Thursday, November 18, 2010

Food as Experience

Portland is becoming famous for its food carts. If you live here and haven't tried them, TONIGHT you have a great chance to celebrate at the Art Department a new book and try some food cart yumminess!

third brain studio is particularly fond of this book since we are contributors, having conducted interviews at several cart pods to find out just what this trend is all about. We talked to restaurant owners, surgeons and college students, all who enjoy the price, quality, variety and intriguing community when they come to the food carts. We talked with a guy who said there was a vendor in Pioneer Square who practically helped feed him through college, offering him sandwiches even when he barely had enough money. They've become close friends - which he proved by showing us his number in his phone.

All in all, the food carts exemplify Portland. They get you outside no matter what the weather, democratize food and bring people together at long picnic tables where you just can 't help but talk to your neighbor and say, "Hey what's that your eating? I'll have to try that next time!"

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