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Bridge City Cafe is not our (my husband and my) ordinary kind of lunch stop.  Especially the Bridge City Cafe in the Lloyd Center Mall.  We generally avoid the mall food court because it seems like they’re usually more expensive than other lunch stops.  After all, they do have the high overhead costs for their prime location in the mall, and they’ve got to recoup those expenses. 

But, because we were going to be in the mall anyway (we had to rent a suit at the Men’s Wearhouse for my husband), and there was a great deal on LivingSocial, we decided to “break the rules” and visit Bridge City Cafe in the Lloyd Center Mall.  We enjoyed it so much that when we had to return to the mall the next day, we stopped in again!

Location:  2304 Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon

Order:  The Living Social voucher entitled us each to a sandwich of our choice, a bag of chips, a drink and a cookie.  On day one, I ordered the Steel Roast Beef sandwich, and on the second day, I ordered the St. John’s Turkey Cranberry sandwich.

What I Think:

The atmosphere … well, you know the atmosphere.  This Bridge City Cafe location is in the food court in the mall.  Kids running around and screaming, babies crying, mothers yelling, cell phones beeping, and generally a lot of hurrying and scurrying around.  As an agoraphobic, it isn’t my favorite kind of atmosphere … not at all conducive to a comfortable place to dine out.

But, sometimes, when one is hungry and time is short … my daughter was getting married in a matter of days and I didn’t have a lot of time to go out and enjoy myself.  So, we picked up lunch where we could and how could we NOT take advantage of the LivingSocial voucher!  We each got a whole sandwich of our choice, a bag of chips, a drink and a cookie!

The word of this paragraph is FRESH.  That’s because everything about the sandwiches is FRESH!  The sandwiches are all made fresh to order, the bread is fresh (and soft and amazing!) and all the trimmings were fresh.  The lettuce wasn’t wilted, it was crisp and … yes, fresh.  Everything looked really appetizing.  The one exception was the tomatoes, which were a bit more on the pink side than the red so I picked those off of the sandwich.  I usually only want a tomato on my sandwich if it’s really ripe and tender.

Truly the best part of these sandwiches IS the bread.  I love that I had a sandwich made with bread that was baked in the shop that very morning.  The sourdough used to make the Steel Roast Beef was soft but with enough of that sourdough texture to give it some real substance.  The St. John’s Turkey Cranberry was made on a honey molasses bread and it was sweet, soft, and delicious, and really complimented the tart cranberry and the mild, juicy turkey very well.

We also got our choice of cookie, and I chose the lemon cookie.  Let me tell you something, if you’re ever near a Bridge City Cafe and are hungry for a fresh, homemade cookie … stop in and TRY the lemon cookie!  It tastes like a lemon bar!  You know the kind with the shortbread crust and the lemon curd-like filling?  Yes… it tastes just like that… with the shortbread and the lemon curd baked right in.  It’s amazing.  If you’re a fan of lemon-y baked goods, these cookies ARE NOT to be missed!

My Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed both visits to Bridge City Cafe.  Sure, I’d rather not eat in the mall – the atmosphere is a bit much for me and tends to make me anxious.  But, if I happen to be in the mall and find myself hungry, I know where I want to go.  This is definitely one of the best stops at the food court!

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Product Description:

Lightly salted yet sweet, our Kettle Corn is perfect for those who crave a lower-sodium, low-calorie, yet satisfying snack.

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Tea Suggestion:

This would make a tasty treat to accompany any tea – hot or cold – but since it’s summer, this tasted exceptional with a tall glass of iced tea.   I’d recommend something lightly sweet (this Kettle Corn has such an enjoyable sweetness on its own, you don’t want to interfere with that!) and fruit-flavored, so I chose this Sea Breeze Green Tea from 52Teas.  The tea has a delicate sweetness and a pleasant tartness that offered additional contrast to the salty and sweet flavor of the Kettle Corn.  A delicious pair.

What I Think:

In a word:  YUMMY!

This Kettle Corn is perfect.  It is light and crunchy and sweet and salty … everything I want from Kettle Corn.  The only thing that could make this even better is if I were at the fair or a carnival and I was eating it warm.  But since I’m not at a fair or carnival, this is the next best thing!

My photo is terrible (I’m no photographer) but I wanted to show what the package I received looked like.

The kernels are popped up big and fluffy, and they seem to melt in my mouth.  Each fluffy kernel has been coated with a crispy sweet coating that is lighter in flavor and texture than the typical caramel.  I like that the sugar coating isn’t grainy, it’s been melted and covers each morsel of popcorn with just the right amount of sweetness and saltiness to offer a tantalizing contrast of flavors that keeps me happily eating.

And what also impresses me is that all of the kernels are big and fluffy.  I don’t have a bunch of unpopped or even half-popped kernels in this bag, and the soft, fluffy popcorn is such a nice textural contrast to the crackly crispness of the sweet coating.

This tasty kettle corn doesn’t taste too oily, but there is a light buttery note to this.  It also doesn’t feel too oily, nor does it feel sticky.  It is one of those snacks that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere without worry that it will render your hand too messy.  It’s one of those tasty snacks that can not only satiate the hunger but also satisfy those cravings for something sweet AND something salty.

My Final Thoughts:

I feel I want to finish this review with the same word I started it with:  YUMMY!  This was really a delicious treat.  It’s a good thing I had my daughter here to help me eat some of this – because I probably would have polished off the 4 ounce bag in one sitting.  And her assessment of this popcorn is the same as mine:  YUMMY!