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Portland is very Veggie friendly. They have the Proper Eats Cafe, The Red & Black Cafe, Blossoming Lotus, The Bye & Bye, Papa G's Deli, Back to Eden Bakery, Dovetail Bakery, Sweet pea Baking company, The Ruby Dragon, Open Heart Cafe.

Action For Animals has a veg guide to portland you can buy for 10 cents.
 

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I was there on vacation last year. It was definitely a cool city. Places for me to eat everwhere. My husband (a non-veg) loved it too.
 

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Portland is very Veggie friendly. They have the Proper Eats Cafe, The Red & Black Cafe, Blossoming Lotus, The Bye & Bye, Papa G's Deli, Back to Eden Bakery, Dovetail Bakery, Sweet pea Baking company, The Ruby Dragon, Open Heart Cafe.
You also forgot about VooDoo Doughnuts, they have vegan doughnuts.
 

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That is funny IS I thought of that video also.

I honestly have no idea, never been.
 

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Depending on what kind of job(s) you work/skillset, it is difficult to find a job there and the metro area. My uncle and his boyfriend moved there last November, and the both of them are having a very, very hard time. My uncle is trying to see to get one in/near Seattle and take a train there. It does has a crazy vegan variety of things, but without money to buy it all with, it loses it's charm. So if you do decide to move, make sure you have a job waiting for you.
 

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Portland rocks for a vegan!

Here's a list of places I can think of off the top of my head

HELD - belt company
Herbivore - clothing company
Food Fight - vegan grocery store
Sweet Pea - bakery
Red and Black Cafe - vegan worker owned
Home Grown Smoker - vegan food cart
Scapegoat - all vegan tattoo shop
Bye and Bye - vegan bar/restaurant
Blossoming Lotus - vegan restaurant
Vegan Iron Chef Competition - second year recently held
Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro - food obviously
Portobello Vegan Trattoria - vegan italian food
Papa G's - vegan
Sweet Hereafter - vegan bar
Native bowl - food cart
Kitchen Dances - food cart
Back to Eden - Bakery
Dovetail - Bakery
Food coops - lots

And I know I'm missing a lot of stuff. Even the Portland Vegfest is the best! Seattle's vegfest is mainly vegetarian and there's hardly anything you can buy, you have to be very very careful with samples, a lot of volunteers don't know what's vegan and what's not at the tables. It just seems more health and spiritual/religious focused to me. Whereas the Portland Vegfest is very vegan-friendly and way more animal rights centered. I didn't even go to the Seattle Vegfest this year but a bunch of us are doing a day trip to the Portland one next month.

Here's some links too!
http://www.vegportland.com/
http://stumptownvegans.com/
http://getsconedpdx.com/2010/11/09/p...friendly-eats/ (awesome vegan blog)

Portland is also super bike friendly and seems to be way more eco-conscious than what I've seen in Seattle.
 

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you also forgot about voodoo doughnuts, they have vegan doughnuts.
sold!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm not sure which ones are vegan off the top of my head, but they're good!
 

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I love that Sweet Pea, Food Fight, Herbivore clothing and Scapegoat Tattoo (vegan tattoo parlor) are all in the same shopping center. They joke that it's the world's first vegan mini-mall.
 

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I lived in Olympia Washington area for 9 years leaving in 1993. I found people there rather poorly accepting of people from out of state. (kind of a Northwest thing maybe) I never minded the weather, some of the mentality got to me. There is more to living in an area than veg friendly. I'd love a vegan bakery in my area, but I can live without it.

I've heard the issue about jobs being hard to find in Portland before.
 

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At this point, jobs are hard to find EVERYWHERE, not just Portland. I have friends that live in Portland, and they've had no problems finding jobs, I really don't see why everybody is hating on Portland.

Here's the link for Voodoo Doughnut, you have to scroll to the bottom for the list of vegan doughnuts: http://voodoodoughnut.com/menu.php
 

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At this point, jobs are hard to find EVERYWHERE, not just Portland. I have friends that live in Portland, and they've had no problems finding jobs, I really don't see why everybody is hating on Portland.
Where is anyone hating on Portland, let alone "everybody"? Because people aren't saying it's all rainbows and sunshine and vegan goods doesn't mean they're hating. Portland had a legend of it being this great mecca for hipsters, vegans, hippies, artists, liberals, etc., and so tons of people who identify as such pack their bags and go there, and lots find that the hype isn't all that great or the charm of the city gets lost fast once they get to know the people. Some people move there and love it, and just as many move there and end up hating it. Being realistic about a place isn't "hating" it. Unless you have a substantial sum of money saved or work from home, you need a job, which for certain types it's difficult to find in Portland. In Chicago my uncle and his bf never had a single problem finding a job, but they've been in Portland for almost a year and still haven't found one. So me saying to ensure a job is waiting if you decide to move there isn't uncalled for. When someone is thinking about moving anywhere, you need to know the good and the bad, explore all your options, and see if it's a fit for you. Preferably, spend some time in the area, then see if it's a good fit. Job availability is a big factor in moving to a place. My uncle didn't do that and is having a hard time. My grandma is going to move there next month and live near him. She doesn't work, so it's different for her, but she spent two weeks there a few months ago and really liked it. She's going through everything she needs to do to make sure she can actually have a life there, something that a lot of people who go there don't do, which includes 8 people I personally know.

OP asked people to tell her about Portland. A bunch of people assured it can be heaven for a vegan, I mentioned that the job market isn't as great for everyone as compared to other cities. I know a vegan and omni that moved there with their rose-colored glasses on, lived there for 3 years, and got fed up with the attitudes of the general population, and they're from New York... It's not a place for everyone to live.

Flying there can also cost an arm and a leg too depending on where you're coming from. Lots of places for outdoor recreation and sight-seeing in the state though if you're into it, which can't be said about many places. The City Data forums has a lot of input from posters about the area and state. Well worth a browse to get a general feel of people's opinions on the place and the place in general.
 

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Well there's you, and Teresa, and people from where I live (not on the boards) that hate Portland. I admit that driving there scares the crap out of me, but that's because I'm used to small-town driving. There's an area here that's turning into mini-Beaverton, and it's still weird to me.

Yes, she should have a job (and preferably a place to live/stay) before she moves here, but she was mainly asking about it being vegan friendly.
 

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Well, what I was getting at is that just because it is greatly vegan friendly, doesn't mean it will be a nice place to live for every vegan. Some of the people I know that are veg*n and moved there really did it solely because it's a vegan mecca, and where they were from wasn't anywhere close to being as friendly as Portland. They just jumped in over their heads or with high expectations and excitement of the place. Then they found out how they were way overqualified for the jobs they could manage to get, how the jobs they were equally qualified for were being taken by people who were even more qualified for them, how they didn't fit in with the general population and/or can't stand the attitude of it, how they couldn't afford many places on the salary they were getting, etc. Then the excitement of living by all these vegan places dwindled because they didn't like where they were at and grew tired. I see lots and lots of posts all over the internet from veg*ns wanting to move to Portland ASAP because of that, and it's really not a good reason to decide to move there. OP, no way I'm saying it's a bad idea to move there or that if you do it will completely suck, but definitely push away all the vegan stuff for a while and take a closer look at it to see if it's a good fit. It really sucks to move some place, intending on being there for a long time, then end up leaving 6 months-a year later because it turns out not to be as great as you thought. If everything works great with you and you move there, stuff your face with all the vegan donuts you can and taunt other vegans on the internet with it.


And for what it's worth, many people say the show Portlandia is like looking into a mirror of the city. So it's a good take on the life of the city, which depending on the type of person you are, can be good or bad.
 

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That part I understand. I just hear so many people complaining about Portland, and I get sick of it. I live 90 miles away, but I wish I could get up there more often. It's got all the good shopping and food stores (nearest TJ's to me). Actually, just about ANYTHING big goes on over there, nearest entertainment to us too.

I've never seen the show Portlandia, but I'm thinking I should now.
 
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