Friday, October 1, 2010

Food Carts in NoPo

We've been having such beautiful weather in Portland lately that it's impossible not to be outside any chance I get. The other day I made a date with a friend to explore the North Portland food carts on North Killingsworth and North Greeley. There are about 10 carts there total. Of course, there are the usual Mexican and Thai carts that you find at any food cart hub, but my friend and I decided to try Yogio, where everything on the menu is gluten-free. 


It's hard to pinpoint the exact style of food available at Yogi's, but the menu is divided into two sections: To Meat and Not To Meat. We tried each dish on the Not To Meat side for $11, which were individually titled Rock, Paper, and Scissors. Rock was a crunchy rice ball wrapped in seaweed. Paper was made up of thin and delicious savory crepes with a dry cabbage slaw on the side. Scissors was a mug full of large rice noodles with a spicy red sauce. We decided Scissors wasn't our favorite out of the three, but the other two dishes were really delicious. We wish there had been more to eat, but perhaps, since we tried all three, the portion sizes were smaller. 


Because we were still hungry, we decided to have some dessert. The cart next door to Yogio is an ice cream cart. The owner makes her own dairy ice cream, but for vegans she also offers two sorbets and Cappuccino-flavored ice cream from Coconut Bliss. I had two medium scoops of that in a gluten-free, vegan waffle cone. Yum! After that, we took a walk along the bluff that overlooks industrial North Portland. It was a beautiful night, and we were able to witness an amazing sunset. 

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