I’m sitting in the Seattle airport, awaiting my final flight into Portland, aka Vegan Mecca, for the 2013 Vida Vegan Conference! Words don’t do justice to the dissociation and excitement swirling around in me – is it really, finally here?!
Anticipation to reunite with the fabulous old friends created at the last con is only rivaled by my taste buds’ anticipation to bite into the countless vegan dishes available in PDX. In recent months I have gone gluten-free, per my doctor’s advice, per my family history of autoimmune disease. The transition has gone pretty successfully so far (look for future posts about the switch!), yet I know temptations abound in the next week.
Luckily, I need not fret, thanks to the availability of GF vegan bakeries, the generosity of the con’s organizers in accommodating GF peeps during sponsored meals, and the endless, flavorful, healthy (and not so healthy, woot) dishes around every corner in the city.
Here’s what I smashed on my layover: Qdoba tacos.
Expect to see mouth-watering updates about the trip! If you weren’t able to make it, I’ll do my best to make sure it feels like you were there. See you all soon!