The Slide Inn

 

Hi guys! Have you heard of The Slide Inn? It recently opened in Portland (right next door to the Jade Lounge, on 23 and Ankeny). It’s got a German-theme going, so I wasn’t sure about it at first. (Vegan German Food? What would that entail?)

My friend and I had plans to get together yesterday for happy hour, and all the spots we wanted to check out happen to be closed Mondays. Of all the rotten luck. So when she suggested The Slide Inn, I hopped online, saw they were open Mondays (thank God), and their Happy Hour is from 530-7. PERFECT.

 

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The menu had quite a few vegan options. We weren’t terribly starving, but we decided to share a few things.

 

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The warm spinach salad with tofu, carrots and red bell peppers was good. It was sweet and slightly spicy. It was slightly over-dressed, but the flavors were spot-on. I would totally order it again.

 

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The salad rolls were a favorite of both of ours. The wraps were light on the rice noodles, heavy on the non-romaine lettuce, and served with a thick peanut dipping sauce. I will totally be back for these.

 

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The Yam Fries with horseradish ketchup were so good. I mean, how can you go wrong with horseradish ketchup? You can’t. I like that the fries are hand-cut. I LOVE that they’re served with horseradish ketchup. There’s also whole grain mustard available that goes splendidly with these little guys. I preferred the skinnier crunchier fries, but the thicker big ones sure got eaten too.

 

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The whole spread

 

The Slide Inn is the perfect spot for summer people watching. (All the single ladies: my friend and I conducted a scientific study and that corner sees A LOT of cute boys.)

It’s a quiet street, with families and friends walking around, bicyclists going by, and the occasional car whizzing past. For ever car that drove by, there were 5 bikes. (<—This one was not a scientific count.)

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I already have plans to  go back next Monday. White wine, boy-watching and vegan food on a sunny sidewalk? Color me perfectly pleased.

Kale Chips, Alpacas and Sunny Day Shenanigans

 

Hi guys! I have a blog! This is it. I seem to forget sometimes.

 

Guess what? I got a dehydrator for Christmas. It took me six months to plug it in, use it, and then read the instruction manual. Turns out it’s remarkably easy to use, and makes the most phenomenal kale chips. All I had to do was plug it in and turn it on—there aren’t even any temperature settings on there, so there are, like, minimal ways I can mess up using it.

 

Last week I made a cheesy nut-free sauce to coat the kale. I used tahini, yellow pepper, mustard, coconut liquid aminos (my roomie is soy-free, so no soy sauce), yeast, and jalapeño pepper.

 

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Into the beloved Vitamix went these ingredients. I tossed the Dinosaur Kale (RAWR. Doesn’t this kale LOOK dinosaury?) in the ‘cheesy’ sauce and laid out the kale on the 5 racks. I thought it was going to take 14 hours or something ridiculous.

But, no—they were ready in just over 2 hours! I wonder if it’s because the internal temperature is higher than normal for dehydrators? Dunno, but I was stoked.

This week, today, I’m making lemon dill kale chips.

I didn’t feel like going through all the work of making my Vitamix dirty (it’s my Saturday, I’m lazy). I mixed together olive oil, lots and lots of dill, fresh lemon juice, coconut aminos, a touch of rice vinegar, sea salt and cayenne.

They’re dehydrating right now, but I tried a bite before I trayed them up and they’re going to be great, I can feel it in my vegan bones.

FYI: My brand of dehydrator is called Nesco.

 

What else have I been up to, besides finding new and exciting ways to eat kale and using my Christmas present for the first time in July?

I’ve been drinking a lot of Vega. I love the berry kind in smoothies, but recently got sent a few samples of other kinds to try.

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It took me awhile to get into the taste of Vega (and I still can’t behind the chocolate) but I’m loving the berry and the tropical flavors. I add ‘em to my morning smoothies (usually a spinach/kale mix with banana, frozen fruit and orange juice) and they give me SO MANY NUTRIENTS and added energy.

 

What else have I been up to? Oh, so much.

I’ve dined on the rooftop at Departure (BEST and current vegan food favorite in Portland);

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picked cherries from my mom’s cherry tree on a recent visit home;

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Fell in love with some alpacas on the same trip;

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I call this one “Grandpa” because just LOOK at those eyebrows.

 

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This one I call Ringo.

 

drank way too much cider on a sunny patio with friends (on multiple occasions);

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ran (<—I use that term loosely) a muddy 5k in the woods with my bestie;

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played in the kitchen a few times;

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Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and fresh raspberries made for my mom’s birthday

 

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Chickpea Blondies. My new favorite recipe. I’ve made them three times this summer already.

 

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Potato shells stuffed with kale and corn

 

…and dined at Portobello with some Vida Vegan Con friends:

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I’ve also been hard at work on Vida Vegan Con; our early bird registration tickets sold out within 24 hours!! Don’t worry, we still have tickets available; if you’re interested in spending a weekend in Portland with a bunch of amazing inspirational fellow vegans and eating as much vegan junk food as your body can handle, come to Portland next May! Info on tickets available here.

And here’s one more picture to close out this post:

 

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Portland’s pretty.

Early Summer Shenanigans {Photo Essay}

 

Even though June 21st is the Summer Solstice and marks the longest day of the year, summer doesn’t really arrive in Portland until July/August. Which sort of stinks, but just means that when we get the random days of sun once a week, we Portlanders really know how to take advantage.

So even though it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet here in Portland, I’ve been intentionally enjoying the long days of sunlight and the brief opportunities for summer dresses and sangria.

 

The following photos were taken with my Instagram camera. I discovered gramfeed through Jess’s recent blog post. It’s rad to know there’s an Instagram app for the web. I’m so confused by technology.

 

Cinnamon Soft Serve from Blossoming Lotus

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Hendricks and St Germain Martini from the bar at my house

Hendricks Martini

 

Out and About at PNCA graduation after-party with coworkers

instagram fun

 

Pearl District

Pearl District

 

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square

 

Roses.

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Nickel Arcade on Belmont

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Summer Dress and blue shoes

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The following photos were taken with my plebeian point-and-shoot camera.

 

Sunset on a bike ride home from work

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Fun at the Nickel Arcade:

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The Farmer’s Market that’s 2 blocks from my house just opened last week. I know what I’m doing every single Sunday morning all summer long.

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And that’s my early summer so far. Coming up next: a short visit home to visit my mom and little brother (my friend Millie is taking the Greyhound down with me and hanging out with my family for the weekend—it’s going to be a blast.) and other than that, I don’t have many plans  yetfor the summer. Working a lot (at the BrewPub and Vida Vegan Con—fall AND summer events), and hopefully getting in a couple camping, hiking and swimming trips. I really want to make a visit to Hood River, and would love to get up to Washington to do a wine tasting tour.

What are your plans for the summer?

Portobello’s Tapas and Cocktail Party

 

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Have you ever had a tequila cocktail with LEMON flaked sea salt? I don’t usually like salt on my margaritas, or anywhere near my cocktails, thankyouverymuch, but the Corsair I tried at Portobello’s Tapas and Cocktail party last week was exquisite.

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123 Organic Tequila Blanco, Luxardo Maraschino, Grand Marnier, Lemon, Lime & Orange Juices, Lemon Flake Salt

 

This dinner, officially called “A Tapas Party, featuring Novo Fogo Organic Cachaca, 123 Organic Tequila, and Piscologia Pisco” served small bites made by Chef Aaron Adams and cocktails concocted and served by Iron Bartender 2011 winner Lauren Fitsgerald.

I didn’t get pictures of each the food items, but I did get about 8 pictures of the flowers on the tables.

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The above cocktail on the right is the Bienvenidos with Piscologia Pisco, Peychaud’s Bitters, Clear Creek Pear Brandy, Palo Negro Blanc de Blancs.

It was a little too sweet for me, but let’s get real: anything served in a champagne flute is still a winner in my book.

 

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The appetizer. We weren’t provided with a menu, so I can’t begin to tell you all that this incorporated. I do remember there was a rhubarb glaze, a mushroom involved, and cashew cream somewhere.

 

The  next drink was one of my favorites. The Leo Rising with Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Verjus, Ginger & Mint.

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Ginger and Mint, yes please!

 

Oh, here comes my other favorite cocktail, the Hibisco Punch with Piscologia Pisco, Pineapple Gomme Syrup, Hibiscus & Lime.

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It was served with a piece of caramelized pineapple, to boot. This is me swooning.

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These sturdy little empanadas were served as the main course. I don’t remember what was in them, but I do remember enjoying the heck out of mine.

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Last drink of the night. There was a contest to see what the winning name was. I think the winner was the Lady Maramalade, though I personally liked the entry Nuevo Fashioned.

Novo Fogo Gold Cachaca, Orange Marmalade, Rooibos Tea & Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

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This one was good, though when pared with the rich chocolate zucchini mini cupcake for dessert, tasted sort of watered down. I love the idea of using marmalade in a drink though—Ms Fitsgerald certainly contains multitudes of genius in her cocktail concocting brain..

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This is the unblurriest photo I got of the mini cupcake. It was so good, I helped myself to seconds. And thirds.

 

If I’m not mistaken, this is first in a series of events that Portobello plans to put on. At about $27 a pop (not including gratuity), it was a lovely way to spend an evening and try new-to-me snacks and cocktails.

 

And I want to include these two pictures below because they were taken the same day as the Portobello event, and I kept scrolling past them to find the best cocktail photos while writing this post.

I visited House of Vintage, and tried on some pretty snazzy sunglasses.

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I ended up with another, smaller and less orange (unfortunately) pair. Which, in conjunction with my other two purchases, made me realize I had bought a perfect day-at-the-beach.

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