As a local, I’d love to share “My Seattle” with you in hopes that you experience the city and grow to love it as much as we all do.
While I spend most days cooking with the finest ingredients in the Pacific Northwest, I also enjoy learning about Seattle’s favourite fish, the salmon. North of downtown, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard provide fish ladders behind glass for easy viewing as the salmon journey from fresh to salt water. After, it’s great fun watching the ships come through the locks.
Head to Pike Place Market and snap a photo of the first Starbuck’s, but skip the coffee and try a local favourite instead: Caffe Vita on the corner of Fremont Avenue. The friendly staff and relaxing ambience will give you an authentic Seattle coffee experience worth writing home about.
After I grab my latte from Caffe Vita, an early-morning walk through Discovery Park on the edge of the Magnolia Bluff gets my heart pumping. Views of both the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound are picture-perfect from the park’s sandy cliffs and deep forest. The wide range of natural beauty is not to be missed.
For lunch, my go-to spot is Dot’s Delicatessen in Fremont. Their menu is all natural and French inspired, featuring organic free-range meats for delicious charcuterie plates and hearty entrées. The porchetta sandwich with roast pork tenderloin, pork belly and herb aioli on sourdough (with a side of coleslaw) is simply divine.
In the afternoon I like to window shop at University Village, just below the University of Washington, where you’ll find a mix of local boutiques and high-end stores in an open-air setting. In the colder months they even offer complimentary umbrellas for shoppers. Here’s an insider tip: Snack on a crepe with ice cream at Tokyo Sweets.
On the weekends in the summer, I love hopping on one of the many whale-watching tours headed from downtown Seattle to the San Juan Islands. This is a nice way for me to connect with the great outdoors before another fabulous week in the kitchen.