Editor’s Note: We love this post from a recent Oregon visitor. We dare you to not get hungry while reading this delicious post!
It’s a really great feeling when you can go out and catch or harvest your food right before eating it. I can’t explain it, but there’s just something really satisfying about it. When I was a kid, my dad would hunt and fish and we’d have deer meat and fish all year round, but I never really appreciated the feeling you get when you yourself are the one doing the catching. It’s like when you grow your own vegetables and fruits – it’s rewarding on so many levels.

I just got back home from several days in the Portland area visiting family. It was an adventure from beginning to end. We began in Portland eating at a great restaurant called Urban Farmer. Their theme is farm-to-table and the menu was outstanding. I had the most amazing heirloom tomato salad with blueberries, pine nuts, and bacon.

Wow, was it good. There were so many other wonderful dishes we ate, too, but right now I want to talk about the stuff we caught and ate so you’ll just have to go to Urban Farmer and check it out for yourself!

We went to Portland to visit my sister-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie and David Hirschfeld whom we hadn’t seen in quite awhile. My other SIL and BIL Sunny and Bill Hirschfeld also joined us from New Mexico (bearing fire-roasted Hatch chiles, I might add!). Deb and David live in Portland but have a cottage on the coast in Barview directly on Garibaldi Harbor/Tillamook Bay. That’s where we spent most of our time and what an amazing time it was.

David took us on a deep sea bottom fishing charter with the Siggi-G folks. Captain Joe and his Deckhand Tom were the most hospitable seamen you could ever imagine. We had a great time. Captain Joe knew just where to go to get the best fish and crabs and we all left having met our full limit.

To read more about Veronica’s tasty adventures in Oregon, head on over to her blog

Veronica Culver is a marketing professional in the high tech industry by day, and by night she is the author, photographer, chief cook and bottle washer for the innovative food blog The Enchanted Cook. She also writes a local column for the Examiner.com – the Orange County Cooking Examiner. To contact Veronica please email: theenchantedcook at gmail dot com

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