I love living in a small town for every reason except one: the lack of ethnic food. Thanks goodness Portland isn’t too far away, but we need not drive an hour for authentic, creative Indian food.
Brynden Morris, owner of the Blue Elephant Indian food cart and Mika Terra Catering, takes over Rack & Cloth in Mosier every Monday evening for a surprise pop-up dinner. The menu isn’t available ahead of time and Brynden focuses on a different region of Indian cuisine every week, with local, seasonal produce taking center stage. And the food is served alongside Rack & Cloth’s amazing cider (sadly not pictured since I had to refill and then forgot to grab a pic).
When I went it was food and spices from the Coorg region of SW India. And boy was it tasty. Mustard seeds, rose water, cardamom, curry leaves, chilies, and a ton of other spices combined to make the food sing. How bland my usual food is in comparison! Entree choices included the most tender smoked pork adrack or the fresh heirloom tomato and ginger masala, served with an assortment of delicious, unique sides. Thankfully I went with friends so we got both entrees and shared. Using the naan to soak up any last juices, we literally cleaned our plates. I left feeling totally impressed, full of foods I have never tried before, and eager to try more. Rack & Cloth also has a big outdoor patio that is kid and dog friendly. Anyone want to go with me next week?