It was gorgeous today in Seattle – mid 40′s with clear blue skies and very little wind. The perfect weather to bundle up our southern California accustomed bodies and tour Pike Place market.
Normally I tend to prefer wandering around myself but this market is huge, lots of vendors sell the same stuff so it would take a while to determine which one is best, and we got a great groupon for a market tour /food crawl. I learned some pretty interesting stuff – like did you know the original Starbucks logo was a topless lady? Or that Pike Place Chowder has won for best New England Chowder and has a very tasty vegan chowder made from veggies and coconut milk? But if you find yourself in pike place by your lonesome, most food vendors are kind enough to provide free samples.
Pike place is an enormous tourist attraction for good reason. Chain businesses are not allowed to operate so all of the shops and stands and small (usually family owned) businesses. The food is local, delicious, and artisanal making the market a place that you have to see at least once.
Some of my favorites:
Britt’s Pickles : Amazing picked products; everything from full sours to black garlic kale kimchi.
Pike Place Chowder : All types of award winning chowder, even a vegan option made with coconut milk!
Delaurenti : gourmet food market similar to Dean & Deluca in NYC and DiBruno Brothers in Philly. From 2-4 on Saturdays they have wine tasting for just $2!
I’m sure there are more, and I’ll definitely be going back to Pike, as well as exploring other markets. One thing I am really loving about Seattle is the no frills attitude towards foods. There is an emphasis on local, organic, and sustainable delicious food that doesn’t cost a pretty penny.