Denver: Dietary Restriction Heaven
For those of you who don't know, this fall I moved to Norman, Oklahoma to begin a PhD program in rhetoric and writing studies. While I am fulfilling a life-long goal, I left my fiance, dogs, friends, and community in Colorado. Technology makes it easy to stay in touch, but Colorado spoiled me. I had access to what seemed like an endless variety of beer and restaurants aware of dietary restrictions. Last weekend, I made a trip home to have a wedding dress fitting. A few weeks before traveling home, Sam said we should have a date night. With 36 hours to spend in Denver, I wanted my date night to be at City O' City, a completely vegetarian restaurant that has many vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free options. No matter what your dietary restriction, City O' City has something for everyone!
The best part about going to City O' City? Dessert! Their baked goods are supplied by Make, Believe Bakery, a vegan bakery with excellent attention to dietary restrictions. I admit that I'm bias here. Sam and I decided to order our wedding cake and cupcakes from Make, Believe Bakery and when I tell guests about the cupcakes, I tell them that Make, Believe is the best vegan bakery in Denver.
After an emotional day of wedding-related activities, I enjoyed a bbq mac wrap and onion rings. The mac wrap was filled with vegan mac and cheese, fried pickles, and bbq seitan. This was a big deal to me. I can't remember the last time I ate onion rings.
At most restaurants, onion rings are made with a batter that contains milk. I've stopped asking if the onion rings have dairy because I don't want to get my hopes up. At City O' City, they're clearly labeled as vegan. After inhaling the onion rings and half of the wrap, I decided to bring the other half home and share dessert with Sam. We ordered a piece of vegan cheesecake without asking what kind of cheesecake they had.
We were pleasantly surprised with a turtle cheesecake. Caramel, chocolate, and pecans topped the light, fluffy desert. Sam was surprised I didn't lick the plate (I came pretty close). While vegan cheesecake doesn't taste exactly like a dairy-filled cheesecake, it hits the spot.
To extend my wonderful eating experience, I bought a ho-ho cupcake to bring back to Oklahoma.
It got a little smashed during my travel back to Oklahoma, but it survived a lot better than I thought it would. I enjoyed my chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting filling with a cup of coffee, in vegan bliss, before returning to the reality of graduate studies.