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Jan 16, 2011 07:55 PM

Veal Breast

I grew up eating stuffed, braised veal breast at least once a week and love it. My problem is that I recently moved to Portland, Oregon after a lifetime in New York, and veal, except for the occasional ground veal and the scallops for schnitzel-type dishes are considered bad form here. To complicate matters, I am disabled and shop in my scooter at a very iocal Trader Joe's or at New Seasons Market where home grown products are the norm. Neither of these stores sells veal at all. It's like a policy not to eat veal. I don't really want to kill baby calves, but sure would like to occasionally eat this forbidden food. My friends here tell me I'm evil. Can I get veal somewhere, or is it hopeless? Any advice would be appreciated.

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  1. I don't inow how convenient it would be for you, but here some options:

    1. Pastaworks on Hawthorne or City Market in NW
    2. Phil's Meat Market in Uptown Shopping Center near NW 23rd and Burnside
    3. Gartner's on Killingsworth in NE.

    Why don't you give them a call, look into it, and let us know what you come up with!

    1. I would call Chop, the meat counter at City Market on NW 21st Street. I am pretty sure I have seen it there before, or they know where to get it!

      1. I hear you. I'm from NYC and I too miss veal. Killing baby sheep is just fine, but killing calves, not so much (and yes, there is such a thing as humanely raised veal - as much as there is such a thing as humanely raised pork and lamb). That being said, I really believe that the issue is that you give up so much in potential $$ when you kill an animal like that so young, as opposed to waiting until there is more poundage (and therefore more profit).

        You can special order from Chop in CIty Market or Laurelhurst Market, or the other places suggested below (Phil's and Gartner's), but no one usually has veal in their case on a regular basis. And expect it to be VERY expensive...

        Laurelhurst Market
        3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232