A place to meet, learn, share and support

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 […]

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 the Engineering dept. at Portland State University. He and his young family came to the US from northern Iraq in Kurdish held areas. Abu Hassan came here with his family from southern Iraq and has been here a little less than five years. One an upper echelon student and published scholar and one a hardworking purveyor of delicious halal food and ready smiles but both share very painful stories of loss and yet a gratitude for what they have experienced in America.

The cart is noticeably without a name sign identifying the place. It seems Abu Hassan is renting the cart from another Iraqi refugee so no name; no sense of ownership. But not to worry, once you have eaten Abu Hassans food, you’ll know right where to return to…again and again.

Just for a sense of direction, the cart sits along with others on the corner of College and 4th Ave. directly across from the Engineering building on campus. My friend Omed bought my lunch so I don’t know the name of the dish but it was quite substantial and so delicious (my mouth is watering as I write this!!). The beef I had was some of the most soft and tasty as I’ve ever eaten. Really! I had to ask if it was really beef as I had been told. The chicken was tender and juicy with some wonderful spices cooked into it. The meal also included cucumber sauce, hummus, a small salad, and stuffed grape leaves. If I hadn’t missed breakfast that day I don’t think I could have finished the food. Really a high value product.

Abu Hassan would love to see you and you can tell him you learned about his wonderful food via the New Portlanders website! I encourage you on Campus and those with business downtown to take the green line to the end on the PSU campus and walk one block downhill to visit the silver colored cart and the winning personality of Abu Hassan.

reviewed by Tim S

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 […]

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 to highlight the multiculturalism of the area near 122nd and Division.

Several businesses from the area were represented and food was on sale from East Africa, Latin America, the Philippines, Iraq, Russia and other regions.

African Showboyz
Local businesses on display
Cultural dancers ready to perform
Marking where you’ve traveled to or lived in the world
Mexican dance
Portland ESL Network display