So, the guys completely forgot that they promised to review the carts. They were just so satisfied with the food that they didn’t see the need. They both agreed that the food was good, but couldn’t quite remember HOW good, so they don’t want to do the review because they don’t know what to say.
Well. The drunken yakisoba, which I got at the cart “Anything Else?”, was really good. I love yakisoba, though, so I may be biased. And you can never go wrong withThai tea.
The crepe cart, “Crepes Plus” had a good reception with the guys, though they were a bit perplexed. Travis had a reuben crepe, and I don’t like sauerkraut, so I didn’t try it, but the impression that I got was this: great ingredients, but odd when put into a crepe. He still really enjoyed it, however.
Rick’s food, a quesadilla burger and thin-cut potato fries from “JC’s Good Eats” was just as good. The fries were the best thing I have ever eaten. Okay, that MIGHT be a bit of an exaggeration, but they were really good. The burger it’s self… well, I only had a tiny bite of it, so I don’t remember. But I did agree that it was good at the time, so it must have been???
Rick and I went back probably… a few weeks later? We were on our way home and I had a hankering for a burger, so we stopped and got one, though he had already eaten. Said burger was obtained at “The Rock House Grill”, home of the fabled “Apocalypse Now!” meal. I just got a regular cheeseburger, as plain as can be, but it was a really good burger. I would definitely recommend this food cart pod to anyone and everyone, for sure. There’s something for everyone, no matter how picky. And I should know.
Guys, get ready. February flavors are coming. And here’s a hint of what’s in them.
Just a slice of heaven.
I try and drink a Kale shake at least once a day, so here’s my little recipe for this here smoothie.
What you’re gonna need (for this particular Kale shake):
Now, that’s what you need if you want the bare bones, but I always include a bunch of fruit because it tastes better that way.
Ginger root can be hard to measure. If you like ginger root, put in half a root, other wise cut up just a little bit. AGAIN, it can be overpowering if you put to much in!
Cut all your fruit and veggies into small pieces and throw them in a blender. You can also do this same recipe in a juicer, but I like the pulp so I stick with a blender.
Now, this particular blender is a bit old and doesn’t blend so well, so you may want to take a bit of time blending all of this. Or it’ll blend first try and you wont have any problems.
Pour and you’re done! Well, don’t forget to clean up after yourself, but this drink will serve at max four people. This is really it’s own lunch if you drink it by yourself.
If you have any questions or have your own variant of Kale shake, don’t hesitate to drop a reply or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I was a young boy, my mother would tell me stories about a magical land far, far away. She would speak of a place where food was cheap and delicious, served fresh from wheeled machines called “food carts” and made of ingredients not found on this plane of existence. My mother’s drunken ramblings evoked such a hope inside of me that in spite of my best judgment, a part of me believed that such a place could exist.
And for a long time, I searched in vain for this place. And then I stumbled upon Cartlandia.
Located on 82nd street east of the Willamette River, Cartlandia is an incredibly accessible food cart pod notable for its diverse selection of international and local cuisine. It intersects with the Spring Water Bike Trail, so whether you drive, bike or bus, Cartlandia is in a prime location. Though the pod itself is open 7 days a week, 11:00-10:00 Monday through Thursday and 11:00-11:00 Friday through Sunday, each cart sets its own hours, with some opting to shut down entirely for the winter months due to low traffic.
Walking into the pod, I was immediately overwhelmed by the plethora of options. Cartlandia is a patchwork of good smells and adorable little carts. The beer garden in the center is a great draw for any alcoholic, and it’s family-friendly, so your kids are allowed in as well. They can watch you drink just like you’re at home, except you can’t hit them here because there’s this nice Asian family that watches for shit like that.
Though usually I prefer to gorge in secret, my colleagues Rick and Kim came along to help assess the food on a more professional level, without the shame and crying. It was a tough choice, but after wandering through the great expanse of Cartlandia, we decided on three different food carts.
Kim, the pickiest eater of the group, opted for a cart by the name of Anything Else. The aroma of delicious Thai cuisine was impossible to ignore. After scouring the menu, she picked the Yakisoba noodles and a Thai ice tea. The price was decent for the fuckton of food she received.
Rick went to a cart called Good Eats by J.C. The woman at the window was incredibly jovial and had either a lovely attitude or was so sarcastic it was impossible to tell. Either way, she helped Rick decide on the quesadilla burger and thin-cut potato fries.
After wandering around for what seemed like hours, or even minutes, I picked an adorable cart called Crepes Plus. Guess what: there were crepes. I’d like to say I agonized over the decision, but as soon as my fat little eyes saw the words “Ruben Crepe,” my decision was made.
It was glorious.
So how was the food? Find out next time on the exciting conclusion to…FOOD CART ADVENTURES!
Off 82nd Avenue, close to Crystal Springs, there is a large sign stating “Cartlandia.”
It looks almost like a compound, surrounded by a high fence, but inside there lies a beer garden tent! Also, food carts. Cartlandia is next to the Spring Water Bike Trail, so there are a lot of bike racks to park your bike.
See? That tent has beer in it.
There seems to be people looking at the camera in this shot, more importantly there are a plethora of Food Carts in the background!
We start a leisurely walk around Cartlandia, looking for something that catches our eyes. On the right, the Red and white picket fence Food Cart, is the Thai Mango. A Thai centered food cart. A little further on is a white little trailer of a Food Cart called, “Cheese Steak Nirvana” bet you can’t guess what they specialize in?
After Cheese Steak Nirvana, next to Rock House Grill, there is this giant shoe that is just a great addition to the place.
Oh no, there’s those people again, ok act cool. This is the front of the Rock House Grill. It’s an incredibly american flavored food cart, mostly hamburgers and hot dogs. One crazy thing on their menu that you have to read is this thing:
Yeah, Apocalypse Now. Everything on this menu is in ridiculously large portions.
Check it out, it’s a Desert Food Cart! I haven’t checked out many of these. Cake On A Hot Tin Roof’s menu is small portions, but they are of high quality.
Walking around the corner there is a bright orange Food Cart called, “Good Eats by JC.” I am unsure what kind of food this cart specializes in, but hey! It’s their Grand Opening, so some wiggle room, right?
If you continue walking around the Beer Garden Tent, you’ll see the “Anything Else?” Food Cart. This cart’s specialty is Thai Food. Delicious Thai food.
Ok, this could just be a strange trend in Portland, but I love crepes and I’m so happy they are now a thing now. Here is the yellow Crepes Plus food cart. One of the items on the menu that caught my eye is the Reuben Crepe. Love Reubens.
There are a number of Food Carts we didn’t photograph nor did we take any pics of the inside of the Beer Garden Tent. We did however get some food. We’ll put up our reviews on the food we got later.