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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 […]

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 less than two years ago. I went with the enchiladas while my wife enjoyed her carne asada. Both dishes were simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g! We weren’t quite up on how to properly order tacos for the kiddos so they didn’t quite get their fill but were happy to walk back home as they were getting chilly on this early spring evening. We didn’t have any trouble ordering despite not speaking Spanish (though a basic understanding comes in pretty handy). Just don’t make the mistake of leaving with the friendly “buenos nachos” that I called out to Gudelia as we exited the gate. I really, really hope she didn’t hear me and honestly I really, really was trying to say goodnight.

–reviewed by Tim Cowley

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 […]

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 broadly so that more people can experience the culinary delights that I have been consuming since August.

Abimael (above left) and Efyain (above right) are usually working the lunch hours. Friendly, welcoming, and helpful, they speak Spanish and English.

Today, Steve Carlson and I had a FEAST and enjoyed every bite of it! Tasty without being too spicy, they also provide mild, medium, and hot sauce to add at your discretion. We had Mole Oaxaquenos Mix, Sopes, Panuchos, Tamale Yucateco, and Huaraches.

As they mention on their menu, their goal is to provide the taste of Mexico in an affordable and traditional way. They have food from different regions and states in Mexico: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Yucatan, and more! Visit and enjoy for yourself, and let all of your friends know as well.

reviewed by Scott McCracken

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 […]