You've already heard me whining about missing out on Vida Vegan Con this year. Thanks to Twitter I've been able to follow the action and it's making me look forward to 2013 even more. You can bet your britches I'll be buying my ticket the day they go on sale.
I just happened to plan an out of town get-away for the same weekend. Mr. CatMan and I drove up to Seattle for PAX, but the highlight ended up being all of our little vegan food excursions across the city. Here's the rundown:
Pho Cyclo - Hot, flavorful, and fragrant, this is my favorite pho in Seattle. Fresh brocolli and cauliflower florets swim between rice noodles, straw mushrooms and tofu strips in a light and savory anise-veggie broth. I use a heavy dose of hot chili paste in mine, along with some hoisin and fresh basil. This is the ultimate welcome-back-to-Seattle lunch.
Healeo - Green juice! With ginger. Healeo is just down the street from my old apartment so I was spoiled by convenient fresh juice when I lived here. This place rules. Totally healthy with vegan, raw, and gluten free options. Sweet wheatgrass shots? Yes please! Gluten free pizza? Gimme some!
Honey Hole - We stopped in for a late dinner and found ourselves in sandwich heaven. There's only one vegan sandwich on the menu, the BLT, but I keep coming back for it over and over again. It's that good. The fries are the perfect combo of crispy on the outside with a soft, piping hot center. And the atmosphere is dark and relaxed with super friendly service.
Healeo - Starting day two with a buzz! We were supercharged after downing wheatgrass shots and smoothies packed with greens and superfoods. Makes mornings happy.
Porchlight - Let's start with me admitting that I'm a coffee snob. Seattle is known for coffee and Porchlight is THE BEST. Seriously, Zack, the owner, knows his stuff. I always get an Americano and I make happy noises after each sip. Every shot is rich and smooth. No bitterness found here. And he carries (vegan) Mighty-O Donuts, sells records, and shows good local art. Stop by and you'll forget all those other coffee shops even exist. I was excited to add a Porchlight coffee mug to my collection!
Madison Market - Oh, how I adore Madison Market, my neighborhood co-op when I lived in Seattle. I had to take Mr. CatMan on a tour and he agreed that this is a fabulous place to shop. I could go on and on... but the highlight for me is the raw vegan section. After wandering through the aisles we bought some raw snacks to keep our bellies purring between meals.
We had another delish Honey Hole BLT for dinner, then stopped by the uber-hip Unicorn to meet up with friends. Despite Unicorn's menu being mostly meat-n-cheese laden "circus food" our friend got a vegan burger that looked yummy in the most greasy bar-food sort of way. Perfect for filling the belly when drinking boozy summer libations.
Mighty O: Grasshopper, French Toast, Raspberry, & Coffee vegan donuts. There's not much more to say. Started today with a sugar high.
Back to Madison Market to buy more of these:
Sage Cafe: Where we had to die for vegan crepes. We tried the quinoa stuffed crepe with jalapeno aioli and the sauteed mushroom & chard crepe. Both were plate-licking good. At the end of the meal our plates were bare and we were tempted to eat a bite that had landed on the table. We managed to refrain, but it was hard to leave that bite behind.
Flying Apron: One last stop before leaving town. I couldn't drive away with a Peanut Butter Joy, Banana Chocolate Chip Square, and Pumpkin Ginger Square. Everything at Flying Apron is vegan and gluten free and will blow your mind. Mr. CatMan fed me bites of the Peanut Butter Joy as I drove South on I-5 towards Portland. That's love.
I enjoyed every delectable bite of tasty vegan food that made it into my mouth over the weekend. Thank you Seattle for a delicious visit!