I am writing from the vegan paradise of Portland, where I have been attending the Vida Vegan Con food bloggers' conference.  The conference is now at an end, but was an incredible experience to attend lectures given by some of my favourite vegan cookbook authors and other vegan personalities and to meet so many like-minded people.

Aside from the duffel bag of freebies I will be lugging home, here are some of the meals in which I have partaken.

DC Vegetarian food cart

I was expecting Portland to be warmer than Vancouver, but it was raining and comparatively cold when I got here.   Luckily for me, my hotel is only a few blocks from the vegan-friendly DC Vegetarian food cart, where I found this tempeh bacon cheeseburger.  It came with Vegenaisse and Daiya and was a satisfying burger for $5.


For dinner I went to Prasad, which shares a space with Pearl Yoga and seems very health conscious and mindfully prepared.  All of the food is organic, wholesome, and natural.  They offer many different bowls, but the size of the bowl is huge, and I didn't want a ton of grain after that burger!  The Soul Salad has spinach, chipotle tempeh, slow-roasted tomatoes, and avocado, sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds.  The dressing was a garlic tahini with red chili vinagrette.  I am a fan of meal salads, and this one was very filling.

The drink was a strawberry basil lemonade.  I would never have thought to add basil to strawberry lemonade, but it was awesome and refreshing, and I would go back for another one.

I went back to Prasad for breakfast on Friday morning and had their most popular oatmeal bowl, the Rogue Oatmeal.  This is made with peanut butter and cacao nibs with bananas throughout.  It is made to order, which takes a bit longer, but I appreciated the freshness of the meal.  They added the hemp seed at my request.  Again, this was a very filing meal, and if they offered half sizes, that would have been more appropriate for me.  I had a coconut milk apple cider with it, which was warming, sweet and homemade.

Sonny Bowl food cart

For lunch, I went to the all-vegan food cart Sonny Bowl and had The Three.  This was a small rice bowl with yams, barbeque soy curls, kale salad with tahini dressing, and radishes.  It was an appropriate amount of food, and I felt that this was $4 very well spent.

Sizzle Pie

Sizzle Pie is an iconic vegan-friendly pizza joint in Portland where everyone lines up to buy a slice.  I had the Spiral Tap, which has marinara sauce, caramelized onion spread, and nutritional yeast.  This was different from any pizza I had tried in Vancouver, and I really liked the savory flavour with the slight sweetness of the caramelized onions.  The crust is also amazingly thin.  As well, I had the Rabbit Salad, which came with a vegan ranch dressing, but unfortunately there were far too many hot peppers on this salad for me!

Voodoo Donuts

I had a maple donut with Bavarian cream filling.  Luckily I got a short line-up, but apparently people sometimes wait in line for over an hour for Voodoo Donuts.  Good thing we don't have a Voodoo Donuts near Vancouver -- it's dangerous!
More Portland eats to come!

05/27/2013 12:21pm

Hi Anna! It was nice meeting you! Great photos! A soul salad from Prasad sounds so delicious right now. Looking forward to reading your blog.

05/27/2013 7:12pm

Thanks so much! It was great meeting you too!

05/27/2013 10:57pm

Wow, it all looks so delicious. Nice blog & great pics. Looks like you had a nice working getaway. Thanks for all your efforts!


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