Wednesday, September 15, 2010

10 Sure Signs of a Good Thing: Mojo Crepes, Portland

When my breast feeding Alasakan Sassin adventure pal, Astin, emailed me about the special opportunity to check out a cool crepe/shaved ice spot for our weekly sisterhood sesh, it was a a done deal. I love crepes, and shaved ice is equivalent to ice cream sundaes for me, growing up in Cupertino. If the groupon alone wasn't enough a good sign here are 10 more: 

1. Naming shop after the subject of a Japanese science experiment based on the 1950s Godzilla, who escaped the evil scientist of Japan, fleeing to Portland to team up with two locals and open up a yum yum shop. 

Enter Mojo

2. Inviting space, sofa, and smiling happy people. Yah, so there are a lot of high schoolers, but they are the cool ones that don't hang out at 7-11.

Teenage + Adult Hormone approved

3. Offer free tea! Not just one flavor but three: jasmine, green and black. Bonus, awesome smelling hand sanitizer.

4. Use locally made and rBST free ice cream. Oregon Ice Cream: Cascade Glacier. Owner swears by their green tea ice cream.

5. Real.Shaved.Ice - not that blender version - this is real snow Taiwanese style shaved ice (made with coconut milk) shipped from Taiwan via Canada. Now that's mojo!

6. Watch owner make crepes to order, then cut berries with bare hands (crepe batter made fresh daily).

Ring master

7. Japanese style crepes! The Purple Rain ($5.25) with blueberries, strawberries, blackberry sauce, whipped cream and vanilla ice (and green tea ice cream) was my crepe of choice. The crepe itself was feather light, just serving as a holding device further supported by paper cone. The berries were super fresh and blackberry sauce beaming with dark fruit flavors and not a whole lot of sugar, thank god. Astin's crepe, Jean's Flambe ($5.25), came equipped with bananas, cinnamon & sugar, butter and caramel (plus whipped cream and ice cream). She loved it. I avoided it because I really do not like banana and caramel, in general.

Cream on the inside, clean on the outside. Mojo Crepe paint job

All hail the Purple Rain with green tea ice cream

8. Textbook shaved ice. Not the blended stuff with jagged shards. This is the Aspen fluffy snow of shaved ice. We got the Fresh and Fruity shaved ice with mangoes, strawberries and kiwis topped with condensed milk. Although I was a little disappointed not seeing any specific shaved ice with a red bean option, I'm sure they'd gladly add it per request.

Living the dream

9. Mojo Dogs! I will be fighting off pre-pubescent 9th grade boys for these in the neat future.

BYO Axe Body Spray

10. Finally, a baby that doesn't cry when I hold it (ahem, Aunt Anna).

Mojo Crepes
8409 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266


weezermonkey said...

I would go just for the cute mascot!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I heard of this place a while back but didn't know they did anything besides crepes. Darn. There goes my and my sister's plan to introduce shaved ice to PDX. :P

Dewi said...

Will be visiting Portland in the near future, so thank you for the review. Will keep this place in mind.

Diana said...

Tea and hand sanitizer? They should call that place Diana Crepes! ;)

Trina said...

Oh man, I need to go to Portland. Yummers!

stuffycheaks said...

any alcohol in that flambe haha. One can only hope. The crepes look gorgeous, looks so much prettier than a regular french crepe

sophia said...

Oh...Em...Gi!!!! Must move to Portland. NOW!!!

Esi said...

Though I am not a dessert gal, I could certainly get on board with that green tea ice a crepe!!

Banana Wonder said...

Weezermonkey - Hah, I would too!

Wandering Chopsticks - There could always be more shaved ice :)

Elra - Your welcome and thanks for stopping by! Hope you make it to Mojo - I'm going back for sure!

Diana - Hahaha TALF crepes. What's your feeling on quinoa shaved ice? lol

Trina - Uhm, YES! Come visit. Hurry up.

Stuffycheaks - No booze in the flambe, I think it's byob :) haha good to know for next time.

Sophia - Hah! Yes, come visit!

Esi - You don't like sweets? WHAT?!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'll keep this place in mind for next time I'm in Portland. This is my first visit to your place and I found my way via the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog competition. You have a unique and very interesting voice. I can't wait to see your entry for the next leg of the competition. Best of luck. Blessings...Mary

cflores said...

I loooooooooooooove this place..... anything with nutella is the best!!

Helen said...

That looks like my kind of dessert! I would definitely choose the green tea ice cream. It's one of my favourite flavours, yum yum! Believe it or not I've never had shaved ice before...I guess living in a predominately cold climate, shaved ice is just brrrr!

Banana Wonder said...

Mary - Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words! I hope to see you at the Foodbuzz fest!

cflores - Word! Don't trust anyone that doesn't like nutella!

Helen - Sometimes I feel like we are sisters from another mister - except you ended up in Ottawa and I ended up in Cali. High 5 on the green tea and, I hope you go someone where hot - like Vancouver (??hotter than Ottawa at least and has thriving China town) and try some shaved ice! I think you will really like it.

Gastronomer said...

Dude, the baby looks just like D takes a B, minus 27 years! And yay for shaved snow!!

Helen said...

Anna you are too funny! Didn't you know, I'm your long lost twin sister, just like in the movie "Twins" starring Danny DeVito (me!) and Arnold Swartzenegger (you!)...LOL!

I have a huge sweet tooth but I can't get away with it. I am not 6 feet tall, I'm 5'3" and when I eat sweets I put on weight and it shows, so I have to abstain from desserts otherwise, I'd put bakeries out of business. I'd eat everything in sight!

Just as an aside, Vancouver's climate isn't really hot. Ottawa gets much hotter in comparison to Vancouver in the summer but Vancouver has milder winters, they get plenty of rain but not snow. In contrast, Ottawa has frigid minus 20 degree temperatures and blizzards in the winter. Vancouver's climate is more like Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. But yeah, Vancouver is awesome, been there once and loved it!

Joyti said...

The bread sounds sooo delicious.
I'll be where you are next year...that is...starting grad school. Good luck with the school year :)

Banana Wonder said...

Gastronomer - HAHAHAH! I will have to tell the Baby's mama that! Haha chuckles!!

Helen - LOL Twins, yes! And your Canadian accent instead of Dany DeVito's NY speak and my Kalifornikeziko profora instead of Austrian accent. Ah, and good to know about Ottawa's climate.

Indie Tea - Good for you and thank you!

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