Food and Drink, Seattle
Not trying to be ingratious or sarcastic, but it seems like every time myself & my friends
and / or coworkers go out for dinner to any Seattle restaurant, when the server starts reciting the tedious litany of evening "specials" on the menu -
inevitably there always seems to be at least 4 or 5 different offerings & preparations of salmon.
I know there's billions of salmon up there, and I actually LIKE salmon occasionally, but speaking as a carnivore I would sometimes prefer to try something else.
I'm not really serious anyway,
and it has become kind of a joke with us when we go out:
- the server approaches the table;
- asks 'how we're doing this evening?'
- then slips into a glassy-eyed coma before droning on about the evening specials:
whereupon we loudly and obnoxiously, all in unison interrupt and start shrieking in our best Python falsettoes:
"we have spam, spam, spalmon, eggs & spalmon, salmon soup, lovely salmon... etc etc etc."
Granted some of the staff and patrons lacking a sense of humor sometimes don't care for it, but it does break the salmonotony & lightens things up a bit.
And like I said - only kidding anyway... I like salmon ('lovely eggs & spalmon, Eewwww!')
Update 5/6/05 - actually this year there may be a shortage of salmon. For the reason & an interesting story, Click Here:
PHOTO Credit: Monthy Python's Flying Circus... all rights reserved ... ( I crudely pasted in the salmon plate).
When is Seattle, you must do as the Seattlites do, drink plenty of high quality beer. Redhook, brewed in Woodinville just outside Seattle, has a signature ESB as well as half a dozen other varieties. (I'm a big fan of their Nut Brown Ale, but I'm afraid you won't see that on tap very frequently) Pyramid Brewery, located downtown near Safeco Field, makes a Hefewiezen that, with a slice of lemon, will cure just about any summertime thirst. Or, head for one of Seattle's many brew pubs where you can drink beer that you can't find anywhere else. Big Time Brewery and Alehouse has a fine selection of beer and tasty pizza. Pike Pub and Brewery, in the Pike Place Market, has a great pale ale. For ideas, locations, and other useful info the Seattle Insider website is a great resource. Cheers.
It is unique to find an everyday Farmer's Market in a large metropolitan area of the United States. Certainly one of the most know is Pike's Place in Seattle. Besides being able to get all types of fresh fish here there are a number of flower vendors and other types of food items that you would normally find at a farmer's market
Coffee is not the only quintesential Seattle experience. Salmon has even deeper roots culturally. It was a staple of the local Native American diet for thousands of years.
Of course, salmon is found all over the world, but the best comes from Washington and Alaska. The northwest salmon fishing fleet is headquartered in Seattle at (appropriately enough) Salmon Bay.
We can be a little pushy about our salmon. But that's because it's so damn good. Pacific salmon (especially Copper River) is a very dark orange. It has a rich deep flavor if it's cooked properly. In my opinion, it far outranks Atlantic salmon that I've had both in the US and Europe.
The key is cooking time. Salmon should be cooked for a short period. There should be a minimum of sauce, and only a light one if at all. Berry sauces are especially appropriate when served on the side.
If you want to try it the "old fashioned way" (aka Native American outdoor roasting) why not head to Tillicum Village on Blake Island. The salmon is roasted on stakes around open alderwood fires. It's a natural, culinary and cultural experience wrapped into one tour.
Personally, I enjoy salmon stuffed with crab in a light dill cream sauce. Or, King Salmon with mushroom ragout as served at Flying Fish Restaurant.
Whether you prefer the open fire method, or something a little more along the lines of haut cuisine, just relax, feast and enjoy the true taste of the Pacific Northwest!
At most restaurants in and around Seattle, it's okay to pay your bill at the table. In fact, it's unlikely anyone will bat an eye if you just leave your cash at the table (with tip, of course!) and walk out before your server collects it.
You're in the Pacific Northwest! Enjoy some seafood! They have dungeness crab and salmon for a couple local items. ;)
Oh, but for something more 'culturally' realted... I found everyone here very friendly. It's just a great city, really.
Chip feeding...a tradition I believe encouraged by the late owner of Ivars.
Ivar's Acres of Clams
On the Seattle Waterfront at Pier 54
In Post Alley near Pike Place Market is this wall in which thousands of people have left their gum. It's pretty disgusting, but at the same time very cool. It's across from the Alibi Room.