Ellie and I spent the day exploring PDX. We began with a prerequisite visit to Cargo. After thoroughly exploring this expansive warehouse dedicated to all things Asian, I left with several postcards, a fortune telling fish, and a few Mexican milagros. Ellie was equally successful in her purchases. We then spent approximately two hours in Powell’s with Ellie completely enthralled in the majesty that is an entire city block of books. More treasures were located and we moved on to conquer various food carts in Southwest.
We hiked to SW 3rd and Stark to Nuevo Mexico. Ellie was determined to catch a glimpse of the cart’s owner and former drummer of the Shins, Jesse Sandoval. I held equal determination, but in the form of locating food stuffs covered with green chiles. We were successful on both accounts. We split a vegetarian sopapilla, a delicious concoction of fried dough, beans, cheese, green chiles and tomatoes. After polishing off our first course, we migrated to the food cart mecca on SW 5th between Oak and Stark.
We decided to begin with Michelle’s Amazing Venezuelan Kitchen. We were in luck as Michelle had arepas on hand, unlike my last visit to little Caracas. Ellie had a domino arepa and I settled on plain cheese with rice and tostones. We enjoyed our meal at the accompanying table, discussing plans for global food cart domination by visiting Vietnam, Egypt and the Czech Republic. Our grand scheme was thwarted by a sudden downpour, so we dragged our soaked selves to the streetcar and back to the apartment.
We ended Ellie’s second day in Bridgetown with a visit to Kornblatt’s. Tomorrow’s plan includes the PSU Farmers’ Market, Hot Pot City, and perhaps a drive to the Flavour Spot in Northeast.