First day and a half in Portland – Leading up to Vida Vegan Con funtacularness.

I’m sitting at Dovetail Bakery (3039 NE Alberta St.) after taking in some of the cute little shops on Alberta St, nibbling at a vanilla bean and raspberry jam scone (after already eating a bartlet pear and black current scone.) Scones people. Scones are amazing. Plus today (August 26th, 2011) they’re donating 20% of the profits to Sisters of the Road, in support of the organization’s work towards community driven and nonviolent solutions to homelessness and poverty as part of the Dining with Dignity event happening at various businesses in August. It’s such a cute little space, with four tables and a street facing counter top offering additional seating, bright windows and baking related decorations. In case you didn’t know, this weekend is Vida Vegan Con, the first (and best) vegan blogging conference ever (ok I’m biased.) so while I like Portland, that’s the real reason behind the visit. Unlike most people, I opted to take the greyhound bus here, from Buffalo (after driving down from Toronto). I don’t even know where to start in recapping that journey (so it’ll have to wait). After a year or so of excitement, the event is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier. The weather is atypically and relentlessly sunny, so I’m a bit disappointed that I’m not getting the full PDX experience… but I’m hoping that maybe later this weekend I’ll get my rain. Yesterday’s early morning arrival left me hunting for vegan breakfast options, and after getting a coffee fix at the only cafe open beforeā€¦

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