Happy Valley food carts

100 Degrees

What a week! Last week was busy. First, we were having a new roof put on our house. So working from home and listening to the banging, clanging, pounding all day and all week was not what I’d call fun. Plus Portland got another heat wave. This time, 100 degrees several days in a row! Ouch. Too hot for me. But at least a few weeks ago we got a new AC, furnace and water heater installed!

Michael’s dad came to visit from Texas and he did not mind the weather. πŸ˜‰

Thursday after work we went to the Happy Valley food carts for dinner. It was 100 degrees out but we remembered they had an indoor beer garden and we kind of wondered if it would have AC…spoiler alert, it did not have AC. πŸ™ It was so so hot! A little too hot for my little guy so we didn’t stay long.

The last (and first) time we were at the Happy Valley food cart station was the weekend before Logan arrived! I was bummed when we arrived this time and the food cart I tried last time was gone. It was SO GOOD and I was planning on getting it again.

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Michael and I both got dinner from the E-San Thai cart. I got the Pad Prik Khing with tofu. It was good and spicy but nothing amazing. I’ve had better dishes at the E-San food cart that is downtown.

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I usually don’t choose tofu but I enjoyed it with the veggies. And of course, my beloved Boneyard IPA:

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I ate about half of my dinner and saved the rest for leftovers. Then we headed home to our air conditioned home! The beer garden was cool and they had a TON of really good beers and ciders on tap. I would have liked to hang around longer and check it out but it was not the day to do that. We’ll go back another time when the weather is a little more pleasant.

Saturday we had planned on going to Hood River for the day but since it was going to be 102 degrees we decided against it. It was just too hot for the baby. So we went out to breakfast to Sckavone’s instead. At 9:30am it was 80 degrees but really pleasant in the shade so we sat outside to enjoy the summer morning.

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I got a DELICIOUS iced coffee that really hit the spot (although I could have used a second one honestly). The three of us ended up getting the same thing for breakfast — the chorizo breakfast bowl. It was black beans, chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, avocado, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

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It was really tasty and filling. We enjoyed our breakfast outside and then headed home where I went to the gym and the guys watched the Olympics in our air conditioned house.

Saturday we went to an early dinner at Jake’s. It’s a favorite of Michael’s and his dad’s. We went early to avoid the crowds since we were taking Logan with us. First time going to a “real” restaurant (as in, not a kid-friendly restaurant). We figured he’d be ok because most of the time when we take him to restaurants he either sleeps through the whole thing or there’s so much going on around that he’s quiet and just looks around. And he did really well this time, although he was a little more vocal and active this time (of course, right?) but at least he didn’t cry or make noise.

We shared the calamari appetizer (sorry the photo was blurry, I was feeding Logan a bottle while we ate it). And I got a glass of the Malbec. For dinner Michael got the salmon with green beans and potatoes; his dad got the blackened rockfish with zucchini; and here was mine:

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I went “light” and got the house salad with blue cheese and candied walnuts and a cup of the Dungeness Crab bisque (with crab sprinkled on top). It was all very delicious! I’m glad I got the small cup of the bisque, though, because it was VERY rich. I don’t know that I could have eaten more of it.

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Someone was getting a little antsy so I scarfed down the rest of my salad and then took him out of the carseat while the guys finished their dinners.

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He was super fascinated by the paper on the table. We skipped dessert and headed home after that. It was definitely time to get out of there. Overall he did great and didn’t make much noise but it was kind of stressful being at a restaurant that wasn’t fast food with a baby!

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Think they’re ready?? πŸ˜‰

Saturday was such a nice day in Portland! 65 and sunny! It was so nice out and I was feeling a bit stir crazy and sick of laying on the couch watching Netflix…Michael suggested we go check out the new food cart pod in Happy Valley so we went there for lunch. There were a bunch of different carts and several looked appealing. I definitely want to go back and try some others. I ended up going to the Hot Box BBQ cart and it was SO GOOD!

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I got the pulled pork sliders–2 of them. The Classic was pulled pork with pineapple, BBQ sauce and coleslaw on it. So delicious. The other slider I got was the Volcano–my FAVORITE! It came with homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo sauce that was to die for. It was just the right amount of spice and I absolutely loved it. So yummy.

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Just the right size, too. Loved the buns and they were slightly crispy. I can’t wait to go back and get another one of those Volcano sandwiches! Michael went to a different cart and got a rice, black bean, chicken and avocado bowl that came with homemade tortilla chips (they were great). We sat outside with Bella and ate our delicious lunches.

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After lunch we went out to Powell Butte for a nice long walk in the sunshine. It was my idea. Michael kept asking if I was up to it. But I was ok, just slow.Β The weather was perfect and even though I’m not in “hiking” condition right now I knew it would be an easy enough one to do because it’s not too steep, part of it is paved and it’s close to home. Bella was SO EXCITED!

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I feel bad — the weather has been so terrible all winter long and then towards the end of the pregnancy I was just not feeling myself physically and was really limited in what I could do so hiking was one of the first things we stopped doing. Which sucks because Bella loves it so much. I’m really looking forward to doing more of it this spring/summer.

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We did a very slow stroll around Powell Butte park and took a few breaks. Bella got to run around and sniff everything and there were tons of dogs and people out enjoying the nice sunny day. It just felt really good to be outside getting some Vitamin D.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles in one hour. I burned a little over 200 calories. That was my workout for the day!

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The rest of the day was kind of uneventful. Laundry, House of Cards on Netflix and then a spontaneous invite from friends to go out for Thai food. I didn’t really feel like hanging around the house so I agreed to the dinner date, even though I probably should be taking it “easy” and staying close to home!

We went to Siri Thai and it was a really nice place. The food was good, the service was good and there wasn’t a huge wait for a Saturday night.

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It was really nice to go out with our friends and their kids, eat good food and get out of the house! πŸ™‚