I first tried El Burrito Soyrizo at Taqueria Los Gorditos in SE Portland, and have purchased it a few times for home burrito and nacho making. The Trader Joe's branded item is probably the same product rebranded, or close enough, and $1.50+ cheaper than what I've paid for the real deal. I cooked it in olive oil with sweet corn and black beans, and made tacos.
I also picked up flax spaghetti that I ate with homemade purple basil marinara last night, firm tofu, baby carrots, peppermint toothpaste, black beans, baby spinach, castle soap, tortilla chips, olive oil, sliced black olives, and a few pieces of produce, bulk herbs and tea from Limbo next door. When traveling to TJ's, I have the option of hitting up my precious Limbo in SE, or going to Hollywood and running around Grocery Outlet. Grocery shopping is fun times.
I really will discuss Seattle in my next post. Thanks for the Monterey and San Jose tips!
FYI, Veganopolis closed in downtown Portland yesterday. The owners are moving back to Chicago and working on a cookbook. I was never a big fan of the food, even working downtown as I do, let alone the drama that surrounded the owners, but it's still sad to lose an all vegan eatery anywhere.
I went on Monday for the lunch buffet and for a muffin on Tuesday.
Pasta buffet with roasted tomatoes, broccoli and tempeh bacon:
And one last spelt chocolate chip cookie.
I used to love these, this one was sadly on the dry side.