Standing In A Puddle Of Fish Juice

June 7, 2012

But isn’t that so Seattle!?


I explored to Pike’s Place Market this afternoon in search of a seafood snack.


This city is FREEZING COLD!


I found lots of seafood! Oh how I wish I had a kitchen right now! Copper River Salmon are in season!


Guy throws fish!


The market was cool – it reminded me of a cross between the San Francisco Ferry Building and an open market in Mexico – so much hustle and bustle and so much fish juice! I hope the bottoms of my jeans don’t smell..


For my snack, I followed recommendation and went to Beecher’s Cheese Shop where I found just what I was looking for…



Dungeness crab + Flagship Cheese grilled


On this blustery cold afternoon, it was just what I wanted! Crab is so good! [So is cheese!!]


After a short rest, I went to a speaker’s meeting and then to a party hosted by Ziplist, a cool tool that allows you to create shopping lists and recipe boxes for recipes that are easily consolidated across the web by shoppers.


There were lots of people to chat with and lots of delicious gourmet finger foods


The above veggie stacks topped with lemon zest were outstanding, as were the grape cracker bites and crab cakes.


The highlight of the evening was getting to spend time with EMILY whom I have not seen since she was about 20 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe I am beyond that in my own pregnancy already and her little guy is 7 months old!

I can’t decide what is more tired: me or my ab muscles from holding up the baby on my feet all night. King size bed, I am ready!

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1 Sana June 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

:) Enjoy Seattle!


2 Leslie June 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Enjoy Seattle. Hope you get some decent weather. It was super rainy this morning here in Portland and then really sunny. Looks like through the weekend it will get better and better. You might have already said this somewhere but will you get to see Emily this trip?


3 Tyla June 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Hi Kath! If you are in Seattle, you MUST go to Wild Ginger and/or The Pink Door! Wild Ginger has wonderful fresh real food served family style. The Pink Door has fantastic Italian food, and there are silk ariel performances throughout the evening above the tables! Enjoy your time in Seattle, you are just a stones throw from me right now (I’m in Vancouver)!


4 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 12:12 am

Are they walking distances from downtown’s core?


5 Tyla June 8, 2012 at 12:16 am

Yes I think so – I walked to both when there for a convention staying at the downtown Sheraton. Both are a very short distance from the market.

Wild Ginger: 1401 3rd Ave

The Pink Door: 1919 Post Alley, Pike Place Market

Enjoy the rest of your trip!


6 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 7:26 am



7 Katie June 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

I second Wild Ginger- my husband and I have been there when we were visiting Seattle and it was great! Also great- Pike’s Place Chowder- it’s right down by the market, about a street up in the “alley” (that’s actually what the street is called). It’s fantastic chowder but by no means light. :)


8 dina June 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

I LOVE Pike’s Place Chowder! It is one of my favorite places to eat and a warm bread bowl of chowder on a rainy day is wonderful!


9 Anita June 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

The Pink Door is my FAVORITE! Make sure to go when they have the trapeze artists… I’m not sure if they’re only there part time?


10 Ingunn June 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

Sorry about the cold and wet nature of our city right now – who scheduled this conference in the middle of Juneuary anyway? ;^)


11 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 8, 2012 at 12:12 am

yay, glad you got to reunite the beautiful emily. you are 2 peas in a pod.

enjoy seattle!!


12 Emily Malone June 8, 2012 at 12:45 am
13 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 8, 2012 at 12:48 am

I cannot even imagine how exhatusted you are. The time change, the travel day, 3rd trimester pregnant, going to these events and needing to feel “on” and ready to be alert and attentive…Get some rest, Kath! :)


14 sb June 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

Oh, Beecher’s… how I love thee!!

Lucky you, Kath, to have the best cheese on the planet on your grilled cheese sandwich!!

And lucky me that they sell it in some stores in N. CA, too! :-)


15 Roxanne June 8, 2012 at 1:49 am

I like the sign of one fish seller “Give Dad “crabs” for Father’s day!” … I honestly don’t think
they realize there’s another meaning for “crabs”! LOL I wish I can FB (facebook) my family that pic but I know I can’t (it’s a copyrighted affair)… Can I at least tell them about it in words?


16 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 7:25 am

I think they do realize :) You can FB it – etiquette just says to credit


17 Roxanne June 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

okay, I will credit your website and date that it was posted… Thank you, my cousins will love this!


18 Jodie June 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

Those fish markets look awesome!


19 samantha @ peach in the city June 8, 2012 at 4:43 am

grilled cheese and crab sammy? I’m from maryland and I haven’t thought of that!


20 [email protected] Nutritious June 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

Those appetizers looks so good. I may have to make an appetizer spread for dinner tonight, along with some wine! Yay, it’s Friday!


21 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

I’ve always wanted to see Seattle! So fun with that fish market! The grilled cheese and crab sounds amazing.


22 Molly @ RDexposed June 8, 2012 at 6:27 am

Love the sign, “Give Dad Crabs.”


23 Katie June 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

Kath, have you read An Economist Gets Lunch, New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen. I grabbed it at the library yesterday and it is very intersting so far. In the first chapter he talks about using the economic principle that food is a product of economic supply and demand, so try to figure out where the supplies are fresh, the suppliers are creative, and the demanders are informed. The fish market and cheese shop are certainly perfect examples of his principle. Enjoy the rest of your trip and spending some bonding time with your little guy even before he is born. Tell him to take it easy on you!


24 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 7:23 am

I haven’t – sounds neat though!


25 Katie June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

So far it is very thought-provoking. He is suggesting that “food snobbery” is killing entrepreneurship and innovation and that the food world needs to know that you don’t have to spend more to eat healthy, green exciting meals. His 3 messages are:
1. Every meal counts.
2. Good food is often cheep food.
3. Be innovative as a consumer.
After my first post I read Chapter 3 and one of the sections is called “Fresh and Smelly” about the freshness of foods in supermarkets and how at the Great Wall the seafood section has a much stronger odor than would be desirable in a regular American supermarket. The scent is advertising to Chinese customers but a put off to others. Very interesting!


26 Erin Motz June 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

Love the pics! My friend is from Seattle and it sounds like it’d be such a beautiful place. Glad you’re enjoying the sights!


27 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

I love the fish market photos – have a great time!


28 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

I loved visiting Pikes Market…we ate a seafood extravaganza that night! Crab and cheese sandwich looks amazing…yummy looking bread! Lots of yummy treats for you to sample…I bet you are not hungry anymore!


29 Karen June 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

…another winning post title!

Here’s to reuniting w/old friends…enjoy (and don’t overexert your third trimester self!)


30 Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

I love Pike’s Place Market! Your pictures are making me miss home!


31 laine June 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

That cheese and crab sandwich looks amazing! I may have to make one of those for myself! Isn’t it so fun to visit local haunts when traveling? Are those cheese curds they are gathering together?


32 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

Ahh I’m desperate to go to Seattle, it looks like a fun city! Enjoy yourself!


33 Meredith June 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

Seattle is probably my favorite city in the U.S. – such beautiful scenery, and the people are laid-back and friendly.


34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oh wow, that seafood market looks amazing! I bet the fish is all so fresh. It’s too bad you can’t buy anything to take home!


35 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

Have you ever read the book “Fish” based on the attitudes of people at the market? Short and very interesting.


36 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

I haven’t


37 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Pike Place and see Seattle! It looks so beautiful :)


38 Mom June 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

Fabulous pictures! Do you remember when Laura got fussed at for touching a fish? (She was three so maybe you don’t remember.)


39 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

I don’t!


40 Angel7 June 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

My husband and I would love to travel the country just eating at different restaurants and such–that would be sooo awesome!!!

I am sure that Seattle has great food! Enjoy!!!


41 Cait's Plate June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love Seattle. It’s been so long since I’ve been! I definitely need to get back there soon.


42 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

Have a great trip!


43 Emily @Emily's Olives June 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

You are giving me so many ideas for when I visit Seattle! The finger food looks beautiful (and delicious!)!


44 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 9:50 am
45 Emily @Emily's Olives June 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

ummm this is exactly what I needed, thank you!!


46 Maija June 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

my friend is currently preggo with twins and another mom recommended these camisoles to her to help ‘support’ the weight of the babies. I hear they’re addicting. Maybe these would help on days you’re standing a lot??


47 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 9:50 am



48 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

Ahhh… we went to Pikes Place twice last August when we were in Seattle and it was sensory overload! And I agree- it was torture to not be able to buy some of the fish to take home and cook up! And the huge bouquets of flowers too- amazing!! The later it gets in the day, they lower the price dropped. When we were there in the late afternoon, it was about $5 for a bunch bigger than your head. I almost got some just to enjoy in the hotel room for a few days!
Have fun!!


49 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

That crab and grilled cheese sandwich sounds so good!! I love, love, love crab. Wish it was more affordable! Appetizers look good too, and I hope you and Emily had fun!! Enjoy!


50 Nancy June 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

Welcome to Seattle! Sorry about the weather, we call it June Gloom. Our summer does not come until the 5th of July :)
Have fun exploring!!!


51 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

Wow, what an awesome sandwich!


52 Eileen June 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

That sandwich looks and sounds amazing. More details, please … I would love to replicate it at home. Was it chunks of plain crab meat, or more like crab salad? And what sort of cheese was it?

Enjoy Seattle! I’ve always wanted to go.


53 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

It was like shredded crab and a really good white cheese with a very light white sauce – all toasted and buttered


54 Kayla June 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Sometimes you can find Beecher’s Flagship cheese in Whole Foods!


55 Jaime Lynn June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Born & raised Seattlelite right here (who’s been reading yours & Emily’s blogs forever! I do get jealous of the warm weather down in your neck of the woods sometimes though 😀 )
Welcome to our beautiful, albeit rainy, city!!
We just picked up some of the wild copper salmon…We wait for it all year and then stuff our faces for weeks without being sorry one bit about it, it’s that good!

Taking a ferry and visiting the surrounding islands on a clear day is absolutely amazing. The San Juan Islands are breathtaking and so are the surrounding mountains! I know it’s been crappy here this week, hopefully the sun will come out before you leave- everything kind of sparkles when it does- cuz ya know, the entirety of Seattle is usually covered in rain drops lol.


56 Alison June 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Welcome to the Rainy City! You missed our nice weather a couple weeks back :( If you have time for brunch, head to Portage Bag Cafe (in the South Lake Union area) or Etta’s in Pike’s Place (a Tom Douglas restaurant). And if you get out of the downtown area, Paseo’s in Fremont has the BEST Cuban sandwich around. Make sure to get extra napkins though. Enjoy your visit!


57 Alison June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

*Last comment should read Portage BAY Cafe, not Portage Bag :/


58 HeatherDee June 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Welcome to Seattle! I highly recommend The Pink door, it’s one of my absolute favorites. Also did you see the original Starbucks coffee shop down the street from Beecher’s? Pretty fun. If you like gourmet pizza you should try Serious Pie – it’s a Tom Douglas restaurant, and you can’t visit Seattle and not eat in one of his restaurants! :)

Also for late night dessert and drinking chocolate try Le Pichet:

Enjoy the city!


59 Delishhh June 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Just found your blog love it!!! Welcome to Seattle too!!


60 KathEats June 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Welcome!! Loved your restaurant recs!


61 Kayla June 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Love the pictures!! Makes me miss Seattle! If you get a chance, check out Chukar Cherries in Pike’s Market for some great natural Washington cherries and other snacks!


62 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

Ah, the Public Market is a blast! I went once and was so amused by the guys who throw fish. It was really crowded when I went, so we mainly just explored but didn’t buy much, though now I wish I knew about that grilled cheese sandwich. MMMMM that sounds good.


63 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth June 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Love this post. Seattle is one of my top of the list places to visit so I loved seeing bits of it. The fish market looked brilliant and that toasted sandwich. Wow. Love crab and to have it grilled with cheese sounds amazing.


64 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hahah I’ve never been to Seattle for more than an hour, but I know exactly what you mean with fish juice. Thank goodness king beds don’t mind 😉


65 Sarah June 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

FYI, it’s Pike Place market, not Pike’s Place. It’s named after the nearby street & the (really common) extra apostrophe & s is a huge pet peeve for a lot of Seattleites. :)


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