Portland Walking Tours

Get your EAT on in Portland

November 1st, 2010

It’s November, America’s official feasting month. Some may choose to celebrate by gorging on turkey, sweet potatoes and Grandma’s special green beans in cream sauce, as usual. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

But if you’re looking for something gastronomically different and more exciting for Thanksgiving this year, there’s no time like the present to get started on finding new options. Luckily for Portland area residents, our local culinary experts provide innumerable options for tasting, sampling, and exploring delightful new flavors, textures, and colors for your dining delight.

Portland is one of the world’s best cities for “Slow Food,” the diametric opposite of “fast food.” Slow Food is all about taking your time, enjoying every bite – and image – of your food. That’s right, image:  slow food connoisseurs appreciate food’s beautiful presentation as well as its flavors and aromas.

Slow food advocates prefer food that is “FLOSS” – fresh, local, organic, sustainable, and seasonal. FLOSS food lets you experience the terroire of your food and drink, giving you a memory you’ll always associate with the place in which you enjoyed it.

For example, Portland boasts local bakeries who bake fresh breads and confections from scratch daily using local ingredients. From another local vendor you can learn how to flavor your foods in unique ways with locally-produced flavored salts. Another shop allows you to taste aged Balsamic vinegars and gourmet flavored olive oils before you buy. We even have a food cart that offers delicious Bosnian-style pita sandwiches, including options for vegan and lactose intolerant diets.

You can spend a lot of time and money finding these vendors, and have a great time doing it. Or (WARNING:  Shameless commercial plug coming) you can learn all about these food options – and more – simply by joining our daily Epicurean Excursion. Not only will you taste a tremendous variety of great food, but you’ll walk a mile or so and burn off all of those calories.

Okay, well. Almost all. (Shall we settle for “some”?)

November is a great month to get your Eat on. No sense waiting for the end of the month to get started.