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Pike Place Market Food Tour

Pike Place Market

Since we moved to Seattle, we have had a ton of visitors, which we love. When we are pulling together the itinerary for our visitors, snacking our way through Pike Place Market is always on the top of the list. You can't visit Seattle with out visiting the market, and you can't visit the market on a full stomach.

This is the time of year when people are flocking to Seattle, it's absolutely gorgeous here right now, so I thought I'd share this tour so you can take advantage on your next trip to Seattle! Don't worry, this tour is delicious rain or shine.

We usually deprive our visitors of breakfast in preparation for this tour, yet it's still difficult to finish. So go hungry and stay strong! Let's get started.

Once you check out the men throwing fish at the entrance, hang a sharp left and hit up the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company and pick up a half dozen assorted doughnuts, 


Daily Dozen Donuts

and then let them melt in your mouth.

Next up, as you walk your way back towards the entrance stop at Mt. Townsend Creamery and try the sampler of cheese.

Mt. Townsend Creamery

It's early, but I'm going to give you an eating break to go check out the World Spice Merchants in the corner.

World Spice Merchants

This would be a great place to pick up a souvenir for a foodie friend or just to treat yourself. 

Next, up, go back to the guys throwing fish. Buy yourself the Pike Place Fish Guys Cookbook, yes get yourself another souvenir, but you'll love the Seattle inspiration when cooking at home. I hear they sign the copy when you buy it there.

Back to eating. Once

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Copper River Salmon Lands in Seattle


That's right, it literally lands in Seattle, jetted in from Cordova on an Alaska Airlines plane. Friday morning, I was up bright and early to participate in this Seattle Springtime right of passage. With the kick off of the Copper River Salmon Season, media and celebrity chefs head out to SeaTac Airport to give the first fish that arrive to Seattle the red carpet treatment. Once it arrives, we all celebrate with a celebrity chef cook off, and eating salmon for breakfast. 

Before we got to the cooking, I was in awe watching this man filet the salmon. It was impressive.


Sure, I'll have a fresh piece...it tasted like butter in my mouth.


Look at how beautiful that salmon is!


After drooling over the raw fish, the chefs got to cooking. I of course had fun just watching the chefs do their thang, although tasting was a nice perk as well. I wasn't the only one who was happy to be having Salmon fro breakfast.


Judges, Mike Fourtner (from Deadliest Catch) and Jay Buhner (Mariners Hall of Famer) seemed to be having a really good time as well.

And the winner...

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Eating & Drinking Our Way Through the Big Island

As I mentioned in my last post, we recently went on vacation in Hawaii, and had a fantastic time. Get ready for me to fill you in on the adventures, good eats, cocktails and sunsets (and cocktails at sunset). Here's the plan, I'm going to bombard you with pictures and then post all of our recommendations and favorites at the end. I hope you hold on for the entire ride!

First off, the adventures, we spent the first half of the trip, driving around the island, checking out white sand beaches,

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black sand beaches (shouldn't Mr. KMW be a hand model?!),

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hiking around Volcano National Park,

Steaming Volcano #hawaii #bigisland #volcano

and checking out Akaka Falls.

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We were in awe of the contrasting landscapes, check out the lists of our favorite spots after the photo purging!

We spent the second half of our trip, spoiling

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Whistler: A Tale of Skiing and Après Skiing

Recently some friends of ours from the East Coast flew out to Seattle to spend a long weekend with us up in Whistler, BC. It was a fun weekend of skiing, good company, après skiing, beautiful scenery and some good eats.

It started out with a 4 to 4-1/2 hour drive from Seattle (pending the border crossing time), and it was an absolutely gorgeous drive.  

Some Sea to Sky Highway shots for evidence.


Top hits on our playlist were Macklemore's Thriftshop, Toto's Africa, and Edward Sharp and The Magnificant Zero's Home.

Onto the skiing. I am not a hard core skier by any means, I've skied a handful of times and am content with the green slopes. I have no urge to ever graduate to blue, going too fast and skiing off the edge of the mountain is a fear of mine. Regardless of your experience, Whistler has slopes and scenic views for everyone. Evidence is below.

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 I of course was a HUGE fan of après ski. I'm much better at that than skiing. Our favorite spot for après ski was Dubh Lin Gate Irish Pub. It was right at the bottom of Whistler Mountain, they served a mean Bloody Caeser and we did a pretty good job of scoring a spot by the outdoor fire. We went there everyday. Evidence is below.

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I didn't take many food pictures, other than the poutine, as I said last time when in Canada, do as the Canadians.

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Despite the lack of photos we did eat at some good restaurants. Below is a summary of our hotel and food recommendations.

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Eating & Drinking Our Way Through Vancouver

Even though we have a lot more to explore in the Seattle area, we decided to venture to Vancouver this weekend and explore our new corner of the USA....I know, I know...Vancouver is in Canada. You get the point. 

2010 Olympic Cauldron

That is the cauldron from the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver must have been a great host...beautiful city, lot's to do and REALLY GOOD FOOD.

We arrived in Vancouver around 9 and held out for dinner until we arrived, walking out of our hotel we stumbled upon Kirin for Chinese food, and it did not disappoint. No pictures...but we had hot and sour soup, a tangerine beef dish and a noodle dish. The menu is ridiculously big, in size and number of dishes, but don't get overwhelmed...I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong.

Now onto the rest of the weekend...when I took the time to take pictures, before devouring the food. I'm warning you now, this post will be scattered and random, but I'll get my point across so hang on. 


Granville Island Public Market


Granville Island is absolutely adorable. We enjoyed snacking at the market and Granville Island Brewery has some good beer. Although, my favorite beer of the trip was the Red Racer IPA, it was a nice hoppy IPA with a citrus finish. If I can get my hands on some of it in Seattle, I'll definitely be stocking up my fridge. 


After some snacking, we did a lot of walking around the city and decided to refuel with some Malaysian food at Banana Leaf. Once again, delicious, just look how happy Mr. KMW is!




Next up...When in Canada, do as the Canadians...so we just had to have some

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