my way-too-long Portland post

Stumptown in PortlandIf I loved Portland, Oregon any more, I'd have to consider changing the name of my blog to Justcook PDX. I had a great time at the IACP conference this year. I met bloggers like Jaden, Gaby, and Amy for the first time, as well as Aida, I got to hang out with Sara-Kate, Greg, Fred, the whole team from Weldon Owen, and Peter and Bill from Chronicle, and I cheered for Rose, Alison and Jamie, and David when their books won awards. Yes, I had some fancy-shmancy meals in Portland, but you probably know I'm all about the cheap-eats. This post will be all over the place, but here it goes.Stumptown in PortlandStumptown in PortlandStumptown in PortlandI'm not a coffee guy, but no trip to Portland would be complete without trying the coffee at Stumptown. Now I understad the raves. How cute is that jar of doggy treats, by the way?food carts in Portlandfood carts in PortlandWhat can I say about the food cart scene in Portland? They put the street food scene in every other city to shame, that's what. Of course Nong's Khao Man Gai was the highlight. All she serves is this dish of chicken over rice with the most amazing sauce. I love that it's served in paper to minimize waste. I wonder if I can order that sauce online and start serving it with everything?Voodoo Doughnut in PortlandNo joke, I visted Voodoo Doughnut four times. The first and second times I tried doughnuts topped with chocolate, peanut butter, Lucky Charms, Rice Krispies, white chocolate, Oreo cookies, and more. The third time the line was down the block. And the fourth time they were completely sold out. This place is worth the hype.Pok Pok in PortlandPok Pok in PortlandA trip to Portland without dining at Pok Pok would be a serious mistake. This is up there with Sripraphai and Saffron as the very best Thai food you can get in America. The wings... I'm dreaming about the wings. Sorry for no food photos -- I was too busy stuffing myself.desserts in PortlandMy friend Elena took me to Pix Patisserie after Pok Pok. This treat was called Maggie's Potluck Pleaser. I'd call it a slice of everything yummy.Rogue Brewery in PortlandRogue Brewery in PortlandI got a little TOO excited about visiting the Rogue Brewery in person. Gypsy and Steve could have just left me there -- I would have been all set. Of course I ordered a flight to try a bunch of beers, and they've got some yummy fried stuff to go with the brews.Portland farmers marketPortland farmers marketPortland farmers marketPortland farmers marketThe Saturday farmers market was a real treat. So much to see and taste. It's too bad I didn't have a kitchen in my hotel room so I could buy some of the fresh produce and start cooking. Look at those gorgeous carrots. I appreciate how they had recycling stations set up around the market. This is a very eco-minded city.gluten-free cupcakes in PortlandPetunia's was selling these pretty (and very yummy) gluten-free and vegan cupcakes. I love the decorative touches.The Meadow in PortlandThe Meadow in PortlandEveryone was talking about The Meadow on Mississippi Avenue. It was a trek, but I'm glad we stopped by. They specialize in salt, more than you've ever seen in your life, but they also had an interesting selection of chocolates, bitters, peppercorns, and more.food carts in Portlandfood carts in Portlandfood carts in PortlandWe found a food cart pod not far from The Meadow, and this was a good one. The Asian food from Native Bowl really hit the spot. I simply cannot get a lunch that good nearby my office -- not even close. As my friend Steve said, I could eat this every day. I topped that off with a treat from The Sugar Cube. It's called the Amy Winehouse Cupcake, and here is the description: "Boozy yellow cake, infused with copious amounts of brandy, a hint of orange zest, and then dipped in sexy bittersweet ganache. This little gem comes with a coke straw and a Colombian sugar bump. Party!" So funny...