Thankfully I also had a lot of time in my month there to explore the area and get to know this part of the country. And what did I focus on, the food culture of course. I received so many recommendations of places to visit and foods to try that I couldn't even begin to do it all. I did however manage to get a pretty good sampling of some of my favorite things. In other words, I visited a lot of coffee shops and bakeries! Washington has some great coffee that is for sure, and I enjoyed it immensely. It was a great trip, great experiences, and great food!
After the farmer's market I needed some coffee, so I drove around until I found just the right place. The Dragonfly Coffee House. It was a small little place, but cozy and relaxing, perfect for enjoying a late morning coffee and cookie.
Late night ice cream at Bluebird ice cream. Strawberries and cream, so good.
One last night out before I went home. I went out with one of the doctors from the clinic to Pho Green Papaya to get some pho. I'd never had pho before, and so didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprise with this flavorful Vietnamese soup. It was full of different cuts of meat and noodles, and we could customized it however we wanted with fresh basil, jalapeños, lime juice and bean sprouts. It is definitely something I'd like to try again.
And on my last morning in Washington, I had to drive back in to Portland to spend some time at St. Honore' Boulangerie. I really wanted to enjoy a leisurely breakfast of coffee and a freshly made French pastry. Deciding on what to buy was difficult, but I finally settled on the almond croissant and it was absolutely fantastic. Crispy and flaky on the outside, and creamy and custardy on the inside. I don't know how they do it, but I was in heaven. It was a fitting way to end my culinary explorations of the northwest. I will definitely miss all of my delicious finds!