Hybu Cig Cymru Scholarship

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  • Hybu Cig Cymru Scholarship

    Just a very quick post – there’s just a few weeks left until this years HCC Scholarship application deadline. As one of the 2011 recipients, I can’t stress enough how beneficial it’s been to the business. So if you’re a farmer or processor looking to do a study trip abroad…

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  • Back Home

    So the mass charcuterie tour has come to an end, and I’m back home. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, and I’ll be eternally grateful to Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales for allowing me to undertake this trip. I’ve learnt so much, and over the coming months I’ll be…

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  • A slice of Lardo

    I haven’t had too many disappointments this trip, but I don’t seem to be having much luck when it comes to Lardo. It’s one of the many food trucks in Portland, and top of my list in terms of carts to visit. Sadly due to changing schedules I missed an…

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  • Chop, Chop

    A couple of weeks back I had a brief chat with Eric from Chop at the PSU Farmers Market (there’s a blurry pic of him at the bottom of this post), he suggested I call round to see his stores, so once I’d finished at KitchenCru I headed over to…

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  • Kitchen Cru: The Return

    Having missed owner Michael Madigan on my initial visit to Kitchen Cru he extended an invitation for me to call in for a quick chat on my return North. As I stepped into the kitchen, the first person I saw was Mark from Tails and Trotters who I’d met two…

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  • Driving the 101 (Part 3)

    Final day on the 101 before heading back inland to Portland. The road weaves its way in and out from the coast, it’s a mix of beaches, rocky cliffs, coastal forest and the odd small town with a huge steel bridge crossing an estuary. Before dusk I reached my final coastal…

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  • Driving the 101 (Part 2)

    My second day on Highway 101 and I get my first glimpse of the stunning North Californian coastline. Dark sand, huge boulders and crashing waves. Having worked the Pembrokeshire coastline for years looking for film locations I know what gems we have at home. These beaches are completely different, our…

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  • Driving the 101 (Part 1)

    I had a few days between my visit with Mark Keller in Redding and my last few appointments of the trip in Portland. A few years back I’d driven from Portland to San Francisco with a friend via Highway 101 along the Pacific Coast. It was by far the best…

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  • Busting a gut… well, kinda.

    Today was my first day of work for weeks, I was up at 6am to get to the plant for 7am. When I say work, I didn’t really do all that much, I spent most of my day distracting Mark Keller of Keller Crafted Meats while he did all of the work. It’s…

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  • Berkeley and the Fakin Bacon

    Last day in the Bay Area so I decided to take a good walk around the place that’s been my home for the past few days – Berkeley. When I arrived I was looking forward to a walk around the University campus, but I was a touch disappointed to find…

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  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco

    Another day, another farmers market. I won’t bore you to death with another vague rendering of my morning wandering around stalls. Well, not for too long, anyway. This was the busiest of all the markets that I’ve been to yet, it was bustling. As it’s right on the waterfront  by…

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  • Tasty Salty Pig Parts

    One of the main charcuterie producers I was hoping to meet with along the trip was Boccalone. That was made possible largely through a friendship on Twitter. When I first mentioned that I was coming Stateside for a road trip, Jules from De-lish, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk put me in touch with…

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