Yesterday I was in Portland with daughter J, back from Nairobi and needing to pick up some cargo at the airport.
We dawdled in northeast Portland before coming home. Happily it was lunch time, which meant a foray into the ubiquitous food cart culture.
Many neighborhoods have alleys and formerly-empty lots converted into small spaces for food trucks. Portland-unlike a lot of cities-has encouraged the proliferation of these entrepreneurial little places and the area has attracted young chefs wanting to make a name for themselves while on shoestring budgets.
You could spend weeks in Portland and not run out of fun places to have lunch.
An assortment of dumplings and a big, steamed, curry-filled bao from Stumptown Dumplings...can you say yummmmmmy?
Japanese katsu on a bed of cabbage, with rice on the side: $5.00.
Our son and his family have just moved back to Portland from Chicago, and although I loved visiting the Windy City I'm really glad for the excuse to get to the City of Roses more often. Pretty sure there will be more food carts in my future.