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pike place market

March 11, 2009

seattlesignsHere’s a classic Seattle photo.  The neon coffee cup outside of Seattle’s Best Coffee on Post Alley and the Public Market sign for Pike Market looming in the background.

Now, whenever I go to a new city, I sign up for a tour of sorts.  That’s why you saw me sitting in the top of a double decker bus in Rome.  And on a walking tour in Florence, and a harbour tour in Gibson’s.  

It is a goofy thing to do, and I feel a bit silly about it.  But, on day one or two of a trip, it is a great way to get oriented to the surroundings.  It is better than a map.

So when Ella and I were in Seattle this weekend, we registered for a Savour Seattle food tour of the market.  Our motley crew, led by Tim, the tour guide and grad student, assembled early Saturday morning, and walked about the market looking like a clump of secret service agents with audio pieces stuck in our ears.  We blocked aisles and made a bit of a production.  But we got the lay of the land around the massive market (over 150 stores and stalls) and had many samples along the way.  

Pike Market is like Vancouver’s Granville Island Market gone wild.  It is loud and stinky and there are fishmongers standing in the bar of Lowell’s Diner at 9 am in their rubber pants and boots, having their first beer of the day.   The fish guys do a show of throwing fish, much to the delight of us tourists, who are standing nearby with our cameras ready.  

Our group consisted of two couples from Nashville and a vegetarian prof from Berkeley.  The tour guide found out we were Canadian and we morphed into minor celebrities.  That part was awkward.  

Along the way, we consumed:  a mini donut, tea, smoked salmon, fish chowder, an apple, a plum, cheese, chocolate covered cherries, cherry salsa, russian bun things and more coconut cream pie.  

I say MORE coconut cream pie because I had already trekked to Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Bakery for a mini pie the night before.  Ella and I were soooo full after our Salumi sandwich that we had a piece of pie for dinner on our hotel bed while watching Bride Wars.  It was a true chick moment.  

The tour was pleasant, but not really a foodie tour.  It was more like a market tour with food samples.  Which is fine.  It was a nice way to spend a morning.  Ella did a great job of taking a bounty of photos.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2009 8:46 am

    Fantastic photos. 🙂

  2. ellahorne permalink
    March 11, 2009 7:56 pm

    thank you…….

  3. Mom &/or Dad permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:00 am

    Dad & I were at the Pike Place Market years (& I do mean years!) ago when we were in Seattle with the Boxing Club. I remember it being a facinating place then. Tthe ambience was something that I had never experienced before. Do you remember that necklace made of seeds (it was a long string of brown seeds–likely flax–, with a few red & yellow ones here and there)? It was from there. Wonder what ever happened to that necklace–it is stylish again now!

    Great photos Ella! xx

  4. March 12, 2009 6:45 pm

    What I remember from that boxing trip was you brought me back a charm of the Seattle Space Needle. It must have been the late 1970’s, when charm bracelets were all the rage….

  5. March 13, 2009 2:35 pm

    Ella is an excellent photographer, I like the one with the jars.

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