Savoring Seattle

Serious Pie Buffalo Mozza Tomato

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I took off to Seattle for a long weekend getaway. What started as a shopping and relaxing mini vacay turned into a total foodie escape. Having been on the Paleo Diet for a good month and a half, I was ready to take a diet hiatus and indulge in all the things I’d cut out.

We booked the Gourmet Seattle Food & Cultural Tour with Savor Seattle. With 17+ tastings we were pretty excited. Not so exciting? Hour long wait at the border, accident on the I-5 and a booking mix-up causing us to arrive late and miss the first stop at Andaluca restaurant.

But our super friendly and awesome guide, Eric, more than made up for it. He quickly met up with us and whisked us to the second stop at Serious Pie, a Tom Douglas restaurant.

By this time we were STARVING so it didn’t take long for us to scarf down quite possibly the best pizza I’ve ever had.

First, chanterelle mushroom and truffle cheese followed by buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomato. Um, truffle and buffalo mozzarella – talk about heaven on a plate!

Serious Pie Buffalo Mozza Tomato

We headed to Pike Market for our next stop at La Buona Tavola.

La Buona Tavola

There we met the owner and truffle queen Rei Hanscomb. She let us sample various truffle creams, balsamic vinegars and other delicious sauces. The best thing there: truffle salt. One small sprinkle and it was a full assault of truffle. The olive bruschetta we tried:

La Buona Tavola Olive Bruschetta

We returned after to buy some goodies and Rei was kind enough to tell us about some wineries and B&Bs to check out in Italy for our trip in September. Looks like our next vacation maybe be the ultimate foodie trip!

About a block away we stopped in at Il Bistro. It was before dinner service so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. Chef Nathan Luoma sat with us and chatted about the history of the restaurant and sourcing ingredients from the market. Here we had saffron risotto with clams and mussels and a glass of Waving Tree wine. It was so good that we ended up going back there for dinner. Their happy hour menu is a steal and a great way to try their fare.

Il Bistro

Il Bistro Saffron Risotto with Clams and Mussels

Three more tastings to go, just around the corner and down the alley we headed into The Pike Brewing Company. Meeting us at the back door was Abil who enthusiastically filled us in on the history of beer, how it’s made and The Pike.

The Pike Brewing Co

We got to sample three beer and cheese pairings: the Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale, the Pike I.P.A. and my favourite, the Pike Dry Wit, Seasonal White Ale. The I.P.A. was too strong for me but I easily could have drank a pitcher of the Dry Wit.

The Pike Brewing Co IPA and Kilt Lifter

The Pike Brewing Co Dry Wit

A culinary tour wouldn’t be complete without visiting Asia so we stopped in at Thoa’s for contemporary Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest ingredients. I love pad thai and the Vietnamese style interpretation we had here was no exception!

Thoa's

Thoa's Pad Thai

Last but not least it was time for coffee and dessert. We stopped in at Gelatiamo for our final tasting.

Gelatiamo

Gelatiamo Pastries

While they offer some pretty mouth watering pastries and cakes, that day we sampled two kinds of gelato, one sorbet and a delicious cup of coffee. First we had stracciatella gelato and raspberry sorbet. Stracciatella is like the classy, Italian version of chocolate chip ice cream, made with vanilla gelato and chocolate shavings. And because Eric heard me wistfully yearn for the salted caramel gelato, I got to taste a spoonful of that too!

Gelatiamo Stracciatella Raspberry

This was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in downtown Seattle. I would highly recommend taking a Savor Seattle tour and all the places we visited I would go back to for a proper meal. I had no idea that there were so many great restaurants in Seattle and we considered staying an extra night so we could try a few more. Good thing we don’t live too far!

The following day we walked Pike Market and as luck would have it, the Cheese festival was on! I LOVE CHEESE so it could not have been better timing. I’ll have some pics from the market up so check back soon.

~ Cassie

{ images by Cassie }