Lunch Date!

Today I am straying from my theme of making new recipes from my cookbook collection. I am going to post about how I ate someplace new instead. That’s kind of similar, right? My friend Kittee and I ventured into SE Portland to have lunch at Canteen on Wednesday afternoon. Canteen is a sweet little cafe that serves bowl meals (YAY!!), salads, smoothies, juices, desserts, and alcoholic beverages. The interior is bright and airy. Despite its tiny size, it can pack in quite a crowd. There is plenty of outdoor seating too, some of which is covered – perfect for Portland’s rainy season(s)!


Kittee and I sat inside on our visit because it was terribly windy outside. I almost blew away earlier in the day but the 50-pound bag of injera Kittee made me carry around her neighborhood saved me. She also made me chase down a bag of dog poo, but let’s not talk about that…

Back to the food! Kittee opted for The Orange One smoothie (banana, orange, vanilla, almond milk, and dates):

I had the Portland Bowl. It was a mix of quinoa, black beans, steamed kale, carrots, maple tempeh, local hazelnuts, and a magical sauce. I devoured half of the hefty portion and saved the rest for Tim. It was a lovely combination of flavors. I did detect a hint of cilantro, perhaps in the sauce? I don’t like cilantro, but it wasn’t strong enough to ruin my meal. I love wholesome, nourishing, filling food and this bowl hit the spot.

It’s fun to explore new places, especially when you have the company of a good friend. Thanks for a super day Kittee! We should do it again sometime!

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16 thoughts on “Lunch Date!

  1. Yum. I’ve only stopped by canteen for juice but really need to make the time to sit down and have a meal. Every photo I see of their bowls looks delicious. The smoothie sounds really good too :)

  2. That bowl is literally making me drool! I swear I have Portland envy in the worst way… it’s one of my favorite places. Count your vegan blessings ;) Great post!

  3. how fun that you got to hang out with Kittee (other than carrying around 50 lb bags and hunting for dog poo). Kittee’s worth it though. That spot looks super good. I love lunches like that – healthy and filling!

  4. I have a crush on the look of that Canteen building. Seriously, how amazing does it look? I want my future apartment to look like that. Maybe a little bigger.

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