Pictured above: Portia’s Vegan Café in Clintonville.
I’ve had the hungies like crazy this month; gonna go ahead and blame it on freezing temperatures, cabin fever, stuck cars, endless gobs of poorly-plowed snow, busted tires, a busted coat zipper, and…I could go on. I did grow up in northern Illinois, which—in theory—sets the stage for greeting winter as this thing you just accept and get on with until its over. (My family once made a trip out to the grocery store for a loaf of bread in a blizzard. In a GEO METRO.) But oh, how my pride in those snow-filled roots have snapped this February. This month, I think of shoveling, of course, in regards to snowy walkways…but moreso in regards to my mouth, along with heaping amounts of bourbon, pizza, and cookies.
Last weekend, I switched it up a bit by taking a long walk in said gobs of poorly-plowed snow, and also entertained my mouth with a couple of vegan treats at Portia’s Café on Indianola. While I myself am not vegan, my husband is lactose intolerant, and any restaurant where we have a large menu to order from is noteworthy. (Whole World Natural Bakery & Restaurant is a long-standing favorite.) While vegan fare won’t satisfy everyone’s taste buds, I do invite you to experiment with it.
What did I try at Portia’s this time around?
- Coffee with a Mushroom Harvest booster. This powdered blend of 14 different mushroom varieties added a subtle, earthy flavor (with a little grit) to my morning buzz. Nothing fancy; just a little something different, and I’ll have it again. ($3.50, zero hallucination.)
- Vegan chocolate mousse. Made with raw cacao, avocados, dates, maple syrup, and vanilla. Damn. As a Jell-O, mousse, and pudding fan, I crave this version on a regular basis now. I’m curious to emulate some version of it at home…but I know where to go for a quick fix. Vegan dessert can be delicious! ($6)
Happy shoveling, guys.
Portia’s Café Menu / Map