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Episode 16: Vegan Bakery Showdown

Episode 16: Vegan Bakery Showdown

The Stumptown Vegans are joined by special guests for a lengthy blind taste test and critical discussions of vegan muffins, scones, chocolate cake/cupcakes, gluten-free selections, and cheesecake from local vegan baked goods providers.

Disclaimers and Set Up:

This podcast contains a no-holds barred, colorful, opinionated conversation amongst delightfully spoiled Portlanders, who all eventually succumb, on air, to sugar overload.  The showdown is based on items acquired on a specific weekend, and purchased with the Stumptown Vegans’ own money.  We were not able to attain everything uniformly, and were missing items normally available from some bakeries. That’s just how the cookie crumbled.

For example, there are chocolate cupcakes and cake reviewed in one category, and generally available scones missing from another. We did not place any special orders.

Even as Stumptown Vegans, we purchased independently and were not aware of where each item was from.

There are vegan-friendly bakeries missing.  If they bake your favorite items, or you disagree with our results, please share!

We do not know when items were baked or prepared.

We aimed to have at least 3 selections for every category.

Coming soon to Stumptown Vegans: the pie graph breakdown, item descriptions, more photos and quotes.

Special Guests:

Show Notes:

The Bakeries:

Additional References:

Thanks to our special guests, Portland’s fantastic vegan bakeries who just keep getting better and better, and for listening!

The Cheesecakes:


Taste test set up:

showdown prep

Portobello Cupcakes & Monkey Wrench Snickerdoodle:



Episode 15: Healthy Spring Dining

To balance the vegan Portland indulgences of deep fried vegan corn dogs, mini pies, multiple vegan bakeries, and coconut battered oreos, the Stumptown Vegans discuss their favorite healthy and nourishing dining options in this fresh, springtime podcast.

This includes the reveal of the Stumptown Vegans’ picks for Portland’s Best Bowls, which you can now check out posted on our website, with photos.

Episode 15: Healthy Spring Dining

Show Notes:

Tastebud Pita from the Farmers Market

Veggie Pita - Tastebud

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Episode 14: The Popularity of Vegan Cheese

Episode 14: The Popularity of Vegan Cheese

Webly and Jess sit down for a riveting conversation about the current advances in vegan cheese, and reflect on just how far commercial and homemade vegan cheeses have come, historically.

They contemplate:

  • The Daiya Invasion:
    • Has Daiya changed the world?
    • How easy has veganism become?
    • The revolutionary melt.
  • Which is the best for pizza?
  • Is anything superior to homemade nut cheese?
  • Past experiences with vegan commercial cheeses.
  • Vegan curiosity & standards.
  • Commercial popularity & restaurant use.

Show Notes:

Wayfare We Can’t Say it’s Cheese Hickory Cheddar Spread and Dr. Cow’s Aged Cashew & Hemp Seed Cheese

illegal cheese and cracker party

Grilled Cheese with Tofutti Mozzarella from The Grilled Cheese Grill

Michelle style

Pizza with Daiya Mozzarella (formerly known as Italian Blend)

thin crust daiya

Pizza with the new Teese Mozzerella formula

new teese

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Episode 13: 25 Great Vegan Foods for $7 or Less

Listen as the Stumptown Vegans unveil their picks for 25 Great Vegan Foods in Portland, OR for $7 or less.

This is modeled after recent similar listings by Willamette Week and ExtraMSG, except this time – it’s all vegan!

The full listing is published on Stumptown Vegans.

Instead of the usual Show Notes this episode, we’ll just send you that way!

Episode 13: 25 Great Vegan Foods for $7 or Less

This episode is dedicated to….

Coda was a great friend and will be missed beyond words. There was even a short documentary about her called a Cowboy Hat and a Cane. May she rest in peace.

And Happy Easter from Webly’s Parents:

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P.S. We went really cheap during one of our first podcasts – Cheap Ass Eats: $5 or Less. Recorded in March 2008.

Episode 12: Vegan Wine Discussion and Local Chocolate Review

Episode 12: Vegan Wine Discussion and Local Chocolate Review

Webly and Jess sit down with Jess, a local vegan and professional wine steward, for an in-depth conversation about wine.  Jess, the wine steward, touches upon her personal favorites, what isn’t vegan about a lot of wine, food pairings, regional wines, and more.

All three vegans also sample an array of chocolates purchased from local chocolatiers, and review in detail.  Missionary’s chocolate mint truffle, Sahagun’s brand new Stumptown pure coffee bar, and Alma’s fig and marzipan chocolate, were among the favorites!

Show Notes:


Chocolate Review:

Of course, there are more vegan chocolates available around town, and our selection was limited to what we were able to buy in time.  Please let us know if you have other local favorites to recommend!

Which leads into…

Upcoming Valentine’s Day Events/Vegan Options in Portland

Local Chocolate Review, Round 1
Stumptown Vegans Podcast

Chocolate Prep
Stumptown Vegans Podcast


Please feel free to contact Stumptownvegans [AT] if you’d like to get in touch with Jess, the wine steward, about wine questions or personal consultations.

As always, feel free to email us or contact us on twitter with questions.

P.S. Two Additional Portland Vegan Friendly Wine Notes:

  • We hear that Vino Vixens wine shop on SE Powell is vegan friendly.
  • Alu Wine Bar on NE MLK has a vegan label specifying their vegan friendly wines, as well.

Episode 11: Tipping

Episode 11: Tipping

Opening up with a brief, yet passionate discussion of recent Portland food items we’ve been crazy about, the Stumptown Vegans tackle the subject of tipping in our latest podcast.

With the assistance of an online tipping resource, we discuss appropriate tipping at restaurants, coffee shops, carts, bars and more.  Keep a spare $1 or two in your pocket!

Show Notes:

The new Spella Cafe:

Spella Cafe on 5th

In other news, we are seeking sponsorships and a theme song to update our DIY approach a bit.  More information to come – please get in touch if you are interested!

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Episode 10: The Year in Review 2009

Episode 10: The Year in Review 2009

It’s that time of year – join us as we discuss the year of the food cart, openings, closings, remarkable changes, favorite meals and our picks for Restaurant of the Year for 2009.

Show Notes:

& many more on the podcast!

And The Stumptown Vegans Restaurant of the Year for 2009 Picks:

Shocking, right?