Monday, January 24, 2011

Because it's Souper: Portland Soup Company

Grey skies have reached a whole new level of grey skies in the Januaries of Portland. One way to remedy this is soup. Some of my PSU MBA cohort classmates have been talking up one of the soup specialized food carts near campus and (easily) swayed me over for a soup study break last week. I went back two more times that week. 

Everyday there are new flavors but they always have Tomato Reggiano soup in addition to offering daily sandwiches and salads.

My first soup was their classic Tomato Reggiano; a rich, soul warming tomato soup with rustic homemade croutons. 

I went back again the next day for the Indian Spiced Carrot Soup with Coriander Yogurt. It had depth and character. I wish I had gotten the largest size.

I took a day off to visit my other favorite food cart then returned to Portland Soup Company on Friday for the Spanish Chorizo with Yellow Split Pea and Kale Soup. Loaded with huge shards of dark kale and chunks of spiced meat, this soup is what gave me the energy to go forth study, network, and write papers for the afternoon. 

They have these ridiculously good looking almond chocolate chip cookies for sale which I'm hoping to try as soon as my clicking jaw recovers (TMJ anyone?).

This guy (on the left) has served me soup three days in a week and still doesn't remember my name. He said I'd have to come a lot more for him to remember it. Oh, I will.

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JW said...

Awesome and yum!!!!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The carts of Portland are legendary in my books. I hope to some day go there and experience them myself.

JustinM said...

Three years ago I visited PSU, thinking about a graduate program, too. I ended up going to a UC school, but the proximity of the food carts was definitely a strong consideration for me. One of the strongest, actually. I don't know if that makes me dorky or awesome.

Banana Wonder said...

JW - Thanks for breaking me in on this one (and modeling).

bellini valli - Come on over! It just keeps getting better and I've only been to 2% of them.

JustinM - that makes you totally awesome (duh!).

Helen said...

Awesomeness! I would definitely order the spiced carrot soup with coriander yogurt. Yum! Yum! And as for TMJ...I can certainly relate to that condition, 'sistah from another mistah'! I have to get fitted with a night guard since I clench my teeth in my sleep and ... (this is scary) I'm scheduled for a CT scan soon to see what's going on with the pain & clicking...soup seems to be the best remedy, no crunching and no excessive chewing!

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - WOW! You too? Why do we that? Our MOM must do the same thing! I have been trying to eat soft foods the last week to get my jaw normal. Going to doctor soon. More carrot soup, please!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I really have to chuckle. The days of dogs and kraut are over. While not exactly sophisticated, this guy serves some trendy food. I'd love to have a bowl of any of those soups and I'd wait in line for that fresh mozzarella sandwich. I'm keeping notes for our next weekend in Portland. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Shaheen said...

Each soup looks deep.

Shame, We don't have such food carts here.

Ivy said...

I'd go for the carrot and coriander soup. It's freezing today in Athens -1C and I am making a fish soup today.

Banana Wonder said...

Mary - I am all over that mozz sammie as soon as my jaw heals!

Mangocheeks - I don't see why not - we have the same weather, so no excuses!

Ivy - Brrr! I would love some psaro soupa!