Why I Love Minneapolis, part 2

by Holly on November 24, 2010

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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.

Admit it.

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.


Matt November 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

Looks like a great place :)

Alina (Duty Free Foodie) November 24, 2010 at 8:55 am

That does look like a great place. At my high school, we had club called LEAF (Lisgar Environmental Action Club), and they hosted all these awesome workshops, usually organized by girls with dreadlocks.

One was on making your own cloth pads (there was an accompanying info session on the cups – have you heard of those?). Anyway, someone came in and we literally made these things. It was so much fun!

I have to confess, I never used mine.

Side note: I like the color of the juice! If I paid $6 for it, I would feel compelled to drink it no matter how it tasted.

Katie November 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

I’ve been there and it is GREAT. I am going to be in Minneapolis over the holidays, and you can bet I’ll be there again. And I heart ginger, so I may have to get on that juice train.

Erica November 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

What a cool spot. I love places that are stores and restaurants in one. A new Italian place like this just opened down the street from us- can’t wait to check it out. Holy delicious avocado sandwich. Now I’m craving one

Jess November 24, 2010 at 9:27 am

What a neat place!! I wish there were more places around here like it!

Sami November 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

that place looks awesome! :) the soup made me drool.

Emily November 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

“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.”

I’m so crazy about that sentence! and you and the one time I went to Minnesota ever and loved it. and that last picture in the mirror again.

Katie November 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

I am so jealous of all of the nice places to eat that you have! And, your amazing co-op! I remember those video posts…I was just wishing I could transport myself through the screen. :D

julie November 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

i kind of want to pee in my pants over that party in my pants and the miso veggie soup. it’s so chunkyyyyyy!! i love minneapolis too even though i’ve never been hahaha i just feel like it looks like a great city. or you just show it well ;)

Kailey (SnackFace) November 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

There’s always a party in my pants. Seriously.

Well I can’t wait to visit Minneapolis and traipse about a semi-hippie town with you! I’m used to semi-hippie towns (see: Athens, Ohio). I love them. And you! xoxoxoxo

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’ve never been to Minneapolis, but now I really want to go! :D

Megan (Braise the Roof) November 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

Umm, yeah, you gotta draw the line somewhere with the whole reusable menstrual pad thing…I mean, eesh! Lunch looks great, and I love the picture with the convex mirror!

Susan November 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Yep, I definitely think you need to recreate that soup so that I can recreate your recreation. Thanks!

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas November 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Dude. I totally wish I could buy that Party in My Pants around here! I’m not even kidding. I’m trying to build up a stash of cloth pads and I have to order them online. It kind of sucks.

Who knew Minneapolis was so cool?!?

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

woah that miso soup looks delish! its so much heartier than any ones I’ve seen before!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm

That picture of Mama E’s face is PRICELESS

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

That looks like quite the place – I’m not sure about the parting in my pants though. :)

Dana @ my little celebration November 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

“sucked off the parental teet for the last 25 years”

Oh Holly, you are too much.

Haa hahahaha.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Once again,you make me miss my homeland b/c i used to HANG OUT AT TAO’S all the time!!!!!!!

Mpls has so many cool, unique, hip places and is an extremely progressive city, loved your Berkeley comparison :) It’s just too cold!

Carrot beet apple ginger juice looks divine as does the soup.

And although some balk at cloth pads, after cloth diapering a baby…any woman/mother will tell you that pads are easier to wash and deal with than, umm, baby diapers :) I cloth diapered for 2 years and will gladly wash pads over dipes any day. It takes a mother’s love to wash baby diapers LOL

With that…Happy TG!!!!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete November 25, 2010 at 1:01 am

I want a party in my pants!! haha I love it!! I’ve never been to Minneapolis, but it looks like a blast with great food. Stay warm!! Happy Thanksgiving!! ;)

Adam November 25, 2010 at 2:31 am

I love exploring towns of all kinds! Minneapolis looks like so much fun! BIG QUESTION: Where did your mom get her glasses? The moms practically collects unique glasses. I think she probably has over 30 pairs, no exaggeration. Your mom is stylish! Uh oh, i just showed her that pic and i’m pretty sure you now have another reader…

jen November 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

Party in my pants…LOL! No thanks!!!


Katie November 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’ve never been to Minneapolis – but I’m glad I’m getting to learn a little about it through your posts! That avocado sammie at Tao’s looks right up my ally…so does the ginger juice. Props to Mama E for trying it!

Happy Thanksgiving, Doll – have a fun day with your family! :-)

rebecca lustig November 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

yardley is missing cute places like this!!

happy thanksgiving! may it be filled with gratitude and joy :)

Molly November 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

I live in Mpls! Im going to have to try these places :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

hahaha I had to read that twice to be sure that actually was a cloth pad.I hear they’re awesome but I’m happy with disposables…..

Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen November 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

LMAO! That mullet analogy actually made me laugh out loud!

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