So as you all know we went MIA around the end of August, right before we went to the first ever Vida Vegan Con in Portland, OR; which was supposed to inspire more blogging and it did (I have so many notes and ideas – many of which will come to fruition this month if all goes according to plan), except life got in the way.
First we’ll go with the conference highlights (Lisa was the only one able to attend the conference itself) :
- I got to meet lots of cool and inspiring vegans from all over the country and put faces to names of locals we’ve followed for a while, like Vegan Milwaukee and Snarky Vegan.
- I got to learn how to make meringue (!!!) from Hannah Kaminsky and delicious chocolate delights from Fran Costigan.
- I learned a lot about marketing , review writing, photography and more!
Now onto Portland itself:
1. Sweet Pea Bakery, 1205 SE Stark, Portland, OR.
Sweet Pea is located in the vegan mini mall, so you can get your pastry fill either before or after checking out Food Fight (Portland’s vegan grocer), Herbivore or Scapegoat, the vegan tattoo shop. Among their offerings are delicious danishes with sweet creamy filling, the likes of which I haven’t had in ages:
And the Charlie Brown, a classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate:
Not only were their pastries delicious, many of them were vanilla extract free, which made Nick happy!
2. Homegrown Smoker, SW 4th and Hall, Portland, OR.
The Homegrown Smoker is a vegan food cart with a southern twist. They have delicious macaroni and cheese and I highly recommend the Portorrito (smoked portobello slices, macnocheese, smoked soy curls, grilled peppers, onions, two cheeses and chipotle aioli wrapped in a warm tortilla). Nick got the Reuben with sweet potato fries, it was not Portorrito, but it was good, too.*
*Edge folks: Ask about their BBQ sauce before ordering any BBQ items – I believe I saw something on their sign about it being bourbon based.
3. Sizzle Pie, 624 E Burnside, Portland, OR.
Though Sizzle Pie isn’t entirely vegan, they offer quite a selection of vegan pies both with and without vegan meats and cheeses (including our very own Upton’s Naturals!). You can either buy it by the slice or get an entire pie. The slices are pretty big, too!
This slice was my favorite:
It’s the vegan Angel of Doom, which is topped with Daiya mozzarella, jalapenos, pineapple, almonds and fresh cilantro. Something about the jalapeno paired with the creamy Daiya and the pineapple makes this special. It definitely has kick to it, though – you’ve been warned.
Other pies we tried were the Spiral Tap, which is topped with caramelized onion spread, marinara and nutritional yeast:
And the Steve Caballero which is pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, white onion, and Daiya:
Other places you should check out if you have the time are Voodoo Doughnuts, which offers a wide selection of vegan donuts, including the Old Dirty Bastard (right corner, front):
And Prasad, if you’re looking for something healthy after stuffing yourself with junk, like this curry bowl with red rice and kale: