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Agnieszka Zoltowski owns The New Leaf here in Portland, Oregon making and selling beautiful raw vegan food at the People’s Co-op farmers’ market. I recently featured her here on my PDX Vegan Guide post. If you see her you have to buy a hazelnut mylk because that creamy gorgeous drink sells out fast! She and two partners have been fundraising to open a restaurant and dessert bar with cooked and raw vegan food called Au Paon (the peacock in French). Love! I went to one of their events earlier this year and I’m still dreaming about the cheese plate, the ravioli and the dessert. Oh. My. The. Dessert. Now you may drool at my photos.






Another PDX city guide! yes! yes! yes! Here are my favorites in no particular order! The place, what I love, and the area of Portland to find them.

♥ Herbivore: clothes & books! (SE)

♥ Food Fight!: Food! (SE)

♥ Sweetpea: sandwiches & sweets & coffee & tea & all! (SE)

♥ Portobello: EVERYTHING! I love the gnocchi, burger, arrabiata pizza and everything! (SE)

♥ New Leaf: If you’re around on Wednesday afternoons in Portland you can go to the farmer’s market at People’s and buy beautiful and delicious raw vegan food from the lovely Agnieszka! Hazelnut milk!! (SE)

♥ Portland Juice Press: Need to stock up on juice in your hotel or home? Go here and grab! I think their lemonade has honey, but all ingredients are boldly listed on the front label! (SE)

♥ Canteen: Portland Bowl & green juice! (SE)

♥ Back to Eden: Whoopie pies! (NE)

♥ Pok Pok: vegan papaya salad, coconut sticky rice and their spicy forest mushroom salad! (SE & NE)

♥ Sip: juices and shakes!!!!! (SE)

♥ Mt Tabor park: walk the dormant volcano forest hills or around the reservoirs! (SE)

♥ Homegrown Smoker: Vegan BBQ! (NE)

♥ Blossoming Lotus: Goddess Bowl! (NE)

♥ Slappy Cakes: You can make your own vegan pancakes (because the grill is in the middle of the table!) with loads of sweet or savory toppings or they’ll do it for you!!!  (SE)

♥ Mi Mero Mole: always three vegan taco options! (SE)

♥ Wolf & Bears: Falafel! As a salad or wrap! (SE & NE)

♥ Sweet Hereafter: Bowls! (SE)

♥ Bye & Bye: Everything everything everything! (NE)

♥ Plantfit: Workout with vegan trainers! (SE)






My son outside of the Bye & Bye 2012


I love to experiment on myself with new workouts, new foods and new ways of eating. I’ve done and do variations of running (marathon and race training as well as just general jogging), yoga, Tracy Anderson Method, Crossfit, boot camps (indoor and outdoor), dance, P90X and more. I’m always vegan so where I play there is with fasting, juicing, smoothies, raw foods and so on. And now for my new month of April challenge! 16/8 or the 8 hour diet! Which means I’ve started drinking coffee! Eep!

So 16/8 is when you fast each day on water, coffee and/or tea for 16 hours out of the day and eat for 8 hours. I’m also liquid fasting for about 24 hours every Monday and Friday of April. My goals are always generally the same- how will my energy for workouts fair and how will my clothes fit. I also weigh in daily to track my progress. I write down everything I eat and the workouts I do. The first week I went to my Crossfit gym, Plantfit 6 days in a row. I’m sure I’m not doing the purest version of 16/8 and I’m pretty sure it’s popular in the paleo community but I’m vegan and do it vegan style! Today is day eight of 16/8, my third fasting day as I started this self-imposed challenge on April 8. I’ll post my findings at the end of the month!

So far, I like Stumptown cold brew coffee. I buy it at Food Fight here in Portland in an adorable little glass bottle and one can last me about two days.




On my birthday last month I wore my Herbivore hoodie (koala design on the back), sequined top from JCrew, belt also from Herbivore Clothing, Levi’s jeans, vegan Dr.Marten’s and a star headband/crown made by Giant Dwarf, an Etsy seller but I found this at Wanderlust here in Portland. Score! And! A beautiful, delicious and perfectly sized chocolate mini-cake from Back to Eden.


Maybe it was because I just had my birthday or maybe it’s because things are finally a little more quiet in our lives but I started to recently reflect (with amazement) on the last year and a half of our lives. When I said this out loud to Eliot and husband, I’m not kidding, Eliot flopped down on his back and said,  “Oh it makes me dizzy. Sad. Bad. Good. I don’t want to talk about it, it makes me dizzy.” So husband and I started listing all the events while Eliot, I think, tuned us out.

1. Went to Maui and Lanai.

2. Evicted from our house.

3. Moved 99% of our belongings into storage.

4. Drove to California and moved into my in law’s guesthouse.

5. Husband went to the White House twice.

6. Went to Barcelona, Spain.

7. Went through a severe illness with a very close family member.

8. Watched him recover.

9. Found a house we loved online.

10. All 3 of us came down with an awful flu.

11. Bought our dreamy purple house.

12. Moved back to Portland.

13. Went to New York.

14. Went to the Big Island.

15. E was home schooled for first grade.

16. E started public school for second grade.

17. Went to Mammoth (where E got pneumonia for the second time).

18. I went on my first vacation without husband & E. Wanderlust was SO fun.

19. Marriages close to us ended.

20. Siblings and cousins got engaged.

21. Went to Las Vegas.

22. Went to Disneyland- as much as we could.

23. I started a more devoted yoga practice.

24. Went through a major lawsuit.

25. We sold a lot of our stuff.

26. And of course, so much more. Big and little. Sad and happy. Good and bad. Wow, life. Grateful.

Years ago, I can’t even remember exactly when, I was looking at art on etsy and found work by a girl calling herself The Black Apple. I loved her style, mood, use of color and penchant for portraits. I bought a few prints for hanging in our hallway at that time, which happened to be our first house in Portland. Fast forward to today and I call The Black Apple, Emily and she is a friend. (Life can be lovely like that.) So I wanted to share my love for her work here with a few photos! And to let the Portland peeps who read my blog know about Ms Emily Winfield Martin’s book signing this weekend at Green Bean Books on NE Alberta at 2pm this Sunday February 19th. Hope to see you there! XOXOXOXO


A Black Apple sketch/blank book and her new chapter book, Oddfellow’s Orphanage

Views of their backsides

Eliot’s favorite character at Oddfellow’s

At Portobello Vegan Trattoria in Portland there is a beautiful mural by local artist, Jill Bliss. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet her a few times and even go to her house for a clothing trunk show last year. In December husband and I celebrated 20 years of knowing each other with dinner at Portobello and also in December I bought a handmade paper necklace from Jill at Crafty Wonderland. I feel pretty lucky to know her, to support her and live in such a cool city. XOXO

Here I am wearing my new paper foliage with a Rodarte for Target faux shearling shrug and a Free People sparkling dress:

Here are two pictures from Portobello the night of our anniversary dinner with a teensy peak of Jill’s work:

If you haven’t been to Portobello you are missing out. Beautiful inside, lovely service and wonderful food. XOXO