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European visiting Portland

Screen Door is a big hit, it is southernish but very Portland too. Is the Saturday market still going? Wonderful biscuits with sausage gravy at a stand there, Basha's falafel is great. And the market is wonderful. For a quick eat, not to amaze you but to fill your tummy if perhaps you have a big dinner planned, would be a stop at one of the Laughing Planets. Totally Portland, sustainable, they even recycle foil, and the burritos are always delicious and fresh and satisfying. I like the black bean and spinach. Man does not live by fine dining alone.

Dec 09, 2008
cbguivernau in Pacific Northwest

PDX - Prosciutto stand

I am in Portland and am not sure...maybe Martinotti's? But there is one on La Tienda that is pretty cheap and looks nice and simple.

Dec 09, 2008
cbguivernau in Pacific Northwest

chorizo -- let's discuss!

I am no pro, but we lived in Spain for 4 years and the chorizo there vs. here (US) is quite distinct. In order of your questions, I think 1. in Spain it is mainly pimenton, in Chile it is similar 2. no idea, but I imagine it depends on the quality of the sausage, 2. price is generally a good indicator, other than a recommendation from the meat guy...3. hmm, no idea, 4. depends, 5. In Spain, we used chorizo for everything, the firm type was like lunchmeat, served in 'bocadillos', the fresh sort was in potato dishes, in eggs, links were always in soups, etc. The fat was eaten. In Chile the most delicious thing is Choripan, grilled fresh sausage in a small fresh roll, generally half of a bread called a mariquetta 6. intestine? 7. I would definitely use a fresh Spanish style chorizo. 8. All that I know are fairly rough, in Mallorca there is a sausage-type thing called sobrasada that too me is like a very loose, finely ground chorizo, but Spanish friends didn't agree.

Dec 08, 2008
cbguivernau in Home Cooking

Best food markets in the world? The kinds with multiple vendors?

Have you been to Madrid? Every neighborhood has a market, multiple vendor, most of them completely unknown to tourists. Because of that, some are kind of dingy infrastructure-wise, but the produce/meat/fish is amazing, as are the people shopping. La Cebada, in the La Latina neighborhood, has several floors of vendors. If you are a real market lover it is not to be missed, shabbiness and all.

You can find the location of all the markets on a Madrid map, I think my old one was a spiral bound, purse-sized michelin.

Dec 08, 2008
cbguivernau in General Topics