Vegan in the Verde Valley, AZ

Thank You to everyone who submitted a city for the “Vegan In [city]” series! Today’s suggestion came from my friend Cody, aka The Wine Monk. We’re looking at the Verde Valley, an area in Arizona that includes multiple towns. Seeing as there are so few options in each town individually, we’ll might as well look at the whole Verde Valley altogether.

I’ve made an alphabetical list by city below, but let’s start out of order with two most interesting: Cottonwood and Sedona.

Vegan in the Verde Valley, Arizona - Cottonwood | Orthodox and Vegan
In Cottonwood you can try Wholesome Fast Foods for smoothies, salads, wraps, and fancy coffee. Happy Cow says there may be whey or cheese in some items, but that isn’t shown anywhere on the menu. Check with your server!

At the Mediterranean Farside Bistro, three vegan entrees are noted on the menu, plus options of regular or spicy hummus, baba ganouj, toom (listed as “Garlic Potato Dip”), olives, and Persian-style pickled cucumber.

For dessert, checkout Paradise Point Cafe for brownies or lemon cookies (there’s also a berry salad on the savory menu, but this is more of a dessert place with three times more desserts than savory items!). Alternative milks are available should you choose to pair your sweet treat with a coffee or tea.

Whole Foods Location
Now in Sedona you’ll actually find a Whole Foods, which means not only a TON of fresh produce and other dry goods for awesome home cookin’, but also plenty of vegan junk food/processed foods…if you’re into that sort of thing. They have pretty much any mock meat you’re into from fish sticks to gyros, including the infamous Beyond Burger. The refrigerated section is filled with every dairy substitute imaginable. If you’ve never been to Whole Foods, give yourself at least an hour to explore. Beware of the salad bar, you can easily spend $15+ on a single (but amazing) salad!

As for restaurants, you have a few options. Chocolatree will probably be the most exciting with its many raw vegan desserts, baked goods, coconut milk ice cream made in-house, and even a vegan mango lassi on the drink menu! Oh yes, and did I mention nearly the entire savory menu is also vegan? Oh, I hadn’t gotten to that yet. Well it is, and everything is clearly marked – just look for the little orange leaf.

Picazzo's in Sedona, AZ (Verde Valley) - Vegan California Pizza | Orthodox and Vegan

Vegan California Pizza from Picazzo’s

Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen will set you back a few bucks, but has a huge variety of vegan options including pizzas made with Daiya cheese at no extra cost. Menu items are clearly marked to indicate items that are already vegan, and items that can be made vegan.

Looking for something lighter? Check out the Local Juicery. Most of their items are vegan, but watch out for honey and ghee.

And if you thought a paleo restaurant would be uninviting for vegan diners, think again – Paleo Brio has several vegan options, and a fun build-your-own menu.

The Rest of Verde Valley
Unfortunately that’s it for the really interesting and exciting stuff, but you can still usually find at least one or two vegan options at most restaurants…even those options happen to be fries with ketchup πŸ™‚ Here are a few ideas:

Camp Verde
Speaking of fries, there are tons of fast food/chain restaurants in Camp Verde. McDonald’s fries contain a beef-derived seasoning, but you can try Wendy’s or Burger King. Sonic & Dairy Queen also have vegan onion rings, and you can get a decent cheeseless pizza from Domino’s (make sure it’s thin crust, regular sauce).

Chain restaurant Johnny Rockets serves a Gardein Black Bean Burger, as well as regular fries, sweet potato fries, and tater tots.

Denny’s is also an option, and you can check out my Vegan at Denny’s guide before you head over.

Build your own pizza at the Clarkdale Boathouse. The portobello sandwich minus cheese is also an option, although if the bread isn’t vegan you’ll end up just eating a big ol’ mushroom.

Harry’s Hideaway doesn’t look very vegan-friendly at first glance, but they do offer a vegan ratatouille. The menu also states some of the soups are vegan, and encourages guests to let the waitstaff know if vegan options are needed.

Verde Valley, Jerome, AZ | Orthodox and Vegan

Photo of Historic Jerome by The Wine Monk. Stolen and used without permission.

Haunted Burger – Veggie Wrap with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, green chilies, tomatoes, & guacamole. Found under the “Not a Burger” menu section.

Mile High Grill is probably not the best place to stop for breakfast (although you could possibly do the veggie hash minus cheese), but on the Lunch/Dinner menu they have the Asian Crispy Tofu Salad, a veggie wrap, and a hummus platter.

The Flat Iron‘s menu shows “Gluten Free and Vegan when available” – not exactly sure what that means, but they do have at least one clearly vegan item, the Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich.

Lake Montezuma
Alas, I couldn’t find anything special at all in Lake Montezuma, unless maybe the Garden Burger at Cricket’s Sandwich Shop is vegan. Maybe they’d be willing to make a breakfast burrito minus the eggs, meat, and cheese and instead stuffed with all the veggies they offer + fries, topped with salsa or enchilada sauce.

Know of any other great vegan options in the Verde Valley? Comment below!

Vegan in NOLA: Rouses Market

Before I go out of town, I spend a ton of time researching the area looking for vegan-friendly bars and restaurants, and for grocery stores in case I need to make my own food. For the Orthodox Young Professionals Conference in New Orleans, I found a nearby Rouses Market to stock up the condo I rented with a group of friends.
I noticed on their website they have a dietitian that put together a couple shopping guides for people with special diets. I emailed the store to see if they could do a vegan shopping guide and maybe a recipe, and pretty soon Esther, the amazing dietician, sent me a list of more than 1200 vegan items available at Rouses!!! Sure, it includes EVERY vegan thing in the store, like beans and fruit juice, but still. It just goes to show how much vegan food people are already eating without even thinking about it.

Anyway, Rouses has several locations around New Orleans, so chances are there will be one near you no matter where you stay in NOLA.

Vegan in NOLA: Rouses Market | Orthodox and Vegan
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to run around the store like a crazy woman taking pictures of every single vegan specialty item I found, but here are some of the things I saw:

-Multiple brands of vegan & vegetarian meats
-Daiya cheese
-Non-dairy milks
-Non-dairy ice cream (Coconut Bliss was only $4.49!!!!!!)
-Energy bars
-Cruelty-free health & beauty supplies

Of course there is also a big variety of fruits and veggies, fresh bread, an olive bar, hummus, guac, salsa & chips. There are hot and cold cereals that can be eaten with the non-dairy milk. The salad bar isn’t too exciting, but it’ll do (I filled a box with all romaine leaves so I wouldn’t have to spend a ton on a whole package of romaine hearts I wouldn’t be able to finish). They also have locally made kombucha that is delicious.

By the way, I did indeed get a recipe from Esther that can be whipped up using simple ingredients found at Rouses, and probably also at a store near you! I’ll be sharing that Wednesday. And don’t forget to check out my New Orleans Fattoush!

Meanwhile if you’re going to be in NOLA and curious to know if Rouses Market carries a specific item, comment below and I’ll check my giant shopping list for you!

Food Fight! Grocery in Portland

Sooooo, I haven’t made anything very interesting lately. I’m working on a new jackfruit recipe, but until then, thought I’d take you on a tour of Food Fight! Grocery. This is my favorite place to shop when I’m in Portland. The first time I went it reminded me of a little gas station convenience store, complete with pay-by-weight nachos and a vegan nacho cheese pump! I wish they would bring that back. But anyway, there are a million other things to try. I shared a little something with you last year, but this time I tried to take pictures of everything.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Being in a place like this makes you feel like a normal person. Ya know, instead of feeling so…vegan πŸ™‚

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Tons of fancy cheeses. The Chao is a bit expensive compared to Whole Foods, but still cheaper than Harvest Health Foods here in Grand Rapids.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
A bunch of veggie meats ranging from major brands you can find almost anywhere, to random stuff I normally only see at the Asian market.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Frozen pizza, hot pockets, TV dinners.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
MOAR vegan meats!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I did not know these existed. Next time I promise I’ll try them!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Corn dogs! Mac n Cheese Strudel!!!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I always see Alpendough on What Fat Vegans Eat, I wanted to try every flavor. I didn’t have time πŸ™

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
So. Many. Cheez sauces.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
At least 7 kinds of vegan jerky here.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Cookies. Cotton Candy. Marshmallow treats.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Four kinds of boxed mac n cheese. I’ve tried all but one now!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I’m dying. I only really had 2 full days to eat, and no checked bag to bring liquid-type stuff home, or this aged nut cheese sauce would’ve been mine!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I haven’t yet found veggie haggis in Grand Rapids.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
So this was my tiny haul – and the croissant (filled with pizza toppings) and Charlie Brown bar in the foreground actually came from Sweetpea Baking Co.

From Food Fight I grabbed Tofurky pockets, mac n cheese strudel, pizza-flavored mac n cheese from So Delicious, a couple bags of $1 snack thingies, two kinds of fancy cheese, Sweet & Sara graham crackers, a caramel, and a wonderful all-natural vegan deodorant by Schmidt’s (btw, it’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used).

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I couldn’t stop eating these things. I put them in tacos and filled them with cheese…think I have pictures of that somewhere.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Speaking of cheese. It was a really sad day when I had to go home and leave a bunch of this in my BFF’s fridge because it was opened and wouldn’t have made it past TSA. I ate as much as I possibly could. Next time I’ll try harder.

Have you ever shopped at someplace like Food Fight Grocery? Would you pay $25 to check a bag just so you can bring special treats home?

2015 Portland Vegan Food & Beer Festival

Herbivore Clothing Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival

At the Herbivore Clothing booth!

FINALLY sorted through my tons of pictures from the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival from September 26th! If my BFF has to live on the other side of the country, I’m glad she picked a super vegan-friendly place πŸ˜€ I was due for a visit and this seemed too perfect.

We were lucky enough to win tickets, but even if you paid, it was a decent price and for a good cause – with a $25 non-drinking ticket you got admission to the event, three concerts, and unlimited pours of kombucha. For $45 you got the same, plus unlimited pours of beer. For the $65 VIP ticket you got the same, but you also got in an hour early to beat the crowd and not have to wait in line, and you got access to the VIP lounge. There was also a designated driver ticket, I think it might have been $35? It’s the same as the non-drinking ticket, but with VIP access. And proceeds went to Out to Pasture Sanctuary. Sure you still had to pay for food, the vendors have to make a living!

Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
We arrived early and I knew exactly what I wanted before anything else…

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
I was reading about Doomie’s on facebook during the couple weeks before the festival. Do you know what they were selling???

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
VEGAN BIG MACS. In case you can’t read the sign, the price is $15. This thing better be good.

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
Here’s the Big Mac work station where they make a million at a time.

Doomie's Vegan Big Mac
It got a little scrunched because they cut it in half for us – it’s big enough to feed two!

Doomie's Vegan Big Mac
The buns were well toasted, a little charred. They spread a “special sauce” on the buns and a vegan cheese sauce on the burgers, then added lettuce, pickles & onions. It was wonderful. L said she wouldn’t have known it was vegan, except, ya know…we were at a vegan food festival πŸ™‚

Sizzle Pie at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Next we got a big slice of Spiral Pizza from Sizzle Pie – I love their “Death to False Pizza” slogan! Delicious tomato sauce swirled with caramelized onions. We were pleased.

Grilled Cheese Truck at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
So this is another one I checked out before the festival, the Grilled Cheese Truck. They’re not a vegan food truck, but they went vegan for the festival and I’m so glad! The menu was awesome, but I could only eat so much.

Grilled Cheese Truck at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
I went with the “Chicken” and Waffle Melt. I think they used the original Chao flavor for the cheese, it was very tasty with the maple syrup – my little cup tipped over in my dish and soaked one half of the sandwich, and I didn’t mind at all.

Heidi Ho at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Next, BFF wanted nachos so we headed over to Heido Ho. I’ve seen their stuff at Whole Foods and tried one of their chia cheeses. It didn’t really taste like cheese to me, but it was really good and really addicting.

Heido Ho at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We had the same reaction to the nachos. Not really like cheese, but still delicious.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Okay, now this time I was bad. I found a place selling beautiful doughnuts, really, really beautiful – vegan and gluten free. And they had my old favorite, apple fritter. I forgot to get the name of the place, and…I was so happy to eat an apple fritter again, I didn’t even bother taking a picture. It’s not that I forgot, either. I just didn’t want to waste any time. But anyway, there were doughnuts. And lots of other great looking pastries I would’ve loved to try if I could fit them in my belly.

Follow Your Heart at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
That was all we purchased, but there were also a bunch of free samples. We visited the Follow Your Heart booth and tried a cheese sample. We also tried a raw cheesecake place that was great, and I found some curry flavored popcorn. And there was more than food for sale.

Panda with Cookie at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We checked out some awesome plushies from Panda with Cookie. We actually won a free ticket to the festival from Panda with Cookie, yay!!! I bought a special gift here for my nephew, but I can’t say what it is because we haven’t celebrated his birthday yet!

I also got a lovely pair of laser cut deco-style earrings from Salty & Sweet <—-You can see all their cute earrings (and other stuff) on their website.

Oh. Did I mention…

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We also got unlimited pours of kombucha and beer?! I guess I did, but here’s proof. BFF was happily checking off all the many kinds of beer she sampled (I think I had three) while I tried as many kinds of kombucha as possible.

At one point we heard this music start up. “Ha. It sounds like a marching band.”

Go Go Marching Band at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Well actually,

Go Go Marching Band Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
it IS a marching band! The Love Bomb Go-Go Marching Band. So that’s why we saw people walking around dressed like they were from outer space in the 1960s.

So it was the first ever Vegan Beer & Food Festival in Portland. Did many people attend?

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
There were a couple.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Maybe a few.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Maybe a few thousand??

Portland Vegan Food & Beer Festival

In front of the giant chalkboard

I’m not sure what the actual count was, but I’m glad I could be numbered among the throngs of the weird vegans of Portland. I hope this is what our VegFest is like in Grand Rapids next year.

What vegan vendors would you like to see at a Vegan Food Festival?

Week of Greek: Shopping

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Now that we’ve had fun cooking together all week, maybe you’d like to know where you can purchase some of the ingredients used in the recipes. Pretty much every ingredient can easily be found in grocery stores in most parts of the US (and of course Greece!). Not sure about other countries, but the ingredients are very basic. That said, it sure would be nice for Greece if we bought Greek imports when available. Now some regular grocery stores, like Meijer and H-E-B, will carry at least a few imports. But in some areas, you may need to seek out a Mediterranean or European market.

Krinos and Optima Foods are two of the biggest importers in the US.
Another brand that comes to mind is Arosis, I bought some of their dried gigantes in Greece and now see they’re available in the US. You can even find them on Amazon.
And of course you can always look for products with Greek writing on them πŸ™‚ When you see a product labeled, “Greek xyz,” check to see if it’s made in Greece.
I’ve never seen a Mountain Tea (sometimes called Mountain Herb or Wild Tea) that isn’t imported from Greece. It’s actually a very beautiful herb, usually sold still on the stem and with little blossoms, although in Greece I found it in tea bags.

Here you will find A List of the 25 Best Greek Olive Oils of 2015, as awarded by the New York International Olive Oil Competition (yes, that’s a real thing!). There’s even a key that shows if the oil won a gold or silver medal. Click on the picture of any oil you’re interested in to read a more detailed description and find out where it can be purchased.

Here is A List of Some Vegan-Friendly Greek Wines from

I also found a wonderful list of brick and mortar Greek markets in the US and Canada over at The Greek Vegan, many of them also have websites, some that you can order products from.

Keep watching Oh She Cooks on facebook because I’ll be sharing the last Week of Greek recipe from 2 Broke Vegans sometime today! And tomorrow I’ll post the whole lineup of recipes in case you want to cook up a Greek feast for family and friends!

Interview with Kristin Lajeunesse, Author of Will Travel for Vegan Food

Will Travel For Vegan Food is available now at!

Will Travel For Vegan Food is available now at!

Soooo, I got to do an email interview with Kristin Lajeunesse a while back, author of Will Travel for Vegan Food. A few years ago, Kristin ditched her job and most of her belongings to travel the country in a big ol’ van named Gerty. And she did what many vegan foodies can only dream of: Visit every single vegan restaurant in the [48 contiguous] United States! But she had many other adventures along the way.

Oh She Cooks: After listening to a few of your readings, I want to start out with a question related to a story I made the mistake of listening to at work – I ended up bawling in my office! You talked about your grandparents, Pop and Gram. Did your Gram’s adventurous spirit have any influence on your decision to head out on the road?

Ms. Lajeunesse: Ya know, I hadn’t ever really thought about it in that way. But I’m willing to bet her adventurous ways were bred into me. Obviously those stories of her (that you’re speaking of, from Chapter 11) have stuck with me this long; so I don’t think it’d be a stretch to say her journeys inspired my own. Thank you for making that connection! πŸ™‚

Gram & Pop

Gram & Pop

OSC: What do you think she would have said about the poo story?

KL: Haha.. what a great question! I think Gram would have been embarrassed for me at first. But then proud of how I handled it. πŸ˜‰

OSH: There was another incident just briefly mentioned in chapter 6, the story with the homeless woman, that I really enjoyed. You said you weren’t sure what made you turn back, yet in your conversation with Todd I think we find the answer. So many people have this idea that vegans care more about animals and the environment than we do about other people. Please tell us how our vegan diet might actually benefit so many people going hungry around the world.

KL: I’m incredibly touched by your thoughtfulness of these questions, Katherine! Yes, great point in possible assumptions about those who choose to live vegan. These days we “vote” for companies (and for actions) we support, with our dollars; and I think it’s easy to forget just how far a reach our daily choices make.

I believe many people are familiar with the irreversible, epic land destruction that takes place today; but perhaps don’t realize that the majority of it is due to making more land available for breeding, raising, and caring for farmed animals. If we took that land that the animals live on, plus the billions of acres that are farmed for crops to FEED those same animals, and used that land instead to grow food to feed humans… would you believe me if I told you that would literally resolve world hunger?

And of course there is the issue of water consumption as well. The amount of water it takes to produce a single hamburger might blow your mind. Imagine if we could instead give that water to those around the globe who are living in drought and dieing from dehydration.

It’s an incredibly delicate subject but at it’s core is quite simple, really: stop breeding and mass producing farmed animals and instead use the land to grow crops for human consumption. It might seem almost TOO simple. But it is quite, unshakably true.
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OSC: On that note, regarding the title of your book and at the risk of getting a little risque – since I haven’t read the entire book yet and don’t know exactly what I am asking here! – how did the “making love” part turn out? I’m imagining this to be referring to the general love connections we have the opportunity to make every day. How did it work out for you? Did it change at all the way you see people now?

KL: Yes I’ve gotten a few questions about that aspect of the subtitle. Haha! πŸ™‚ The truth is, the idea of “making love” is not at all about what might first come to mind (wink, wink), but more so about learning how to make love within. How to create self-love, to show love and gratitude toward others, and to be more considerate and compassionate overall. It’s about the creation of love not of sexy-time love.*


As they say, if you’d like to know more…buy the book! If you’d like to hear more from Kristin NOW, follow the Will Travel For Vegan Food facebook page.

*Orthodox friends, please note: This is probably not the best selection for your Ladies’ Book Club, there is still a bit of sexy-time included, though it is definitely not the main theme.

Pyro Pizza Portland at Cartopia

My last full day in Oregon we went to Cartopia, a lot filled with food trucks at the corner of SE 12th and Hawthorne Blvd in Portland. I wanted pizza SO BAD. When we got there I discovered there was a lot of other food I wanted to try, too. I stuck with the pizza, but I took pictures of a few other places in case you’re interested.

Look for the big rotating sign on the corner.

Plenty of picnic tables, and tents to keep you out of the sun or rain.

Potato Champion has a couple vegan options – fries & five different sauces, and poutine.

As you can see, El Brasero has plenty of Vegans Burritos.

At Tahrir Square you’ll find falafel, vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, hummus. The usual.

And finally, Pyro Pizza!

They have a basic menu with a weekly special. Sub vegan cheese on any pizza for no extra charge! Vegan sausage, too, but I don’t know if that’s extra.

And they make their own pop! Erm, soda. Soda pop. It is made without high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors or flavors.

I thought all the food, and even the pop, was really beautiful. I love the look of a wood-fired crust.

I got the marinara pizza because it’s what I always ordered when I was in Italy so many years ago, I wanted to see how it compared.

Even though it was a little different, it tasted A LOT like what I remember (probably a regional thing, but the pizza I had over there had super thin crust and no basil). The sauce was wonderful, full of flavor – especially garlic. The Basil Lime pop was the perfect compliment. But if you really, really, really love garlic…

you should try the garlic bread. I think it’s made of the same dough used for the crust, covered in many whole cloves of garlic and heavily drizzled with olive oil. Since I was with my BFF, we were very polite and made sure to split the bread evenly between us. I think if she or I were sharing with anyone else, we would’ve stuffed a few extra pieces in our mouths when the other person wasn’t looking. By the way, the BFF loved her margherita pizza. We were both so happy eating our lunch, it was almost ridiculous.

Anyway, the above reasons are why I called this The Best Pizza I’ve Ever Had in This Country. Ever. Definitely check out Pyro Pizza if you’re in the Portland area.

Voodoo Doughnuts & Sweetpea Baking Co

I love giving myself an excuse to eat six doughnuts in six days. In this case, I decided I must try doughnuts from two different locations and compare.

My first full day in Oregon, we headed out to Voodoo Doughnuts. They have a large selection of vegan doughnuts, but they make just one batch a day – when they’re gone, they’re gone. I tried to order off the menu but the first couple I asked for were already sold out.

The chick at the counter told me I needed to look at what was in the rotating case because those are the kinds still available. Just one problem…the doughnuts in the case aren’t labeled, so how am I supposed to know what flavors they are? I just continued picking from the menu until I hit a couple still available.

I got maple glazed and the Diablos Rex. I kinda wish I would’ve saved the maple doughnut for my Philly Cheesesteak Qrunch Donut. But anyway.

The next day we went to Sweetpea Baking Co and it was a very different environment.

First of all, everything is vegan.

EVERYTHING. If it’s in stock, it’s in the case and it’s clearly labeled. And the people there are super friendly and patient.

I went with a big fat slice of Brownie Chunk Cheesecake, it was wonderful. And they have doughnuts on Saturdays!

Doughnuts are usually available at 9am. We had a slight miscommunication and arrived at 8am, and we couldn’t wait around until 9. They agreed to box up one of each doughnut and hold them for me until I could get back that evening! It was very tempting to buy even more sweets, but we were heading over to an all-vegan bar!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll tell you about that later.

So. Voodoo Doughnuts:

They have a bigger selection of doughnuts, but it’s hard to know what’s available just looking at the unmarked doughnuts in the rotating case. Staff isn’t very friendly at all and seem like they just want you to get out of the way.

Sweetpea Baking Co:

They only had four doughnut flavors, but they also have a ton of other vegan baked goods. Staff is friendly, they seem like they like people. The doughnuts themselves are actually not very sweet, just the frosting is, but I think that makes them easier to eat for breakfast πŸ™‚

Do you have vegan doughnuts in your city?

Food Fight! Grocery in Portland

Yesterday we had the whole day to do whatever we wanted. So…we went shopping for food. This is my fourth trip to Portland, and every time I’m here I have to stop at Food Fight! Grocery. I do wish they would bring back the veggie dog carousel and the pay-by-weight nachos (complete with cheesy vegan nacho sauce you squirt from a pump!), but there are still plenty of other cool things to buy that I cannot find in Grand Rapids. But that nacho cheese pump, tho. But anyway,

FOOD FIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Located at 1217 SE Stark, it is one of four businesses in an all-vegan strip mall. The others include Sweetpea Baking Co., The Herbivore Store, and Scapegoat Tattoo.

Every faux food you could ever want. “Fish” fillets, corn dogs, whoopie pies…

Taquitos and hot pockets!!!!!!!!!!!

Super expensive artisan cheese made with cashews and other fermented nuts. I decided I would wait on these, maybe I’ll get them in the giant box of vegan food my dad gets me for Christmas every year πŸ™‚

Imagine if people had to pay $4.60 for a can of real tuna. Crazy.

Tons of yummy looking sweets,

and a few vegan jerkys I’d never seen before. But I did not buy any of these things.

First I grabbed a drink because it was about 90 degrees out. Heh, love-flavored kombucha. I also grabbed another jar of Magic Vegan Bacon Grease because I only have half a spoonful left of the jar I bought in Austin. And some Daiya Provolone, just because. But the most exciting stuff I found…

These new products from Earth Balance. The crackers are supposed to be like Cheez-its. I can’t remember the last time I ate Cheez-its, so I asked the BFF and BFF-in-law to try them and see if they’re similar. “Almost,” was the answer I got, but with a lighter cheese flavor. The puffs are interesting. They’re good, but I can’t tell if they taste cheesy for not. I’m surprised there’s no nutritional yeast in the ingredients, but maybe they were afraid they’d taste too much like Tings. The chips and Mac & Cheese I’ll have to try later and get back to you on. I’m super excited to see if the Earth Balance brand m-n-c is better than Mac n Chreese.

If you’ve been to Food Fight, what’s your favorite item to purchase there??

Stuck at O'Hare: CIBO Express

This is the third trip in a row I’ve had a delayed flight! Since I’ll be getting into OR so late now, I decided to grab dinner. I found this handy little feature on the O’Hare website:


It can find your location, then tell you how far you are from whatever you searched for – in this case, I searched for “vegan”. Of course CIBO was in the B concourse, the one I flew into…but I had already walked to the C concourse in another terminal before I saw this. I got my exercise.

10 or 12 minutes later, I found CIBO Express in the main hall of terminal 2, across from a sushi bar.

Love seeing Vegan right on the sign πŸ™‚

There was a big section in the refrigerated case with vegan sandwiches, salads, and meal pack with hummus, tortilla chips, and two small salads. None of it was cheap, but that’s the airport for you. There were lots of little snacks, too.

I went with the Vegan Jerusalem Steak sandwich, the “meat” is made with vital wheat gluten.

Since CIBO is just a place to grab something on the go, there’s no seating area. I had a heck of a time eating this thing, I had to sit in a seat in the main hall and stuff my face in front of hundreds of people. I did it, though. And it was good. I think it would be better at room temp instead of chilled, but it still had a nice flavor, a little sweet, and a good amount of heat from the jalapeΓ±os.

I grabbed a drink from another spot. Just another 1.5 hours to kill now!
(Well, the WiFi wouldn’t work at the airport so that was yesterday…)