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.


Burmese red pork stew


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.




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.


Low Country Shrimp and Grits


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.


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.


Road Trip Pit Stop: Katy’s Korner

I took a road trip to NorCal with a few friends this weekend after finals let out. This road trip was not a strong compliment to the health disaster of finals that happened the week before (sleep when convenient, drink caffeine, eat whatever). We probably stopped for Carl’s Jr. one too many times for an apple a day to ever remedy, though I did buy a bag of oranges to relieve my conscience…

Despite too many visits to Uncle Carl, we did stop by a wonderful brunch restaurant in San Ramon called Katy’s Korner. On the outside, it was just like the rest of the stores in the strip mall, painted a passive shade of light blue on wood panelling. However, once inside I found myself in a cozy world of warm lighting, wall frames, and wooden furniture. 


I ordered an Icelandic Salmon Eggs Benedict, which had a delicate combination of flavors with the smoked salmon, spinach, egg and hollandaise sauce. It also came with a hefty side of potatoes that worked to insure that you would walk out with a food coma.


This was their Chicken Joe’s Special, a chicken and egg scramble. A little mild in the flavoring in comparison to my salmon, but not bad if you can appreciate subtler flavors.


Santa Fe Eggs Benedict


Overall, the food was pretty good, though the large portions meant that we were taking  about half of our meals to go. The four dollar orange juice was slightly painful to my wallet, but it was an overall enjoyable experience.