Thursday, July 06, 2006

izzy's for ice cream

St. Paul had it all when we called.

Tonight I went to Izzy's for the first time, and had some ridiculously yummy strawberry soy ice cream with strawberry sorbet on top. My wife had a cone as well, and hers was topped off with some mango sorbet. The sorbet was a free "izzy", a tiny scoop of any flavor that can be added for free to the top of a single or double cone. Reader's Digest named Izzy's one of the top 100 ice cream shacks in the country, and rightly so. It was very crowded.

Since becoming vegan I've become kind of a supertaster for egg, so I suspected that the waffle cones we ate were not vegan. True enough; I just got off the phone with Izzy's and learned that their waffle cones contain both egg and butter (and a very non-vegan but classy malted milkball hidden away in the bottom of the cone), but that the sugar and cake cones are vegan.

A trip to an old school ice cream parlor is one of those treats that many of us suspect veganism requires us to give up. Places like Izzy's have been kind enough to dispel that myth, and for that, they lend a little bit of style to West St. Paul.

As if that weren't enough, Izzy's claims to be "the first shop" running on solar energy. It's unclear whether that means ice cream shop or what, but it kind of doesn't matter, does it?

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Well, I can't say I like the methodology behind it, but this ant study that came out the other day confirms what I think a lot of us already knew - ants are amazing. Veganism for me is kind of an extension of whatever it was in me as a kid that made me dislike the idea of smashing ant colonies to bits (although I'm sure I'm guilty of same). Maybe you were the same kind of kid.