with less visible marijuana, but you get my point.
Much like our favorite hairstyle, the mullet, this Uptown staple is all organic cafe in the front and a surprising party of a health store in the back.
From beauty products to healthy foodie staples to the largest array bulk spices I have ever seen, they boast every little niche health product a blogger could want.
You know you want to buy a party in your pants.
Mama E and I won’t judge…I mean, at least not to your face.
While I could have spent hours browsing and even more hours buying expensive baskets full of kombucha, natural deodorant, varying forms of seaweed and chapstick, Mama E and I came here with a mission: LUNCH.
Before I even took a look at the food menu, I knew I needed one thing to help kick my annoying head cold that has successfully taken over my body + immune system for the past five days.
Carrot beet apple ginger juice.
At a steep $6 per glass, Mama E’s curiosity was peaked.
And then quickly unpeaked.
She’s not so much a fan of the ginger.
For lunch, I chose the soup + 1/2 sandwich combo, starting with an avocado sammie…
…and followed with a bowl of Sweet Vegi-Miso Soup with Millet.
Holy miso millet soup, I am recreating this at home!
I doused the bowl in salt (it was severely lacking) and devoured every last fermented drop. Since I’ve successfully sucked off the parental teet for most of my 25 years of life thus far, I offered to pay for our lunch then proceeded to forgot to tip our nice waitress.
It’s a good thing I’ll be back.
My sister’s wedding shower is in two weeks, and I definitely owe Sarah a double tip.