Pizza… Bruschetta (Was Trying To Make The Vegan Table: English Muffin Pizza)

I…  I…  I really was trying to make the English muffin pizza.  However…  I didn’t want to buy English muffins because we had so much bread!  Then there was a lot of leftover zucchini, artichoke, roasted peppers…  And we had lobster mushrooms to finish…  And There were the sea beans (Salicornia, samphire) in the refrigerator that we needed to finish…  So at the end, I made this pizza/bruschetta instead.



Lobster mushrooms and sea beans are new to me, but they were selling them in Portland farmers market, so it was perfect to try these new items here.

I made my own tomato paste, and I used the bacon-chipotle cashew cheese (and pesto) as the bottom layer.  Then I topped it with the zucchini, roasted bell peppers, roasted lobster mushrooms, salt and pepper, then sea beans.

Lobster Mushroom

The lobster mushrooms are really fun to eat.  They are quite crunchy.  I just roasted them, then sprinkled salt on them, and ate them as they were.  They are not as fragrant as the shiitake, but these have their own hard-to-describe flavors.  Probably really good in salads.

PIzza before oven

Before putting them in the oven, they held really well, and they held well after baking as well :P  Some good vegan cheese would have been a nice touch :)

Uh, so…  Even though I didn’t really follow the recipe that closely, and few people blogged about making this recipe, at least one person liked it, I don’t really think you can go wrong with pizza :)

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Dining At Portobello Vegan Trattoria

This place is amazing!  Portobello Vegan Trattoria is the place to go, a little pricey, but everything was tasty!  If you visit Portland, also put this on the list of restaurants to visit!!!

Portobello Vegan Trattoria--Appetizer

Portobello Vegan Trattoria--Ginger Rawger Mocktail

Portobello Vegan Trattoria--Potato Small Plate

The pepper appetizer was sweet!  Not spicy, but it was yummy!  It comes in 6.  The drink, ginger rawger was great!  Really tasty and bubbly!  Then the main course, the potato small plate was like crab cake, and the vegetables underneath were pickled!  Simply delightful!

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Dining At Vegan Voodoo Doughnuts… Vegan? Not By My Standard

Like many of my vegan comrades…  I visited Voodoo Doughnuts while I was in Portland.  Indeed they offer a wide range of vegan doughnut options.

When I brought back the doughnut for my mom, she asked, “What kind of oil do they use to make the doughnut?”


So I went on a quest to find the ingredients.  Then I stumbled on a blog, stumptownvegan, and one of the comments (“Les”) said the following:

so i have a friend who just stoped working at voodoo on sandy and he said that the vegan ones are vegan but they cook them in the same oil with the non vegan ones……just thought everyone should know to make there own decision on them i prefer the ones at sweetpea at least i know there vegan!

So I called to confirm just now, and indeed they fry everything, vegan and nonvegan doughnuts alike, together in the same oil, albeit soy oil.  If you are wondering whether all the doughnuts are made with vegan dough and only the frostings made them not vegan, my guess is maybe not because they do use eggs.

Just for this, I will not visit Voodoo anymore for their doughnuts.  It is safer anyway if a vegan bakery makes all their own doughnuts, and at the same time purchasing from and supporting vegan establishments.

Although…  PETA also listed Voodoo Doughnuts as “vegan-friendly”, I felt that they also need to be informed of this.

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The Vegan Table: Sparkling Pineapple Juice

Yum, delicious!  I don’t think I have had pineapple juice like this!  It was great!

The Vegan Table: Sparkling Pineapple Juice

I didn’t blend the pineapple with the pineapple juice because I bought the pineapple juice with pineapple pieces in it, so I felt it was unnecessary to buy a can of pineapple or a whole pineapple for this drink.

It’s lovely to look at, delicious to drink, and a great drink for getting away from the summer heat.

So…  Again, nobody blogged about this drink, but try it anyway!  It is worth it!

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The Vegan Table: Roasted Red Pepper, Artichoke, and Pesto Sandwiches & Panini With Lemon-Basil Pesto

I made these two together because they were very similar.

You can see, they were very similar.  I didn’t use the avocado in either, but they were flavorful enough, not to mention the colors!  Lemon-basil pesto on the left, and the roasted red pepper, artichoke, and pesto on the right.

I didn’t use onion, as usual.  They were both delicious!  I like mixing the pesto with lemon juice, it had an interesting effect on the pesto, it became more like a pesto-mayonnaise than pesto.

For some reason, a lot of people blogged about the panini with lemon-basil pesto…  And none blogged about the roasted red pepper, artichoke, and pesto sandwich.  In any case, people loved the panini with lemon-basil pesto!

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Dining At Back To Eden

If you visit Portland, and you happen to wander onto Alberta, Back to Eden must make it on your go-to place list for tasty vegan pastries.


Back to Eden

Back to Eden

On such a nice day, you just cannot deny yourself of going out to explore.

Back to Eden offers great delectable pastries, and the line of people will demonstrate that.  Although a little crowded with almost not enough seats for everyone, you don’t really have to dine in, there is a take out option.

We had hot chocolate with almond milk, ginger coconut muffin, and key lime pie.  They were so delish.  They are also pastries that are not sweet, but they had onion and garlic, so we had to pass on those.

Try and you will not regret it.

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Dining At Vtopia

You know you are in vegan cheese heaven when you walked into Vtopia.  You just have to go to experience it yourself if you are in Portland.


In this platter, we had the sun dried tomato cheese on the left, the macadamia cashew cheese, then the reserve sharp, and then the one in the upper right is the blue cheese (which had onion, I think), and then the smoked cheese.  With these, the platter came with fresh organic strawberries and grapes.  To pair with the cheese, there were artichoke heart dip, olives, and jam.  Also 2 servings of crackers and bread are complimentary.

I really can’t say anything bad about this place.  Maybe just two words.  Wow.  Yum.

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