Plane Pastries

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Plane Pastries

Plane Pastries

Location: SE 52nd and Foster, Carts on Foster
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

The Story: Portland is ga ga about sweets. We have artisan chocolatiers, organic ice cream, cupcake vendors, pie shops and more. It’s as if we have our own collective sweet tooth. The carts however only have a few who present sweets to the public in one form or another. Plane Pastries is one of the newest vendors to bring cookies, brownies and cupcakes for those who have a soft spot for sugar.

Kris Butler opened the cart this past summer after working for over a year to develop her project. Kris has led an adventurous life up until now. She joined the Air Force at age 17 and spent six years in airborne intelligence. After her honorable discharge, she used her military education benefits to attend Oregon Culinary Institute here in Portland where she learned her craft. After graduating, the adventure continues with helicopter flight training. Yep, this pastry chef knows how to fly helicopters. You don’t find that everyday. The cart and logo are modeled after vintage aircraft and a bit of the pinup motif. Kris has adorned the inside with posters of vintage flying machines including a black and white of Amelia Earhart in front of her Lockheed Electra 10E.

Rice Krispy Treat from Plane Pastries

Rice Krispy Treat from Plane Pastries

Kris is focusing on handmade pastries including cookies, brownies and cupcakes. She even makes her own caramel. While I wanted to sample everything, I opted for one of my childhood favorites, the rice krispy treat. Kris makes it with brown butter and adds in a bit of cayenne to switch things up a bit. It wasn’t spicy by any means, but you could tell this wasn’t mom’s recipe. Creamy and crunchy. Took me back to simpler times.

I really enjoyed chatting with Kris and learning about her life and passions. She’s one of those vendors who brings everything to the table. Kris will be featured on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars Season 3 on November 23rd at 8pm. While the war has already been fought, check out the show to see who won. If you’re looking for something sweet or maybe a nice cup of coffee, drop on by Plane Pastries and let Kris know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • “It’s All Wright” Cookie – $2
  • “Voodoo” Caramel Bar – $4
  • “Black Widow” Brownie – $3
  • “Whirlwind” Rice Krispie – $3

Website: Planepastries.com
Facebook: Plane Pastries
Twitter: @PlanePastries

Churros Locos

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Churros Locos

Churros Locos

Location: Roaming, check Facebook for current locations
Hours: Check Facebook for current locations/hours

The Story: We all have childhood memories of food. Many of our life choices for meals were shaped by our upbringing and when we end up living somewhere other than our childhood home, we end up with cravings. Churros Locos is here to sate that craving for all who grew up with churros.

It all started with smells. Daniel and Isabel were spending the weekend at the beach and dropped into a gelato shop. In talking with the owner, they brought up the idea of adding something like a churro to the menu in order to have the smell of it wafting both inside and out. Smells will bring people in. Daniel and Isabel had grown up with churros, but had never thought of it as a business until later that night walking back to the hotel. One of those moments when they looked at each other and realized they were thinking the same thing. Churros Locos was born. They acquired a cart, talked with friends and family and did some traveling to learn and perfect their recipes and processes and the cart launched this past April. They secured a key spot on SW 18th directly across from JELD-Wen field and have been at almost every Timbers and Thorns matches.

Churro from Churros Locos

Churro from Churros Locos

A churro is a like a long doughnut and is baked and fried. For Churros Locos, their influence is Mexican, yet churros are well known throughout central and south America and beyond. A simple dough is then extruded to give it that unique star shape and length. Daniel and Isabel par-bake them then quickly fry them on the spot so your churro is hot and fresh. Once out of the fryer, they are sprinkled with sugar. At the cart, you can get a simple churro or a churro sundae with ice-cream and toppings. The warm crisp dough with just enough seductive sugar to sweeten it is truly memory inducing. No wonder they have so many stories of emotional adults relaying churro memories of childhood.

Churros Locos can be found on SW 18th and Morrison by the MAX stop for Timbers matches. They will also be at different events throughout town this fall. Such a great story and a great vendor. Seek them out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Churro – $2
  • Churro Sundae – $4

Facebook: Churros Locos
Twitter: @Churros_Locos

The Sugar Shop

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The Sugar Shop

The Sugar Shop

Location: NE 23rd and Alberta
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-8pm

The Story: Instead of grabbing a gyro or a burger or a bowl of Pad Thai, why not go down the sweet train and get something from The Sugar Shop for lunch. I remember something as a kid about eating dessert first when I was an adult.

The Sugar Shop is one of the few mobile vendors out there serving up sweets and baked goods like cookies, cakes and cheesecakes. Autumn and Shannon attended OCI together where they both studied in the baking and pastry program. After school, in jobs they admit weren’t taking them anywhere, brainstorming over Margaritas on Cinco De Mayo, the cart plan was born. They had the chops to pull it off and the cart is darn cute. Red seems to be the color of sweets.

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownie

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownie

If I lived closer to The Sugar Shop, I would probably gain a few pounds. I’m not the one to order dessert after dinner nor grab a frozen yogurt as a snack, but cookies are my downfall. Put out a platter of well made cookies and I can’t turn away. Here you can get white chocolate stuffed snickerdoodle or oatmeal cranberry or dark chocolate and bacon, cookies mom never made. I asked Autumn and Shannon what their favorites were – cheesecake and anything with caramel. I picked up the peppermint cheesecake brownie, a thin slice of decadence. Chocolate and peppermint and swirl. Just what I needed after spicy Indian. Looking at the menu, they put together flavors that simply intrigue me – salted caramel or whiskey caramel with a pecan crust.

The Sugar Shop isn’t all sweets. They offer savory choices with chicken pot pie or spinach, mushroom and feta hand pies. Open every day from lunch past dinner, there is no reason not to stop by and pick something up to sate that craving you know you have. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[The Sugar Shop moved to NE Alberta October 2013]

Sample Menu:

  • Cookies – multiple options – $1.50
  • Cakes – $3.50 – bourbon cake w/milk chocolate buttercream; red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, lemon cake with tart lemon glaze and more
  • Cheesecake – $3.50 – classic; housemade Nutella swirl; cheesecake bar with pecan crust and whiskey caramel topping
  • Mousse – $3.50 – chocolate honey; triple chocolate; vanilla honey
  • Brownies and Bars – $3.50 – salted caramel stuffed gooey brownies, lemon bars

Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-8pm
Website: TheSugarShopPDX.com
Facebook: The Sugar Shop
Twitter: @TheSugarShopPDX

Donut-O-Rama

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Donutorama

Donutorama

Location: SW 3rd and Ash
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm

The Story:

Everyone loves a good donut. I remember as a child visiting Dunkin’ Donuts or Winchels and craving something, anything, with Boston creme filling. I couldn’t get enough of that. These days, the donut has transformed into something truly unique and so have the purveyors. Donut-O-Rama is Portland’s first full service donut cart.

Greg Slauson opened Donut-O-Rama a couple of months ago in the same cart that housed Cool Harry’s Frozen Yogurt the past summer. A great use of the cart during these winter months when not too many people are seeking out cold treats. Greg has eaten donuts from many different vendors and has a goal to exceed everyone’s expectations for his sweet treats.

Creme Brulee donut @ Donut-O-Rama

Creme Brulee donut @ Donut-O-Rama

The donuts at Donut-O-Rama range from raised donuts to cake donuts to donuts with bacon atop. You can’t have a donut in Portland without adding bacon can you? But it isn’t all about the crazy donuts, it is about the art of the donut and the craft. A simple glazed donut from Greg is truly a treat – especially in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. One of the stars at Donut-O-Rama is the crème brulee donut, a cream filled pouch covered with sugar which is then melted with a blow-torch to create a hard crust which melts in your mouth.

Donut-O-Rama is a great new option for a morning sweet along with your coffee. Greg continues to come out with new flavors and great creations – the most recent being an energy donut made with Viso energy drink which contains about 60mg of caffeine. That will get your day started! Let Greg know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

The entire menu can be found at Donutorama.com

  • Cake donuts like the Viso energy drink donut or the Dynamo or Vigor – $2.50
  • Raised round donuts like coconut, glazed, chocolate, banana, maple, berry – $1.25
  • Buttermilk Bars like glazed, chocolate, banana and maple – $1.75
  • Raised Bars – specials like hot banana, bacon banana, maple bacon, Nutella and Jelly – $2.50

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm
Phone: 503 960 6825
Website: Donutorama.com
Twitter: @Donutorama
Facebook: Donut-O-Rama

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Sweet Pea’s Brulee

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Sweet Pea's Brulee

Sweet Pea's Brulee

Location: SE 43rd and Belmont, Good Food Here
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-3 and 6-8:30; Fri/Sat, 12-9:30; Sun, 12-5

The Story:

Here in this fine food cart town, you can find ice cream, cupcakes, pie, Italian Ice and even cake, but until a few months ago, no cart was focusing only on crème brûlée. Sweet Pea’s does it and does it well.

Creme Brulee from Sweet Pea's

Creme Brulee from Sweet Pea's

Kate and Tim do everything from scratch making each crème brûlée fresh every morning. With three different flavors, Tahitian vanilla, orange cognac and hazelnut, they are pretty busy prepping enough for a long day at the cart. Prior to serving each, they caramelize the top with a butane torch which creates that amazing crust you brake through to the creamy custard below. While crème brûlée is their bread and butter per se, they also do a bit more magic in the kitchen. While chatting with Kate, she offered me one of their homemade marshmallows. Really? Homemade marshmallows? I think the only time I every even attempted that we ended up throwing out utensils and pans because they were so hardened with burn sugar. That is truly a skill and those little puffs of sugar were a treat. Kate and Tim also make their own salted caramels that they package individually. Mix a good salt with anything sweet and you create an amazing taste combination. Even before I devoured the crème brûlée, I sat back and simply enjoyed letting the caramel melt in my mouth and stick to my teeth. Some sweet treats from a great little cart.

Sweet Pea’s Brulee is open for the lunch hour and dinner in to evening most of the week and all day Friday-Sunday. The Good Food Here lot has plenty of meal options for you and your family and friends while also offering treats like crème brûlée. Next time your sweet tooth begins to ache, check out Sweet Pea’s Brulee for some wonderful treats and sample some of their marshmallows. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Crème Brûlée:  classic vanilla, orange cognac or hazelnut – $4
  • Marshmallow topped crème brûlée – $4.50
  • Marshmallows: vanilla, strawberry orange or coconut – $1 for 2pack
  • Vanilla Salted Caramel Chews – 50c

Full Menu available at Sweet Pea’s Brulee website

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-3 and 6-8:30; Fri/Sat, 12-9:30; Sun, 12-5
Phone: 503-893-4897
Website: Sweet Pea’s Brulee
Twitter: @SweetPeasBrulee        Facebook: Sweet Pea’s Brulee

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