Monday, April 27, 2009


Where you goin', city boy? April 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
NoBrandCon was, in summary, a weekend of pleasant surprises.

I admit that as a city boy I was worried about going to a smaller convention out in Wisconsin. I was all ready to come back here with stories of how I ached for the bustle of a major metropolitan city and how people looked at me cross-eyed when I mentioned the word "vegan." I never thought I'd be so glad to be so wrong.

Well, okay. Eau Claire, WI didn't exactly surprise me with a bustling populace, but who knew a vegan could have a disarmingly good black bean burger at a creole restaurant one night and a special-ordered tofu and vegetable dinner the next? I also managed to find a charming acoustic music cafe that served a killer lentil and roasted garlic soup. Mmm.

Food aside, the staffers and attendees of NoBrandCon blew me away with their generosity, kindness, and overall aura of awesome. I think if I stayed any longer I may have physically burst from all the love these folks showed me. I had such an amazing time that I really hope they'll have me back next year, because I'd be more than willing to make the trip again.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.

Oh, and just in case you missed it the first time...