The days keep getting better out here in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. While my first full day here was filled with nature, my second full day (aka Day 3) was filled with alcohol. And nature.
We started the day at Tony’s Fish Market, a smokehouse and cannery in Oregon City. The coolest part of this place is that you can bring in fish you caught and they’ll smoke it right there and can it for you or seal it in vacuum packs. If I was a fisherman, I’d be at Tony’s every week to smoke some salmon. They also have a small restaurant tucked inside and we ordered a ton. Unfortunately, we found out after we had already ordered that about half of the things they serve were bought frozen from a food service company. If you’re a fish market and you serve fish on your menu, I think there should be a rule that it has to be fresh fish that you sell. The smoked salmon — which IS made there — was wonderful, as was the salmon candy (smoked salmon that’s dehydrated with sugar and spices to become exactly what the name says). While I was disappointed by the frozen clam strips and frozen battered halibut, I still think Tony’s is a worthwhile stop in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.
The next stop on our tour was a short trip with The Bike Concierge. This fairly new company organizes bike tours all over Oregon and they’ll take you on a wonderful winery tour where you can ride their awesome bikes to different wineries and get a bunch of tastings in. If you get tired, you can just hop in their van and they’ll drive you to the next destination in style. We had a fantastic time on the gorgeous roads of Oregon City and Canby as we rode to King’s Raven and Villa Catalana, a complete replica of an Italian monastery.
Our next stop was at Portland Cider Company, a handcrafted hard cider brewer that makes some excellent cider. We tried a flight, which apparently makes me a cider pilot. Definitely a fun stop on the day!
And finally, the highlight of the entire day: a dinner on a farm. Our Table in the Field is a wonderful experience where 130 strangers gather to eat dinner at the Our Table cooperative. Portland chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s cooks a multi-course meal and everyone has a grand old time — partially thanks to the fantastic wines from Durant Winery. It was a magnificent experience.
More to come tomorrow! Enjoy your Sunday!