Portland Picks

Portland Picks with Michelle Schwegmann, Herbivore Clothing

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And we’re back with the seemingly final round in our continuing series of personalized Portland Picks, and what better person to wind down with then a resident of the vegan mini mall (and returning VVC Speaker, of course)!?! These recommendations are from trusty Portland vegan locals and lovers, and we bet all our attendees, whether you’re arriving early or not, want to squeeze in a little time outside of the busy, busy conference schedule to wander in the vegan wonderland. Here we go!
So true.

Your Name:  Michelle Schwegmann

Vegan Mini Mall, Represent: The Herbivore Clothing Company

indeed. Pins by Herbivore, Image source: weheartit.com

Let’s begin….where should folks go in Portland?

…besides the vegan mini-mall (duh!) Washington Park for the Rose Test Garden, or for a real plant lover and something totally un-touristic, browse the beautiful plants at Portland Nursery on SE Stark Street. When the sun comes out in the spring, I can’t wait to slowly walk around there and dream of retiring to be a full-time gardener. Succulents to native plants, it’s the equivalent of a Powells Books in the plant/gardening world.

Where to dine?

I keep it simple with food. For fancy I am a Portobello girl. Not fancy has me at the Bye & Bye at night or Canteen in the daylight. 

How about a cup of coffee?

Since I work next door to Sweetpea Baking Company, that’s my best bet. And because she has biscuits. Every. Day!!!

Let’s shop…

Michelle on the Herbivore Clothing website
Michelle on the Herbivore Clothing website

I love Fubonn for international foods and crazy faux meats, Foodfight! for my daily kale purchase, and N. Mississippi Ave. to wander.

Also, Wanderlust for adorable vintage, and of course, any thrift store. If you are super brave, hit the bins!

For a One-of-a-Kind Portland experience?

While in Portland, I highly recommend going to one of our city parks and spending at least 15 minutes laying underneath a giant tree. It’s like a power nap. You’ll be a better person for it, trust me. Try Laurelhurst Park, Peninsula Park, Columbia Park, Couch Street Park, Fernhill Park, Sellwood Park….look for the trees!

Thanks for tuning in! Find Michelle this weekend moderating the ‘Compassionate Parenting’ panel. For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas, check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map See you all on Friday!

Portland Picks with Natalie Norcross, @VeganKitten

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And we’re back with yet another round in our continuing series of personalized Portland Picks! These recommendations are from trusty Portland vegan locals and lovers, and we bet all our attendees, whether you’re arriving early or not, want to squeeze in a little time outside of the busy, busy conference schedule to wander in the vegan wonderland. In one of our very last editions, we get the scoop on the latest and greatest Portland eats & wanderings, courtesy of epic vegan Insagrammer, Natalie Norcross, aka the @vegankitten.

Her friend, @Albert_Weskie
Natalie’s dear friend, @Albert_Weskie

Your Name: Natalie Norcross

Your Business & Internet Moniker: HALO Branded Solutions, Inc.@vegankitten 

What the Vegan Kitten thinks you should totally visit in Portland…

1) Hike at the Audubon Society of Portland - See cute rescued birds and hike in the gorgeous Forest Park!

The historic St. John’s bridge. Image source: columbiariverimages.com

2) Take a picture of the St. John’s Bridge – It’s featured in Colin Meloy’s (of The Decemberists fame) book Wildwood and is the most gorgeous bridge in the world (IMO, of course). While you’re at it, stop by Occidental Brewery under the bridge for some vegan German beers, then have lunch at Proper Eats up the street!

3) See a show at the Doug Fir Lounge - It doesn’t get more Portland than this. Catch some awesome live music in a venue that looks like the interior of a log cabin!

What you’re no doubt wondering – where are Natalie’s favorite vegan eats?!?

1) The vegan menu at Departure Restaurant + Lounge – Chef Gregory Gourdet has created a one-of-a-kind modern Asian menu and it’s NOT TO BE MISSED! This swanky restaurant is on the rooftop of the Nines Hotel in the heart of downtown with panoramic views of the city. Make reservations, get dressed up and enjoy the best dining experience of your life.

2) After a long night of tasting all the amazing beer Portland has to offer, stop by Robo Taco and get’cha some vegan grub! They are open until 3:30 am Thursday-Saturday and the vegan al pastor or vegan chorizo burritos will help you avoid a hangover.

Greens & Seeds roll, topped with nutritional yeast at Departure.

3) Other cities have vegan bakeries, vegan pizza and vegan pho – but where else can you find a food cart dedicated to smoked vegan meats? Homegrown Smoker is a MUST for any out-of-town visitor. I recommend the Tempeh Fakon Sammich with a side of Mac-nocheese.

Where to go for coffee, cocktails & great beer…

Coffee - The Fresh Pot makes the best soy latte I’ve ever had. Plus they have three locations and one is right down the street from Homegrown Smoker – just sayin’.

Cocktails - The Bye & Bye and Sweet Hereafter are owned by the same folks and both make great cocktails. Plus the menus at both locations are entirely vegan!

Beer - There are more breweries than convenience stores in Portland! Not really, but almost. One of my favorites is Base Camp Brewing Co. They have tons of delicious beer, it’s blocks from the Vegan Mini Mall and has multiple food carts with vegan options right outside who deliver inside the brewery. My favorite is Gonzo which makes the best falafel I’ve ever had in my life – no joke.

Super-vegan shopping?

The Vegan Mini Mall, of course! That’s why we all moved here, right?

For those wanting tattoos, haircuts & a badass workout? 

1) Scapegoat Tattoo in the Vegan Mini Mall!

2) Akemi Salon for hair!

3) PlantFit Training Studio for a good workout!

Only Portland….has the world’s best strip clubs, including a vegan strip club. You probably don’t want to include that since folks tend to get offended. But seriously, we all know it’s true!

Soy latte, Fresh Pot on SE Hawthorne
Do stay tuned for the next round! For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas, check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map See you all so soon! 

Portland Picks with The Spicy Vegan

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It’s now time for another round in our continuing series of personalized Portland Picks! These recommendations are from trusty Portland vegan locals and lovers, and we bet all our attendees, whether you’re arriving early or not, want to squeeze in a little time outside of the busy, busy conference schedule to wander in the vegan wonderland. Next up, the mysterious ‘Spicy Vegan’. Let’s find out her Portland musts below…

 

The spicy bunny.
The spicy bunny.

Your Name: The Spicy Vegan

Your Website & Business: TheSpicyVegan.com &  MuyCalienteHotSauces.com

Where must folks visit for some natural Portland beauty?

Japanese Gardens (paid admission), Council Crest Park (free), International Rose Garden (free).

Most importantly, where to eat?!

Favorite restaurant: Veggie Grill  (vegan)

Show the love: B Wing Salad, Veggie Grill

Favorite Sandwiches: DC Veg  (vegetarian)

Favorite Pizza: Sizzle Pie  (omnivore, lots of vegan options)

Favorite Pho: Got Pho? (omnivore, vegan pho)

Favorite Thai: Vege Thai, Thai Food Cafe (tie)  (vegetarian, omnimore (respectively), lots of vegan options)

Favorite Breakfast: Junior’s Cafe  (omnivore, lots of vegan options)

Favorite Bar: The Bye and Bye (vegan)

What to drink?

Smoothies and Juice: Sip

Tea and Chai: Townshend’s Tea

Happy Hour: The Bye and Bye

What about shopping?

Books: Powell’s Books

Grocery: Food Fight!

Specialty Foods: The Meadow

Vegan Everything: Herbivore Clothing

Bulk Heaven: Bob’s Red Mill

Socks Galore: Sock Dreams (in Sellwood, just a tad south of SE)

WELLNESS/BEAUTY…

Vegan Salon: The Parlour-St. John’s

Herbs: Essential Elements Apothercary

One-of-a-kind experiences?  Kennedy School Soak & Laurelhurst Theater

Slice & Salad, Sizzle Pie East
For even more of The Spicy Vegan’s top-notch Portland recs, check out her Vegan Havens  and Tourist’s Guide lists over on Yelp. With that, do stay tuned for the next round! For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas, check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map

Portland Picks with Julia Legume, Sister Legumes

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Perhaps the third time’s the charm in our continuing series of personalized Portland Picks! These recommendations are from trusty Portland vegan locals and lovers, and we bet all our attendees, whether you’re arriving early or not, want to squeeze in a little time outside of the busy, busy conference schedule to wander in the vegan wonderland.This time, we sit down with pug enthusiast Julia Legume, who’s been known to say that Veggie Grill changed her life. Let’s find out her Portland musts below…

Name: Julia Legume

Blog: Sister Legumes

What Julia says you simply must do:

J. Legume, at the very favorite brunch spot she’s not revealing?!

Walk or even better – bike, over the Willamette! How? On a bridge. Any of these bridges.. Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Broadway.

You know those movies you would never see? Well, go see one, for $3, drink a beer, and put nooch in your pocket…..for the popcorn! [Vida note: some theaters have it, some don’t – best be prepared!]

If Julia was in town for a week, she’d have to eat at:

Ethiopian food every day! All meals. Bete-Lukas, Emame’s cart (the best!),  Queen of Sheba.

What about brunch?

There is no brunch, sleep in! Wink, wink. 

Best coffee?

Happy Cup!

Where to Shop:

Crafty Wonderland and Tender Loving Empire.

Only Portland has..

Self-guided pug watching tours! Just do it. And karaoke.  With a pug

Miser Kay Wat, Emame’s Ethiopian cart
Clearly, someone doesn’t want to wait in line for brunch next weekend. Stay tuned for the next round! For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas, check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map.

Portland Picks with Elizabeth TresCosas, Vegan Iron Chef

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It’s time for round two in our series of personalized Portland Picks! These recommendations are from trusty Portland vegan locals and lovers, and we bet all our attendees, whether you’re arriving early or not, want to squeeze in a little time outside of the busy, busy conference  schedule to wander in the vegan wonderland. Next up, is Vegan Iron Chef’s Co-Founder, VVC Creative Director, and design guru Elizabeth, who’s going to share her thoughts on Portland’s vegan Banh Mis, cocktail scene, and more. Let’s find out her Portland-musts below…

Name:  Elizabeth TresCosas

The gal knows glasses.

Your Websites:  VeganIronChef.org, Innerstate.org (redesign in progress!)

Lemongrass tofu Bánh mì, Sweet Hereafter

Food she really, really misses when out-of-town: Vegan Banh Mi: favorites include Star Bar’s & Sweet Hereafter. REALLY EXCITED to try the one at Old Gold and at Luc Lac. Other faves include the Tofu Burrito at Los Gorditos (now with three locations – give them the hot sauce you want to add to the burrito before they make it; makes all the difference), the Beet Burger @ Portobello Vegan Trattoria, and Fries topped with Perfect Sauce and Chili @ White Owl Social Club.

Her guide to three great bar & grub crawls, if you will:

1: Start at… White Owl Social Club ($3 beers!),> dinner at Star Bar, > drinks at Dig A Pony > East End

2: The Aalto Lounge’s Happy hour (so good for booze! $2 cocktail menu) > dinner at Sweet Hereafter >  walk to drinks at Gold Dust Meridian or The Conquistador Lounge.

Bevs & Pinball, SE Portland’s Basement Pub

3: Basement Pub > Roadside Attraction > Hungry Tiger Too > BASE CAMP Brewing (all walkable)

Where to Shop: Bins. Inner East Burnside vintage shops. N. Mississippi Ave.

If one is in need of spiffying up or a little sleevework, where would you send them? Akemi Salon & Common Ground Wellness.

Only Portland has…. Forest Park. The Bins. The Gorge. So many vegan-friendly neighborhoods to walk around and drink / eat, on foot!

For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas, check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map.