On The Road: Seattle Eats

It’d be no surprise to say we ate our way through Seattle and its suburbs.  Below are some of the nosh and noms we found that made our tumblies a lot less rumbly.

Nosh Noms Seattle

What’s What:  (left to right)
Healthy veggie and baked tofu snack with pineapple tamarind to share at Kigo Kitchen.  Catching up on work emails with a cafe au lait at the philanthropic Street Bean Espresso.  Spam onigiri (before being devoured) at the 39th Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival.  Perhaps the cutest beer can I’ve ever seen?  Gluten-free pizza and Caesar salad at The Pike Brewing Company.

A hearty plate of rice, beans and carne asada tacos at Blue Water Taco Grill our first rainy night there.  Remember the lime crisis?  Here’s a sign if you don’t.  Powering up smart phones and a break for DIY frozen yogurt treats at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.  Pickle parade at Moshi Moshi Sushi’s Happy Hour.  Rosy taking a photo of her red velvet cheesecake pop from The Confectional.

Pal Lisa Jane Persky and our somewhat perplexing New American Thali-style dinners at Poppy.  Japanese mochi, chestnut and red bean gluten-friendly sweets from Umai-Do.  Hello, smashed garlic potato and scramble breakfast! at Lola.  A Pixies-inspired Surfer Rosa, made by the most handsome, plaid-shirted bartender at Tavern Law.  The modern table setting at Poppy.  Sunomono and yakitori teriyaki from Moshi Moshi Sushi.

Know where you are in Seattle but not sure what to eat?  Check out this nifty neighborhood list:

Lola – 2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Street Bean Espresso – 2702 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Moshi Moshi Sushi – 5324 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Capitol Hill
The Confectional – 618 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – 507 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Poppy – 622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Tavern Law – 1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Umai-Do Japanese Sweets – 1825 S Jackson St #100, Seattle, WA 98144

Pike Brewing Company – 1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Lower Queen Anne
Blue Water Taco Grill – 515 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

South Lake Union
Kigo Kitchen – 210 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

On The Road: Pike Place Market

A Thursday with sideways rain meant only one thing: a trek to photograph Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Collage

What’s What:  (left to right)
The often under-photographed second sign of Pike Place Market.  Buskers.  Tulips and the length of the middle market with fabulous neon overhead signs.  Wondering if that fish is really dead?  Taking a picture of some guy taking a picture of the original Starbucks sign.  Pike Place Fish Company, yet too shy to catch a fish with them.  The cranky lady from the Oriental Mart in the heart of the Market that Andrew Zimmern met one day to have salmon collar soup.

Seattle Rainy Feet

On The Road: Lola & Dahlia Bakery

We began our first full day in Seattle with a hearty breakfast at Tom Douglas’ Lola.  Our first stop was Dahlia Bakery across the street to buy some of that blueberry jam that completely rocked our world.  They typically don’t sell this but, if you ask nicely, they just might!

Lola Dahlia Collage

What’s What:  (left to right)
Lola’s fun menu, a view from our booth and my asparagus scramble with feta and dill and those killer smashed garlic fried potatoes.  Douglas’ Dahlia Bakery cookbook is proudly on display in the teeny space, that yummy blueberry jam, a peek at lemon cake tarts and flourless hazelnut choco pies and our very favorite shop boy.

On The Road: Ballard Market & The Book Larder

Taking full advantage of the Emerald City’s super duper public transportation system, Rosy and I went to Fremont for the day.  We perused and bought a few of the myriad of titles at the Book Larder, Seattle’s community cookbook store, and ate our way through the Ballard Farmers Market.

Ballard & The Book Larder

What’s What:  (left to right)
Fab writer friend Kim O’Donnel and me and the Book Larder‘s storefront. A very happy Rosy after eating palm-sized samples of wine and maple smoked salmon.  YUM! Soulever vegan chocolates…we recommend peppermint and dark chocolate ginger. Baby radishes that had a big bite! Wilson Fish Market guy (right) chats with his good buddy. Beau-ti-ful flowers! Sno-Valley shiitake mushrooms and Britt’s Pickles with their pucker-rific pickled lemons and black market kimchi.

On The Road: Tilikum Place Cafe

Last month’s visit to Seattle brought me to many amazing food places.  First up is my visit to the Tilikum Place Cafe with foodie friends, Rosy and Becky.  Here’s some of what we ate for dinner that night made by chef Ba Culbert.

Tilikum Place Cafe

Eat it:  (left to right)
Prawns, Yakima Asparagus Salad, Taylor Shellfish Farms Oysters
Pan Seared Chicken, Sole, Lamb

Read About it:  European Charm Meets American Food

Website:  tilikumplacecafe.com