Before going to Portland, Ore., I did my research. I knew I was traveling to a food destination, and I planned everything around my eating schedule. Oregon reawakened my love for innovative food combinations and the do-it-yourself spirit that powers the culinary scene. The theme of most restaurants (and food trucks) was “inventive and hearty cooking,” and many of the fantastic foods I tried were distinguished by better, local ingredients. This is the heart of Pacific Northwest cooking, and although my list doesn’t begin to cover all the wonderful foods (and craft beers and local wines) I got to taste, I’m eager to share some of my unique culinary finds that really embody what Portland is all about:
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I’m currently writing from Portland, Oregon, the promise land of coffee and beer. Abounding in coffee shops and breweries, the relatively small city of Portland has 51 breweries and is home to the well-known Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Portland has inspired me to highlight the Perky Black and Tan. The classic two-hued Black and Tan is normally made with pale ale and Guinness, but this version layers dark, smoky coffee stout on top of pale ale. Though the recipe is simple (only two ingredients), it’s the technique that may take some practice. Use an inverted spoon to gently pour the stout on top of the pale ale for two distinctive layers.
Finally: a drink where coffee break meets cocktail hour.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in Portlandia
Ever since the sketch comedy series Portlandia premiered on IFC last year, I can’t help it: you say “Portland,” I hear “Portlandia.”
That being said, I can’t wait to get a closer look at Portland’s incredible foodie scene this Sunday at 10PM on Unique Eats: Portland.
As we know from the myriad of (fictional?) characters that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play, residents of Portland are passionate about many things, with food high on the list (other interests include Feminist Bookshops, scavenging for dinner in dumpsters (aka recycling), and reading every publication ever.)
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