I am so glad my ventures took me outside of the city today because I discovered what is so wonderful about Seattle: the neighborhoods! I spent the day in Fremont and Ballard, perusing markets and eating good food.
My tour guides were Ellen and Gina. Gina is a KERF reader who offered to show me around since downtown was pretty dead on a Sunday morning. So glad I went out because the Ballard Market was very fun!!
They did a great job showing me all the best local finds
Gorgeous veggies and a few tastes of local jams and caramels!
We even had the chance to go into the Ballard Great Harvest, which just happened to be open on a Sunday! I didn’t get to see the owners, but I did taste the 9 Grain – delish!
Ellen took Gina and me to see the salmon ladder at Ballard Locks.
I don’t know all the science behind it, but these HUGE salmon were jumping up the ladder steps. If you look right in the middle, there is one emerging up right in this shot!
They were quite remarkable! So glad I got a glimpse of Seattle’s fish biology!
We headed from Ballard to Fremont to meet up with the Malones for lunch. I passed by Portage Bay that you all had been telling me about. Can’t believe I just stumbled upon both Portage and The Pink Door! Sadly we did not go there for lunch.
Instead we went to Emily + Casey’s favorite restaurant: Revel
And I got to have fun with this little guy!!
I drank a roasted barley iced tea with lunch – which tasted like pre-fermented homebrew!
And I had a dungeness crab omelet with arugula and asparagus for lunch. It was packed with flavor!
I intentionally saved room for dessert because there was talk of chocolate and more chocolate. We went into Theo’s –
Where I tasted an amazing array of delicious chocolates
And then we walked through the crafty Fremont market. So many cool things inside.
VICTORY GARDEN posters!!! My jaw literally dropped to the ground when I stumbled upon the booth. I had no idea Joe would be there! I felt like I was looking at my house because I have these all over!! Joe recognized me immediately and we were both a little taken back by the coincidence because we had just been emailing about doing an 8×10 poster sale on OpenSky in the coming weeks – a set of four smaller ones that will look fabulous grouped together (we’re going to put them in the nursery, I think!)
Note the posters in my house!
Lacey (a local blog reader) joined us and whisked me away to a place I just had to see: Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery. She is in culinary school and is interning there once a week.
Before I even tasted the chocolate, I was enamored by the gorgeous décor. All of my favorite materials: chalkboard, metal, lots of wood, glass, vintage boxes!!!
I am a huge s’mores fan, so we decided to try the flavor in two versions to share: a cookie and a cake.
This cookie was hot out of the oven, gooey in the middle and DELICOIUS. One of the best cookies I’ve ever had.
But the cake…
We watched him flame the marshmallow right then and there before assembling the dessert –
Melted layers of molten chocolate cake, toasted marshmallow, dark caramel and cinnamon graham cracker. Possibly one of the best desserts I’ve ever had too!
Thanks to Lacey for the treat and the tour!
I’m back at the hotel, feeling a little bit like I’m a stowaway here. Most everyone else from the weekend is gone! I have had an incredible weekend, and one meal left to enjoy ahead! (If I can work my appetite back up…)