Not too long ago, I posted a story about GrubHub’s Top Ten Cities for Vegetarians. I got a ton of comments and email from the lovely readers who live in or just love Portland, wanting to know why Seattle was on the list but Portland was not. The consensus was that
GrubHub’s mobile app doesn’t service Portland, but I promised to to check Portland’s great vegetarian scene out for myself. Well, I did and I don’t blame you guys. Portland rocks vegetarianism.
Here are just some of the reasons why:
NWVeg…..you guys have your own awesome vegetarian resource that’s all local. I really wish we had a similar site for my area. There’s info about cooking classes, local restaurants, and veggie events in the area.
VegFest….I was hoping to make a trip to Portland before now but haven’t been able to. That is just too bad for me, because I just missed the annual VegFest (Sept 22 and 23 this year), with tons of organic vegetarian goods, samples and whole meals from all kinds of vendors,cooking demos, family activities and even (this year) a “Flash is for Zombies” photo booth. Get out!
Food Fight Vegan Grocery….Portland has a vegan convenience store.
Bob’s Red Mill is in Portland….I don’t know a vegetarian who doesn’t have at least one Bob’s Red Mill product in the kitchen. I pretty mush get all of my flours and meals from Bob’s, as well as several grains for mixing my own hot cereals.
A huge selection of vegan/vegetarian restaurants….I found several that are on my list of must-visits, including Loving Hut (we need one here) and the Cherokee Rose Inn.
Farmer’s markets everywhere…..Portland has not one, not two, but seven farmer’s markets. There’s one almost every day of the week. Ours is strictly Wednesdays and Saturdays and we have one. I think Portland’s arrangement is much more civilized.
Last but not least…..Portland has great dirt.
I know this, because in my garden I have what is often referred to as not-great dirt. At least, that’s how I describe it in polite company. Portland gardeners are blessed with the loamy soil every gardener covets. Which is why you have such amazing produce. Which is why you have so many vegetarians.
Which is just another reason why Portland rocks.