#dittering, part two

First of all, whoever searched “vegans are lonely” and found my blog, I would like to give you a hug.

Anyway, the #dittering is over! Let’s recap.

Not pictured: the Hot Lips soda I bought and then left at the cart.

Not pictured: the Hot Lips soda I bought and then left at the cart.

On Thursday, I didn’t plan ahead where I was going to eat and had a minor freakout, then ended up back at Savor Soup House, which is good because I adore it, but bad because I already went there two days before.  I ordered Spinach and Artichoke soup, which was super tasty but I was only full for maybe an hour.  There was orzo in there, which you can’t see.  If only they had vegan sandwiches it could have been a more complete meal, but apparently they are working on it!

After work, after hitting up Sweetpea for some iced coffee, Jess and I went to opening night of Beaker and Flask for cocktails.  We got a delicious drink, called Six Lengths ahead, I believe? It was made with blueberry, bourbon, ginger ale and lime and probably other awesome stuff.  The food did not look vegan-friendly at all but I am excited about the bar.

After that, we headed to Last Thursday and ate at the Grilled Cheese Grill.  I love that place so so much.  You order your grilled cheese from an Airstream and eat it in a school bus! They have Tofutti cheese, Dave’s Killer Bread and lots of different stuff for your sandwich.  If it weren’t so far away I would probably eat there once a day.

On Friday I nannied all day but I ate some quinoa corn salad with cumin dressing from New Seasons, which totally counts. I probably wouldn’t buy something like that myself (I can make my own quinoa salad) but it was pretty good, and you know who else loved it?  The quinoa-obsessed 22-month old I take care of.  She was covered in quinoa from head to toe.  I spent several minutes picking it out of her hair.  Whenever I ask her what she wants to eat she says “Keen-uh! Keen-uh!” I wish her sister would learn from her and eat stuff other than pretzels.

That night we went to the food cart village and I had a reuben from Yarp?! and it was so good! Totally different from other reubens in town.  The “meat” was marinated portobollo mushroom.  It had tons of sauerkraut and a tangy and sweet sauce– sweeter than most thousand island dressing, I think, but awesome.  I pretty much adore eating at Yarp?! and the guys who run the place are so nice.

On Saturday, the final day of #dittering, I tabled at Hollywood Farmers Market (which got on Twitter recently) for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, where I intern.  I don’t usually go to that market and I have no idea why because it’s close and big and adorable and there is great music.  I wasn’t sure how much vegan food would be available, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a crepe stand with vegan crepes and that Quality Vegan had a booth.

Sitting on top of some literature about healthcare reform.

The crepe was so good! Probably the best vegan crepe I have bought in Portland. The stand was called Village Crepery, apparently not to be confused with Village Creperie, which is on Twitter.  But it was at the market which is on Twitter so of course it counts. My crepe was the Harvest, with tomato, avocado, spinach, basil and scallions (sans creme fraiche).

As delicious as it is pretty.

As delicious as it is pretty.

For dessert I got a fresh strawberry tart from Quality Vegan and it pretty much blew my mind.  The crust was like shortbread, and it was filled with a vanilla custard and then delicious (local, I assume?) fresh strawberries.  I have seen the cakes from this company at Whole Foods and have never tried them, but now I’m curious.

I was pretty tired on Saturday night, so I stayed in with a friend and drank some Haymaker Ale from Bridgeport, and that concluded the week of #dittering.  I say we do it again in six months! What do you think?

I’ve survived the first half of #dittering

It turns out, #dittering is hard work! Chasing down roaming food carts, going to strange bars, shelling out for good beer instead of PBR (ok, I do that most of the time in my non-#dittering life, but not all the time), not being able to stop at just any coffee shop for my morning fix…my life is so difficult.  And delicious.

Note the foot of Vegan Shiz.

Note the foot of Vegan Shiz.

Jess and I started our week of #dittering with lunch at Koi Fusion.  If you haven’t had Korean tacos yet, you need to check it out.  I think it’s officially one of my favorite Portland food carts.  I was so impressed by the tofu tacos.  The tofu is so flavorful and perfectly complemented by the kimchi, cucumber, avocado and cilantro.

Later that night we went to Green Dragon for some hard cider. Their beer selection is amazing! I had never been there before but it’s not far from where I live so I’ll be sure to stop by again, even though the music selection was pretty awful.  I might try to go for Beer and Blog on Friday.

After Green Dragon, I drank a pint of Deschutes Mirror Pond from Langano Lounge. No, Langano isn’t on Twitter, but Deschutes is, so it counts.

Taken with Jess camera, obvs.

Taken with Jess' camera, obvs.

On Tuesday, Jess and I went to Savor Soup House.  I got the curried red lentil soup and a Hot Lips pear soda.  I do wish they still offered vegan grilled cheese (I never tried it when they carried it) but apparently there was no demand.  They have been talking about potential vegan sandwich options on Twitter, though, so I’ll be watching closely!  This was my first time there and I was impressed.  My lentil soup was so tasty I didn’t mind eating it in the hot weather.  I do wonder if they’ll be offering cold soups later in the summer, though. I would so order some gazpacho.

After work, we headed to Candy Lounge.  We had never been, but they have great Twitter specials.  They also have computers that we twittered from directly.  Because of the Twitter special, we got well drinks for $3, so that’s a pretty decent deal, but I could barely drink mine because it was so strong.  I don’t normally think strong drinks are a bad thing but a cup that is 3/4 bad whiskey and 1/4 ginger ale isn’t that appetizing.  We didn’t bother with food there (anyone know if the veggie burger is vegan?) and headed over to Tube for grilled ham and cheezes and cheaper, more palatable drinks.

After Tube, we went to Hot Lips Pizza and split a vegan foccacia.  Ok, Jess had a few bites of crust and a soda, and I ate the rest, but I honestly wasn’t that into it because it was covered in asparagus, the only vegetable I truly hate.  I like Hot Lips normally, though I don’t understand why they refuse to have vegan pizza with sauce available by the slice.

After Hot Lips, in case we hadn’t eaten enough, we went to Whiffies and split a chocolate cream pie.  The rumors are true– it’s delicious. Probably the best pie yet (though I still haven’t tried the coconut, and I usually prefer coconut to chocolate).  I love hanging out at the cart village at 12th & Hawthorne, though I always end up wishing it were possible to eat both a pie and fries.  Maybe it is for some people, but I am pretty sure I would vomit.

On Wednesday I went to the downtown Farmers Market. Jess and I met our friend Millie (who is on Twitter and will be selling cookies at Last Thursday tonight– totally counts as #dittering).  Jess got lunch from Tastebud, but I just bought some chard and green beans to cook later.  How great is it that there are so many Farmers Markets in Portland?

For dinner, we went to Yarp?! at the food cart village.  I got the fettuccine primavera with seitan. It was delicious, though I kind of wish I had gotten the Chinese spring salad instead, because I feel like the pasta was more like something I would make at home- just fettuccine, garlic, oil and (fresh, local and awesome) vegetables.  I really wish they had a shaker of nutritional yeast at Yarp?! The vegans would love it.

And that concludes the first three days of #dittering! Stay tuned for the second half.

Happy #Dittering! And @vegantwitnic recap

Yesterday was the @vegantwitnic at Colonel Summers Park. I have to say, it was one of the best potlucks I have been to in a long time.  All the food was so good! It seemed like it was going to rain, but then it didn’t except for a few minutes. There were a few strong gusts of wind but mostly it was beautiful.

I brought a kale salad, which is one of my favorite ways to eat my greens.  If you marinate raw kale overnight in an acidic dressing, it is tender and delicious the next day.  The salad I brought yesterday was just Italian kale, red bell pepper, cucumber, chives, parsley and an apple cider vinaigrette (just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and salt).  I have been putting fresh herbs in absolutely everything because I am growing a ton in window boxes, which I definitely recommend if you are sad that you don’t have a yard and can’t have a real garden.

I swear I am getting a new camera soon!

I swear I am getting a new camera soon!

What an awesome plate of food.  There was gluten-free mac and cheese made by Jess of Get Sconed!, lasagna made by Joanna Vaught, sausage and kale from Karla of VeganShizzle, and all sorts of amazing stuff.

Today is the first day of The #Dittering, and Jess and I are going to Koi Fusion for lunch.  So excited! Their Korean tofu tacos are amazing, and $1.50 each, plus the people are so nice.

Coming soon: The #Dittering

Recently, Jess of Get Sconed! and I had a brilliant idea.  All we talk about anymore is Twitter.  I’m not quite sure how it happened, but it’s true.  Yes, every single one of our friends hates us now.  But we love that so many great businesses– particularly restaurants, food carts and bars– are on Twitter.  It’s a great marketing tool and we love always knowing what pies are being offered at Whiffies or what the soup of the day is at Sweetpea.  So we decided we were going to spend a week only eating a businesses who use Twitter.  And yes, it has been dubbed The Dittering.  Jess wrote a pretty long post about the idea so you can refer to that for the details.  Basically, we are starting on Monday and you can feel free to join us.  Here is a list of the places we are hoping to check out this week, but of course, plans change.

Koi Fusion

Sweetpea Baking Company

Candy

Yarp?!

Portland Farmers Market

Hot Lips Pizza

Kenny and Zuke’s

Deschutes Brewery

Green Dragon

Hollywood Farmers Market

New Deal Distillery

Tiny’s Coffee

Voodoo Doughnut

Whiffies

Of course I’ll be tweeting about every one of these places, so follow me on Twitter.  I’ll also be posting pictures and reviews here.  If you want to embark on your own Dittering, you can find a list of Portland food-related businesses with Twitter accounts here.  If you live outside of Portland, I would love to see what you come up with. 

The Farmer’s Market is back!

I am so, so, happy, because you know I love vegetables, and chocolate hazelnut butter, and music, and coffee, and people who sell me muffins and make me swoon.

Yesterday I was incredibly hungover. Incredibly. I almost died.  But early in the morning, before I even realized I was hungover I went to the Far Mar (copyright Jess Sconed 2009) and bought a leek and pears and turnips! I know, I am surprised about the turnips too, but there was a booth with samples of raw turnips and whoa, they were good.  I also got some coffee from Cafe Velo and a marionberry muffin from Black Sheep and got home and suddenly realized that I was dying and spent the next six hours in bed trying not to vomit.

When I finally felt better, I made Swiss Chard with Raisins and Capers from Terry’s upcoming book.  I actually bought the chard at the market last week (yes, I let it get wilty in my fridge for a week, shame shame).  It was still good, though!  I am loving the flavor combination of capers and raisins and will be making this all the time.

I dont even like chard that much!

I don't even like chard that much!

Did I mention that I went to New York and Montreal recently? And that I went to San Francisco not that long ago? There might have to be a big travel entry.

Vegan Latina camera phone tester porn!

I am testing for Terry’s upcoming book, Vegan Latina, and so far everything I have made has been amazing.  Here is a picture of the Sweet Basil and Corn Pot Pie I made for a get-together with some friends last night, courtesy of my camera phone.*

Somehow that wine didnt get opened.

Somehow that wine didn't get opened.

*You know my hope is that if I complain enough publicly, someone will buy me a new camera, right?  Can someone get on that?

Quick springtime cell phone Los Gorditos 2 porn

Soyrizo enchiladas

Soyrizo enchiladas

It’s finally the season for eating outside. I couldn’t be happier.