Nashvegan

A not-very-definitive guide to eating (and living) as a vegan in Nashville.

Hungry Tiger Too October 27, 2009

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Macaroni & Cheese with Caesar Salad

Macaroni & Cheese with Caesar Salad

This is my second and last Portland post.  I didn’t have as many opportunities to eat in restaurants as I would have liked because I was so busy at the conference.  But the two restaurant meals I did get to enjoy were amazing–my trip to Hungry Tiger Too was no exception.  Hungry Tiger Too has a bar area and a dining area, but my host and I sat at the bar.  They have two separate menus: one vegan menu and one “classic” menu.

Since Hungry Tiger is known for its mac & cheese, I knew that was what I would be having.  It comes in small and large, and if I had gotten the large I think I might have fainted, since I couldn’t even finish the small.  The cheese sauce kind of tasted like chicken stock, which was weird, and while I’ve made better vegan cheese sauce in my own kitchen, it was awesome to order this in a restaurant.  The noodles were a little softer than I would have liked, and the cheese sauce a little thinner.  It was topped with delicious breadcrumbs.  The real standout of this meal was the salad: this Caesar was really reminiscent of the Caesar salads I used to eat growing up, when that was the only type of salad I found palatable (wow, that was a long time ago).  The dressing was absolutely fantastic.

I hope I get the opportunity to return to Hungry Tiger.  They have vegan corn dogs, and I would love to try one of those.  Our bartender/server was fantastic and helped to make menu and beer recommendations.  If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I would have had the Caesar, which I loved so much.  The place has an awesome neighborhood vibe and great beer specials.  Oh man, I hope I get to go back soon!

Hungry Tiger Too

207 SE 12th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

503.238.4321

Hungry Tiger doesn’t have a wesbite, but it does have a MySpace

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Proper Eats Cafe October 26, 2009

Spicy Black Bean Quesadilla

Spicy Black Bean Quesadilla

I had an AWESOME time in Portland, Oregon.  It is basically like vegan mecca.  I can only imagine what it would be like to live in such a city, where fantastic vegan fare can be had at nearly every establishment, and nearly every establishment knows exactly what “vegan” means.  I stayed in North Portland (NoPo) while I was in town, and as soon as I got in from the airport and dropped off my luggage my host and I popped over to Proper Eats Cafe for my first Portland meal.  Proper Eats is a natural foods store and cafe, with produce and some groceries in the front and a dining area in the back.  I was famished from spending six hours on and off various airplanes (but Southwest has some yummy vegan in-flight snacks!), and I had to restrain myself from ordering basically everything on the menu.

We started with the above Spicy Black Bean Quesadilla.  It was stuffed with vegan cheese, spinach, and black beans.  It was spicy, too!  The salsa served on the side was incredibly fresh-tasting and helped to cut through the spice a bit.  As you can see from the photo, it was topped with corn, red onion, and pumpkin seeds.  Talk about awesome!  When was the last time you had a vegan quesadilla?  I don’t think I ever had one until this moment.  I thought it was totally delicious, but it was kind of hard to eat–looking back, I should have used a fork and knife.  I ended up getting it all over myself.

Hazelnut-Arugula Penne Bake and Side Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hazelnut-Arugula Penne Bake and Side Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

For my entree I ordered the day’s special: Hazelnut-Arugula Penne Bake and Side Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Wow, that’s a mouthful!  Seriously, this was SO. EFFING. GOOD. and I am still reminiscing about it.  I wish I could get this at a restaurant in Nashville.  I mean, I could probably cook something similar from scratch but who wants to go to all that trouble?  The pasta was just the right texture.  The cheese topping didn’t exactly melt right, but the flavor was great.  The pesto was divine.  The salad itself was pretty standard (spring mix, broccoli, carrots), and the dressing complimented it nicely.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Sesame Peanut Noodles

My host, an omnivore, had the Sesame Peanut Noodles.  He loved it.  The noodles are cooked in a peanut sauce and served warm with ginger lime tofu, all over a bed of spinach and garnished with asian slaw, broccoli and lime.  You can see the little lime wedge in the photo, just waiting to be squeezed over the whole thing.  He let me eat a little bit of it and it was even better than it looks in the picture.  The noodles were perfect.  The tofu was amazing.  This whole dish was well-executed, well-presented, and well-made.  It also kept well and made for an excellent second, reheated meal.

If I lived in Portland, I would dine at Proper Eats Cafe all the time.  The menu is varied, covering a lot of different types of food, and their daily specials are always interesting.  They are almost entirely vegan (they offer a choice of a few dairy-based condiments), and every dish can be prepared vegan.  If you have the good fortune to make it there, be sure to check the bakery case on your way out: I got a vegan chocolate truffle.  Sorry, I didn’t take a photo.  I know that next time I’m in PDX, I’ll be stopping by.

Proper Eats Cafe

8638 N. Lombard Ave.

Portland, OR 97203

503.445.2007

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I’ve packed my bags I’m ready to go October 15, 2009

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Just wanted to let you all know I’m about to be leaving on a jet plane.  I’m taking off tomorrow morning for Portland, Oregon, otherwise known as vegan Mecca, to attend the Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School.  The conference will provide me with delish vegan meals all weekend, but I’ll be sure to go to some of PDX’s amazing all-veg (can you imagine it?!) restaurants.  And I’ll take pictures.  And I’ll share them with you.  Because I’m awesome like that.  No new posts until at least Tuesday, but don’t cry, check out some of the amazing blogs on my blogroll–they’d love your traffic and readership.

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