My travels have taken me not too far and much further. And the further I go from the city the more freedom I feel. One of my ideas for this blog is to document areas within the Northwest where I would like to someday open a cafe. What kind of cafe you may ask? Imagine walking into a restaurant fashioned after on old farmhouse, with wood plank floors and white walls. All the food prepared would be from local farms from the surrounding area and meals would be served using fresh ingredients. Menus would be created with the season. In March, a squash and sage risotto, in May, asparagus and prosciutto bread pudding, and in August, a blackberry cobbler with vanilla lemon swirl ice cream may perhaps grace the table.
Throughout this year, I hope to travel off the beaten path to some of the following locations which will give me ideas for my cafe and a better feel for the community of people, produce, and restaurants there: Astoria, Yamhill, and McMinville (Oregon), Port Townsend, Mount Vernon, Winthrop, Yakima, Ritsville, and Goldendale (Washington). Do you have a suggestion?