Okay, I won't say this was International, but I have to add it to my dining list because eating Vegan food in Portland, Oregon is a cultural experience! I would like to report about interesting characters and happenings (like in the TV show Portlandia, if you've seen it) But it was pretty quiet and I was too busy enjoying Milissa's company to snoop around that much.
Milissa and I have dined in Oklahoma, California, Colorado and Texas in the past, so I trusted her choice in finding a typical Vegan spot in an ever so funky, cool area of Portland. (Sunnyside area, I believe?)
I must give the dining experience 2 bonus points, just because PaRaDox is right next door to "Electric Castle" a game center with "Fantastic Fun Machines". We worked up a breakfast appetite posing with the clowns. Milissa liked the unicycle guy because he wore 2 hats!
I am first to admit, this looks horrible! But the
4-grain pancake with dried cranberries and Oregon hazelnuts was actually quite yummy. The middle dish is biscuits and gravy. (that would be almond gravy, folks!) Not bad. Milissa's sweet corn cakes with jalapenos were amazing!
We only ate about half of our breakfast, but that wasn't because it tasted like it looked. I'd give 4 bonus points out of 5 for this Vegan Food!
Here we are toasting with our coffee. Our little room was not nearly as lively as the room through the window. But the most exciting room in PaRaDox is actually the restroom! Why didn't I take a picture of the whimsically painted mural!
We made a quick stop at VooDoo Doughnuts right after breakfast. If we had been able to indulge I could have added 3 bonus points to our outing. But we were still full.
So as far as my first Vegan Dining Experience, I earned no points for fun chatter with owners or servers. Maybe 1 bonus point for the bathroom decor! But mostly I had a great time enjoying lunch with my old friend...for that I'll give 10 points!!!
Grand total of 17 Points for PaRaDox!! (hmm...most of those points have nothing to do with PaRaDox. I have warned about my rating system!)
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.