Ten Best Food Gifts from Seattle

Looking for some unique holiday gifts native to Seattle? This list of local Pacific Northwest foodie standouts are great for stuffing stockings, placing under a tree—or even wrapping in a bow and placing in your fridge or freezer, and will really make your special someones convinced that Santa made a visit! 1. Secret Stash Salts: These gourmet sea salts are designed to enhance the taste of everything from veggies to popcorn with flavors like Chorizo, Coconut Masala, Truffle, and Almond Cardamom. Pick them up at local shops like Dish it Up in Ballard, or purchase online. Prices vary from $5-$20… See More

Maximus Minimus on the Road Again

What’s that on the corner of 6th and Pike? Is it a space ship? Some kind of experimental military vehicle? It couldn’t possibly be what it looks like: A giant, metal pig. Well, it is and it just happens to be Seattle’s most famous street food vendor. Everyone from white collar professionals to construction workers line up at the shiny “pig truck” on their lunch breaks for a pulled pork, chicken or vegetable sandwich. Whether it’s the quirky venue or the signature sauce, the locals love Maximus Minimus. Maximus Minimus is one of local food artisan and restauranteur Kurt Beecher Dammeier’s… See More

Aged to Perfection: Washington Cheese

With Spring’s arrival in Seattle, each sunny day has us daydreaming about lakeside picnics and wine parties—both of which wouldn’t be complete without a delightfully pleasing array of tasty, creamy, flavorful cheeses. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re blessed with a variety of artisan Washington cheese makers who have honed their craft with a passion you can taste in every bite. Come with us a on tour of some of the best local creameries! Beecher’s Handmade Cheese 1600 Pike Place Seattle, WA 98101 206.956.1964 No trip to Pike Place Market is complete without a stop at Beecher’s. Their hand-crafted cheese… See More

Hey Seattle! Local-Source that Valentine’s Dinner

Forget to make a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day this year? Or maybe you think sitting in a loud restaurant crammed with strangers isn’t so romantic. Since Seattle is home to four year-round farmers markets (U District, West Seattle, Pike Place Market, and Ballard), why not hit one up for fresh, local ingredients and whip up a home cooked meal for your sweetheart instead? The Details No matter what anyone says, flowers are always a good idea. Right now it’s the season for tulips and daffodils, and you’ll find buckets of them available at Seattle-area farmers markets. Set the mood… See More

Pie: The New Cupcake in Seattle

Moving beyond its “coffee lovers” label, the city of Seattle has become a dessert town. Ice cream, cakes, and pastries have all been making waves, and pie shops have gained popularity with locations settling in around town—leaving locals confident that pies beat cupcakes any day. Pie Located in a narrow Fremont space, Pie serves up a variety of sweet and savory hand-held pies baked in muffin tins for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with a late night window on Friday and Saturday until 2am so you can satisfy your pie cravings after last call. Daily creations like Channa Masala (Chickpeas, potatoes, carrots,… See More

Dreamy, Creamy Seattle Ice Cream Recipes

Seattle is finally—dare we actually say it—showing signs of summer.The skies are getting bluer, the sun has peeked out and temperatures have soared. Well, ok, they’ve finally gotten over 75 degrees. But all this belated summertime weather is hitting us hard with food cravings. You know, the kinds of food you usually eat in summer: crisp, juicy watermelon, flame-grilled burgers, bratwursts, popsicles, and of course, ice cream. Ice cream is to summer what soup is to winter.  At least, that’s what we think.  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the sweet, cool, creamy flavor of ice cream year-round, but… See More

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Now, we’ll admit these take a little more time than unwrapping a frozen treat and biting right in, but not much.  By utilizing local, handcrafted ice cream and local cookies, you don’t have to bake a thing! And because both Snoqualmie Ice Cream and Cougar Mountain Cookies are available at many Seattle-area grocery stores, you can pick up the ingredients just as easily as a box of dilly bars—only the results will taste much better.The ice cream sandwiches you can pick up at the corner store or local 7-11 can hit the spot on occasion. Like those times when you’re… See More

Seattle’s Best French Cafes

Bonjour et bienvenue, hungry Seattleites. The fresh Spring air in the Emerald City is full of delicious scents, and many of them are coming from the city’s amazing patisseries. French baked goods are legendary in every corner of the world, and with good reason. No one does flaky crust, fluffy centers, and flavorful sweets quite like they do in Paris. Lucky for us, their bakers’ skills have reached all the way to the Pacific Northwest. While it’s tempting to splurge on tartes, croissants, and other pastries at just one place, there are so many excellent patisseries in Seattle that you… See More

Seattle Locals Love: Chukar Cherries

The noble Washington cherry. Sweet, firm and pleasant to the eye, it’s one of the many natural bounties that make Washington such a great state. And yet that little stone fruit is rarely loved for its versatility. It’s astounding how few people explore cherries beyond pie and cocktail garnish. Sure, cherries are great at both of those things, but dessert pastry and chilled Manhattans are far from everyday foods. There’s so much more to this red wonder as a regular part of the Pacific Northwest culinary routine. For a little inspiration, take a trip to Pike Place Market and find… See More

Seattle Locals Love: George’s Sausage and Delicatessen

Let’s say you find yourself in downtown Seattle and you want a deli sandwich. Not just any sandwich but a real sandwich, one made of foods that seemed destined to be stacked together for the sake of your hunger and enjoyment. Sure, you could stop into a franchise shop to eat a thoroughly corporate sandwich, but you know better. You’ve asked around, you’ve kibitzed with Seattle’s most discerning palates and you’ve discovered that the locals love George’s Sausage and Delicatessen on Madison Avenue. And what’s not to love? Located at the corner of 9th and Madison in the First Hill… See More