Location: SW 3rd and Washington (Sonny Bowl cart)
“Feel Yummy! Be Healthy! Eat bloop!” That’s the slogan of a new venture downtown started by Kat and Matt, the owners of bloop, who spells their cart name with the lowercase b in case you were wondering. While Portland does have carts that specialize in breakfast and are open in the early morning hours, bloop offers up a healthy alternative to the breakfast burrito or waffle sandwich – hot oatmeal.
A few months ago, I received an email from an individual who wanted to work in a cart, but not necessarily attempt to own one. He was looking to rent it for those periods of time when the cart is normally closed. After reading his proposal, I was intrigued. Why hadn’t others thought of this. Most of the carts are only open a small amount of time any given day. Granted, many use their carts for prep, so even though the “open” sign isn’t out, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t inside working their tail off to get ready for lunch. Lo and behold, bloop opened in the same cart as Sonny Bowl. They use the cart in the morning hours to serve up their hot oatmeal dishes and then Sonny Bowl comes in for lunchtime. A great match to utilize the cart as much as possible.
Now, you might crinkle your nose at oatmeal, but I have to tell you, it is one of my favorite types of breakfast and bloop is there to serve you. Oatmeal is one of the only breakfast foods I can eat where I don’t feel hungry 3 hours later. They doen’t just give you a packet of instant oatmeal and some hot water. The rolled oats are made on the spot with ingredients like nuts, fruit, agave syrup, and different spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The dish I enjoyed included oats, almond milk, banana, almonds, agave drizzle and cinnamon mix (cinnamon, brown sugar and finely chopped nuts.) All of that is served hot, so you get that great hearty feeling of eating a hot breakfast on a cool winter morning. I really enjoyed the warm bananas and chopped almonds mixed in with the oats and it sated me until lunchtime.
Oatmeal is a great way to start a day and now Portland has a cart dedicated to it. Portland needs more breakfast carts for the downtown crowd and I’m happy to see a healthy cart paving the way. Along with the creative use of an existing cart, I say bloop has success written all over it. Next time you are hungry for a healthy breakfast, check out bloop and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Peanut Butter Banana Dreams: oats, almond milk, peanut butter, banana, almonds, agaive drizzle and cinnamon mix – $4.75
- Apple Cider: oats, almond milk, apple cider, maple syrup, apples, walnuts and cinnamon mix – $4.75
- Good For You Goodness: raw oats, soy yogurt, cherries, walnuts, cinnamon and agave – $5.50
- Stumptown coffee and Mighty Leaf tea also available.
Hours: Weekdays, 7am-10am
Phone: 503 382 7684