It was my first time ever setting foot in Seattle. The chilly rain nipped at our heels as we stepped towards the open air market and prepared to eat our way through. Pike Place Market - a food challenge many have attempted and few have conquered.
We began the feeding frenzy with pot stickers from Mee Sum Pastry. A dough pillow full of pork, shrimp, and vegetables. A savory pastry was the perfect start to a day of gluttony.
As we made our way further into the market I found myself salivating in front of the Daily Dozen, a doughnut company serving tiny doughnuts. We ordered 6 (oink oink), 3 cinnamon, 2 powdered sugar and 1 with sprinkles. They were right out of the oven and tender with the perfect amount of chewy.
I needed a break before I fell into a food coma so I meandered around the shops and watched the fish mongers toss the fresh catch of the day. The goal was to burn some fuel and make room for the most delectable gyro ever. Marinated grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, and a giant dollop of tsaziki sauce wrapped in a fluffy pita and garnished with fresh parsley. It was so good the 20 minute wait for street food was well worth it. Mr. D’s knows how to make a mean gyro.
As we neared completion of the food challenge and began to tire with full bellys we decided to stay in for the night and create our own dish with the fresh produce and specialty items at our fingertips. I love to cook and my host is an exceptional chef – any excuse to buy fish plucked from the Pacific that morning works for me.
We bought fresh salmon, giant shrimp, and gourmet pasta and headed home to construct a simple pasta dish.
Cooking shrimp in butter, olive oil, garlic and white wine formed a tasty base from which to build the meal. While the fish and shrimp were cooking, I prepared garlic parsley fettuccine – homemade pasta with a subtle flavor. When the fettuccine became al dente it was time to toss the pasta in the butter, olive oil, garlic and wine mixture to coat and you get home cooked Pike Place perfection.
Everything in Pike Place is fresh, hot off the grill or right out of the oven and a foodie playground.
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