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Oct 11, 2011 09:39 PM

Cross-border shopping: the food/drinks you always bring home to Vancouver

Headed to the Great American Distillers Festival in Portland later this month (with a few stops en route). Presumably, we'll bring back some local craft spirits, Stumptown coffee, seasonal beers...and hit Trader Joe's. Am curious about what those of you who make regular trips to Washington and Oregon like to bring back to Vancouver. Either local specialties, or just daily staples that are way cheaper in America. Is it better to do our shopping in Oregon or Washington? Thanks for any help!

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    1. re: piwakawaka

      I agree! If in Seattle, I always go to Beecher's in Pike Place Market for their Flagship Cheese. It's so tasty! Here's a link:

    2. I'm just back from Portland. Since it's recently been unavailable in Canada (didn't meet bilingual labelling requirements I'm told), Annie's salad dressing (especially the shitake sesame) is one thing I stocked up on this trip. CB Peanut butter is another (haven't noticed it up here, good stuff).

      This PDX trip also yielded some terrific olive oils from Bennesere, an assortment of finishing salts from The Meadow (huge salt selection, great bitters and chocolate selections there too), great sour beer from Cascade,

      Also Drew's salsa (I get at the co-op in Belligham).

      And Cheese here too!

      A distiller's fest sounds like great fun!

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      1. re: kinnickinnik

        Great suggestions! Especially the sour beer and cheese. (I usually pick up some goose eggs from Pike Place Market too.) If you're interested, here's some info about the distiller's fest:

        We're also going to hit the mushroom festival in Yachats on Sunday. (Bonus points if anyone wants to share a good place to forage.)

        1. re: bookley

          I don't know if you like Shaggy Mane mushrooms, I've found the motherlode. For years and years I used to forage in the fields in Richmond, but they're all but gone now. After they put in the Canada Line on Cambie they put down new and improved soil - and now Shaggy Mane's are popping up everywhere, namely Cambie and King Ed, and at the food of Cambie at Marine Drive but I've seen small patches all up and down Cambie. It kills me to drive past and not pick them...but last year I put away so many I just don't need anymore.....good luck!

          1. re: Quattrociocchi

            Urban mushrooms! We get Princes and various boletes popping up in Richmond and I've even found morels in the parking lot at Lansdown mall. But I'm kinda wary of actually eating urban mushrooms since I've no idea what sort of weedkillers the city sprays on the grass.

            1. re: Quattrociocchi

              They are all over the boulevards on Pacific in Yaletown.

        2. Fage yogurt - we make a point of picking it up (and asking any friends crossing the border to pick it up) every time we go. And then there's the wine....

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          1. re: clutterer

            I second that! Especially the little honey sidecar ones.

            1. re: bluegoat

              But they gotta be the Fage Total Classic full fat ones to get the true effect :-) and as miss foodie says below, those are getting increasingly hard to find, alas. if you want to be scared by the fat content.

          2. This might sound pedestrian, but I've always liked Henry Weinhard's beers, which stopped being imported into BC years ago. I always try to bring some back when I have the chance.

            1. Nutter Butter Wafers. Not the sandwich cookies but the light wafer ones. Yes it is processed sugar and all but I just love it !