In my first post I talked about my food legacy inherited from my family and this month I was delighted to host my parents and one of my Aunties. It was my parents first trip to Oregon, my Aunty Cynthia or NTC had only visited Southern Oregon once before. I had a great time playing tourist in my town, it really made me realize that more exploring is in order!
I grew up in Hawaii and because of it’s ethnic diversity, the food culture is also quite varied. I never thought it odd that you can have foods from 3-5 ethnic groups in one meal or on one plate. Several weeks before their trip my Mom kept asking me what she should bring. Most people will interpret this as what clothing she should pack, when my Mom asks, it means what food from the islands have I been missing can she bring. Also know that despite what I tell her, she will bring much more!
Hawaiian food for dinner was the plan for one night. She brought frozen laulau, fresh poi and pipikaula and we supplemented the meal with lomi salmon from Uwajimaya (highly recommend if you don’t make your own) some wakame salad and of course rice. Sorry no mac salad for the plate lunch purists. It was so ono (good)!
We had lunch at Third Degrees on the waterfront enjoying the beautiful sunny Portland views. After that dessert was at Salt & Straw, a gourmet ice cream place on NW 23rd. We lucked out that the line at Salt & Straw was short and we soon had our treats. NTC’s double scoop was the sea salt with caramel and chocolate with gooey brownies, Mom opted for just one scoop of sea salt with caramel, Dad is a vanilla man and they didn’t disappoint with double fold vanilla, I had honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper. I kinda love how my Dad has a little bit of ice cream on his chin, I didn’t tell him when I snapped the picture.
I took the Hawaii folks to an Oregon beach and what is a trip to the beach without going to Mo’s? By the way, they have a gluten free menu! I was a little bummed not to have clam chowder but I was happy with my Shrimp Medley on the fish plate.
Saturday Market is one of those “musts” when you have out of town guests and after walking up and down the aisles we walked over to the Lan Su Chinese Garden for lunch and to get out of the crowds. If you have never visited the garden, you are missing out. It’s a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city plus there is a tea house that serves food and tea. If I worked near there I think I would be there during lunch every day.
I loved having my family here and I figured out where some of my idiosyncrasies come from like thinking about dinner before I have eaten lunch, my Mom, though she calls it ‘planning ahead.’ I am also quite territorial about my kitchen space, yeah, had to get over that one but Mom and I work well around each other. I am really grateful to be able to watch how she does things and got a few tips and tricks from her while she was here.