Salt & Straw

Image

So Salt & Straw is this exceedingly popular icecream place in Portland, well theres actually 3 of them and one pushcart around Portland. But the one I went to is on NW 23rd in the Alphabet District.

Its always got a huge huge line out the door, so when I was walking by and the line actually didn’t leave the door, I decided it was time to see how really good it actually was.

The service was great, there are lots of people working and one employee will come up and ask you which flavors you’d like to try. I’m assuming they give lots of samples because their menu is so weird and unique and kinda pricey that it would scare you to spend a bunch of money on something you very possibly could not like.

When my samples came they were quite nice sized. I tried almond brittle with salted ganache, arbequina olive oil, and strawberry balsamic with black pepper and my friend got the sea salt with caramel ribbons, pear with blue cheese, and something else I can’t remember which I got to try too. and they were all so goo!

I ended up ordering the olive oil and strawberry balsamic (oil and vinegar), and was informed that not only was this a popular combination but that the olive oil was actually Oprah’s favorite.

While the price seemed a little high at first, the ice cream was sooo rich and creamy that it was definitely worth it because it filled you up so fast.

Really, you should try it, even if theres a long line, because you will never find such unique flavors anywhere else, and even the weirder ones taste unbelievably good. so don’t be scared away.

If you can read the menu in the photo below, you should. the flavors are so fun.

Image

Advertisements

bread & broth

IMG_4829

Exotic foods are tasty but sometimes its really nice to just have a classic american meal

and thats what I got from bread & broth foodcart at the SW 10th and Alder food cart pod.

The grilled cheese was so incredibly perfect. I love grilled cheese, but when its rubbery and soggy or burnt, I’m not such a fan. This however was absolutely perfect. Crispy and nicely toasted with just the right amount of cheese.

And the tomato garlic soup that I dipped it in was even better. I love love love tomato soup and this was one of the better ones I’ve had.

It was so tasty. I’ll definitely go back again

IMG_4823

Por Que No?

IMG_4256

So this place, Por Que No? taqueria is pretty famous in Portland..

There are two locations, in NE and on Hawthorne and both are usually pretty busy (I went to the one on Hawthorne).

There was a huge line, as i’m told there always is, so I was a bit skeptical as to how a taco could be so good that its worth waiting 30-45 minutes for.. but it was so worth it.

The tacos are really decently priced and a little more unique than the usual taco stand and the meat is perfectly cooked and it all just comes together so so well. seriously, they were really great

I got the Pollo Asado and Pollo Verde tacos, both of which had so many different flavors. My only mistake was not ordering more tacos. I wish I could’ve just tried them all…

…so delicious…

Oh also, the ambiance in the restaurant is really nice and relaxing and just a fun place to hang out, to top it all off.

IMG_4263

Stepping Stone Cafe

stepping stone 2

Stepping Stone Cafe, in the northwest alphabet district area (specifically NW Quimby), is my go-to for a fun and tasty group brunch. Really, its the perfect place to get a few friends together and have a super yummy brunch or lunch (and they have breakfast all day).

Its got super cool, vintage-y vibes in a very in your face sort of way (but in a fun way). For example, their motto is “you eat here because we let you”.

The food is so tasty. My Pesto Chicken sandwich (bottom photo in first photo set) was so so good. And all of my friends thoroughly enjoyed their food (corned beef hash in first photo, Banana nut bread french toast below, and a mancake also shown below). Their mancake is basically a single pancake that takes up a whole plate (and is super good). Also they have really good coffee with lots of free refills. nomnomnom. Also, obviously, very big serving sizes so its soo worth your money.

steppingstone1

New Taste of India

IMG_3995

Its really about time I posted about Taste of India. I go here all the time. Its incredibly tasty. and super well priced! and they take credit cards, which most foodcarts don’t do. Seriously, it all tastes sooo good.

Supposedly there are two Taste of India foodcarts but I always just go to the one at SW 9th and Washington. Its a little bit slow, but its always super busy so it makes sense.

My favorite thing to get is Chicken Tikka Masala and Pishwari Naan. The chicken tikka masala here is so so tasty and theres always sooo much of it, and the chicken is really nice sized, super biteable and covereedddd in the delicious tasty tikka masala sauce. nomnomnom. and the Pishwari Naan is so so good. Its basically warm fresh naan cooked with anise seeds and honey, butter, sugar, and lots more anise seeds. gahh i’m hungry just thinking of it.

I really plan on trying one of their wraps, they look like tasty indian burritos! and a lot more of their stuff, but everytime i go I just get that craving for the chicken tikka masala and pishwari naan and can’t get myself to order anything else.

tasteofindia foodcart

Sawasdee Thai Food

IMG_4036

So first, in regards to food carts, sad news… my favorite bagel cart (blogged below, Alice’s Bagels) has closed 😦

But, on a more happy note, this place, Sawasdee Thai Food at SW 9th and Alder (i think they have another location too) has the best pad thai.

And pad thai is pretty amazing already. But seriously, this is the best pad thai. I’ve only eaten their pad thai, but i’ve eaten a lot of pad thai and this is by far my favorite.

Its got a bunch of broccoli and carrots in it, so it makes you feel healthy. and then it just has theeee most amazing pad thai sauce of any thai food cart. The noodles are super fresh and perfect and theres a lot of sauce so its kinda liquid-y in such a good way, all of your noodles are just dripping in peanut-y garlick-y goodness. nomnomnom.

not to mention, all the people who work there are super sweet and friendly.

IMG_4037

Go eat their pad thai.

Alice’s Bagels

Image

So Sundays used to be bleh days for food. I’d wake up around 12 and it would be too late for most breakfast foodcarts as most are closed by this time, and then all the foodcarts downtown would be closed because downtown foodcarts are rarely open on weekends.

Then I realized that almost all of the foodcarts at the Good Food Here pod on SE Belmont at SE 43rd are open on Sunday and one of them is this cute little place called Alice’s Bagels! And it made my Sundays so much better [or at least tastier].

Basically this place has super tasty bagels (particularly the salt bagel!) and serves them alone anddd as fried egg sandwiches.

Julia got the #5, “Maple butter, Frank’s Red Hot, cheddar fried egg sandwich with bacon” [first pic], Joe got the #1, just cheese and fried egg [second bagel pic]..

and I got the #2 which is “Avocado, cilantro, Sriracha mayo, pickled onions and fried egg” on a salt bagel. IT LITERALLY WAS THE BEST BAGEL/SANDWICH I’VE EVER HAD. look at the photo i posted of it, doesnt it look tasty? really. i want one now, now that i’m thinking about it again…

Image

Julia and Joe both liked theirs a lot too, but i swear to god you should get the #2. do it.

Image

Pasta Cacio e Pepe

IMG_3759

Another pasta recipe 🙂 This one is super simple, super fast, and super delicious. Cacio e pepe is essentially cheese and pepper but its even tastier than it sounds.

First you measure out however much dry pasta you want in a bowl, throw it in some salted boiling water and let it cook until al dente. While thats going, add 2 Tbsp of butter to a skillet and once its melted add 1 tsp of fresh black pepper and cook until it looks about toasted.

Once the pasta is done, strain it, but keep 1/2 cup of the pasta water and add it to the butter/pepper in the skillet. While this is simmering, grate 1.5 cups of cheese (half Grana Padano/Parmesean/Asiago, and half Pecorino/a strong Reggiano).

Add the Pasta to the skillet with the grated cheese and another Tbsp of butter and stir until everything is melted.

Top with fresh cheese and eat!

cacio e pepe

You’re normally supposed to use spaghetti or buccatini or linguini or some other long noodle, but I had a ton of Orecchietee and its my favorite type of pasta so I went with that instead. It was still incredibly delicious and a perfect 10 minute lunch.

Fried Egg I’m in Love

IMG_3896

I woke up this morning and really did not want to eat more dining hall food. So I decided to try out one of the famed Portland brunch-y spots, Fried Egg I’m in Love, a food truck specializing in fancy fried egg sandwiches with clever names that [like the food trucks name] play on various other classic rock and roll references.

Its at SE 32nd and Hawthorne, not in a pod, but in my favorite part of town and it has a super cute little picnic table eatery spot next to it.

It was a surprisingly nice day for it being mid-winter in Portland, but the rain had let up and there was even a bit of sun. I ordered the “Yolko Ono” which had pesto, parmesan, a vegan-gluten free sausage patty [SUPER GOOD in itself], and of course a fried egg over medium and Joe got the “Free Range Against the Machine”, another vegetarian option so I could try it with Avocado, Tomato, Havarti, and a free-range fried egg.

IMG_3915

They were both incredibly tasty, and perfect for my half-breakfast half-lunch cravings.

I highly suggest it for anyone who likes eggs. and sandwiches. Oh and I don’t even like eggs, but I love this.

Capellini with Garlic and Lemon

I’m always craving a good pasta, it honestly is one of my absolute favorite things…a perfectly al dente pasta with a well balanced sauce

Unfortunately, I’m also a college student on a college student’s budget. So no fancy pasta for me… Therefore, I have to make it myself.

IMG_3706

This time I made capellini with garlic and lemon.. a recipe i found on the internet that sounded pretttyyy tasty. and easy! Just mince a lot of garlic, around 5 large cloves worth and add them to 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil with 3/4 tsp of hot pepper flakes on a skillet heating on high. Simultaneously cook however much Capellini (Angel’s Hair) pasta as you wish (I used 1 lb) in salted water until Al dente and reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water as its full of starch so perfect for pasta sauce.

Add 1/2 cup of that pasta water to your garlic/olive oil/chili after its been sautéing for ~5 min. along with 2 or 3 lemons worth of zest and 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp of pepper and tada! you have a sauce.

Now toss your pasta in the sauce (still in the skillet), remove some onto a plate. coat in fresh parmesan cheese. garnish with parsley and remaining lemon zest. and eat!

makin lemon pasta

It was quite quite tasty. Really. I will for sure eat it again.