Who says you have to sit down to have a dining experience! Eating delicious food while standing near a colorful food trailer is a memorable experience! In Portland, Oregon there are over 450 food carts in Multnomah County, with 2 solid blocks worth downtown. My sister, Jennifer and I carefully explored to find an International food not easily found in Houston. We settled on "Traditional Polish Cuisine" rather than "El Cubo de Cuba".
I was eager to chat with Lidia Patkowski, (who seemed to be the only one in the cart) to tell her my husband's grandparents came over from Poland to Ellis Island. We struggled a bit to communicate, so I tried to scribble my name ZIENTY on a napkin. Finally I wadded the napkin up and Lidia squealed with delight to see my name on my driver's license. She informed me that I had been adding an extra syllable to my pronunciation. Me- "ZEE-N'-TEE" (I like to make it sound a bit Italian!) and Lidia- "ZZHHHEN-TEE"
4 bonus points for that educational encounter!
Lidia whipped up a fine selection of pierogis for Jennifer and me to share! Various stuffings in these piping hot little dough pockets...beef, mushrooms, potato, chicken... MMMM!
4 points is a pretty high food review for a meal served in Styrofoam, while standing!
2 bonus points for authenticity and another 2 more for sweet Lidia's photo enthusiasm. She insisted on darting out the back door of the cart and running around to capture this shot from the front!
Now I must add another 5 bonus points for Jennifer's enthusiasm in joining me in yet another of my whimsical goals of life. She should of course be awarded a whole lot more than that, but hey...she's my big sister. She has to do these things!
THANKS SISTER GIRL!
Grand Total 17 Points for Lidia's Polish Food Cart!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.