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Nov 21, 2009 02:50 AM

What do we have in the Northwest that you can't get in other parts of the US?

It seems like I often come across things that are pretty popular in other parts of the country that you can't find here in the Northwest, i.e. snack foods, cereals, beverages. What do we have around here that's commonplace that can't be found in other parts of the country?

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  1. Penn Cove Mussels, A Walla Walla Sweet onion and of courde a Beths Cafe 12 egg Omlet

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    1. re: hickdolphin

      Overly tattooed women?

      Just kidding. Oregon Truffles and some of the best growing conditions ever! I also love the tomatoes here!!!

    2. Fresh Huckleberries


      Oregon Truffles

      Olympia Oysters

      Just caught Wild Salmon

      Chum Salmon

      Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef – not really common, but is indigenous to us.

      Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies

      Ozette Potatoes

      Geoduck Clams

      Nettles and people/restaurants that cook with them.

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      1. re: RetiredChef

        Good list. I think the variety of local berries--tayberries, boysenberries, plus the different varieties of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc, are pretty unique.
        Tim's Chips? Jones Soda? Tillamook Cheese?

        1. re: christy319

          Razor clams
          Several dozen varieties of heirloom apples
          Columbia River sturgeon
          Lots of wild mushroom choices

          1. re: christy319

            Jones soda and Tillamook can be had all over, I believe. They're available here in Michigan

            As a frequent visitor to WA, I agree that Tim's Cascades Chips are a treat we can only get there.

            Uncle Dan's dill dressing is a must buy to bring back with us.

            Penn Cove mussels

            Breadfarm potato bread

            Dungeness can be found here but is much better in WA

          2. re: RetiredChef

            Sorry, Oregon truffles suck -- they taste nothing like the real deal. And nettles are prevalent throughout the country, not an Oregon-only product.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Actually, I disagree. While I don't think Oregon truffles are on par with French/Italian truffles, I think the black ones are pretty damn good. We've been ordering four ounces every fall of the last couple of years, and have enjoyed them very much, using them in a variety of dishes.

              1. re: MMRuth

                I respect your personal taste, MM, it's just that the Oregon truffles I've tried taste nothing like the classic European ones I've had in years past, certainly not worth the high prices asked. It's also possible that they don't travel well to the Mid-West.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I don't remember off hand what we've paid as this has been my husband's baby. We've ordered from this company:


                  They send us the truffles to Manhattan and we send them a check. They come with very detailed instructions about how to store the truffles, how to identify when they are ready to eat, etc., and are very forthright about how these truffles differ from European ones. The first year, we got both the white and the black (8 oz - I was pretty much truffled out after a couple of months), and I do think the black are a lot better than the white. I've used them in Beef Wellington, truffle butter, various pasta dishes with truffles, etc. Can't speak to how well they travel, as we get them sent overnight, and then are v. careful about storing them, though I usually put them in jars and they come with me down to North Carolina for Christmas, and whatever is left makes the journey back home as well. I've never bought Oregon truffles locally.

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Thanks for the details, MM, I'll give them another try.

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      It helps to think of Oregon truffles as their own deal, not compare them to a product produced 5000 miles away!? Do you compare Italian tuna with Japanese tuna? No, because they are their own distinct product, and awesome for their own reasons.
                      That being said, I think good PNW truffles have a much mellower, sometimes easy to pair with food, flavor.

                  2. re: pikawicca

                    They aren't going to taste like European truffles. Not the same species or habitat, fer goodness sake. They should be enjoyed for their own sake. I like them.

                2. re: pikawicca

                  You missed the intent of my comment:

                  Nettles ARE found throughout the US and the world, but what is different is what I said:

                  >>>Nettles "AND" people/restaurants that cook with them.<<<

                  In 55+ years of dining I have seen nettles served in four different restaurants

                  Three in WA State and one in Europe.

                  Maybe I've just missed all of the restaurants throughout the US and the rest of the world that have it on their menu. Or maybe it's just a peculiarity to NW cuisine to actually utilize nettles in dishes.

                1. re: Leonardo

                  New Seasons.
                  Clearwater Cranberries.
                  NW Cheese Project.
                  Country Natural Beef
                  Carmen Beef.
                  Painted Hills Beef.
                  Oregon Pinot Noir.
                  Bob's Red Mill.
                  Columbia Gorge Organics.
                  Dave's Killer Bread.
                  Pacific Natural Foods.
                  Craft beers.
                  Dungeness Crab.
                  Stumptown Coffee.
                  DragonFly Chai.

                  1. re: Cosby

                    Nice list but a lot of that is national. Bob's in in all fifty states or close, for example, as is our pinot noir and many beers.

                    1. re: Leper

                      Where is the Szechuan Dungenous Crab? I'd love to try it.

                      1. re: 2fat2bfit

                        My favorite place is 7 Stars Szechuan (Sichuan?) in the iD.