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It’s Time to Savor the San Juans – #savorthesanjuans

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I know it’s not fall yet, but it’s never too early to plan. And if you can’t go this fall, you must put the San Juans on your radar for a future visit.

Bigger and better than ever, the 10th Annual Savor the San Juans is a delicious medley of food, farms, and film. From September 22nd – November 11th, 2017, visitors can taste the food and farm culture of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.

Beer, barns, and bikes! The gourmet archipelago celebrates a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor the San Juans is ten years old this year, and has grown to encompass three film festivals, farm tours, two vineyard harvest events, harvest dinners and much more. Savor is a great way to ease into a slower time of year, while indulging in the food, spirits, music, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands. Sample the artistry of chefs like Food & Wine Best New Chef Jay Blackinton on Orcas or Nick Coffey at Ursa Minor on Lopez.

Take advantage of lodging, dining and transportation specials to affordably savor farm tours, demonstrations and workshops on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands during harvest season. More farmers than ever are offering visitors the chance to open the barn door to see behind the scenes at some of the islands’ most beautiful farms, creameries, wineries, flower gardens, shellfish farms and more. Taste Island Grown foods and wine, beer, cider and spirits, during a selection of farm-to-table dinners by local chefs.


  • Join the Orcas Island Historical Museum for an unforgettable Heritage Harvest Feast at Red Rabbit Farm on September 30th. Bowls and platters will be filled with the best items from the bounty of the fall harvest by James Beard Award-winning chef Christina Orchid, and all proceeds go to supporting the ongoing stewardship of island history at the Historical Museum in Eastsound. ? •
  • TEDxSanJuanIsland returns for it’s 3rd year, striving to create a community where conversations about diverse ideas that inspire others to make a difference. This year’s theme is “What’s Next,” and will include a diverse lineup of speakers on a range of emerging issues.
  • The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor will sponsor the 1st Annual Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew on September 23rd. This event will bring together visitors with islanders on a fun biking tour followed by an evening of relaxing and local island and Northwest microbrew-tasting.
  • All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours that include activities such as sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, cider pressing and great snacks such as Orcas pear and fresh chevre sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house. The Orcas Island Farm Tour will be October 1st, San Juan October 8th, and Lopez October 15th.

Pack your spirit of adventure and discover a moveable feast for the senses. For more details and a complete list of events, visit

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Zucchini a la Otto – Your New Favorite Zucchini Recipe

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 zucchiniWarning: This recipe will ruin you for any other zucchini recipe ~

It all started with a post on Facebook. It often does. Either there, or with a memorable meal I try to recreate.

One of my favorite Portland pizza places posted a tantalizing photo of a seasonal zucchini dish they’d made that caught my eye and inspired my inner chef.  Next thing I knew, I suddenly had a bumper crop of summer zucchini piling up on my counters and I knew the first thing I wanted to make… Pizzaria Otto’s Zucchini. Because it’s that good, and one can only eat so much zucchini bread. A little hunting down the key ingredients, and a few trials later, I had discovered a zucchini recipe that I not only devoured as my main course but was one I wanted to make again and again. Good thing there’s plenty more summer zucchini coming in.

Pair this spicy dish with a dry pinot gris or albariño like Archer Pinot Gris or Abacela Albariño.

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      1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan.
      2. Saute zucchini until browned, cooking in batches, one layer deep. Remove browned zucchini from pan to finish the remaining slices.
      3. Put all the browned zucchini back in the pan and add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
      4. Remove to plate and serve immediately.
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      Building #Björnson – Eola-Amity Hills #winery opens tasting room

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      In the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills, between Salem and McMinnville, a new tasting room has opened on Bethel Heights Road, a welcome addition to the popular Polk County neighborhood.

      Opening July 1, the Björnson Vineyards tasting room is a dream realized for owners Mark and Pattie Björnson. Having met in college, the couple discovered they shared a desire to live in the country, plant an orchard and raise a big family. After a month-long bike trip through Europe that included stops at many small wineries, the plans for their land changed into establishing a vineyard, building a winery and, now, a tasting room. (Click here to read the rest of the article on Oregon Wine Press.)


      Good #Mead, Indeed… Honey-tongued and sweet-talking

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      The word “honeymoon” in English supposedly refers to the practice of a bride’s father dowering her with enough mead for a month-long celebration in honor of the marriage. But, why mead?

      “Mead is perhaps the original aphrodisiac, credited with fertility, seduction, and arousal powers.”  When Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor, Kookoolan Farms owner, meadmaker and author, writes these provocative words in her new book, “The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing,” she’s not only referencing the enchantment of the beverage… (click here for the complete article on Oregon Wine Press)