I returned earlier this week from a 3-day conference in Seattle. It was my first time spending more than an overnight there (at a club and airport hotel for a show), and my first time away from home alone in many years. Seattle offers a lot of choices for vegans, although I was mostly limited to what I could reach on foot from downtown. I unfortunately became sick partway through the trip and so I did not photograph several of my delicious meals.
My first night I met up with a fellow poster from the Post Punk Kitchen at Bamboo Garden, a vegan Chinese restaurant with a very long menu. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I settled on the Mandarin Beef, which boasted a faux meat beef I'd never had before, in a delicious sauce on top of crispy noodles. The friend ordered a spicy faux chicken with asparagus and shittake mushrooms. And we shared wonton noodle soup and sauteed Chinese greens. The meal was delicous and we had enough leftover to each have lunch the next day.
The second night, a friend came to visit from Vancouver with a rental car, so we took the opportunity of going to Cafe Flora. Cafe Flora is a fancier vegetarian restaurant, more along the lines of Millennium in San Francisco but not quite as good or expensive. We both chose Mexican-inspired dishes: my friend had the potato taco plate and I had yam tamales in a mole sauce with cilantro jicama. It was a lot of food, and although my rice wasn't quite what I'd expected, the rest of the meal was delicious.
On my final day, I didn't want to go too far from the convention center, so I stopped by Cyber Dogs, a small cyber cafe featuring a huge variety of veggie dogs plus some other dishes. Since I wasn't feeling so well, I ordered a baked potato with vegan butter, scallions, and veggie bacon. The wait was long since it was lunch time and there was only one person taking orders and making the food. When it came, it was tasty, and I got to use the computer while I waited.
Breakfast was confined to Whole Foods since it was only 2 blocks from my hotel on my walk to the convention center, and I found everything I needed easily there. I'm disappointed that I didn't make it to Cinnamon Works to try some of their pastries but there's only so much you can keep track of on such a trip.
All in all, a very successful trip food-wise, and next time I'll try some of the many other places to eat in Seattle.