Portland – Part 1
Ryan and I got to Portland Friday morning, and after an early check-in, some unpacking and map-studying, we hit the ground running. We started at Hungry Tiger Too and had some nachos and tofufuffalo wings (tofu buffalo wings). Ryan was able to kick off his craft beer tour of Portland, and I was in heaven with the food and awesome music.
Once we were happily fed we headed over to the vegan mini-mall, where we checked out Herbivore, Sweet Pea Bakery and Food Fight grocery store. I probably could have spent hours at each place. We got a Charlie Brown bar from Sweet Pea, which had an oatmeal cookie-ish base topped with creamy peanut butter and chocolate. I don’t have a photo because we ate it too fast! We also got a raspberry cheese danish, which was mind-blowingly delicious. We saved that one for Saturday morning…
After checking out the mini-mall we headed back to the hotel so that I could take it easy before the VegNews sponsored meet and greet for Vida Vegan Con. I popped in for some cupcakes and sparkling cider, and then Ryan and I headed out to Portobello.
Our anniversary was last week, and we figured we’d celebrate with a nice dinner in Portland. Portobello was highly recommended, and I’m so glad it was! We had an amazing meal in the “Bliss Booth”, which was this awesome little booth tucked away in back and painted to make you feel like you were in an enchanted forest.
It was a little dark so we didn’t get any shots of the food, but it was spectacular. We split some focaccia with olive oil for dipping to start. It may sound simple, but it was some of the best bread I’ve ever had. The best part was the salt on top, which I’ll definitely be copying next time I make homemade bread.
Ryan got the gnocchi, which came with an assortment of veggies (the three sisters to be exact). The gnocchi was perfect and Ryan described the dish as being “like a garden in your mouth – in a good way.” It was pretty outstanding. I got a dish that had thin slices of portobello atop a mushroom duxelle, polenta and braised greens. The whole thing was topped with an Italian green salsa sauce. It was rich and delicious, and it made me want to curl up in front of a fireplace. And for dessert – tiramisu! I was so stuffed that I was in pain afterwards, but I think the baby liked it because there was plenty of dancing and kicking after the meal.
I was in Vida Vegan Con workshops on Saturday, but Ryan went to check out the PSU Farmers’ Market, where he took the beautiful shot below and bought us some tasty cherries and a seeded baguette to snack on in the room.
After checking out that market he headed out to another one, the Saturday Farmers’ Market. He got some jam for our neighbor who watched Omar for us, and he also got me a pair of earrings that I love so much I’ve worn them everyday. Of course it was time for him to continue his beer tour of Portland too. Even before getting pregnant I wasn’t a huge beer drinker, but I have to say that the pint below looks pretty enticing…
But as amazing as his day sounds, I can’t complain that I wasn’t with him. While he was at the market I was in Fran Costigan’s chocolate desserts demonstration at Whole Foods, and I’m still dreaming about the chocolate cake that she made. It was insane. The baby loved it so much that I had to have two pieces, after I made sure everyone had already had a slice, of course. It was all a great start to the trip, and more on what else we did in my next post!