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Jan 25, 2012 01:39 PM

Portland home cooks and chefs: I could use your advice about where to shop and what's in season in February


In a month's time I am briefly staying near the airport , but I'll have a full kitchen, but during that time I'd like to cook a celebratory meal for some friends. I would dearly love to poach salmon, but I figure I am too early for the season.

To shop, I can use the light rail from the airport area to go into downtown Portland, but I also have use of a car in case the best stores are near the airport.

Can you direct me to the best fishmonger convenient to the light rail or the airport, and the best place to buy fresh produce? What's in season in late February in Oregon?

I'd also like to buy some great Oregon wine and a dessert from a great bakery. Any suggestions for places easy to get to?

Thanks in advance if you can offer any help!

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  1. The closest fresh fish would be's a fabulous asian market on 82nd and they have lots of produce.

    With a car I would recomend Flying Fish Co on SE Hawthorne (check facebook for what is fresh) which is attached to Krugers Farm store which has great fruit and veggies and Newmans in City Market on NW 21st..which is pretty fancy and pricy but I love their whitefish salad!

    New Season is also great, and you can get everything you want there.

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    1. re: cheeseisheaven

      Thanks very much!

      I've been looking at websites of the places you've mentioned, and looking at maps. For convenience, it looks like New Season would indeed be a place for everything. Is it equal to others in quality? Will its pastries be delish?

      What most appealed to me was the fresh cooked crab I saw on Flying Fish Co. I realize they might not have it next month, but if it remains in season, would New Season also have it as a quality product?

      1. re: barberinibee

        New Seasons. With an "s". My go-to for general groceries. Good thing about dessert is that they carry a wide array of producers. I go there for fish.
        Best produce, if you are here over a weekend would be Portland Farmers Market Saturday and Hillsdale Farmers Market Sunday.
        Dessert: Bakeshop on NE 53rd & Sandy.

        Many excellent wine shops. Liner & Elsen. Great Wine Buys on Broadway. Vinopolis. Fred Meyer only at the 30th & NE Weidler location.

        1. re: Leonardo

          The Hollywood farmers market is open the first and third Saturdays in February and is closer to the airport if you happen to be here then.

          Cork is a great wine shop really close to the New Seasons you would be going to but New Seasons has a nice selection of wine as well.

          1. re: porky pine

            Thanks. I'm basically going to be there Sunday night to Friday morning, so the farmer's market won't be possible.

            Thanks for the tip on Cork!

        2. re: barberinibee

          New Seasons is a great grocery store...they really pride themselves on quality. They may still have crab next month, it just may be expensive. I just had the crab from flying fish co, and it was so, so good. I can't speak on N.S. pastries, I haven't tried many of them, but they look good! The bread is wonderful...the olive ciabatta is heaven!
          for bakeries, in the NE, I rec. Fleur de Lys on Hancock

          1. re: cheeseisheaven

            Thanks to you both for these added details. Needless to say, the idea of being able to go to just one store appeals to me, since I really am not very familiar with the area. On a map, New Seasons looks easy to where I am staying. Alas, I am arriving fairly late Sunday afternoon and leaving during the week, so I'll miss the farmer's markets.

            One more question:

            Are there any peculiarly local winter foods you'd highly recommend? From a distance, I'm thinking Oregon must have good cabbages and root veg in winter, but anything stand out? Any chance there is fruit?

            Thanks again, very much.

            1. re: barberinibee

              Apples and pears are still available from the fall, many kinds keep well in cold storage.
              Celery and parsley root, brussels, cabbage, kale, carrot, potato.

              1. re: Leonardo

                Thanks. I was beginning to think maybe a dessert featuring a dried fruit compote would be nice, but if the pears are holding up, I like poached pears.

                I'll have to wait until I actually see the kitchen to know what I've got to work with, but my preliminary hopes for a menu are a starter that features crab, and a main duck dish (pinor noir sauce?) with sides that use some form of cabbage, and some type root vegetable. (And a poached pear.) Sounds right for Oregon in February to me.

                1. re: barberinibee

                  Barberinibee - surprised to see your post on our Portland board, as I am used to seeing you on the Italy board!! Glad to see you will be enjoying the bounties of Oregon for a couple of days! I think your menu sounds great - and very Oregon. Similar to a menu I recently cooked for a friend visiting from Italy!

                  I will run through the farmers market this weekend and see what local produce is looking good right now. The crab has been fantastic, but spendy this year! If you find yourself downtown, I highly recommend stopping it at Oregon Wines on Broadway - lots of great Oregon selections by the glass (and the owner Kate is going to Italy for the first time in April!).

                  Are you going to be eating out at all while you are here? If so, I can recommend a couple of good places accessible by Max, depending on your taste (good Italian, perhaps?).

                  1. re: ekc

                    Barberinibee, right now our farmer's markets are featuring carrots, scallions, leeks, radishes, turnips, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, beets, potatoes, greens of every kind, apples and pears!

                    1. re: ekc

                      Thank you for this fab market update! I will be reaching Portland in about 2 weeks.

                      Apart from my fancy dinner, I am not going to be in control of my time. My celebratory meal will happen the day before I fly out at dawn, when I'll be free to do what I want, but before that, I'll just be at the mercy of other people's agende. One thing that will determine how far I venture anywhere is the weather that week. If it looks doable to head into town and enjoy a meal, I'll post a question asking for recommendations,

                      Thanks again!

                      1. re: barberinibee

                        No problem B! Well, hopefully your "people" know some of the excellent spots in town - it would be too bad for you to come all this way and not have a chance to sample some of our delicious food! Now back to planning my Italy trip ...