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New Food Adventures


A day or so ago on Facebook there was a “test” you could take to see how many strange and unusual foods you had ever eaten. I had a pretty high score but I noticed that most of the items I have not had a chance to eat were Asian. So it was with a sense of adventure and a short shopping list (4 items) my daughter Lisa and I joined one of my new friends, Jana Brown. She had offered to take us to an Asian market, Uwajimaya,  in Beaverton, one of Portland’s western suburbs, about an hour from our home.

As we were driving there she mentioned she had heard of another market that sold Middle Eastern foods and had never been. Lisa spent a few seconds on her smart phone and soon had identified Barbur World Foods in southwest Portland. We headed there first, not planning to do much shopping.  The joke was on us.IMG_2869

Ha! I can still surprise myself. We saw wonderful vegetables,

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts

interesting choices for meat,IMG_2850 a terrific deli where we bought a few things to munch on,IMG_2858 and then aisle and aisles of food. Lots of olives.IMG_2861

lots of pasta
IMG_2868and so much more! They have tasting events and we look forward to going there at least every other month!

Then on toIMG_2871where we ate lunch first. They had a number of tasty dishes at their deli counter and a nice eating area set aside. Then we started with the produce,IMG_2880 moved on to where the fish and meat are (you can buy sushi grade to take home to prepare.)IMG_2879 and then the aisles and aisles of other foods.IMG_2882IMG_2885

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Uwajimaya also has a bookstore as well as clothingIMG_2889, tea pots and other cooking needs,IMG_2887 and gifts.

We brought home a trunk full of food, including a packed cooler. And now my kitchen cupboards and frig are full full full full of new things to try.

The adventure continues!

Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

4 thoughts on “New Food Adventures

  1. If we looked at the faces of all the animals we eat, would we feel differently about eating them?

    • If a person eats meat and if that person has compassion, then they can find a place that processes their animals in a compassionate manner. Having gotten to know farmers pretty well where I lived, and getting to know this group here now, I notice there are some who ship the animals off and others who are right there with them until the last moment. But the decision to eat meat should come before this point. How the animal is raised has a huge influence on the quality of the end product or the amount of chemicals we eat.

  2. The Duck! Yuk!

    • We typically will see duck in supermarkets and even in The Wild Ramp in Huntington packaged like chicken. In other words, feet and head removed. The Asians use more parts than we westerners do, so they want it all. What is uncomfortable in one culture is normal in another and so, the earth spins round and round. *S*

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