Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Anatomy of a conference breakfast: VVC report #1


On the hit television show, "Go Diego, Go!" Rosie Perez reminds us that she is gainfully employed as Click The Camera. She joyfully sings, "Say click! Take a pic!" So I did.

Oh the joys of parenting. Let's talk about VVC. What would you like me to say? It sucked? It was great? Meh?

It was one of the best times of my life. Seriously. I'll be making several posts about my time spent in PDX, and even include a video diary where I miss recording part of my head and make random accidental crotch shots. C'mon, I know you're interested. Super thanks to Jess, Janessa, and Michelle for working their asses off-(yes, their butts were gone) to make it all happen. Ladies, be proud of this baby. Be proud.

The selection of food to eat was mind blowing, and I had to keep reminding myself that it was all vegan. The plate shown above-(make sure you click on it so you can see my notes) is from breakfast on Saturday a.m. I sat with a gaggle of vegans, which included Mo of Mo Betta Vegan, a bunch of bloggers I had never met, and Bianca of Vegan Crunk. "I have my mug of gravy." she proudly stated. Yes. A mug of gravy.

Let's talk about the photo. I know it sucks. I had the tablet for the weekend and I'm not really good at taking photos on it, and I wasn't quick enough to get into the photography workshop. Aesthetics aside, let's discuss the contents:

Tofu scramble: it's there, under all that gravy. It was good. The second day it had too much cumin. I'll have to say I'm still really partial to my own recipe.

Potatoes: perfectly seasoned.

White bean gravy: lovey-love-loved it. I should have followed Crunky's lead and brought a mug.

Raw Chia Pudding: I'm a vegan, so I try to keep an open mind about these things. Taste was sweet, but I couldn't get over that texture, blech. And it's gray. I try to not eat gray food.

Strawberries: I had to convince myself I wasn't over doing it by including fruit on my plate. Do any of you ever do that?

Fruit Crisp: the picture doesn't do it any justice. This made my taste buds put on choir robes and break out into songs of praise.

Bagel: It's a bagel. Good for soaking up excess gravy. I couldn't embarrass myself by licking the plate.

Stumptown coffee: very good. In fact, I didn't have a single bad cup of coffee anywhere in PDX. Even the dorm room had Seattle's Best!

VVC attendees: what was your favorite part of breakfast?

Non vegan blog readers: what is your favorite breakfast item? Pssst, it can be veganized.





64 comments:

RunCrissieRun said...

I love this! You did a great job capturing the awesomeness of that buffet. And I am in awe of your ability to label a picture. I have no clue how to do that!

Erin said...

I thought the scramble was bland both days, but try not to complain about any buffet that's completely vegan! Love the picture with your notes, hah. Personally, I'm way into chia seeds but I can see how they could weird you out with their gray color and squishiness.

mollyjade said...

I wasn't a fan of the scramble either. And let's not mention the biscuits. But, I liked the pancakes, strawberries, and the Greek yogurt I tried. And all the milk choices were awesome. I mixed chocolate soy and coconut and it was awesome.

Allysia said...

I know exactly what you mean about the whole, "I can eat everything on the table? Say wha?" And I loved the chia pudding - super delicious, the texture or color has never put me off them. And...potatoes. I could've eaten an entire plate of those.

The scramble was meh, until I put a bunch of hot sauce on it. Then it was pretty tasty!

TheMissW said...

At a local restaurant called the Fleetwood Diner here in Lansing, the fabulous capital of Michigan (Fire Rick Snyder) there is Hippie Hash. This is potatoes, feta cheese, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions fried up on the grill. You can order it with Tempeh or 'meaty' with corned beef hash (a full order on top of the hippie hash.) So, super easy to veganize. I'm not sure if they use butter or another oil, but..easy enough. It's all good.

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