Category: Portland OR

lisbeth eats… Portland (part 3 – food carts)

We’ve thought about opening a food truck in Baltimore, but with my driving skills, it’s better off I stay as far away from any vehicle bigger than a Toyota Camry. Not that I’m a bad driver, I’m a SAFE driver – I’d say most people would trust me to chauffeur around their grannies and babies. I take that as a compliment even if most people don’t. HAHA. I don’t know why I get made fun of for driving at speed limit and with both hands on the wheel. 😉 I remember a few years ago, I was driving behind my brother (this was before everyone had GPS or SATNAVs in their cars) and he calls me and says ‘Where are you?!?!?! We’ve been at the restaurant waiting for you for over an hour.’ har har har very funny ‘Oh Stop it, you know I’m right behind you, I don’t drive that slow!’

So anyway, goodbye food truck idea in Baltimore! You know where I’d fit in perfectly though? Portland! They have a huge food cart culture (food carts are smaller than food trucks) and Oregonians drive pretty slow, like me 😀 There are more than 600 food carts in Portland – street food lovers’ paradise! You don’t have to constantly check twitter to see where your favorite food truck would be parked today. In Portland, there are designated blocks for clusters of food carts called ‘pods’ that they can call home. It’s like Baltimore’s gathering but everyday! (more…)

lisbeth eats… Portland (part 2 – thai)

A few weeks ago, I saw an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. In this particular episode, he was traveling around Northern Thailand with Chef Andy Ricker, ‘the white guy who cooks awesome Thai food.’ After the episode, Kevin and I knew we had to eat at Pok Pok when we went to Portland. Turns out he owns quite a few establishments on the same street, SE Division St. – Pok Pok, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and Sen Yai. Yea, we went to all of them…and you know what? He seriously does cook awesome Thai food! I should call this post lisbeth eats… Thailand 😉

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lisbeth eats… Portland (part 1 – doughnuts)

Kevin and I just got back this morning from our long weekend in Portland, OR. Have you guys been? It’s a lovely city – lots of good food, coffee, beer, cocktails, bridges (so many bridges!!!) and great weather! I didn’t know much about Portland before our trip and planned out our days and more importantly our meals each morning by ear, asking people along the way for recommendations. All I knew was everyone was telling us to go to Voodoo Doughnut and Pok Pok. Ever the good listener, as soon as we checked-in we headed straight for doughnuts and coffee then walked over a bridge for some delicious Thai cuisine. By the way, why are there so many Thai restaurants in Portland? I don’t remember seeing a single Chinese takeaway over there, everything was Thai!

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