5 of the Best Vegan Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

Vegan food is quite a passion of mine - being vegan for the past 12 years, I love searching out and finding new places to enjoy quality ingredients made from unique places. Moving to Portland seems like the best choice I made to satisfy this love - the city is teeming with incredible places to enjoy so many types of fully-vegan meals, and I can say that I haven’t even scratched the surface of all that’s available! However - over the past year I’ve collected a handful of favorites that I keep coming back to, for their flavor and quality - and I wanted to share them with you! So — without further ado, here are 5 of my absolute favorite places to eat in Portland:

Back to Eden Bakery

Every time anyone visits Portland, the first place I tell them to go is Back to Eden. I have never been a brunch person, but after moving to Portland and eating here, I am the biggest brunch enthusiast you’ll meet. Sometimes it can be tricky finding a hearty, classic brunch as a vegan - let alone gluten free - but Back to Eden does not disappoint in the slightest! I am wholeheartedly obsessed with this place and cannot recommend it enough.

A peek into the bright + welcoming space!

A peek into the bright + welcoming space!

Oat Milk Latte

Oat Milk Latte

Biscuits and Gravy Bowl

Biscuits and Gravy Bowl

I almost always invest in one or two of Back to Eden’s biscuits while I’m there - they are the best I’ve ever had! Their menu ranges from acai bowls, to tofu scramble, to this glorious biscuits and gravy bowl which I love so very much, and many more things. Their coffee is also exceptional - and they serve oat milk which is a plus!

Their pastry case is unbelievable!

Their pastry case is unbelievable!

 

In addition to their regular menu, Back to Eden also hosts a generous pastry case, all vegan and gluten free of course! Every single thing is absolutely delicious.

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There is such a charming nature about this little space, and it’s one of my favorite place to be on a free Sunday. :)

Virtuous Pie

I was introduced to Virtuous Pie not too long ago, and it quickly has become my #1 favorite vegan pizza place on the planet. I’ve had my share of pizzas in my life, vegan and non-vegan, and there is such a craft that goes into the art of pizza making - and Virtuous Pie does it mighty fine. Their all-vegan menu is full of vast options for pizza lovers of all kinds, as well as decadent appetizers and desserts too!

Vegan Kale Caesar, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic Knots

Vegan Kale Caesar, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic Knots

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The urban, plant-inspired restaurant is so sweet and a lovely place to enjoy a meal.

Their Pizza Kitchen!

Their Pizza Kitchen!

As much as I love their pizzas, I have to say I keep ordering their kale caesar as of late - it’s by far one of the best salads I’ve had! Also, always order the garlic knots - there is truly nothing like them.

From Left to Right: House Slice, Margherita Pizza, and Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Virtuous Pie is somewhere I’ve brought both vegan and non-vegan friends to, and it is truly enjoyed by all - the kindhearted people working there combine with the fantastic food to make for a beautiful and delicious joint!

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Next Level Burger

Never in my life would I envision myself drinking a milkshake and eating a burger in one sitting after going vegan. Sometimes sacrifices are made for the betterment of our health, and I didn’t ever foresee a milkshake in my future as a vegan. But sacrifice no more. Read: Next Level Burger. This sustainable, eco-conscious restaurant features a fully vegan menu loaded with every decadent burger, milkshake, and french fry option you can think of.

Classic Burger, SoCal Burger, and All American Burger with Kale Caesar Salads, Sweet Potato Fries, a Dark Chocolate PB Cup Milkshake, and Peach Milkshakes.

Classic Burger, SoCal Burger, and All American Burger with Kale Caesar Salads, Sweet Potato Fries, a Dark Chocolate PB Cup Milkshake, and Peach Milkshakes.

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Having avoided milkshakes and cheeseburgers for the majority of my life, I was blown away by the quality and flavor of NLB’S menu - everything was beyond what I would have ever expected and brought back so many memories!

I dream about this Dark Chocolate PB Cup Milkshake every day.

I dream about this Dark Chocolate PB Cup Milkshake every day.

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I have also brought vegan and non-vegan friends here, and both love everything NLB has to offer. It’s such a treat finding fully sustainable, earth-conscious restaurants that serve amazing food as well - and Next Level Burger is none to beat!

KaTi

I’ve been a Thai food enthusiast for the longest time — after going vegan, it was a cuisine my family often ordered as it is most often easy to customize and find options from. However, there are always worries of fish sauce being included in recipes (it’s a key ingredient in classic Thai dishes). However, I discovered KaTi through a sweet friend’s recommendation and my eyes have been opened to the possibilities of fully vegan Thai! Ah - this place is like no other.

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KaTi offers a plethora of menu options from appetizers, to hearty mains, to curries, noodles, and so much more. Everything is made to order, and fully vegan - with no flavor sacrifice whatsoever!

From left to right: Pla Rhad Prik, Tom Yum Hang Noodle, and Tom Yum Soup.

I traveled to Thailand a couple of years ago and have had a difficult time finding Thai cuisine that matches the quality of flavor from the beautiful country since then. I can say that KaTi delivers a 100% flavorful, authentic flavor palette that blew me away!

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The space is SO cute as well - tucked in the heart of Division, one of my favorite streets in Portland. The small scale space has an open kitchen so you’re able to watch the talented chefs prepare the food, and delivers such a fun and wonderful experience.

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If you’re looking for the best Thai food in Portland (in my opinion and many others), please visit KaTi as soon as you can — I can’t recommend it enough!

Kate’s Ice Cream

My last feature for this post is a little something you can enjoy at home - perfect for when you’re wanting to enjoy a treat and stay in! If you know me, you know I’m a fully-fledged ice cream fanatic. I’ve tried what seems like hundreds of vegan ice creams in my life, and have a few favorites - but Kate’s Ice Cream has quickly risen to the very top of my preference list.

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Kate’s Ice Cream is a small-owned business operated by the lovely Kate herself, and is available for pint pickup or Postmates on Fridays during the week - a trip I make frequently to stock my freezer for the weekend! She uses such quality ingredients in her bases, and the flavors are unlike any I’ve tasted before.

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Some of my favorites of hers are: Marionberry Cobbler, Salted Peanut Butter Brittle (the best!), and Triple Chocolate Brownie - but she has others that are so delicious as well!

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Be sure to follow Kate on Instagram to keep an eye out for where she’ll be popping up next, and give her treats a taste - they’re my favorite.

Portland is such a wonderful place to enjoy a variety of vegan foods, and I’m always excited to try new places each week - but these are some places that I keep coming back to, and will always recommend! Please do let me know if you try any, I’d love to hear!

Two Vintage Looks for Phasing into Fall Fashion

Hello and happy autumn! September is here in Portland and the chilly autumnal season has started to arrive…and I couldn’t be more excited. Fall is probably my favorite season to dress in, because of all of the layers, colors, and textures - ah! Today I wanted to share two looks that I’ve been loving for phasing into autumn as the seasons change — styling outfits in transitioning seasons can sometimes be a challenge and I hope these are inspiring to gather outfit ideas from!

Blouse:  Satori Boutique  — Pants: Vintage Gap — Bag:  Basader  — Hat: Vintage — Earrings: Mejuri

Blouse: Satori Boutique — Pants: Vintage Gap — Bag: Basader — Hat: Vintage — Earrings: Mejuri

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This first look has been one of my go-to’s this last month! I found these vintage Gap trousers at Portland Flea a couple of weeks ago and can’t take them off - they’re so soft and comfortable! Trousers are 100% my favorite statement piece in the colder months. This blouse is from one of my favorite boutiques in Tacoma, WA - Satori, from last season — I love it for early fall because it’s light enough to not be too warm, but still flowy and elegant!

Boots: Cordani (sold out but here are some similar ones from  Everlane )

Boots: Cordani (sold out but here are some similar ones from Everlane)

This little bag from Basader is also one of my favorite upscale pieces for taking out on the town - super simple and small enough for just the essentials.

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Top: Vintage Banana Republic — Skirt: Vintage — Shoes:  Converse

Top: Vintage Banana Republic — Skirt: Vintage — Shoes: Converse

My next look includes a vintage statement piece as well — this fancy skirt I also found at Portland Flea! I usually don’t include too many patterns in my day-to-day wardrobe, but simple, minimalist ones like this are fun to incorporate once in a while. The skirt is so flowy and comfortable as well, something I always appreciate!

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This blouse is another vintage piece I found recently, I love how form-fitting it is and light, too! It’s another wonderful layering piece as the weather transitions.

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I’m so excited to style more fall looks as the weather continues to get colder - and looking forward to sharing more looks on the blog! Let me know what you’d like to see more of in a comment!

All photos by Brady Bates — edits by me.

A Day at the Coast

An ode to summer - long car trips to the coast, warm, windy sunsets, marshmallows by the fire, running on the beach…memories made and saved for ages to come. This summer, I had the immense pleasure of visiting the Oregon coast more than I ever dreamed I would, and each time presented an opportunity to reflect and bask in the beauty of the earth and the simplicity of nature. Being outside and taking time to capture it, enjoy good company, and adventure is such a treat!

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Last month my sweet friends Alivia and Elle and I took an evening trip to Nahalem Bay State Park and Hug Point on the Coast to enjoy a summery evening together, take photos, and savor the last few adventures of summer before September hit.

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Shirt: Aritzia — Pants: Vintage Levis — Boots: Blundstone

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I love getting behind the camera and shooting for fun once in a while, it’s so rejuvenating!

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One of my favorite photos I took all summer. :)

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This simple outfit was one of my go-to beach ‘fits this season, I am obsessed with basics and this Aritzia tee has been one of the best investment pieces I’ve purchased! So soft and perfectly cut for wearing alone or layering too.

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Alivia snuck a few photos of Elle and I towards the end of the evening, and I treasure these so much! I’ve known Elle for over 10 years and it’s so special having pictures like these to remember. Friend portraits — highly recommended!

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This was one of my favorite evenings of summer 2019 — definitely one to remember and store in my heart for ages to come. Photo/friend adventures for the win.

How to Install Lightroom Mobile Presets (Fast + Easy!)

Why hello there! Today I’m popping in for a quick tutorial for two important reasons:

1 — Today I finally re-released my custom Lightroom preset pack, now in mobile version! Many hoorays - this has been long in the works and I’m so glad to have finally re-shared them with you all. They’re available for purchase here!

2 — Lightroom mobile presets tend to be a tricky thing to import and actually use, ha! I struggled majorly with it in the past and wanted to make a quick tutorial on how to quickly + easily import and use them without any tears.

So, without further ado —

 
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Step 1 — Download your presets! These are downloaded in ZIP file from the purchase page on my website, and likely from any others that you’ll find online. You can do this via an un-zipping app, such as Unzip (which I used). 

Step 2 — Upload your .dng file(s) to Lightroom Mobile. If you don’t already have the app, Lightroom Mobile is a free app that you can dynamically edit photos in! It’s the only one that my presets are usable in, so you’ll want it. :) If you have the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can sign in as well to receive the most features!

From Unzip, I simply tapped the three dots on the right of the file, and tapped “Open In” — which gave me a list of options, from which I picked Lightroom Mobile. Simple as that!

 
Share your file from Unzip to Lightroom Mobile by tapping the Lightroom Mobile icon!

Share your file from Unzip to Lightroom Mobile by tapping the Lightroom Mobile icon!

 
 
 
This is what your file should look like after being uploaded to Lightroom Mobile.

This is what your file should look like after being uploaded to Lightroom Mobile.

 

Step 3 — Once you’re in the Lightroom Mobile App with your opened .dng file, tap the three dots in the upper right hand corner (as pictured below), and click “Copy Settings.”

 
Tap “Copy Settings” to copy the preset!

Tap “Copy Settings” to copy the preset!

 

Step 4 — Open the photo you wish to edit in Lightroom Mobile.

 
Raw photo waiting to be edited in Lightroom Mobile.

Raw photo waiting to be edited in Lightroom Mobile.

 

Step 5 — Tap the three dots in the upper right hand corner once more, and tap “Paste Settings” this time to paste the new preset onto your photo!

 
Tap “Paste Settings” to paste your preset onto the raw photo.

Tap “Paste Settings” to paste your preset onto the raw photo.

 

And voila! Your photo should now have the new preset on it, and if all goes well it should be looking pretty cute! You can adjust the settings from here, such as exposure and warmth, to your liking, and then export it to share!

 
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I hope this tutorial was easy + helpful for you! Lightroom Mobile is the most magical app, and with some fun presets in hand, the options are limitless for iPhone-ography opportunities. Have the most fun editing!

Here are a few more before/afters with the DL Europa Preset Pack for your viewing pleasure:

 
using “Amsterdam

using “Amsterdam

 
 
using “Italy”

using “Italy”

 
 
using “Amsterdam”

using “Amsterdam”

 
 
using “Italy”

using “Italy”

 

Cilck here to purchase the DL Europa preset pack (or either of the two individually) — if you use them and share on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #dakotalynnepresets so that I can see them and share them too.

Until next time, loves.

— xx