The Vegan Project Goes to Soyattle (Seattle)

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We decided that a VP road trip was long overdue with our last one being all the way back in June 2013 to Sam’s bodybuilding competition in Fort St. John, Northern BC.  And well, as fun and triumphant as it was, we definitely needed a getaway that didn’t involve a 16 hour drive, a cooler full of rotting yams or a hotel that reeked of tanning cream.

We’ve always enjoyed the veg-friendly appeal of our American sister city Seattle so thought it was time we make a quick weekend excursion to the neighboring city of well-made coffee where we could feast on Veggie Grill and stock up on goodies from Trader Joe’s.

We started the trip bright and early, boarding the train at 6:30am.  All aboard was Bridget, Sam, Cousin Paula and our pal Meagan.  We wanted to enjoy the “scenic route” and by that we mean the option to sip wine and play “truth or dare” to help pass the time.  As fun as the Amtrak train ride was, we are NOT fans of their only vegan option aka THE most disgusting veggie burger ever!

 

Upon our arrival, Cousin Paula was able to land us free accommodations at The Fairmont Downtown Seattle so we were pretty happy to discover how beautiful & luxurious our hotel was.  But the best part of all was that we were less than two blocks from the greatest vegan chain restaurant of ALL TIME: Veggie Grill.  Greatest part or perhaps worst (depending how you look at it.)  We literally stopped counting the amount of times we ended up there.  More on Veggie Grill to come 🙂

The loveliest atmosphere and most decadent food award definitely goes to Café Flora located on 2901 East Madison Street.  It was pouring rain outside but the big windowed, open space was so bright, complete with a big tree growing right in the middle of the dining room!

 

We dined on everything from Hoppin’ John Fritters with roasted potatoes and smoky collard greens to Seasoned Tofu with garlicky greens and fresh fruit.  We also enjoyed their “Garden Flora” bloody Mary stacked with pickled vegetables and made with cucumber jalapeno-infused vodka.

But the “piece de resistance,” the one that we’re still fantasizing about (and came highly recommended by Cafe Flora’s Lauren Fior McCaffrey) was the vegan cinnamon roll.  Fresh baked with caramelized sugar, maple-toasted pecans and vanilla icing, it was unanimously the best cinnamon bun that any of us had ever tasted.

 

Bravo Café Flora, bravo.

We had actually reached out to many fine vegan establishments prior to our visit and had nothing but the best intentions to visit them all, sampling their most famous dishes.  But truth is, that didn’t happen.  It didn’t happen simply because we are deprived in Vancouver of perhaps the greatest place to ever grace this earth.  Yep, Veggie Grill.  First it was dinner where we met Laura, the super cool employee who hooked us up with all kinds of goodies to try.  We then went back for lunch the next day where Laura was working again.  This time she gave us a bunch of free entrée coupons because the staff were fans of our blog!  As you can imagine, what started as one dinner turned into breakfast, lunch and dinner… every day.

 

We wish we had pictures of all the things we ate.  But honestly, we devoured it all so fast.  So instead, here is a list of all the things we tried… and loved.

Mondo Natchos
Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Mini Wraps
Yukon Gold Fries
Quinoa & Kale Salad
Cauli-Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Mac-n-Cheese
Steamin’ Kale
Onion Rings
Savory Kale Caesar
Baja Fiesta Salad
Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ Burger
Bayou Chickin’ Burger
Grillin’ Chickin’ Burger
Papa’s Portobello Burger
Chickin’ Tacos
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Every single lemonade option available

Now you know why we called it “Soyattle.”  Sorry to all the other places we didn’t make it to because we were Veggie Grill groupies.  Probably a good thing we don’t have one in Vancouver because we’d literally never want to eat anywhere else.

On our last day, we made sure to stock up on tempeh at Trader Joe’s (what vegan doesn’t love this place?) and we also discovered an even better stocked grocery store down the street called Central Co-op (1600 East Madison Street).  Not only were we blown away by the hundreds of vegan protein options available to us including Uptons, Beyond Meat, Gimme Lean Sausage, Wildwood Sproutofu and Soy Delicious 5x Protein almond milk, but we even found the new issue of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine where our very own Sam Shorkey is the centerfold. The Mighty O’s donuts and apple fritters in their bakery were also insanely delish.

 

All in all, it was a great, little trip and we can’t wait to go back.  Especially since our fake meat supplies are fast running out.
A huge thanks to all the restaurants who invited us.  Next time we’ll make an appearance for sure.  And a special high five to our pal Meagan Wilson who was so inspired by the tasty foods we introduced her to that she’s decided to make veganism her permanent diet!

Soy-a-nara Soy-attle!  Until we fake-meat again!

– The Vegan Project

Comments

  1. Looks like a yummy trip! And I think it’s time for me to visit Seattle again!

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