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Hi all,


I'll be in Portland on Saturday (the 28th) until September 2nd. I'm very much looking forward to checking out this incredibly progressive, beautiful, and vegan friendly city (I'm coming from Alberta, which is beef central... so it's going to be a liberating experience).


So, what should I do there!? I'm brining my bike with me, and I'm thinking that we'll do a lot of biking (both around town checking the city out, and elsewhere doing mountain biking). Some things we've already thought of are:

- Forest Park

- Mt. St Hood

- Coffee Shop exploring (finding the best 3rd wave shop, with the best direct trade espresso!)

- Cannon Beach



Anything else? What MUST I do in Portland?


Also, anyone know any cheap and nice drop in gyms that I can get a good workout at?


And most importantly: which vegan restaurants are a must!? There's so many to choose from. Choice is not something we're used to here in Edmonton (We have ONE vegan restaurant, and a few vegetarian).






- Jordan

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also... where should I stay that's somewhat central? I'm staying in a super 8 the first night (since we'll be getting in pretty late, and it's the cheapest place to stay). But for the rest of the trip, it probably makes the most sense to be somewhere central, so we can ride our bikes around and not have to drive as much (sans going to Mt Hood, Cannon Beach, etc.).

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Jordan, welcome to Bridgetown, the City of Roses, and Stumptown! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicknames_of_Portland,_Oregon


Speaking of which, Stumptown Coffee rocks completely. The Belmont location is on a bustling street good for people watching. Pretty sure they have organic/Fair Trade. http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/locations/belmont My fav was Nicaragua los Delirios when it was in season (I drink green tea currently). You can also get Stumptown Coffee at famous Sweatpea Bakery, my inspiration to start making my own vegan cupcakes. http://sweetpeabaking.com/?page_id=2


Go check out famous Multnomah Falls and the others along the Old Columbia River Highway. http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=columbiarivergorge Many of the falls have little trails up to their tops; Multnomah's trail will make you earn your beer. http://www.columbiariverhighway.com/historic_columbia_river_highway.pdf Multnomah Falls has a lodge, coffee hut, restrooms, etc. http://www.multnomahfallslodge.com/


We are home to world famous Blossoming Lotus restaurant in the classy Pearl District. Go for lunch or a smoothie; I have their cookbook. http://blpdx.com/ The Tea Chai Te on ritzy 23rd Street has stupendous tea blends and they serve it to you in your own little pot. http://www.teachaite.com/


My favorite biking spots are Leif Erikson in our Forest Park, largest city park in the US http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewFile&PolPdfsID=81&/ForestPark_mountainbike_map.pdf, the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail on an old railroad right of way (lots of free blackberries right now along the trail, Nom, Nom, Nom!) http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/bv.pdf, and the Discovery Trail following the beach along the southern tippy end of Washington, which is a scenic drive to and from and you'll hit Cannon Beach on the way http://www.funbeach.com/attractions/discoverytrail/.


Then again, I'm hiking a trail on Mt. Hood tomorrow. Maybe I'll see you up there!


Have fun!


Baby Herc


PS: My gym is a friendly, low-key, non-Spandex/cellphone version of all the others. I go for the excellent weight room. http://www.thprd.org/facilities/cedarhills/home.cfm


PPS: The more "central" you get, the higher the hotel rates. I'd recommend something on the east side for economy, west side and downtown for luxury and quiet. Since you plan on touring, something close to a highway in the burbs for easy route finding may just be your best bet.

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Thanks Baby Herc!


My trip was stupendous! You're incredibly lucky to live in such a progressive, beautiful and accommodating city. I had an amazing time. We stayed downtown (at the end of 23rd ave and where the big highways start?) , and managed to bike to almost everywhere we wanted to go.


For hiking/biking we did forest park, Mt. Hood (and Multonmah (sp?) Falls!) and Cannon Beach.


For food we loaded up at whole foods (so jealous you guys have these! Our version called "Planet Organic" is about 1/3 of the size!) for breakfast/lunch stuff, and ate out for dinners. We ate at Blossoming Lotus (THREE times! Best restaurants I've ever been to), Proper Eats (amazing tempeh tacos!), Flying Apron bakery, Papa Gs and Portobello (delicious!).


Truly, a wonderful city. We only have ONE all vegan restaurant in Edmonton, and it's a Chinese themed place (which is very seitan heavy... and Chinese food is not my favorite).


We also went to Seattle, and though it was pretty nice, Portland was way better! Seattle did have some fantastic coffee and food though! We ate at Pizza Pi (which is a 100% vegan pizza shop that has STUFFED CRUST PIZZA... WTF!?!!?!?! It was amazing!), Plum Bistro (Really creative and fancy vegan brunch and dinner) and at Thrive (an all raw/vegan/gluten-free restaurant that was really creative, and really delicious).


I brought back a bag of Kilamanjaro from Stumptown which is fabulous! Viva la Portland!!!!!!

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Oh, man, Jordanlee, I'm SO glad you had a good time. Portland in late summer is like the vegan tourist's nirvana. Post a pic or two if you've got 'em. And thanks for the heads up about Seattle; I've been thinking about moving there but after everybody's stories, Portland just seems to keep comin' out on top!


Next time you visit, I'll take you huckleberry huntin'!


Baby Herc


PS: How dare you tell me about a stuffed crust vegan pizza when I'm heading out the door to go grocery shopping! Now, I won't be able to concentrate...drool, drool...

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Here are some pictures!


Pizza Pi Pizza in Seattle: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0729.jpg


Spicy Chocolate Waffles in Seattle at Plum Bistro: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0721.jpg


Tempeh Creolé at Plum Bistro: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0719.jpg


Hoyt Arbortorium: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0709.jpg



My Dad's Mocca at Barista in Portland: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0689.jpg


My girlfriend in a cute little park near the vegan stripmall: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0666.jpg


Four Cheese Ricotta on a bed of Kale at Blossoming Lotus: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0664.jpg


Multonmah Falls: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0663.jpg




Vegan Tempeh Tacos at Proper Eats in Portland: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/IMG_0655.jpg




That's all the pictures I had on my iPhone. The rest were on another camera.

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You are evil, Jordanlee. I came inside from gardening, intending to take just a little break, and now I want the Four Cheese Ricotta on a bed of Kale at Blossoming Lotus! ARRGH! Ha, ha! LOVE the food pics. You sure did cover a lot of ground while you were here--Bravo! That's the way to do it. Your girlfriend has lovely hair, what is her name?



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I'd say go for it! If I lived in Portland, nothing would hold me back from that pasta weekly!


Her name is Desireé, and you're absolutely right: her hair is gorgeous! It's just starting to darken as fall arrives (early) here in Edmonton. But in the summer it's a brilliant blond. She was the one who told me about Portland, as she was there a few years ago for some camp-like thing. She fell in love with it, and vowed to return. This summer I was finally able to avow her wishes! (she had an incredible time. Maybe even as good of a time as me!) .

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