A great way to start a day in Portland is at Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie, French style bakery, which is located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. I had a wonderful breakfast – Day Breaker – which consisted of two scrambled farm-fresh eggs, chicken-basil sausage, butternut squash,
and a butter croissant.
The bakery offers a wide variety of pastries, cakes, and breads.
With over 600 food cars, Portland is famous for its food cart scene. The food carts offer a great selection of dishes from around the world. They are arranged as clusters of pods, with the largest situated downtown on Alder Street.
For my lunch I decided to order a delicious Chicken Shawarma from Persian Sofreh.
Bollywood Theater – a taste of India in Portland – is popular for its Indian street food and Bollywood movies playing on the walls. For my dinner, I tried two dishes. The first was Chicken Curry: Bone-in thigh and leg cooked in an aromatic and creamy curry, and served with the side of saffron rice.
And the second was Goan Style Shrimp: Shrimp with curry leaves, chili, coconut milk, and lime served with the side of saffron rice.
For locally made ice cream, stop at the famous Salt and Straw.
A sample of bone marrow ice cream (not a fan).
Their classic flavor, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, was my choice.
If you are a cider lover like I am, don’t forget to try locally produced cider from Portland Cider Company. Their cider is all natural, made without sulfates, artificial flavors, or colorings. Crafted from Northwest apples using English-style cider making methods, Portland Cider is crisp and refreshing.
I wrapped up my stay in Portland by having lunch at H.K Cafe. Popular for its Hong Kong style Chinese Cuisine, H.K Cafe’ s menu features sweet and savory dishes that are full of flavor and are beautiful to look at. I especially enjoyed their Dim Sum selection.
Some of the items from their menu are wheeled to tables on carts (next 3 images).
Shrimp and Vegetable Pot Stickers.
Deep Fried Pork and Vegetable Wontons.
Deep Fried Wonton Noodles.
Deep Fried Pork Dumplings.
Rice Noodle Rolls with Shrimp and Steamed Pork Dumplings.