It’s almost un-American, but I couldn’t handle the taste of ketchup until I was a teenager. Even then, I only used ketchup for dipping my greasy, limp school cafeteria fries into just to make them palatable. The memory of the pairing still grosses me out. To this day, I can go without having general ketchup on anything, because I only tolerate its taste. Luckily for me, usually when ketchup is available, so is mustard—and I love mustard.
While lunching with a friend, she encouraged me to try her new favorite ketchup called Portland Ketchup made by Portlandia Foods. I hesitated because my pub fries were too good to ruin with ketchup, but I trusted her enough to dip. This organic Portland Ketchup actually tasted good, and I shared the bottle with my genius friend through the remainder of our meal. Recently, while dining at a favorite restaurant with my family, not only did Portland Ketchup appear on our table for the first time, but so did Portland Mustard. I didn’t know that Portland Mustard existed!
Portlandia Foods ensures its vegan condiments remain free of gluten, pesticides, monocultures, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and monosodium glutamate (MSG) by partnering with local distributors who support local farmers. These products include Portland Ketchup, Portland Mustard, and Portland Worcestershire.
Portlandia Foods is located at 2451 SE Ankeny Street in Portland, Oregon and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays. Call (503) 729-8257 to set an appointment, or go to www.portlandiafoods.com for more information or to order online.
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