I spent much of my last trip to Portland griping about ice cream. While I wasn't blown away by the uber-trendy Salt & Straw, I was smitten with the ice cream at Cool Moon, and couldn't imagine why Seattle wasn't capable of producing ice cream half as good.
Turns out the problem wasn't with area ice cream makers, but my failure to ride the Bainbridge Island ferry before mounting my complaint. Mora Iced Creamery makes ice cream that's as impressive as any ice cream in the region - and Food & Wine magazine believes it might be the equal of any ice cream in the country.
Mora took its name from the Spanish word for blackberry, and offers all kinds of sophisticated fruit flavors (customers are allowed to have all the samples they want), but I'm a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter. Having tried Mora's version, I'm not sure I need to mess with the remainder of the menu.
Mora uses whole milk and fresh cream, creating an ice cream so thick and dense that servers can confidently stand a plastic spoon in a scoop of it. The addenda are of equal caliber: Slowly-melted blocks of Belgian chocolate and peanut butter with a freshly-roasted taste complete my favorite flavor. Now it's Portland's turn to be jealous.