I was in the Pacific Northwest recently and wanted to share some of the gluten- and dairy-free meals and treats I had.
The first half of this particular trip was in Portland, Oregon, a city I hadn’t been to since I attended the Vida Vegan Conference back in 2013.
I was tempted to just visit my favorite vegan places on this visit, but I also wanted to try some new ones. The first evening after a day of travel started with a green juice at Harlow (the sister restaurant to Prasad). This one is called Melody and it has cucumber, kale, lemon, spinach, apple, and ginger:
A green juice always hits the spot after being in a dehydrated, germy airplane, amiright?
We also had dinner at Harlow; Alan and I each had the vegan and gluten-free enchiladas filled with mushrooms and spinach, plus cashew cheese. Boy oh boy this was good:
The next day, we hit up Dick’s Kitchen that is friendly to gluten- and dairy-free free folks like me, plus they only use high-quality, grass-fed beef. I had the kale salad with a burger. Alan and I split an order of baked sweet potato fries and a locally-brewed ginger kombucha:
We also visited one of the farmers’ markets in the city where the veggies almost appeared as artwork:
The last of the summer tomatoes:
The first of the autumn squashes:
After seeing all the healthy food, it was time to visit one of the many, many gluten-free and vegan-friendly bakeries in Portland, ha. We chose Petunia’s because it’s downtown and we could walk to it:
The cake on display was a vegan dulce de leche:
It was just begging to be eaten. It was sooooo rich, though, Alan and I couldn’t even finish it between us:
We also got to Bang Bang PDX, a Thai restaurant that is 100% gluten- and dairy-free. We shared the green papaya salad:
Whatever that red stuff was on top, it bang-banged my tongue! Just sayin’ in case you are sensitive to spice. For my entree, I had the green curry bowl with shrimp and coconut rice. I’m sure it was good, but I didn’t taste much after that salad:
The last restaurant we had time to visit was Verde Cucina that has great paleo and gluten-free options. I didn’t take a picture of the dish I had because it was so dark inside, but I loved this sign inside (translation: enjoy your vegetables!):
Portland is definitely a foodie town. The traffic seemed a lot worse than the last time I was there, but it was fun to visit and I’ll definitely be back. If you’re planning a trip and want some more restaurant options, you might like Juli’s post, too!
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