Monthly Archive: June 2014

Thursday

26

June 2014

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Pike Place Market

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There was just so much to see and do in Pike Place Market that there was no way I was fitting it all into just one post! We spent more time in the market after our tour with Savor Seattle and we also stopped by again on the Saturday after our cruise before heading back home to Chicago. The market is definitely an overload for the senses – the scent of buttery goodness from the bakeries, the sight and smell of the bright, fresh produce and flowers in every color lining the stalls (and only $10 for gorgeous, giant bouquets!), the smell of freshly caught seafood and the feel of the cool ocean air on your face…even when it’s raining the market is a truly beautiful place!

Pike Place Market

Peonies

Pike Place Market Urban Garden

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Beets, Pike Place Market

Rainier Cherries, Pike Place Market

Fresh Crab, Pike Place Market

Beautiful Flowers at Pike Place Market

We had some great food on our Savor Seattle tour, but we only had a bite or two at each stop and there were definitely a few places where we wanted more! We returned to Pike Place Chowder not once, but TWICE – later in the day after our tour and again on Saturday before returning home. There is almost always a line there but trust me, it’s worth the wait! We had several chowders while in Alaska and nothing lived up to Pike Place Chowder! We had large cups of their New England Clam Chowder and the amazing Seafood Bisque, but I also tried the Seared Scallop Chowder and wow was it amazing! Tons of scallop chunks with a delicious dill and lime flavor – I still love the bisque, but I really love dill so the scallop was the winner for me. ***Here’s a tip that we discovered on our second visit – you can order your chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and they make excellent use of the bread they pull out of the middle! Each bowl of chowder is served with a slice of bread BUT they individually wrap the insides of the bread bowls and put them in a bowl where the silverware and napkins are found – you’re free to have as many bread bowl insides as you like! If you’re a sourdough bread lover like me, this is like a little piece of heaven!

Pike Place Chowder

On our tour we passed Rachel’s Ginger Beer and knew that we had to stop by for a drink afterwards. They have a ton of fresh, fruity ginger beers in addition to their original flavor and they offer the option of adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to make a tasty, refreshing cocktail. I had a Moscow Mule with Blood Orange Ginger Beer and Tito’s Vodka and it hit the spot. They also make a mean Hot Toddy – perfect if you’re looking to soothe a sore throat or warm up on a chilly day!

Rachel's Ginger Beer, Seattle

Moscow Mule, Rachel's Ginger Beer, Seattle

The other 2 stops I wanted to make after the tour were The Confectional for their Colombian drinking chocolate and Piroshky Piroshky for more buttery piroshki deliciousness. Colombian drinking chocolate is a super thick hot chocolate (basically the consistency of a melted chocolate bar) and if it’s just you doing the drinking you only need a very small cup to be satisfied. The Confectional knows how to do Colombian drinking chocolate, that’s all I have to say! Sprinkle the tiniest amount of cayenne on top…chocolatey perfection!

I stopped at Piroshky Piroshky on the Saturday before we flew home and waited at least 30 minutes to reach the front of the line, but like Pike Place Chowder it was absolutely worth the wait! On the tour we tried the Apple Cinnamon and Beef & Cheese, two of their most popular piroshkies, so I ordered those as well as their other most popular flavor – the Smoked Salmon Pate. I thought these hand-held pies were delicious on the tour but the bites we had didn’t come close to the warm, buttery, full-size versions of these wonderful Russian pastries! The Apple Cinnamon was good, but I preferred the two savory varieties and will definitely be ordering these when I return to Seattle (and I will definitely be returning)! I’d also really love to try the Cinnamon Cardamon Braid – they looked pretty delicious waiting for their turn in the oven!

The Confectional, Pike Place Market

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky Piroshky

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m seriously in love with Pike Place Market and Seattle and am already thinking about my return trip! If you’re planning a trip to Seattle in the near future I’d love to hear about your plans and if you’ve already visit I’d love to hear about what you loved most about the city!

Pike Place Market

Wednesday

25

June 2014

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Touring Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours

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On Sunday my family and I returned from a 7-day Alaskan cruise and now that the week is in full swing it’s back to reality and the daily grind. Luckily I have a ton of amazing things experiences to write about so it will take me back, if only for a little while. We started our vacation in Seattle and stayed at Hotel Max, right in the heart of downtown and walking distance to everything we wanted to see. We spent our first morning touring the famous Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours. This was the absolute best way to tour the market; with the tour group we skipped all the long lines and were able to try all the delicious food the market has to offer. After snapping a few photos in the market we met our tour group at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater where you’ll find the Gum Wall – kind of gross but kind of cool at the same time!

Pike Place Market, Public Market, Farmers Market

Pike Place Market Gum Wall

Gum Wall Pike Place Market

Along with all the great food, you also have a great guide that takes you on your tour of the market and gives a ton of interesting information and history on the market and all its vendors. (Shout out to our favorite tour guide, Harriette!) The first stop on our morning tour was Daily Dozen Donut Co where we sampled their warm, sugary little doughnuts – simple compared to all the fancy doughnuts out there today but in this case simple is definitely a very, very good thing! Next we checked out the views from the Pike Place Urban Market while sipping on some hot tea from MarketSpice. It was a bit of a rainy day in Seattle and the spiced tea hit the spot!

Pike Place Market Urban Garden

Pike Place Market Urban Garden

From here we moved on to Pike Place Fish Marketwhere we tried a few of their fantastic smoked salmon varieties and watched my brother as he successfully caught the flying fish! From there we sampled some delicious apples and cherries from Frank’s Quality Produce, then made our way to Pike Place Chowder for hands down some of the best chowders I’ve ever tasted! On the tour we tried the traditional New England Clam Chowder as well as their Seafood Bisque. Both were amazing but the seafood bisque stole the show for most of us! It was so tasty and filled with big chunks of fresh salmon, cod, shrimp, and crab – we went back for full-size bowls after the tour was over!

Pike Place Fish Catch

Pike Place Chowder

After warming up with the chowder we made our way back inside the market for the best chocolate-covered cherries you’ll ever eat from Chukar Cherries, then headed back out again for all sorts of cheesy goodness at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. We also tried the most  delicious piroshkis from Piroshky Piroshky before stopping outside the “original” Starbucks to take in all the sights and sounds of the market.

Chukar Cherries

Beecher's Homemade Cheese

Beecher's Homemade Cheese, Mac n Cheese

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky Piroshky

Pike Place Market Starbucks

Pike Place Market

Finally (and sadly) we then made it to our last stop on the tour, Etta’s Seafood Restaurant, for a crab cake that was just a whole lot of fresh, tasty crab – the perfect ending to a morning of exciting sights, sounds, and of course tastes! If you’re visiting Seattle I highly recommend checking out Savor Seattle Food Tours, they have several other tours in addition to the market tour – a little something for everyone!

Etta's Seafood, Crab Cakes

Sunday

8

June 2014

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Lazy Sundays

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Pink Flower

  • Drumroll please…..and the best burger in America goes to none other than Chicago’s Kuma’s Corner! Au Cheval and Edzo’s also made the cut for Chicago and there are 98 other pretty ridiculous looking burgers on this mouthwatering list!
  • Everyone loves a good puppy video and this Great Dane is pretty much the cutest – I totally feel the same way anytime I have to get out of bed before 8am!
  • Interested in traveling outside the box? Business Insider has put together an infographic of 50 Up And Coming Travel Destinations…are any of these countries on your travel radar?
  • Have you seen the ridiculously cute Korean baby dancing video yet?? I’ve seen it posted on Facebook several times, and I’ve clicked to watch every. single. time.
  • I have a couple trips coming up so when I came across the NapAnywhere I was intrigued. Even with a neck pillow I still get a stiff neck after sleeping on planes, maybe this is the answer!
  • This is a long read, but definitely worth a few minutes of your time if you have kids, plan on having kids, or will ever be caring for anyone else’s kids.
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