Marching onward! Part I is here, and today I bring you Part II of our whirlwind vegan Portlandstravaganza, in which we ate all of my very most favorite things! Remember, this is by no means a comprehensive collection of Portland’s vegan eateries. Oh no, this is the condensed version, only the handful that made the DO NOT MISS list. So once again – bookmark it, Pin it, hold onto it in whatever way you can. Because if you ever visit Portland, I promise that you’ll want it!
On the morning of day 3 we woke up at Libby’s house, and enjoyed a cup of coffee while playing with the adorable little Miss Evelyn. Alas, we couldn’t stay long – we had lots to do that day! Today was THE day, in fact. The whole reason we were in Portland at all. Jeremy’s favorite band was playing! And on his birthday weekend, no less!
So we were staying with Kate and Nathan that night, and our first order of business was to get our luggage to their place. Libs was nice enough to let us borrow her car, and I insisted that we swing by People’s Co Op (still a member!) on our way across town. No better way to start the day, I say!
The bus delivered us right to the doorstep of our lunch destination – probably my absolute number one favorite meal in all of Portland. It ain’t fancy, and it ain’t too pretty to look at, and it certainly ain’t health food. But, well, its soul food. Food for my soul, anyway (and I’d argue for Waits’s as well, since it’s most of what I ate when I was pregnant, and I used to joke that little Waits Rebhal was literally built out of burritos). That’s right: Taqueria Los Gorditos.
I insisted that Jeremy order the soy curl fajita burrito (add vegan sour cream). Again, he was skeptical (when will that boy learn to trust me??). A burrito? he asked. Shouldn’t I try something more exciting, like the sopes or something?
I insisted, even as he reminded me that he was a bit of a burrito connoisseur, and had incredibly, impossibly high standards.
So what do you think happened?
WELL DUH! Jeremy declared this to be the best burrito he’d ever eaten at anywhere, ever, in his whole life, for realsies. Told ya so.
For my gluten-free self I ordered almost the exact same thing, the soy curl fajita platter, add extra vegan sour cream. It comes with fresh corn tortillas for self-constructed tacos and it is out. of. this. world.
This is my “dying meal”, y’all. I heart this food so hard.
After lunch we had another walk lined up, this time over to a playground in the cute little Clinton district. This was sort of my old ‘hood, and this park was one of me and Waitsy’s favorite parks, where we used to meet up with my dear friend Jo and her family for picnics and play dates.
I love this lady so damn much. She was my rock before and during my separation, and my vegan mama confidant, and the one who would share her homemade soy-free tempeh and homemade raw snack packs with Waits and I, who was always down for berry picking when we were restless, always down to walk and talk and keep walking and talking as long as I needed, and who would wink and pour a little whiskey in my coffee on those especially difficult days.
And it’s hard to move away. Hard with life and families and so much going on, so hard to keep in touch. I love you Jo!
It was a beautiful day, perfect for the park. So great to catch up, however brief, and to see her beautiful children so incredibly grown-up. Geeze.
But of course, before the show, dinner!
Now Portland is no stranger to Thai food – in fact I think there are approximately 19.4 Thai restaurants per square city mile, and I’m sure if you asked 10 vegans for their favorite, you’d get 10 different answers.
So here’s mine: Pad Thai Kitchen on SE Belmont.
I only have crappy cell phone pics which do not do this delicious meal any justice, and for that I truly apologize. At least the company was spectacular! We were joined by Miss Kate and her man Nathan, and we were able to – last minute once again – hook up with one Miss Kitty Bee, fellow blogger, soon-to-be cookbook author, and all-around vegan extraordinaire!
And then, all of a sudden and out of the blue, they announced a reunion, a new album, and a tour. Bam!
Sadness! Our fourth and final little half-day in P-town. We slept in, and awoke to an empty house. Kate and Nathan were at work and for the first time of our entire trip, the notorious Portland grey skies were looming overhead. Sadness.
But oh well, we were determined to make the best of our final hours. We ventured out for coffee and stumbled across a Barista location – hands down my favorite cup of coffee in p-town. Serendipity!
Canteen, here we come!
We caught a cab to the airport.
And just like that it was over.
Round one, that is. Because Jeremy and I vowed that we will be saving our miles, saving our pennies, and making regular trips up to this delightful vegan wonderland they call Portland, Oregon. Because there were SO many people I didn’t get to see, and SO many things we didn’t get to eat, and SO many awesome adventures waiting to be had. You hear that Portland? We’ll meet again soon!
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