I'm in Portland for a week, and I'm wondering if you guys can help me solve a problem regarding taking some food home. It's a little tricky, but here's my situation. I'm in town until next Tuesday, and I need food at a potluck Wednesday night. My time/space envelope is somewhat limited -- I finish a conference at PSU around lunchtime (so 2 PM by the time lunch is done) and fly to Seattle on the 7:00 (so 5:30 or so to PDX), I don't have a car, and I'm a little on the cheap side around taxis, given the high quality of public transport around here.
Whatever I take needs to:
- Pass through security (always a roll of the dice, but certainly no soups or fluid products)
- be relatively compact, since I've got a pretty full set of luggage already. If it's something that can be deformed (e.g. a bag of chips), that would help for packing.
- Survive the rigors of air travel, as well as transit and so on.
- Spend 10 hours unrefrigerated, total
- Be served cold or room temperature, with little in the way of utensils.
- Serve 8 or so, but as part of a potluck party (so
The potluck is my Spanish class' final night, so something Latin would be nice (especially Cuban, since I'm doing a presentation on Cuba). It doesn't need to be local, and, let's face it, it's an adult education language class, so it doesn't need to be super-foodie.
Sounds like Pambiche is the clear choice, but I don't really have an idea of what travel from there to the airport is like. Similarly, I read the dessert menu, but can't figure out what (if anything) might make sense -- the dessert salsa seems nice, but is it packed in a way that would trigger security? The polvorones seem enticing, but doesn't the name come from how easily crushed they are?
But that's just one idea -- I hope you guys have alternates. Thanks.
PS: First meal so far was the Italian Sub at Tribute's; admirable mix of cold cuts and veg, but it seemed a little bread-heavy.
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