Monday, October 26, 2009

Mmmmm...Ono Food in Portland Oct. '09

Road tripping is fun right? Of course, but for us vegan foodies it can be a bit challenging, especially when there a more restrictions such as my gluten-intolerance. We made it through just fine, and here are some highlights from this road trip...

Arizona landscape.

Just got back after two weeks starting at home in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. An 18-hour drive (not including stops) down to Holbrook, Arizona where we spent a few days with our close family friends Arnie and Susan. They have a health ministry called The Rational Christian, also with a book by the same title. You can check it out here- We have always talked about working together to teach others about health, food, and cooking, but somehow time and distance would separate us. Now that they have relocated back to the Mainland from Hawaii, it may become a real possibility to do what we have so longed to do. We are hoping to travel to various places to conduct health and cooking seminars. I'll keep you posted as thing develop.

From Arizona we drove up to Utah. Ended up stopping over at Bryce Canyon. I couldn't resist as we were passing by. We spent a freezing night in the van, thankfully with sleeping bags and blankets. It was all worth it the next day when we took a horseback ride into the Canyon. Our little girl was ecstatic as she loves horses. And the Canyon was in all its majestic splendor the way I remember it some years ago. What a nice and unexpected side trip we took!

On to Northern Idaho. Beautiful, but freezing cold. Literally. Spent a couple of days there with family friends, the Wohlberg's. Steve runs a ministry called White Horse Media, seeking to enlighten the world about common misconceptions and educating on Biblical truth. Find out more about it here-

The drive from Idaho through Washington and then through the northeast end of Oregon led us to a scenic feast for the senses. Cool, crisp autumn air and the beauty of the changing colors of nature along the Columbia Gorge was absolutely stunning. We stopped over in Portland to visit more friends. Our good friends, Jay and Julie have set up a business serving ono (means 'delicious' in Hawaiian) vegan food out of a food trailer. It is called Native Bowl. They have bowls named for such local Portlander icons such as the "Alberta" which I tried. Rice with veggies and greens served with Vietnamese sweet/spicy sauce all mixied in. It was ono! They have quite a selection of bowls and sandwiches available as well as a weekly special. We happened to be there when they had Macaroni and Cheeze. The absolute BEST I have ever tasted. If you, dear reader happen to be in Portland, make it a point to stop by Native Bowl and say hi to Jay and Julie and try out their delicious vegan food. By the way, Julie is what I have termed, THE Vegan Dessert Queen, and she always has a selection of goodies on the trailer. Check out more on their website- where you can also see Brian's food videos, Julie's cookbooks for sale, and more. Location: Mississippi Marketplace- at the corner of Mississippi and Skidmore on the NE side of Portland. Call Julie at 818-264-9733.

Now we are glad to be home, loving the rain and how it made the grass go from brown to green. Sad that most of the garden is gone now, but looking forward to warm woodstove fires on the many cold nights to come. A hui hou---Until next time---aloha!

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