Today is Portland’s Dine Out For Life campaign, for which many local restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds (up to 30% in some cases!). Since I will be glued to the TV for tonight’s NBA playoffs game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the (booo!) Dallas Mavericks, I made a point to go out for lunch and support this great Portland cause. I ambled over to the Division Street Noshery, an outdoor Food Truck nook that I was relieved to find has Heat Lamps and covered outdoor seating (Surprise! It’s raining in Portland!).
For lunch, I visited Fuego De Lotus. Here, I tried the Green Chile Chicken “Revolutionaries Plate,” which is a Venezuelan dish served with Arepa (like a cornbread), succulent Chicken, black beans and cabbage, then topped with Cotija (hard, Mexican cow’s milk cheese). Absolutely scrumptious.
For dessert, I popped over to the next cart, Oregon Ice Works (new Web site is in development, but they are on Twitter). Proprietor Kevin Bell served up a mouth-watering “Sundae” using Vanilla-Coconut Ice, Honey, Cinnamon, Honey, Corn Tortillas and topped with a single, chewy, Italian Amaretto cherry. “You have to use Juanita’s Corn Tortilla Chips,” Kevin insisted without a hint of sarcasm. “These are the best tortilla chips!” He wasn’t kidding, either. They are fantastic.
I hope you can make it out to support such a great cause for Portlanders. I highly recommend you check out all of the amazing Food Carts at the Division Street Noshery (view on Google Places).
Have fun, and GO BLAZERS!