Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Busy Times: Eating Out

When life gets busy I tend to eat out more.  Thankfully Portland has plenty of places to load up on healthy, delicious, vegan, gluten free eats.  Here are a few I've had recently.

Prasad. Doesn't that look vibrant and delicious? 

This is the TANUKI BOWL:  rice noodles served hot in housemade miso broth with sea vegetables,
shredded kale, red cabbage, carrots, scallions & black sesame seeds

For quick and easy meals on the go I turn to the Whole Foods hot bar and salad bar.  This box is full of garlic kale salad, sweet potatoes, and tofu in a tangy mustard sauce.

Vege Thai.  This one is close to home and we go there a lot!  Aside from the awesome food, the service is super friendly and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed.  This is the jungle curry noodles, but I usually get the pad see ew.  Can't say enough good things about this place!

There are a few juice bars in my 'hood.  Kure has this awesome hot drink called the "In-Cider".  (Insert mind-in-the-gutter jokes here.)  Aside from the silly name, this drink is really fantastic with apple, beet, lemon, ginger, kale, agave, elderberry extract, and cinnamon.  Really, really good on a cold day.

Here's the balance part of the post.  My favorite sweet treat from Back To Eden Bakery:  the pumpkin whoopie pie.  Everything at this place is vegan and gluten free and will blow your mind.  Or at least give you a sugar rush.  And they have cute chickens roaming the neighborhood pecking around the sidewalks.  City chickens.

Thank goodness I'm surrounded by places to pick up vegan/gf foods when I don't have the time to cook.  Portland keeps my gut happy when times are busy. 

Hope you're having a great week!


  1. Lucky you with so many awesome options! :) looks great!

  2. Everything looks delicious, I can't decide what to comment on, except that I think I might want a whoopie pie now. The chicken is cute <3

  3. That first soup really is gorgeous! The red cabbage is a pretty and interesting addition. And the In-Cider sounds so fantastic! I love hot juices but that one sounds so healthy and unusual. There's a raw restaurant around here that serves apple cider and is sooo good and spicy.

    1. I like my cider spicy, too. The juice bars around here usually have interesting hot combos during the winter months.

  4. Oh my gosh! I wish there were city chickens roaming Chicago!! I'd eat a whoopie pie every day!

    1. They are pretty cute. I followed that one around for a while.

  5. Oh man I want to take a bath in that first soup. It looks absolutely amazing and I've been craving a nice, hot bowl of comforting soup lately. That one looks perfect! WFs is always a great option for a quick meal and yours looks delicious. Count me in on the whoopie pie! Yum! Love the chickens!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I've totally been in the soup mood lately. And hot beverages.

  6. Isn't it every vegan's dream to live in Portland? Wish Fred & Carrie would come and solicit me to move there.

    1. Well, it truly is a vegan paradise of sorts.

  7. Oh god, Portland. So awesome. Everything looks amazing, especially the whoopie pie because come on, dessert. And the chicken thing is strange and funny, much like I remember Portland itself being.

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