Every week I try to experience one new food–whether it’s a new beer, recipe, or restaurant. This past week has been no exception! I wanted to share some of my yummy new finds.
In Portland this week it’s been Portland Dumpling Week. About 19 different Portland restaurants are participating by whipping up their own recipes for dumplings. For every dumpling dish you enjoy, you receive a sticker on a passport that enters you to win gift certificates for Bridgeport Village (outdoor mall in Tigard). I managed to talk my office into trying out a new place on Monday. My pick? Mama Chow’s on SW 2nd and Washington in downtown. This cart is a hopping little spot off the beaten food cart path and their dumplings and service were great! The entree was made up of cabbage and chicken dumplings on a bed of baby bok choy alongside a yummy spicy fish sauce dipping sauce, and it’s only $7!! If you’re in the area I highly suggest checking this little cart out–I’m headed back soon for some garlic noodles and wings!
Survival Bars=Breakfast on the Run
A short time ago I was approached by Hallelujah Acres to try their raw Survival Bar–I got very excited because protein bars are difficult for me to come by! These bars are 100% vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, salt-free, have no refined sugar, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors, and no trans fats. I do not like high levels of soy protein in my protein bars. These bars had some typical characteristics of bars I have had in the past (slight gumminess, higher sugar (although it’s more natural)–these bars pack about 28g per bar), but overall I was quite happy with them. They were filling (1 bar as a snack, they only have, on average, 8g protein), and my favorite bar, Cranberry Blast, had dried cranberries inside, which helped the consistency greatly. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have some easy portable protein on hand! I do not travel, hike, or survive at work without something high protein to lean on should I get hungry. These bars do hold up to heat too–which is great if you like to keep a bar in your car. If you’re in the market, you can get these from their site (above) or through Amazon.
Breakside Brewery’s Lychee Chilies Beer
On almost every trip to TJ’s (Trader Joe’s) we end up in the beer section looking for the next best bottle out by local brewers at Breakside Brewing. This week was especially exciting as we came across this beauty!!! Tropicalia–a farmhouse style ale made with lychee and chilies–farmhouse ales are traditionally brewed in winter and consumed in spring and summertime. Beers with this namesake tend to be brewed with fruit and are dryer with an earthy yeast. This beer ranked about a 2 on a spicy scale (out of 5) and was lovely. The lychee was mild, mostly in the nose and on the very front end. This beer is out exclusively at Portland Trader Joe’s locations so far as I know–though I’d have to guess you can also get a glass at Breakside’s tap rooms.