Oregon Trip Part Two: A Foodie State of Mind

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pardon the radio silence it's been a rough few weeks! I had not one, but two computers die on me. Good news I am up and running with a fancy schmancy new Mac. NOW on to the topic at hand, FOOD!!!

I consider myself a total foodie. I love to cook, eat, dine, and I'm always seeking out good food. In another life I would like to be a food critic. Which of course makes me think of the movie Mystic Pizza when the television critic from 'The Fireside Gourmet' reviews the small shop. I can dream. For now I will just share some of my finds on our trip. First up, Pine State Biscuits.

I ordered The Moneyball.

Derek had an egg, cheese and bacon on a biscuit.

My parents both went for the hash ups. Oh my was I jealous. I liked the biscuits, but the hash browns would keep me coming back for more! I also loved the art just across the street.

Portland seems to have it’s own culture. Here are some terms I heard used:  PDX which is often used as a nickname for Portland and comes from the international airport, Portlandian, and Oregonian. So, does that mean someone could be a native Oregonian who is now a Portlandian leaving out of PDX for a trip? You could really have fun with this, right?

One of the many perks of traveling with my parents was a night out on the town! We needed a quick dinner (because the breweries were calling) and hit up The Grilled Cheese Grill. Portland has a huge food truck scene. I'm used to the LA food trucks that move around. Not here. The trucks are more like pods and they are stationary. Which makes them pretty easy to find. Hey do you see the PDX in the license plate below. Just's everywhere.

How do you like the seating area? Don't see it? It's in the school bus!

A counter lined one side of the bus adorned with school photos.

Can you tell which photo is my fav? Cracks me up! They flipped the benches on the bus to face each other and made booths. Genius!

This is some serious late night food.

I ordered The Hot Brie. It was out of this world good. The perfect crunch on the bread and melted brie in every bite. It was something else!

Last, but not certainly not least. A Dual of Donuts.

If you know your donuts you have heard of Voodoo Doughnuts. We were told by friends they used to have two highly unorthodox doughnuts, the NyQuil Glazed doughnut and the Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut. They are no longer available due to order of local health officials. When we arrived the line was long and my mom volunteered to wait while we ordered lunch at the pizza place next door. Side note the pizza was really good. Super thin and they gave us a scissor to cut slices. Scissors!?!

I texted my mom everyone's ordered and we all laughed as we considered asking her to get us a Cock-N-Balls and some Dirty Snowballs. I have to give it to them with the names, shapes and unique ingredients they use. Everyone's favorite was the Voodoo Doll. It's a light fluffy donut filled with a raspberry jelly filling and topped with chocolate frosting. It also so happens to be apart of their logo.

I read somewhere that no one who lives in Portland actually goes to Voodoo Doughnuts. How do you explain the long line? Tourists. GUILTY! Even though the donuts were nothing to write home about, I am glad we went for the novelty of it.

Across the street from Voodoo is this! The unofficial city slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. Created with the intention of supporting local businesses in Portland, Oregon. Personally I think it’s a license to be different and proud of it! Ain’t no shame in that game.

On our way to the airport we stopped for breakfast at Blue Star Donuts. From a graphic design point of view this box is seriously lacking. Voodoo has them beat with branding hands down. Of course it really is all about what's inside the box and Blue Star delivered.

Maple and bacon, blueberry bourbon basil, lemon poppyseed, and pumpkin spice cake. Looking at these photos I am instantly reminded of how delicious these donuts are. They were fresh, full of flavor, and melted in your mouth.

Hands down Blue Star has the best tasting donuts, but Voodoo wins for being so unique and over the top. Now that was a great foodie experience. To think this is just the tip of the iceberg makes me want to go back and try more!

PS - If you subscribe to my blog you might have seen this post in a partial version. Yup, that was me accidentally hitting the "Publish" button. Hmm...can I play it off as a behind the scenes look at the blogging process? So embarrassing.