Vegan in Dairyland

by Sarah on July 9, 2012 · 10 comments

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.

*rum, Curacao (orange), lime, orgeat (almond and rose water), pineapple

Of course, I was really after the Twinkle Cote.

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.

Yes. It happened.

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.

Wisconsin Blogger Love!

 [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.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

Mai-tai ice cream?? Um, yes please!! You should have sent me the rest of yours! 😉

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’m having a little twinkle cone envy right now. Random side note: my childhood cat was named Twinkle.

Awesome yogurt bar – I’d have thrown caution to the wind for that one too! And so lucky that you got to meet Sarah!

Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) July 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

Twinkle cote just might be my new favorite words! Haha. Sounds so magically delicious.
Glad you had a wonderful trip!

Liz @ IHeartVegetables July 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

So much deliciousness!!!! YUM!!! You look fantastic, as always. And I bet you enjoyed that bowl of Chobani, even if it wasn’t technically vegan. I love the benefits 😉


sarah @ sarah learns July 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

why did i have a feeling that photo of me would be making an appearance…!? it was wonderful to meet you & i’m glad you enjoyed your wisconsin trip despite the state’s general confusion when confronted by a vegan. :)

janetha [meals & moves] July 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

there is just too much amazingness going on in this post.

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Sounds like you had a great time, Sarah! So glad to hear it!

Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Haha that Twinkle Cote looks INSANE!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I hope it didn’t hurt your tummy too bad love!! Sometimes, it is worth the pain! :) Sounds like you are having fun!

Jessica July 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Thank you so much for coming!!! I’m glad we got to hang out again!! :) Can you email me the group picture? I love it!

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