The Loop in Manitou Springs + Vegan news you can use (1/27/13)

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by JL Fields on January 27, 2013

I’m always happy when I discover a local restaurant that can accommodate vegans. Dave and I have been craving good Mexican food (with vegan options for me!) since moving to Colorado.  Yesterday our schedules were crazy and by 3pm we realized that the only thing we had on our stomach’s was the late morning smoothie I prepared after going to our local Buddhist temple.

Green smoothie on JL goes Vegan 2 cups almond milk, 4 cups baby spinach, 2 tablespoons flaxseed, 2 frozen clementines, 1 frozen banana. SERVES 2

I went through my Groupons to see where we might eat, then checked out websites for hours, and discovered that 3pm – 5pm is not an ideal time to try to dine out in the Springs.  So on a whim I looked up a Mexican restaurant we have noticed in Manitou Springs – they were open! And they offered a meatless section on the menu:

Totally Meatless Delights at The Loop in Manitou Springs

The Loop doesn’t offer vegan options, per se, but I felt confident I could get a vegan dish with a few tweaks.

We started with the complimentary chips and salsa (hot, hot, hot!) and a margarita.

Horni Margarita and Salsa at The Loop in Manitou Springs

I ordered the Guacamole Enchiladas, hold the cheese, which comes with rice and black beans.

Vegan Guacamole Enchiladas at The Loop in Manitou Springs

Everything about this dish was delicious – and that green sauce, oh my!  We are adding The Loop to our list of favorite restaurants!

The Loop on Urbanspoon

I’m heading out for a run this morning and then I’m making my Creamy Vegetable Breakfast Casserole for the Colorado Springs Vegan & Vegetarian MeetUp Sunday Brunch Potluck.  While I do that, how about getting caught up on this week’s vegan news?

This week’s vegan links and news

A vegan blogger has gone missing!  I’m sharing this because you just never know who might read this and see her.  Here’s hoping.

Family, friends search for missing Atlanta woman, last seen in Texas


  • Fancy Pants, a vegan prom, will be held in Denver on March 30.


This week on the blogs

JL goes Vegan

WEDNESDAY: Vegan “essentials”, wearing vegan while eating vegan, and growing as a joyful vegan

neat market, nooch and vegan travel

THURSDAY: Where’s JL? At the Niagara VegFest in June! And how about in your community?

JL Fields to speak at Niagara Veg Fest

SATURDAY: An ounce of prevention? Souped-Up Ginger Tea

Ginger tea with vinegar and cayenne pepper

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  • Glad you found some vegan Mexican food. I usually have pretty good luck at Mexican restaurants when traveling. The food looks great, but really, that margarita looks awesome 🙂

    • JL

      That margarita WAS awesome! 🙂 I’m always happy to find Mexican restaurants that don’t put meat in their beans!

  • Jennifer Lynskey

    Love that Chipotle is trying another vegan “protein.” I really liked the garden blend they had at the Chelsea Chipotle. Too bad it didn’t take off.

    • JL

      I actually have only eat at on Chipotle, at an airport. I would definitely go to show my support of tofu!

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