Woke up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight to Spokane. I flew out of Bob Hope Airport and saw The Sklar Brothers from the Chelsea Lately show …
When I checked my bags … I forgot to check that my seat was a window (I had planned to sleep all the way there) and ended up being stuck in a middle seat. Ugh. There is no way I can sleep in between two strangers. Luckily I had downloaded a movie for the plane.
I watched *don’t laugh* NOTORIOUS. The movie about Biggie Smalls and it was total fluff and made the time (and exhaustion) pass quickly and before I knew it I was in Spokane! And it was cooooold!
I was greeted at the airport by my wonderful Spokane Vegans hosts Crystal, Leah and Ben.
Who took a road weary me to my hotel.
My room was gorgeous and the hotel was really cool.
but I was EXHAUSTED from a long day of traveling and decided to hit the sack for a quick nap but instead I woke up a few hours later (about 8pm) starving to death. Rather than wander the dark streets of Spokane trying to find vegan food I opted to walk around the corner to The Spaghetti Factory and have a quick noodle dinner. It wasn’t bad … but it wasn’t good either. *laugh* but it did the trick and I was back into bed and watching E! network in no time.
All that sleeping had me up bright and early the next morning and so I decided to wander around downtown Spokane before heading to my radio interview at 1pm. Spokane really reminds me of my home town of Regina …
I went to Finders Keepers and spent a couple of hours looking at vintage clothing.
I tried on A LOT of stuff but ended up walking out empty handed … nothing really stood out for me. Boo.Â 🙁
Had a lame lunch at a burrito place close to my hotel … the burrito was not good. I guess I’m spoiled having Hernadez here in Victoria but my advice to all burrito places is that pouring a can of beans onto a tortilla shell is not the way to make a good burrito. You have to cook those beans with some spices and some love.
Thank goodness the event menu was so YUM!
Pumpkin Soup, Miniature Napoleons with Eggplant Creme, Polenta with White Beans, Braised Kale and Roasted Pears, Delicious, wonderful vegan cupcakes for dessert.
I went to One World (which is Spokane’s organic community kitchen) to help the Spokane Vegans set up for the event.
The event was incredible and overwhelming … here in this tiny vegan community of Spokane is a dedicated group of people who make their vegan world a better place. There was even a group of vegans who drove from Montana for the event and everyone in the room was so happy to be with so many other vegans. The meal was superb and later in the evening I spoke about the genesis of the books and how veganism has changed in the last 10 years. I even teared up a little at the end of my talk because of all the love in the room.
Thank you so much Spokane for a wonderful event! I hope to see you all again soon.
Thanks again for visiting us in Spokane! It was so great to meet you! I hope you can come again soon – we’ll have to make sure we get you to some more reliable vegan friendly restaurants though!
Check out this uplifting and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/
Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo