Flowers from Pike Place Market
If you follow my Instagram account(hey, you should if you don’t), you already know I had a pretty awesome time in Seattle, Washington earlier this month. Early August is the time to go! With mild temperatures, or at least mild compared to Savannah, and cool breezes off of the bay, it was a welcome reprieve from the Southeastern heat. I had two whole days to wander the city on my own, and I made a point to get as much out of it as possible. Here are some of my favorite stops from my trip.
Bacco Cafe – When your body thinks it’s lunch time and you haven’t eaten since before you got on the plane the night before, anything and everything looks good. Thankfully, I waited until I was near Pike’s Place Market to stop for breakfast. The Bacco Cafe is a tiny little corner spot serving breakfast and lunch, where they also tout their fresh squeezed juices as well. With the New York Times in hand, I opted for an inside table. Once I had a very big cup of coffee in front of me, I chose the Salmon Hash, a delicious combo of lox, herbed potatoes, fried egg and scallions. The Abruzzo, comprised of orange and grapefruit juices, made an excellent addition to an already delicious breakfast.
The bar at Bacco
Coffee and Abrazzo Juice Blend
The salmon hash
Pike Place Market – An amazing open air market overlooking Elliot Bay, which also happened to celebrate it’s 108th birthday this past Monday. No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the market, but GET THERE EARLY. I thoroughly enjoyed having free reign over the 3 block area in the early morning, able to see the mongers throw fish with little obstruction and vendors set up their stalls for the day.
The Public Market at Pike Place
World famous Farmers Market turned 108 this week.
Fresh Seafood ready for purchase.
I had the pleasure of stumbling upon the Pike Place Urban Garden, a relatively new venture courtesy of the Seattle Urban Farm Company and the Pike Place Foundation. The completely volunteer run garden utilizes a patio space off the beaten path of the market, and all of the produce grown is donated to the Pike Place Senior Center and Food Bank.
This piggy greats you in the Pike Place Urban Market
The Pike Place Urban Garden
Salumi – This was the spot EVERYONE told me I had to get to, with the added “just look for the line”. After a small treck towards Pioneer Square, I saw just that. This tiny little establishment could easily be missed if you weren’t looking for it. All of the salami is made in house, and I went for the Coppa and Mozarella with Peppers and Onions. I big bottle of Pelligrino to go with it and I had lunch under control.
Lunch at Salumi.
House cured meats hang in Salumi.
Coppa & Mozzarella for lunch
The saddest part is I actually bought a salami to bring home, and even walked around with it in my pocket all day(didn’t think this through, obviously), only to leave it in my friends fridge when I left for the airport at the end of the trip. I wasn’t happy.
View from the ferry!
Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island– It was too sunny and beautiful to not take a ride on the ferry Thursday afternoon. For $8 you can take a round trip ride to Bainbridge Island, located across Elliot Bay. The ferry arrives about every 55 minutes, which was plenty of time for me to walk around and grab a snack at the Blackbird Bakery. Great views of the city are plenty during the 35 minute ferry ride, and Bainbridge Island is a great example of a small Pacific Northwest town.
Approach to Bainbridge
The lemon tart at Blackbird Bakery.
Damn the Weather– Dinner Thursday night, it was so good, I wrote a separate post about it! Damn the Weather, but not the Food.
Round 2: PANTONE 2385: rye whiskey, dry vermouth, lemon, blackberry syrup, purple shiso.
Cantaloupe Splash: amontillado sherry, cantaloupe water, mint
Can’t walk passed this sign without stopping in
Le Panier – it was back to the market early morning Friday for breakfast, this time grabbing a coffee on the way from Herkimer Coffee for the walk. Walking into Le Panier, you’re immediately hit with smells akin to those of French bakeries. I was taken back to the street of Paris thanks to the quality pastries and croissants. Yes, I had two, the Almond croissant and the Chocolate croissant. My Garmin Vivofit clocked me in at about 30,000 steps that day, so I think I made up for it.
The Almond croissant and an iced coffee at Le Panier. Not Picture- the chocolate croissant follow up.
Watson Kennedy – My goal of the day was to discover this long standing fine home store a couple of blocks from the market. There is a smaller one located in the market, but I was in search of the main event. This came on another recommendation, and it didn’t disappoint. From cookbooks, to tabletop and barware, this store had everything you could possibly imagine you would need to keep things classy in your apartment or home. A selection of gourmet foods and cocktail ingredients help round out the selection of truly unique goods found throughout the entire store. After working in a kitchen store for a decade, I’m a sucker for cool places like this.
One of the many displays at Watson Kennedy
The view from the entrance of Watson Kennedy
Portage Bay Cafe – located in South Lake Union, Portage Bay Cafe is definitely a popular lunch spot during the week, and great for brunch on the weekends. A late lunch consisted of the Reuben sandwich, and I’m pretty sure it was the best Reuben I’ve ever had. With great atmosphere and an emphasis on organic, sustainable food, it’s no wonder Portage Bay Cafe is so popular.
The best Reuben I’ve ever had, with a mimosa
Fremont Brewing – What better way to close out a successful Friday than with some brews! We met up with a group and enjoyed our fair share of local brews. The Brother Imperial IPA (8.5% ABV) was particularly awesome, as well as the Fremont Summer Ale(5.2% ABV). The brewery has an extensive outside area, with ample space to enjoy what was some quality Seattle weather that Friday evening.
A welcoming sign for Fremont Brewery
The Summer Ale at Fremont Brewery