So how does a ‘vegan with benefits’ [slash] ‘lover of ice cream and yogurt with a lactose issue’ survive a week in America’s Dairyland?It’s not so hard, really. I mean, sure, you might get a few raised eyebrows when you order a cheeseless pizza in cheesehead country.But, when faced with a lack of soy or almond milk at the hotel breakfast bar, you can always just mix your cereal into oats and bananas.*
*Surprisingly good, actually.And luckily for me, my family spent less time preparing cheese and crackers for pre-dinner munchies……and more time noshing (a word which, I would like to point out, Papa Smart uses regularly) on veggie trays created by Sister Smart. [I begrudgingly had to admit she might be better at me than this...]Of course, there were two ’benefits’ worth breaking out the Lactaid (and veering away from veganism) for…I don’t think I even knew what was in a Mai Tai before I just googled it*–nor had a particular desire to consume one–but the thought of it in soft serve form made for a culinary curiosity I couldn’t resist.
I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s crunchy and peanutty and cakey and sweet. [And there are sprinkles involved.] Clearly you can see from the expression on Cousin Smart’s face that this stuff makes people crazy.Obviously I HAD to have some. And through a series of confusing discussions involving dishes versus cones, I ended up with both a cone, and a dish, and an entire cup of Twinkle Cote.I stopped consuming the Mai Tai after I started to feel the angry lactase-less grumblings of my stomach…but that didn’t stop me from eating all of the Twinkle Cote with a spoon.
Once you’ve dipped your toes into the dairy river, it’s hard not to want to jump on in…and although I’ve never really been a cheese person and never have pangs for milk, I definitly could NOT resist the sight of a Chobani parfait bar at Jessica‘s condo-warming brunch.When Jessica and I were matched up as cabinmates at Blend in May, we found it to be fate that she happened to live a short 15-minute drive from my grandparent’s house in southern Wisconsin. The timing of Grandpa Smart’s 90th birthday worked out perfectly for her condo-warming!Chobani sent the yogurt, and Jessica provided a plethora of delcious toppings.I was super excited about my bowl of Chobani topped with an excessive amount of berries, Uncle Sam cereal, and coconut.But I was even more excited to see Jessica again, FINALLY meet Sarah of Sarah Learns, and be introduced to Kelly of Brownies and Zucchini.
[Sarah was obviously super excited too. ]
Today I’m headed home, away from the land of milk and cheese…but those cravings for cones and twinkle cote will live on, I’m sure.