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.