I believe that through food we really get to taste what is most authentic about a place … and taste is just what we did in Seattle!
It wouldn’t be a visit to “The Market” without stopping by the famous fish throwing Pike Place Fish Boys.
Joe’ s football experience came in handy as he caught the large slippery fish on the first try.
After the tour Joe and I walked to the Victoria Clipper dock to pick up our boarding passes for our early morning ferry ride to Vancouver Island. Having walked off the mornings tastings we were ready to embark on our Gourmet Seattle Tour. We met our Savor Seattle tour guide, Brett, at the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. (I am attempting to recreate one of their cupcakes, will post it soon). By this time it’s raining, no pouring (by Arizona standards) but weather is an attitude and Brett’s was sunny! His quick wit and sense of humor was not wasted on this group of gourmands. Seattle is one of the great culinary centers of the world and this tour was our ticket to experience the most bites in the least amount of time. From appetizer to dessert we ate our way through downtown Seattle, Belltown and Pike Place Market (different places than the first tour). These tours focus on fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods (that’s music to my ears). All of the restaurants and foodie places we went to made us feel special as we were often greeted by the owner or chef. The tour lasted 3 hours and was at a comfortable pace.
Serious Pie is seriously good! I can understand why this is Tyler Florence’s favorite (as seen on “Best Thing I Ever Ate”). I tasted the Yukon gold potato, rosemary and pecorino pizza and the roasted hedgehog mushrooms with truffle cheese. OMG!
(Photo courtesy of Savor Seattle)
I had the opportunity to chat with Maria Coassin, the owner of Gelatiamo (fittingly our last stop on this gourmet food tour). She’s from Maniago, Friuli, a small town in northern Italy and comes from a family of bakers. Her brothers followed in the family tradition, (their bakery, Panificio Coassin has been in the family for 250 years) but Maria’s artistic talents turned to the making of gelato. Maria excused herself as the most adorable children appeared behind the display case, obviously deciding which flavors they were going to have. This was more than a Kodak moment–I saw myself in that picture frame helping my own (some day) precious grand-kids with their frozen selections … anyone listening???
It has been a wonderful experience but at the end of the evening, I was food drunk! Is there such a thing? Well, there is now! Thank-you Savor Seattle, I will return … and bring friends!