Seattle Food Porn, Round 2

Round 2 of the Seattle Vegan Food Porn from earlier this month!

How cool is Georgetown Liquor Co?  So damn cool. I think I have to give it the slight edge over Araya’s and hail it as my favorite dining experience of the short trip. It was just so…comfortable.

All vegetarian pub, nearly everything can be made vegan. Amusing, sci fi inspired sandwiches and appetizers.  Free game systems. I played Super Mario 3 on NES! My favorite! Tons of microbrews on tap. Fun cocktail list. I would want it to be my Hungry Tiger Too if I lived in Seattle.  I’ll try to write more about it for the other site – but here are the pics!

Arugula Artichoke Dip

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Half a Picard and half a Darth Reuben. I do believe my friend Katie Jayne called the Reuben ‘the best sandwich’ she’s ever eaten.

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Lowell – with vegan ham, green chilis, vegan cheese, greens, tomato and spicy chipotle vegenaise with a side of Tofu Chicken Caesar salad.  So. Good. I’d go back and get this same exact meal. Multiple times.

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You can sorta see the game systems in the back.

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So, I have this thing for digital jukeboxes…and this one is GIANT! Since I was with my class of 2000 buds, we played music from our high school days. Vijjy insisted on Jewel song after Jewel song, and we sang along sporadically to Semi-Charmed Kinda Life.

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We saw a sign for SOY YOGURT outside Citra Froyo, so we went.  Duh.

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I’m not big on the flavor of yogurt, and this was yo-gurt-y, so I passed after we sampled it, but look how IN SHOCK Katie Jayne is with her strawberry adorned cup!  Note – the counter girl stated it was vegan, and emails from the company bounced back – anyone know for sure?

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I ended up taking an afternoon train instead of a morning one on my final day, and after caffeination, took in a lunch at Plum Bistro on Capital Hill.

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Smoked Northwest Portobello and Tempeh Crepes

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Spicy Mac ‘N’ Yease

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Blueberry Truffle with Sea Salt from Sidecar for Pigs Peace.  Good stuff.

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Round 1 is here.

Phew. I’m sure I missed something

Seattle Vegan Food Porn! Round 1.

The first of three installments of Seattle food porn! I was  up in Seattle with two dear friends last week for work & play & vegan foodz, no doubt.

In this post, we’ve got visits to Pike Place Market, Araya’s Vegan Thai, Bang Bang Cafe, Sidecar for Pigs Peace, Sureshot Cafe and a couple other sights.

I’ve been to Seattle quite a few times before, and I originally had the birthplace of grunge in mind for my Northwest move back in the day (credit Irene, Stephen, David & co) but Portland won out.  And that was right.  I adore my Portlandy life, but do I like visiting Seattle and becoming more familiar with it.  The journey is just under 4 hours on Amtrak and very convenient!

Towards the photo essay…

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The obligatory market visit.  We were staying a few blocks away. Good morning!

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Araya’s Lunch Buffet – This was my first visit, and I won’t say much more besides I had to stop working on this post before lunch today because it had me craving Thai food! -Additionally, I have a review written (on the train back!) for Stumptown Vegans – so look for that in the future, if you’re intrigued.

Vegan Buffet Greatness

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Katie Jayne’s delicious buffet plate (#12)

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Hot & Sour soup from the buffet (boo, cilantro.  oh, well)

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Vijjy’s fresh rolls (from the regular menu)

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Buffet spring rolls and dipping sauce! And more soup.

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Vijjy’s Spicy Mushroom Soup

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Buffet Action.

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Hotter Buffet Action.

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Leftover soup.

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I stopped in twice at Bang Bang Cafe -it’s a vegan friendly cafe in Belltown, as discussed on a recent Stumptown Vegans podcast. They’re veg-friendly and offer vegans Tofutti cream cheese, hummus, Seattle’s own Field Roast & have a daily vegan mac & cheese casserole.

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Vijjy’s grilled sammy with hummus & Field Roast.

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Katie Jayne’s patient bagel

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Roasted Vegetable & Bean Burrito from Bang Bang Cafe – with delicious, delicately roasted potatoes & whole beans.

I regret not adding their special Southwestern chilis, but alas..  bang bang

though I will say, this to-go packaging killed me a little inside to be presented with.

Pike Place Market – We stopped into this small market across from the main Pike Place Marketplace because I had a distant memory of seeing an unfamiliar soy cheese there and wanted to investigate. And that’s what vegans do.

We were all pretty delighted at how damn vegan friendly this little store was!
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Soydairy section.

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Now onto the real vegan store in Seattle -

Sidecar for Pigs Peace

Of course we stopped by Sidecar and picked up goodies, like all good vegan tourists.  I came home with a very good, locally made blueberry&sea salt adorned chocolate truffle, local tofu jerky, Sunrice spicy tofu and something else I’m forgetting.  I wanted to support them & pick up something I couldn’t get at Food Fight!

The storefront
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The vegan protein fridge

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Mmm, kombucha & marshmallows

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CHOCOLATE.

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Katie Jayne was pretty damn excited about the Nacho Chreese Dip.

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I also picked up my two cats a catnip ball to share.

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Sharing didn’t go over very well, but Huxley seemed to have a blast ripping it apart entirely.

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Which brings us to – the pet food section! All veg, with info pamphlets.  For the record, I feed my cats great food, but it’s not vegetarian.

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More Sidecart.

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Frozen section!

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Pizza section!

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Soydairy!

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We were really excited about stopping by the Korean Tofu House a few blocks from Sidecar, to share a vegan special and hopefully super fresh tofu – but alas, they didn’t open till 7pm. Next time!!

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The best vegan pastries in the state?

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The parent bakery of this shop makes vegan scones.  I got one for breakfast the next morning.  It was a good maple scone, and fresh, I can see it being better than average, but I think Katie Jayne likely makes the best vegan pastries in the state, sorry!  But great use of signage promoting vegan items! I think this cafe had a sign for every single item, it was amusing.

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Aforementioned maple scone.

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Vegan chowder! My Yelp  Blackberry App kept telling me to visit here for nearby vegan goodies, and I kept saying, silly Yelp, that must be mistaken!  Yet, while we were walking by we browsed the menu and they have a vegan chowda!

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Hummus from the hotel restaurant. Woop, dried herbs & oil, baby.  At least it was only $5.

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Gum Wall

GUM WALL

Did you know Seattle has a famous gum wall?  Well, now I do.

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One more round of Seattle restaurant porn to go! Featuring Georgetown Liquor Co. (LOVE), Citra Soy Froyo and an interesting visit to Plum Bistro – and the Examination of Seattle Soy Lattes.  Oh, yes.