Vegan Bake Sale

I love Facebook for learning of events that I’m interested in attending.  I belong to the Portland Vegan group on facebook, and was invited to the Vegan Bake Sale at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden.  I had never been there before, but it’s someplace that I would like to visit again.  There quite a few food carts that had vegan offerings.  This place is located in SE Portland off Division and 29th.  There are times when I think I would love to move to this neck of the woods.  It’s so vegan friendly, which Forest Grove, the town I currently reside, is not!  In fact, I stopped at Costco to pick up some of my favorite vegan food items, and found out they discontinued carrying 3 items…how sad is that??

Anyways, the proceeds from this Bake Sale benefited Wildwood Farm Sanctuary and Sister of the Road.

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Here are the goodies that I bought!

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Took the cupcakes with the octopus and walrus over to my grandkids. They really enjoyed them, as did I and my partner!

Visiting Astoria, OR

I had seen a groupon for a hotel in Astoria, OR.  I thought it was a good deal, so I purchased it.  The only thing about those deals, is it’s not as ideal as I could hope for.  I work Tuesday nights, and get off on Wednesday mornings around 6am.  So I need to get some sleep when I get off work.  I have Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and every other Saturdays off.  I was hoping to reserve the room for Thursday and Friday nights, but of course there wasn’t any availability for Friday night.  I settled for Wednesday and Thursday night.  I figured I would take a nap after I get home and wake up around noon to pack and depart for Astoria.  I didn’t get up as early as I hoped for and was tired the rest of the day.  Also, the perfect weather I had ordered, didn’t happen.  But it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  My room at the Riverwalk Inn had a nice view of the Astoria-Megler bridge.

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Check in was at 4pm, but we didn’t get there till 4:30ish, and we went up to the room to rest.  I kept looking for vegan friendly places to dine.  Not a whole lot in Astoria.  We decided to check out Fort George Brewery.  They have a pizza that they could veganize using gluten free crust.

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The next day, we went letterboxing at some cool places.  We went to all the local sightseeing spots such as the Goonies House, Flavel House, Oregon Film Museum, Column, Maritime Memorial and Maritime Museum.

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We had lunch at the Blue Scorcher Bakery.

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We went back to our room after an exhausting day of sightseeing. But then we got ourselves ready to go check out the Columbian Cafe for dinner. Garlic Toast with different jellies, some spicy, all delicious!

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The chef did a vegan Chef’s choice for us…absolutely wonderfully creative dishes!

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We had an awesome time doing all the things that I enjoy!

 

Booksigning: Cary Elwes

Does anyone remember the movie “The Princess Bride”?  I loved the movie, and was in love with Cary Elwes!  I got the opportunity to go to a booksigning that he did for his book, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride”  He still looks good!

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A Day in Salem/Keizer

It’s been a while since I’ve been down to the Salem area. I posted a question on a social media to find out where vegans like to eat in the area. The majority said Marco Polo. So that’s where I went…and it was a very good choice! I ordered a chickpea curry soup and veggies in black bean sauce, very flavorful! My dining companion got vegan potstickers and spring rolls, and he said they were some of the best he’s had.

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Afterwards, we headed back up to Keizer, OR to check out the Schreiner’s Iris Gardens.  Disappointed that there weren’t that many flowers in bloom, but I may try to head back in a couple of weeks.  Here is a picture of the few that I was able to capture.

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

tulipI recently went to Woodburn, OR to check out the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest. It’s always gorgeous, whenever I go. It seems a lot more crowded than it has been in the past. I took this photo, and then made it into notecards/postcards!

Mother’s Day Brunch!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  I know it’s a few days late, but I don’t have a computer at home. I’m on Petunia’s email list, and I got an email that said they were celebrating Mother’s Day with Belgian waffles.  Petunia’s Pies and Pastries located on SW 12th street in Portland is all vegan and gluten-free.  Not only do they have baked goodies, but they have savory treats and cocktails as well.  Ideally, I would love to be gluten-free in addition to being vegan.  Anyways, upon reading the email, I asked a friend if he would like to join me for Belgian waffles.  He is gluten-free and I am vegan, so perfect spot for both of us.  Turns out, he was playing tour guide to some out of town visitors.  Both of my kids had plans with their own families, so that left me to my own devices.  I decided to catch the bus and max to Portland for a well-deserved Mother’s day brunch by myself.  It was a gorgeous day to be out and about.  I got off at the nearest max station and walked over to Petunia’s.  I got there about 1 p.m. and must have missed the rush.  I called earlier to see what time they were serving brunch and they said till around 2, or when they run out of waffles.  Well, there were no more Belgian waffles, but they had banana waffles, so that’s what I ordered.

As I waited for my waffles, I looked over the menu, and saw that they serve biscuits and gravy and macaroni and cheese.  This gave me an idea to do a “Best of” vegan biscuits and gravy at local vegan eateries around town.  My waffles arrived and they looked heavenly.

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I really savored my brunch, I don’t eat waffles very often, and they were so delicious.  I can hardly wait to go and try some other menu items.  I might have to go some evening to have a cocktail.

Stuffed from brunch, I decide to do a little walking.  Directly across the street is the First Presbyterian Church, and I think it’s a beautiful building. I love the architectural detail of the building, it was built in the late 1800’s in the High Victorian Gothic style.  I see that they do art exhibits, and I’m going to make it a point to make it to one soon.

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I walked down to Pioneer Square to take the max back to Hillsboro.

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Unfortunately, there’s no rest for mom’s.  I am usually scheduled to work on Sunday evenings.  Even though this outing was by myself, I love being out and about eating great vegan food, seeing the sights and sounds of a great city like Portland!

Pink Shoes

I love the randomness that I find as I go about my day.  I try to conserve gas and wear and tear and putting more miles on my car by taking public transportation as often as I can.  On my commute to work, I spied these sparkly pink shoes atop a garbage can at a max station.  They looked like they were at least a size 10!

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Book Signing: Christopher Moore

I went to a book signing by the author Christopher Moore at the Beaverton Powell’s book store.  There were way more people at this book signing than the Alicia Silverstone book signing, which surprised me.  I ended up meeting a friend for lunch at Chipotle’s before the book signing.  They have awesome fixings to make vegan burritos, tacos or bowls.  It was the first time I had sofritas, and it was really delicious!

We got to the bookstore, and purchased Christopher Moore’s “Serpent of Venice”. We had to take a ticket, and then found a seat.  I’ve read many of his books, but not all 13.  My very favorite of his books, is “A Dirty Job”. I’m currently reading his newest release.

As we were waiting for Moore to make his appearance, a few members of the Oregon Symphony did a blitz appearance that was mildly entertaining.

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Anyways, it was the 3rd Christopher Moore book signing that I’ve been to, and he never fails to entertain.  He is quick witted, tells amusing anecdotes, and fields questions from the audience.  As he signs his books, he converses with the people coming through the line.  He told the staff that he wouldn’t pose for pictures, but as I snapped my friend’s picture, he did a cheesy pose.

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Booksigning: Alicia Silverstone

I was so excited to find out that Alicia Silverstone was coming to my town to do a booksigning!  A few years ago, I was doing some shopping at Whole Foods, and I saw Alicia’s book, “The Kind Diet”, and the title intrigued me.  I had no idea it was a book about veganism, a way of life I had never thought I would be interested in.  At that time, I was pescatarian wanting to become vegetarian.  I didn’t want to eat animals anymore, but thought I could eat dairy and eggs without having an animal die for me.  Her book opened my eyes to the treatment of animals.  I started watching documentaries and reading more about being vegan, and learning not only is it good for the animals to be vegan, but also for our health and the health of the planet Earth.

I took my granddaughter, and a friend joined us.

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She did a short question and answer period, spoke a little of her book that she was on tour for, “The Kind Mama” and then signed books.  She was very gracious to people that were in line.  It was such a lovely experience meeting Alicia Silverstone!

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Girls Night Out: Biwa

There’s a core group of us girls that dine out once a month or so. This time we went to Biwa in SE Portland.  I had heard good things about this place, so very interested in trying it out.  Half our group is mostly vegan, the rest of the group are vegan friendly, but will still choose meat options when it presents itself on the menu.  I perused the menu the night before, and pretty much knew what I wanted to order when I got there.  The items that are vegetarian or vegan have a dot next to the menu item.  Makes it easy to know what to order!

I started out with one of the specials for the night.  A spring mix salad with thinly sliced radish and edible flower.  The edible flower was really small and I should have fished it out for the photo, but alas I did not, and it’s lost in all the greenery.  There was a light ginger miso dressing that was pretty tasty.

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Next, I received my daigaku imo.  According to the menu, it’s Dan’s favorite  fried & glazed sweet potatoes.

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It was really delicious, and I tried to share as many as I could since it was very filling.  I then received my grilled shiitake mushrooms.  These were my favorite of the evening, and I don’t have a good photo, it’s to the side of my sweet potatoes.

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I then had my onigiri with pickled plum.  I really was much too full for it, but I haven’t had a rice ball in ages, and I always enjoy getting to the center to the umeboshi!  Anyways, Girls Night Out is always enjoyable, and we have great conversation and laugh ourselves silly!

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