Seduced by Seattle

Seattle has always been one of my favorite cities.  It is the perfect mix of a cosmopolitan city with an indie flair.  Well-known for their coffee, grunge-music roots and fresh seafood, Seattle is also home to some of the biggest companies in the U.S. from Microsoft to Starbucks to Amazon.   The city’s setting is spectacular – from the waters of the Puget Sound to the dramatic Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier – Seattle is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.   I could go on and on about my infatuation with this great city, but I’m here to talk about the food.

One stroll around Pike Place Market in Seattle and you’ll know why the Pacific Northwest is known for their incredibly fresh and enchanting fare.  From oysters to berries, you’ll find almost every type, taste and texture of food.  Interested in tasting dry chocolate linguini pasta?  Need your fix of sugary mini doughnuts?  Want to ooh-and-awe over fish that’s just been caught that morning while being entertained by young, strapping lads?  The market truly houses it all, plus directly across the street you’ll find the amazing Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, which offers an assortment of artisan cheeses and claims to serve the “World’s Best” Mac n’ Cheese.  A few doors down, you’ll find a coffee shop where a global empire began.  Yes, one can’t miss a visit to Seattle without purchasing a cup o’ joe or double non-fat vanilla latte at the original Starbucks. 

At night, the Seattle food scene is alive and kicking in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.   Loaded with many artistic venues, nighttime revelers can fill up before a late night out at one of the many great restaurants or street vendor carts peppered around the neighborhood.   Tempted by a vendor’s gourmet hot dogs, I ended up enjoying one of the best hamburgers I’ve had in a long time at the hip and happening Quinn’s.  Not only was I impressed by the food, but the service blew me away.  Was everyone in Seattle this nice?  According to my Seattlean friend, the city prides itself on its super friendly service.  So refreshing to find Midwest manners on the West Coast! 

The cherry on top of my recent visit, ended with not one – but two – visits to the out-of-this-world,  Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.  I first experienced the joy of Molly Moon’s in my friend’s Wallingford neighborhood (where a few weeks earlier she waited in line behind Dave Matthews and his daughters for 20 minutes), and later enjoyed my last cone in Capitol Hill after our dinner at Quinn’s.   As an ice cream lover, who is surrounded by incredible shops in the Bay Area, at first I was skeptical that any ice cream shop could compare to the ones that I knew and loved back home.   But after just one bite of my scoops of Meyer Lemon and Vanilla Bean in a fresh-off-the-waffle-iron cone, I was sold.   Everything about Molly Moon’s – from the simplistic store design, the sweet tunes, to the stylish merchandise – has made this foodie’s list of U.S. favorites.   Needless to say, my recent visit to Seattle ended with very sweet dreams.