It’s time to be all retrospective and stuff. Twentyten is upon us, and this time of year marks the anniversary of this food blog’s creation on Blogger in 2005.
To celebrate and culminate, I picked some photos from my favorite posts of the past year on Get Sconed! – The year of the move! I attempted to choose one per month, but failed starting with January.
Behold a giant photo essay:
My first post of 2009 was an ode to recent Vietnamese meals. NE 82nd Ave was home to Nhut Quang Vegan Vietnamese Restaurant, which depressingly closed in late Spring 2009.
R.I.P. Nhut Quang Vietnamese crepes
Angel Food Marshmallow Making This is my mom’s old mixer, I love it.
I can’t go through January without mentioning LOST. I threw a Dharma rations themed party for the premiere of Season 5. Next month, my friend Susie and I holding a Benjamin Linus Throws a Dinner Party!
I fell in even more love with my Vita-Mix: Peach Ice Cream
And even more love: Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Mousse
The first Examination of Portland Soy Lattes I drank about 2,000 lattes, give or take a few.
Chicken Seitan Parmigiana with Teese and Roasted Broccoli
Had a magnificent visit with my friend Emily from my long-ago semester abroad to the upscale, all raw Grezzo in Boston.
Had my fix of Vegetarian Dim Sum House in NYC, twice
Chick o’fucking Stick Chocolate Chip Cookies for Katie Jayne!
The cart lot at SE 12th and Hawthorne just got better and better, and Portland became home to a vegan friendly fried pie cart, Whiffies, and the city was never the same again!
The very first pie Maeve and I shared: Apple
The rising wave of twitter popularity grew and grew, and a select group of friends and I entertained ourselves with a week of dining exclusively at businesses that had Twitter accounts: The Dittering. The number was much less significant in June than it is now, but we had many favorites and scouted others out. To quote Maeve, this was “back when twitter was cool”.
This was also the beginning of the summer of food cart insanity and growth!
Koi Fusion tofu tacos
Vegan Brunch was released! As a tester, of course, I’m always excited and stoked to support it and must include the Ode to Vegan Brunch Testing. I helped make some of the baked goods photographed! Oh my gosh!
My friend Jeff and I made this Raspberry Blackout cake for Maeve’s birthday:
I became a contributor to Veggie Thing! …which went kerplunk. I’m trying to keep the spirit alive with Awesome of the Week, kinda.
Professor Nanotear muffins from Tube
Try Vegan PDX presented the second annual Try Vegan Week with great success. The culminating event was the 90s themed U Can’t Touch This Vegan Prom. Thrilling!
The dance contest, featuring the first and second place winners – Simon and Angela
I discovered I seem to have an allergy to one of my favorite foods, the hazelnut. The horror!
Hazelnut Encrusted Eggplant
I fell in love with a scone from the new Back to Eden Bakery & Boutique: Maple Walnut
Zomg. Fakin’ Fest happened. There was dark chocolate dipped vegan bacon, bacon stuffed mushrooms, bacon cupcakes, tempeh bacon, maple bacon ice cream and much, much, much more. There was best dish, favorite dish and best fakin’ haiki contests, with prizes (more vegan bacon!) donated by Lightlife.
Stef’s Coconut Bacon Cupcakes
The Spicy Vegan’s potato skins
Mike Vegan’s awesome pig cake
Dynise, the Urban Vegan, sent her new cookbook for review & I’ve been digging it.
I got my fix of apples at the annual Portland Nursery Apple Festival:
The compilation of the Vegan Friendly Food Carts Listing, which now has its own page here.
on the Bombay Chaat House:
I added another reason to ever leave SE Portland in my personal time from my friends Julie & Jay Hasson – they opened their food cart, Native Bowl, in Mississippi Marketplace, and it rules!
Hummus wrap and Couch Bowl, photo by Lucas DeShazer
The Portland Vegan 100! So fun to put together. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
I was obsessed with brussel sprouts. All year, really.
Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin from The Urban Vegan
Roasted with blood orange and sea salt.
Banana Waffles! Banana Flapjacks from Vegan Brunch turned Waffles
Another test recipe from Isa’s new book, 40 Cloves Chickpeas & Broccoli
A little more Retrospect…
- I didn’t leave the country as I dream, but I did travel more on the West Coat, and had my annual pilgrimages to NYC and Boston – will happily be there again in February and playing in the snow! Let me know if there are new places I should check out, I’m curious about Piece ‘Pie in Allston!
- 2009 called forth the @getsconed twitter account (I had a personal, private account beforehand), the inevitable, welcome move to WordPress and finality of a domain, which was the exciting part of November.
- In case you’re interested in the Portland vegan restaurant scene, we posted the Stumptown Vegans Year in Review Podcast earlier in the month.
- Coming in 2010: Vegan Eats in and around Laguna Beach, CA, A Walk on Super Vegan Friendly Alberta Street, Product Reviews Galore, and more I can’t even make up on the spot!
As always, thank you for reading and commenting! I’m thrilled to be part of the vegan blogging world.