Woodstock's food cart diversity increases at The Joinery
The food cart phenomenon in Portland is not going away any time soon. The popularity of good food for a little less money appeals to neighbors, and the variety of cultures represented seems welcome.
At the latest entry in Woodstock, you dont have to go to El Salvador to experience that countrys cuisine. Authentic Salvadoran (also spelled Salvadorean) pupusas and tamales are available at a new food cart on The Joinerys block, at S.E. 48th on Woodstock Boulevard.
Its called Anthology – and when THE BEE asked its owner, Ana Moran, why, she remarked that her food cart is like a library anthology of selective literature.
I wanted to convey the best selection of ingredients. What I want for myself, I want for my neighbors – as much quality I can offer, the more they can enjoy it.
The carts sign also reads Pupuseria and Latin Flavors – for the pupusa that is so popular in El Salvador. A pupusa is a small, thick, handmade corn tortilla filled with cheese and beans or various meats – usually served with a lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar.
In addition to offering pork and chicken, the Anthologys menu also features one or more vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options.
Moran learned how to cook when she was a little girl in El Salvador. I had no toys. Three bricks made a stove with wood. My mother gave me pieces of dough to make a tortilla.
When she came to the United States in 1990, Moran went to Portland Community College and took courses in early childhood education and family studies. Then at Portland State University she earned a BA in Social Science with a minor in Psychology.
With this background, we asked Moran why she wanted to open a food cart. Her reply: It takes me back to my country, and my [late] mothers memories.
If youd like to try the food yourself, the new food carts hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays; its closed on Tuesdays. For catering or takeout, call 971/570-6861.