Vida Vegan Con

Portland Picks with Stephanie Bogdanich, The Lazy Smurf

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It’s now time for 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. This time, we get a lover, Austin vegan eats expert, taco enthusiast and tour guide extraordinaire, Lazy Smurf.

Your Name: Stephanie Bogdanich

All Things Vegan Smurfy: @veganLazySmurf
Let’s talk…where to eat? The Lazy Smurf says…

You are going to hear again and again that you should get Voodoo Doughnuts. Maybe that doesn’t sound as exciting as it once did since vegan doughnuts are more plentiful out in the rest of the world but Voodoo still has the best I’ve every had. They instantly take me back to my childhood. If you decide to bring one of their trademarked boxes back home on the plane I promise every single person you make eye contact with will ask you for one, so bring extra to share! The second location (Voodoo Too) doesn’t have long lines but they are all cash only and they are all open 24/7.

When I come to Portland Voodoo is usually my last stop but the FlavourSpot is usually my first, the vegan sausage with maple cream sauce folded into a waffle is something I long for. Make sure you go to the spot on N Fremont and Mississippi and then you can wander around Mississippi Ave when you are done.

VooDoo: So Many Vegan Doughnuts.

Shopping?

Walking around downtown make sure you check out Ground Kontrol Arcade, the little Japanese toy store around the corner, Compound, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the comic & zine shop Floating World Comics, and of course Powell’s City of Books where, in addition to every book, they also have lots of fun souvenirs.

Get your Northwest tourist on…

People in the northwest are *way* into getting naked and soaking in hot water. If you want to try but don’t have time to hike to the natural hot springs out in the forests then check out the Kennedy School or Common Ground Wellness Center. It isn’t expensive and you can check the site if you want to stick to your preferred gender and even wear a bathing suit if you are a nevernude*.

Only Portland has….

Flooring at Grond Kontrol. Image Source: nerdsinbabeland.com

Whenever I get to Portland one of the first things I like to do is sit down the with alternative weekly newspaper the Portland Mercury, it’s a really fun paper and you can learn a lot about what’s going on in town and what’s going on that weekend.

Spot The Lazy Smurf all around Portland this upcoming week of the ‘Con, and plead with her to start a vegan breakfast taco pop-up some night. Seriously. 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

*Special VVC note, because Jess just has to include this:

A Very Veggie Grill Reception: Friday Night at Vida Vegan Con II

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Gosh, we sure do love us some Veggie Grill at Vida Vegan Headquarters, and often have our meetings over Peach Iced Teas, Bayou Chickin’ sandwiches, Sweetheart fries and giant B Wing salads. And really, between the three of us, and all the Veggie Grill locations we’ve visited on the West Coast, we’ve easily tried every single menu item to date! Or we will—take our word on that.


(Not So) Spoiler Alert!
As always, we wanted to do something different for our Opening Night Reception this year, and being überhostesses, we wanted to feed people, so we knew just who to invite. It was obvious.

Veggie Grill, which just happens to be one of the closest nearby vegan hot spots from the Museum with its recent downtown Portland location, is offering some very special small bites and refreshments to welcome you to the first of three days of conference-going.

As the motto goes, “Taste and Believe,” folks.

VG Feastin’
Here’s what’s in store for the Very Veggie Grill Reception:

All Hail Kale Salad (gluten-free)

VG Rollers—think mini blackened chickin’ flautas

Chill Out wings with Buffalo, Chipotle Ranch & BBQ sauces

Strawberry Lemonade

It should be just enough to hold you over until the Vegan Pop-Up happenings at the Mini Mall, right?

Who are they? Veggie Grill is a growing fast-casual, 100% vegan chain, and we’re stoked to have them involved and sharing their food on Friday night. We love them, and they love bloggers—so it’s a perfect fit! You can check out their current restaurant menus right here.

Details: The Very Veggie Grill Reception immediately follows our opening talk by Nicole J. Georges at 5:00pm on Friday in the Kridel Ballroom. See you all there!

VG Rollers, on the right

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Veggie Grill boldly reppin’ at SW 5th & Salmon. Image Source: veggienextdoor.com
 For the full Vida Vegan Con II agenda, check it.

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

VVC 2013 Expert Corner

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By now you’ve all seen the agenda, but we figured we might as well pack as much as possible into this weekend. To that end, in addition to all the classes and workshops and discussions, we netted some really fantastic talent together for an Expert Corner. They’ll be in the Kridel Ballroom, our home base for the conference. Stuff your brains with all their know-how!

Photography • Marika Collins & Kate Lewis
Two of the most exciting vegan photographers out there, Kate and Marika can school you on composition, lighting, editing, and even what all those buttons on your camera actually do.
Friday, 1:45-3:45 • Saturday, 3:15-5:00 • Sunday, 9:45-11:00

Nutrition • Ginny Messina
Ginny Messina’s been studying and writing about nutrition since you were in short pants. You can’t get more thorough, reliable advice.
Friday, 4:00-4:45

Marketing & Social Media • Helen Pitlick & Dawn Quinn
Dawn and Helen live and work in social media. These savvy ladies will get your online peripherals (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, whatever else was invented last night) in order.
Saturday, 9:30-10:45

Business • Nicole Sopko
As Vice President of Upton’s Naturals, Nicole Sopko is pivotal in its growth. She knows how a vegan company can succeed ethically. It’s possible!
Saturday, 11:00-12:00

Tech • Jason Das
Got a question about your blog or website? Ask web developer and designer Jason Das, founder and publisher of Super Vegan.
Saturday, 2:15-3:00

Business & Culinary Arts • Julie Hasson
Julie Hasson has decades in the food industry and has run her own food cart, written more than a handful of books, and is starting a line of baking mixes—pick her brain!
Sunday, 11:15-12:15

Vegan Pregnancy & Raising Vegan Kids • Sayward Rebhal
Having a kid? Thinking of maybe having a kid? Don’t miss this chance to sit down and chat with Sayward Reghal, an intelligent, open woman who’s been there and studied that.
Sunday, 1:45-2:30

Advance signup is here!

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Hi folks! It’s now 12:01pm PST on Wednesday, May 15, with just over a week until Vida Vegan Con II arrives.

Deep breaths!

As per our last newsletter: Advance signup for select classes is happening RIGHT NOW.

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Time for coffee and coconut creamer! Artwork by J. Legume

And we’re giving you one signup at a time – Please, peruse the full agenda, think carefully, and sign up for your first choice first.  Please – only sign up for yourself, one spot at a time.

There are four topics ahead (with one very small, very special class happening twice).

For….Food Styling: Keeping it Real with Hannah Kaminsky at 12:45-1:30pm on Friday, FULL! Everyone who signed up is in!

For….Iphone Food Photography with Isa Chandra Moskowitz at 1:45-2:30pm on Friday,  NOW FULL! Everyone who signed up is in!

For…The Making of a Zine: From Conception to Distribution with Kittee Berns, Amey Mathews & Joanna Vaught at 9:30-10:45am on Saturday, sign up right here.

For…Writer’s Block with Isa Chandra Moskowitz at 2:15-4:00pm (note: extra-long session) on Saturday, FULL!Everyone who signed up is in!

For…Writer’s Block with Isa Chandra Moskowitz at 1:45-3:30pm (note: extra-long session) on Sunday FULL! Everyone who signed up is in!

We’ll let you know of all advance signup confirmations by Friday, May 17, 2013.  

Remember, there are two, if not three, other classes during all sessions, that you can simply walk into, and plenty to learn and enjoy from so many great speakers, in addition to our new Experts Corner.

All other classes are first come, first served. We’ll notify anyone of open spots via email beforehand – there will be no waitlists (or sneaking in!) at the door. Some of our rooms are incredibly large, and some are rather intimate. There are a few minutes between the classes to get from one building to the next, if need be. There will be helpful signage and directions to all classrooms in the program – hold onto it!

There will be attendants with advanced signups and keeping track of crowding in all rooms – please let them know if you have any questions.

VVC Vegan Tattoo Sale, Take 2

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Hey, remember last time, when we announced a sale on vegan tattoos? Well, get ready for round two.

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Jess about to go under the needle. You could be next!

One of the gazillion points of Portland pride is Skeleton Key Tattoo on SE Hawthorne & 17th. Ximena and her crack squad of ink-slingin’ pros are here to make sure you get the right tattoo the right way, in a comfortable, clean shop with great music (and a short post-tattoo walk to Whiffies and Potato Champion).

What makes a tattoo vegan, you ask? They don’t use animal bone charcoal-based black ink or animal glycerin. They do use vegan products where they can, while adhering to the law and putting our safety first. This is not an exclusively vegan shop, so make sure to tell your artist you’re there for vegan ink.

We were lucky enough to have Ximena design these marionberry tattoos for us, to complement our 2011 beets. We found some neat photos and drawings, then Ximena sketched it up for us.

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Janessa figuring out placement
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Jess with the stencil placed and ready to be inked
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And Michele, all done (and a little swollen and hurty)

While you’re in town for Vida Vegan Con, from Wednesday through Monday, May 22-27, 2013, Skeleton Key is offering a 15% discount to VVC registrants (attendees, speakers, and special guests). Mention you’re with VVC when you make your appointment, then bring your badge or otherwise confirm that you’re an official attendee—there’s a $65 minimum, and don’t forget to tip your artist!

Skeleton Key Tattoo
1729 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 233-4292

Are you a Portland vegan-friendly business? Want to offer a special for our attendees? Let us know and we’ll spread the word!

Portland Picks: Steffers C, The Roaming Vegan Gnome

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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, is Steffers C, a Northwest native with a fondness for great microbrews, running marathons, and traveling the world. Let’s find out her Portland musts below…
Running & Roaming.

Your Name: Steffers C

Your Blog: The Roaming Vegan Gnome

What Steffers says you simply must see in Portland:

1) Portland Underground Tour

2) Pittock Mansion….for the view (I mean, the house is surely nice and all, but expensive. Scenery is free!)

3) If you have a car (or know another VVC goer/local with a car) head up the Old Columbia River Highway. The best waterfalls are up there (Multnomah included, but so many more) and Crown Point has some awesome views in good weather.

What and where to eat?

1) Obviously, soft serve at Back to Eden.

2) That beet burger at Portobello.

As for that beer (and tea!)…

1) Not exactly cheap, but the Belgium Burns cocktail at Bazi Bierbrasserie. It is WRONG WRONG WRONG to mix Scotch with anything, but the bartender makes it SO RIGHT. And Delirium Tremens is totally vegan.

2) Happy hour at Hopworks is my favorite after school activity.

3) My favorite soy chai hangs out at Townshend’s on Alberta. Any one of the variations from it is acceptable.

Where to shop?

The deli case at Barbur World Foods. Image source: Willamette Week.

1) Barbur World Foods has the best hummus in their deli case (along with vegan kibbeh, fatayer, baba ganoush, and fresh, hot, delicious pita.). It’s also home to an awesome grocery full of wonderful things like a variety of olives, Lebanese sweets, Field Roast sausages (?!) and fresh figs. It’s not close-in, but it is a 20 minute bus ride/drive away! (Vida note: and totally worth it for those wood-fired pitas! – Plus, near Green Wok)

2) Obviously, Food Fight!, for delicious junk food! And carrageenan.

3) Hawthorne Vintage. Go ahead and try to spend less than an hour in that place.

Only Portland has…

Darcelle. Just look it up. The turning point in the adult life of almost all Pacific NW natives includes Darcelle.

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The view from Pittock Mansion. Image source: GreetingsfromPortlandia.com
Ask Steffers about her favorite spots to run in Portland next weekend at the conference – she’s amazingly helping out all over the place! 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.

Reminder…Advance signup for select classes is this Wednesday, May 15!

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Our new home: The Portland Art Museum
Our new home: The Portland Art Museum

Hi folks!

So….VIDA VEGAN CON IS NEXT WEEK!

Just a reminder from our last newsletter – advance signup for select classes will happen this Wednesday at 12pm PST.

It’ll happen right here on the VVC blog, so…stay tuned!

We know you subscribe, right?

The select classes will be Food Styling: Keeping it Real with Hannah Kaminsky, Iphone Photography with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, The Making of a Zine: From Conception to Distribution with Kittee Berns, Amey Mathews & Joanna Vaught and Writer’s Block with Isa Chandra Moskowitz (2 independent workshops).

And we’ll be doing this all one signup at a time, per person.

Peruse the updated schedule, think about it, and signup for your first choice first in less than two days.

See you ridiculously soon!

Vegan Battle Royale: The Return of the Vida Vegan Con Game Show!

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Prepare yourselves for the inevitable, fellow vegans of the world. The second installment of Vegan Battle Royale is gearing up to be the best edition yet! Two years ago, VBR burst on the Vida Vegan Con scene and saw two glorious teams fight until the bitter end for a chance to be named the ultimate vegan survivors.

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This year’s Battle Royale is going to be even more epic. More drama! More trivia! More masterful manipulation! And, of course, more prizes! Team prizes! Audience prizes! All of which are made possible by the generosity of some really amazing companies.

Vegan Battle Royale LogosBefore the fun begins at another Vida Vegan Conference, we would like to thank all the people who donated prizes to make this Vegan Battle Royale one for the record books. Special thanks to: Amy’s Kitchen, Book Publishing Co., Butler Foods, The Chia CoChristy Robinson Designs, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Daiya, Earth Balance, Endangered Species Chocolate, Field Roast, Gardein, Go Picnic, Hay House Publishing, Hurraw!, Late July, Leahey Foods, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Newman’s Own Organics, Ohly, Rancho Gordo, Rescue Chocolate, Parmela, Perseus Books Group, Running Press, Sasquatch Books, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Surf Sweets, Tofurky, Vega, Vegan Cuts, Vegan Essentials, Vegan Secret Supper, VegNews, Wholesome Sweeteners, Zevia

So, please check out the companies, and get your minds and bodies ready for the most extreme Battle Royale yet! The countdown begins…

Details: Vegan Battle Royale, aka The Vegan Game Show, will take place on Saturday, May 25, from 1:15-2:00pm in the Kridel Ballroom. This immediately follows lunch, and no classes will be held at that time, so everyone has the option to join in. You can check out the full conference agenda right here. See you soon!

Portland Picks with Lisa Coulson, Panda with Cookie (PPK, represent)

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First up in our series of personalized Portland Picks is the one-and-only Panda with Cookie, aka Lisa Coulson. 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 a little time outside of the busy, busy conference wandering in our vegan wonderland.  Let’s find out Lisa’s Portland-musts below…
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True life.

Your Name: Lisa Coulson

Your Website/Business: Panda With Cookie

What to See:

1. Mt. Tabor.  Lovely place for a stroll and a beautiful neighborhood in the spring.

SW Waterfront. Image source: Visions2200.com

2. Downtown waterfront. An excellent location for a bike ride next to the river. Roll down the Springwater trail to check out the feral cat feeding stations and the twin fluffy black cats there on occasion.

3. Portland Farmers Market, Saturdays at PSU. I love me some farmers markets and there’s a good number of vegan options aside from the usual piles of produce.

Where to get your Pizza, Scone & Waffles on:

1. Dovetail Bakery. Best scones in the US. Get many and bring me one.

2. Dove Vivi. Cornmeal crust pizza with roasted corn and homemade cashew cheese. Add the smoked tomatoes. Can I get a hallelujah for a place that still does their own cheese instead of using a packaged one?

Corn cashew vegan slice with smoked tomato (of course), Dove Vivi

3. FlavourSpot. Get your maple pecan Dutch waffle taco on.

Where to Sip Some Tea:

1. Townshend’s Tea. 2 locations serving mighty fine teas.

Lapsang souchong it up.

2. Lan Su. Chinese garden downtown that is a lovely place to visit. They have a tea house with a nice selection.

Where to Shop:

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We love Panda. We love cookies.

1.Vegan Mini Mall. Head down to Herbivore, Sweetpea, Scapegoat, and Food Fight! and enjoy that everything you can eat or buy in the whole strip is vegan.

2. Powell’s Books. Support your local independent book sellers. Sweetpea treats are in their cafe area.

3. Get some Heidi Ho chia cheese sauce. That stuff is good on everything. Usually in the cold case at Food Fight!

 

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 II Google Map.