Hello from the Pacific Northwest! Alan and I arrived in Portland on Thursday afternoon. It was really warm and muggy but we walked around downtown for awhile before having dinner at the lovely vegan cafe, Prasad:
This was my first visit here and, wow, it is good. I had a bowl with steamed kale, brown rice, dahl and applesauce that hit the spot after a long day of travel:
Despite having a not-perfect night of sleep due to the city sounds that I’m not familiar with, I had plenty of energy for a day on the town on Friday.
Alan and I went back to Prasad for breakfast where I had the fruit plate with almond butter and cashew cream and a smoothie made from banana, almond milk, cacao and a few other ingredients I’m forgetting:
To be honest, I thought the fruit plate would have included a lot more, well, fruit, but it was okay and the cashew cream ended up getting stirred into my smoothie for extra sweetness:
I enjoyed a little walk around town after breakfast. All the rain up here sure makes for some perty flowers!
We took a trip up to Pittock Mansion for some sight-seeing in the mid-morning and hit up the vegan menu at Los Gorditos Taqueria for lunch. Here are some photos of the mansion, it was neat to see:
After a trip to the vegan mini-mall, I ditched Alan and met up with my friend Kristina from Spabettie for dinner at the lovely restaurant, Blossoming Lotus, which specializes in healthy, vegan food with a definite gourmet touch.
I had a green juice from the happy hour menu (unpictured), and then the collard wraps for dinner. They were filled with falafel, nut pate and veggies and were absolutely delicious!
Kristina and I couldn’t resist sharing the marionberry “live” cheesecake. Kristina recently had the pleasure of doing a vegan cooking immersion with the original chef from Blossoming Lotus, and knew that the lightness and incredible texture of this dessert comes from Irish moss. Ohhhh, I really must try my hand at using this mysterious ingredient. Here’s a photo of the cheesecake:
As you can see, I’m eating my way through Portland, but trying to make good choices and enjoy the decadence! So much more fun and food ahead! Hope you have a great weekend.