I haven't always been in Seattle but I call it home now-- would love to connect with some of the other Pacific Northwest members--
I travel frequently through Portland and up and down the coast-- love the mountains and being close to nature, Really phenomenal farmer's markets and family based restaurants! Let's talk about the foods we see here that aren't as common everywhere else-- Thanks!
I am far away in Texas but I love to see what foods I find when I travel. It'll be fun hearing about the foods in your area. I remember overhearing a conversation while in Pennsylvania. The lady in line behind me was saying how she had so many raspberries she didn't know what to do with all of them! I was so jealous! When we get them here they are almost to the point of spoiling. I love them! They are a real delicacy for me. So P'La start sharing!
Gayle, one thing I never had heard of anywhere else, was "Clam Hash". I'm sure in states that have heavy coastal fishing there is probably plenty of seafood specialties such as this, but being originally born in the midwest and raised by a Southern mother, I never had a sampling of it until I moved here.
By the way Gayle, you mentioned berries-- when I was a child, I would visit my grandmother who lived in the south. To keep us busy, she would have us pick wild blackberries and she would make a large cobbler for the evening meal with whatever we brought back to her in our buckets. Trouble was we tended to eat more than we brought back!
Since I've been an adult, I have lived many places allover the country, and it always amazes me when I see some areas have higher prices for blackberries when I was so accustomed to seeing them grown in such large numbers wildly. When I moved to Portland Oregon, several years ago, I saw that same wild growth of berries. Out entire neighborhood was practially overrun by Marionberries. It wasn't uncommon in my house to eat berries 3-4 days a week. Pancakes, muffins, baked crisps, meats seasoned with berry marinades etc.Always plenty to make in jams and freeze for later!!
In Washington state, the big deal is apples and cranberries. Plenty of orchards and bogs--
My goal is to leave Florida, in 5 years when my son is done with school, and move to Diamond Point, Washington. I love the Pacific Northwest, and try to visit as often as I can. You all are so lucky to live there! I am a home cook and author, and I am even writing a book called, The Witch of Diamond Point, because I was so inspired by that area.
Portlandian here!! Going to be up in Seattle early next month for a weekend to see the Mariners and enjoy some great Seattle sights and food!! Having lived in Southern California most of my life, I can honestly say I truly feel at home here in the PNW and am looking forward to many more years here! (And I'm headed over to our local farmer's market tomorrow to pick up some fresh raspberries for a couple of cheesecakes I'm making later this week for my friend's pre-wedding, last-day-of-work celebration!! I love the Pacific Northwest!!) :)