The Best Breakfasts to Cure Your Hangover in Minneapolis - @PickyFoodie

Minneapolis Food Blogger, Devan Grimsrud aka Picky Foodie

Devan Grimsrud (@pickyfoodie) is a Minneapolis-based food writer and photographer.

These are her MPLS Hangover Cures (a.k.a. Breakfasts).

Minneapolis is one of those cities that has always flown under the radar. Across the country Minneapolis means frostbitten fingertips, funny accents, snowy streets, and old-school Mid-Western values. But there’s so much more to the city than cold winters and Lutheran churches. From amazingly diverse restaurants and world-class art museums, to incredible music venues and beautiful lakes a few miles from downtown.

@PickyFoodie at Bad Waitress minneapolis Drinking Coffee Pyknic Lasagna Del Rey Tee

If you like to sip on delicious craft cocktails – who doesn’t? – or have beer on the brain 24/7, you’ll love Minneapolis even more. Over the past few years, the number of craft breweries and distilleries has exploded. My favorite is Tattersall Distillery, but there are so many other great spots to check out, like Norseman Distillery, Dangerous Man Brewing, Du Nord Distillery, Indeed Brewing, Fair State Brewing Co-Op, and Able Seedhouse + Brewery. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination, and these places are hands-down better than any bar.

 

The Bad Waitress - 2 E 26th St

So last night you got your fill, and it’s 11AM and you’re in need of some food to knock that headache away. Let’s start with a diner, because let’s be honest, diner food is always good to you when your heart is pounding in your temples and your mouth is desert dry.

Picky Foodie Devan Grimsrud Visits Bad Waitress in Minnesota for Pancakes Hangover Cure

I like The Bad Waitress on Eat Street for a few reasons. One, you have very little interaction with the staff – as you fill out what you want on a piece of paper, pay, sit, eat, and leave. When you had a late night, aren’t feeling so hot, and want to gorge on pancakes in peace – this is the ultimate. Plus, they have bloody marys made with sake for just $5. Win, win, win.

 

TRUCE - 120 N 1st Ave & 1428 W 32nd St

Not a diner person? No worries, my next go-to spot for a speedy hangover recovery is Truce – a fresh pressed juice shop in both Uptown and the North Loop. Get some protein, fruit, and greens with their ‘Green’ acai bowl and maybe pick up a charcoal lemonade or ‘AMP’ juice to go, because, why not?

 Picky Foodie visits Truce Juice

Devan Grimsrud The Picky Foodie at TRUCE Minneapolis Minnesota


Café Alma - 528 University Ave SE

My last recommendation is for when you’re only very slightly hungover and armed with a craving for something more sophisticated. Café Alma is on the outskirts of the University of Minnesota’s campus (known as Dinkytown) and has impeccable food for both morning and lunch, to stay or to go. Cappuccinos? Check. Poultry bone broth? Check. Fried egg sandwiches, toasted oat oatmeal, macaroni and cheese? Check, check, check. House-made croissants and galettes, fresh juices, winter salads with squash? You get the picture.

Picky Foodie Cafe Alma Minneapolis

 Cafe Alma Minnesota

So, next time you think of taking a trip to Minneapolis, I hope you you picture yourself lounging at an award-winning distillery instead of shivering in a parka in the arctic tundra.

 

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Lasagna Del Rey Tee: HERE.

I Only Brought My Appetite Tee: HERE.

 

The Brothers Buoy - Notorious Cereal Killers & Killer Food Photographers

The Brothers Buoy for the Pyknic Cereal Killer Crewneck Sweatshirt with Cereal Bowl Milk Skull

The Brothers Buoy (@thebrothersbuoy) are a Brooklyn duo that consists of Graham (photographer) and Jackson (wordsmith -- also pictured above and below). They are not your average, run-of-the-mill, "food account" on Instagram but they are so much more.

The Brothers Buoy for the Pyknic Cereal Killer Crewneck Sweatshirt with Cereal Bowl Milk Skull

In a very crowded space where food photography is plentiful and monotonous, The Brothers Buoy have broken away from the pack with a steady funk. As the great Don Draper once said, "success is related to standing out, not fitting in."

They’re bringing craftsmanship and most importantly, a sense of humor, to properly showcase the grub they eat, the joints they eat at in NYC, and the events they throw. They also give some complimentary tips to those aspiring food photographers out there.

The Brothers Buoy for the Pyknic Cereal Killer Crewneck Sweatshirt with Cereal Bowl Milk Skull

So if you're into food as much as we are, keep up with these two via their Instagram, @thebrothersbuoy.

 

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Homeslice Strapback Hat: HERE.

Cereal Killer Vintage Inspired Crewneck Sweatshirt: HERE.

A Day with Skyler from NYC Dining: Underwest Donuts

Dashing around New York City with a foodie on a mission was on the agenda this week as our photographer Andrew alongside Skyler from @nycdining on Instagram made their way to Underwest Donuts. Located in Hell's Kitchen on W 47th St, this is no ordinary doughnut shop. 

With a kitchen counter inside of a car wash, this is to be noted as Skyler's favorite, #1, MVP doughnut shop in all of New York. It's not just a one-stop shop, it's an experience that according to Skyler will "ignite all the sparks on your tastebuds". 

So, like, moving upstairs ASAP? 

Popular flavors include Maple Waffle, Coco Raspberry, and Mulled Cider. But trust the foodie Instagram queen and go for the brown butter doughnut - simple, yet powered with flavor. 

If you're looking for a different kind of no regrets-sugar explosion-good vibes only experience, then Underwest Donuts is your place. Make sure to stop on by and recreate the shoot for yourself sporting our "Donut Kill My Vibe" tee. No worries, it's crumb proof. 

Kindred is Vegan But Killing It in San Diego

Kindred San Diego Vegan Food

Nestled on the corner of 30th and Beech in San Diego's South Park neighborhood sits KINDRED: a must-see, must-eat contemporary vegan restaurant & bar that is one of a kind with its death-metal overtones. Our amigo and hungerluster, Andrew (@themarshan1), visually documented his experience for this latest episode of HUNGERLUST™. "Hardcore will never die, but you will."

Kindred Vegan Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Kindred Vegan Cocktail Bar San Diego

Besides being greeted by a marble facade entryway outside, Kindred's bar is made of beautiful marble. They are crafting the same cocktails most are accustomed to but without the use of dairy or honey. 

Kindred San Diego Bar

Kindred San Diego

Fried & Pickled: Beer Battered Dill Slices, Buffalo Pickled Cauliflower, Ranch.

Kinded San Diego Black Kale Salad

Black Kale Salad: Charred Broccolini, Creamed Mint Tofu, Avocado, Pickled Onion, Mango, Fresno Chili Dressing.

Kindred San Diego Decor

Kindred San Diego Vegan Beet Risotto

Beet Risotto: Fried Potato Scallops, Sweet Corn Sauce, Scallion Sour Cream.

Kindred South Park San Diego Vegan Tempeh on Rye

Tempeh on Rye: Cornmeal Crusted Tempeh, Smoked Beet, Kale Fennel Kraut, Sriracha Thousand Island, Rye Pita w/ Potato Chips.

Kindred San Diego

Kindred San Diego Vegan Bar

Kindred San Diego

Kindred San Diego's Best Vegan Food

Know of or own a rad place we haven't tried yet? Contact us.

From Pyknic's Test Kitchen: Vegan Tacos al Pastor

Today was historic. Not only was it an infamous #TacoTuesday but it also happened to be Cinco de Mayo. As far as tacos go, this was no day to half-ass it.

Tacos al Pastor was always the go-to taco but since we're no longer eating meat, there had to be another way. Today's creation featured seasoned & grilled portobello mushroom with grilled pineapple, avocado, homemade salsa, pickled red onion, and garnished with cilantro inside corn tortillas.

One day we're going to go on a "Taco Tour" both sampling tacos at various taquerías across this beautiful country and maybe even making some for those who come out to see us. I think this will particular taco definitely be on the menu.

March 13, 2015

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BEST VEGAN DONUTS IN PHILLY - DOTTIE'S DONUTS

Dottie's Donuts are the best vegan donuts in Philadelphia and some would even suggest the best donut in the city. The donuts are light and layered with different flavors such as the ones we sampled: Hibiscus, Blueberry Spearmint, Lemon Poppy, and Cinnamon Sugar. For those unfamiliar with "vegan" (meaning no ingredients came from animals, ie. milk & eggs), you would be doing yourself a serious injustice by allowing a label to detter you from trying these delicious donuts. Instead ingredients like coconut milk are substituted in. Right now they're available through Philly coffee shops like Grindcore House and Elixr as well as Brew HaHa! in Delaware but there are plans for a Dottie's Donuts storefront in the near future.

EAT LIKE A LOCAL HAWAII - Best Maui Breakfast Food

When we set sail for Hawaii the itinerary most importantly called for native cuisine. A general rule of thumb is that if you are going to the right places there is nothing fancy, gimmicky, or pretentious about it, just honest food and hardworking folk. Once this belief becomes part of your “eating ethics” you will realize that food culture is the best out in Hawaii. 

There are highly touted eateries on the island, primarily in the resort areas like Wailea, with award-winning chefs from “The Mainland” creating their pricey takes on local dishes but that is not what we were after on this adventure. That is not what you should be after either if you are reading this and frequent our website. Sure “Maui’s Best” Italian Restaurant, Tommy Bahamas, or Outback Steakhouse might be a great occasional option for an actual Maui inhabitant (ok, well maybe not the latter) but none should be a suggestion for a hungry guest of the island. Quickly this trip could take a turn for the worse, closely resembling ostentatious Las Vegas white-cloth dining that resorts are trying to force-feed tourists. This is not Hawaii and if something you read or someone tells you differently, take a few steps back and proceed to run away. No cost of a meal can buy authenticity, always keep that in mind. 

Wailea is primarily a luxury resort community which is great for the beach, hotel, golf, and other various amenities but when it comes to food you are going to have to leave the confines that keep out the local eateries & businesses.

Buttermilk Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes Stella Blues Cafe' Best Breakfast in Maui, Kihei, Hawaii

Stella Blues Cafe - Kihei, HI) 

A short 5 minute drive out of Wailea on South Kihei Road leads to the Stella Blues Cafe, a great first spot for breakfast. "Stella Blue" sound familiar? ‘The Dead’ inspired the name of this cafe as well as some of the interior’s decor, down to the tie dye shirts worn by the wait staff. The 'Deadhead’ family originally opened the first bagel shop on Maui but no one knew what a bagel was. They moved on and opened “Stella Blues Cafe” to fill the gap between low and high end dining. 

A full stack of Buttermilk Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes are the best way to get warmed up for the Hawaiian flavors to come in a week-long excursion. These light, fluffy cakes the size of your skull are full of fresh banana slices, chock full of macadamia nuts, and come with two servings of the smooth, sweet coconut syrup. 

Stella Blues Cafe' Tofu Scramble Best Breakfast in Maui, Kihei, Hawaii

Stella Blues also has vegetarian options on their menu such as the Tofu Scramble. When you order they have to warn you that there are no eggs, presumably because some who have ordered were disappointed to find the scrambled sans the eggs. The half-inch tofu cubes have replaced the egg with its similar yet near-perfect consistency in this sautéed mix also including green onions, broccoli and mushrooms. The Tahini Sauce and Monterey Jack cheese becomes the flavorful glue that binds this scramble together.

 

Sunrise Cafe Best Breakfast in Maui Lahaina, HI

Sunrise Cafe (Lahaina, HI)

Breakfast appetizers do exist at the Sunrise Cafe, a small joint sitting just between a surfer beach and Front Street in West Maui. When you first walk the vibe is like walking into a family’s home kitchen. In fact, there is even an old, white double door refrigerator you will pass when finding your own seat/table in the back room. Do your parents have an credit card machine in their kitchen? No. So make sure you bring cash.

It’s highly suggested that you start with the giant, warm homemade cinnamon roll. It is covered in icing, maple syrup, and macadamia nuts. Balance that out with a healthy and fresh half papaya with cottage cheese & granola filling and you now have most of the food pyramid covered. Now that you have laid a nice base and expanded your stomach, be brave and take on the giant breakfast burrito. Eggs, rice, cheese, papaya, and salsa are somehow contained in a tortilla and are prepared to become your breakfast and lunch.

Sunrise Cafe and most cafes offer the fresh half papaya. It can be served with cottage cheese or yogurt filling sprinkled with granola or just plain with wedges of lime. The squeeze of lime on the papaya really brings out a terrific sweet-tart tropical flavor. It is so simple that it’s stupid.

Kihei Caffe Best Breakfast in Maui Hawaii

Kihei Caffe Best Breakfast in Maui Hawaii

Kihei Caffe (Kihei, HI)

Eating outside is liberating, especially when you are on a sidewalk in a sunny paradise fronting the beach and eating the “Best Breakfast 6 Years in a Row” according to various Maui publications. The Kihei Caffe serves breakfast all day including these thick slices of bread that went swimming amongst egg & milk then came out on the other side as “Heaven on a Plate” or simply Pineapple & Coconut French Toast and Banana Macadamia Nut French Toast. 

When you are so used to mainland diners and their diluted, “muddy” water, poor excuse for coffee (I could go on) they serve, the coffee at Kihei Caffe is going to rock you down to your caffeine yearning core. Rather than serving a Folger’s (or whatever looks passable as brown in a coffee mug), Kihei Caffe treats its guests with a local Maui Oma blend made specifically for the establishment.