We’re Back…Back in the NY Groove

The past few days in the vegan splendor of the City of Portland have been magical. The energy, inspiration and motivation have made their way back with us to NYC. And now real life begins…

We enjoyed our time so much meeting and hanging out with friends, old and new. The wait for such treats like Homegrown Smoker and Back to Eden was well worth it from almost 3,000 miles away. Vida Vegan Con just blew our minds. We didn’t want it to end, but there’s always the next one, right?

We took a ton of photos. We came home with a plethora of swaggerific goodies. We ate to our hearts’ delight. We hugged, thanked and connected with so many awesome people. We learned a TON of things along the way through workshops, panels and just general conversation.

We’ll share some of our favorite things about our trip over some of our next posts. Until then, you can check our some of our good times at:

With that, we present to you “New York Groove” by Ace Frehley to bring US back to reality:

We’re in Portlandia!!!!!

Photo Credit: StreetRoots.org
It’s about 6:30am PT as I start to type this piece. We’re in the lovely city of Portland, OR to attend Vida Vegan Con, a vegan bloggers conference running from May 24th through May 26th. It’ll be a great time to meet some fellow bloggers, catch up with some friends and make some new ones along the way. I love how great the sense of community is and how it’s grown within veganism. It’s beautiful.
When I was a kid, vegetarians were considered weird hippies who never “grew” out of Woodstock. They were thought to live in communes, and shied away from modern-day technology. While I was one of those who shared those sentiments in my younger years, I think I’ve grown up a bit to broaden my horizons and see that plant-based eating and living span across many cultures across the globe. It’s so clear, especially now, as we’re connected through social and mobile media via devices almost permanently attached to our hands and fingers. We want share information and fast! 
So over the next few days, Artie and I will be sharing some photos and thoughts, especially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll also be honing our blogging skills while at VVC. And all the while, we plan on having fun!

BTW, I owe you guys a snazzy slideshow of the vegan donut workshop we attended on Saturday night with Adam Sobel of The Cinnamon Snail. I’ll try to squeeze that in between PDX vegan food porn, music, and more music and enjoying all that is around us.

Mac & Artie in Atlantic City

Hey kids!

We’re in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We’re not much for gambling, but we needed a bit of a getaway from work and NYC. We’ve been here a couple of days, taking it easy and having fun. We’ll post more about our food experiences when we get back.

Let me say that our quest to find vegan options has so far been successful. We did pack some food with us for breakfast and snacks. Not only has it helped us food-wise, but it’s saved us $$…more to go into nickel and penny slots. Big spenders we are.

Now, we’re on Day 3, which brings us a lovely storm. I’m waiting for the night sky to break away for the grey skies. Until then, I’m going to curl up with a book called Husband Habits by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. It’s a pretty good chick-lit novel whose main character is a chef!