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The Best Things We Ate and Drank in Oregon

Erin Zimmer 8 comments

After four weeks of Oregon Month, we end today with a look back at our favorite bites and sips. Geez Oregon, you are one delicious place. More

This Is What Hippie Pizza Looks Like

Slice Erin Zimmer 37 comments

The Pizza Research Institute, or just "PRI" as Eugenians like to call it, makes hippie pizza. Not pizza-pizza. "Hippie pizza," as Mark Kosmicki of the Party Cart in Eugene clarified for us when we told him we were going that night. At PRI, you won't find pepperoni. Nope, just baked spicy tofu, huge trees of broccoli and cauliflower, dried apricots, pesto, gluten-free crust, and a vegan alternative to everything. More

Great Clam Chowder at Ecola Seafoods, Cannon Beach OR

Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

I'm pretty picky about clam chowder. First of all, it should taste like clams, as if the juices from the bivalves have really contributed something. The broth should be at least as clammy as it is creamy, and it should never be gluey or pasty. There should be tender pieces of clams, too, and the whole thing needs to be seasoned properly. Suffice it to say, I'm often disappointed. But this unassuming little cup on the Oregon coast impressed us. More

The Best Fish and Chips on the Northern Oregon Coast

Erin Zimmer 10 comments

Driving up and down Highway 101 in Oregon, we made many detours for fish and chips. Oftentimes the fish was caught "in their own backyard," AKA the Pacific Ocean or the Columbia River, and that made this quest even tastier. More

Great Scoop In Eugene, OR: Red Wagon Creamery

Sweets Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

Everywhere we went in Eugene, folks mentioned Red Wagon Creamery. "It's the best ice cream in Oregon," more than a few people said. "It's the best ice cream in the West," said others. We tried to get a scoop at the Lane County farmers' market, but Red Wagon was away at an event for March of Dimes. Their little mobile shop next to The Party Cart was closed as well. Determined to follow an ice cream tip (and always willing to try a beer sampler), we tracked down Red Wagon Creamery's ice cream at Falling Sky Brewery on Oak Alley, and we're glad we did. More

The Best Lunch We Had in Portland: Lardo's Sandwiches + Sugar Cube's Sweets

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

"Eat your sandwiches from Lardo then come get your sugar from me," said Kirsten Jensen from the window of her Sugar Cube trailer, parked in the same lot as Lardo. Once on wheels, too, Lardo opened a brick-and-mortar this year and it doesn't get much better then eating one of their serious sandwiches, followed by an ice cream sandwich from Sugar Cube. More

We Try Every Flavor of Tillamook Ice Cream

Sweets Maggie Hoffman 14 comments

As we neared the front of the line in the ice cream area of the visitor's center, I spotted it, and our real purpose for the visit became clear. The Ice Cream Adventure. For a mere $25.95, you can have not just some ice cream, but all the ice cream. Every flavor they've got, in what they call "a golf ball sized scoop" (traditional scoops are, well, a bit bigger than that) stacked in one platter-sized bowl. I'm not sure Erin and I even needed to speak to agree on the mission. More

10 Oregon Farmstead Cheeses You Should Try

Erin Zimmer 10 comments

When it comes to Oregonian cheese, it doesn't get more iconic than Tillamook. The cheddar loaf is what defines cheese for many a west coaster who grow up eating it. But if you visit Steve's Cheese Bar in Portland, you'll meet many new cheeses, none of them Tillamook. Inside his glass case Steve offers over 200 cheeses from all over the globe with a special focus on the smaller-scale farmstead cheeses from the Willamette Valley and all over Oregon. Here are 10 we enjoyed. More

We Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory, Oregon

Erin Zimmer 10 comments

Tillamook Cheese is headquartered in Tillamook County, Oregon—you'll see the tall stainless steel vats of milk out front. Fifteen million pounds of milk goes through here each day and the majority of it comes from cows in Tillamook county (where they all Tillamoooo, sorry milk puns are too easy). Go on a quick tour of the cheese factory with us! More

Why Cacao in Portland Needs to Be on Every Chocolate Lover's Bucket List

Sweets Erin Zimmer 7 comments

If there's a better place for chocolate lovers, well, then I haven't been there. Cacao is an emporium of all things chocolate, including shelves of gilded chocolates and artfully wrapped bars, many of which you've probably never seen before, and a menu of drinking chocolates served in little mugs. More

7 Ice Cream Scoops We Love in Portland, Oregon

Sweets Erin Zimmer 3 comments

Portland ice creameries have been killing it recently, upping their game to make some of the best scoops in the country. It makes it hard to choose a spot, never mind a flavor, but these 7 of our recent flavors in town. More

Best Bakery on the Oregon Coast? Waves of Grain in Cannon Beach

Sweets Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Though everything at this bakery on the Oregon coast looks delicious, it's definitely worth a visit for the Bohemian Buns alone. (Those would be brioche dough buns studded with pecans and topped with caramelized granola. No, we don't know how we didn't think of that before.) More

Making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at What's the Scoop in Portland, OR

Sweets Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

When we stopped by What's the Scoop on Portland's North Williams street, we didn't know that we were in for a show. But we lucked out, and owners Jodie and Brian Ostrovsky were about to mix up a batch of their Mocha Chip. More

Sugar Rush: Blowtorched Creme Brulee Beignets at Donut-o-Rama in Portland, OR

Sweets Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

It's a bit daring to open a doughnut cart mere steps from Portland's touristy hotspot Voodoo Doughnuts, but Greg Slauson had a vision. And we're not certain we've seen so much blowtorching in a food cart anywhere. More

We Partied at the Party Cart in Eugene, OR

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

Everyone always raves about the street food in Portland, and for very good reason (see our 10 favorite carts here). But we wondered: what about Eugene? Is there any exciting street food happening in this college town just 100 miles south of Portland? Yes, and it's called the Party Cart. More

Market Scene: Lane County Farmers' Market, Eugene OR

Market Scene Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

The Tuesday edition of the Lane County Farmers' Market in Eugene, Oregon might be a tad smaller than the one we visited in Portland, but it's full of riches nonetheless. Freshly caught salmon, gorgeous tomatoes, greens of all kinds, grapes, and apples greeted us as we made our way around on a recent visit. Check out the slideshow for a peek at some Oregon produce (and other tasty farmers' market bites). More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Reed College, Portland

Laurie Wolf 13 comments

As part of Oregon Month, we bring you another college eating guide, this one for Reed. The 1,400 or so Reed students living in Portland have some interesting choices once they get off their lovely campus. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Portland State University

Laurie Wolf 2 comments

Portland State University, aka PSU, is located in downtown Portland, though it does manage to have a campus vibe. It's also home to the best farmers' market in Portland, which sits in the middle of the campus on Saturdays. Here are some picks for the best bites near campus! More

Portland Street Food: 10 Carts We Really Love

Erin Zimmer 6 comments

You could eat incredibly well in Portland without ever stepping into a restaurant. The food cart scene in this city continues to evolve and multiply, and it's an awesome way to eat (as long as the weather isn't too gloomy). Out of 475+ carts across town, it's hard to select just ten favorites, but these were the ones we loved most. More

Market Scene: Portland Farmers' Market at PSU

Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

It's possible to spend quite a few hours at the Saturday Farmers Market at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. When we recently visited, we found evidence of the cusp of seasons: there were bins of peaches and boxes of berries alongside decorative gourds and the first fall apples. There were some local specialties too: sea beans, wild plums, chanterelles, fresh ginger, filberts, and more. More

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