My Ideal Day in Vegan Portland & Vegan Celebrity Sightings

I’m back home in California! With all the fun and excitement of Vida Vegan Con 2013 (read my first re-cap here), I woke up with a head cold on Monday morning. At first, I was bummed because I felt like all of my healthy, plant-based eating had let me down, but by I’m already feeling better this morning and realized this is probably the quickest recovery I’ve ever had. Yay!

“What I Ate Wednesday” Photo Food Journal:

For today’s photo food journal (you can read all of my past entries here), I’ve decided to put together my ideal day of eats in vegan Portland. After all, with being in recovery mode yesterday, my food wasn’t very exciting (read: smoothie, soup, and salad, with plenty of nap time and laundry loads in-between).

Breakfast is a bowl full of gluten-free oats made with almond milk and topped with dried fruits and apple from Prasad, following a yoga class at Yoga Pearl where I do all kinds of fancy maneuvers, ‘natch<—(this is a joke, I can’t do any fancy yoga maneuvers):


Breakfast is accompanied by this lovely fruit plate with freshly-made sweet cashew cream and almond butter, sprinkled with hemp seeds:

Fruit plate at Prasad in Portland.

I love the ambiance of Prasad, it is calm and inviting, especially in the mornings before too much hustle and bustle (although the people-watching when it gets busy is terrific):

Prasad in Portland.

I think their sign that says “work hard and be nice” is brilliant:

"Work Hard and Be Nice" sign in Portland.

Even the bulletin board has some good stuff on it (Vegan Delish: get it here!!!):

Vegan Delish card on the bulletin board at Prasad.

Lunchtime comes after a walk around beautiful Portland where it is not raining (ha!):

Portland park.

After that big breakfast, I’m having a light salad for lunch, made with my new Ginger-Hemp Dressing. This dressing is full of all kinds of immune system-supporting ingredients including shallots, garlic, ginger, cayenne, and turmeric:

Ginger-Hemp Dressing.

Here’s the recipe:

The salad is made with romaine and served with crumbled tempeh, red onion, chopped celery, and nutritional yeast:

Salad made with Ginger-Hemp Dressing.

After lunch, I’m hanging out with my friends (many of whom I just met at the conference and probably just know me as the crazy lady who asked for a photo, but since this is part fantasy I’m just gonna pretend we’re friends who hang out, m’kay?).

Yep, that’s me with my gal pal Isa:

Carrie with Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Since we’re all close and all, we’ll probably run into our BFF, Ms. Terry:

Terry Home Romero and Carrie.

After all that girl-time, I might run over to Susan’s house and talk shop for awhile:

Carrie with Susan Voisin.

Phew! It’s a lot of work to have so many friends, right? Dinner has to be at my new fave casual restaurant in Portland, Canteen:

Canteen in Portland

And, look, it’s sunny so we can eat outside!

The Portland bowl is pretty awesome, it is made with tempeh, quinoa, black beans, kale, carrots, NW sauce, and hazelnuts. I mean, really, what else could a vegan ask for?

Portland Bowl at Canteen.

Since this post is so not my real life, I’m gonna pretend that I would actually go to a bar or something after dinner and meet more of my amazing friends:

Friends made at Vida Vegan Con.

Clockwise from the top left would be: Jared from The Laughing Vegan (my cancer survivor compadre), Katie from Serenity in the Storm, my secret crush from Fat Gay Vegan, and Christy from The Blissful Chef.

Can’t forget:

More friends from Vida Vegan Con 2013.

Clockwise from top left: Fran Costigan , Nava Atlas from VegKitchen, Kristina from SpaBettie, and Nikki from Eat to the Beet.

Since I’m still hungry, I would finish off this fantastical day with a green smoothie made with frozen bananas, orange juice, dates, peanut butter, tahini, kale, and frozen strawberries, served in my brand new Vida Vegan Con mug:

Dessert smoothie served in Vida Vegan Con mug.

Vida Vegan Con was definitely a dream come true for me and I feel so lucky to have met new people as well as catching up with old friends. Even though I might not actually get to hang out with them in such a way as I described above, the cruelty-free, healthy eats are definitely part of my regular life.

Practically Raw Desserts Giveaway:

Speaking of old friends, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of my favorite cookbooks ever, Practically Raw Desserts from Chef Amber Shea. We actually did get to spend time together at the conference and her husband snapped this picture of us:

Carrie with Chef Amber Shea.

You can enter the giveaway for her cookbook here; I’m randomly picking a winner this Friday!


I’ve created a photo album on my Facebook page called “Vegan Celebrity Sightings” here where you can see pictures of all of the vegan “celebrities” I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I hope you enjoyed this kinda silly post, I’ll be back here again on Friday with all sorts of great vegan recipes. You can also catch me on Twitter here, Instagram here, or Pinterest here.


  1. Eve L. says

    I love this post! Sounds like a dream day. I am now obsessing over the photo of the Portland Bowl — if you have any clues to what is in the sauce or how they prepare their tempeh, please let us know!

  2. Holly says

    How exciting! So many of my favorite vegans 🙂 I will actually have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Greger tomorrow. My company is bringing him to speak as a start to our plant based eating initiative.

  3. Diane says

    You’re funny — I needed that kind of break! Sounds like a fun time was had by all. I’ll be sure to link to the other blogs to check out there good eats too.

  4. Patty says

    Oh, Carrie, I just loved this post! Also, the one the other day about your Portland adventure was great too! I am so happy for you that you had fun, got to eat great healthy food, and met so many cool people. Plus, I love Portland, and I’m so envious! You look great in all of your photos, by the way, so happy, pretty, and healthy! There were soooo many awesome people there, including you! I wish I would have gone. I just always sort of thought this was for bloggers only and not regular ol’ folk like me. I may go there, to the Portland VegFest in September, though. I went last year and that was cool, too.

    Hey, I did end up deciding on the Fagor pressure cooker, so we’ll see how things go. Wish me luck. 🙂

  5. says

    It was nice meeting you at the conference, Carrie! And hey, your ideal breakfast was my birthday breakfast on Sunday with Gena, wheeee!

  6. says

    Wow – it sounds like you had a fantastic time in Portland. And such great eats! And you met some super cool people.
    Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend =)

  7. says

    I totally got pix with Terry and Isa too. I couldn’t help it. I’m sure they took a LOT of photos this weekend!!

  8. Laura S. says

    Any time you’d like to make this day a reality, I’m there with you. If only we could ensure Mother Nature would cooperate!

    You’re looking great Carrie! Very vibrant. I LOVE that blue (teal?) dress on you!

  9. says

    Between your VVC posts and Seyward’s from Bonzai Aphrodite ( I feel like I was there, which is AWESOME because I wish I was. I’m pretty sure she instagrammed the Portland Bowl while she was there- as a matter of fact, I think she is in your neck of the woods/seaside. If you don’t know her already, you both seem on the same page with food and the like- bloggy-match-making.

    Great post! Cheers!

    • says

      Thanks, Deirdre! I met Sayward for the first time at the conference and we do live roundabouts in the same area (I love her blog!). I’m going to try and help her with the veganized Earth Day in Santa Barbara next year. I’m glad you liked my VVC posts, I loved taking the pictures and putting them on the blog. It was a really special event, at the same time being completely overwhelming and a whirlwind. I’m only now just getting my head back on straight. 🙂

  10. bitt says

    wow so many awesome vegans in one place!

    I am so confused though if this is what you really ate or a fantasy and if it’s from prasad or elsewhere??? sorry i’m not so smart.

    • says

      Hi Bitt! Sorry for the confusion, I was trying to be creative and it probably came across as confusing. 🙂 Yes, the breakfast dishes are from Prasad and the bowl is from Canteen, I just didn’t eat them on the same day as I presented in the post.

  11. says

    I always loves your pictures! The dressing looks amazing and you met so many FUN people!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Cindy from


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