Friday, July 31, 2015

Eat in Portland: Saint Cupcake

The Salty Captain and Toasted Coconut Cream

French Toast and Lemon Sparkle

While in Portland a couple weeks ago, my mom and I visited Saint Cupcake on SW Morrison Street and SW 12th Avenue in Southwest Portland. Saint Cupcake is a beautifully decorated cupcake shop with three locations throughout the city. The location we visited has an sleek, airy atmosphere with a brilliant use of bright colors. The store is as adorable as the cupcakes for sale.

We tried four mini-cupcakes during our stay: the Salty Captain, the Toasted Coconut Cream, the French Toast, and the Lemon Sparkle. The Salty Captain is made with fudgy chocolate cake, caramel buttercream, caramel sauce, and sea salt. If you're a fan of salted caramel, this cupcake is for you. (Aye aye, Captain!). The Toasted Coconut Cream is made with vanilla cake baked with toffee pieces inside, vanilla cream cheese, and toasted coconut. This is a favorite of mine, possibly due to the 1:1 frosting to cake ratio. I'm not sure of the exact ingredients in either of the cupcakes my mom tried, but she seemed to enjoy them.

I would definitely stop by Saint Cupcake if I'm in Portland in the future. In addition to a wide selection of cupcakes, they also sell brownies, cookies, pies, ice cream, cookiewiches, and ice cream cupcakes. Make sure to check out the whisk bike rake outside the store.

If you've stopped by Saint Cupcake, what did you try?

Saint Cupcake
1138 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97209
Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eat in Portland: Mumbo Gumbo

Jambalaya with chicken, Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, celery, and a side of cornbread

Mumbo Gumbo is a food cart that specializes in Cajun and Creole style food in Southwest Portland. When my mom and I visited a couple weeks ago, she ordered the Jambalaya, which is made with chicken, Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, celery, and a side of cornbread. It's everything I want in jambalaya and then some. It comes with a good helping of Andouille sausage. Overall, it's a pretty spicy dish so make sure you've got some water nearby.

If you've stopped by Mumbo Gumbo, what did you try?

Mumbo Gumbo
930 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
Open: Monday - Saturday 11am - 6pm

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eat in Portland: The Gaufre Gourmet

ABC Waffle with arugula, bacon, Camembert, and fig sauce

The Gaufre Gourmet is another one of the delicious food carts my mom and I patronized while in Portland a couple weeks ago. Located on SW 9th and Alder Street in Southwest Portland, The Gaufre Gourmet specializes in savory and sweet Belgian waffle dishes.

I ordered the ABC Waffle which comes with arugula, bacon, Camembert, and fig sauce. It is a foodie's dream. The liège style waffle was made from a "sweet brioche-style dough," according to their website, and provides the perfect base for whatever sweet or savory toppings you choose. The arugula was fresh and well-dressed, adding a tanginess to the dish. The bacon was the right amount of crispy, greasy goodness. The Camembert and fig sauce united the dynamic flavors well. This is truly a special dish. To enjoy the full experience, I'd highly recommend trying to get a bit of the waffle, arugula, bacon, cheese, and fig sauce in each bite.

If you've visited The Gaufre Gourmet, what did you try?

The Gaufre Gourmet
SW 9th & Alder St., Portland, OR 97205
Open: Daily 10am - 3pm

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eat in Portland: Salt & Straw

Honey Lavender and Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon ice cream

Honey Lavender and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle ice cream

A trip to Portland would not be complete without visiting Salt & Straw, a popular ice cream shop with three locations in the city. Apart from having a steady line out the door, they're known for mixing seemingly divergent flavors of ice cream to create something special. With choices like Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero and Arbequina Olive Oil, their ice cream is dynamic and anything but boring.

When my mom and I stopped by their Northwest Portland location on NW 23rd Avenue and NW Kearny Street a couple weeks ago, we opted for the sweet over the savory. I ordered the Honey Lavender and the Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon, while my mom tried the Honey Lavender and the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. Their Honey Lavender was one of the most flavorful I've tried and probably my favorite anywhere. The Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon was also far from subtle. It had the bold taste Stumptown is known for with a twist of bourbon. The Cinnamon Snickerdoodle was a favorite as well. It's made with chunks of the actual cookie and a sweet treat all around.

Outside of Portland, they have another popular location on Larchmont in Los Angeles. The next time I stop by I'd like to try the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache or the Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts.

If you've visited Salt & Straw, what flavors did you try?

Salt & Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210
Open: Daily 10am - 11pm

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Eat in Portland: Kelvin's Döner

Döner Salad with lamb and beef döner kebab, iceberg, romaine, red and green cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, carrots, feta, and tzatziki dressing

Kelvin's Döner is found in the same food pod as Nong's Khao Man Gai on SW 10th & Alder St. in Southwest Portland. I tried a bit of my mom's Döner Salad when we visited this food cart a couple weeks ago. The salad comes with delicious lamb and beef döner kebab, two types of lettuce and cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, carrots, feta, and tzatziki dressing. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful. The heaviness of the meat is balanced by the lightness of the salad. It's everything you want in the Turkish dish and an ideal lunch spot.

If you've visited Kelvin's Döner, what do you recommend trying?

Kelvin's Döner
SW 10th & Alder St., Portland, OR 97205
Open: Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm, Saturday 11:30am - 3pm

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