Dishing on Portland: Part One

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For years (two to be exact), I was a vegan. I actually adored the lifestyle and didn’t think I could ever go back to dairy or chicken. I was never big on beef or pork and I am allergic to fish so I kept my diet pretty simple. Being that I was mostly vegetarian, I figured I would give vegan-ism a chance. I wanted to see if I could actually do it and I did until…I got super sick. I am anemic and I was taking loads of iron supplements and loading up on iron enriched veggies. Thinking it was enough I went about my daily business and thought I was fine. It turns out, I wasn’t.

I have zero against a vegan diet/lifestyle and if my iron wasn’t so moody I probably still would be 100% vegan but sadly I just can’t make it work for me and the lack of animal protein does catch up with me. When I do have any sort of additional ‘animal product’ in my diet, I make sure it’s as ethical as possible.

While in Portland, I have been staying with one of my besties, Jaymz. It is a completely vegan household which is fabulous and Jaymz is a brilliant cook. I was sure I was in for some great eats. Also, to add to the yumminess, Portland is like the vegan food capital. We have eaten at 12 stunning vegan/veg restaurants and I am here to give you a full list of all that is fabulous for your taste buds. Vegan or not, you should definitely check out these restaurants if you get to visit this amazing city.

These posts will be broken down into parts to not overwhelm you with a lot of reading on a bunch of different food places. Bon Appétit!

Vita-Cafe. Like most of everything in Portland, Vita-Cafe feels young, hip, and amazing. The first two times I ate food from the cafe was actually take out that was picked up by Jaymz’s husband. I wasn’t aware of how dope the restaurant was until the third time we got food there because we actually ate on location. The pricing is fair and affordable. It is primarily vegetarian and vegan as well as free range, all natural, and hormone free meats and eggs. Everything is local and organic which is very green and something I will be looking for more often when dining on the east coast! GO GREEN!

They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our dinner conversation consisted of Jaymz’s hot new haircut…

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Isn’t it cute?!

For my takeout orders both times I had a Buffalo Tofu Wrap. It’s tofu with spicy “buffalo” sauce, lettuce, tomato, and vegan ranch dressing all wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. I had fries on the side and boy was it filling.

For dinner I had, Buffalo things which are crispy tofu strips tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce. It’s served with carrots, celery, and vegan ranch dressing. I also had two margaritas but who is counting?!

Our waitress had the best makeup ever and wearing a very awesome polk dotted 80’s babydoll dress. She made some killer drinks and was super sweet. Overall the experience there was brilliant and I give the restaurant 5 out of 5 sprinkle filled booze glasses.

Lover of all that is spicy,

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