Feeling a Little Salty

Feeling a little salty, are we?  I have just the cure: The Meadow.

I use salt like most people use oxygen – food just doesn’t pop without it.  I’ve been directed to Portland’s The Meadow several times and even sampled a little of their product.  The Meadow is a salt specialty shop with over 50 gourmet salts from around the globe.  Shangri-La.

As the warm afternoon sun beat down on my thinning hair, I tucked into the salty respite and started tasting.  Sel gris, smoked, Cabernet flavored, I could have spent the entire day tasting and re-tasting the salty nuances.

Then the culinary revelation hit: slabs of 500 million-year-old Himalayan salt that you can heat and cook on.  For a salt fiend, the concept of cooking ON, not just WITH salt is mind-boggling.  Equally nuts is that I didn’t buy one – I have to save something for the next trip…

The salt I’m still thinking about is the Iburi Jio Cherry smoked sea salt.  I finished some burgers with it last night, subtle and rich not overly smoked.  A close second is the Turkish Black Pyramid sea salt – I like to put the whole flakes on a salad, like mini-salt croutons.

Slabs of 500 million-year-old Himalayan salt

Slabs of 500 million-year-old Himalayan salt

Wide selection of salts at Meadow

Wide selection of salts at Meadow

Salted Ice Cream Sandwiches

Salted Ice Cream Sandwiches

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