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Foodcult Business Trips: Portland Again?!

Some of you may remember Catherine’s roadtrip to Portland earlier this year, warranting a slew of epic blog posts. Since then, I think it has been decided that all of our travels have become informal Foodcult business trips. So, going back to school for spring semester, I took a road trip to Seattle to do my share of the “business”. Our road trip lasted for ten days, starting in San Diego, stopping a few cities on our way to Seattle, and then back down the Oregon Coast to California. You can say it was a trip of epic proportions… but that might be an understatement.

After spending a few days with friends in Northern California, we made our first stop in Portland, Oregon. (Warning: A few of the places that we happened by in Portland have already been mentioned in some of Catherine’s posts, but nonetheless, I promise it will feel like a completely different experience.)

I’m still waiting for Canon to develop technology to capture smells for the full effect, and then maybe we can partner with Willy Wonka so you can reach into the screen and just grab the food.

Until then, feast with your eyes my friends.

After hearing the amazing reviews for Tasty n’ Sons, it became an obligatory destination on our trip. We were seated along the front window— a slim fit, but any seat in the house was a coveted one. The food was excellent, as expected and made for a great start to our day.

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Erin’s Sweet Biscuits.

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Burmese red pork stew

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Potatoes Barava

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

During our visit to Stumptown, I experienced something of a coffee revelation, converting me instantly into drinking my coffee black. Previously, I made no differentiation between different types of coffees, coming more from the tea scene myself (you know, I’ve got something of a ancestral background in tea being Asian), but Stumptown changed things. The Hair Bender roast was amazing — a medium roast that had a chocolatey and rich flavor. I felt that a veil had been lifted from my eyes, tasting for the first time the complexity of flavor and depth in coffee. Thank you Jesus. One of my greatest regrets was choosing not to buy Stumptown coffee beans.

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Screen Door: Soul Food

Nestled in a quaint neighborhood, Screen Door already held a small line by the time we arrived for its opening at around 5pm. We found ourselves both excited and ravenously hungry for the comfort that soul food promised to our empty bellies. How was the food? See for yourselves…

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My Rye Ale.

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Low Country Shrimp and Grits

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Fried Chicken

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Screen Door Plate: Mac n’ Cheese, Roasted Beet Salad, Jambalaya, and Corn Bread. Yum.

My Screen Door advice to you? Order the Screen Door plate. It is a great way to get a taste of several dishes on the menu at once. Personally, I felt like having an entire order of a certain dishes might have been overwhelming, and having instead balanced portions of a variety of different tastes really helped to balance things out.

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Thus ended our brief stop in Portland, whom I found to be a kind and faithful friend — one who spared us from the agony of taxes and left us with warmed hearts and happy bellies. Thanks Portland, you were great.

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Mango sticky rice

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Home-made with coconut milk and love.

I just googled a couple recipes to get the jist. Didn’t end up soaking my sweet rice for very long at all, perhaps less than an hour, and it turned out just fine. After fully cooking the rice with water in a rice cooker, I boiled 1/2 of a can of coconut milk with a tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt, and mixed it into the rice. For the coconut sauce on top, I boiled the rest of the coconut milk with a couple tbsp of sugar (to taste), another pinch of salt, and about a tbsp of cornstarch (premixed with about 2 tbsp of water). Let it thicken, drizzle over your mangoes and rice, and top with some sesame seeds! Tasted just like the kind you would get at a Thai restaurant 🙂

– CP

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Coconut french toast @ Isabel’s Cantina in PB. So yums.

– CP

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Isabel’s Cantina

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AMSTERDAM FOR LUNCH : BROODJE BERT

One of the tricks that I have learned as a frugal, traveling college student is that long painful layovers can sometimes be redemptive. On my way from Cairo to Taipei, I had a 12 hour stop in Amsterdam from 8 am to 8 pm. So, rather than treating my first step into Europe as the pitiful twelve hour layover that it was, I decided instead that it would become for me a mini-packaged vacation that KLM airlines was granting in compensation for the fact that their flight left Cairo at 4 am. What was pretty incredible about the whole adventure was that my friends who were studying abroad in Florence happened to be in Amsterdam that same day! It was awesome. I got to meet up with them for lunch (I’m not sure what meal it was, they didn’t stop eating from the moment that I met up with them until we left) at Broodje Bert.

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The place was a corner sandwich shop, tiny and packed like you wouldn’t believe. Cozy with that mom and pop shop feel with a lot of regulars who knew exactly what they wanted. The shop is known for its great sandwiches at a reasonable price.

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My friend and I shared the Mozzarella and Tomato Pesto sandwich because we had both just eaten a little while ago. The sandwich was warm, fresh out of the oven. The combination of the melted mozzarella and pesto blended together nicely with their subtle flavors. It was one of those things that just made you happy on a gloomy day, kind of like a hug… but delicious.

However, the uncontested favorite and what Broodje Bert is famous for was the Homemade Broodje Bert Burger. I didn’t have a chance to get a photo because when I looked over, the burger was already half gone. I looked around and it seemed that everyone came in and only ordered that one thing. It was also in french bread, with what can be best described as falafel sized meat patties inside. While I was pretty satisfied with my mozzarella pesto, I am definitely ordering that burger next time. Apparently, it was the bomb.

Don’t worry, I have another layover on the way back.

– PT

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Road Trip Munchies Part 2: Tasty N Sons

After our YOLO oyster shots at 11am, we finally got seated at our original destination–Tasty N Sons. It was recommended by one of my friends who,when I asked what type of cuisine it was, could only say “It is a very unique tasting experience”–and indeed it was. They carried a very limited menu that contained dishes with Korean, Italian, Middle Eastern, and other ethnic influences and flavors.  After observing the menu for a while, and being informed that they do everything family style, we decided to start off with their sweet biscuits with blueberries.

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Sweet Biscuits from Tasty N Sons (Photo by Freddierick John Photography)

They were…amazing. I rarely give dishes 5 stars, but these biscuits were simply heavenly, with a slight crisp on the outside but strangely light yet biscuity on the inside. The blueberry compote wasn’t too sweet, and the whipped cream on top was slightly denser than your common whipped cream. This is all to say that all of us were gawking about these sweet biscuits long after we had devoured them, and even remember them to this day.

Next was the veggie frittata, filled with brussel sprouts, sweet potato, and many other delicious veggies I can’t remember, topped with a couple fried tater-tots.

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Vegetable Frittata from Tasty N Sons (Photo by Freddierick John Photography)

I personally thought it was just okay, but the others loved it. Probably because I’m not much of a vegetarian girl…I like my meat.

The Shakshuka was quite delicious though. I had no idea what it was, but apparently it’s a popular Middle Eastern dish that is originally from Tunisia. It’s pretty much a slightly spicy tomato stew with eggs cracked on top, and to be eaten with toasted bread.

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Shakshuka from Tasty N Sons (Photo by Freddierick John Photography)

It had a lot of complex flavors and ended up being my favorite dish (outside of the sweet biscuits of course) 🙂 I’m going to try making this myself soon…

And at last, we got the “Polenta & Sausage Ragu with mozzarella & over easy egg”. I personally liked this one too, probably because I really like polenta, but I’ll admit it kind of tasted messy with the sausage. Almost chili-like..but we still finished it.

Polenta & Sausage Ragu with mozzarella & over easy egg from Tasty N Sons (Photo Credit to Freddierick John Photography

Polenta & Sausage Ragu with mozzarella & over easy egg from Tasty N Sons (Photo by Freddierick John Photography

At the end of it all, our amazing meal at Tasty N Sons made it to our “Top 3 Highlights” of our road trip. If you’re ever in Portland, you have to check this place out. I hear all of the rest of their brunch menus items are amazing too.

Stay tuned for the final part of my Road Trip Munchies: Portland series! Our last stop was one of Portland’s iconic food locations 🙂

– CP

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Bangers and mash at shameless o’leery’s in Redding, CA

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