Belated Vegan Eats…Austin, Texas edition

Curra's Tacos on Get Sconed!

In the footsteps of South by Southwest, it’s undeniably become a huge vegan travel destination, arguably replacing Portland as the ‘mecca’, if you will. My visit with team Vida Vegan Headquarters is now months behind me, and there’s this before and after of my thoughts (and hunger for) tacos…and margaritas. The growing vegan options in town have such a buzz to them, rapidly growing both casually and grander; both key signs that your city has become the vegan must (and as someone who moved to Portland in 2004, trust me on that!) Continue reading

Further Northwest, Continued: 48 hours & Spring Vegan Eats in Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market

My travel bug has been itching up a storm, and this Spring’s venture to Victoria B.C. and back has only made it twitch some more.  J. Legume and I spaced out the journey with evenings, exploration and meals in Seattle, … Continue reading

Scenes, Beans and Zebra (Cup) Cakes

Zebra (cup) cakes on Get Sconed!

A combination of baketivism and plastic-wrapped nostalgia at its finest.   These were for last weekend’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in Portland, inspired by a big ole vganized Zebra cake that J. Legume and I made a few months ago. I vaguely remember … Continue reading

A Day in the Life: Lattes, Earth Balance & Stuff

Not to get all livejournally, but I’m updating this early afternoon more well-rested than I’ve felt in weeks.  There’s something to be said for falling asleep before the SNL repeat you intended to watch even airs. Therefore, there’s a warm, caffeinated beverage in front of me that I’m not depending on for fuel – it’s simply fitting in to my day. I’m heading to a big Vida Vegan meeting after this, and well, how could cafes that actually toast bagels, offer Earth Balance, and a project like that not put a smile on my face?

Is that classy or what?

It’s such a vegan pet peeve of mine when a cafe stocks more than a couple spreads and doesn’t keep a tub of Earth Balance on hand. The place I’m at this morning is primarily vegan and does, and the other great coffeeshop I considered, Floyd’s, totally offers it too. It was a nice realization in regards to those Portland bagels I find myself ordering a few times a year… I can remember carrying around tiny containers of melting Earth Balance in my pre-Portland days. That was silly.

In continuing seasonal syrup adventures:

Pear, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar (eventually drained):

Soy Latte Round Up

You know what it takes for the posting of these examinations? Days that don’t belong in june, a return to japanese genmaicha and african rooibos, and another mild vow of cutting back on coffee. I don’t drink it daily, but goddamn So Delicious Coconut Creamer is dreamy, and I certainly broke my 1-2 soy lattes-a-week vow during the final past weeks of preparation for Vegan Iron Chef.

Here are some recent highlights in caffeination, including a stop at a sharp new favorite downtown  - Public Domain, that evolved from Portland Coffeehouse. It is remarkable how they’ve elevated! The round up completes with a summer requirement: iced soy lattes. I’ll be on the search for Portland’s best as it warms up – any recs?

Soy Latte Round Up: Public Domain

Soy Latte Round Up: Barista II. You will never, ever go wrong here. The impressive NE location just started serving beer on tap, too.

Soy Latte Round Up: Artemis Cafe, vegan-friendly, organic & sustainable cafe located on the corner of SE 12th and Division that has so much awesome to offer.

Soy Latte Round Up: Haven Coffee. The bleakest of the round up, admittedly, but I like this shop.

Green Tea Matcha Latte: Little T American Baker - I think this is magic.

Soy Latte Round Up: Public Domain (nearly positive, since this is taken in Pioneer Square)

And the beckoning of iced lattes…

Soy Latte Round Up: Raspberry Iced Latte from South East Grind - such an indulgent wonder. This place is a little out of my way, but I like it. It's nice to know it exists if I ever want good coffee at 2am.

Soy Latte Round Up: Stumptown, Ash

Soy Latte Round Up: Stumptown, SW 3rd - this was just everything I wanted, sipped as I almost shed a tear finishing Solar by Ian McEwan.

Round Up: This time, it's individually dripped Columbia Meta Lejanias single origin coffee from Cafe Velo. Beans from Heart.

Cafe Velo

Outside Cafe Velo. I really like their small but intriguing Mediterranean menu, and adore their coffee options, but it's a bit weird to see folks out flank steak when you're on a coffee break. I still intend to try the housemade falafel and flatbread.