VidaVeganCon – Day Two Recap! TL;DR? – It was awesome.

I woke up too early on Sunday, mostly because I was still on Eastern Time, but it gave me the opportunity to run around the Rose Quarter for a few miles before it was time for breakfast! Of course, I ended up arriving much too early, and paced around hungrily (snacking on mini larabars) until 8:30am (Note to self: don’t forget to read your program and confirm times before leaving early!) Breakfasts at VVC, and I know I’m not alone in this, made me discover just how good chia seeds can be. We had a “raw chia parfait” and the recipe is here on The Svelte Kitchen. Having only played with it in the ground up form, I just mentally paired it with flax seeds and never gave it much thought beyond that.  It wasn’t exactly pretty, but very tasty. I’d insert a photo of it here just to prove it, but uncharacteristically, I almost entirely stopped taking pictures of my food for most of the weekend. I did take a picture of my plate, but everything is just jumbled together. I really liked the Vegan Vagrant‘s VVC food photo collection (as well as the links to all the other VVC recaps!) and of course you the VidaVeganCon flickr feed is worth checking out. First panel of my morning was The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: The Marketing Panel. This was something that snapped my interest right away when I flipped through the program, since it fits in with…

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Vida Vegan Con – Day One!

My inner monologue has changed from “I can’t wait” to “I can’t believe it’s over!” Or maybe… “I can’t wait until the next one in 2013…” To really sum it up, this weekend’s Vida Vegan Con was an incredible and inspirational experience. The organizers (and the other volunteers!) did such an amazing job bringing all of us together and making it all happen. It was a whirlwind of vegan activity. Surrounded by 200+ vegans at breakfast and lunch was exciting and nearly unbelievable. The speakers were fantastic, the food at the conference and the surrounding area was delicious (I’m looking at you HomeGrown Smoker) and I feel like I’m leaving with both a renewed excitement about blogging and a sense of joy at the real life connections I made with the people that attended. I left with a new list of people to follow on twitter and countless new rss feeds to add to my regular google reader rotation. After breakfast I started day one slowly, spending most of my morning trying to figure out how to get back to Toronto within a reasonable time frame, but I did catch the end of the nutrition panel with Wendy Gabbe Day, Bryanna Clark Grogan, Gena Hamshaw, and Ginny Messina. These are some of the people I’ve been following and reading on and off the net, in some cases for years. The works of Bryanna Clark Grogen have frequently appeared in my cookbook collection (as well as my mom’s), so it was…

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Vida Vegan Conference August 26-28 2011

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at the first ever Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference August 2011 in Portland, OR.  There are so many awesome people on the speakers list, I’m so excited to get the chance to meet the people behind blogs I’ve been reading for years! It will be a great excuse to go back to Portland, Oregon and check out some of the old haunts. I can’t wait to have brunch at Sweetpea Bakery again and check out some of the new food carts! From the Vida Vegan Blogger Conference Website: Mission: Uniting vegan bloggers from across the globe! What: Workshops, Discussion Panels, Speakers, Special Events, Vegan Food, and more. This conference will celebrate, explore, and fine-tune the practice, and ever-growing community, of vegan bloggers. Topics Include: Blogging, Vegan Parenting, Culinary Endeavors, Veganism in the Workplace, Dating & Mating Panel, Ethical Dining, Activism, and more! Date: August 26-28th, 2011 Where: University Hotel & Conference Center at Portland State University in Downtown Portland, OR Check the Vida Vegan website and be a fan on Facebook to keep up with updates!

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Portland February 2010

I forgot to mention going to Portland in February, since then I’ve been busy with school and work. Thankfully I have four consecutive days off, and it feels wonderful. It also occurs to me I should update my 101 in 1001 days list at some point, considering September(the end month) isn’t that far off, and I have managed to accomplish many of the goals on my list, as well as accept that some goals had to be modified. T and I went to Portobello for our fake Valentine’s Day (on Feb 17th,) it was wonderful, and delicious as always. We went there last year for fake Valentine’s Day, and every time I’m so impressed with what they come up with. I’m really excited to see what the Chef (Aaron Adams) ends up creating at Vegan Iron Chef (in PDX of course) this summer. I ordered the gnocchi (as usual) and my friend had an enviable portobella mushroom steak. We started out our meal with a french bread and pate. Oddly enough I found myself getting full really quickly. I think it must have had something to do with the massive portion of pate we got. We ended our meal with a delicious sweet pecan tart. I just love that place. Anyway, I had a nice time. I had hoped to check out the SkiBowl at Mt. again one more time, but the snow this year was pretty pathetic up there. Word on the street was we’d just be sliding around on ice.…

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Portland Vegan 100 – 2009

100 Great Vegan Foodz in Portland, OR! This list was inspired by Melissa Bastian’s Vegan NYC 100 Listing for VeganMoFo, which was inspired by Hannah of Bittersweet Vegan’s Hundred. I (MeShell) took this list from Jess from Lets Get Sconed. Here’s how it works: 1) Copy this list into your own blog, facebook or website, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one. 5) Pass it on! The PDX Vegan Hundred: 1. Fries with spicy tofu sauce at Dots 2. $1 Corndog from Hungry Tiger Too  (I’ve been there on Corndog day, but didn’t end up ordering one. Definitely next time) 3. Chick-o-Stick doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts 4. Tiramisu from Portobello 5. Vegan Mulita from Gorditos or Gorditos II 6. Nanotear Ham and Cheeze sandwich from Tube 7. Milkshake from Sip 8. Gnocchi from Portobello 9. Caramel Nut Bar from Sweetpea Baking Co. 10. Soft serve from Blossoming Lotus 11. Local cherry tomatoes from a farmers market 12. Dong Po Tofu from Bay Leaf 13. Jerked chickun from Assase Ital 14. A Big Big Lunch Special from an Indian cart 15. Soy latte made with Stumptown espresso 16. A crappy tofu scramble  I can get a crappy tofu scramble anywhere, why leave the country for it. 17. Cornmeal pizza from Dovi Vive. 18. Weeping Tiger sandwich from Bye & Bye 19. Bye…

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