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Just got back from Portland

Postby City_of_F » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:38 pm

I think I gained ten pounds on this trip!

If anyone gets to Portland, Oregon in the US, almost every street corner has a vegan option.

Perhaps I was overstimulated from being stuck in the redneck nightmare in Montana (I have three places I can eat out at here... and they only have one or two items on the menu), but I ate just about everything that wasn't nailed down.

I went to SweetPea Bakery, Portabella's (****ing AWESOME), Food Fight! Vegan Grocery Store (loaded down a cooler to bring back with us), Van Hahns (Vietnamese), The Ruby Dragon, The Blossoming Lotus (raw foodist options as well), and a bunch of other places. Everything was freakin' awesome! I can't think of a single meal I regretted ordering.

If anyone is heading out that way, I'd highly recommend stopping in to Portland if you're looking for a good veg-friendly place to indulge.

I wouldn't say it was a good experience or anything, but we're talking about moving out there!
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby Mr. Cleetus » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:30 pm

I'll be there in a couple of weeks, but I'll be pretty busy with probably not much time to have a look around. Any top recommendations I should make sure I check out in case I only get to a couple of places?
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby City_of_F » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:20 pm

[quote="Mr. Cleetus"]I'll be there in a couple of weeks, but I'll be pretty busy with probably not much time to have a look around. Any top recommendations I should make sure I check out in case I only get to a couple of places?


Portabello is moving shortly, the address for the Blossoming Lotus is kind of a pain (it is no longer in the Pearl district, don't spend three hours looking for it like we did).

I would probably suggest hitting SweetPea Bakery if you're looking for a really good, quick meal (sandwiches and cake). I had the first grilled "cheese" sandwich I've had in four years (which I'd suggest throwing the "bacon" option on it, as it was amazingly good). Plus with Food Fight Grocery right next door, you can get too-go wraps, rice rolls, Tequitos (I bought a box frozen and popped them in the microwave in my hotel) and a bunch of other stuff. The entire building is vegan and the options are:

Sweetpea Vegan Bakery, Herbivore clothes, Food Fight Grocery and Scapegoat Tattoo (they use creulty-free ink). So it is a good way to save some time and have a lot of options.

Seriously though, there are street food carts out there that put high-end restuarants to shame (The Ruby Dragon was pretty tasty if you find yourself on that side of town). The entire downtown area is pretty compact, so everything is within a couple of miles of each other.

Van Hahn's is really good, but you'll be waiting awhile before you eat, so I'd skip it if you are in a hurry!

Oh! There is also Mississippi Pizza Pub that has a vegan pizza that is worth checking out! They don't offer vegan pepperoni the way some other places do, but their spinach vegan was pretty awesome.

I wish I could say that one stood as a shining example, but I think it is all in what you're looking for.
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby Mr. Cleetus » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:48 pm

excellent, thanks for all the info. I certainly be heading for Sweetpea early on I think.
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby loveliberate » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:26 pm

F,
I am glad that you had a nice time here!

Cleetus,
Please drop me a line when you are coming! I love to meet vegans stopping through - even better if they are VF Kiwi's! I also like to play tour guide, if you are interested.
Oh and literally right around the corner from the vegan mini-mall F mentioned is my personal favorite vegan place, the Red & Black Cafe: http://www.redandblackcafe.com - and a couple blocks up from there is the very vegan-friendly Hungty Tiger Too with it's $1 Vegan Corn Dog Wednesdays - and a few more blocks up from there is Voodoo Doughnuts too with it's glorious selection of vegan doughnuts. And so on, and so on... :D
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby JP » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:35 pm

man, visiting portland is one of my "to do" things.

Go visit all the vegan/radical places, go out to the nearby nature, go shooting with loveliberate and lifting with robert cheeke :D

Hope i will make it one day :D
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby loveliberate » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:51 pm

I hope you make it here too JP - though Robert left us for LA, so we'll have to make sure he is in town when you are! :D

And since you got me thinking about it, I'll mention anouther cool thing about Portland: http://www.AmericanGunCultureReport.com
"The future of the movement lies with serious individuals who count the right of self defense as just one among many freedoms worth defending. In forwarding that direction, since 2006, AGCR has published writing on issues relating to guns, social violence and politics by liberals, Libertarians, queers, feminists, anarchists and Socialists. We've got a long way to go, so lace up your boots and throw a copy of AGCR in your backpack, between the makeup kit and box of hollowpoints."
If you scroll to the bottom of the main page of their website you can read about the great event they have organized for tonight: "Might - Not Just For The Right" :D
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby JuicyJ » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:45 am

I have heard that Portland is the vegan capital of the US ..even better than here in LA . Options galore .
Here are QG's recommendations . I don't usually partake in such "unhealthy" fare but I sure like to read about it :)
Have a good time !

http://www.quarrygirl.com/category/rest ... /portland/

PS. JP- I believe Robert Cheeke has moved to LA..so come visit us !!!!! :D
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby offense74 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:22 am

Portland is awesome, I have only positive memories from there. Much thanks to the people there too, eh loveliberate :D !
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Re: Just got back from Portland

Postby Mr. Cleetus » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:02 pm

I think I'm gonna get fat in Portland. :shock: so much nice looking food!
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