(Image from One Big Kitchen)

That’s right. Three exclamation points. What is the reason for such exuberance, you may rightly ask?

Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: The Pacific Northwest episode.

I found it while poking around on YouTube, land of all things bizarre and viral, and it really epitomizes why I moved up here, and why you’ll have to pry my cold, dead fingers from the streetcar railings when I’m gone. It explores the amazing variety of fresh ingredients, the passion that chefs up here exhibit for their art, the crazy and friendly atmosphere, and the grungy, anything-goes attitude.

He visits Portland, Seattle, and the Puget Sound, and finds amazing food everywhere he goes. Unsurprising to those of us who live here; we know that good food is only a few doors down, a few blocks away. There’s really no need to go to Pizza Hut when you’ve got Apizza Scholls, or even Hot Lips, just a streetcar ride away. I’ve been to NYC twice, and I can honestly say that I’ve found more good food, more affordably here in Portland, than anywhere in the big Apple. (I’m sure there’re places I haven’t seen. Want to prove me wrong? I’ll gladly fly over there to be gastronomically escorted around the city.)

Check out the episode. It’s definitely worth the look!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

I feel so inspired! Maybe I’ll actually get around to submitting a recipe this week!