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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming (Juicy July, that is) to bring you this post about Matt’s and my long weekend in Minneapolis. As I said previously, Matt and I were in MN to attend CONvergence again. It’s basically a humongous 4-day geekfest. Matt goes for the gaming aspect; I go for the general nerdery.
Minneapolis is only a 6-to-7 hour drive north of Kansas City, but I packed plenty of precut Champagne mangos…
…and homemade energy bars for the trip.
When we woke up in MN on Thursday morning, the first thing we did was to hit up the Whole Foods in Edina to stock up on snacks for the weekend. We always make sure to get a hotel room with a mini fridge!
I even brought my Tribest travel blender so we could make green smoothies.
I won’t talk to you much about the conference itself – check out the website for more details – but suffice it to say, when 5,000 nerds and geeks (and gamers, goths, cyberpunks, steampunks, gypsies, pirates, cosplayers…) take over a hotel and spend a whole weekend drinking and carousing, madness ensues.
And we were ready!
There’s free food at the con 24 hours a day – and lots of it – but even though much of it is junky, CONvergence is actually really great about providing vegan and gluten-free options. There’s always soymilk and soy creamer available at their all-day-and-night free coffee bar, for example.
We frequently hit up the Rice Room for steamed brown rice with GF tamari, sriracha, and white and black sesame seeds.
Connie’s Space Lounge had free vegan ice cream shakes every night.
The ConSuite always had fresh fruit on hand, and sometimes baby carrots appeared (at which point I would stash a few packs in my purse and head straight for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Room to eat them with a big scoop of PB).
The Soup Room also provided vegan soups aplenty all day/night long, like this veggie chili.
With that much free food at our fingertips (and in our hotel fridge), we only went out to eat for one meal, but I just had to go to Ecopolitan again!
Matt started with an Apple Pie Smoothie while I sipped a Coconut Supreme shake.
Matt ate the Chili Cheese Burrito (all-vegan and mostly-raw) for his meal…
…and I had the most epic and delicious raw Taco Salad I’ve ever seen or tasted.
We also managed to meet up with my friend Alissa of Punk Rawk Labs!
Whoa, guys. WHOA. This stuff is incredible! As you may know, I am not a cheese person, generally speaking (even vegan cheese), but I found myself noshing on it at 2am with [more] baby carrots. I polished it off in just 2 days. Alissa, you’re amazing!
It was an excellent weekend, indeed.
Oh yeah, and today’s my birthday.