For two months this year I travelled down the West Coast of America. Unlike some holidays that tend to blur and fade in your memory, this trip I’ll never forget. I was inspired and enthralled, more than I ever could have imagined.
One of our first stops was Seattle, and its food scene was thriving: here’s just a few places I’d recommend visiting.
You simply cannot go to Seattle, call yourself a foodie, and not visit Pike Place Market. Yes, it’s busy, and yes, it’s touristy, but it also has some really incredible food and some great fresh produce. Grab yourself some samples and spend the morning snacking your way through the selection of cheeses, fruits, cured meats and baked treats.
Walk past the first Starbucks to the original French boulangerie Le Panier. Trust the queue, grab a mushroom feuilleté and devour that buttery flaky pastry.
For an afternoon cocktail, stop off at Rachel’s Ginger Beer in Post Alley, just opposite the market. Made in Seattle, the incredible seasonally-flavoured fiery beverage comes in beautiful glass bottles, and their pint sized cocktails are as simple and as perfect as it gets. Drink a Moscow Mule and buy a bottle or two to go.
If Starbucks isn’t really your thing, you’re in luck because Seattle probably has more coffee shops in a square mile than anywhere else in America. I stayed in the Fremont district, which I cannot recommend more, and found Fremont Coffee Company, 459 N 36th St. Great, old school vibes with an eclectic collection of furniture. Sit out front on the porch and feel as if you’re at your favourite grandparent’s country house.
For a great Hawaiian-Korean fusion lunch locate Big Blue food truck owned by Marination, or visit their new restaurant Marination Ma Kai. Go for the tacos, and choose from miso ginger chicken, kalbi beef, spicy pork, or sexy tofu. You can also add an egg to anything, which is never not a good thing.
Ice-cream shops are making a big revival, something to be rejoiced. Think classic bar stools, cones made fresh in-house, barrels of creamy full-fat gelato and usually a few selections of great vegan and dairy-free picks. We went to Bluebird, 1205 E Pike St, where they gladly let you sample every flavour, and settled on vegan coconut mint chip and snickerdoodle.
These are just a few of hundreds of worthy dining spots and watering holes, but perfect if you’re on a smaller budget…
Happy travelling x