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.

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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.

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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.

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Look at those beautiful eyes!

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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!

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And some borsh from Traditional Russian Cuisine.

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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!

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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.

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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!

8 Comments

  • 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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