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La Osita Food Cart

La Osita Food Cart

La Osita (The Bear) is the new kid on the block, though perhaps a lonely one as it’s the only food cart in the lot on Southeast 122nd at Plaza 122 (1427-1515 SE 122nd). Does it’s presence mean more food carts are coming to this […]

Giant Gyros

Giant Gyros

Out with the old, in with the new as the saying goes. Subway’s exit gives room for Giant Gyros on the southeast corner of SE 82nd and Burnside. This spot with plenty of seating is clean and friendly and the food is super tasty! Giant […]

Shawarma Express and Food Carts on Alder and 9th

Shawarma Express and Food Carts on Alder and 9th

I’m still a bit new to the Portland scene so food carts still get me really excited. They probably always will because it’s just something I’ve never really seen in many other spots… and I’ve been blessed to travel and live in a LOT of other spots around the country. Last week my friend Sankar (the creative genius behind The Immigrant Story) and I met up on SW Alder and 9th to enjoy some classic Middle Eastern food from Shawarma Express (Facebook | Yelp). The Iraqi who runs the place is from Baghdad and has been in our area for only a few years. He’s friendly and happy for a chat, so be sure to strike up a conversation. (Many food cart vendors I’ve met from other countries get really good at all the vocab related to their food, but struggle with normal conversation.) I’m a sucker for lamb and my friend and I ordered a gyro and shawarma with some spicy fries. Seating is always a bit of an issue at food carts, but there’s a park just across the street that provided benches.

While in the area I wandered around the block and found a lot of other great spots I look forward to checking out in the future: Raha Persian Cuisine (Yelp), Baghdad Iraqi Grill (Yelp), Noah Halaal (Yelp), Kafta House (Yelp), Sams Saj (Yelp), Bing Mi! (Yelp), Rolls Plus Grill (Yelp), Potatoes on 9th (Russian Vietnamese fusion – Yelp) and many others that fit within the purview of “New Portlanders”.

reviewed by Tim Cowley

Cuisine of Africa

Cuisine of Africa

  It’s not often that a West African restaurant shows up on the Portland foodie scene. East African fare catering to the Somalian/Ethiopian community is certainly more available. So it’s pretty exciting to have a relative newcomer hit the market with Cuisine of Africa brought […]

Taqueria Ramos

Taqueria Ramos

Taqueria Ramos is a cute little Mexican taco stand tucked beside the Stop & Go convenience store at SE 122nd and SE Lincoln St. (2056 SE 122nd). Gudelia Jacinto, originally from Veracruz, is the master behind these works of art and set up shop here […]

Portlanders Stand With Refugees and Immigrants

Portlanders Stand With Refugees and Immigrants

If you felt the earth shaking last night and happen to live in Portland, it wasn’t the fault line preparing for the big one. That was hundreds, probably even more than a thousand (if Facebook events keep proper tally) gathering together at the Portland Parks & Rec community center in SE PDX for the PORTLANDERS STAND WITH REFUGEES & IMMIGRANTS free community event.

The idea behind this Friday night outing is to bring together cultures and backgrounds in a support of welcoming, love and unity. And it certainly felt like all of those things thanks to a smoothly run evening complete with Bollywood, Middle Eastern, African and Bollywood dancing. Oh, and Bollywood too. 🙂

Som Subedi helped organize the evening along with a faithful group of volunteers and other parks department staff. During the event Mr. Subedi (Engagement Coordinator, Parks for New Portlanders Program), Trang Lam (Assistant Director for Portland Parks & Recreation) and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz addressed the crowd while Mediterranean and Hawaiian food carts catered out-of-doors and handicrafts were sold in the hallway where new Community Youth Ambassadors helped engage the public and share about what the parks department is all about.

Abu Hassans Iraqi food cart

Abu Hassans Iraqi food cart

On a rainy Friday afternoon I had the privilege of visiting with Abu Hassan, along with our mutual friend Omed. Both are Iraqi nationals and both find a great deal of identity in their national love of great food. Omed is a PhD student in […]

Taqueria Mi Mole Mexican Restaurant

Taqueria Mi Mole Mexican Restaurant

One of Rockwood’s best kept secrets is a GREAT Mexican restaurant on East Burnside and SE 185th Ave (location of former Uzbeki restaurant), just west of the Plaza Del Sol. Although open since last May, we are hoping to spread the word a bit more […]

Juba East African Restaurant

Juba East African Restaurant

A few months ago I noticed a new African restaurant within walking distance of my house around 122nd and Market (just south of Market on the east side of the road). Imagine my surprise and delight! After all, we dig African food and so I popped in to check things out.

It took a few months before we arranged a visit, but we’re so glad we did! I invited another family with Kenyan roots and we moaned, oohed and aahed at the samosas, chapatis, fish, rice and chicken. It was our first time trying out Custard Apple juice (it’s an actual fruit, not a combo of two things). There is an international grocery store just behind the restaurant where I recognized a few items from southeast Africa where I spent time.

Qorani was our server and was a very friendly guy and welcomes one and all. Check out the video below to see more. Loved the community-style eating! Not sure if that comes standard or not, but we requested it and enjoyed every second.

reviewed by Tim Cowley


Festival of Nations

Festival of Nations

On a very cold wet Sept 17, 2016, Division Midway Alliance gave Portlanders a show through music, dance and culinary delights. It is known as the Festival of Nations and was my family’s first chance to experience what I hear they put on each year […]