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:
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):
I think their sign that says “work hard and be nice” is brilliant:
Even the bulletin board has some good stuff on it (Vegan Delish: get it here!!!):
Lunchtime comes after a walk around beautiful Portland where it is not raining (ha!):
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:
Here’s the recipe:
½ cup hemp seeds
¾ cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 pitted, Medjool dates
1-inch piece fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon turmeric
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup unsweetened soy or other non-dairy milk
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon white miso
Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
The salad is made with romaine and served with crumbled tempeh, red onion, chopped celery, and nutritional yeast:
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:
Since we’re all close and all, we’ll probably run into our BFF, Ms. Terry:
After all that girl-time, I might run over to Susan’s house and talk shop for awhile:
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:
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?
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.