Happy Friday! This post is coming at you live from the first-ever Vida Vegan Blogger Conference in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind—and the conference hasn’t even officially begun! (It starts in T-minus 1.5 hours…) So much has happened already that I better start sharing it with you ASAP.
Matt and I had a long morning of travel, from 4:45am Central time (2:45am Pacific), when we woke up, to 11am Pacific time, when we arrived at our hotel. We caught a nap, then took a bus over to Vendetta for the informal meet & greet happy hour there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many vegans in one place! The who’s who of the vegan blogging world was in attendance; if you look closely, you can spot Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero in the photo below.
Matt ate a vegan Sloppy Jane sandwich while we mixed and mingled.
…one of my favorite bloggers of all time, Dynise of The Urban Vegan…
Matt was especially excited about that. We’ve both read and enjoyed his book.
After the meet & greet, the group walked en masse to the nearby Curious Comedy Theatre for a sneak peak showing of the new documentary Vegucated. During the movie, Matt and I snacked on red pepper hummus with olive tapenade, carrot sticks, and pita wedges…
…as well as a fruit salad with agave reduction. Vegucated was an amazing film; it was powerful without being abrasive. I was really pleased to hear they’re soon going to tour with it, giving screenings all across the country. If you get a chance to see it, DO!
After the film, Matt and I joined Jill and John of Vegan Backpacker and their couch-surfing hosts Amanda and Matt for a stroll. We walked over to The Bye and Bye, a well-known all-vegan bar, looking forward to drinks and snacks, but they were inexplicably closed. After wandering up and down Alberta Street a little bit, we decided to ditch the bar plan and instead hit up one of Portland’s most famous establishments: Voodoo Doughnuts.
Voodoo Doughnuts is open 24 hours, yet they almost always have a line out the door! It was well, well worth the wait, though—their vegan doughnuts are out of this world.
Matt and I somehow narrowed it down to just three. We shared an adorable, raspberry-jam-filled Voodoo Doll doughnut, which was soft and fluffy as a cloud.
This humongous Apple Fritter was crusted with a sugary glaze and stuffed with chunks of apple.
I’m not usually big on cake doughnuts, but this cookies ‘n cream Dirt Doughnut was also fantastic!
Jill, John, and Amanda went all out and shared a 14-piece sampler box. I can’t even begin to list off what each of these is, but they were all vegan and all delicious.
John graciously offered us bites of any we wanted, and though we had plenty of our own doughnutty goodness to eat, I couldn’t resist a few bites of the Portland Cream doughnut, which was filled with the most outrageously incredible vegan Bavarian cream filling imaginable. I’m pretty sure I dreamed about this doughnut later that night. HEAVENLY!
Our late-night Voodoo Doughnuts run was definitely a good call, and despite all that sugar, Matt and I slept like babies last night.
Next up, I’ll tell you about the tour of Bob’s Red Mill that we went on this morning…then, the conference itself!
I wish you all could be here with us at Vida Vegan Con!