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Oak Harbor, Washington

Known for Deception Pass and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Oak Harbor was settled by Dutch farmers, and still retains much of that small town heritage. Though made more suburban by the influx of the naval community, much of Oak Harbor is still surrounded by farms, and there are a surprising number of roadside produce and fruit stands available during the summer. Deception Pass State Park, situated at the very north end of the island, is the largest tourist attraction in the area, with more than 2 million visitors per year. The views from the park and the bridge are quite extraordinary, and well worth the traffic in summertime.The local Dutch heritage creates a strange mix with the Naval Air Station—one local park features both a windmill and a navy jet. At the yearly “Holland Happening” festival, the navy’s presence is felt through some of the international cuisine available, as lumpia and adobo from the Philippines can be found alongside Dutch cookies such as stroopwafels and speculaas.

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Shrimp Goat Cheese Watermelon Salad Stack

Reviewed on May 26, 2015 by Noel   view full review
Talk about flavor combo I wasn't expecting, these flavors are just so good together.

Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos

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I love cilantro and lime, and am amazed at how good this came out after a day in the slow cooker.

Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta

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Any chance to put asparagus and prosciutto together is a win in my book. I used leftover...

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