Portland / Vida Vegan Con #1: Food Trucks, Voodoo Doughnuts and a Waterfront Run

by JL Fields on August 26, 2011

Wednesday morning I was up early and on a 7:00 a.m. flight from Long Beach, CA to Portland, OR.  The Vida Vegan Con host hotel was kind enough to let me check in early.  The only thing on my schedule for the entire day was dinner with a good friend, at his home in Portland, so I had the day to play. And play, I did!

I took off for what ended up being a 3 – 4 mile round trip walk. Good thing.

First up:  Oregon Wines on Broadway

to select a bottle of wine to take to dinner and, hell, I wanted a few bottles for the hotel room!

Oregon makes some delicious Pinot Noir!

Next up, my first food truck experience! DC Vegetarian

I ordered the Steak and Cheese (it’s vegetarian but all you have to do is order it “vegan”)

Holy food truck. That was some of the best seitan I’ve ever had! What a sandwich!  I was STUFFED.

D C Vegetarian on Urbanspoon

But not too stuffed because I went from the food truck to Voodoo Doughnuts (The Magic is in the Hole!!!)

There was a long line for these doughnuts — they happen to have a large selection of vegan doughnuts so I couldn’t resist and put up with the wait. The line moved pretty quickly and I opted for a half-dozen (hey, I’m in town for five days, don’t judge!)

Hey, wait, that’s only five!

Oh yeah, I forgot this guy…

He’s still in refrigerator. I can’t decide when I’m going to bite his head off.

The vegan doughnuts are off the hook.  They do have many vegan flavors other than chocolate but, what can I say? I like to stick to a theme.  Get thyself to Voodoo Doughnuts next time you are in Portland. They are worth the wait!

Voodoo Doughnut on Urbanspoon

After my feeding frenzy long walk I lazed around the pool for a few hours before traveling on the Street Car to my friend’s house in Northwest Portland for dinner. He made a gorgeous salad and vegan polenta dish for dinner. (No pictures, sometimes a food blogger just needs to hang out with a friend!) We enjoyed our meal outside. I was able to see Mount St. Helen from his upstairs window in the back of the house and Mount Hood from the front window. Lovely.

Thursday morning I slept in (9+ hours of sleep, people!) and then went for a run on the waterfront.


Then it was time for lunch and vegan shopping with Fran Costigan (oh yeah, vegan dessert chef extraordinaire!) Julia of Snarky Vegan and Kristen of Skull-Sugar. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for details on our fun day!

  • Stefanie

    Sounds like fun. One day I’ll get to voodoo doughnuts. Can’t wait to hear your adventures at vegan con.

  • Carrie on Vegan

    Great post, JL, can’t wait to meet your gorgeous self!

  • SO want to be there!!!! and eat and talk and drink vegan wine and walk off the vegan donuts!
    enjoy & eat extras for all of us!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like you are having an amazing time! Portland looks like paradise!

  • Looks like you are having tons of fun already!

  • The Spicy Vegan

    You went to DC Veg! The steak and cheese is my favorite sandwich on the planet! Great blog post, you’re making me jealous and I live in Portland! Have fun!

    • JL

      I’m so thrilled that I met you!!! Happy!

  • SOOOO happy to have met you, and can’t wait to hang out ALL DAY with you tomorrow! (wait, that’s TODAY!)  I can’t sleep I’m so excited! 🙂

  • SOOOO happy to have met you, and can’t wait to hang out ALL DAY with you tomorrow! (wait, that’s TODAY!)  I can’t sleep I’m so excited! 🙂

  • Yeah, I’m still jealous of all your travels! Next year I’m all over Vida Vegan Con! 🙂 Wow, the vegan Steak and Cheese sounds amazing! And the vegan doughnuts look off the hook! Portland looks wonderful, can’t wait to visit.

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  • Clearly I should have arrived earlier. What was I thinking? It was great to finally meet you in person, and I just wish there had more time to get to know you!

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