A Stop in Seattle and Other Travels

First off, Happy New Year!

2009 promises to be a crazy year for me, and a part of it is possible (as in highly likely) relocation. Moving always stresses me out, but with things like a baby on the way, I haven’t gotten too stressed about moving…yet (I’ll wait until I have to start house-hunting). :o My wife and I have been surveying cities all over the country for the bulk of this past month (so in case I’ve seemed absent, well, I have been), and its been fun and exhausting. Now I haven’t been great about photographing the whole experience (e.g. a few great restaurants and plenty of awful ones), but there were a few photos from one stop on our tour I thought I’d share with you: Seattle.

Public Market

If you like food (and if you don’t, what are you doing here? lol), you’d love Pike’s Market. Its a food market in the Seattle area that has a great variety of top quality….well, everything. Its a good thing I only had an hour to walk around, because otherwise, I could have blown some serious money there. The variety and quality of the meat, produce, seafood, honeys, preserves, local cheeses, breads–I was just in awe.

Also worth mentioning: you can read more random musings from when I’m out and about if you follow me on Twitter (e.g. everywhere else I went besides Seattle). If you’ve never heard of Twitter, check it out–its not quite instant messaging, but its a simple web site that can stick you in the middle of a big, random conversation. Its a lot more useful and addicting than I could make it sound like, and if you read more food blogs than just mine, you’ll probably spot a lot of familiar faces on there (and no, its not restricted to food people). For instance, if I had better planned my trip, Twitter would have made it easy for me to meet up with a few of my readers and other favorite food bloggers. Next time!

Meat counter

Its never too early to drool over a nice spread of meat. Sure most of the merchants weren’t even there yet–I wasn’t complaining.

Fruit

I also loved all the fruit. I saw some of the biggest persimmons ever–if I had an extra suitcase, I would have loaded up on them…and everything else.

Fish

Speaking of loading up a suitcase, oh the fish! On my flight home, somebody brought what smelled like raw fish on board. Ah how I love flying. But annoying people on planes aside, the fish at the market really looked awesome and you could get just about any fish you could think of. Do I sound smitten with the place yet?

Seafood

Oh and the shellfish? I simply can’t get my hands on lobster tails like these. And I’ve always wanted to try fish cheeks…figures, the one time I don’t have the time (and I’m still sipping my morning cup of coffee, so it really wouldn’t have worked)…

Crabs

I also was jealous of the crabs. Florida has some great blue crabs, but they can be a bit of a nuisance given how small they are. These Dungeness crabs though were another story.

Space Needle

And lastly, the space needle. Its a bit smaller than I would have imagined it to be…and a rip off to go up top. I’ve never paid so much to ride an elevator in my life, lol.

Oh, and one more odd bit. I also had a brief stop in NYC. While I’m no photographer (I just take a lot of photos, lol), my wife and I stopped at the real-world B&H, not just the web-site (which most people know B&H for). If you’re into photography and ever in the area, you absolutely have to visit. In the coming weeks/months, hopefully I’ll have gotten the hang of some of the new gear we picked up when we visited and I’ll be the next Ansel Adams of food…but I’ll settle for just a little bit better than I was before. ;-)

spotted_pig

After that expensive trip shopping, we ate at our first ever Michelin-starred restaurant for lunch, The Spotted Pig. The atmosphere was cozy and unpretentious, the menu looked deceptively simple, and the food was beautifully executed and incredible (we had the deviled eggs, burger, gnudi, banofee, and chocolate cake). We were also seated near the kitchen, so I really enjoyed seeing how smoothly and efficiently that was running. Like B&H, if you’re in the area, make a point of visiting. You’ll be glad you did.

Anyways, that’s all this not-quite-food interlude. I’ll be back to the usual format soon!

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24 Responses to “A Stop in Seattle and Other Travels”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Happy new year!

  2. Bellini Valli Says:

    I love Seattle and venture there when I can with my daughter. It us usaully a “shop till you drop weekend”. It has been so enjoyable following your blog for the past year Mike. It sounds like a year full of promise!!!

  3. Mary Says:

    Seattle is definitely on my short list of places I’d move to if I were given the opportunity to pick where I get to live.

  4. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    I’m soooo jealous, Mike. I’d move to Seattle in a heartbeat if I didn’t have so many obligations here. I just know you’ll love it, if you do make the move.

    I’m wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year – wherever you are!

  5. Joy the Baker Says:

    What great shots of Seattle! I lived there for a few years and miss it so. What a great city! Happy New Year! I hope 2009 brings you and your family great great things!

  6. Lynn Says:

    Dang! If I’d known you were coming to Seattle I could have loaded you up with cookies. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful New Year!

  7. pam Says:

    Happy New Year! What an exciting year 2009 is going to be for you!

  8. Hélène Says:

    Happy New Year!

    I know what you mean about moving. We are in 2009.

  9. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    Seattle is wonderful, but of course B&H is only a bit over 3 hours from Providence…. happy new year!

  10. aforkfulofspaghetti Says:

    Happy New Year to you, too, Mike!

    A baby, eh? Congratulations! Can we expect baby photos along with the food photos before long?

  11. Peter Says:

    Mike, sounds like quite the adventure and although tiring…you’re making it fun.

    Happy New Year and happy cookin’ in 2009.

  12. Laurel Says:

    Seattle’s a great place to be if you can deal with the rain 5 days out of 7 during the winter. There are some amazing places for food around here, even Mario Batali’s dad has a sandwich shop/deli in Seattle. Great town, unfortunately, our streets are so terrible that I avoid going to any of the good shopping places.

  13. Jennifer Says:

    Happy New Year Mike and congrats on the baby on the way!

    Seattle looks great, I would love to get my hands on some of that produce and seafood right now! Being here in landlocked Minnesota in winter there are slim pickings! LOL.

  14. Heather Says:

    Have a great time in the Pacific NW! Let me know if you’re adding Portland to your visit, and we’ll show you and the wifey a spot or two.

    I’m dying over halibut cheeks and monkfish right now.

  15. Casey Says:

    Never knew you had so many PacNW folks reading your blog, did you?

    Here’s a +1 for Portland :)

    oh, and halibut cheeks are overrated.

  16. linda Says:

    I didn’t realize the thanksgiving picture was your wife, congratulations! When is the baby due?
    Have a wonderful 2009, can’t be that difficult with that bundle of joy on the way ;)

  17. Ivy Says:

    Happy New Year Mike to you and yours and I’m sure it will be a terrific year having the baby. I enjoyed reading your blog and your recipes and look forward to more delicious creations for this year.

  18. Maria Says:

    Sounds like a great trip. Would love to get to Seattle some day myself. Happy New Year!

  19. the caked crusader Says:

    happy new year – sounds like it’s going to be a big one for you!

  20. RecipeGirl Says:

    Congrats on the new venture… and that upcoming baby (how exciting!)

    I was just in Seattle and went to Pikes. Love it. We got some fresh seafood to cook up at my sister’s house, and I also purchased Chocolate Pasta to try sometime.

  21. Rita Says:

    Hi Mike

    I just discovered your blog via White on Rice Couple (BTW congrats on the photo class win), and I am glad I did, your place is lovely!
    Are you relocating to Seattle? I know Florida very well as I used to work for cruise ships, but now we are in Seattle.
    Good luck with the baby, your wife looks gorgeous!
    Cheers
    Rita

  22. Laurie Constantino Says:

    Great pictures of the market, Mike. Seattle is one of my very favorite places, and is very much a food lover’s paradise (also a gardener’s paradise). Congrats on the baby, and I hope you find a great place to settle.

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