Pre-Departure Rituals

So, I am going to backtrack a little bit. Before I left, I tried to visit some of my favorite places to hold me over until I get home in September. Those of you who know me well, know that those places involved FOOD!!! I am a bit of a foodie. It's easy to become a foodie in Portland, OR. We have so many great places to eat, I rarely go to chain restaurants.

Once a week, my friend Jenn Levo and I try to go to the many, many food carts in downtown Portland for her lunch break. Sometimes we also will go to one of our favorite sandwich joints, like Bunk or meatcheesebread. Bunk has received a lot of press lately on the Food Network, so the line is usually out the door. Two Fridays ago, we decided to head to meatcheesebread because I was having a hankering for a Park Kitchen Sandwich. It's a sandwich made with sliced flank steak, pickled onions, blue cheese mayo, lettuce and vinaigrette served on a fresh roll. It's one of the tastiest sandwiches around!

On April 5th, I took my new friend from the UK, Helen, and our friend Erinne to Voodoo Donuts for a maple bacon bar. We then went to the food cart pod on SW 9th & Alder for lunch. I went to my favorite cart in that pod, Nong's Khao Man Gai. It's a simple cart, based on street food from Bangkok. It is rice, chicken, a delicious fresh ginger sauce and a small bowl of soup. All for $6!!!

The following morning, a large group of us me at the Little Red Bike Cafe in North Portland for breakfast. Aside from the Tin Shed, the Little Red Bike Cafe is my favorite breakfast spot. I love them! The Messenger sandwich is my favorite, but sometimes I will try the daily specials. I had their waffle special, which featured two pieces of bacon (do you see a theme here?), a piece of grilled pineapple, some coconut and the syrup had macadamia nuts in it. I also had a side of scrambled eggs and washed it down with some Courier coffee, french pressed.

This past Friday, Jenn & Erinne and myself went to the elusive Sugar Cube in the Mississippi food cart pod off Skidmore. I ordered the "Teaches of Peaches" fruit smoothie (frozen peaches, frozen strawberries, a little bit of fresh ginger, some honey and some Nancy's yogurt) and a brownie Sundae.
From April 2010

Yesterday, I met up with Helen again and Natalie for a little pre-trip breakfast at the Tin Shed. I had my usual "You Gotta Have It", which included scrambled eggs, a homemade biscuit, and cheese grits.

So, there you have it. I made it to some of my favorite places to eat before I left. I will be on the quest for good food on this trip, including good street food!