Hungry Tiger Too left me feeling well, hungry and unsatisfied.  I am all about second chances, and because this place was recommended to me by QuarryGirl I will definitely try it again during my next visit to Portland.  We arrived slightly before 7pm, and outside service ends at 7pm.  It was a warmer day, and inside was unquestionably too warm for us.  SO we decided to get takeout.  Mind you, it was a 15 minute ride back to our hotel, so everything was pretty cool and soggy by the time we got back to the hotel.  THAT said, I found the food just okay.  There was nothing exceptional about the flavor or taste and I thought the prices were high for what you got.  Having eaten at places like Prasad and Blossoming Lotus I was really disappointed.   AGAIN, I said we will try it next time we’re in PDX AND dine in because QuarryGirl said it’s one of her favorites. 

I ordered Biscuits & Gravy with vegan sausage patties on the side.  For $6 I got the picture below of 2 biscuits (they are cut in half so you see 4…) and the sausage patties were literally two tiny patties for $3.  Maybe it’s because I am from the south, and I know what Biscuits & Gravy should taste like as I ate it OFTEN at Cracker Barrel when I was not vegan.  And these were a far cry from real biscuits & gravy.  Not enough pepper in the gravy, the sausage wasn’t spicy enough and the biscuits were really dough heavy instead of fluffy.  I am no restaurant owner, but I could have done a WAY better job on these myself.  In fact, we do our own biscuits, thanks to a recipe from Annie Shannon which  is identical to the Red Lobster ‘Cheesy’ Biscuits.  We use those, make our own sausage gravy and any southerner would appreciate our dish.  TRUE biscuits & gravy.  LOADED with sausage and quality fluffy biscuits.  BIG thumbs down there. 

My hubby ordered the Cougar Club, which was firm local tofu, tempheh bacon, vegan cheese sauce, jalepeno with lettuce, tomato and onion on a Kaiser roll.  That was $9.75 and he got a side of fries with it.  That was pretty good.  I will definitely try that again as we microwaved it and it was good, but I bet fresh at the restaurant it would actually be pretty darn good. 

I was told on day 1 to skip Hungry Tiger Too and I probably could have, but I will give it another shot when we are next in PDX.  But if you’re a true southerner like me…from the ‘deep south,’ skip the biscuits and gravy because you’ll just be sad afterwards!!!

Oh Prasad how I love you.  Let me count the ways…2 visits in 2 days in Portland.   And I have replicated your meals for lunches for myself back home.  Now I just need the garlic tahini dressing recipe because I LOVE that stuff.

We had the pleasure of stopping at Prasad a few times while in Portland, OR.  We thought that it would be a great lunch to take on the road the first day, when we went to Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It turned out we were absolutely correct.  I ordered the Dragon Bowl and it came with quinoa, red beans (my favorite,) wakame (sea vegetables,) avocado, kale sesame seeds, scallions and red cabbage.  And I opted for the garlic tahini dressing.  Not only was this a huge and filling meal, but it was protein packed and left me feeling energized and great as we enjoyed a beautiful cool day outside.  I did try my hubby’s meal, and he got the Chili Bowl with brown rice, roasted garlic chili, steamed kale, avocado, scallions, cilantro, green chili and garlic tahini sauces.  It was lovely as well but I preferred mine. 

Mom got a salad and ordered up the Bliss Salad (we don’t have pictures of hers,) with dried currants and figs, walnuts, quinoa, beets, carrots and mixed greens with lemon ginger dressing.  She said it was awesome, flavorful and delicious. 

One common denominator in all of our items was FRESH.  The food was SO fresh and perfectly cooked.  We had it cold by the time we ate it but we all felt that the flavor and quality was awesome nonetheless. 

Day two of Prasad I wanted to try something new and I got the Mighty Bowl with quinoa, steamed kale, red beans, and garlic tahini sauce.  Oh man was it good.  I think I liked the Dragon Bowl better only because of the wakame and cabbage.  But this was excellent.

My hubby tried the Urban Bowl with mixed greens with olive oil, steamed kale, cabbage, sea vegetables, avocado, carrots, scallions sesame & hemp seeds and got jalepeno cashew cheese dressing.  That was also awesome.  The dressing was great and such a wonderful flavor combination!

And Mom ordered Pasta Fresca with zucchini noodles tossed in sun-dried tomato pesto, with carrots and spinach, topped with cashew ricotta.  For a non-vegan, she really really enjoyed that as well.  And for me, it was a really nice tasty treat!

Prasad we love you.  I so wish that there were something remotely close in FL, but alas, Portland awaits me.  I sure did leave my heart there.  The other thing I loved about Prasad was its friendly and kind staff.  Each time we were there we interacted with several staff members, all of whom were extremely polite and they seemed to work together as a team flawlessly.  GREAT place to eat and I can’t wait to hang out more when I become an Oregonian!

Well since it’s been one week, and three days since I last set foot on Portland soil, I thought I should blog about the wonderful vegan delights I found in Portland that I could not find in FL.  These are not ALL the fabulous things we tasted and tried in Portland, just those that I KNOW we can’t get here in FL yet, so I want to promote them and hopefully get some other local vegans interested and get them into Whole Foods here in Tampa!!!

Vegan Proteins  has all sorts of protein powders and man are they yummie!  Very tasty and very healthy plant based protein to get your “protein shake” after a workout or just to add to a smoothie or shake for some added protein. 

Heidi Ho Veganics  makes nut based cheeses.  I am a huge fan of Daiya, but these cheeses aren’t just for your grilled cheese baby.  They could be used on a fruit & cheese platter for wine tasting (yes please!) Or just eaten with crackers, and yes, they melt like a charm as well.  We tried the Monterey Jack, Smoked Gouda & Chipotle Cheddar.  I am not a fan of smoked cheeses, but even the gouda was awesome.  I LOVED the Chipotle Cheddar though…just a nice spicy flavor, not too big, not fiery hot.  Delish!!  And man is it amazing on top of some Red Hot Blues chips…melted and yummie nachos!  We also tried a straight up cheesy dip, and my Mom who is a cheese whore and eats real cheese (yuck,) loved the cheese dip.  And Heidi Ho is NOT that expensive $6 for an 8 or 10 oz brick.   Well worth it!  They ship EVERYWHERE in the US too…so get on there and buy you some before I get it all!

Wilderness Poets  These guys should be called ‘nut butter seductresses’’ because they seduced me with their amazing nut butters.  They had Macadamia Nut Butter, Almond Butter, Pistachio Butter, Pecan Butter, Hazelnut Butter and MORE.  These nut butters are ALL raw and vegan and they taste tremendously different than what you will find in a store, even from a Whole Foods type store.  They are pricey, but so is Justin’s Nut Butter  and I believe sometimes you have to indulge for something you love.  Since I didn’t have really any room left to pack anything, I got two small packs of the Hazelnut butter to take home because it is THAT good. 

Uptons Natural Meats  Oh Uptons how I love you.  There are actually not many words that come to mind aside from YUM and LOVE when I think of Uptons.  Thankfully, they do sell their products online as does Food Fight! Vegan Grocery  in Portland.  Their seitan is awesome, texturally super close to real meat.  They also have Italian & Chorizo style ground meats.  Delicious.  And you can order at both of these sites, OR you can buy locally if your city has Uptons available.  (In which case I am truly jealous!)

Freshly Wild Super Foods  offers tasty kale treats.  Now for those of you just joining my blog…I LOVE Kale.  Kale IS my hero, Kale is my love in the vegan world.  If I were a vegetable, I would marry kale.  Okay, enough of that.  They have TASTY ‘original’ kale chips, which hey, those are awesome to me…I am in heaven with them.  But then I tried the ‘Must Eat Mesquite’ and I am not a barbeque or smokey flavor fan…but these were UH-MAAAAA-ZING.  Yes.  And my hubby’s favorite were the ‘Jazzy Sweet Mustard.’  Yum yum yum!! You can order online, and purchase by the case J

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries  I literally had a moment where I left my body and ascended briefly into heaven on day 1 in Portland.  I was walking through the amazing Saturday market and saw this bakery booth that had ‘vegan’ on the signage.  I thought okay, let’s see what they have that is ‘vegan.’  Well my heavenly moment happened while I was searching the signage on each delectable delightful treat, and realized they were ALL GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN.  Okay, sit down…pull yourself UP from the floor if you haven’t.  I got a pumpkin pie cupcake.  Hello love in my mouth.  I refridgerated it and had it for dessert that night.  Even cold, fresh from the fridge, it was moist and soft and delightful on the palette.  What a delightful treat! 

Last but certainly not least, was Dave’s Killer Bread.  Now I sure wish they had this bread at home because I tried like 12 different kinds and loved them all.  ALL natural, GMO Free, NO Animal products.  AND made by a guy who was a self proclaimed “Four time loser before I realized I was in the wrong game.  Fifteen years in prison is a pretty tough way to find oneself…”  THAT inspired me to.  I believe that veganism is a second chance at helping your body!  I cannot say enough good about this bread except BUY IT! J