I had a wonderful lunch in Portland, OR at the Blossoming Lotus and took some amazing pictures with my brand new iPhone 4. I'm used to the iPhone 3 grainy pics and these new pics showed amazing detail of the food. Unfortunately, as I type this from the Apple store on the Upper West Side I found out that Radio Shack sold me a DEMO phone. Although I could see the pics on the camera, they wouldn't open and they are lost and gone forever.
So now a quick word picture and hopefully my next photos with the new phone will meet with better success.
Blossoming Lotus is a nice bright airy restaurant in a fairly residential neighborhood. To me it was quintessential Portland vegan, with the waitstaff appropriately tattooed and pierced. I wouldn't have it any other way. The service was friendly and although they were out of Avocado, which was highly recommended as an addition to the Spicy BBQ sandwich, I didn't think the sandwich lacked for anything.
I have been eating a ton of BBQ lately that has been KC sweet and it was a nice change to enjoy the smokey in your face "this is BBQ" flavor. The whole sandwich just worked, flavors melded and most importantly in a sandwich, (we had the whole wheat bread), it stayed together bite after bite. I never had soy curls before and our waiter and I seemed to concur that it was a west coast product. I found it to be a "gardein" like "meaty" substance that held flavor well. Apparently this is a dried product that is reconstituted.
Both sandwiches were colorful with bright orange carrots, brown soy curls, and bright green lettuce.
The eye opener in the Thai BBQ sandwich is the surprise of the crunchy noodles. It was a great contrast to most squishy filled wraps. With a really nice Thai sauce and a bit of a spice kick, was a great lunch wrap. It too held together nicely which to me means that it wasn't overstuffed.
I had a wonderful picture of a display case with amazing looking desserts. We had a chocolate chai and a chocolate mint piece of pie. Yes, that's 2 pieces. I'm not a dessert person, I keep saying, but places like this can cost me another 45 minutes in the gym for each meal. They were raw and outstanding desserts.