Monday, September 30, 2013


(UPDATE 11/10/13: November 10 marked Lucy's last day. Certo will continue under a new name and a new chef, Paul.)

(UPDATE 10/20/13: Certo is now at the 23rd and Alberta food cart pod!)

(UPDATE 10/1/13: Corrected my blog post to note that Enzo Lanzadoro, owner of Enzo's on NE Alberta, is the actual owner of Certo. Lucy handles the food side of this business, including catering.)

Certo is located near the corner of NE 23rd and Alberta St. NE 15th and Alberta St. in Portland, Oregon. The cart, which opened about five weeks ago, is in a fairly new parking lot containing four food carts. Lucy Phillips is the chef and owner of Certo.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Yummy Mongolian BBQ

Yummy Mongolian BBQ has three locations around Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

Friday, September 27, 2013

YouTube: 7 Pot Brown Pain and Wasabi Snickers

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been sidetracked with some personal matters (nothing bad), so I've largely kept the YouTube stuff relegated to simple reviews or short challenges. Probably the one exception was the Afterburn 7 Pot Brown pepper, which gave me a quick reminder on why I don't always stuff superhots down my throat.

Evil pod. Just evil.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Breakfast at Valerie's (Part 2)

(Original Review -- October 2011)

I returned to Breakfast at Valerie's in mid-September for a hearty breakfast. This time, I brought my mother, who visited from Hawaii.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Margot's Cafe

Margot's Cafe is located on Lancaster Drive NE, just off Center Street, in Salem, Oregon. Doug and Margot (husband and wife) opened this place at the beginning of January. It is a 100% gluten-free establishment.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Iggy's Cafe

Iggy's Cafe is located near the corner of 17th St. SE and Center Street in Salem, Oregon. Owner Ian Johnson opened this place in May after previously overseeing The Sandwich Shop.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Annie's Donuts

Annie's Donuts is located at the corner of NE 72nd and Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon. This has long been one of the top doughnut spots to hit up in Portland, and I finally made my way here in late August.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thrive Pacific NW

Thrive Pacific NW is located at the corner of SE 32nd and Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon. There is also a mobile truck that does events throughout the year.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tony's Cucina

Tony's Cucina is located on SW 9th Avenue, next to Gaufre Gourmet, in downtown Portland, Oregon. Tony opened his food cart in April 2013.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Beez Neez

Beez Neez is located near SW 3rd and Washington in downtown Portland, Oregon. Bryan is the owner of this cart, which has been going strong for over three years.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Saaj Baghdad

Saaj Baghdad is located near SW 10th and Washington in downtown Portland, Oregon. Layth is the owner of this food cart.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Dump Truck

The Dump Truck is located near SW 10th and Alder in downtown Portland, Oregon. Julia and Reid worked in Beijing for a few years and brought their love for dumplings back to the States.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Aloha Center Cafe

Aloha Center Cafe is an outdoor cafe located within the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Red Ribbon Bake Shop

Red Ribbon Bake Shop has multiple storefronts across the United States, including one in Washington and two in Hawaii. This post covers the Honolulu location on Kaheka Street.

Sunday, September 1, 2013