A Day in the Life: Paradox Memories

Last night, I met my friends for a productive dinner at Paradox Cafe. A few years ago, Paradox seemed to be hands down, the restaurant I visited the most in Portland. I lived in the Sunnyside neighborhood and was there regularly, often deciding between corn and 4-grain pancakes or rice and roasted potatoes on the old early bird list.

It’s amusing to look back on, and to have ever complained about, but it was one of the few places an old boyfriend of mine would ever dine at.  I ordered a whole lot of those pancakes and would anticipating the changing of the seasonal decor and menu. On the bright side, dining at Paradox so often let me actually make my way through the menu. There are so many memories of brunches with old friends in the blue booths, casual dinners, and for some reason – I’m blaming a self-imposed fad in my early 20s?!? – drinking cups and cups of decaf coffee with a little pitcher of soymilk.

Our charming waitress sorta poses for a photo

These days, I don’t go as often as I’d like, maybe a few times a year – it’s Portland and I live in a different neighborhood –  yet, I’ve gladly dined there twice in the past week. First, it was to reacquaint myself with a classic Portland breakfast (for dinner, even better) for Breakfast in Bridgetown, and the other was last night.


One of my favorite friends was working (who should comment if they want to be outed!) and I have to say, it seems like new management has brought changes for the even-better in the past year or so.  For starters, “nooch” was on the specials board last week, and the menu looks more versatile – both in selections and pricing.  They’ve added Field Roast sausages, more tempeh, and still have those great pancakes. I should really visit more often…

Paradox Tempeh Scramble - my tastebuds are still sick with the rest of me, so I figured lots of straight-up vegetables was a good move.

An Open Letter to Papa John’s

Dear Papa John’s,

For years, I’ve sporadically heard positive things about your accidentally vegan garlic sauce. About how your pizza was a lifesaver in lands [then] without pseudo-melting vegan cheese options. Being a cilantro hater, I seriously respect diverse taste buds, but after sampling said sauce, and thankfully, not ordering it on my pizza, I confidently assume that I heard strictly from crazy people. Something is not quite right.  No one should be putting this melted down, obscenely flavored, pathetic margarine into their mouths!

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a resort where I could not successfully talk my way into a vegan option. Trust me, I know the ways this can work. Perhaps, if I had journeyed into kitchens, pulled out my polite bitch card and explained myself with a couple of cookbooks, I could have walked away with some roasted vegetables. I swear, I emailed in advance to no reply, spoke with 2 concierges – 1 of whom first recommended I travel 30 minutes+ off site for a meal, and later, returned from a meeting where she broached the topic of vegan options with kitchen management. The result? “Pasta….with oil, and salad…with fish”. Instead of overpaying for an attempt at buffet sides, my friends and I picked up pizza from Papa John’s.

Besides basic nourishment after a long day, I don’t think there was anything decent about this pizza. The olives, okay, but the pineapple was thinly sliced and soggy, the so-called ‘portobello’ was actually over-roasted, sliced creminis, the sauce was forgettable, and the dough was tasteless and flat. As in, did 16 year olds who’ve never been in a kitchen before try and make pizza dough? Quite possibly. Fine, it was decently priced – but worth it? No way. Afterwards,  I felt dirty, as if I’d accidentally been in a Domino’s.

To think, after my first bites, I thought the garlic sauce would come to the rescue. To think, I almost ordered it ON MY PIZZA.

Please increase your quality. You can do better! Stop insulting pizza, and furthermore, precious garlic.


Jess Scone

Papa John's

Papa John's

The Portland Vegan 100: Updated!

Hello from Summer 2013! Suggestions are now being taken for an updated Portland Vegan 100 that will surely be even more epic than the last. Please fill out this form right here to submit your own, and stay tuned for the reveal.

This listing was originally compiled in 2009. It was a collaborative, vegan reality & internet effort. It has been updated for the 2010 Try Vegan PDX Guidebook, coming later this summer.

The PDX Vegan Hundred: 100 Great Foodz in Portland, OR

Some of the best and most unusual vegan options Portland has to offer, with a few peculiarities, for peculiarities’ sake.

How many have you tried?
  1. Fries with spicy tofu sauce at Dots
  2. $1.25 Corndog from Hungry Tiger Too (Wednesday special)
  3. McMinnville Cream donut from Voodoo Doughnuts
  4. Tiramisu from Portobello
  5. Vegan Soyrizo Burrito from Los Gorditos
  6. Professor Nanotear Ham and Cheeze sandwich from Tube
  7. Milkshake from Sip
  8. Gnocchi from Portobello
  9. Boston Cream Pie donut from Sweetpea Baking Co. (Saturdays only)
  10. Soft serve from Blossoming Lotus
  11. Local cherry tomatoes from a farmers market
  12. Sesame Tofu from Bay Leaf
  13. Jerked chickun from Assase Ital
  14. A Big Big Lunch Special from an Indian chaat house
  15. Soy latte made with Stumptown espresso
  16. A crappy tofu scramble
  17. Cornmeal pizza from Dovi Vive.
  18. Weeping Tiger sandwich from Bye & Bye
  19. Bye & Bye or Floor Punch from Bye & Bye
  20. A Bowl meal from a cart
  21. Vegan nutella from Freddy Guy’s hazelnuts
  22. Soy curls in bulk
  23. 40 cent Tofuffalo at Hungry Tiger Too (Thursdays)
  24. the weekday vegan pancakes from Laurelthirst
  25. Maple vegan sausage waffle from Flavourspot
  26. Drunken noodles with pepper steak from Thai Food Cafe
  27. Macnocheeto from Homegrown Smoker
  28. Veggie platter from an Ethiopian restaurant
  29. Blackberries picked from a public place
  30. Baba Ganouj from Ya Hala
  31. Coconut Smashed Yams from Papa G’s
  32. Vegan slice from Bella Faccia
  33. a Whiffies fried pie after midnight
  34. Chili dog from Zach’s Shack
  35. Vegan poutine from Potato Champion!
  36. Missionary Chocolate Truffle
  37. Apron Activists 4-Course Dinner
  38. Hot Wok at New Seasons
  39. Che Guevara Burrito from Laughing Planet
  40. Pad Thai from Pad Thai Kitchen
  41. Random vegan dessert from a stand at Last Thursday on Alberta
  42. The Giant Pancake at Hungry Tiger Too
  43. TLP from Red & Black Cafe
  44. Cornmeal tempeh plate from Proper Eats
  45. Maple Walnut Scone from Back to Eden
  46. Vegan Mezza platter from a Lebanese restaurant
  47. Crispy eggplant from Fujin
  48. Lemongrass Tofu Sticks from Van Hanh
  49. Tofu Salad Bun at Pho PDX
  50. Cocktail made with local liquor
  51. Biscuits and Gravy from Paradox or Vita
  52. Coconut fried oreos from Homegrown Smoker
  53. Field Roast sausage
  54. Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce
  55. Toddbot’s Triangles
  56. Local microbrew
  57. Hot Lips soda
  58. Herb Crusted Tofu with Mushroom Marsala from The Farm Cafe
  59. Picnic in Laurelhurst Park
  60. Burrito eaten in Pioneer Square from Shelley’s Honkin Huge Burritos
  61. Eggplant tibs from Bete Lukas
  62. Tator tots before noon or after midnight
  63. Lone Ranger from Chaos Cafe
  64. Hand-crafted mocktail at Portobello
  65. Tofu at a BBQ place
  66. Mint Fava Falafel at Nightlight Lounge
  67. An unexciting hummus plate at a bar.
  68. Koi Fusion spicy tofu tacos
  69. Tofurkey dog with grilled onions from the Veggi Dog Stand
  70. Sesame chicken from a vegetarian chinese restaurant
  71. Bagel with scallion cream cheese from Sweetpea Baking Co.
  72. Vegan savoury crepe
  73. Club Vegan at Backspace
  74. Ice cream sundae from Back to Eden
  75. Raw fudge from Blossoming Lotus
  76. Tempeh reuben
  77. Pause vegan burger
  78. something baked with local marionberries
  79. Sunday Brunch at Sweetpea Baking Co.
  80. Dave’s Killer Bread
  81. Higher Taste Burritos
  82. Thai food that the server swears is vegan, but you taste fish sauce.
  83. Elephant ear from the Saturday Market
  84. Sticky bun from Dovetail Baking Co.
  85. Savoury pie from Nicholas
  86. Giant salad rolls from the Just Thai cart
  87. Vegan torta from Los Gorditos (cart or taqueria)
  88. Nutritional yeast on your popcorn at a movie theater
  89. Vegan grilled cheese from The Grilled Cheese Grill
  90. Vegan Nachos at El Nutri (2 carts)
  91. Something from the by-request vegetarian menu at Andina
  92. Vegan Steak and Cheese from D.C. Vegetarian
  93. Dragon Noodles at Red & Black Cafe
  94. Falafel from Wolf & Bears
  95. Vegan apple fritter from Voodoo Doughnuts
  96. Four-Cheese Lasgana from Blossoming Lotus
  97. Vegetarian Chinese lunch buffet
  98. Chicken Salad Sandwich at D.C. Vegetarian
  99. Cinnamon Roll from Dovetail Baking Co.
  100. Personal Pizza from a cart with a wood-fired stove

Feel free to repost your list on your facebook/blog/tumblr/etc. with items bolded, crossed off, what have you. Please leave a comment with your link!


Some Photographic Evidence:

#3: McMinnville Cream Donut from VooDoo

#6 Professor Nanotear from Tube

#8 Portobello’s Precious Gnocchi
new portobello

#19 Bye & Bye
The Bye & Bye

#22 Soy Curls
soy curls close up

#33 Whiffies Fried Pies

#38 New Seasons Wok Bar
april 2007 080

#42 Simon and the Giant Pancake at Hungry Tiger Too
Try Vegan PDX Pub Crawl

#43 TLP from Red & Black

#86 Just Thai salad rolls of doom
just thai

#97 Green Wok Buffet
Green Wok

#99 Dovetail Cinnamon Roll – best in town, if I do say so myself

If you see something missing, or would like to counter any #s, please simply say so.

Return to Boston, MA: My Vegan To Do List

The Vegan Strip in Allstron: Grasshopper, Peace O’Pie and Deep Ellum

vegan strip in allston

Prior to my return to Boston in February, I engaged in my normal vegan research:  googling “new vegan boston”, updating my facebook status with vacation countdowns, trying to make sense of reviews on Yelp, and inquiring with the best on a PPK thread.  A huge list of maybes was formed, with less than 4 days to make it happen…

These were the must-gos (and eats):

  • Grasshopper of course! My bad memories of this place are quite behind me.
  • Grezzo: upscale raw dining in the North End – crossed off because I went last Spring & I was on something of a budget.
  • Red Lentil – newer vegetarian restaurant in Watertown – I didn’t go, but my travel partner, Millie, raved about it and a cauliflower dish…
  • Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown- alas, I’ve yet to go.
  • Veggie dog and curly fries at Spike’s – curly fries, check!
  • My Thai Vegan Café (old Buddha’s Delight location, upstairs) – I’m working on a separate, small travel review for Stumptown Vegans. I miss Buddha’s.
  • Veggie Planet in Harvard Square – because I’ve been so many times & it wasn’t pulling me back on this trip.
  • Vegan ice cream and baked goods at Allston Café (formerly Herrell’s)
  • Wheeler’s Ice Cream – I returned for my second visit here, and…they weren’t open.  I’ve heard so many stories like this.  There were boxes all around the front room. Please post hours and keep to them?
  • Bagel Rising bagels – jalapeno tofu cream cheese & veggies on a bagel at Espresso Royale - and a fantastic soy latte.

Newer Recommendations:

  • Pizza at Peace O’Pie (old TJ Scallywag’s location)
    • And bringing said pizza into the glorious Model Café next door (if you haven’t been, or you have, you know I mean that fondly, but sarcastically).
    • Consider me a fan after my slice of the day!
  • Deep Ellum bar – the vegan offerings intrigued me, and the cocktails – even more so!
    • I had an El Diablo margarita with chili-infused agave. I wanted to sip it all night.
  • Clover Food Lab – vegetarian cart in Kendall Square/MIT – I sought this cart out for a meal, but sadly, they only had oatmeal available at the time for vegans, so I passed.
    • The vegan lunch options seemed more inviting – really nice staff working.
  • Jack and the Bean Bowl – vegetarian cart in Copley Square – wasn’t open on the weekends when I checked.
  • The Pulse Café in Davis Square – another sadface! stopped by with Millie for lunch, learned it didn’t open till 5.  A very disappointing meal followed nearby.

Also on my To-Do’s:

  • Great soy lattes – check! at 1369 in Central & Espresso Royale on Newbury
  • Leslie and the Lys at TT the Bear’s – Millie convinced me to go to this.  I took her word on it – and was AMAZED.
  • The Middle East – tends to be a regular stop on my trips, but not this time.
  • Cheap falafel – technically happened at Olive Tree, but it was so dry and everything else in the wrap was so bland. I don’t forget how blah vegetables can be around Boston.
    • particularly sad because I used to frequent their cart (or the previous owner’s) on a much-too-regular basis in Kendall Square
    • their bathroom situation was hilarious…leave the front door, walk literally around the block till you have the big green door in the back, and find the bathroom with the broken light inside.
  • Thai cuisine - surprise dinner at Montien in the Theater District – fantastic!
  • Harvest Coop – I browsed and picked up a fair trade coffee at Clear Conscious Cafe
  • Sam Adams beer – because it’s Boston? in any case, it didn’t happen this time. FYI, according to Barnivore, all their beers are vegan except for the honey porter and cherry wheat.
  • Karaoke - Do Re Mi almost happened, but it wasn’t meant to be…
  • Martinis with Maria – bubble gum martini, check
  • Wandering Davis Square
  • Frolicking in snow – there was some snow on the ground, but not enough to keep the smile on my face.

What actually happened?

I spent a few days in Boston just last May, so I didn’t have to jam it all in.  My primary reasons for going were snow, friends, and spending a few days of my much-needed vacation in a major city I was familiar with.  I attended Emerson College in Boston in the early 2000s (and I’m admitting it, Maria)! I’ve lived in historic buildings downtown, a beautiful old house in Davis Square, a craphole in Mission Hill and an ever bigger craphole in East Cambridge between Central and Kendall Squares. It’s the city I discovered my veganism, went to my first vegetarian restaurant (then Buddha’s Delight, originally upstairs) and started almost becoming an adult. And then I ran away to Portland, of course.

Food cart row at MIT – Clover is the furthest

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The No Name at Grasshopper

they call me no name

Slice of the day at Peace O’Pie with kalamata olives & vegan sausage

Peace O'Pie

Check back for more of the riveting, snow-less photo tour.

dinner is good: cornmeal crusted baked tempeh

Leigh and Ann’s Homemade Creole Sauce from the Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti spooned over thyme-y, cornmeal crusted, baked tempeh strips. Roasted broccoli with fresh lemon, coarse sea salt and pepper.  Steamed yam with sea salt.

creole sauce, cornmeal tempeh

I had been craving good ole tempeh. The tempeh strips were marinated overnight in tamari and the Creole sauce (so good! such a nice tangy flavor!), dipped into a water and cornstarch slurry, then pressed into fine cornmeal with thyme, garlic powder, sea salt, lots of freshly ground pepper, and crushed red pepper, and then baked at 375F for 20 minutes on one side, and then 15 minutes at 400F – for the crispin’.  Served with roasted broccoli, steamed yam, and more Creole sauce.

In my head, and mouth, this meal was channeling the great The Lone Ranger plate at Chaos Cafe.  Except without the quinoa and kale, since I didn’t have them on hand.  Out of quinoa, I know – not even an extra bag of red hiding in my cabinets.  What’s my life coming to?

creole sauce, cornmeal tempeh

In other news, I had no idea there was a tea store tucked behind SE 12th and Division.  My life has changed.  The intersection hosts the new Gorditos, a cute pet store, vegan-friendly Artemis Cafe, and The Beer Mongers (note to self – finally visit!)

Foxfire Teas: Passion Yerba Mate (drinking right now – lovely), Foxfire Herbal Chai and Charcoal Baked Dong Ding. All purchased by the ounce, loose leaf.

apparently, I live near a tea store.

Tea makes everything better.

Photo Essay #703: BloLo Brunch & Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

One of my favorite, least-cohesive type of updates.

Over the course of this past slammin’ weekend, I saw the Mayor at a brew pub, dined with friends at Taqueria Los Gorditos: The Restaurant, tried out a new karaoke spot, baked biscotti, finished The Comeback (delightful!), sipped a couple local microbrews on the engaging, Pretzel Necklace™ NW Portland Brewpub Crawl, baked more biscotti, baked even more biscotti, brunched at the new Blossoming Lotus,  sold cookies at Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti, and had a super fantastic meeting with my friend Janessa for a secret big project we’ll be announcing later in the month. !!! I also found a bit of time to feed my cats and do one mere load of laundry, score!

Brunch at BloLo: Florentine Scramble Plate with Maple Seitan Sausage.

Brunch at BloLo

Brunch at BloLo: Sweet Pancake

Brunch at BloLo

Brunch at BloLo: Grits and Greens

Brunch at BloLo

Over all, one of the best and classiest vegan brunch experiences I’ve ever had.  Hands down the best in Portland so far.

The excitement never ends about Taqueria Los Gorditos.  It’s in my hood!

Fajita Soy Curl Burrito at Taqueria Los Gorditos

Taqueria Los Gorditos con amigos

Would you believe this is my first actual burrito from Gorditos? You should believe it, because it’s true. I hear they make their own soyrizo now.  I’m on a Soy Curl kick, myself.

Weekend Baking.

Biscotti: Savoury Italian with Sun-dried Tomato, Rosemary and Basil. Sprinkled with Coarse Sea Salt & Black Pepper.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Biscotti: Savoury Italian and Blueberry, Lemon & Basil


Blueberry, Lemon & Basil Biscotti


Rummy, Spiced Chocolate Chunk Biscotti


I have social anxiety over making pretty things for bake sales, so I went with something I knew, and that was meant to be over-baked!

Onto the Bake Sale!

Insane amount of donations, insane amount of love, insane amount of purchases!  Isa’s idea was beautiful – last time I checked, the grand total for these nationwide, DIY vegan bake sales was over 32k! Portland topped 3k, alone!

For most of the day, there were 4 tables: $2, $3, $4, and COOKIE.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Some pretty scones and coconut cupcakes made their way to the cookie table.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Adorable Blackberry-Apple pie pops

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Behind the scenes, what at one point was the drop-off table

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti


Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Love – Leigh and Ann’s Spicy Haitan Creole Sauce. So good!

I had some over tempeh last night! Talk of this is all the rage on facebook.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Eek! Woof!

Love. Cupcakes.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti


Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti


Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Butterscotch Bundt !!

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Convenient Cookies!

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

A brief moment the cookie table wasn’t jam-packed.

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

Vegans rule.

The VeganShizzle & Jess present: Our Favorite Vegan Friendly Bars!

Karla, the Veganshizzle, and Jess join forces to present their favorite vegan-friendly bars in Portland, OR.

In Discussion: Tube, Bye & Bye, Basement Pub, Dots, Roadside Attraction, Langano Lounge, Hungry Tiger Too and more.

The Bye & Bye cocktail
The Bye & Bye

Karla’s Five Favorite Bars for a Vegan Drinker:

1. Bye & Bye: Hands down, favorite bar in town! (Possibly in the world?) I spent my birthday here this year. They’re very accommodating with plates and forks for cake eating. I do believe we forgot to tip them nicely for that, but I don’t think they’ve held it against us. We tip them nicely anyways…..Anyways! They’re an all vegan bar, which you wouldn’t know unless you asked. It’s not advertised as such, though it’s a bit noticeable when you peruse their food menu, which is full of good stuff, like my favorite, the BBQ Brussel Bowl. Brown rice, roasted Brussel sprouts, nooched up tofu with a delicious BBQ sauce. Normally the sauce just has a slight kick to it, but there’s been a couple times where my mouth was a bit on fire. Other food options include Eastern Bowl (broccoli, tofu, brown rice with a peanut sauce), Chili Dog, Meatball Sandwich, and Frito Pie. Mainly what I love about Bye & Bye is their delicious signature drinks. There’s a list of them, all for $7, plus a special drink of the day that’s normally $6. They make a lot of their own flavored liquors, like cucumber gin or ginger infused gin. The drink I normally order is the Stockholm, a delightful mix of ginger beer and….some other stuff. I can’t find their menu online and can’t remember what else is in there. It’s got some citrus in there too and anything with ginger ale in it usually has my attention. Especially the good quality ginger ale like they carry there. (which, by the way, you can just order by itself if you’re not imbibing). The ambiance here is lovely. There’s always eye candy for both the girls and the boys, a covered patio in the back, nice sunbasking patio in the front, a good jukebox, nooks if you’re wanting a little tete tete with someone, large tables for the opposite and Hamm’s on tap and Sessions in a bottle for when we’re feeling cheap. Their happy hour is from open until 7pm every day and that means $3 well drinks (I recommend a Greyhound), $1 off entrees, and $6 mason beers. Which reminds me, they serve their signature-signature (called the Bye & Bye, it tastes like Hi-C Fruit Punch mixed with 7-Up) in a mason jar. It’s a freakin’ great idea. Only cons of this bar: Not in the Southeast and it doesn’t serve french fries. Hipstery bar but not with an attitude.

2. Tube: This bar is downtown near Berbati’s and Dante’s, both of which are bars where shows are played. They’ve got nothin’ on Tube though. Their happy hour is until 10pm. 10pm!!! Who does that? That’s just crazy! And awesome! I always liked this when I had a job where I didn’t get off work until 8 or so and was unable to make all those happy hours that go from 4-6 or so. I still like it though. They have a pretty big vegan menu, but the only thing I ever order is their vegan ham and cheese sandwiches. During happy hour (which is until 10pm!!) you can get 2 of the English muffin sandwiches for $5 (or one for $3). I have great nostalgia for hot ham and cheese sandwiches and though these are very different in that the ham isn’t thinly sliced and the bun isn’t a soft white roll, these fill the ham & cheese shaped hole in my belly. They are panini pressed and are delivered to you hot as can be. I normally take the “lid” off so that it can cool off a bit. Inside is “chipotle” vegan mayo, a slice of vegan ham and a small rectangle of vegan cheese. I put chipotle in quotes because the stuff ain’t spicy. At all. For reals. It is a slightly red. I’ve been known to eat 3 of these. Which reminds me, also during the happy hour you can get $2 well drinks or Hamm’s tall boys. Why you would get a tall boy of beer when you can get a delicious cocktail is beyond me, but to each their own, I suppose. Though the drinks are small looking, they pack a punch and I normally stop at 2. I’ve heard people talk shit about the bartenders but I’ve always had a good experience with them. Lots of hipsters pack this place after 8pm, but don’t let that stop you.

3. Bonfire: This used to my favorite bar. I celebrated a couple birthdays here. I used to live down the street at SE 37th and Washington so it was mostly laziness that brought me there. Well, actually what really brought me there was their cheap basket of deliciously “seasoned” french fries. The staff used to consist of douchebags, but now consists of lots of nice boys. (yes, another bar with nary a girl server in sight…and am I complaining? No. I wouldn’t complain if there were girls there, but, yeah, don’t care if there’s not. Is there anyone reading this that has a problem with all guys as staff? This is an honest-to-goodness question, I’d like to know people’s opinions.) They no longer have Boca Burgers, which saddens me, though I had heard that they weren’t vegan anyways. Vegan options: Tofu or TVP tacos, a burrito, and the mushroom & pepper hoagie. There may be one or two other items. Their food does not get me excited and french fries has my vote for best option. Besides the french fries, the main reason I go there is that they have booths. I’m a fool for some booths.

4. Hawthorne Hideaway: There’s not many reasons to like this bar. I like it for their $2 Happy Hour cocktails. You would never expect it, from the looks of the place, but they use fresh squeezed citrus for their drinks! Lime, lemon, grapefruit and (probably, though I’ve never witnessed it) oranges! Their $2 Greyhounds are delicious! There’s a front and back to this bar, with bar itself in the middle. The back part has a couple pool tables, an electronic jukebox (where people end up playing the oddest selection of 90s music, which Jess sings aloud with), 2 coed bathrooms and a bunch of frat boys. The front of the bar has several wooden booths…..and that’s it. One of the pool tables used to be there and I wish they’d put it back. They had switched it out for a closed area for Keno/lottery players, but, thankfully, have removed that monstrosity.

5. Basement Pub/Roadside Attraction: They’re pretty much next to each other, so I’m going to combine them since I can’t decide between the two. These are mere blocks from my abode and therefore I find myself there more often than if I lived in the NE or something. Since the smoking ban, I’ve liked Basement Pub a lot more. It’s a cozy place, with an aquarium in the center and pinball against one wall, a jukebox, a smallish nook that I’ve never really gotten a good look at (it’s on the left side on your way to the bathroom), good beer deals, wooden half-booths. Roadside Attraction is a clean, interesting bar. There’s free pool and jukebox, lots of different types of seating, including an amazing outside front patio with fireplace, swing, picnic tables, a small shed with a heater for you and your 5 friends. Oh, and both are about 5 blocks from the Hawthorne/12 St carts!

Basement Pub beverages

Karla’s Honorable Mentions:

Hungry Tiger Too (this place isn’t very bar-y, more restaurant-y.)

Pros: Wednesday $1 corndogs and PBR Tall Boys all day long

Hopworks Urban Brewery (same as HTT, restaurant-y)

Pros: delicious beer, including Radlers!


Jess’ Five Favorite Vegan Friendly Bars

Narrowing down my favorite vegan-friendly bars in Portland was really easy, because they’re blatantly places I go to on a semi-regular basis.  There are a few honorable mentions, and a few bars that aren’t vegan friendlier than a hummus plate, fries or chips and salsa that I dig, but let’s keep that my little secret!  And by secret, I mean they’re part of my never-ending search for cheap, cozy happy hours.

My requirement for an establishment on this list is the offering of a full bar, draft microbrews and multiple options of vegan appetizers and entrees.  Novelty, happy hour specials and walking distance to my abode in SE is a plus.

1. Hungry Tiger Too. My top 5 is in no particular order, but one of my favorite vegan-friendly places in general is this casual restaurant and bar; so it’s on this list.  I’ll happily take in a hangover brunch plus my once a year vegan Bloody Mary (make sure to specify vegan, they have two homemade mixes), but Thursday night happy hour plus BBQ and Spicy 40 cent tofuffalo wings is my new favorite favorite favorite. Sandwiches, Vegan Caesars (I dig adding tempeh) sweet butternut stuffed fried wontons, $1 vegan corndogs and Pabst Tallboys on Wednesdays, what’s not to find endearing?

p.s. go early on Wednesday nights unless you’re patient, or really that cool.

2. Someday Lounge – Out of my 5, this is the one I frequent the least, but I heart it just the same.  It’s incredibly appealing to get items available at Backspace Lounge for a tad less during happy hour, and the all vegetarian menu expands after that. Tempeh Reuben? Check. Vegan sausage? Check. Large hummus plate? Duh.  It has a cool vibe, and the upstairs seating is secluded and dare I say, intimate.  Avoid the leather couches if it grosses you out (it does).  The past few times I’ve gone there’s no cocktail list, but they pour strong and have microbrews galore. It’s a place if you actually want dinner, as opposed to a Professor Nanotear.

Sandwich and GF pasta salad from the Someday Lounge

3. This brings us to Tube.   The only thing I haven’t previously said about my precious early happy hour stop is (happy hour daily 5pm-10pm, but I prefer it before 8 to avoid crowds) that they recently switched to cheddar Daiya in their Professor Nanotear muffins.  It works in the small and large vegan ham & cheeze sammies, okay? Okay.  I’m not as hot on the mildly seasoned tofu scramble taco, but its well worth the $3 as bar food.  I’ll repeat myself for a 3 billionth time – the Professor Nanotears are pathetically awesome (2 for $5 or $3 each, just get 2!) and $2 well greyhounds rule. Consider the full vegan ham sandwich and goddess side salad or vegan meatball options if you have a bigger appetite.

p.s. Ham Tube Donut Sandwich.

4. Next on my list is a restaurant, but because they haven’t updated their options in years, I think of them as a bar. I hope that makes sense.  They’re still a staple in my life and a big reason I moved to the Clinton neighborhood, but it would be cool to see an upgrade from Vegan Platters and Falafel.  Don’t take offense Dots, I love you, your spicy tofu dipping sauce, and your velvet walls I can’t help but touch. And can you believe you can actually smell food cooking in there, post-smoking ban?!?

Spicy tofu sauce and fries from Dots

5. Last up is the obvious star, The Bye & Bye. It’s a fantastic place to go whether you’re drinking the peachy signature drink, or the non-boozy Floor Punch. Love the back patio, bamboo and heat lamps. And the bar food? Okay, the best in Portland. I crave their saucy BBQ tofu, brussel sprouts and black eyed peas on a regular basis (and the North Williams cocktail).  Bonus – kid friendly during the day! ENTIRELY VEGAN!

Jess’ Honorable Mentions:

Aalto Lounge – stylin’ hipster spot on Belmont, with a kickass, vegan meatball sub. Housemade balls and sauce.

UPDATE: Liz has brought to my attention that the meatballz are no more. boo.

Langano Lounge – Scary great lentils. Probably just scary. Either way, dive appreciation. Mere two blocks from Cartopia!

Nightlight Lounge – who knew you get could a great tofu stir fry at a bar?

Basement Pub – Cider on tab & bland hummus & spiced black beans, hits some spot or another!

Professor Nanotear

The Petition to Rename SE Division Street Los Gorditos Square, or something

Taqueria Los Gorditos, the original cart at SE 50th and Division, is super vegan friendly and rules.  As does the family behind it!

Gorditos II, the short-lived but very appreciated all-vegan truck, was retired in 2009.

On January 10, 2010, Taqueria Los Gorditos: The Restaurant, opened with a festive, complimentary buffet!

The location? SE Division at SE 12th! I love that damn street. The original cart is still open! Both Taqueria Los Gorditos (stop getting confused, one’s a cart!) have separate grills for vegan food!  The new location is set to have breakfast, starting at 7am!  Look for them to open full time this week, and get your soy curl on.

My plate from the opening day party:

taqueria los gorditos restaurant

RIP Gorditos II – parked in front of the new location

RIP Gorditos II

Sign the petition in the comments.

Credit to Simon for the Square idea!


It’s time to be all retrospective and stuff.  Twentyten is upon us, and this time of year marks the anniversary of this food blog’s creation on Blogger in 2005.

To celebrate and culminate, I picked some photos from my favorite posts of the past year on Get Sconed!The year of the move! I attempted to choose one per month, but failed starting with January.

Behold a giant photo essay:


My first post of 2009 was an ode to recent Vietnamese meals. NE 82nd Ave was home to Nhut Quang Vegan Vietnamese Restaurant, which depressingly closed in late Spring 2009.

R.I.P. Nhut Quang Vietnamese crepes

Angel Food Marshmallow Making This is my mom’s old mixer, I love it.

I can’t go through January without mentioning LOST. I threw a Dharma rations themed party for the premiere of Season 5.  Next month, my friend Susie and I holding a Benjamin Linus Throws a Dinner Party!


I fell in even more love with my Vita-Mix: Peach Ice Cream


And even more love: Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Mousse

The first Examination of Portland Soy Lattes I drank about 2,000 lattes, give or take a few.


Chicken Seitan Parmigiana with Teese and Roasted Broccoli

Had a magnificent visit with my friend Emily from my long-ago semester abroad to the upscale, all raw Grezzo in Boston.

Lavender cheesecake

Had my fix of Vegetarian Dim Sum House in NYC, twice


Chick o’fucking Stick Chocolate Chip Cookies for Katie Jayne!


The cart lot at SE 12th and Hawthorne just got better and better, and Portland became home to a vegan friendly fried pie cart, Whiffies, and the city was never the same again!

The very first pie Maeve and I shared: Apple

The rising wave of twitter popularity grew and grew, and a select group of friends and I entertained ourselves with a week of dining exclusively at businesses that had Twitter accounts: The Dittering.  The number was much less significant in June than it is now, but we had many favorites and scouted others out. To quote Maeve, this was “back when twitter was cool”.

This was also the beginning of the summer of food cart insanity and growth!

Koi Fusion tofu tacos

Vegan Brunch was released! As a tester, of course, I’m always excited and stoked to support it and must include the Ode to Vegan Brunch Testing. I helped make some of the baked goods photographed! Oh my gosh!

Vegan Omelet


My friend Jeff and I made this Raspberry Blackout cake for Maeve’s birthday:

I became a contributor to Veggie Thing! …which went kerplunk.  I’m trying to keep the spirit alive with Awesome of the Week, kinda.

Professor Nanotear muffins from Tube


Try Vegan PDX presented the second annual Try Vegan Week with great success.  The culminating event was the 90s themed U Can’t Touch This Vegan Prom. Thrilling!

The dance contest, featuring the first and second place winners – Simon and Angela

I discovered I seem to have an allergy to one of my favorite foods, the hazelnut.  The horror!


Hazelnut Encrusted Eggplant

I fell in love with a scone from the new Back to Eden Bakery & Boutique: Maple Walnut


Zomg.  Fakin’ Fest happened.  There was dark chocolate dipped vegan bacon, bacon stuffed mushrooms, bacon cupcakes, tempeh bacon, maple bacon ice cream and much, much, much more. There was best dish, favorite dish and best fakin’ haiki contests, with prizes (more vegan bacon!) donated by Lightlife.

Stef’s Coconut Bacon Cupcakes

The Spicy Vegan’s potato skins

Mike Vegan’s awesome pig cake

Dynise, the Urban Vegan, sent her new cookbook for review & I’ve been digging it.

Spaghetti Carbonara

I got my fix of apples at the annual Portland Nursery Apple Festival:

The compilation of the Vegan Friendly Food Carts Listing, which now has its own page here.

on the Bombay Chaat House:

Bombay Chaat House

I added another reason to ever leave SE Portland in my personal time from my friends Julie & Jay Hasson – they opened their food cart, Native Bowl, in Mississippi Marketplace, and it rules!

Hummus wrap and Couch Bowl, photo by Lucas DeShazer

The Portland Vegan 100! So fun to put together. Thanks to everyone who contributed!


I was obsessed with brussel sprouts.  All year, really.

Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin from The Urban Vegan

brussel sprouts au gratin

Roasted with blood orange and sea salt.

roasted brussels sprouts with blood orange and garlic!


Banana Waffles! Banana Flapjacks from Vegan Brunch turned Waffles

xmas waffles

Another test recipe from Isa’s new book, 40 Cloves Chickpeas & Broccoli

40 cloves Broccoli & Chickpeas

A little more Retrospect…

  • I didn’t leave the country as I dream, but I did travel more on the West Coat, and had my annual pilgrimages to NYC and Boston – will happily be there again in February and playing in the snow!  Let me know if there are new places I should check out, I’m curious about Piece ‘Pie in Allston!
  • 2009 called forth the @getsconed twitter account (I had a personal, private account beforehand), the inevitable, welcome move to WordPress and finality of a domain, which was the exciting part of November.
  • In case you’re interested in the Portland vegan restaurant scene, we posted the Stumptown Vegans Year in Review Podcast earlier in the month.
  • Coming in 2010: Vegan Eats in and around Laguna Beach, CA, A Walk on Super Vegan Friendly Alberta Street, Product Reviews Galore, and more I can’t even make up on the spot!

As always, thank you for reading and commenting!  I’m thrilled to be part of the vegan blogging world.

Seattle Food Porn, Round 2

Round 2 of the Seattle Vegan Food Porn from earlier this month!

How cool is Georgetown Liquor Co?  So damn cool. I think I have to give it the slight edge over Araya’s and hail it as my favorite dining experience of the short trip. It was just so…comfortable.

All vegetarian pub, nearly everything can be made vegan. Amusing, sci fi inspired sandwiches and appetizers.  Free game systems. I played Super Mario 3 on NES! My favorite! Tons of microbrews on tap. Fun cocktail list. I would want it to be my Hungry Tiger Too if I lived in Seattle.  I’ll try to write more about it for the other site – but here are the pics!

Arugula Artichoke Dip

georgetown liquor

Half a Picard and half a Darth Reuben. I do believe my friend Katie Jayne called the Reuben ‘the best sandwich’ she’s ever eaten.


Lowell – with vegan ham, green chilis, vegan cheese, greens, tomato and spicy chipotle vegenaise with a side of Tofu Chicken Caesar salad.  So. Good. I’d go back and get this same exact meal. Multiple times.


You can sorta see the game systems in the back.


So, I have this thing for digital jukeboxes…and this one is GIANT! Since I was with my class of 2000 buds, we played music from our high school days. Vijjy insisted on Jewel song after Jewel song, and we sang along sporadically to Semi-Charmed Kinda Life.


We saw a sign for SOY YOGURT outside Citra Froyo, so we went.  Duh.


I’m not big on the flavor of yogurt, and this was yo-gurt-y, so I passed after we sampled it, but look how IN SHOCK Katie Jayne is with her strawberry adorned cup!  Note – the counter girl stated it was vegan, and emails from the company bounced back – anyone know for sure?


I ended up taking an afternoon train instead of a morning one on my final day, and after caffeination, took in a lunch at Plum Bistro on Capital Hill.


Smoked Northwest Portobello and Tempeh Crepes


Spicy Mac ‘N’ Yease


Blueberry Truffle with Sea Salt from Sidecar for Pigs Peace.  Good stuff.

truffle from sidecar

Round 1 is here.

Phew. I’m sure I missed something