Yesterday morning, as the final preparations for this weekend’s Vida Vegan Blogger Conference in Portland were being put into place, a group of us attendees decided to take a field trip to the Bob’s Red Mill headquarters in nearby Milwaukie, Oregon.
I always like learning about “how stuff works,” so I enjoyed seeing some of the inner workings of their factory.
Did you know Bob’s Red Mill makes 450 different whole-grain products? I knew they made a lot, but not that many!
After the tour, we drove just a mile down the road…
…to their Whole Grain Store & Visitors Center.
Bob’s Red Mill sells every one of their 450 products in this store.
They also have a café inside. As we were about to get in line to order, guess who we ran into? Bob himself! It was awesome to meet the face of the company, and he looks great for his age (82).
The café has numerous vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options; Matt went for the Cottage Potatoes with French bread toast.
I ordered the Vegan French Toast. These were the thickest, fluffiest, whole-grainiest slices of French toast I’ve ever eaten!
After lunch, Matt and I went through the store aisle-by-aisle…
…and walked away with a pretty nice haul: brown rice flour, gluten-free all-purpose baking flour, apple cinnamon hot cereal, steel-cut oats, xanthan gum, guar gum, and free samples of Mighty Tasty hot cereal, muesli, and cinnamon raisin granola.
It was a fun little excursion! And just hours later, the madness of Vida Vegan Con commenced…stay tuned.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite whole grain?