Hotel Dining: Vegan Quinoa Cakes in Seattle

I travel a lot for work, organizing and hosting corporate health fairs. Last week I was hosting my last event of the season in Seattle, Washington. My coworker and I just headed to the hotel bar, Jimmy’s on First, for dinner–we were tired, and I can usually find something to modify or change. Plus, I’m usually open to eating french fries and salad, because yum. Any excuse to eat fried food is a good one in my book.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a clearly labeled vegan entree. Naturally I had to order it.


“Mac and Cheese…wish that was vegan. Fish Tacos?! Where’s Gardein when you need ’em?….OH! Quinoa & Chickpea Cakes??! Don’t mind if I do.”

Quinoa & Chickpea Cakes with tomato cumin jam, chimicurri sauce, pine nuts, braised local greens & seasonal vegetables. Duh.


Don’t mind the vertical phone pic; this way you get the see the lovely black bev naps.

The cakes were really filling; I think this might be the veggie burger patty they offer on the menu, because they’re pretty substantial. I could only eat one. The tangy tomato cumin jam was a nice compliment to the straightforward taste of the cakes. The greens were a nice bright addition, and the roasted carrots were sweet and simply seasoned.

I love it when restaurants have a clearly marked vegan option, and I’m happy to report that this was filling, hearty and tasty. If I stay at The Silver Cloud Inn again, I’ll definitely head back down for dinner. The only downside is that it’s right next to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, so apparently drunk fans regularly come in and pull the fire alarm. This happened while we were dining last week, with the alarm going steadily for 10 minutes until the Fire Department showed up.

No matter, a quick dip in the rooftop hot tub quickly dissipated any lingering irritations.


**Vida Vegan Tech Seminar Giveaway**


Oh, HI, GUYS!!!

Pardon me, I’m drinking coffee for the first time in 12 days. WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

I also happen to be very excited to announce that I’m doing a giveway right here on this ol’ blog.

Guess what for???


Give up?


It’s the…………..



Vida Vegan Seminar Series: Tech

When: Saturday, November 3. 9am-5pm

Where: The Sexy Seattle Public Library

How Come: Because Jess, Michele and I love you and want you to learn all the ins and outs of techy blogging so vegan blogs can take over the worrrrrld.

This ticket includes 100% complimentary full-access registration to the first (of many!) specialized one-day seminars.This first one is all tech, all the time. A lot of the feedback we got from VVC1 suggested even more focus on techy stuff. You talked, we listened!

The line-up is looking stellar—see this page for details on speakers and classes.  We’re so thankful to be able to gather together some truly top-notch experts in the vegan tech field. And, in case you haven’t heard, guess who’s providing lunch? Only the makers of the best salads and sandwiches and buffalo wings and peach iced tea in the multiverse(drum roll please): VEGGIE GRILL.



* Winner gets complimentary full-day pass to the entire tech seminar.

* This covers the day of classes, a coursebook with materials provided by our speakers, lunch and snacks, and a notebook.

* Must provide own transportation and lodging, if coming from outside of Seattle.


You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Q. Do I need to be a vegan to enter?

A. Nope. The lunch may be vegan, but the content is universal. If you’re interested in learning more in-depth blogging skillz, you’ll get a lot of this seminar, vegan or not.

Q. How do I enter?

A. Comment below about 1.) something you’re interested in learning in the blogging technical sphere. 2.) Or, if you know everything already, leave a comment with your favorite vegan spot to eat in Seattle.

Q. Who’s eligible?

A. Anyone who wants to come and can make it to Seattle on Saturday, November 3!

Q. When and how do I know if I won?

A. You have until Wednesday, September 26 to enter. That will give the winner plenty of time to make travel arrangements if needed. I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce it on here, Facebook and Twitter, so stay tuned.

Q. I entered, but I didn’t win.And now I wanna go so hard. How do I buy a ticket?

A. If we still have tickets available, you can purchase them here.


Good luck, lovelies!