1. Cardamom Oat Milk Steamer from Tea Bar
On my birthday this year, my lovely roommate recommended that we stop by Tea Bar (multiple locations) for some drinks before heading out for a hike. Little did I know that I’d immediately become infatuated with Cardamom Oat Milk Steamers ($6+) and daydream about them constantly.
First of all, I want to state for the record that oat milk is the best plant-based milk. I’m 110% obsessed and it’s the only non-dairy milk I ever want in my coffee/tea. Second, if you mix the heavenly elixir that is oat milk with cardamom flavoring and slow-brewed tea, you have an instant Autumnal beverage that is on par with seasonal pumpkin lattes.
(Side note: There are plenty of other flavoring and tea options on their menu! You’ll be sure to find the perfect beverage!)
2. Vegan Yack Attack On The Go by Jackie Sobon
I love getting new cookbooks, and although Vegan Yack Attack On The Go ($19.47) has been out for a handful of months now, it’s a new cookbook for me!
Jackie’s cookbook is perfect for the person who doesn’t have a lot of time to cook, and/or enjoys doing meal prep for the busy week ahead. So far I’ve had the chance to make the Crustless Quiche Bites (perfect for making ahead and easy-to-eat breakfast bites, complete with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes!) and the Green Enchilada Casserole. (Talk about tasty work lunches!)
Next on my list of things to make? The BBQ Tempeh Wrap, Butternut Mac and Trees, Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells, and Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes!
(Side note: Every single recipe was taken by Jackie herself! She also has another book called Vegan Bowl Attack worth checking out, as well!)
3. Fear Asylum at Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge
For the past couple of years, I’ve been coming here with the majority of my Lady Fam™ (My mother and my two aunts) to get our adrenaline pumping!
I find Fear Asylum ($15 per person) to be the right amount of scary for me: It’s not too cheesy and it’s not too traumatizing! It’s the perfect amount of scary to get the adrenaline going, but there’s also the ability to go back home and sleep like a baby. If you’re fine with actors jumping out from behind things, chasing you, splitting up your party, and some light touching, you’ll enjoy this haunted attraction!
This year’s theme is Circus of the Damned, and it opens on Friday, October 5th.
(Side note: Try to get there on the early side—the line gets long, but it’s worth it!)
4. Métier Tote in Butterscotch by Crystalyn Kae
After seeing two close friends toting around bags similar to this one, I knew that I wanted one, too!
The Métier Tote ($240) by Crystalyn Kae is rad as fuck. First of all, it’s cruelty-free and vegan! The bag is handmade in the US, and is created with glazed fabric (a canvas base, which is painted with a colored glaze), while the inside is lined with the softest microsuede! The most surprising thing I learned about this bag is that it can be thrown in the washing machine for cleaning. Another important facet is that it passes my “can I put the straps over my shoulder without the bag hitting my elbow” test with flying colors!
This bag is water resistant, light-weight, fashionable, classy, and durable.
(Side note: Not vibing with the Butterscotch color? Check out some of the other color options!)