Photo Friday – Many

You say tomato I say toh-MAh-toh

Pick a peck of pickled peppers?

Nothing beats fresh beets.

Milwaukie Farmers Market      

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Good eats!

I read a few years ago that Portland has more restaurants per capita than any other large city west of the Rockies. That means more than LA, San Francisco and Seattle. There is a lot of ethnic diversity represented in the restaurants in Portland. Portland has  large Asian and Mexican populations so those types of restaurants are very common. Besides ethnic restaurants there are  a lot of fish and seafood restaurants due to the proximity of the Pacific ocean.

I started thinking the other day about the food options where I live, Milwaukie which is a suburb of Portland. Within two miles of my house there are four Mexican, three Chinese, three Thai restaurants and one Hawaiian. Of course there are the standards fast food places as well. If I want to go out to eat I usually think ethnic and I have lots of choices.

For my birthday dinner the other night we went to Pambiche. This is an authentic Cuban restaurant located about 7 miles from where I live. It was great.

Michelada, Cuban red beer

Michelada, Cuban red beer

Ropa Vieja

Take a trip with me to the Farmer’s Market, yes again

I love the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market. Yesterday I bought some local cherries, Oregonzola cheese from Rogue Creamery, smoked almonds from Carol’s Nuts & Candies and fresh local Chinook Salmon. The man selling the fish thanks every customer for supporting local Oregon fisherman. Supporting local businesses is what the farmer’s markets are all about.

Fruits galore!

All kinds of handmade pastas

Pretty flowers

Chinook Salmon

Canby Asparagas Farms - making a huge omelet

Pork quesadilla for breakfast

Dave’s Killer Bread

I shop local and eat local whenever I can. Today’s local adventure was a visit to Dave’s Killer Bread outlet just a couple of miles from home. Although I have bought the bread for years I had never been to the place where they make it. Dave started out selling his bread at local farmer’s markets and has now expanded to include Costco, Fred Meyers, Safeway and many health food stores. Sold in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and I saw one store on their website as far away as Arkansas.

Dave has an interesting story and the video below is worth watching. Dave was a drug user, drug dealer, had felony convictions for armed robbery and multiple trips to prison. Dave turned his life around and is now producing “Killer” bread.

My favorite bread is the Rockin’ Rye. The bread a lone is almost a meal. It is so hearty and full of good chewy ingredients.

Rockin’ Rye. Yummmy!

Sin Dawg

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is one of my favorite Sunday afternoon shows on the Food Network. The host Guy Fieri travels around the country to visit the triple Ds that viewers write to him about. Guy quite often seems to end up at burger joints. I love watching him assisting making the burgers and then he gets to taste them. I sit on my couch and think “why can’t there be a great burger joint like that around here?” There are some really good hamburger places in the Portland area but none really close to where I live.

The other day a man in my office was talking about burgers and how good the ones are at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I asked him what made them so good and he said that the patties have not been frozen, they are hand formed and the fries are really good. Then a couple of other people joined in and raved about the burgers.

So today I drove 7 miles to West Linn where the nearest Five Guys is located. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with mayo, pickles and grilled onions, a regular diet coke and regular fries.


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Was it the best burger that I have ever eaten? No, it was good, the bun was fresh and had just the right amount of cheese. I’d skip the bacon since I didn’t think it added much flavor to the burger. The bacon was pretty thin and maybe a little over done.

Would I drive 7 miles again to eat one of their burgers? No, but if I was in the area I would stop there. The burger, fries and diet coke came to $10. That’s a lot for a fast food lunch. I do have more than half the fries leftover for later though.


I’m not Guy Fieri and this wasn’t Diners, Drive Ins and Dives just in case you got confused ;>)