When traveling, there is perhaps nothing I enjoy more than meandering around a good local market. Markets are almost always filled with unique food finds, all of which come straight from the land and sea of your travel destination. They’re like a sampling of what life is like for a local, at least when it comes to the culinary (i.e., the most important) side of life.
And even better, I’ve found that some of the most salt of the earth people populate local farmer’s markets, all of whom are bursting at the seams with personality, stories, and a certain joie de vivre. (The market dogs seem to possess the same qualities as well. You know I can’t go anywhere without finding some puppy love!)
This past weekend, I visited Seattle with my mom for a workshop and belated birthday celebration. Our hotel overlooked the world-renowned Pike Place Market so like any true foodies, we spent hours in the market just playing. (As an aside: Portland is lucky I fell in love with it before discovering Pike’s. Otherwise, I might be a Seattle girl right now!)
The crispness of Puget Sound wafts through the market and busily surrounds the entire place with a swirl of sea air that mirrors its buzzing foodie energy. It’s filled with insanely delicious ingredients, gleaming smiles, and an endless opportunity for taste testing. Lots and lots of taste testing. As I walked down the little market alleyways, camera in tow, I shamelessly gobbled up just about every sample of food that was placed in front of me. Giddy does not even begin to describe the sensation. Of course, I’m pretty sure truffle oil, smoked salmon, and marionberry jam would make any sane person giddy as a schoolgirl. And to top it all off, a rare snowstorm moved through mid-trip, dusting the entire market with a blanket of sparkling white glitter. It was a magical weekend to say the least.
The photographs here are a collection of some of my favorite shots from the market, taken when I had enough restraint to put down the sampling sticks in exchange for my camera. The marionberry jam was the exception. As you can tell, I photographed with the right and taste tested with the left. True talent, if I do say so myself! And without giving too much away, I can tell you to anticipate a special feature week filled with recipes that highlight one of the scrumptious ingredients shown in this post. Got any ideas as to which ingredient it might be? (Hint: It’s not snow!)
Vendor credit and appreciation:
- Truffles and Truffle Oil: La Buona Tavola
- Marionberry Jam: Woodring’s
- Tomatoes: Sosio’s Fruit and Produce
- Seafood: City Fish Co.