I travel frequently to visit friends and spend time with the macrobiotic community in Portland, OR. A three-hour drive from Seattle puts me right in the middle of an even more vegan-friendly city than Seattle.
If you are ever in Portland, OR, Blossoming Lotus is one of my favorite restaurants. I tend to like healthy vegan comfort food when I go out to eat, and I especially love brunch. Also, any restaurant that will serve me greens for breakfast makes me smile. On this visit, I even ordered the pumpkin cinnamon roll and it was perfectly soft and not overly sweet (for a cinnamon roll!). I have been craving a cinnamon roll for months and this one totally satisfied me. Blossoming Lotus is one of many vegan restaurants in Portland and serves both cooked and raw dishes. They also have a variety of gluten-free items. My friend had their gluten-free, vegan biscuits and they were super yummy, rich and “buttery”.
The Portland Macrobiotic Meetup, organized by my friend Patty, has potlucks once a month. I wish I could join them every month. They are a super warm and friendly group. If you are macrobiotic or macro-curious and traveling through Portland, or happen to be lucky enough to live there, join them for a meal. Yum. This month my friend Sandy made vegan, maple syrup sweetened tiramisu. The tiramisu alone was worth the trip down from Seattle.
Have I mentioned how much I love Portland? My friend Sandy, the same one who made the tiramisu, owns Cascade Naturals and makes small batches of tempeh sold in many stores in Portland, at farmers markets and is recently being served in a new Portland restaurant as well. She makes sauerkraut and condiments, too, but it was the tempeh I was looking forward to. I brought home five packs and hope it will last me until May when I will be in Portland again for another Warren Kramer Workshop. It feels good to be building our Seattle macrobiotic community together with the Portland one.
The other food item I traveled home with are the amazing Three Sisters Nixtamal corn tortillas. These tortillas are made in Portland using freshly ground organic corn. I especially love their blue corn tortillas. They also sell fresh masa. Check out their video.
Do you have any favorite macrobiotic recommendations for people visiting or living in Portland?