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.
Ha! I can still surprise myself. We saw wonderful vegetables,
Then on towhere 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, moved on to where the fish and meat are (you can buy sushi grade to take home to prepare.) and then the aisles and aisles of other foods.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Uwajimaya also has a bookstore as well as clothing, tea pots and other cooking needs, 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!