5 Questions with…Laura VanZandt

5 Questions with…Laura VanZandt

The Twin Cities' blogging community is tight, and Laura VanZandt is one of those bloggers who everyone seems to know. She always has the latest on the red-hot theater scene, the tastiest vegan dishes and the must-see concerts, so we decided to ask Laura five questions.

VSP: Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?

LV: I’ve had my blog, One Girl, Two Cities, for three years now. I lived in Uptown (Minneapolis) for three years, so I thought: “Why not move to Saint Paul?” I love it here, and I’m not shy about loving it here. And I like to say that my blog is about concerts, restaurants and theater—I’m not trained in music, though, but I like going to live shows. Food is a big thing I write about, mostly because I love food. But the blog has taught me how important photos are, how to take the best-looking pictures of it.

VSP: What one neighborhood you would recommend, and what’s one you want to check out more?

LV: Lowertown seems so much more vibrant than it had a few years ago, and it’s great and upbeat now. I want to check out more on Snelling, north of University. I went to a theater once called Dreamland Arts. I want to see more of that west side of Saint Paul.

VSP: Do you have a favorite attraction?

LV: As someone who is in the theater a lot, I’ve always been impressed with the scene here. I think Park Square is great, and I think it’s great to have the two stages—they can really crank out a variety of shows, and very frequently. There’s always something for everyone, so many different kinds of stories and it’s not one kind of theater. It’s close to Afro Deli, too, and that’s one of my favorite places to eat before a show.

VSP: You have a cool job. Can you tell us about it?

LV: Marketing Communications Coordinator at The Herbivorous Butcher…it’s America’s first vegan butcher shop. I don’t have a marketing background, so it’s a lot of learning for me—but I do all of the social media, and I really love interacting with people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I’ve definitely upped my photography game because of that!

VSP: Anything you want to add?

LV: I grew up in Lakeville, so I’m a metro native. I think that combined--Minneapolis and Saint Paul--there’ so much going on here. I really enjoy people encouraging people to check out new neighborhoods—not just what you know. I want to know what people like, what they’re interested in, and then I want to steer them from there.

Laura helped us write our upcoming Vegan and Vegetarian guide to Saint Paul. Follow her on Instagram—and follow us, too

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