Well day two travelling the Pacific Coast highway and we are stopped in beautiful Astoria Oregon. The scenery is pretty amazing and it turns out this was the place they filmed Goonies and Kindergarden Cop which is pretty cool. We managed a trolley ride and watching the sunset at Astoria Tower which was a 280 degree view of the surrounding area. So far so good as far as vacations go. I even had a nap, always a big win.
On the food front we started off with your typical hotel included breakfast shown in one of the photos. Luckily we'd planned ahead and bought some soy milk. We raided the breakfast bar for bananas and oatmeal and were off to start our day after stopping for my wife to get a "real coffee." There are a lot of drive through coffe kiosks around here which are kind of neat but I haven't been craving it again so I'm abstaining.
We ended up in an area without a lot of places to eat at lunchtime so pressed on to Astoria for a late lunch. The kid and I weren't hungry anyway but my wife tided herself over with almonds, a Vega One bar and apple in our little car cooler.
Once in Astoria we were thrilled to find several Happy Cow suggestions in the iPhone app and settled on the Blue Scorcher Bakery and Cafe after finding out the Vegan Vinyl Cafe is only open 3 days a week (and not on the day we are here). The bakery was really funky and they had plenty of vegan options. The staff were helpful in pointing them out as well. My wife had a black bean and yam burrito while the kid and I had "TLT" sandwiches which are tempeh, lettuce and tomato. If you ask they have Veganaise for the sandwiches. Our favourite was the "Cosmo" cookie though which is like a macaroon with a chocolate bottom.
After a nap, trolley ride and tourist time we ended up at the Bouy Brew Pub where we ordered a family style assortment of plates including the hummus platter, roasted pistachios, sweet potato fries and veggie platter. It turned out to be too much food and the veggie platter had cheese mixed in with the orzo rice so we just ate the veggies and left the rice. It was delicious but heavy and overfilling for sure. I admit I'm already tiring of restaurant food. We may have to start taking advantage of kitchenettes in hotel rooms and grocery stores.