Hi there. What have you been up to?
Me, I’ve been busy.
Busy taking pictures of (almost) every little thing I’ve been up to and practicing the skilled art of not-blogging about any of it.You may have heard of it. I have now achieved expert status in not-blogging.
While I am very proud of this status I’ve achieved, I am prepared to get all zen-like and move beyond not-blogging back into the realm of blogging-for-reals. It’s time. If only to get all these pictures off my memory card and into the Epicurious Vegan archives.
And with that, here we gooooooooooo:
Monday, October 17
Wine tasting and buying with co-workers:
These pictures are kinda boring, but it’s probably because I got tipsy way too soon to remember to take any good photos of the wine, the Champagne (the fancy stuff actually from the Champagne region of France), or the company.
Monday, October 24
Hosting a Naked Lady Party:
We displayed everything on racks and all of us ladies went to town. Have you been to one before? A group of gals gather their unwanted clothes, jewelry and accessories and bring them together to swap for new-to-them goods. It’s fun and a more sustainable way to ‘shop’ than buying new clothes.
As hosts, my roommate and I provided the food.
White and Green Pizza with mozzarella Daiya:
Mochi is made from rice. It’s all flat and uninspiring before you bake it, then it POOFS up into a chewy and delightful (gluten-free) snack within minutes. I love this stuff.
Can’t have a (worthwhile) party without popcorn:
Carrots and jalapeño cilantro hummus (this hummus is STELLAR), another option for the gluten-free darlings in attendance.
Tuesday, October 25
On a beautiful fall day, I headed out to Sauvie Island with my good friend Zach to navigate the treacherous Corn Maize and pick out a perfect pumpkin.
Then we stuffed ourselves silly at El Nutri Taco Cart on Alberta. These are my favorite nachos in Portland. Just look at them. I’ve never had a chimichunga (deep-fried burrito) before, and oh my stars, it sure was decadent.
Sunday, October 30
I took a Sunday off of work and went out breakfast with my friends Millie and Colin. We ate at the Nightlight Lounge (BEST tofu scramble in Portland) and drank bottomless mimosas (I had four) before wig shopping.
We each purchased our respective wigs. Don’t they look great?
Saturday, November 5
Went to Native Foods for the first time.
I was on a 7-day cleanse of juicing and salads, so stuck with the kale salad. I was all, “Oh, poor me, I have to eat the kale salad instead of EVERYTHING ELSE” but when it arrived in front of me I was STOKED. This salad was so friggin’ delicious and healthy and everything I want in a salad.
My friend Craig Steele tried a few other things:
We were suitably impressed.
Thursday, November 10
I checked out the new pizza shop in the neighborhood. Mellow Mushroom is a chain that just opened in the Pearl District. I was curious about their vegan options, but not hopeful.
Lo and Behold: FREE DAIYA CHEESE UPGRADE.
This pizza is SO GOOD. Oh lordy, the crust is chewy and thick, the veggies don’t overwhelm the pizza, and the sauce is rich and tomato-y. This is my new favorite pizza in town.
Wednesday, November 16
This show is like a Cirque du Soleil show (figures, since one of the founding members of Cirque du Soleil also created this show, though they’re technically unrelated) but with horses. I took my grandma on opening night. Tickets aren’t cheap, but if you like horses (or your grandma likes horses and you like your grandma) it’s a cool show.
Thursday, November 17
Vida Vegan Con business meeting at Native Foods. (Lots of fun stuff coming up in 2012!)
I had to try the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger.
Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger
Our thinly sliced Native Original Seitan,
melted cheddar, caramelized onions, and
crispy Native Bacon on a bun slathered
with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing, romaine,
carrots, onions, and tomato. Topped with
crunchy battered dill pickle chips.
Sunday, November 20 – Monday November 21
I had a threeple date with a few of my favorite ladies.
We spent all day supporting vegan businesses, starting with brunch at Portobello.
The fritata (on the left) is to die for. So rich and filling; definitely split it with a loved one. It’s HUGE.
We then headed out to the ‘burbs for a night stay at Comfort Suites (it was a Groupon I bought back when I still bought Groupons).
We drank bubbles and swam in the pool and ate take-out from Green Wok and stayed up late into the night, having really nice talks.
The bear got a little crazy.
The next day we want to Native Foods for lunch (my 3rd visit).
The last thing I really wanted to try were the fish tacos.
Yummmmmm. These weren’t very ‘fish’ (tempeh’) heavy, but seriously, anything with corn tortillas and guacamole are an automatic win in my book.
The other foodz:
I think after three visits and multiple samples of a good 3/4 of the menu, I’m good on the Native Foods for a minute.
On second thought, after posting these pictures, I’m ready to eat there again. I want to try the Reuben next!
Thursday, November 24
We ate Tofurky and Field Roast and stuff.
In the middle of cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for six, I hit my head on the corner of a kitchen cupboard while cooking and started bleeding profusely. My roommate rushed me to ER, and after two hours and some rinsing and applying pressure, the doctors came to the conclusion that it was a minor wound and I would be just fine. No stitches needed or anything. I was fine, but felt kinda out of it for the rest of the night.
Luckily it was mellow and low-key and we sat by the fire and played board games.
This game was almost as much fun as Apples to Apples:
Thanksgiving photos courtesy of my friend Abby.
Saturday, December 3
Upon hearing the sad news that Kettleman’s (a local Portland bagel shop) got bought out by Noah’s, I needed a Kettleman bagel.
Sweetpea for coffee and an everything bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese.
I also posed for some photos for my photographer friend. Those should be fun to look at when I get ‘em!
Tuesday, December 6
I made sugar cookie Christmas sandwiches by spreading frosting in between two cookies and smushing them together. No sprinkles in stock, so I just made my own colored sugar crystals.
I used green frosting that I flavored with peppermint extract for the trees, and basic vanilla frosting for the snowflakes and stars.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to.
Looking forward to the Christmas season with Baileys, visit from the family, friends, shopping, baking, and hopefully SNOW.