PDX Dönerländ in the German Media

PDX Dönerländ in the German Media

Only a few months back, we received an email from two independent journalists from Berlin, if we’d like to get together for an interview. Just before Halloween, they flew in from Germany, had real Portland Döner at our food cart and the interview turned into a great conversation. Unfortunately, they had a lot on their agenda, so we decided to get back together and chat a little more when we’d visit Berlin two months later. Back in December 2015, when we visited Germany (and did some serious Döner research in Berlin, yum!), the magazine got published and we were lucky to get our hands on a copy with our interview. We got a copy at the train station in Augsburg: America Journal, published...
PDX Dönerländ Winter Break 2015 is Over!

PDX Dönerländ Winter Break 2015 is Over!

Happy New Year 2016 to you!! We are happy to be back in Portland after our winter break visiting family and friends in Germany. Our first day open will be January 09th, 12-8pm. We can’t wait to see you  again! Here’s a summary of what we have been up to: Winter wonderland, visiting Germany’s most beautiful christmas markets. After arriving in Frankfurt in mid December, we stayed one night in Erfurt to explore, eat and drink Glühwein: Next stop: Christmas market in Dresden: Egg nogg and wild game flatbread sandwich at the christmas markets: Next stop Berlin, home of Döner Kebab! Chicken Döner at Hackesche Höfe in Berlin (recognize the wrapper?): How about Currywurst? We had one of those at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin: And then we met the Syrian refugee family in Berlin that escaped their country from war and terror. The family, we have been collecting money for. Thank you for your tips and generous donations! We were happily surprised how well they all spoke German already and how humble and grateful they were. Their story is one of many; but we realized how important it is to hear at least one and how it puts everything else in perspective. Ask us if you want to learn more about them. A picture with the kids and me: While in Berlin, we met with the German journalists that interviewed us in Portland a few months back. The same week, the story about our food cart got published in the German travel magazine America Journal: We spent 6 days in Berlin and traveled down south to spend the holidays and new years with...
PDX Dönerländ will be closed throughout December 2015

PDX Dönerländ will be closed throughout December 2015

We’ll be taking a break between December 01 – January 08! Thank you all who have come to Piedmont Station Food Carts and had our Döner Kebab since we opened our window in July of this year. We appreciate you all very much, our customers from near and far, from the King neighborhood, German-speakers, school classes, college students, travelers and food lovers. We loved hearing your stories and we had such a great time with you. It has been wonderful to meet you all and we will be happy to see you all again in 2016. We’ll be open again January 09. Until then, you all have a happy christmas, a wonderful holiday season and a good start into the new year! Ron & Franziska  ...
Our Interview at Portland Radio Project 99.1 Tasty Tuesday PDX

Our Interview at Portland Radio Project 99.1 Tasty Tuesday PDX

We had this feeling that the Döner Kebab will find friends here in Portland because that’s what good food does when it’s shared. Food unites people and cultures, creates new friendships while sharing memories and making new ones. And what is more rewarding than a smile on someone’s face ‘aaaaahhh, this was so good’ ~ ‘reminds me of my time in…’ ~ ‘remember when…?’ Last week we got invited to the Portland radio station Portland Radio Project, Tasty Tuesday with Steven Shomler and Ken Wilson to talk about Döner Kebab and Dönerländ. What an honor to be interviewed on the radio -live- only two weeks after opening PDX Dönerländ! We have been friends of the show for quite some time and whenever we missed a show, we listened to the recorded version on their blog. And thanks to social media, we followed Steven Shomler and his culinary adventures on Twitter and soon later he followed back. And now we were on the show too! Thanks again, Steven & Ken for having us, for liking our food and for sharing the story of Döner Kebab on your blog. Don’t miss to check out the Full Interview at PRP Tasty Tuesday with Steven Shomler and Ken Wilson. Here’s the recorded interview: Listen to Tasty Tuesday PDX on PRP 99.1FM Portland or online via their website. Ken and Steven are on air 7-10am every Tuesday. Make sure to follow Tasty Tuesday PDX on...
Piedmont Station Food Carts

Piedmont Station Food Carts

Everybody in Portland loves a new pod, checking out what’s new, who’s opened and what’s going on in the neighborhood! Pods are micro-restaurants aka food carts and trucks gathering in a shared spot. They bring neighborhoods closer together, bring more businesses in and make a place flourish. Pods are places where people eat and meet. Piedmont Station Food Carts on Killingsworth and 7th, is a new pod in the King’s neighborhood just off of MLK across the post office. It used to be a gas station and it still has the old prices on the board with $1.14/gal! An Phan runs this pod and did an amazing job offering covered seating (where the pumps used to be), new pavement and all needed supplies like water, electricity and graywater disposal for the food carts. There are currently 8 carts open with more to come (and we’re here too!!). And best of all: Laurent & Tyler, the owners of Le Tap, are serving beer and wine! Here’s what’s on the pod (and we will update this list as soon as more carts open their windows): Le Tap (Beer, Wine & Cider) PDX Dönerländ (Turkish/German street food) Taco on Fire (Mexican Grill) The Original Halibut’s (Fish & Chips / Chowder) T’n’T Grillin (American/Burgers) Anna Lee’s Kitchen (Korean BBQ) Ice Mama (Shaved Ice) Check out Piedmont Station Food Carts on 625 NE Killingsworth, Portland! For more information about the pod visit Piedmont Station Food Carts on Facebook or if you are a cart owner looking to get on the pod, call An Phan at...
Opening a Food Cart in Portland – Helpful Links

Opening a Food Cart in Portland – Helpful Links

So we went on a journey to start a food cart in Portland, Oregon ~and it was a rocky one before we finally opened our window to our customers! There is a lot of information out there but it takes time, patience (and lots of error) to make sense of it all. Along the way, we met some amazing and passionate people helping us putting our business on wheels. I would like to share this information with you, I hope this helps!   1) Read all requirements for food cart licensing with Multnomah County (reopening, remodeling, new cart, types of carts, etc), other helpful links (you will need this link again when your cart is in its designated area to submit all paperwork to the county and get inspection scheduled).   2) Finding the right cart! We decided to buy a new trailer, have the walls, floor, cooking vent (hood) and gas pipes done by a professional. Ross RV & Food Cart does it all! They did an amazing job at a very reasonable price. They definitely know their business and can help get the right cart and interior. You can get the entire cart outfitted by them but it’s up to you really how much you want to do yourself. *(we did not order the trailer through them but we definitely will when it’s time to get food cart #2, we can’t recommend the place where we got ours but we do recommend Scott Ross and his team!) *we did all electricity and plumbing which leads me to the next guy   3) Plumbing (Freshwater & Graywater Tanks). Curtis...
You, Portland & Döner Kebab

You, Portland & Döner Kebab

Hey guys! Welcome to PDX Dönerländ. So here you are on our website wondering who we are and what’s our story. Thanks for asking, glad you’re here 🙂 It is all about you, Portland and Döner Kebab. In that order. We are here for you! Our mission is to serve you some amazing food that some of you may have had before while traveling Europe. Or any other country in the world. Or you have had it at one of the rare food carts in the US that serve them. Most of the cart owners are either from Germany or have lived in Germany at some point. There are many stories where Döner Kebab came from and who came up with it. First, let me explain what it is. It’s a sandwich. No forks, no knives, no plates. (Ingredients: Flat bread filled with beef & lamb (stacked and roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly shaved), lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cabbage and yogurt sauce. Spices.) It is said that Turkish immigrants who came to Germany in the 60s, brought their food culture with them, adding German ingredients -like cabbage- and soon later, the Döner Kebab sandwich was born (they say Kadir Nurman gets the credit to be the inventor in 1972, Berlin). Today, Döner Kebab is the most popular street food in Germany and made its way all around the globe. But the US market is almost untouched -still- until now… I like this following article about Döner Kebab on Wall Street Journal (picture is from Wall Street Journal showing German chancellor Merkel slicing Döner): There’s nothing more German than Big, Fat...

Döner Kebab coming to Portland

Hey friends! Here’s a chance to vote for Dönerländ. We’re still looking for an ideal pod for our fabulous Döner. We LOVE St. Johns because we live here, we love the people, the neighborhood and our bridge 🙂 Should we be in St. Johns? Share with your friends and tell us your Döner Kebab story! CLICK HERE to vote Dankeschön!   ~Döner macht schöner~...