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Food Pic Friday ~ Summer Loving February 22, 2013

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Food pic Friday: Random photos of food or drinks I make or put together at home because for some reason I can’t eat out all the time.

spanish meat and english cheese

I’m longing for more sun or less rain, either one will do. This is not a surprising statement coming from a Portlander this time of year. So my food pic this week reminds me of summer so it seems fitting to put it up given my desire for warmer weather.  I can eat this way any time of the year but it’s a summer favorite so here it is.

I can stroll through Trader Joe’s or a nice deli (Pasta Works in this instance) and pick up a variety of foods and call it a meal. Pictured above and below include the following: cured meats (both Italian and Spanish from TJ’s), cheese (TJ’s vintage reserve cheddar is bomb), crackers (TJ’s), bread, fruit, imported sardines, white fish spread, lardo and salad. I also love marcona almonds but it never made the photo. Very filling and easy. Ahhhh is it summer yet????

lardo

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The Amazing Cheese Bar July 3, 2012

An overcast day in Portland made sunnier with duck salami

I’ve had this on my list of places to eat at but it was a recent picnic plan that finally steered me over to the Cheese Bar.  Yay!

When you enter, a display case full of cheese will greet you and more than likely you will stare at it not knowing where to even begin.  Luckily the staff are helpful and will assist you in narrowing down your choices while giving you samples to try along the way.  We managed to pick out a mild but flavorful Perrydale cheese made out of cow and sheep’s milk before making the next decision of which cured meat should accompany the cheese.  We were much more adventurous with that part of the picnic fare and chose a curry flavored salami  (recommended by the staff) along with a duck salami. 

Ok, so the curry salami was really good but messes with your idea of what salami should taste like.  It is very creamy and has an almost cheese like taste to it which complimented the Perrydale we purchased.  The duck salami was a salty, peppery and fatty meat which was more reminiscent of the traditional salami our taste buds are accustomed to.  Overall, a really great spread to the other food we brought along for the picnic.  They also have a sit down area to enjoy their pub menu (nice selection of beer and wine) which I will be trying in the very near future. 

Left to right: Curry salami, Perrydale cheese and duck salami

Location: 6031 SE Belmont St. Portland Oregon

Website: http://cheese-bar.com/

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