Spring/Summer Vegan Omaha Wrap-Up

Howdy! It’s been a while. Yes, we’ve had Vegan Drinks every month, as well as a Night Flight, Kitchen Table and  a Crystal Jade Meetup, but I haven’t blogged at all this year. The reasons are simple: I’m busy, hahaha. If you follow the Vegan Omaha Facebook or Vegan Omaha Twitter, you’re pretty much up to date on Vegan goings on in and around Omaha. If not, here is a little six month wrap up, plus some bonus Modern Love!

House of Loom has been hosting Omaha Vegan Drinks for a year and an half. Like clockwork, the last Thursday of the month has been an amazing spectacle of Vegan cocktails. We love you House of Loom! Great drinks, great service and great people.

Back in February, Kitchen Table hosted Vegan Omaha Italian Night. It was a four course smorgasbord! It started off with porcini soup, panzanella salad and butternut squash gnocchi and ended with lemon olive oil cake. Kitchen Table went the extra mile and we love eating there on non-Meetup days too. Check for their daily soups, most of the time they have at least one Vegan kind, and they have at least one sandwich that can be made Vegan.

Blue Sushi introduced Seitan, Vegan mayo and Vegan tempura to their Veggie Maki menu this spring. The result was 8 different Vegan rolls! And the best part is that all of them are DELICIOUS!

Aromas Coffeeshop in Benson introduced Vegan Cupcake Thursday earlier this year. You can find four varieties of Vegan cupcakes, like Spiced Chai or Chocolate. So on Thursday, get your Vegan eats from Benson Brewery and get your dessert a couple feet away at Aromas!

May was our latest Crystal Jade buffet, which always seems to be the most popular Meetup. And why not? $18.99 for all you can eat Pan-Asian food. I love it because I’m so bad about ordering the same thing (Lucky 7), so having the buffet turns me on to new dishes. Also, don’t forget Vegan Night is Wednesdays! Free Curry Soup and half priced Vegan Egg Rolls and Curry Puffs.

Two Birds Bakery has expanded into Omaha via Caffeine Dreams and Omaha Bicycle Company (on Wednesdays.) So if you haven’t had a chance to make it into Elkhorn, make sure to stop in Dundee or Benson for their delicious baked goods! (this raspberry scone was amazing btw.)

I was just at Block 16 last week and I stumbled upon their new Vegan menu item, the Vegan Comrade. Super tasty (it has Tempeh) and a welcome addition to their huge Vegan selection.

After much debate about the bun, Blatt Beer & Table confirmed that their Vegetarian Currywurst is Vegan! It cures the need for good Vegan eats in the NoDo section of town and you can get it up until 10pm.

And last but not least is that little place off of 50th and Saddle Creek, you know, Modern Love. Opening at the end of July or early August, it’s sure to be next level Vegan food. Isa Chandra Moskowitz finally has a restaurant to show off her cooking skills. Being that it’s on the smaller side (30-35 seats), reservations will be encouraged though online rsvp. Sure to be a national Vegan destination, I’m excited Omaha is on the Vegan map, FOR REAL. Stay tuned to the Vegan Omaha Meetup page for a special Modern Love Meetup.

So that’s the first six months in a nutshell! I can’t wait for the next six. I hope you’re hungry!

 

         
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The V – Bowling Alley, Arcade and Vegan Friendly Restaurant!

I’d like to think I’m pretty on top of the Vegan scene in Omaha. Between the Meetups and meeting new people, I ‘d say I have my ear to the ground for new spots to eat. Well, I was taken aback last month when someone from The V contacted me and told me they had not just one, but four Vegan entrees. Come to find out, The V is a Bowling Alley/ Arcade/ Laser Tag/ Restaurant. How cool is that! So I scadoodled down there as fast as I could to check it out.

The restaurant is quite large and very nice. We were seated quickly and checked out the menu. Sure enough, four Vegan items! Slow Roasted Stuffed Portabella, Orange Tofu, Pomodorro Pasta and Quinoa Stuffed Pepper. It goes without saying that this menu is superb for a bowling alley/entertainment center.

My favorite of the Vegan entrees was the Orange Tofu. The flavor and presentation were excellent.

Quinoa Stuffed Pepper. This one had Indian flavors.

Slow Roasted Stuffed Portabella. A Mediterranean vibe.

Pomodorro Pasta. Obviously Italian!

And a secret Vegan item on the menu is the pizza without the cheese. Load up with veggies and sauce. Don’t forget the potatoes!

If you are looking for a place to take the kids or even just a spot in West O with more than one Vegan option, give The V a try!

         
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Bliss Bakery/Aromas Coffeehouse Vegan Social

Vegan treats were abound at the Bliss Bakery/ Aromas Coffeehouse Vegan Social! Thankfully it was a cool October day, perfect for hot coffee and Vegan baked goods. Cupcake madness! With three Vegan cupcakes to choose from, I didn’t know what to do. We had a red velvet cupcake, white cupcake with white frosting and a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. And so you know, Bliss normally has Vegan cupcakes. Just ask at the counter and they’ll hook you up!

If cupcakes aren’t your thing, Bliss also had cookies and brownies! The brownies might look familiar, because you can also find them at The Tea Smith in the Old Market. They’re sooo good. On the cookie end, we had Lemon Coconut Cookies and….

Peanut Butter Pistachio Cookies. Both of them were delicious and begging for the accompaniment of a warm drink. Thank you so much to Bliss, Aromas and Julianna for putting together such a cool event!

         
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Two Birds Bakery and Culprit Cafe & Bakery

So many new and awesome Vegan-friendly places have opened this year! Carrying on that streak is Two Birds Bakery in Elkhorn and Culprit Cafe & Bakery in Downtown Omaha. I’ve been anticipating both openings for some time. As you may recall, Two Birds Bakery donated a ton of goodies to the Bakesale for Japan and Culprit was responsible for supplying Caffeine Dreams with Kolaches and Cinnamon Rolls. So both have been active in the Omaha community for awhile and now it’s their time to shine!

Two Birds Bakery

Two Birds Bakery is run by Megan Thomas and Trilety Wade. They operate out of the old Elkhorn Post Office, which was built by Trilety’s Maternal Great-Grandfather (how cool is that!) But there is no doubt that this is a modern bakery.

On the Saturday morning I visited, there were four Vegan muffins and one Vegan cookie. Trilety and Megan said they will always have multiple Vegans options on hand. Their muffin schedule is Tuesday/Wednesday- Vegan Ginger Blue & Vegan Sgt. Peppers and Thursday/Friday- Vegan Coffee Cake and Vegan Curry of Kali.  So make sure you get up to Elkhorn to check it out!

Busy, busy!

Two Birds Bakery

Vegan Ginger Blue Muffin, Vegan Sgt. Pepper’s Strawberry Fields Muffin, Vegan Curry of Kali Muffin and the Vegan Coffeecake Muffin

Loved these!

Culprit Cafe & Bakery

Luke Mabie is the Kolache king. If you’ve been to Caffeine Dreams in the last two years, you know what he can do. Also, he made those Vegan Cinnamon Rolls I’ve been dreaming about. So you can deduce that I’ve been eagerly anticipating Luke’s new endeavor! He is all about the details; simple ingredients with no shortcuts. Luke wants Culprit to be all about coffee, water and flour. Fresh bread is out of the oven at 3pm, just in time for supper.

On my visit to Culprit, I dined on the Open-Faced Veggie Sandwich, Mediterranean Soup and the Hummus Plate. They also had a Vegan Double Chocolate Muffin! Luke promises he’s going to keep the Vegan goodies coming with the triumphant return of the Vegan Cinnamon Roll and a new Vegan breakfast option. Also, good news for us Amsterdam Falafel fans! Luke is going to start making the new Amsterdam Falafel bun and it will be 100% Vegan.

Luke perfecting his art

Loving this lunch! Open Faced Veggie Sandwich with Breaded Eggplant and Mediterranean Soup

Hummus Plate on the go…

Double Chocolate Muffin, mmm!

Congrats to Two Birds Bakery and Culprit Cafe Bakery for two successful openings! We appreciate all of the Vegan options and we promise to visit often.

 

         
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New Vegan Omaha Shirts!

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It’s black, sparkly and 100% rad. This comfy shirt is an Ink Tank Merch printed heather black American Apparel track tee with blue and silver shimmer. Tri-Blend (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon) construction

Available in Unisex or Womens, the track tee does run a bit small, so take that into consideration. (unisex sizing chart and womens sizing chart)

The shirts are $17 shipped, woot!

*Update* I added a couple Unisex Grey shirts in as well, thanks!

         
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