Seattle: Food For Thought.

It’s not often you can walk down a road in a major city and be lured by scents and aromas wafting out of every shop. That was clearly the case at Seattle’s Pike Place Market this week during my short vacation.

Despite being the furthest from hungry when Darryl and I wandered through the market I felt myself salivating at the smells alone. Fresh fruit, artisanal cheese, cinnamon confections, fresh borsht, and of course Piroshky to name a few of literally hundreds of scents that over power you but still seem to compliment each other.

Remember in cartoons where you see the characters floating in the air following a smell that is how we felt the dozens of times we walked down Pike. Our favourite being a Russian family run business called Piroshky Piroshky. These Russian pastries filled with delicious innards such as ‘smoked mozzarella, broccoli, and mushrooms’ or ‘spinach, egg, and cheese’ would become staples of our Seattle based diet. If you are ever in Seattle this is the place I recommend the most to grab a quick and cheap bite to eat.

We also ate at a Japanese-Polynesian Fusion Tiki bar, a breakfast joint in the market, spent too much time in the coffee shop next door and ate the best vegetarian pizza I’ve ever had at Zeeks.

The Pacific Northwest seems to be a cultural centre for artisanal cooking, baking, and chance to experiment with the food we eat. After spending four days in Seattle this fact was clear and apparent. And why not?  There is an audience for it and I’m proud to be part of it. I may not eat meat but I’m always willing to try something new.