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Off The Griddle Food Cart ~ Veggie Burger and Volt December 9, 2010

Sometimes in life, you make an unintended turn onto a street and you end up in food cart heaven.  It happened to me!

It was a sunny day in October and I was too lazy to pack a lunch so I thought it was a perfect time to check out a Mexican food cart that I’ve been meaning to go to just off SE 50th and Division Street.  Then it happened.  I couldn’t find rock star parking anywhere near the cart so I veered off the main road meaning to turn around and circle back.  That is, until I saw a whole parking lot full of other ones that I could go to instead.  This food cart area is called A la Carts Food Pavillion and The Off the Griddle cart  is one of the first to greet you as you enter this pod.  I give props to any cart that exclusively serves vegetarian/vegan friendly food.  I never have to worry about my fries tasting like the fish or chicken that has also been fried in the same oil.  All their burgers looked appetizing to me but I decided to try the regular OTG (Off the griddle) burger made with leeks, mushrooms and wild/brown rice.  It is also served with fried onions, lettuce and tomato and I added cheese to it for an extra 50 cents (vegan cheese also avail).  The menu also had something called a Veggie Volt which is a Yukon gold potato spiraled out and skewered on a bamboo stick then fried to golden perfection.  I had to buy one of those too 🙂

Let me just say this was one of the most satisfying lunch meals I’ve ever eaten.  The flavor of the burger was spot on and the fried onions were a nice addition sandwiched between Dave’s Killer Bread.   The veggie volt was also delicious and fun to eat.  Each spiral was easily pulled off into a chip sized portion and was nicely fried but not too greasy at all.  Seriously good food here.  Did I mention they do this all in a solar-powered cart?  They rock. 

This pod has a covered tent area with propane heaters for the winter!  Yippee!!!

The BEST veggie burger I've eaten EVER!

Location: 50th and Division (4926 SE Division St) Call in your order: 503.989.3908

Cost: Burger $5.50  (cheese additional .50 cents)/ Veggie Volt $2.50

 

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A trip to The Sugar Cube Part 3 ~ Highway To Heaven Cupcake August 30, 2010

My Mission: Try every cake/cupcake/pie product on their menu.

My destination:  The Sugar Cube. It is a food cart dishing up decadent desserts

Why?: Duh!!!

In my ongoing pursuit of trying out every baked item on the Sugar Cube’s menu, I find myself staring at the Highway to Heaven cupcake.  On this fateful day, I was actually going to buy the Amy Winehouse cupcake until I saw this “special” one that isn’t listed on their regular menu but is on their special order list.  So there I was…torn between the two.  A dessert dilemma was upon me and I wasn’t sure what to do.  Luckily, a fellow co-worker stepped in and offered to buy one and we split each cupcake.  Yippee!!

The Highway cupcake is described as  THE BEST chocolate buttermilk cupcake, filled to the brim with dreamy salted caramel and then dipped in rich bittersweet chocolate ganache. Michael Landon would be so proud.

The H2H is a pretty freaking good cupcake.  Again, there is a mix of different flavor combinations which makes this an interesting eating experience.  The middle also had caramel swirled about and that was nice surprise.  I am still in love with the Ultimate Brownie and it tops my chocolate list but this one is a close second.

Website: www.thesugarcubepdx.com/

Location: Food carts on the corner of Mississippi and Skidmore Moved to A la Carts Pavilion off 50th and SE Division

Cost: $3 or $3.50 (I can’t remember)

 

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