The calendar may say otherwise, but as far as we’re concerned, Memorial Day marks the official beginning of summer. And though Portland weather doesn’t seem to agree (we’re still wearing light jackets most days, sadly), we’re determined to get our summer on. What better way to start than with ice cream?
We knew exactly where to go to get our fix. Last week, a little push-cart called Salt & Straw opened on Alberta Street. That just happens to be where Lindsey gets her hair cut, and she just happened to have an appointment lined up for today. Clearly, it was meant to be.
We were all but sold the minute we saw the cart:
But we’re serious about ice cream, so we needed to do some serious tasting before giving it the official thumbs up. Fortunately, the extra-nice guy serving up scoops was willing to give us lots of samples. Between us, we tried six flavors: Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper, Pear with Blue Cheese, Sea Salt with Ribbons of Handmade Caramel, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Stumptown Coffee with Cocoa Nibs, and Chooclate with Gooey Brownie.
Holy COW. Not only are the flavors just plain awesome, but the ice cream itself is pretty close to perfect. We have a feeling it has to do with the local ingredients—cream from Lochmead Farms, cheese from Rogue Creamery, chocolate from Holy Kakow, coffee from Stumptown, fruit from Oregon Hill, and bacon (yes, bacon) from Olympic Provisions. Apparently Salt & Straw takes its motto—”Farm to Cone”—quite seriously.
Sure, ice cream is full of fat (Salt & Straw’s is 17% butterfat, which is nice and high—exactly where ice cream should be). But we’ll take natural fat over the weird and scary chemically processed low-fat stuff any day. Or, when it’s this good, every day.