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 before…

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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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