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Handy Diner

Handy Diner’s owner, Teri Font, endeared herself to me the very moment I read the following sound bite in BusinessDen:

When my mom found out I bought a diner, she called me and drove out immediately (from Iowa) to see what I was doing. I think she thought I was having a manic episode or something. But once she saw the place, she got it.

That level of candid self deprecation mixed with a brand new diner in Five Points that features vegan fare exclusively? I’m sold.

Handy Diner Building

Formerly known to the neighborhood as the D-Line restaurant, the space is very small and unassuming. Because the diner atmosphere is so understated, the focus here is on the food alone. A shy server brought us waters, coffees and menus. Drew ordered a burger and I had the country fried chickpea steak with glazed yams. My order was inspired by the multiple Facebook reviews raving about it and I was not led astray. Drew’s review of his plate: no nonsense, a classic burger with no frills. His favorite part: the mashed potatoes. I’m still dreaming about it and words won’t do justice to the savory nature of that breakfast.
Handy Diner Burger

Rarely do I delve into why I was a vegetarian for more than a decade nor the reasons I transitioned to a fully vegan lifestyle last fall. Generally speaking, meat and dairy eaters find those kinds of monologue to be a judgmental buzzkill and this blog is meant to celebrate all things Denver. What I will say is that it’s next to never that:

  1. I can order any and everything off the menu
  2. Dine at a restaurant and not feel like an asshole when I have to ask for exceptions
  3. A vegan menu is so inventive and soul-nourishing good.

For these reasons, Handy Diner is a breath of fresh air.
Handy Diner YamsNo animals harmed! If you have a single iota of interest in vegan food, ride the Light Rail to the 30th and Downing stop and walk across the street. No meal exceeds $10 and everything is stick-to-your-ribs hearty. You will not be disappointed.

We’re wishing Teri and her crew all the success in the world.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Did you trick or treat last night? Party? Dance? Smear your zebra makeup? Before this weekend concludes, let’s continue with the sugar theme.

Gooey Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Because sober isn’t socially alienating enough, I decided about a month ago to make the leap from long-time vegetarian to full-on vegan. It’s been in the making for a long time. My reasons? To annoy you. I kid. It’s because of the animals. THE ANIMALS!

Ingrediants for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adjusting to a new way of eating risks the run of being unpleasant but I’ve opted to embrace the challenge on this one and experiment with baking, which I used to really enjoy and do all the time. In recent years, I haven’t tied an apron on for love or money. Let’s change that! I get after all kinds of flavors, cuisines, savory foods and comforting baked goods. My first task was tall: a perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie, sans any real dairy.

Chocolate Chip

Drew stood by (and helpfully taste tested) as I worked out the kinks in the recipe. I burned the first batch to high heaven, sat disappointedly in front of the oven (with the oven light on) for another and then the third time was a charm.

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies Mix

Of course I’ll share the spoils with you. Gather:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of Earth Balance
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • however-many-you-want dark chocolate chips

Mixing Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until the texture is soft and the flour has disappeared to the touch. Douse hands in flour, roll into very small balls, place on to a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s, source of all the delicious ingredients in this post. We’re in their rad blogger ambassador program.

Boris Helping with the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not a single animal sacrificed or harmed in the making of these delightful vegan treats. My Grandma Rose, whose apron I wore for this job, would be so proud. And, obviously, it helps if you have a terribly handsome dachshund to serve as a pastry chef. Thanks, Boris.

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