Living in New York and Boston before my move to Portland, I sometimes miss bigger cities. On the West Coast, I've been to San Francisco and Seattle.
Of course I adore Portland but I do relish the feeling of walking through downtown Seattle, because downtown Portland is tiny and short. I've been back from my most recent Seattle trip for a few days, and have settled back into my Portland routine just as I'm heading out to Monterey, CA this weekend.
For me, Seattle means vegan chinese food! The offerings in Portland just don't compare to Grasshopper in Allston, MA or Buddha Bodai in NYC. Seattle has come to rescue my guilty cravings with Teapot Vegetarian House, Bamboo Garden and most recently, Vegetarian Bistro - I'll check out vegan Thai and Vietnamese offerings next time!
But first off, there's the coffee. I don't drink much, but I enjoy the flavor and have high standards. While in town I first indulged in a double Americano at Lighthouse Coffee in the Fremont district.
Below is a Caramel Chai Walla from Trabant in the University District. All the steamed Chaiwallas are available vegan, and there were at least 10 flavors to choose from. It was perfect on the rainy day.
My tour guide had a Clover cup.
And getting to the lunch at Vegetarian Bistro - a review will be coming in the near future on Stumptown Vegans. Here's a look at our meal:
I also dined at Brouwer's, a Flemish Beer House in the Fremont district. I had a a local IPA, but forget which brewery, oops.
Frites with satay sauce
The Vegan(ized) BBQ seitan with the soup of the daily, awonderfully fresh tomato vegetable
I'm glad I spent my time walking around so much - up and down so many hills - and in particular, this one to and fro my convention on the waterfront below Pike's Place Market.