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Sweet Cooie's

Sweet Cooie’s

As soon as I walked in, I loved this place. Sweet Cooie’s in Congress Park is hard not to like. After all, they’re in the sugar business and business is sweet.

Sweet Cooie's

I’m sorry, I realize how cliche that sounds but I’m so amped up on chocolate truffles right now that I can’t help myself. Imagine a 1950s-style sweet shop decorated in the newfound post-war optimism from that era. Add a scoop of Tiffany blue elegance for good measure. That’s Sweet Cooie’s.

Sweet Cooie's

Owner Paul Tamburello of Little Man Ice Cream fame (known for its long outdoor lines, even at the height of winter) dedicated this spot to his mom, affectionately nicknamed ‘Cooie.’ This shines through in every detail of the shop. It’s a new gem in Congress Park. Unlike Tramburello’s other LoHi hot spot, Little Man, you’ll only find the Gooey Cooie here – an ice cream sandwich made with a brioche bun. Glorious.

Sweet Cooie's

Sorbet and sherbet will be making their comeback at Sweet Cooie’s as well as a host of vegan offerings. Yes, please! I picked up a pint of vegan Horchata ice cream for Clare as a Valentine’s treat while I was there and it was a big hit.

Sweet Cooie's

Sweet Cooie’s is a beautiful shop that takes me back to the Mackinac Island trips I took as a kid, Up North in Michigan. In fact, it even smells the same! Now only if they offered Superman ice cream…

I’ll talk with Paul.

Visit Sweet Cooie’s at 3506 E. 12th Ave. (12th and Madison) in Congress Park. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


For all its population growth and influx of restaurants and eateries popping up on every imaginable corner, Denver just doesn’t keep pace with vegan dining options compared to other major cities. That’s not to say there aren’t a handful of great places to tuck into a vegan meal but it’s not yet the plant-based mecca that I long for it to become.

Enter Sputnik!

This little dive bar with its unassuming facade on Broadway and Ellsworth serves up cheap beer and comfort food for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Adding to its hipster points, right next door is the very popular Hi-Dive, an indie music venue. The service is friendly with no nonsense. Every server or bartender we have ever encountered here has thoroughly mussed hair, tattoos in places that were probably painful, a T-shirt you’re not certain is ironic or not, and a quick hand with the coffee refills.

You can’t really ask for anything more.


One of the last times we had brunch here, Drew enjoyed pork ramen off the lunch menu and I ordered a tofu scramble. Also delicious and available all day: the zucchini dog, the restaurant’s surprisingly satisfying take on a corn dog. Drew is a card-carrying steak and potatoes kind of dude and even he can’t recommend the zucchini dogs vigorously enough.

Coffee in an authentic Taz mug from the 90s? Don’t mind if I do.

Despite its humble appearance, Sputnik delivers. I don’t recommend bringing your parents here but if your much cooler, slightly older cousins from Brooklyn come to the Mile High City to visit, they will be impressed. I speak from experience.

From 3 to 7 p.m., the happy hour menu features a variety of beers and small bites ranging from $2 to $6.

To summarize: affordable, tasty food! Cold, cheap beer! Vegan friendly! Warm service! Vinyl booths! Christmas lights!

Sputnik is everywhere you might expect to find a Denver establishment on social media (except Twitter, apparently).

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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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