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One reason vegans can breathe easy

Breathe easy. Breathe Bookstore Cafe in Hampden has vegan goodies amongst its vegetarian offerings. New to the eatery/readery are vegan samosas. The store also sells giant spicy ginger cookies made with spelt flour that are pretty tasty.

Main vegan dishes include mac and "cheese" and the Seasonal Veggie Flatbread which comes with cashew "cheese" and of course veggies. The bread is made with spelt flour. Also available is the Chickpea Double which is a spelt crust filled with chickpeas that are mildly spiced. Another option on the menu is a Spinach Pesto Polenta which comes with seasonal toppings.

The store is located in a converted rowhouse and the cozy front room area is furnished with a few tables surrounded by brightly colored hand-painted chairs and bookcases. On the shelves you can find a couple of vegan cookbooks among other reading materials. Used books are for sale upstairs in a quieter and more subdued environment.

The cafe regularly has workshops, lectures and other events and it's a warm place to hang out on a cold winter day but I'm looking foward to hanging out on their colorful porch next summer.

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