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[PDX] Viande, Mio Gelato, Gartner's, etc...

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[PDX] Viande, Mio Gelato, Gartner's, etc...

Nick | Mar 23, 2004 10:55 PM

Went and spent the day taking over 200 photos at miscellaneous food destinations around Portland. Here are some highlights:

* Gartner's: If your idea of jerkey is beef-flavored leather, get thee to Gartner's for the most tender, flavorful jerkey. They're thick slabs, about 1/4 inch or more, but still quite tender without looking like re-processed dried dog food. Yum. Plus all the meats, including their own dry-aged beef.

* German Bakery: More than half a dozen varieties of rye bread.

* Mio Gelato: They had this banana sorbetto that was creamy and wonderful. I got the amarena and pistacio, but the banana was very good. They're going to start doing a large variety of paninis and other Italian sandwiches soon.

* Ken's Artisan Bakery: They had a couple different kinds of pear tarts that looked tasty. I saw Ken shopping at City Market, too. He's a very nice guy. They even took a couple things out of the counter for me to take closeups.

* Viande in City Market: They're making their own pastrami now and I tasted it just after they finished resting it. It was fabulous tasting. I don't know if it's traditional pastrami or not, but it was fantastic, super tender, and flavorful. I also bought some buffalo flank steak from them. They said they might do some grilling out front this summer -- sausages, burgers, etc.

* City Market Produce: Some really nice looking fresh tumeric.

* Pastaworks on Hawthorne: They had some beautiful buffalo flank steak as well. Also an 18 month aged manchego that was very nice.

* Powell's for Cooks: A lot of great books on sale. I'm going to put up a list of some of the better ones on my website. Among them were hardcover versions of Bayless' One Plate at a Time and Mexican Kitchen in hardcover for cheap (< $12).

btw, Whole Foods didn't let me take pics. "Regional Policy" they said. Only the second place so far. Everyone else was very generous and fantastic, eager to have me take pics.

Link: http://www.extramsg.com

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