Friday, September 26, 2008

And she went to Seattle.

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:

Tofu Rolls

Veggie Dumplings 

General Tso's Chicken (would definitely get again!)

Orange Chicken

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.

And she's off to CA!  I'm trying to freshen up on daily postings for VeganMoFo starting the 1st.  
I had a grand time being involved last year~


Kati said...

Seattle, Portland, San Fran...never been, never been, never been! You'd think I'd been glued to the East Coast all these years or something...and I am seriously missing out!

Oh man, Vegan MoFo. Can I possibly keep up?? What did I get myself into...

Amey said...

I used to live in Seattle, and reading your post makes me miss it a little. It'd be fun to go back and poke around my old haunts.

Truth be told, I am hoarding pictures on my memory card, in anticipation of VeganMoFo!

hope you have a good time in Monterey!

River said...

Lucky you! That food looks delicious, and that crusty bread looks SO good!

Bring on the VeganMoFo!

VeggieGirl said...

Such gorgeous eats!!

You're quite the traveler, like me :0) Love it!!

Melissa said...

Wow Vegan CHinese food. I never would have thought. I live in NYC and eat Vegan desserts all the time. But have never had Vegan Chinese food.

btw i just found a new travel site I think you will like it.

Anonymous said...

The tofu rolls look interesting! Sorta like omelets. Did you like them?
Don't you just love the West Coast? Northwest has all my affection. Almost. Just except the part that I gave away to NYC.


Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Those sound like some great meals! This will be my first year as a veganmofo-er. I can't wait to see all the great vegan food.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You eat the best food.

allularpunk said...

oooooh..that looks better than any chinese food i've ever had in my life! lucky!

Veronica said...

I love Seattle. I live in Olympia now, but I still commute often. I've never been to any of these places, but they definitely look like must-check-outs!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I've walked that hill many times too! I'm sad I won't see you while you're in CA!

kimmykokonut said...

I didn't have a favorite Chinese place when I lived in Seattle. I wasn't a fan of Teapot (but only ate there once) but I always enjoy the Bamboo Garden. Is the Bistro new? It would be fun to try a new place next time I visit.

Eric said...

Great entry! I'm moving to Seattle soon and your list of vegan restaurants is a huge help!

I was up in Seattle last week, and I got to check out Araya's. Its in the university district. Thai vegan. It was beyond delicious, and I thought I was spoiled living in southern California.

Anyway....thanks've gotten me even more excited about moving to Seattle :)