In September 2011 the brilliant marketing folks at Travel Oregon put together a media trip that was truly one-of-a-kind. They gathered about 40-50 food and travel bloggers from North America for a weekend designed to showcase the best activities that Oregon had to offer, from river rafting to salmon-fishing, and kept us well-fed and libated by the amazing community of food artisans and restaurateurs in Portland. I spent a morning hanging out with one of these businesses, Salt & Straw – the ground zero of innovative ice-cream flavors like Pear and Blue Cheese or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper – and you can read about my chat with Kim and Tyler over on the Etsy blog. It was fun to hypothesize ice-cream flavors (there’s a Basil Mojito sorbet idea I have yet to play with), and seek out perfect photo opportunities on my visit. I’m especially fond of this one as it best encapsulates my motivations in photography: to explore the relationships forged over food experiences and waiting for the right moment to express it all.