Hope everyone had a super time while I was gone!
Mexico. I came, I saw, I tried to eat vegan. Sometimes it was only a waffle for lunch, or a side of beans and avacados and tortillas for dinner. One time we raced through the city of Veracruz following our impromptu guide, and found a prix fix (food on the run) that was ENTIRELY vegan. not the best I’ve ever had, but super edible. Abby’s step-mother made me some delicious food. Gorditas, Empanads, Rice with carrots, spicy potatoes with green beans and cabbage… everything she made had the magic touch–SO GOOD. I miss the food there.
Check this out. The Ale House was running a Quesadilla special yesterday for lunch.
I veganized it.
What you see is:
–housemade salsa. slightly spicy, just the right consisitancy.
–black beans, spinach, tomatoes, olives, green chilis, onions, jalepenos and lettuce in a tortilla and heated.
–spicy tofu-cashew cream sauce on top
This was such an amazing lunch. I sometimes have qualms with working at a place that serves meat, but I do love that we offer some amazing vegan options, even if I have to piece them together sometimes. Without the cheese, everyone asked how it would hold together. That’s what they ask about pizza too. And I tell them, “It just works.” I mean, yeah, it gets a little messy, but it’s so freakin’ good and I don’t even miss the cheese! And this is coming from a girl who loves bean and cheese burritos so much she might pick ’em over her mom if given the choice… just kidding, mom! 🙂
Just looking at this picture make me wish I had another one right now. Yum.
Going through my random pictures from November, I found these two I thought I’d share.
This one is a spicy and fruity martini made at Mint/820 Lounge on Russell Ave, one block from my house.The owner, Lucy Brennan, is probably the most famous mixologist in Portland. She’s written at least one book, and is known all over town, primarily for her avocado daiquiri, which I still have never tried. She’s also known for being a sugar nazi–the bartenders have to rim all the martini glasses *just so* and line them up evenly along the bar. If they fail to do it correctly, she makes them do it again.
Regardless, it’s a fun place, and there are delicious yummy sweet potatoe fries on happy hour.
This one is my breakfast at Gravy a month or so ago–wasn’t too hungry, so ordered a side of hashbrowns and a (housemade) soy sausage.
Oh my gosh. HUGE. I know, right? I don’t know if you can quite tell how big these hashbrowns are. They’re the size of my head. The soy sausage patty was delicious. The hashbrowns were delicious too, but way too much for me. When I came here, I asked for a vegan bloody mary, and they couldn’t help out. I did have a mimosa though!
A Bloody Mary is not vegan (or even vegetarian) because worchester sauce is a common ingredient, in mixes and when made fresh. I always think that in Portland, bloody mary’s would be made fresh and I could have one, anchovy-free. It rarely happens though.
Anyhoo, I had a delicious lunch today at work, and I’ll post a picture of that soon.