For my last post on my trip to Portland, I thought I'd do The Portland Saturday Market, on a Saturday. Established in 1974, by a group of local Artisans, the Saturday Market takes place on every weekend(including Sundays) from the end of March, through Christmas Eve. The listing of Artisans is quite staggering at over 350. I took the Max light rail, which stopped right under the Burnside Bridge, and what was an empty parking the previous day(I rode Max around, just to check out "da' haps...."), was now buzzing....
As was the area across the tracks.
I took a walk up the steps to take a photo of the famous "Made in Oregon" sign, but the Burnside Bridge was closed for repairs, so this is what I got:
Back at the market, there seemed to be everything from Neon.....
Needless to say; I managed to get quite a bit of shopping done for "Da' Boyz", and the Missus. But in the end it always comes down to.....
Yep....food. The food offerings at the Saturday Market Food Court are quite varied.
Even Plate Lunch...well sort of. Mostly Yakisoba and "stuff".
Some really fun signs.
One sign that caught my eye was this:
Okay, I give....what the heck is a Himalayan food booth going to serve?
So having been reeled in, I ordered the "Tour of Asia"($6.00):
Quite a bit of food here. Most of it was kind of "daal"...... Most of the dishes seem to borrow heavily from Indian Cuisine, from the mild Chicken Vindaloo(the potatoes where much better tasting then the chicken), to the Curried Vegetables, to the "dull" daal. The best item on the plate were the 2 dumplings, called "Momo", which had a nice amount of flavor, think of a Jiaozhi with some Middle Eastern spices. I ate most of what was on my plate, but was somewhat unsatisfied, and looked for something else.
Which turned out to be an order of Garlic Fries from the Wing-N-It booth. (I didn't keep track, I think it was like $3.50) Could have used a bit more garlic, but the fries were made from potatoes freshly cut to order. So I grabbed my fries and sat across the Rogue Brewery booth. I think the description "Food Court" is pretty accurate, though I think the food is maybe a step better than the usual, "same chicken, with a different sauce" that is the norm at most food courts.
And listened to some Jazz.
Though I kinda enjoyed this Guy alot more:
By this time, there was a pretty large mass of humanity in the market area, so it was time for me to leave. All in all, a nice, relaxing morning.
Before I wrap up, just one more tidbit. You know that Oregon has no sales tax, right?
So it might be worthwhile to do some shopping.
Hope you enjoyed my posts on Portland!