If a place has good food, I’m in love with it. Seattle is no exception. I love visiting the different stalls at Pike Market Place and I’ve done two food tours with Savor Seattle.
On the first visit to Seattle last year, Richard and I did the Pike Place market tour. For 2 hours, we toured around with Nick as our tour guide.
It was well worth the $40, we would have missed out on a lot of things (history and tasty food) if we didn’t take the tour. As I’m still fairly new to Vancouver, I’d love to take a Granville Island tour as I’m certain I’m missing out on many delicious things.
Beecher’s cheese (we also sampled their mac and cheese)
MarketSpice. We got to sample the famous tea from MarketSpice. It reminds me of Fall in a cup. When my parents would come over, she would always request this tea. My husband who is not a tea drinker, will drink this tea. Need I say more? You don’t need to go on the tour to try this tea as they have samples at the store so check it out if you’re there. They also have any spice imaginable there.
Piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky. I’d like to try making this at home.
The end of the tour concluded with mini dungeoness crab cakes from Etta that were so good I booked reservations to go there. We ran in the pouring rain, wrung out our jackets and had a lovely meal.
I was also introduced to Chukar Cherries. I became completely obsessed with their Chocolate Honey Pecans. As soon as the tour was over, I went back there to pick some up. The problem with these is that the bags are too small. I would prefer something Costco-sized.
On our next visit, we did the gourmet food tour. It was more posh than the Pike Market Place tour as we sat down at the restaurants to enjoy the food and also got a chance to speak with some of the chefs. Highlights were:
Japonessa is a unique fusion restaurant that combines Latin American cooking with Japanese. Strange, right? But it actually works. The Cassanova roll we tried was toned down in spice for us, but even then, it was a bit too spicy for me. But I am a spice wimp. Sometimes you get sushi that seems like it’s been sitting there for some time, but you could tell how fresh this was. I also enjoyed the green tea tiramisu that was served.
Overall, I enjoyed both tours, but if I had to pick one tour to go to it would be the Pike Market Place. It’s such a vibrant environment and so rich in history that it makes you appreciate the market even more.
In Seattle, I fell for Tommy Douglas’ donuts at Lola’s (they also sell them at Dahlia bakery if you want quick donuts to go). They’re made-to-order so you’ll always get them hot and fresh. The jam flavour varies, but it’s always served with vanilla mascarpone cream. Once you’re done with the donuts, you’ll probably want to eat the leftover jam and cream.
My eggs benedict from Lola’s where I had the crispiest, most flavourful potatoes. I usually will ignore my fries or whatever side dish is on my plate, but I couldn’t stop eating these.
My favourite part of this trip? Going to Arcade Lights, a festival involving tastings of over 50 local food businesses. I wouldn’t have been able to try all the fabulous food that I wanted to without this festival.
The samples were generous and I ended up finding a great cider at Finn River. I also tried a pumpkin pie ice cream from Peaks Frozen Custard, that it tasted like they just scooped the filling out and froze it. Throughout our trip, we’d occasionally say, “Remember that ice cream? It was good, wasn’t it?”
I can’t wait for my next trip back there to go back to my favourites and find some new ones.by