Proper Eats

Tim and I came home from work around the same time this evening. We were both very hungry. Since we plan out a week’s worth of meals, it should have been easy to figure out something to make for dinner. Here’s how the conversation went:

Tim: “We could make waffles or pancakes.”

Amy: “No.”

Tim: “How about this baked cauliflower meal?”

Amy: “No.”

Tim: “What if we went to Native Foods?”

Amy: “No.”

Tim: “Los Gorditos?”

Amy: “No.”

Tim: “Proper Eats?”

Amy: “Maybe.”

Can you tell I was being ridiculously stubborn? In the end, we did go to Proper Eats. It is our favorite restaurant and we don’t go often enough. I think that’s okay though because it makes each visit extra special. Speaking of special, Tim and I both ordered one of the specials. I got mac-n-cheese over a bed of sauteed greens and Tim got a monster-sized burrito filled with quinoa, sweet potatoes, plantains, barbecue sauce, and a medley of other things. As always, our food was outstanding. I love Proper Eats. If you ever visit Portland, I highly recommend you eat there! Vegan. Wholesome. Nutritious. Affordable. Delicious.

This is a photograph of my plate. The poor lighting doesn’t do the meal justice, but let me just say that despite the generous portion, I cleaned my plate – all by myself!

PE'sM&CDecember Photo Project 2012: Day #8

Birthday Adventures

Yesterday was Tim’s 34th birthday. We awoke to unusually sunny skies and temperatures nearing 60 degrees – ideal for a bike ride and lunch at our favorite Portland cafe, Proper Eats. I was fooled into thinking spring had arrived early! Although I think the ridiculous headwind we pedaled into for the first half of our bike ride made me realize winter is holding steady. Check out the clouds looming over downtown Portland:

Onward we pedaled…

Proper Eats is a cozy, welcoming place with super kind folks cooking and serving delicious food. The menu is entirely vegetarian (mostly vegan). They support local farmers, businesses, distributors, and artists. I’ve never had a disappointing meal at Proper Eats and the food is so healthy, nourishing, and well-priced. There is a small grocery/bulk foods section at the front of the cafe. The kitchen is open so you can watch people preparing your food – I love that!

It’s challenging trying to capture decent food photos in eateries (especially with low light conditions). Here is what we enjoyed:

Collard Wraps served with Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Potato & Garlic Soup

Spinach Salad w/ Carrot-Ginger Dressing (and local hazelnuts and cranberries!)

Tempeh Reuben (the only thing Tim ever orders at Proper Eats, it’s his favorite sammie)

The bike ride home was easier since we were riding with the wind (and fueled by yummy foods). When we got back to our place we decided it was okay to have some birthday cake a bit early. This poor cake had a traumatic day – it stuck to my cooling rack, cracked in half as a result, and then stuck to the serving plate. What a stinker! The issue of the naughty cake was resolved and disguised with peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache (plus a side of Coconut Bliss ice cream!).

Tim demands pizza for dinner weekly. His birthday was no exception. He kept reminding me over the weekend to make the dough. We learned from a friend that making the dough several days ahead of time and putting it in the fridge (no rising) creates a chewy, crisp-on-the-bottom, pizza. Just remember to let the dough rest on the counter a few hours before you plan to make your pizza.

And then, of course, we enjoyed more cake and Coconut Bliss after dinner. It was a good day.