Monday October 26, 2009

PORTLAND, OREGON – Portland has a remarkable food culture.  There are elaborate “food carts” in various parts of town – generally in clusters.  They aren’t actually “carts”. They are really trailers, sometimes elaborate ones, rather than the hand carts that the name suggests.  Here’s a link to a site specializing in Portland food carts: Food Carts Our friend and guide to Portland, Ron Paul, claims that the best coffee in Portland, and thus North America, is at Spella Caffe. Here’s Andrea Spella. Sorry Andrea for the harsh back lighting.:

Andrea Spella
Andrea Spella

Sunday October 25, 2009

PORTLAND, OREGON – In Portland, Oregon meeting with some people on food-related issues.  Sunday is spent visiting a farmers’ market and wineries (A to Z and Ponzi) in the Willamette Valley.  The 1999 Ponzi Pinot Noir is one of best Burgundy-style reds that I’ve every had anywhere.  In the farmers’ market we bought a variety of mushrooms – hoping to be able to get them back to New York for a dinner that we’re cooking a week later.  The photographs from the winemaker tours aren’t very interesting.  We had the run of the facilities with no restriction on camera use, but the pictures come off as mazes of stainless steel tanks and hoses.   So here’s the farmers’ market:

Farmers Market Portland Oregon
Farmers Market Portland Oregon