Sunday, April 25, 2010

Food Carts - Food Find!

Talk about the ultimate food find! I'm on my way home from the annual IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) convention in Portland - well fed to say the least! On top of all of the great restaurants (Mother's Bistro and Wildwood were standouts!) I stuffed myself with food cart food.

What a crazy food trend! I walked the city from top to bottom to check out all of the kitchy carts and ended my trip by spending a few hours at the "Eat Portland" festival where there were 30 of the best food carts showcasing their goods. It was like a mini culinary trip around the world!

The favorites? Even though I'm not a big sweets or fried food kind of gal I have to admit that the tiramisu waffles and fried pies were pretty darn tasty. And the waffles with whipped maple syrup were mmmm good! The grilled p b & j sandwiches with additions like jalapenos or bacon were totally fun and unexpected. I rounded it out with a pupusa with pork, beans and cheese. I tried to sample something from every booth and I think I did pretty well. Ugh. I can't say I felt great by the time the evening was over but it was a blast! Makes me want to open up a few carts in Sacramento! Check out the pictures from the streets of Portland and the food cart festival. I hope you can enjoy the food cart scene vicariously through them!

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