Hey everyone! I took a break from blogging this summer, but now I’m back!
Let’s kick off with this great event called the “All About Fruit Show.” It happened today at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.
If you ever wondered what a particular variety of apple tastes like, this show is your place to find out. They had over 600 different types to sample! It was overwhelming, but I did come away with a list of 10 that I loved.
Beyond apples, I also got to try my first pawpaw. Did you know they are native to North America? There was also seaberry juice, a whole table of hardy kiwi varieties, quince, pears, and more!
I highly recommend attending! Keep an eye out around this time of year in 2016 for your chance.
Here’s the hardy kiwi table.
And the grapes! I loved a dark purple variety called “Jupiter.” It tasted like a Concord, but it was seedless!
When I really want to give visitors a taste of that special Portland weirdness, I take them over to Rimsky’s for dessert and/or coffee. It’s not just a coffeehouse, it’s an experience not to be missed. Speaking of experiences, make sure to sneak upstairs to use the restroom at some point in your time there — it’s worth it!
Situated in an old Portland home, it feels like you’re sitting in the living room of a very extravagant neighbor. The interior is decorated with hanging photos, collages under glass tabletops, and very loud wallpaper.
Important to note is that it is a cash only establishment. The service can sometimes be a bit off, but sometimes it’s been great. There is often live-music performances, which are compensated solely by tip, so bring a little extra.
Also, most importantly — I should mention — the dessert is fantastic!
Here’s some historical information about it on Wikipedia.
707 Southeast 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Check out some photos…
I don’t know about you, but come mid-January I really start to miss my vegetable garden. I belong to a Facebook group called Portland Organic Gardening. On it people share tips and tricks, plus local resources. I just recently asked when and what people start planting veggies and was happy with the feedback. One member pointed me to this chart, offered by Portland Nursery.
Looks like for January we can be seeding radishes outdoors! Indoors we can start: artichoke, arugula, endive, fava beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, scallions, and spinach!
Suddenly I have a very long to-do list!
It’s been so warm in Portland this summer, but luckily we have a lot of delicious ice cream stores to try! 50 Licks is just around the corner from Portland Digs. They have very creative flavors that are a bit more subtle than similar artisanal ice cream shops. I like subtle. I tried jasmine tea ice cream, a coconut saffron vegan flavor, and ended up purchasing Tahitian vanilla with bee pollen as topping. Yum. I got it in a cup out of habit, but then found out that their waffle cones are gluten-free! She gave me one for free since I was so excited about that. Also fun, is the art on the walls. They are common pastoral landscapes that you might find in a second hand store, but someone has painted in giant ice cream cones.
We are so spoiled in Portland with dedicated gluten-free bakeries. New Cascadia Traditional is pretty close to my house; I’m a regular. My favorite treat is their pecan cashew bar, but everything is delicious. Funny thing, although I’m not vegan I do prefer the vegan cupcakes to the dairy version. The coffee bar is good, with alternative milk options. The rustic baguettes are incredibly hearty. (In a future post I will have to tell you about Devil’s Dill, which uses their baguettes for incredible gluten-free sandwiches.) Visit their website.
If you are looking for great vegan gluten-free treats in Northwest Portland, make sure to check out Petunia’s. There’s an extensive savory menu of lunch or dinner items, including a veggie pot pie, mac and cheese, biscuits and gravy, and lasagna. For breakfast or dessert there are pastries, donuts, cupcakes, full cakes, and much more. Plus the adorable decor! Visit their web site.