Four Things I Learned This Week (September 13)

Back at it—here are four things I learned this week in the world of Portland food.

The Mid-Autumn Festival starts today. Here are three local bakeries where you can find Chinese-style mooncakes for the annual Mid Autumn Festival. Also: I learned that there are regional differences in mooncakes, which makes total sense. In the past I’ve only had access to Chinese-style mooncakes, and now I wish I’d sought out other styles. Wikipedia has a summary of the different styles throughout Asia.

Say cheese(burger). Wednesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and Burgerville is offering $1 cheeseburgers that day. Maximum five burgers per transaction, and a two transaction limit per vehicle.

The donut breakfast sandwich is a thing. Delicious Donuts, celebrating 14 years in the business this week, offers many things, including a breakfast sandwich made with a glazed donut. Redditor @afeld explains, “They flip the donut inside out, so you’re holding the dry inners, and glazed part is with the egg.” That would be Aiden’s Sandwich, made with egg, cheese, and choice of meat—bacon, ham, or sausage.  Their Grand Avenue Burger also comes on a glazed donut.

Zapapizza is in soft open mode. Nick Zukin of Mi Mero Mole fame has been working on his newest project, Zapapizza. Offering thick-crust pies with Mexican ingredients for toppings. From twitter: “We are now soft open 11am to 9pm with thick crust pizza slices, beer, booze, wings, and even salad. Limited menu. More coming soon. 503 W. Burnside.” P.S. The Zaparoni,  a pepperoni pie base with the addition of pickled jalapeños, queso fresco, and fresh avocado, is basically my dream pizza.