We have good news. Laughing Planet is opening up a new location in Portland. It’s at SW Jefferson St. & 18th Ave, in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
To commemorate our becoming a part of the Goose Hollow community, we thought we’d take a look back at the history of the place. We may be intergalactic, time-traveling burrito ambassadors, but let it never be said that we have no reverence for history.
The history of the area now known as Goose Hollow starts with a guy named Daniel Lownsdale. Once upon a time, he owned and operated the first tannery west of the Rocky Mountains. It sat where JELD-WEN Field and the Multnomah Athletic Club are today. In 1845, he built the first house in the Goose Hollow area, near the north end of the area currently known as “The Flats.”
Legend has it that the versatile soybean was first turned into tofu by Prince Liu An of China, more than a millennia ago. It caught on in a big way among Buddhist monks, who had committed to a vegetarian diet, and were probably grateful to have a viable meat substitute for their recipes. “Bean meat,” they called it.
As Buddhism spread throughout the rest of East Asia, so did tofu. And, as the world got smaller, tofu traveled with Asian immigrants throughout the world.
Here in the U.S., tofu was used as a cottage cheese substitute during WWII, but during the 1950s and 60s, meat and dairy were de rigueur at the American dinner table. It wasn’t until the mid-to-late 1970s that tofu started to catch on in the vegetarian and health food communities.
The year was 1936. John Karamanos, a Greek immigrant living in Portland decided to start a dairy delivery service, to make sure his friends in the local food industry got the top-notch service they deserved, and the best dairy products the local market had to offer.
So, Sunshine Dairy was born, and they continue their founder’s initial mission to this day, providing the people of the Pacific Northwest with some of the finest quality dairy products in the area.
How does Sunshine Dairy define quality? Well for starters, all of their products, from their milk to their Greek Yogurt are free of artificial growth hormones like rBST and rBGH. Additionally, each load of dairy products they process is tested to make sure it’s free of antibiotics.
Total Domination. Believer. Tricerahops. Otis. If these names ring a bell, then you’re probably familiar with Ninkasi Brewing Company’s handiwork. Since June of 2006, Ninkasi founders Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd and their crack team of brewers have been creating and distributing top quality beers from their home base in Eugene, Oregon.
Though they were operating in a market dominated by testosterone-fueled marketing, the two entrepreneurs knew they wanted their brand to represent something different. They named their nascent brewing company Ninkasi, after the Sumerian Goddess of fermentation.
Artisan Meats From Washington State
With the recent addition of the Jameel Bowl to Laughing Planet Cafe’s always growing lineup of weekly and seasonal bowl and burrito specials, we thought it wise to offer up some information on the quality food purveyors supplying the lamb that goes into the new bowl. So to that end, we introduce to our readers, Heritage Meats and Tracy Smaciarz, who is both the owner and the head butcher there.
Heritage Meats is one of our food suppliers that operates as a family business, much the same way as Deep Roots Farm, another of our local sources. The company has been in business since 1977, when the current owner’s father first began the operation.
According to the Heritage Meats website, “We are an artisan butchering company that specializes in organic, locally grown and sustainable meat products and services. We are a certified USDA meat processor and also a Charter Member of the Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative. We take pride in the work we do and value each and every one of our customers.” Continue reading