I love stopping in at Boda’s Kitchen in downtown Hood River. This little gourmet deli boasts fantastic day-to-day menus, frozen take-home meals, a great happy hour, wonderful cheeses and meats along with some pretty fabulous Pacific Northwest wines, beers, and ciders. Every time I visit, I want to get one of everything!
Matt and Sirtoa are fellow foodies who opened Boda’s Kitchen almost three years ago. Their passion about great food and supporting Pacific Northwest companies is clear in their in-person energy and on their shelves.
I called Matt and Sirota to see if I could come down and have them walk me through some of their very favorite things. Anything featured in this post would make an excellent addition to your Christmas spread, as well as a great stocking stuffer for a food lover you know. Sirota also puts together amazing little pre-made gift baskets, or you can put one together yourself, or you can also call and have her make a one that’s tailored specifically to your (or your loved one’s) tastes. They also offer holiday catering and they’re making their “famous” duck fat tamales for Christmas. (Contact them for more info on catering and gift baskets!)
Here are some of their most intriguing and delicious items…
This Pinecone Bud Syrup was so good! It was unlike anything I have every had. Sirota was raving about and decided we had to open a bottle. Then she decided we had to try it with their Triple Cream Brie. All of these turned out to be great decisions.
These cans of Spanish tuna sounded absolutely amazing. I’ve watched shows and read about how well the Spanish can their fish and it’s the best in the world. I can’t wait to try it! Especially the one in the red box which is tuna belly! How amazing does that sound?
Matt was really excited about his Hot Buttered Rum Mix. He said he prefers it with whiskey, rather than rum, which is something I can definitely get behind since I love whiskey. Yet another thing I can’t wait to try!
Sirota pointed out these Sweety Drop peppers. You can see in the jar that they are shaped like tiny tear drops. They taste just like peppadews but are much more delicate and with a little less heat. They would be amazing paired with some of Boda’s specialty cheeses…
…as would these Piparras. A Spanish style pickled pepper similar to pepperoncini peppers but crunchier and brighter.
This Fleur de Sel caught my eye the minute I walked in. I’m a complete sucker for finishing salts!
I love the Toschi Black Cherries in syrup. They are my go to for Old Fashioned Cocktails. Last year for Christmas I bought my husband a giant jar of them and we just finished them up!
Hot Cakes in Ballard, WA. Has been on my “list” for a while, and so has their Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce! How amazing does that sound?
I can totally get behind these local dessert wines from Phelps Creek Vineyards and Garnier Vineyards.
I have been reading a lot about salt rocks and salt rock cooking lately but I had no idea you could microplane it! My microplane gets heavy use in the kitchen year round so I love any new way to utilize it!
Finally, I was pretty darn impressed with their wonderful selection of cheeses and meats, I especially loved the Challerhocker raw cow’s milk cheese… and I love anything from Olympic Provisions or Chop. And you all know how much I love locally produced beer! All of the beer sold at Boda’s (an impressive collection) is from Oregon, or it’s local.
I know Christmas is just over a week away, but if you’re in the market (no pun intended) for some food related gifts, I highly recommend that you stop in at Boda’s. And if not for Christmas, maybe Valentine’s Day?! Nothing says love like food… in my opinion.