True true, summer will officially be here until 12:20pm on Wednesday September 22nd, but this weekend feels like the back door, don’t it? At any rate, things are feeling seasonably appropriate, including our emotions, and the waves tumble over the sand. So long summer, and so long Dylan. We bid our friend adieu as he heads into his life’s next venture. That colorful photo above and many that have recently prettied up these emails are his. Thanks and good luck, Dylan.
SOME GOOD NEWS RE: BRISTOL BAY
The Biden Administration announced this week that it’s invoking the Clean Water Act to reinstate strict protections for the Bristol Bay in Alaska. The estuary is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run and loads of other fish in one of the few remaining clean, pristine regions in North America. The announcement formalizes a movement that’s built over the past couple years which Flying Fish has strongly supported and written about on this very page. When Donald Trump Jr and Tucker Carlson are opposed to a major capitalist venture, you know it’s bad. The fight is certainly not over, but this is good news. The Washington Post has a great overview HERE.
WE LOVE THE OCEAN, AN INTERLUDE
That’s really it. Checking in with that sentiment. I love the ocean. You love the ocean. We all love the ocean.
Flying Fish is grateful to the ocean for the life it sustains, the bounty it provides, the scenery it paints, the marine layer we breathe, the song seagulls sing. You hear it, don’t you.
FLYING FISH UPDATE
Once upon an opening. Flying Fish opened the doors on our Burnside home
in February 2020, right before things got weird.
Here’s a quick semi-regular Flying Fish existential check-in. We are Flying Fish Company. We are at 30th & Burnside, where Kerns and Laurelhurst hug Portland’s east-west artery. We love our neighborhood and our neighbors – Music Millennium, Laurelhurst Market, India Grill… ALL our neighbors! We have a colorful, covered outdoor patio where you can enjoy food from our restaurants. We have a beer garden with tall tables for enjoying adult beverages and slurping fresh shucked oysters. And we have a market, a fish shop, our bread & butter with all the best in fresh, responsibly sourced fish, shellfish, oysters, meat, house-smoked fishes and more stuff. Some of the best more stuff of the moment?
Flying Fish house-made grab-n-go poke
Flying Fish house-made grab-n-go fish dip
Oregon Coast Wasabi Root (the real deal)
And as a segue into the fish section, we’ll let you know that we have Halibut bones and we will give them to you FREE. Just come and get em, take em home, and make the best dang fish stock you ever did make.
Fish, oysters, shellfish. Here they go, in a speed round.
But not much more than sizzle. Don’t overdo it. Halibut photo by Natalie, styling by Matthew.
Halibut, halibut. King of Alaska’s waters, setter of records, mild and meaty and with a hint of sweet. We love you, Pacific Halibut. (And again, we have free halibut bones for stock – inquire within.)
Manila Clams – sustainable farm-raised, Washington
Savory Clams – sustainable farm-raised, Washington
Shrimp (FROZEN) – wild, Del Pacifico, Mexico
OUR RESTAURANT MENU
For dining here or to-go. Menu updated July 2021.
CLICK MENU TO ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP:
ALSO: Cocktails, sake, wine, and beer for dining onsite. Inquire within.
FLYING FISH SIGNOFF & DISCLAIMER
PLEASE NOTE: This email was accurate at the time of its weekly writing. Some products come and go quicker than others, so for best results on the freshness, follow us on the social medias: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And tag us in your Instagram pics @flyingfishpdx – we love seeing your food pics!
Lyf Gildersleeve and the Flying Fish Team: Alana, Boo-boo, Chris, Danny, Elowynn, Erik, Erin, Gabby, Isabelle, Jack, Jae, Jesse, Jordan, Kenneth, Kevin, Luis, Mad Dog, Madeline, Mike, Neebs, Ross, Ryan P, Ryan S, Sam, Sarah, Sawyer, Trever, Wyatt, and Brad
INSTAGRAM JAM OF THE WEEK
Mercy. We’ll let @pdxbeast describe his own scene: “Troll caught Chinook “scraps” Oregon wasabi & soy brined, smoked then roasted and basted with shio koji, soy & sesame and finished with crazy good shiso from Farrah Farms.” UM, OKAY. *drools*
ABOUT FLYING FISH
Craig and Sandy Gildersleeve opened Flying Fish Company in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1979 – the year before their son Lyf was born.
Now president of Flying Fish Company, Lyf has spent his entire life around fish, including an aquaculture education at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University.
Flying Fish has three locations: Sandpoint, Idaho; Durango, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon. The Portland location opened in 2009 as a food cart at the D Street pod on Division Street. In 2011, we opened the fish shack on Hawthorne Boulevard. In 2016, we moved into a stand at Providore Fine Foods on Sandy Boulevard. In February 2020, we opened our standalone location on East Burnside with a restaurant and a patio.
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Thank you for supporting our family-owned business.
—Lyf, Natalie, Juniper, and Miles Gildersleeve (and Hazel the Dog)
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PHOTO BY NATALIE GILDERSLEEVE PHOTOGRAPHY: A little dab’ll do ya.