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May 18th, 2011 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Devour 2011: 20 Oregon Foods We Love

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McMenamins Hogshead Whiskey

There’s a good reason this single malt was ruled best in class at the 2011 American Distilling Institute conference: It’s goddamn delicious. $32.50 at McMenamins Edgefield.

Trader Tiki’s Cinnamon Syrup

An all-natural mixer with a big, spicy punch. Try it in a gimlet. $11.99 at tradertiki.com.

Juanita’s Tortilla Chips

These chips, made in Hood River, are crisper, saltier and fattier than any of the competition. And preservative-free! $1.99 for a 15-ounce bag at Safeway.

Viridian Farms Piment d’Espelette

The only chili officially protected by the European Union, this smoky Basque pepper is now grown in Dayton. $25 for 3.5 ounces at ourfoodshed.com or Portand Farmers Market.

Xocolatl de Davíd Piment d’Espelette bar

The same Basque chili as above, with chocolate. It’s otherworldly. $9 at Cacao.

Ancient Heritage Dairy Adelle

A fluffy, incredibly rich cow and sheep cheese from Scio. $23 a pound at PastaWorks.

Fressen pretzel

An enormous, perfect pretzel. $1.75 at various farmers markets; see fressenartisanbakery.com. 


Unbound Pickling Beatnik Pickled Beets

These are some very nice pickled beets. $8.99 for 16 ounces at unboundpickling.com and Portland Farmers Market.


Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth

Finally, an American vermouth tasty enough that you’ll finish it before it gets all brown and icky. $27 at New Seasons.

Tastebud bagels

Ridiculously chewy Montreal-style bagels, baked in a wood-fired oven. $1.50 each at PastaWorks or various farmers markets, see tastebudfarm.com.

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats

Judged the best oatmeal in the world two years running. About $2.50 per 24-ounce bag at most local supermarkets.

Dulcet Moroccan Mustard

This is the mustard Rick Blaine would put in his roast beef sandwich. $6.75 at Made in Oregon.

Oregon verjus

Both Abacela and Montinore wineries produce this unfermented green grape juice. Use in place of vinegar. $10 Abacela, $20 Montinore. Abacela is sold out, Montinore is still available at Foster & Dobbs, 2518 NE 15th Ave.

Oregon Growers & Shippers Blackberry Honey

The sweetest honey, from the Columbia Gorge. $7.95 for 18 ounces at oregongrowers.com.

Vincent Family Cranberry Blueberry Juice

One taste and you’ll never drink Ocean Spray again. $6.99 for 32 ounces at all New Seasons stores.

Bees & Beans ’Bert’ Bar

The grown-up version of a Nestlé Crunch, improved with peanut butter. $4.50-$6 at Food Front and PastaWorks.

Secret Aardvark Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce

From the demented minds behind Portland’s favorite habanero hot sauce, this mix of black beans, garlic and whiskey makes a damn good stir fry. $4.99 for 12 ounces at New Seasons.

Pok Pok Som

You can now take home the drinking vinegars you’ve loved at Pok Pok. $15 per 16-ounce bottle (makes 10 drinks) at Pok Pok, Pok Pok Noi, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and Ping.

Steven Smith Teamaker bottled iced teas

We see your Honest Tea and raise you one local tea guru. $8 at Elephants Deli Northwest

Thai and True Hot Chili Oil

Everything is better with local chili oil. $4.95 at armeda.biz/thaiandtrue.

 
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