This Time Last Year – Part 26: Food & Wine in Bellingham

Part of a series of posts that cover my travel to Greece and the USA in April/May 2016.

May 12 2016 – Birch Bay, Washington, USA

Jenise has to go into Bellingham. It’s approximately 25-mile drive each way but quick once we’re on the Freeway. She has a couple of chores to do then we’re going to visit the new Whole Foods Market store that opened in the Lakeway Centre yesterday.

I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m like a kid in a candy store and salivate at the amazing produce that you can buy here. Fiddlehead Ferns from BC – what we call ‘pikopiko’ in NZ; Ramps (wild baby leeks) from Wisconsin; almost every variety of mushroom you can think of; fruit packaged and ready to go; seafood of every description; a ginormous selection of freshly ground coffee beans that you can sniff and see if the bouquet takes your fancy; and even a section for ready cooked take home meals. It’s so exciting.

Fiddlehead Fern Heads, aka ‘Pikopiko’ in NZ.

The very seasonal delicacy known as ‘Ramps’

Mushrooms galore

Ready to serve fresh juicy berry fruit

At the seafood section there are types of seafood I’ve only ever heard of from cooking shows on TV – like Artic Char for example. Jenise opts for Dungeness Crab.  That’s the local delicacy. She buys the entire display of shelled-out crab meat – not that they had very much anyway.

Alaskan King Crab legs and whole Dungeness Crabs

I scout the wine department for #nzwine. I spot four whites and along with the ubiquitous Kim Crawford – the label now owned by one of the biggest wine companies in the world, Constellation – there’s Jules Taylor, Dog Point and Cloudy Bay.

Brent from the Whole Food Markets wine department holding Jules Taylor and Dog Point sauvignon blancs.

Jenise has to pick up wine from wine merchant Seifert & Jones for an upcoming Birch Bay Wine and Food Society tasting. I like the wine rack made out of an old ski.

Ski Wine Rack

There’s #nzwine here too: sauvignon blancs from Astrolabe and Greywacke and a pinot noir from Seresin. I purchase a bottle of the latter two as a present for Bob and Jenise.

Ted Seifert with top choice Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Back in Birch Bay the crab is served for lunch. It brings back happy memories of crabbing out in the bay back in August 2013 when our visit coincided with the crabbing season.

Dungeness Crab Salad for lunch. Yum.

It’s an alcohol free lunch as we’ve a big night ahead.

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