Okay, I know. It's been a long time.
Let me just say I enjoyed all of the bean recipes I never posted. No further explanation. They were great, and I am sure some of them will find their way in to this blog at some point. Moving on...
The downside of living in Portland, (and a reason I've often fantasized of leaving again), has always been a complete, or nearly so, lack of a decent sandwich. There of course, have been long standing exceptions, such as the Gyro at The Greek Deli on SE Burnside, The New York Style Pastrami at Neumann's German Bakery on NE Sandy, and a few others. However, were it not for the plethora of great Taqueria's in town, lunch would be out.
Now, we have Kenny and Zuke's (two locations!), Bunk, Petisco, and the ever beloved, and personal favourite of yours truly, The Laurelhurst Market. Furthermore, let us not fail to mention, the absolutely insane amount of lunch carts exploding into courtyards of niche eateries all over Portland's hip neighbourhoods.
With the economy in the toilet, this is simply genius. Less overhead, better prices, smaller menus, equalling better food. I love it, and when I'm working, and lack the time to prepare food, I am a regular at many of these locations. The lines can be ridiculous at any of these, so consider yourselves warned and get there with enough time to spare. Or, do what I prefer, and brown bag it.
Of course, The Erudite Eater endorses all of the above mentioned. There will be other references mentioned, as well as inspirational foods mentioned in the coming posts. What some of these places are doing for their sandwiches is simply earth shattering. Once again, Portland has headed a trend, coming soon to a city near you.
But I digress.
There are two things that I find well defining in any person. The ability to accessorize, and the ability to make a proper sandwich.
So, let us begin a new theme. Perhaps, some of what I have planned will actually get posted here.
Sandwiches! or, The New Superfood.
Oh, and a hint:
Bacon Jam. Yeah, that's right. I said it.