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Carnita Tacos ~ La Bonita September 30, 2013

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I should eat here more often than I do, I think I avoid Alberta Street as a driver because of the cyclists and the lack of a proper bike lane on that street.  There is only so many blocks I want to drive at 5 miles an hour and I get a little antsy around the 30 block mark of being behind a bike.  Don’t get me wrong, I get along with bikes and I love them but you are pretty screwed as a driver on this street if you are behind one.

Now that I’m done griping about traffic, I can talk a little about my delicious lunch I had a few weeks ago.  My coworker drove (yay!) and we both ordered the carnitas tacos.  Yes, she got stuck behind a bike in case you were wondering! My tacos were delicious and not greasy at all.  I ordered the lunch special (I think it was $6.95) and got rice, beans and a drink with my meal.  I definitely needed salt and hot sauce to flavor up the beans but they were filling and I ate pretty much everything on my plate.  It’s always a good meal and good service here.




Veggie Tostada-ada-ada ~ La Bonita December 13, 2012

Is there a time this place isn’t busy for lunch?  The line can be long but usually the wait for food isn’t quite as bad.  Be advised the food doesn’t always come out in order so the guy behind you (and the guy behind that guy) might get their meal first.  No biggie in my opinion but I always find myself lunging at what I think should be my order since everyone ahead of me received their food.  Hmmm, maybe it is all in order until it gets to me?  Oh well, the extra minute or two is worth it since the food is so good and you never leave hungry.

As you can see from the picture above, the tostada is piled high with beans, lettuce, salsa, sour cream and cheese.  Very filling and I would order it again.  The staff is super friendly and sometimes when the lines are really long they have been known to throw in a free fountain drink, at least for me they did 🙂

La Bonita is one of my go to lunch spots and several people at work like eating there now too.  Great find on Alberta St. where there are so many Mexican places to choose from.  I’m glad their gorgeous green door (below) caught my eye one day and made me take notice of their establishment so I could remember to try it out one day.

The door that caught my attention

Location: 2839 NE Alberta St Portland OR 97211 Phone: (503) 281 3662


Cost: $4.50
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Pastry Perfection ~ Petite Provence June 6, 2012

Oh la la

Boulangerie: the French word for bakery

I spent 3 short but glorious days in Paris in the late 1990’s and I can still remember every pastry and dessert I ate there.  I began my mornings at the boulangerie next to my hotel and ordered something called a l’orangerie which is a flaky and buttery croissant-like pastry with apricot halves baked in and finished off with sprinkles of French pearl sugar. 

I’ve been searching for something similar to the l’orangerie but nothing I tried was memorable enough to make me want to go back for more until I walked into Petite Provence.  My experience with French bakeries in Portland have been so-so.  Nothing has blown my mind or has come close to the taste of the croissants and other pastries I ate in Paris so I wasn’t expecting anything more from this place.  Don’t get me wrong, they were tasty but I wouldn’t make a special trip out there to buy anything more if I had the craving.  However, the apricot croissant at Petite Provence caught my eye and as I began to eat it I was transported back to Paris circa 1999, sitting on a bench outside the local boulangerie in a food trance.  

Their flaky layers of croissant pastry envelopes a light custard filling with apricot halves on each end and becomes something out of this world delicious. I’ve been longing for something like this for decades and it is the closest thing I’ve found to pastry bliss since Paris.  I am happy I don’t have to travel far to enjoy it either as Petite Provence is conveniently located close to my work and another location is on the route I travel to go home.  They also have a bistro menu serving  breakfast, lunch and dinner items which I have yet to try but I am planning on it soon. Check their website below for more information. 

The picture above is their strawberry flower. 


Locations: 4 locations (so far) in Oregon 

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