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Month of Memories: Demoing for Seniors

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salad-tempeh

Last August, Janessa, Jess, and I presented some vegan meals to the folks at Rose Schnitzer Manor, a Jewish assisted-living home. They were already serving a few meatless meals a day and wanted to use and learn more about plant-based proteins.

We made them a big berry salad with maple-agave tempeh, and a baked tofu mac-n-chee, and ran through the benefits of a vegan diet, offering some super accessible alternative proteins.

They had SO MANY questions for us—and I’m not just counting the seven times Ruth asked what kind of cheese we used. We talked about how they could get more options from their cafeteria, since most of them couldn’t shop or cook for themselves anymore.

And they ate the food! And most of them liked it! I don’t think we moved anyone to become vegan that day, but I do believe we took some of the fear factor away from some unfamiliar ingredients.

Month of Memories: Capital City Bakery (Austin Tx)

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Kristin rocks
Kristin rocks

When we visited Austin for location scouting earlier this year, we knew we had to visit Capital City, Austin’s amazing vegan bakery owned by Kristen Davenport.

The cart has since moved, and a brick and mortar bakery is currently in the works. She makes the best best best treats, and donated ridiculously good brownies to this year’s Galarama. I’m pretty sure everyone in Austin knows about this place already, but if you don’t, do your mouth a favor and get down there.

Here’s Jess and Michele picking out their treats:

Jess and MIchele at the old Capital City cart
Jess and MIchele at the Capital City cart in the original location

And a sweet romantic cookie and mouthwatering cupcakes:

Don't break my (vegan) heart
Don’t break my (vegan) heart
vegan cupcakes
vegan cupcakes

Month of Memories: 2012 Beer Pairing Dinner

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One of the  projects we really enjoy working on is partnering with local restaurants to showcase their take on creative vegan food and drink.

We call this The Exquisite Dinner Series, and our first one was in 2012.

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Beer Pairing Menu

We partnered with BridgePort Brewpub, and the Chef and his sous chefs whipped up a modern take on classic pub food. The dessert, a chocolate layered cake with strawberry preserves and BridgePort Porter ganache, was both a visual and gastronomical hit.

amazing vegan chocolate cake

Team Vida Vegan’s Always Cooking Something Up!

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Lentil pâté and notebooks, that's how it gets done.
Curried lentil dip and notebooks, that’s how it gets done.

After wrapping up VVC 2013—you know, returning rental fire extinguishers and dropping off the recycling from the Galarama—Janessa, Jess, and I all collapsed for a few good hours. Like real hard.

But then the sun rose, and it was back to spreadsheets and emails and meetings. Even with Janessa flying all over the damn globe, we’ve been videochatting and scheming and daring to dream. And we gotta tell ya, we’re pretty excited about the future of Vida Vegan. (Aside from VVC3, because yes, we’re obviously planning that too!)

The website: Vida Vegan Headquarters. Sure, we’ve given ourselves a little spit ‘n’ polish here, but by mid-2014, we hope to bring you an expanded site, where we can share so much more with you, including an events calendar and forum threads…because not everyone wants to be on Facebook, and besides, we can be a lot better organized here.

Vida Vegan Focus. More one-day intensives, like our Fall 2012 Tech offering, where we focus on one main topic for a small group. In 2014 and 2015, we’re looking at topics like Photography, Ethical Business, Blog Building, and Organization & Outreach.

The Vida Vegan Creative Retreat. What could you do with five or so days to focus on writing or photography while eating all vegan food in a relaxing setting? Maybe with breaks for yoga or meditation or a little nap under a tree? We’re location-scouting for a very intimate group (think a maximum of 30) for some loosely guided artistic/work retreat.

Online courses and guides. We know not everyone can travel to our events—although we are definitely getting out on the road to reach more of you—so we’re developing some very focused online courses and downloadable guides so you can get your learn on while still in pajamas (which is exactly how we do a lot of our planning). Let us know if there’s something you want us to cover!

Local events. We’ll also be producing some smaller, Portland events…maybe even one in early December 2013.

Sooo…that should keep us all busy for a bit!

THANK YOU #VVC2013!

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Thank you so much to the attendees, speakers, and sponsors of the second (sold-out! internationally attended!) Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference!

This event, the now three-day extravaganza (plus, another Galarama), has grown so much, and we thank you all so much, for making it even more than what we ever thought it could be. Your friendly organizers have spent the past two years pouring our hearts and minds into this event, and constantly get chills from the community that’s grown from our vegan bloggers conference—for writers and readers alike.

There’s so much more to say, and so much to reflect on, but we need some sleep (and kale), and we’re sure you do too.

We’re emailing our attendees for feedback (and a ticket giveaway to the next Con, what the hey?), so be on the lookout for that, and as always, stay tuned right here for updates on what and when and where our next shindig(s) will be.

In the meantime, go blog (better than ever!) and peruse all the #VVC2013 hashtags on Instagram and Twitter and all over. We’ve seen lots of folks live-blogging and recapping already, and remain in awe.

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VEGANS!
We can’t say it enough: THANK YOU!

Portland’s Late Night Vegan-Friendly Spots

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Hey, wild things and night owls!
Your vegan vacation has finally arrived and we bet a few of you might be thinking, ‘so what’s going on after the Galarama?’ Fret not, Portland has quite a few late night options for those looking for beer as well as those seeking a place to hang out with fellow vegans. And if you’re seeking just another bite of vegan Portland, you’re in luck – the OLCC (Oregon’s liquor commission board) requires bars to offer food, and it’s often some of the tastiest food in town. 
The quintessential Bye & Bye
Here are some recommendations for where to go in Portland after 9:30 pm (when the Galarama ends), starting with NW Portland and the Pearl District, the closest to Staver Locomotive:

NW/Pearl District

  • Slabtown for vegan gyros & falafel (all vegan menu!)

  • BridgePort Brewpub for microbrews & fancy vegan bowls, open til midnight on weekends

  • Coffee Time cozy spot on NW 21st that’s open til 1am on weekends

 

Downtown/SW

  • Ground Kontrol amazing arcade open til 2:30 with tons of vegan options for a few bills, including cashew cheese nachos & pretzels to pair with your pinball delights, and a special late night menu, too  (21+ after 5pm)

  • Petunia’s Pastries gluten-free, vegan bakery with Stumptown coffee & cocktails, open til 10 on weekends (and offering 15% off for VVC folks)

  • Powell’s Books wander the multi-block bookstore til 11pm, and then pick up a slice at…

  • Sizzle Pie is seriously vegan-friendly and seriously open til 4am on weekends, plus, has gluten-free crusts for personal pies

  • VooDoo Doughnuts the downtown location has outdoor seating for you to stop and enjoy your yeasted or cake (or both) vegan doughnuts

  • Tube it may be divey and packed, but we hear there’s a new menu and they’ve still got the Professor Nanotears (lil english muffin, ham tube, cheeze & chipotle delights)

  • XV in case you want a little yam fries and curried ketchup while you dance the rest of the night away… there’s also the seriously delicious EmergenC mojito

  • Backspace gamer cafe with Stumptown Coffee, Tao of Tea, and plenty of vegan sandwich and salad options. Open til 12am on weekends.

  • Lúc Lác Vietnamese restaurant & lounge that’s open til 4am on weekends. Vegan & gluten-free options. We recommend the Tofu Salad Vermicelli Bún.

 

Downtown VooDoo Doughnuts…..the line is usually shorter when night falls

Inner Eastside

  • Sizzle Pie yeah, there’s two on the street. Go Portland. This one is also open til 4am with vegan options in the case.

  • Star Bar has a vegan lemongrass banh mi, which is always a plus in our book, plus, a bunch of options that are vegan or can be veganized with Field Roast and whatnot.

  • Robo Taco vegan-friendly taqueria with a grilled pineapple Soy Curl filling that’s open til 3:30am on weekends

  • Dig a Pony Hip bar with sweet drinks, a BBQ tempeh sandwich and fried plantains for the vegans. Open til 2am.

And Southeast…

  • Hungry Tiger Too …the legend of the vegan corn dog (and tofuffalo) is true. Open til 10pm daily.

  • Pied Cow SE Belmont cafe with outdoor garden, hookahs, tea & beer (get food elsewhere). All ages & open til 1am on weekends.

  • Rimsky-Korsakoffee House intimate coffeeshop ‘speakeasy’ open til 1am on weekends

  • Southeast Grind 24 hour coffeeshop with Stumptown Coffee, down on SE Powell Blvd

  • Sweet Hereafter damn fine cocktails, mocktails (ask at the bar) and equally tasty all-vegan menu (the Buffalo Soy Curl sandwich is bomb – and available as a bowl or gluten-free wrap, and they have the best miso chive cheese), plus, raw cheesecake. Gets packed at night, heads up!

  • Townshend’s Division Street Teahouse open til 10pm with possibly the loveliest tea selection in town

  • Whiffies the one-and-only fried handpie cart with sweet and savory vegan options. Go get it.

    BBQ Tofu fried pie, Whiffies
  • Potato Champion! located across from Whiffies with vegan poutine and mini dipping options for their Belgian-style frites

  • White Owl Social Club Come on, you know we love them. Surely, a few of you are ‘members’ by now!

  • Dots Cafe This Clinton Corner joint is pretty much a Portland institution (even under new owners) with their tofu sauce, cocktails, sweet booths and velvet paintings.

 

North/Northeast

  • The Bye & Bye Once again, you know it, you love it, and you’ve probably got a Mason Jar of *something* in your hands, and are awaiting a Meatball Sub or Weeping Tiger sandwich.

  • The Old Gold This bar on N. Killingsworth offers signature cocktails, house-popped popcorn and a tofu banh mi – they pretty much expect Janessa *all* the time.

  • Townshend’s Alberta Street Teahouse open til 10pm, just like the one in SE, but this one gets even more bonus points because you can bring Back to Eden treats and sundaes inside. Duh.

 

Karaoke Spots

  • Suki’s You may fondly remember this from our visit post-Con in 2011, and just a lovely, lovely, divey dive. Practically speaking, it’s still your best bet for karaoke fun downtown!

  • Voicebox If you like singing in the shower, you just may prefer karaoke in private rooms. Open til 2am on weekends (all ages til 9pm).

  • Chopsticks Fun karaoke spot on E Burnside located by plenty of bars on NE 28th. Offers vegan fried rice (have to ask for it) Open til 2:30am on weekend.

  • The Alibi Tiki Lounge Intense and vibrant karaoke spot with a tropical theme. Located on the Yellow MAX Line. Also open til 2:30am on weekend. Great if you’re staying in the neighborhood.

Skip: The Boiler Room downtown and their stupid cover charge.

Late Night Delivery

  • Taco The Town really, late-night, taco delivery totally exists……via bike, no less (with vegan options, naturally)

  • Hammy’s Hey baby, this pizzeria delivers to the Eastside til the wee hours and has both housemade vegan Parmesan and Field Roast Italian sausage. Holler.

If you have a suggestion, add it below!
Feel free to start your own informal VVC meet-ups…..karaoke, anyone?  For more Portland Vegan Dining, Shopping & Tourist ideas,check out our official While You’re in Town selection and the VVC 2013 Google Map