Well, hello everyone!
I have been hesitant to write because I have not written a recap of my 31 Things post. So I am here to say—that’s coming! Scout’s honor!
In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on in my vida loca:
(That’s me on the right, mugging for the camera with my best friend Abby, at my birthday bash in February.)
I am fast and furiously at work on Modified Style, a fashion show fundraiser I help organize every year.
This is the third year. It takes place Sunday May 1 at Disjecta. It’s an awesome show for an awesome cause (we’re raising money for Sisters of the Road, Children’s Healing Art Project-CHAP, and Out to Pasture Sanctuary). To buy tickets, head here.
Vida Vegan Con is also shaping up quite nicely. It’s the world’s first ever International Vegan Blogging Conference taking place in Portland this August and is going to be quite spectacular, in my humble opinion. We have AMAZING people involved—everyone from Isa Chandra Moskowitz to Colleen Patrick Goudreau to Mama Pea. I’m going to spend the whole conference in awe of the sheer amount of ridiculous talent that will be in Portland. Tickets are sold out, but we three organizers will do a few giveaways in the next few months (so keep an eye on Get Sconed and Vegtastic Voyage, hint hint).
If you’re a reader and you’re planning on coming, say hi to me in the comments! I’d love to ‘meet’ you!
And look for our ad in the next edition of Veg News!
My mom and little brother came to town recently, and along with my older brother, we headed out to the coast to visit Grandma. It was a beautiful sunny day. A bit windy, but absolutely gorgeous.
My grandma called ahead to her favorite lunch spot to ask about ‘vaygun’ options. Even though she thinks my older brother and I are crazy for being vegan, she tried to accommodate. As a Portlander, I’m used to fancy tempeh bacon and vegan cheese or chicken shenanigans every place I go; it’s not often I find myself somewhere where there’s nothing vegan on a menu and they have to customize something for me. It was kind of cool.
They made me a deliciously huge salad. The owner made the salad for me herself. She kept stepping out of the kitchen to ask questions like,
“Do you eat eggs?” (No)
“Do you eat cranberries?” (Yes)
“Can you eat almonds?” (Yes)
“What about a whole wheat roll?” (Yes)
“Do you eat oranges?” (Yes, but I don’t want them on my salad.)
She created a gorgeous beast, and I ate (almost) all of it. I left the cherry tomatoes b/c they weird me out.
We then headed down to the beach and walked along the sand, spotting kites and birds and shells.
My grandma’s dog Lacy! Isn’t she cute? She’s quite a handful.
There was this adorable book store run by an Irish lady. It was messy and disorganized and reminded me of what a bookstore would look like if I owned one. I’m not saying I’m messy, I’m just saying my nickname as a child wasn’t “Messy Nessy” for nothing.
We had such a nice time. I love spending time with my family. My older brother is heading back to South Korea to teach within the month, so I’m trying to soak up all the time I can get with him.
I took a trip out to Multnomah Falls last weekend. It’s only a 45 minute drive from Portland. The falls are majestic and simply gorgeous.
If you’re coming out for Vida Vegan Con this August, I highly recommend scheduling some time to drive out here.
And of course, I’ve also been eating delicious food. Some recent eats:
And I went for a run on the waterfront a few days ago. Lookit how pretty it is:
And one more thing; I’ve been listening to a few songs on repeat recently. This song, by Langhorne Slim (a recent Portland transplant and a fellow vegan, I hear) is hauntingly and sweetly sad. Sorry for the downer, it’s just lovely.