Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich

Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich – a flavorful and crunchy plant based tuna and a truly epic and melty vegan cheese, this sandwich is one you will crave often.

 

Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich @spabettieFast Food Friday @spabettie

I have two epic things to share with you today – a new plant based tuna, and some of the best plant based cheese I have ever tasted.

First, the tuna. A fellow Portland vegan recently …

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Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce

Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce – also known as Best of Summer Rolls – fresh basil and juicy nectarines wrapped with a buttery pan fried tempeh, crunchy pistachios, and perfect avocado for layers of summer flavor!

Sweet and Savory Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce @spabettie

You know I am all about bright and vibrant, yes?

That is what we have going on here, rolled up color and flavor, all summer long. Fresh basil from our garden, juicy nectarines and perfect avocado. Green and purple salty crunch from chopped pistachios, and a few thin slices of buttery pan fried tempeh.

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Ten Years Ago Today

Herrick Wedding

…my life changed.

I didn’t really know it yet, but I’d soon figure it out.

Thursday, December 16th I had an appointment at 2:00 in the afternoon – I was showing a potential renter an apartment in my building.

I was sitting in my office waiting, and 2:00 came and went. I was surprised, because although no-shows sometimes happened, this applicant was very detailed and, well, seemed like a sure thing.

This is a buzz-in locked entry 1920’s brick building – and at 10 minutes past 2, with no buzz from the front door, I left my office and went to walk the front grounds of the building. I swept the entry, chatted with some tenants, and eventually made …

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Petunias Pies and Pastries – a gluten free and vegan Portland restaurant

Chocolate Caramel Pistachio Cake

You know that giddy (and relaxed) feeling of knowing you can order anything you want on a menu? In Portland, that is extremely easy – and I know I am lucky to have not only so many options, but incredibly awesome options.

Today I am over at Gluten Free Portland talking about all the deliciousness that is Petunia’s Pies & Pastries.

Sage Fizz Cocktail

We sampled quite a few things from their sorta-new savory menu, along with a couple cocktails and several desserts.

This sandwich:

Tomato, Mozarella Pesto Grilled Sandwich

 Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto Grilled Sandwich

…one of my favorite sandwiches on their menu.

Yep, I said one. Because I have many favorites.

I have been back three times since this particular visit.

Passionfruit Cake

Coconut Berry Passionfruit Cake

This cake.

It needs to be a wedding cake.

Chocolate Caramel Pistachio Cake

Chocolate Caramel Pistachio Torte

 This one can be the groom’s cake.

 

 

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries is located at 610 Southwest 12th Avenue downtown Portland, and opens at 9:am each day. 

Please visit Gluten Free Portland to see my write up of Petunias Pies and Pastries – there are many more delectable photos and descriptions to see. Say hello to my friend Dr. Samantha, tell her I sent ya!

 

Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

If someone had told Little Kid Kristina that one day, she would be excited about an invite to a grocery store media event? Little Kid Kristina might have eye rolled and side eyed and laughed… in confusion.

As it is, I am (very likely overly) excited that I now have a Whole Foods Market within one mile of my neighborhood, rather than 8 or 11, the distance of the Whole Foods stores I currently frequent. Whole Foods Greenway is opening this Wednesday May 21, and I was invited to a pre-opening sneak peek.

 

Why do I like Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways:…

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Oregon Holiday Gift Guide

Today I am sharing with you my unabashedly subjective gift guide. Nothing here is sponsored, they are simply my favorite local companies. My favorites from Oregon. My favorite food gifts from Oregon. I wish I could send every one of you a big gift basket of all the things! 

Enjoy:

 

Podnah's Pit

Podnah’s Pit.

Podnah’s Pit is an extremely popular barbecue joint here in Portland, and by virtue of all that is barbecue, …

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Summers End Vegan Dinner [second annual]

As I look forward to Departure’s Third Annual Summers End Vegan Dinner, I realized I neglected to share last years. Looking through the photos and remembering the details has me looking forward to this years event even more – please enjoy:

Here we are, at the end of summer. The crisp cool evenings with the smoky scented air, the savoring of the last summer fruits and veggies, the cutting into pumpkins and squash, the creating comfort foods of fall.

For the second year in a row, Departure Restaurant’s Summers End Vegan Dinner fell on my birthday! I could not think of a more perfect way to celebrate than with the culinary skills of Chef Gregory Gourdet.

This year, he partnered with Chef Aaron Adams of another favorite restaurant, Portobello Vegan Trattoria, to bring a group of lucky Portlanders an amazing seasonal seven-course meal.

We began with …

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vida vegan conference TICKET GIVEAWAY

Longtime readers may remember me excitedly going on and on and on about the first ever vegan blog conference – Vida Vegan Con. The second one is next month, from May 24-26, here in (vegan mecca!) Portland.

The inaugural conference was one of the most fun weekends I have had – I cannot wait for next month! 

When tickets went on sale for this years conference, I was among the first to purchase a ticket. In January of this year, I began working with Attune Foods, and I am now attending as an Attune Ambassador. My original ticket is up for grabs….

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