LIFE + LOCAL,  OREGON,  Will Run for Pasta

Cartlandia–Portland, OR

It’s after 11pm but I made it, day 3 of the A to Z challenge!

C is for Cartlandia!

If you’re ever talking to someone about Portland, OR it’s likely that food trucks will come up.

They’re kind of a “thing” around here.

We’d heard about a pod on 82nd called Cartlandia and this past Saturday we sought it out.

Well, technically I didn’t know where I was driving to, Mr. Won’t Run was just telling me when and where to turn so it was a surprise for me.


Mr. Won’t Run had been hearing about Thai Mango so that was our first truck stop.

We ordered our Thai usuals, Pad Kee Mao for him and Massaman Curry for me.

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Next up were meat hand pies/rolls from London Pasty Company where we tried the slowcooked cornbeef and the spinach, garlic, feta, artichoke roll.



The owner had the sweetest chocolate lab named Chance and she was really hoping we’d drop a few chunks.  She was trying her best to get a sniff from under the table but then she just laid down next to us to hang out.


Look at those beautiful eyes!


Then it was time for a corndog from Blazin’ Grill… their motto… “Nobody beats our weiners”, ha!  You’d think it was owned by dudes but nope, it’s a gal!



And some borsh from Traditional Russian Cuisine.


Then it was time for dessert!!

A fruity drink and Plantain Empanadas from La Miguelena Salvadoran Cuisine.


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And of course we couldn’t pass up Crepes Plus where we met MaMa’s Boy which was filled with marshmallows, strawberries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream – yum!


All of the food was good but we both agreed that the desserts were the best!

There is also a tented beer garden that is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and wabbit-friendly on Easter weekend.


It was a fun outing that felt very Portland-y and we definitely plan on going back to try out some of the other carts.  Although I may just gorge on crepes.

C is for Crepes!!

Do you have food trucks where you live?  Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite one!

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!


  • Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life

    Oh my goodness, so many wonderful things you had {I seriously would have exploded!} But it all looked hard to resist. Tucson doesn’t have a lot of food trucks around, not all in one place, anyway. But we do have lots of taco/Sonoran hot dog carts on the corners! They are the best!

    • Sarah

      Rachel – I didn’t realize you were in Tucson, that’s where I was born! Grew up in the swimming pool until we moved to Seattle when I was 8. I can just imagine how great those tacos and dogs are!!

    • Sarah

      I would totally believe that Whitney because I think this was my first time, at least at an official food cart pod. It’s amazing (sad, pathetic?) how many Portland things I haven’t done or seen or eaten at, so I’m making lists and trying to rectify that!

  • Becky @ So Very Blessed

    We do have food trucks here, but 90% of them just sell Sonoran hotdogs, which are fun to try, but not something I’d go back for again and again!

    But all of the food that you guys got? I want all of it! YUM! We have crepe places here, but they sell crispy crepes that are served kind of like a cone with fillings…not the same thing as the soft ones!

    • Sarah

      Yeah, when we’re trying something new we tend to order A LOT, haha! I don’t think I’ve ever seen crispy crepes, but I could eat these soft ones all day long!!

    • Sarah

      I didn’t realize you were from WA Jen, I grew up in Bellevue (not the “snobby” side, LOL)! That would be fun to have alternating trucks, it would be like going to a new restaurant in the same spot and never knowing what you’re going to get!

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