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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Portland Adventure: Bob's Red Mill

My sister and I went to Portland last weekend, and one of the highlights was Bob's Red Mill.  It was completely amazing!

In case you haven't heard of Bob (the guy on the flour), years and years ago, he and his wife started a flour mill.  They focus on using healthy whole grains, and have pretty much any kind of flour you can imagine.

Usually it's just a tiny section of your baking aisle, but this place is chock FULL of flours, grains, beans, g.f. mixes and flours... you name it, they pretty much have it.  They even have a small bakery section if you just want a snack, or a complete restaurant in the back!  We were definitely the youngest people eating dinner there (it was probably around 5:30, but we were starving!) and they had vegetarian/vegan/g.f. options.  It was pretty terrific! (I had a calzone with vegan sausage and cheese, Krista had a Southern-style stew with yams, greens, quinoa, and black-eyed peas.)

A nice lady who worked there even took multiple pictures of us, we were so excited to be there.  Did I mention there's also a bulk section, with things about half the cost of the packaged versions?  Also amazing.  I bought some soybeans, rye flour, a big bag of whole wheat pastry flour, some soft wheat berries, sesame seeds, and a bag of g.f. chocolate cake mix for my mother-in-law who's gluten-free.

One of the first stones they bought, outside the store.

Water mill that reminded us both of "Pirates of the Caribbean".

It was nice and sunny there, as you can tell!

It was very soothing to watch the water.  :)


  1. It sounds like a fun day. I like Bob's products, and am please to now feel, thanks to you, that I have a slightly (very slightly) more intimate acquaintance with him.

  2. I forgot to mention that as of a few years ago, the whole company is employee-owned! He gives his workers a share of the business. So cool!