Fall Foliage in Upstate New York

Well, here in Portland we went from a nice long summer that lasted until early October straight into the grey and rain of what would be late October. So, I wanted to share a few photos from when I was in upstate New York and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors there.

I was driving and there were so many times I wanted to pull over, the colors and views just were so fantastic, particularly on the highways with all the rolling hills when they were all I could see to my left, right, and in front for miles. There were a couple times on the more local roads I was able to get a few shots. I was told this wasn’t even their peak yet since there were still greens…

So here’s a reminder of some of the colors of fall that are out there, despite our gloomy gray skies here!
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Is there anyplace you go for fall colors? Particularly here in the northwest, I’ve had to get used to not seeing all the deciduous trees that I am used to from the Midwest and also from a few fall trips I’ve taken specifically to the East Coast like around New York, Massachusetts, and North Carolina to see the colors.

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Eight Korean BBQ in Los Angeles

In the past 2 weeks, my baby sister got married! Although we were busy with some wedding details and also spending time with family and friends, there were also a few opportunities for deliciousness that I captured and wanted to share.

This first one is in Los Angeles, for Eight Korean Barbecue, which I think might also be known as Palsaik Korean Bbq (Palsaik means 8 colors). What makes this Korean BBQ establishment really stand out is that they offer eight colorful flavors of pork.
8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

Like any Korean BBQ, you start with a whole bunch of little side entrees, also known as banchan. If you run out of any, just ask for a refill. What is particularly special about the banchan here is that the kimchee and sprouts as well as some of the veggies (you can see squash, mushroom below) are warmed up on the grill, intensifying the flavor.
Grilled kimchee and sprouts at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown Grilled kimchee and sprouts at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

Before the main party, we decided to indulge with Prime Ribeye. Along with the banchan, there is also a salad (no picture sorry) and a seafood soybean paste stew that comes with the dinner of a Palsaik Set Menu. At the end, they make fried rice with the scraps. Seriously, I love how my sister rolls.
Prime Ribeye addition to our set menu at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown Seafood SoybeanPaste Stew that comes iwth the banchan and saslad at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

The star though is that you can get a flight of eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors.
The flight of eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

The 8 flavors of pork you can try include
Eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

  • Wine
  • Original
  • Ginseng
  • Garlic:.
  • Herb
  • Curry
  • Miso Paste
  • Red Pepper Paste

Ribeye cooking:
Prime Ribeye addition to our set menu at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown Prime Ribeye addition to our set menu at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

Pork cooking: They do the first 4 (Wine, Original Ginseng, and Garlic, which is in order left to right below), and then do the latter 4 (pictured in the rightmost photo).
The flight of eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown The flight of eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown The flight of eight different marinated Mangalitza pork belly flavors at 8 Korean BBQ, or Palsaik Korean Bbq in Los Angeles, Koreatown

The tables they have fit 5 to each grill, and the staff will come to take care of the grilling for you and cut everything into chopstick-liftable pieces. The stools are storage stools, so you can lift up the cushion so you can put your purse in them, and they give you an apron to wear so everyone can be equally stylish at your table while you dine.

Us in our aprons…

Eight Korean BBQ family

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Everything was absolutely delicious. As much as I love Portland, some of the ethnic eating like Korean in Los Angeles is something we don’t have to the same high level, and I do miss it. If you are visiting Los Angeles, I always recommend eating at the various ethnic “towns”, including this place in Koreatown! It’s easy to park as they are in a mini-strip mall so they have parking right in front of the restaurant. The sign says Eight Korean Barbecue as you can see at the very first photo in the post, with a very happy pig.

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Have you ever had Korean BBQ? What are your favorite things to eat at a Korean BBQ? Where do you get Korean BBQ in Portland?

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Buki Food Cart and Takoyaki

When I heard there was takoyaki available in town, I felt the magnet pull immediately.

Buki is part of the new food cart pot on Division and SE 28th called Tidbit… as if Division Street wasn’t already kicking it in high gear with lots of delicious eats along those 10 or so blocks. The food cart just opened maybe a month ago, but it feels like a neighborhood center already. On my visit on a Friday, I saw many people arriving pushing a baby stroller or with some toddlers or with a dog, with several people greeting each other with hugs as they ran into each other. There is lots of seating, live music, and quite a lot of options with the the more than dozen carts situated here.

I resisted temptation when I saw the offerings of the other carts to focus on Buki and their takoyaki as a snack before dinner. So unfortunately I also restrained myself from their dessert offerings. Gee, I’ll just have to go back. I also noticed that Buki has the most ADORABLE DOG. He’s perfect.
Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki
Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki

I haven’t had takoyaki in 2 years, after all! Takoyaki are basically a flour ball made in a special takoyaki pan which is very remiscent of a aebleskiver pan (Aebelskivers are Danish filled round pancakes) in that the pan is full of round wells that the batter is poured in, followed by the filling, and then the rest of the batter to form the ball.
Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki

A traditional Original Takoyaki is filled with pieces of steamed octopus (Tako), and topped with lots of takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, ao-nori seaweed and bonito flakes.
A traditional Original Takoyaki is filled with pieces of steamed octopus (Tako), and topped with lots of takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, nori seaweed and bonito flakes. From Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division

The food cart Buki does offer alternates such as a Western Blend that has sausage and cheese on the inside with the same toppings as the Original. Or, there is the Bomber, with jalapenos on the inside and nacho cheese sauce and bacon bits on top. To up the spiciness, you might consider the Volcano version that has kimchee inside and a house special mayo sauce on top.

So it seems either way, there will be a lot of toppings. You will notice they serve the little hot balls in a little boat, and there will be a little stick that is used to poke the takoyaki and carry it to your mouth. DO NOT EAT THEM RIGHT AWAY IF THEY ARE FRESH as they will be SUPER HOT. You don’t want to burn your tongue and not be able to taste these!
A traditional Original Takoyaki is filled with pieces of steamed octopus (Tako), and topped with lots of takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, nori seaweed and bonito flakes. From Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division A traditional Original Takoyaki is filled with pieces of steamed octopus (Tako), and topped with lots of takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, nori seaweed and bonito flakes. From Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division

Each order has a generous 8 pieces, but it is made fresh so may take 10-15 minutes so place your order then wander over to get your beer  and perhaps a dish or two from other food carts to make it a “progressive” food cart dinner, with Takoyaki as your appetizer.

In addition, also from their menu Buki also offers bubble tea and Taiyaki, a waffle that is shaped like a fish and which inside is filled with sweet red bean paste (Original) or chocolate or nutella, your choice. So perhaps you might consider Buki for dessert as well.

The Takoyaki are crispy on the outside and meltingly soft and a bit gooey on the inside.
A traditional Original Takoyaki is filled with pieces of steamed octopus (Tako), and topped with lots of takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, nori seaweed and bonito flakes. From Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division

Buki is open for lunch and dinner, with hours Wednesday and Thursday of 12-3 PM and 5-9 PM, and weekend hours of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of 12-3 PM and 5-10 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Buki food cart in the Tidbit Food Cart Pod on SE 28th and Division, offering some Japanese Street food, most importantly Takoyaki

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Autumn Farmers Market, a Photo Essay

Autumn Farmers Market – Hollywood Farmers Market, at NE Hancock between 44th & 45th, a block South of SE Sandy in the Hollywood neighborhood. Still running on on Saturdays, 9 AM – 1 PM
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Then off to the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, at the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery, running 8:30 AM. – 2 PM until it switches to 9 AM in November. Look at those giant cabbages!
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I’ve been particularly smitten with the Portland Farmers Market at PSU because for the past/next few weeks, Westwind Gardens from Forest Grove have been roasting peppers right there at the market, and the aroma is incredible. You can buy the roasted peppers in various heat levels in all the varieties you know and maybe want to be introduced to, still warm in the ziploc bags, which I take home and just plop right on plain rice and enjoy! They have a wonderful variety of peppers as well!

Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. The aroma of the freshly roasting peppers is incredible

Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. The aroma of the freshly roasting peppers is incredible

Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. The aroma of the freshly roasting peppers is incredible Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn. The aroma of the freshly roasting peppers is incredible Organic Roasted Chli Peppers from Westwind Gardens, Forest Grove, OR at Portland Farmers Market PSU in autumn.

Come visit the autumn Farmers Markets of Portland during this wonderful time of year where there is still sunshine and you can layer up in comfy sweaters and scarves, before winter comes and the markets start to take a break!

Have you ever smelled freshly roasted chili peppers, what do you think of it?

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Angry Unicorn Food Truck and their Unicorn Burger

I’m currently enjoying my sister’s wedding week, so I have a food porntastic post that is more pictures and for once, not a huge essay since I always talk so much when I write. Today, I am highlighting The Angry Unicorn food truck. I’ve been in love with it since I heard the name. And, it is as fun as I had imagined when I finally visited.

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The Angry Unicorn’s namesake Unicorn Burger, made with ‘Unicorn meat’ (a magical meat with ground bacon), strips of bacon, cheddar on a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut!

The Angry Unicorn and their Unicorn Burger, 'made with 'Unicorn meat' a magical meat with ground bacon, strips of bacon, cheddar on a  Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut The Angry Unicorn and their Unicorn Burger, made with 'Unicorn meat' a magical meat with ground bacon, strips of bacon, cheddar on a  Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut

 

There isn’t really a lot more I have to say. Maybe this sounds weird to you to have a doughnut bun on a burger. I admit it sounded weird to me too, and I’ve had a doughnut burger before and didn’t like it.

But, I liked this one. The grilling of the doughnut gave it a bit more heft than a softy doughy doughnut, and because of the strong savory contents the little bit of sweetness was a complementary additional flavor with each bite. You should try this out!

They do have other offerings, such as various special other burgers they will concoct, or varying from a brisket patty to turkey to pastrami burger to “roast beast”. They have a cart as part of the cart pod of Carts on Foster at SE 52nd and Foster, but they also have a moving truck, so check their social media to see where they might be!

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