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END OF THE CHEESE STEAK TRAIL IN OREGON

NW 23rd and Northrup.

via pdx.eater.com

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A food obsession isn’t a pretty thing.

It makes you do things you’d rather not do, go places you shouldn’t.

The best example in Portland, Oregon is the famous Poc Poc in SE.

Where do you go after Poc Poc? Thailand, of course, and take Anthony Bourdain with you to get it right.

Do you really want to go to Thailand?

My current food thing isn’t from Asia.

It’s from Philadelphia.

Maybe it’s selective memory but I can still taste the cheese steaks made in South Philly where I lived in the mid-70’s.

It happens every time I see the words. My nose perks up. I start involuntary swallowing like a dog watching his dinner bowl.

If I had a tail it’d be wagging. [Read More…]

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