Vida Vegan Con Day #3

Day three of VVC came far too soon.

Since it looked like breakfast would be the same as the day before, I was staying at a different hotel, and my first workshop was off-site, I skipped the amazing breakfast. I know, I know. I was already spoiled in just a few short days and could turn down breakfast!

My first stop of the day was over at Whole Foods, for the Backyard Barbecue with an Indian Twist cooking demonstration with the awesome Kelly Peloza, author of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur and Joni Marie Newman, author of The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet!

That’s Joni on the left and Kelly on the right, making some cupcakes! The recipe was from her upcoming cookbook about cupcakes inspired by beverages!

The menu was different than your typical barbecue. It included Kofta Kabobs with Tangy Tahini Dipping Sauce, Creamy Curry Coleslaw with Cashews & Currants, and Rosewater Lemonade Cupcakes. All of the food was amazing!

Look at all that food! Good thing I saved room by skipping breakfast!

You can’t see the kebobs all that well, but they’re there are they were delicious! Coleslaw and cupcake self-explanatory.

After that demo, it was time to head back over to the hotel for lunch!

Buffet was a taco bar with every vegan fixin’ you can imagine! So glad I didn’t skip this like I thought I might. Who knows when I’ll ever get to a taco bar like this again?

Next was back over to Whole Foods for another demo- this time Hannah Kaminsky’s demo on Vegan Meringue. You can find the recipe in her latest book- Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season.

There’s a surprisingly few ingredients in vegan meringue- but you must follow the instructions to the letter! Turned out to not be so easy in the demo kitchen, which is why there’s no pictures of the meringue itself. 🙂

I was sitting in the back. Sorry!

After that I headed back to the hotel for one last session on specialty diets with Kittee Berns, Fran Costigan, Gena Hamshaw, and Susan Voisin. Glueten free, whole foods, raw and low-fat are just some of the different diets that you amy run into at some point! Of course, none of those diets are mutually exclusive of each other, either.

Best advice I heard about raw diets?

You don’t have be a raw vegan. If you want bread, eat bread- don’t spend three days soaking and dehydrating. It’s not a contest to see who the most raw person is!

Spinach, walnuts, onions and apples on pizza from Hot Lips.

There was so much more that I wanted to experience in Portland, but I was pretty tired by the end of the day. I went back to my hotel and ended up ordering a pizza while watching CNN’s The Last Heart Attack.

I had lots of choices in terms of vegan cheese pizzas, but I ended up with a cheese-less pizza!

There was one more day to this trip before I headed home. Stay tuned for a last post on my Portland Adventure!

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2 Responses to Vida Vegan Con Day #3

  1. Karleen Echter says:

    Vegetarians vary in their feelings regarding these ingredients, however. For example, while some vegetarians may be unaware of animal-derived rennet’s role in the usual production of cheese and may therefore unknowingly consume the product,[;,*`

    Bye for now

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