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Have you tried these 6 iconic Oregon foods?

Across the country, Oregon is known for the delicious food it produces. Its chefs, farmers, and entrepreneurs value homegrown ingredients and real flavors. From ice cream to berries to seafood, here are six foods you must try at least once in the Beaver State.

Voodoo Doughnut
Based in Portland, Voodoo Doughnut offers more than 50 types of doughnuts from the typical glazed doughnuts to wild flavors like mango and bubblegum. They have several vegan options and can create custom donuts upon request.

Voodoo Doughnut was featured in Food Network’s “The Craziest, Most-Over-the-Top Desserts in the Country” collection. Check it out here.

Marionberries (and the pie!)
Marionberries, the most popular cultivar of blackberries, can be found all over Oregon. These berries, loved for their balance of acidity and sweetness, are the star in a variety of dishes, one of the most common being marionberry pie. You can’t miss this Oregon classic.

Salt & Straw
What began as an ice cream cart between two cousins in Portland has turned into a cult classic around the country. Salt & Straw’s ice cream is homemade and uses local ingredients. In addition to unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else, some of their most popular flavors are Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Double Fold Vanilla, and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Plus, they offer nationwide shipping, so you can enjoy Salt & Straw wherever you are!

Salt & Straw was featured in Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” show in the episode focused on America’s best ice cream parlors. You can watch the clip here.

Producing award-winning dairy products for more than a decade, Tillamook County Creamery Association is owned by farmers and loved by all. If you’re passing through the area near the Pacific Ocean, be sure to stop by the new creamery for a free self-guided tour that ends with a tasty treat!

As Oregon’s state nut, hazelnuts can be found nearly everywhere, including at approximately 1,000 family farms throughout the state. For the ultimate guide on where to buy and new recipes to try, visit the official Oregon Hazelnuts website.

Dungeness Crab
Dungeness crab is one of the tastiest crabs, so it’s no surprise Oregonians love it. On average, Oregon harvests 16 million pounds of Dungeness crab each season, from December to August. Throughout the state, you can find restaurants serving a variety of dishes with this ingredient as the star.

On the Food Network channel’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” chef Guy Fieri traveled to Eugene, Oregon, where he sampled Dungeness crab. Watch it here!

By Hannah Drewieck, TDS Communications Intern


BendBroadband donates $15,000 to Latino Community Association for laptops

Congratulations to the Latino Community Association in Central Oregon as the 2021 recipients of $15,000 in grant money from the TDS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion STEM Community Fund. TDS is the parent company of BendBroadband. Latino Community Association (LCA) LCA will be awarded $15,000 to purchase 25 laptops, which will go directly to families in… Continue Reading

Simple steps to stay safe during extreme heat conditions

Health officials are recommending people prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “People may not realize that heat-related illnesses can be deadly,” said Tom Jeanne, MD, deputy state health officer at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “Extreme heat conditions pose a higher risk for children, people 65 and… Continue Reading

Ways to celebrate Pride Month this June

Ways to celebrate Pride Month this June

June is Pride Month, a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQ community. While it is traditionally marked by parades, jam-packed rallies, and marches, Pride is looking different due to the pandemic. Sadly, the High Desert Pride 2021 festival has been postponed. However, Out Central Oregon will promote several smaller events including Cult of Tuck Drag… Continue Reading

Backyard Essentials for Summer 2021

Backyard Essentials for Summer 2021

Now that June is here, we have officially reached outdoor get-together season, barbeque season, campfire season, pool party season – you name it! Before you can get to the grilling and splashing, you may need to prepare your space for company. Whether you’re inviting the grandkids, book club friends, or co-workers over, here are the… Continue Reading

Five Central Oregon museums worth checking out

Five Central Oregon museums worth checking out

Today May 18th is International Museum Day, a day aimed to raise awareness about museums as an important avenue to learn more about other cultures. BendBroadband, a TDS company, is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive culture and recognizes the importance of museums in achieving these overarching goals. Here are five museums worth visiting… Continue Reading

Earth Day tips: Take action

Actions and tips to make a difference this Earth Day Earth Day is April 22. Founded in 1970 by Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson’s goal was to raise public awareness about the serious nature of pollution and bring national attention to environmental causes. Here are some tips from EarthDay.Org on how you can take… Continue Reading