So I know that Vegan MoFo officially ended yesterday (oh, hello December, what are you doing here already??), but I wanted to squeeze one more post in! And really, who doesn’t love a good dose of food porn? I’ve found myself eating out a fair bit this month, between super-secret project meetings and various blossoming friendships and of course, the holidays. It’s been delicious but I gotta say, I prefer the wholesome fresh food I make at home! Anyways, it sure is fun to indulge in decadence once in a while. Here’s what I’ve been eating:
at Sweetpea Bakery
I grabbed a much needed cup of coffee and oatmeal-peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie. Yes, sometimes you NEED a cookie, amiright?! I caught up on my email while Waits snoozed peacefully beside me. Afterwards, we met up with the other vegan babies for a play date. That was a good day.
brunch at Hungry Tiger Too
Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out, which is funny because I usually skip it at home. What can I say? It always seems like so much trouble to fix an elaborate meal in the morning. But I love it when somebody else does it for me!
We’ve got this whole system down, where we time it perfectly so that Waits falls asleep on the way to the restaurant and slumbers contentedly through the entire meal. It’s the only way Damian and I get to eat at the same time! It’s almost like a date, and it’s a very precious weekend ritual.
Hungry Tiger Too is actually a bar – home of the 1 dollar vegan corn dogs, and their food is sloppy and satisfying. I’m totally in love with their giant pancake (look at the fork for reference), which tastes EXACTLY like I remember McDonalds pancakes tasting. Is that a good thing? Maybe not, but it’s nostalgic and nummy and I can’t get enough!
breakfast at Vita Cafe
The next weekend I begrudgingly skipped the pancake and we tried breakfast at Vita – a first. Um, Holy. Effing. Hell.
Damian thoroughly enjoyed his biscuits and almond gravy. He also got an amazing toasted hazelnut corn cake. It was pretty epic.
Waits woke up half way through the meal, so we tried him in a high chair – another restaurant first. Success! He had fun banging cups and throwing silverware while we chowed down.
I had a tempeh veggie scramble with french toast. It was divine!
Back To Eden Bakery
Maybe I’m showing off a little. All vegan bakery. I <3 Portland!
They also have an amazing ice cream/soft serve/sundae menu, though I’ve never partaken in it myself.
late “ladies lunch” at Chaos Cafe
I swear I don’t eat all pancakes and cupcakes. Here, I had a *mountain* of kale and a side of grilled taters, plus tahini dip for both. That’s pretty much my idea of a perfect meal. Too bad I forgot a pic of the actual food!
another afternoon at Sweetpea
Haha, chubby little paw reaching for mah whoopie pie! I have to say, I totally dislike Stumptown coffee. Don’t kill me!
lunch with the family at True Food in Orange County
Damian’s Stella. I got a fab coconut water-pineapple concoction.
Miso soup with mushrooms. This was pretty stellar – perfectly salty and a nice portion size too.
The kale salad, minus the parmesan and croutons . . . which made it just a bowl of dressed kale . . . which was perfectly fine by me!
Waits loves to eat silverware.
This place was pretty good. It’s a chain I guess, which is cool to see a ‘mall restaurant’ with a healthy theme, that could actually deliver real, organic food. I sure hope this is the future of ‘big box’ restaurants!
all you can eat Sunday brunch at Sweetpea
No tour of Portland vegan dining would be complete without the brunch buffet at Sweetpea. Why is it so good? WHY??!
This week featured biscuits with light gravy, home fries, tofu scramble, steamed kale, grits, and peach crisp. I’d pay full price for the biscuits/gravy/kale alone.
Peach crisp. It was okay, but mine is better. I’ll forgive them.
And that’s what a vegan eats, dining out!