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Our Vacation In Portland

Bear, Christopher, and I finally went on a vacation!! Hallelujah! It was amazing to carve out the time to be together in such a special place. After my brief book tour stop in Portland this past spring, I knew I wanted to come back and spend more time in this wonderful city! I love so many things about it-from the cute neighborhoods, to the abundant gardens, the great restaurants, friendly people, and of course its sustainability! Right off the bat when arriving at the PDX airport, my eco aspirations were met by way of a water dispenser designed to re-fill my re-usable water bottles and save plastic (it even kept count of its savings!) I couldn’t help but wonder, how can we get the rest of America to do this? It is so easy and great!!

On the way back from the airport we stopped at Prasad for a tasty lunch. Afterwards, we picked up our bike rentals and headed to our Air Bnb home. After settling in, we met up with our Portland Kind Lifer friends at a park near by. Bear made friends with the Kind Lifer’s little ones and jumped into the water fountains together- it was so sweet! All you PDX Kind Lifers were so nice and helpful!!  Huge thank you to everyone who showed up. It was so great meeting you all, hearing your stories, and advice for our vacation!

The Kind LifePortland Kind Lifers

One of the things I love most about Portland is riding bikes!! We rode our bikes every day everywhere. All of the houses and neighborhoods are so quaint, Belmont & Alberta were our favorites. One of our adventures was over to Laurel Hurst Park, where a little girl named Olive fell in love with Bear. It was a sweet and sad goodbye.

The Kind LifeSweet bike rides!

IMG_3716Pretty veggie garden!

The Kind LifeAt Sweet Pea Bakery

Another day we took a trip to  Kind Lifer Andrea Bemis and her husband Taylor’s organic farm, Tumbleweed Farm On the way we adventured to some of the waterfalls and Latourell Falls. We didn’t make it all the way through since it was late and pretty cold but we got to play in the water which was fun and refreshing! We wanted to make it to Out to Pasture Sanctuary but did not.. It looks great though!

The Kind LifeBear & his friends at Tumbleweed Farm

The Kind LifeTaylor, Andrea, Henry, Bear & I

The Kind LifeTaylor & Bear picking a watermelon

We had so many wonderful adventures and we ate like crazy!!!

Some foodie highlights include:

The Oven Roasted Vegetable Lasagne at Vita Cafe, it was sooo good!

Andina had a nice veg menu

The Vegan Mini Strip Mall was awesome, Christopher really dug it. This is a mini mall with four vegan stores next to each other: Herbivore Clothing Company, Food Fight! Grocery, Scapegoat Tattoo, and Sweet Pea Baking Company. The people who worked at these stores gave such good vibes.

The Bagel with Cream Cheese , Chocolate Croissant, and the Almond Ring at Sweetpea Baking Co are great.

House Made Coconut Ice Cream at Portobello Vegan Trattoria, was super yum. I also discovered a new ‘cheese’ there called Heidi Ho, it’s chèvre style and delicious!

Coconut Ice Cream with Petunia’s Salted Carmel Bar’s at Salt and Straw Ice Cream– it was sooo tasty we went back twice!

Walking to the grocery store Alberta Coop

Going to Cully’s Farmer’s Market

Blossoming Lotus might have been my favorite, it had a killer brie appetizer, great cobb salad, and really good nachos.

Joel Palmer House has a veg tasting menu that looked good, but it was a bit far so we didn’t make it there.

We also didn’t get the chance to make it to Natural Selections since we were with Bear. They said the meal typically takes about 2 hours which is no bueno for our 3 year old. Next time!

 I also want to visit Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, it looks so cute! Another time!

Thank you for the delicious and fun dining experiences!!

Did you go on any fun adventures this summer with loved ones? Where did you go and how was your trip?

 

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  • http://Riverlovesplants.blogspot.com Beth Rapp

    We took our first post-baby vacation out to Portland too! This past July! We completely fell in love with the people and the little neighborhoods out there! River (our son) was 11 months then and we went berry picking, hiking, ate amazing veg food and had the best time!

  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    It’s nice to hear you use Airbnb. I’ve yet to use it, but I’ve heard excellent things! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

  • Aneliya

    Hello Alicia and kind life community,

    I’ve been enjoying thekindlife blog for a while now and this
    is my first post. What a great topic – vacation!

    My husband and I have been on a traveling marathon since May
    and we’ve visited Bulgaria, France, Italy, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, San
    Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Boulder, Napa, Costa Rica, Salt Lake City, Bryce
    Canyon and Zion National Park. I enjoyed all of these places and especially
    Monteverde in Costa Rica, Boulder in Colorado, and Bryce Canyon National Park
    in Utah. Here are my top three favorite destinations from this summer:

    Monteverde is truly one of a kind. It’s a small town in the
    cloudforest with an amazing diversity of bird species, insects and small
    animals. We became bird lovers once we went on a bird tour with our
    knowledgeable guide and his telescope. We spotted a beautiful male quetzal and
    many other colorful birds and creatures. I like that Costa Rica is big on
    eco-tourism and protecting its biodiversity.

    Boulder, CO, what a fantastic little town! They have the
    best plant-based restaurant that we’ve been too!! And we’ve been to some really
    good ones in LA and NYC.

    It’s called Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. It was a delectable,
    gourmet experience and I am hoping we go back sometime really soon. Also,
    Boulder is pretty sweet town, great hiking and beautiful nature, and the people
    we met at our B&B were really friendly, and environmentally conscious.
    Really nice, progressive and fun vibe all together, family-friendly and
    vegan-friendly town.

    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks (they are only 1 and
    half hours away, but most people go to Zion only) were also true gems to
    appreciate. We hiked on some adventurous trails (beyond Angels Landing for
    those who know!), where apparently, also babies can go (long story!), met the
    cutest little chipmunks and also found a couple of good places that catered to
    our plant-based palate. These places, especially Bryce, are just so
    fascinating, you can fully marvel at nature’s wonders and I’m still in awe
    thinking about it.

    Thanks for reading and safe travels everyone!

  • herbivore

    Portland is a nice place to visit and certainly has many vegan choices but none of the ones you mentioned, aside from Natural Selections, struck my fancy when I was there last month. They’re all hit-or-miss, which is to say some dishes are decent and many are not that good. Even the vaunted vegan bakeries were not that good. I think the LA area has better vegan restaurants, by and large.
    I know there’s a tendency to want to be positive and encouraging, the old “never is heard a discouraging word” meme that pervades virtually all vegan blogs, but without critical feedback, how will things improve?
    By the way, did you drink the water at Blossoming Lotus or Portobello? It tasted like chlorine.

    • Alicia Liang

      Wow, herbivore can you be a little more negative? Portland is my adopted home, an awesome city, and extremely veg friendly. Yes, places can be hit or miss, but more often hit than miss. Feel free to stick to your LA locations.

  • http://www.katieeatsvegan.com/ katieeatsvegan

    Hey Alicia! Love your posts, I’ve found I have had such positive experiences holidaying, I really thought it would be tough being vegan, but things just come to you. I found in Cornwall and Devon amazing little veggie vegan places, and country pubs that did great vegan options. xxxx

  • Tanya

    So glad you enjoyed your time in PDX – and so sad to miss the gathering of Kind Lifers. We were on our own little adventure to the east coast. Next time!

    Blossoming Lotus is our favorite “nice date” place and Vita Cafe and Native Foods (which you have in CA) were staples during my pregnancy when I just needed comfort food!

    It’s easy to eat well here!

  • Geoffrey Deetz

    So many who had your fame wasted it. Good for you to be a honest and caring human in a world of fear and ignorance. your quiet life much like Jimmy Carter;s
    won’t be valued till we all become better people. enjoy your family and your spiritual adventure as you deserve it.

  • sarah

    You missed Proper Eats in St Johns (way north Portland). It’s basically a macrobiotic vegan restaurant.

  • Dandelion Kirschner

    I’m so glad you got to visit portland! Blossoming Lotus is my favorite vegan restaurant :) It’s a shame this is the 2nd time you’ve come to Portand and I didnt’ get the chance to see you. Hopefully next time <3

  • Cristina Herrera Sánchez

    que lind

  • Emilia Fiona Weir

    It looks and sounds lovely ! Next time you guys have time for a vacation come to Copenhagen – We also bike and have loads og veggie restaurants :-)

  • Kris Moore

    I’m so glad you were able to visit Portland. I live an hour outside of Portland and we love to go as often as we can. You definitely need to come again and view all the falls culminating with the grand experience of Multnomah Falls. Lots of hiking opportunities along the way too.