1. Portland: Food Carts of the Eastside Bike Tour
Meet your tour guide in the thriving industrial district, where you'll be fitted for a bike and helmet before heading out on a culinary experience through some of the more than 60 food cart pods in Portland. Sample favorites spanning a range from Oregon farm-to-table delights, to snacks appropriate for late-night cravings. As you set out, your guide will learn about your food preferences and you will visit the first permanent food cart pod, anywhere. Take a neighborhood ride of between 8-12 miles (13-19 km) to three more favorite food cart pods. Learn about the fascinating tale of how Portland came to be the epicenter of the food cart craze. Bike up a gentle hill to the Hawthorne neighborhood, part of Portland's hometown story and the heart of all that's delicious, funky, and hippie. Delve into the city's foodie history, dating back to the early 1900s, and stop at a special coffee food cart made in a unique vehicle to savor a caffeinated beverage. Your guide will select food for the group to sample at each pod, including samples from carts that were favorites as the scene was being established, and others that have come more recently to be major characters in the Portland food scene. Each dish will tell a little bit more of the food cart story. You'll have the option to purchase beer or dessert before the group starts the ride back to the meeting point; a downhill coast to allow full stomachs to settle. Once back, you will be offered a map of the carts visited during the ride, and others to try beyond.