Sep 9, 2020 BY: Mohini Patel
The owner of Upton’s Breakroom—a vegan restaurant in Chicago—debuts Liberation Donuts. The new pop-up is currently operating from Upton’s Breakroom and will be expanding into a space featuring a dedicated counter and seating area.
Dan Staackmann, the owner of Upton’s Breakroom and Upton’s Naturals, has been vegan for 20+ years, and his love for a good old fried donut inspired Liberation Donuts. Dan told VegOut, “[I’m] a huge fan of old-fashioned fried cake donuts, but too often the vegan version of this is either baked or it’s intended to be the ‘healthy’ and/or a gluten-free option. So we hired Cody DeFrate, the former COO of LA vegan donut shop Donut Friend, to oversee the launch and operations [to] offer truly gourmet vegan donuts. The names of our donuts are inspired by the animal liberation movement, our favorite hardcore bands, and some of the cool animals in our lives. We’re donating 50% of the sales of our Total Liberation (lemon poppyseed) donut to a different animal rescue or human rights organization each month—this month our partner is The Catcade (a cat cafe and rescue).”
Upton’s plans to add seasonal flavors soon, but the opening menu includes: Total Liberation (lemon poppyseed), For Greta (strawberry shortcake), Undercover (chocolate powdered), Flapjack (maple crumb), and more. Right now the donuts are available for takeout only, but Liberation Donuts will soon be offering local delivery. Individual donuts cost $3.25-$3.75 each, or a baker’s choice mixed dozen is available for $36.
Food & Drink
Veg out with us! Emerging and existing brands from across the country are launching innovative products every day, so we searched far and wide for the best of the best—everything from lentil pasta, ice cream, and chocolate to vegan pudding, cheese, and more. Check out our list below of the hottest new plant-based products for the month of September.
Thankfully, the days when vegan pizza meant flimsy crust, store-bought tomato sauce, and overcooked veggies that no one actually liked are long behind us. If you made it through the vegan pizza apocalypse, congrats! And if you’re just joining us on your vegan journey, welcome to the party! Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a slice (or a whole pie) of vegan pizza across the states.
Here’s a list of places that sell vegan croissants in Los Angeles! These flaky crescent-shaped pastries are native to Austrian and French cuisine. Since they’re traditionally made using milk, butter, and eggs, croissants can be difficult to make or find vegan––but not in LA!
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Wondering what to feed your vegan fur babies? We’ve got the answers! When it comes to finding food for our pups, we want to make sure they have the best nutrition possible. That’s why we’ve curated a list of vegan and veg-friendly brands that offer dog food, treats, supplements, and more!
These brands offer biker shorts that are trendy and earth-friendly––hey, that rhymes! Whether you’re an avid mountain biker, spin class enthusiast, or have never sat on a two-wheeler in your life, we can all agree that biker shorts are one of the hottest new movements in the fashion scene. With the stretchiness of leggings and the breeziness of short-shorts (without all the chafing), these mid-length bottoms hit the sweet spot for comfort and style. Here are a few of our favorites!
Pasta Salad is the Midwesterner’s way of tricking themselves into thinking that they’re eating healthy. This recipe serves one. Or like eight people. Whichever.
Everyone needs a go-to chocolate cookie, so consider this your new one. Gooey and thick, this rich chocolate cookie is grain-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free—sweetened only with Just Date Syrup. It’s gonna be a ritual, starting tonight.
This uber creamy 20-minute vegan mac delivers the tang of sharp cheddar from a surprising source—sun-dried tomatoes! A few basil leaves add complexity to the flavors without making it taste “tomato basil-y.” I like to top it with hemp seeds for a little extra texture and nutrition, but that’s totally optional. Use chickpea or lentil pasta to make this mac ‘n cheez super healthy! Add a side of steamed green beans or broccoli for a complete meal.
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