After a decade plus spent in obligatory knee socks and plaid skirts, I may not be a fan of organized religions, but there’s a lot to like about the Quan Yin Method, as practiced by the enigmatic Supreme Master Ching Hai and her thousands of worldwide supporters. For one thing, the philosophies embrace veganism and compassion for all living creatures. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian with a penchant for soy protein, travelling and internet access, odds are you’ve eaten at one of their usually Chinese and/or Vietnamese restaurants across the globe. Unless you happened to pick up a pamphlet or noticed the Supreme Master TV channel (who were rad and recorded last year’s Vegan Iron Chef in PDX…somewhere!), you may not have even realized that your Sweet & Sour “beef” was prepared by a chef with something of a ‘cult’ affiliation. For more thoughts on the Supreme Master movement, check out this piece on ‘A Cult I Can Live With?’ posted by Our Hen House last year. I’m in agreement, because more vegan restaurants is a good thing in principle and actuality, right? If you have more to say about their movement, please leave a comment, I’d like to hear it – I’m simply here to talk about their new addition in Portland.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian in the Portland area, odds are you’ve eaten at one of the Supreme Master run restaurants, which includes Vegetarian House and their weekday lunch buffet downtown, and Sweet Lemon Vegetarian Bistro in Hillsboro, whose salad rolls you can find in Whole Foods and Food Fight!, as well. I’ve yet to visit Sweet Lemon (bad, bad Stumptown Vegan, I know!) and I can’t say I find myself at the Veg House that often, but I had a great lunch at Loving Hut in Seattle this past winter, and that’s where the sweet anticipation steps in. There was briefly talk of another vegan restaurant moving into the short-lived Green Lady spot downtown, but that spot proves mysterious and the new Loving Hut is officially moving next to my beloved Chef Naoko Bento (which appears on the so-called Hidden Gems list I’ve hinted at, which is really coming) on SW Jefferson and 13th. I saw moving-in going on with my own freaking eyes.
In short, there’s a new vegan restaurant opening downtown! I could go on my lunch hour! You could go after a trip to the Saturday farmers market! You could go after class at PSU! After your cheapo haircut at Beau Monde!
Update: Right after I hit “publish”, I decided to google “Loving Hut Portland” for any recent information, and low and behold, my girl Green Vegan Living is on top of things!