I had no idea that it was supposed to snow today, Neither, apparently, did Trimet. It started out as a nice walk in the snow at 7:20 AM, down to the bus stop at 34th & Hawthorne.
Once there, I only had to wait about 5 minutes before a bus came. It was packed but I got a spot right in the front, standing just a hair behind the yellow line. Good for me but bad for everyone at stops past 30th, as we had no room and he didn’t make any other stops.
Once we hit Madison though, it was all backup and no bus lane. So, I decided to get off at Grand and walk the rest of the way into work. So did a lot of other people. I even beat the bus across the bridge by walking it.
Got to work at 8:20 so it took me about 60 minutes. It usually takes 30 minutes so not too bad.
Another bridge picture.
View from my office window.
Around 11:10 I decide to go out and forage for lunch, walk around and take a . . . → Read More: S is for Snow — The N-O-W is for Now
Not a lunch cart but it’s lunch, alright!
412 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
Soup of the Day
Green Split Pea Soup with Carrots, Potatoes, Vegan Bacon and Wasabi. Adaptation of a recipe by the great chef Jacques Pepin.
Bowl with Grilled Baguette $4.50
Solo Cup with Crackers $2.50
Discount Cup alongside Your Sandwich Order $1.95
Special Sandwich Today
Spanish Style Vegan Chikn Sandwich with Marinated Chikn Nuggets, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, Kalamata Olives and Vegan Saffron Garlic Aioli on Special Grilled Bianca Roll.
Sandwich Comes with Your Choice of Kettle Chips or Slaw for $6.95
This is what I had the last time I got lunch from Veganopolis. How fitting that it is also the special today, November 2, when I’m posting this. Coincidence? I think not. Okay, maybe it is a coincidence.
Veganopolis is about three blocks from my office, so it’s pretty convenient. I just call it in and pick it up. The interior is very nice though, so it also seems like it would be a good place to bring your laptop and hang out (they have free wifi). Stark and minimal with shiny bamboo floors.
Oh, yeah and I should probably mention (if the name of the place didn’t . . . → Read More: What’s for Lunch? Veganopolis!
Corner of SW Oak & 2nd Ave
Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a new job downtown and one of the nice benefits of that is the lunch choices. My last position was up on Skyline and my lunch option was…Pizzicato. I mean, that was good, but that was it. That was the only choice nearby.
But now…the possibilities are endless! So, I thought I would start a little review of lunch carts in downtown Portland. The first is Thai Basil, which is right across the street from my office building. How convenient!
Thai Basil Menu
Chicken or Tofu Curry — a red curry, green curry and a yellow curry
Chicken or Tofu Stir Fries — ginger, garlic, veggie lovers, spicy basil and cashew versions
Chicken or Tofu Noodle Dishes — pad thai and two other varieties
Chicken or Tofu Fried Rices — comes in pineapple, spicy basil and with extra chilis
They also have specials. These include Lemongrass Chicken, Pumpkin Curry with Chicken or Tofu, Spicy Mango Curry and Stir Fried Asparagus with Chicken or Tofu.
All of these menu items come with a salad roll and dipping sauce, and a drink (Thai ice tea or water) for . . . → Read More: What’s For Lunch? Thai Basil!
The other day I got an e-mail from the Western Culinary Institute containing a press release about their upcoming Bastille Day celebration. This made me happy because — 1. the lunch sounds really good and I totally want to go and 2. someone at WCI reads my blog and thought to send me a press release. Yay! So, I will pass this on for any Portland area people, as it sounds great and the price certainly cannot be beat.
This year, Western Culinary Institute’s Restaurant Bleu, located at 921 S.W. Morrison, invites Portland to celebrate Bastille Day from July 11-14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a special three-course menu including: Chicken Vol au Vent, Halibut a la Nage and Lavender Infused Pot de Crème. Priced at $17.89 for two, in honor of the year marking the beginning of the French Revolution, meals are affordable for royalty and peasants alike.
On July 14 at 12:00 p.m., the Blue Chippers – Western Culinary Institute’s award-winning ice sculptors – will present an Eiffel Tower carved out of raw ice, demonstrating some of the coolest culinary arts skills in town. In addition, Restaurant Bleu will feature photographs of Paris by Portland . . . → Read More: Celebrating Bastille Day in the Pdx
SW Broadway and Main
Portland, OR 97205
Last weekend we went downtown to Portland Center Stage to see Drunk Puppet Night at the Winningstad Theatre. It was very entertaining and a nice evening out. There were big puppets, little puppets, a whole alien/ufo/puppet/mini-series and an odd yet very humorous performance art piece involving rubber chickens, a hula skirt, a George W. Bush mask, sex toys and a big inflatable globe (I bet you can guess kind of how that went…) Anyway, before all that wackiness ensued — there were the salad rolls.
First off, I love the image with the woman and the martini and the little animated bubbles here. So much fun. While at the Art Bar, I had a couple of cosmopolitans and although I had no little animated bubbles in mine, I enjoyed it.
The menu is small with just a few appetizers: Thai Salad Roll, Garlic Hummus with warm pita and Bruschetta. We split the salad rolls.
The image above is after we had eaten about two of them — is was quite a full plate, not bad for $7. And they were tasty. There are also some salads on the menu and . . . → Read More: Art Bar + Drunk Puppets = Fun Night Out