I met the owners of The Russian Horse, John and Carmel, at their food cart at the corner of SE 13th and Lexington here in Sellwood. I was looking very forward to meeting them and trying the food to see if they would be a good fit for the Moreland Farmers Market.
The menu consists of what they call, “Simple peasant food of Russia, Ukraine and Poland.” Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. What I found were a couple with a hipster/rocker/retro vibe serving authentic food with a real Portland foodie spirit. Carmel served me pierogies consisting of freshly made pasta filled with mashed potatoes and farmer cheese with sides of sour cream and house made sauerkraut. It was delicious and I was immediately smitten. I washed it down with Sputnik Tea, the couples take on a traditional Russian sweet black tea mixed with Orange juice. Their version features Tang, hence the name Sputnik! Stop by their booth and say hello to them, they will be giving out free Sputnik tea and at 4pm John will be there to teach us all the secret to a great authentic pierogie!