pho'rench dip at lardo pdx

Sandwich Quest: Lardo’s Pho’Rench Dip

I love sandwiches.

That’s not an earth-shattering statement, by any means. Many people love sandwiches. Everything from turkey and cheese on sliced bread with mayo to much more extravagant offerings, The Sandwich is the perfect little package of meat, cheese, produce, sauces, and bread.

I realize that’s an over-simplification, and let’s not get started on the “What IS a sandwich?” conversation, but for all intents and purposes, The Sandwich is one of food’s greatest accomplishments.

I have a lot of opinions about sandwiches, and I especially love when sandwich purveyors get a little crafty and creative, giving classics a modern twist, or playing with different regions and cuisines.

Portland’s Lardo nailed the latter with their Pho’Rench Dip, a play on the French Dip that pairs the sandwich with beef pho broth instead of au jus and makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

The broth comes with traditional pho accompaniments including jalape├▒os, cilantro, green onions, and a lime wedge, and the sandwich itself includes a layer of bean sprouts and sambal mayo, layered over hoisin-covered roast beef.

Everything’s held in tact on sturdy ciabatta bread that holds up to being dunked in aromatic beef broth.

Freakin’ GENIUS.


portland aerial tram

Sunrise from OHSU | Portland Aerial Tram

I can’t believe it took me four years of living here before I finally rode the Portland Aerial Tram, especially since for the last 21 months I’ve lived within a 10 minute walk of it.

But, here we are, four plus years of living in Portland and finally getting myself up in that little bubble. The sunrise view below is from an observation deck at OHSU’s Kohler Pavilion on a morning that clouds covered the city in its early morning hours.

sunrise from OHSU

Mt. Hood peeks out from a distance, and the tram sneaks its way up to the top.

portland aerial tramI thought it’d be terrifying; I’m not much for heights, but it surprisingly wasn’t as bad as I’d expected. The ride’s actually pretty smooth, and totally worth it for these views.