Updated 10/10/2008 – Sip will be retiring milkshakes for the fall and winter as of 10/12/2008. They will be introducing hop soups and variations of hot cocoa. Check it out!
|Sip Brief Review|
|Overall||Service||Food Quality||Atmosphere||Vegan Options|
|Location: Address: 3029 SE 21st Ave Portland, OR, in front of People’s Coop|
|Hours: M-F 11-8, S- S 10 -8||Times Visited: 3|
Oh my goodness, get your milkshake on.
One could say that with the opening of a vegan milkshake cart, Portland is officially the coolest place to be a vegan in the United States of America. Portland’s food carts are already some of Stumptown Vegans‘ favorite places to eat, and the newest one is immediately on my top cart list. Sip opened this past week, and is literally parked in front of People’s Coop on SE 21st Ave. It’s open for business Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-7pm and has some serious style. It’s very 1950s retro with its shiny chrome trailer, old fashioned wall paper adorning the inner walls and the actual juicer and mixer. Even before trying anything I liked it.
With $5 in your pocket you can walk away with a vegan milkshake, sipper with sorbet, smoothie, wheatgrass shot or freshly squeezed juice, not to mention a huge smile on your face. Prices range from $3.50 – $4.75, with the most expensive item being the milkshakes themselves and large smoothies. This is the first week for the cart, so don’t be surprised if there are price or menu adaptations, it happens. Small cups are 12 ounce and large are 16 ounce. A 16 ounce peanut butter chocolate milkshake may not be as big as you’d dream from a sodashop, but once it’s in front of you all topped with Soyatoo whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, your eyes are hooked. And those eyes are in your stomach.
This flavor combination let the peanut butter dominate, just as I like it. I was assured that if I wanted it more chocolatey or peanut buttery that could be easily arranged, and to let them know. The shake itself was successfully thick and fun to mix with the classy black straw. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach, and I walked home full and content with a couple inches of shake to put in the fridge for a sweet treat. Milkshakes are available in chocolate, strawberry, orange creamsicle, Newman O (oh my goodness again!) and the peanut butter chocolate. All drinks can be poured into a paper cup to go or a glass cup to sit down or wander the vegetarian coop with.
On a tired morning I ordered a small PBG smoothie ($3.95). As the initials hint, this was made with freshly cut peaches, banana and grapefruit. The trio of sweet, tangy and creamy banana made my day better, especially the large piece of grapefruit garnishing the to go cup. Everything is aimed to be organic at Sip- from the Soy Delicious ice cream, soy milk and the produce. There’s something refreshing about seeing the fruit you’re going to drink chopped in front of you. It’s as comfortable as being at home, but with the novelty at visiting this cool cart.
You can tell that the friendly young proprietor is living his dream, and us Portland vegans can easily do our part to support him, for the love of milkshakes and juice! Having recently been to Penny Lick’s mostly vegan old-fashioned ice cream and dessert shop in Brooklyn, NY, finding out about Sip’s opening was enchanting. With carts selling Belgian style french fries, vegan sausage and waffle mating, rice balls, huge portions of Indian food, vegan elephant ears, tacos and now milkshakes, it’s an amazing and freaking delicious time to be vegan in Portland, OR.
Cookies and Cream Milkshake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake