Hello Vegalicious Ones,
This week, I went to see PlantPure Nation in Seattle with two vegan gal pals that I got to go along with me! After the film I got to meet my #1 hero, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, as well as his son, Nelson Campbell who produced the film, plus Dr. Campbell’s wife and Nelson’s wife, Kim. It was extremely exciting to get to meet this “true living legend”, as one of my friends wrote. I was truly honored to meet this man who has had such a huge influence and impact on my life! As some of you know, I’ve read his book “The China Study” twice, taken his eCornell plant-based course, as well as read his other book, “Whole”. I have no real celebrity crushes…you may call me weird, but Brad Pitt or George Clooney could have walked right by and my focus would have been right there on this incredible human! Why do I admire this man so much? Because not only is he absolutely brilliant, but he’s someone who truly cares about other people! He’s a “mover and shaker” in his field when it comes to diet and health! He speaks the truth about meat and dairy – and has worked tirelessly to improve the health care crisis in this country despite great opposition. And he continues to travel around the country, delivering his empowering message of why a plant-based diet!
He was so incredibly kind and listened!
I even got a hug from him…
My friends and I greatly enjoyed watching PlantPure Nation! The film supported what we all believe in about diet and health, as well as the survival of our species. We really must start a grassroots movement! The government isn’t going to support this! So we were all saying, “Bring on the pods!” after seeing film…
There was a Q&A after the film. Here’s Dr. T. Colin Campbell answering questions from the audience! The film is coming out this summer, I believe in July, so look for it or find out about when they might be screening the film in your State by clicking on the link below:
What an amazing evening it was! My friends and I were all smiles when we left the theater…
…and that’s The China Study, that I’m holding out in front, which he signed for me!
Have you read it yet? Again, it’s my #1 favorite book out there!
A Must Read for any intelligent human who cares about their health! As I often ask people, “Why would you or anyone else go into old age feeling crappy?”
Let me know what you think about the film after you see it or after you have read the book!
I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a Big Cheers to One Big Happy Plantpure Nation!
On our third day in Portland, following the “Plant-based Conference in Portland” (see previous post), Veg Fest was happening! I was really excited to go to it. I had been to Seattle’s for a couple of years now, so I was curious to see the difference. Veg Fest, like the conference, was also held at Portland’s Convention Center. What an amazing location! It is spacious and you can freely move about without bumping into people. My friend Jenelle made the comment that this is one thing that Seattle’s Veg Fest could improve upon because it gets a bit crowded! I agree. Let’s get back to the vegalicious people that we knew would be attending. First one we ran into was JL Goes Vegan. She was with the Organic Sunshine Burger company. It was so much fun meeting her in person! She also just went through PCRM’s Food for Life program and has started to teach these life saving classes back in Colorado. Way to go!
Urban Vegan Chic & JL Goes Vegan
JL just came out with a new cookbook, by the way called “Vegan Pressure Cooking”. Her other book is called, “Vegan For Her”. Hey, Christmas is fast approaching! They’d be a nice gift to give to someone! Below is her latest book.
The other person I was excited to run into was my FaceBook friend Mikael, who also happens to be Danish! He works for Mercy for Animals and as some of you know, I greatly admire the work that they do on behalf of animal welfare and protection! This is a cause that I’d highly recommend that you sponsor or send a monetary gift token to this holiday or any time of the year! These people do amazing things each and every day in trying to educate people on what is happening in Factory Farms! Here’s Mikael and me. Proudly wore the “I ❤ Mercy for Animals” that he gave me! What a fantastic human! Please check out the Mercy for Animals link at the end!
Mikael wasn’t the only Dane that I ran into at the convention. I got to meet the owners of Krustavita, a Danish rye bread company. They were so busy helping that we didn’t get to take a photo, but here’s a picture of their AMAZING bread!
Krustavita – Bread of Life
This is the kind of bread that we eat daily in Denmark. It is full of fiber and has so many healthy benefits. I remember when I first moved to the United States, my Dad would say to me, “Nina, Americans don’t eat enough fiber! Make sure you do!” He was absolutely right! Taking fiber in a capsule or as an artificial drink is not healthy, to say the least, as in comparison to eating a slice of this on a daily basis! Check out the health benefits section! Link provided at the end!
Another place that Jenelle and I ate at is a vegan restaurant/bar in Portland called The Sudra and trust me this place did not disappoint with its Indian inspired dishes. Swoon, we were in heaven! Here’s the Chickpea Cutlet Plate that I ordered
This dish came with Ginger-Molasses root vegetables, kale in tahini dressing, roasted red pepper-cashew chutney, cilantro-lemon sauce, pickled Anaheim chilies served with brown basmati rice. And this was a small plate…A lot of vegalicious bang for your buck, if I may say so! Jenelle ordered the Kofta Plate – seen below.
The Kofta Plate was an amazing variety of Zucchini & Squash Kofta balls, bell peppers, onions, corn, Anasazi bean curry, kale in tahini dressing, cilantro-lemon sauce, tomatillo chutney, pickled Anaheim chilies, served with brown basmati rice. By the way, we shared our dishes! Each was amazing! The Sudra would definitely be a place that I’d frequent often if I lived in Portland! Here’s a look at the inside of the place
Inside of The Sudra
I hope to have inspired you to venture to Portland! In my opinion it is the vegan mecca of the United States. There are so many great restaurants and shops to try out! I’ve only touched on a handful of them on my site in the last couple of years!
Below are the links to the sites:
JL Goes Vegan
Mercy For Animals
KrustaVita – Royal Rye
Hello Vegalicious Ones,
I’m still buzzing from my recent trip to Portland! Thursday, my friend Jenelle – blogger at York & Spoon and the creative mastermind behind “Your Vegan Punk Pinup” on YouTube – and I headed to Portland to attend the Plant-based conference, “Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition: A Professional Conference for Health Care Practitioners.” The Presenters were Dr. Kent Thornburg, PCRM’s Caroline Trapp, Sharon Palmer – author of The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life, plus others! They were all excellent and we met some wonderful new people! The last presenter was Dr. Joel Fuhrman, one of my personal heroes. I meet him before he started speaking. Also so he could sign a couple of books that I had brought.
Let me tell you, Dr. Fuhrman, in case you haven’t experienced him live, is on fire when he starts presenting! His talk was called, “Combating Obesity and Treating Disease with a High Nutrient Diet.” As intense and passionate as he is, he is also very humorous and engaging! My favorite joke he fired of was…
… “We’ve got it down to a science how to kill people here in America.” When talking about how poor the diet and nutritionally deficient the Standard American diet is. Another joke he fired off was, “Americans are on a race to see who can die first.” Who can argue with him? No one! The statistics for this country are pretty grim with 29 million people affected with diabetes alone. The health of the U.S. population has gotten increasingly worse since the 1990’s. Why is that? Well, that’s when pizza with cheese made its big debut! Now it seems they’re putting cheese into everything! But that is only one issue! Here are more caused by the dairy industry. And, no, I did not come up with this brilliant poster! I wish I had!
After the conference, we headed to my favorite vegan restaurant in Portland – Blossoming Lotus. My friend, that I’ve known for more than twenty years, Greg, picked us up and joined us for dinner. He just happened to be in Portland at the same time!
Here are the dishes that we decided on to split and share. Here is the “Raw Golden Beet Ravioli with sunflower seed-cashew pate with a mixed green salad with fennel, heirloom tomato and pesto dressing”.
We also shared the “Maki Roll – 8 pieces of live sushi, made with cauliflower rice, pickled plum, carrot salad, and cucumber, served with tamari and kimchi”. YUM!
And we had to try the “Baked cashew brie with fingered fig jam under a puff pastry lid, served with baguette and fresh fruit.” It was very yummy! Totally had the texture and bit of taste of real brie, but with the delightful twist of the fig jam!
For dessert the three of us shared this Chocolate & banana “cheese” cake with berry ice cream. All non-dairy, of course!
The three of us were stuffed by the time we got done! After dinner, Jenelle met up with another friend and Greg and I headed out into Portland’s nightlife and went to a jazz club downtown where this lovely group was playing. It was the first time for both of us to hear a woman play the saxophone. She was very talented!
Part Two of my Portland adventure will be posted tomorrow or later this week! Here are a few links to check out!
First here are some links to my friend, Jenelle’s YouTube Videos:
Sharon Palmer’s website. Jenelle highly recommends her books, so they are next on my reading list:
And of course Blossoming Lotus’s website:
Yesterday, my friend Jenelle & I ventured to The Field Roast headquarters in Seattle for their Open House BBQ Celebration.
The Field Roast Company generously opened their doors from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and everyone was invited for a free meal with beverages, plus a tour of the company, as well as a raffle for some awesome gift baskets. I was thoroughly impressed! First we took a tour of the company. Who doesn’t want to see where their food is prepared?
The inside of the production area was really the most impressive part of this whole event to me, a Danish bakers daughter, because my father always taught me that a place that makes food should be impeccably clean! Trust me, Field Roast was spotless! I snatched this picture (and apologize in advance because I’m not sure I was supposed to), but seriously, check out how clean the place is! I asked Jenelle, “Could you imagine a factory farm opening up their doors like this and showing the public what really goes on?” She replied, “No, because then they’d all be going vegan!” And eating Field Roast instead, I may add!
We also got to see their storage area, peak in at the employee changing room, and the giant freezer. The employee who stood by it opened its doors so we could see it on the inside as well! Afterwards we went upstairs and saw the staff’s lunch room and offices. Impressed! Their employees can cook fresh food at work! W also saw their “creativity kitchen” where they come up with new flavors and products! Very nice! I would love to hold a Food for Life Cooking Class for their interested staff members! After the tour we went outside to create our burgers.
Jenelle took the “Build-a-Burger” challenge way more seriously than I did. I just wanted to eat! Here is her beautiful creation that she has named, “FRESH-E-FRESH”. If she wins the challenge she would get a years worth of Field Roast products.
Gorgeous, right! The food was ridiculously delicious! I loooved the chili! It was great going to something where you just knew everything would be vegan and you didn’t have to ask, “Is this vegan?” or “Does this contain egg or dairy?” Jenelle had fun taking pictures of her fabulous creation “Fresh-E-Fresh”! How can you not love that name, Field Roast? I can see it now, “Try Field Roast’s Fresh-E-Fresh burger!”
You don’t get to see my not-so-photogenic creation, but for entertainment purposes here I am about to eat it. Every bite was fabulous!
After our fabulous dinner there was dessert provided from Seattle’s first vegan ice cream truck. Check it out!
The Seattle Cookie Counter has a Kickstarter Campaign going to launch their vegan ice cream sandwich truck in Seattle. Jenelle has supported this and as a result they will be bringing her delicious treats on the Fourth of July! Now here’s truly an ice cream truck that I wouldn’t mind seeing and hearing coming through every neighborhood! This little family is truly some of the nicest people that you will ever meet!
As Field Roast wrote on their site, “We want delicious vegan treats and good people roaming our city.” Hear! Hear! This earth needs more people like them! Want to support them? Make a pledge!
Here’s a picture of my delicious Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwich from The Cookie Counter in Seattle. YUM! Jenelle had their Coconut Raspberry creation.
As the evening went on, the line just kept growing at the Field Roast Open House BBQ Celebration. We were not surprised. Here’s a few more pictures that I snapped outside.
Thank you so much Field Roast for a fantastic experience and for a very tasty dinner and treats! Your company and team went above and beyond with this event! We are so proud to have you here in Washington State! You have a fantastic group of employees working for you and we both look forward to your next event or to work with you! Jenelle and I are both PCRM certified Food for Life Instructors!