Where do Seattle foodies go when grey days (daze) and everything topped with pork belly becomes too much? Portland; land of food trucks, a passion for farm-to-table dining and great public transportation.
Portland is the new Promised Land of food! Our first stop… Pine State Biscuits! Ahhh biscuits. When done well, they leave you weak in the knees. But use them as the bedding for eggs, collard greens and shitake mushroom gravy? Heaven.
Enter “The Wedgie”, my personal favorite. A crunchy, salty slab of fried chicken, a wedge of iceberg lettuce, slices of fried green tomatoes and a soup ladle of blue cheese dressing cradled in a tender, buttermilk biscuit. Do I make you hungry baby?
Next stop Tasty n Sons.
Courtesy of Chef Hollyce
Last October my husband and I travelled to Lugano Switzerland. He has been doing work with a Swiss company there and I tagged along! Lugano is right by the Italian border, in fact Lake Lugano borders Lake Como. Being in Lugano is just like being in Italy, everyone speaks Italian, everyone is stylishly dressed, everyone smokes, all the food is heavily influenced by Italy. Lugano is in the Canton called Ticino. We saw Ticino Cheese, Meats & Wine (White Merlot!). So when we left Lugano to take a train through the Alps to Zurich I fixed us up a tasty picnic of Ticino goodies.
The little ceramic cup that looks like a ramekin is called a boccalino, and that’s how you drink wine! The cheeses are Formaggella Pagilia and Alpe Bedretto. The bread and grapes from the farmer’s market in the Piazza and a local Salametti Mendrisio.
It rained all the way to Zurich, but we didn’t mind. Snug on the train with our lovely picnic.