Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Twitter flirtation with a stripper has cast a spotlight on Casa Diablo in Portland, Ore., a city with proud traditions of both veganism and X-rated entertainment.

By Maria L. La Ganga September 27, 2013, 6:52 p.m

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance.
After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident.
"The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.

Casa Diablo's dancers are prohibited from wearing leather, fur, silk or pearls while performing. Order a white Russian from Tori at the wall-length bar and she'll pour a concoction made with soy creamer. Ditto for the Irish coffees, the Creamsicle drinks, the Eros Euphoria martinis.
The "Mac & Chz" isn't, as the menu says, "just like mom used to make," unless your mom is Betty White. The chimichanga is stuffed with "taco soy strips." The pumpkin spice cupcakes — hand-crafted by a dancer named Sabrina who says she wears "quite a bit more" while baking — are topped with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese frosting.
On this night, in a nod to the kerfuffle over Booker and stripper Lynsie Lee, the special is a Booker Burger. The patty is Casa Diablo's usual, the goateed owner said: "soy protein, more protein than a regular burger, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and it's delicious." more at link:,897989.story