In October 2014, my mom and I spent a girls weekend in Portland, Oregon with my aunt. One of the highlights of the weekend was visiting a Portland food cart pod. What is a food cart pod? A wonderful collection of eclectic food trucks gathered together in one place offering foodies a lot of choices at reasonable prices. It’s also something that Portland is known for.
It was a beautiful afternoon, unseasonably warm and sunny. We did one quick spin through the carts, getting an idea of what was offered before splitting up to find what appealed to each of us.
My mom, a very picky eater, ended up at a Filipino cart where she ordered a type of egg roll.
I wandered around looking for something that I haven’t tried before. The pods in Portland are great because more adventurous eaters can find things just as easily as pickier eaters; however, even familiar food can have an interesting twist.
I finally stumbled across a Scandinavian cart. I had never had Scandinavian food before and couldn’t wait to try it.
I ordered a Norwegian meatball wrap on lefse bread with cheese sauce for $6.25. I’ll be honest, it was pretty bland for someone used to eating Indian, African and Honduran food. But it was something new and that was important to me.
My aunt chose an amazing combo from Belize that was around $7.
The Portland food carts bring a chance to try something new along with a melting pot of cultures to immerse yourself in. Where else can you share a Filipino, Belizean, Norwegian meal?