Seattle food gifts
We arrive next week (from New England) for our annual visit to the family and the Seattle food scene. Can't wait! For the past couple years we have brought back interesting food/cooking gifts from the area for our foodie friends.
I am seeking your inside advice on new and creative Seattle/Northwest food gifts. We don't mind intersting new versions of old gifts either. So far we have done wine, dungeness crab cakes, signed local cookbooks, and chocolate from the place in the old Red Hook in Fremont. Strangely enough, we haven't done coffee, so that may be in line this year. But I also thought it would be fun to tap you all for great ideas.
Thanks in advance!
I hope we provide better weather for your trip than we've seen lately.
My suggestion would be to visit some of the bigger farmers' markets in the area and look for things that can travel. Cheese from the Estrella Family Creamery, assorted jams, smoked fish, or hazelnuts come to mind. I frequent the University District market, Saturday mornings from 9am - 2pm at NE 50th street between Brooklyn Ave & University Way. Here's the link for the Seattle farmers' markets website: www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/
to me, the classic food gift is salmon. You can get fresh frozen shipped, or buy some smoked salmon, at Pike's Place Market. Chukkar cherries at the Market are something I have given for Christmas. And I agree that a visit to neighborhood farmer's market may give some great ideas. I go the Ballard Market on Sunday, good stuff.
You know, this might not be right for your crowd, but I sent a bunch of my friends Tim's Cascade Chips as a Christmas present last year and they loved'em.
I sent out a big selection, some of the original, some of the Maui Sweet Onion, some of the Jalapeno.
Like I said, may not be the right thing for your folks, but I think they're unique and awesome (i've certainly never had anything like their Jalapeno). Those New Englanders will never look at their Cape Cod Potato Chips the same way again.
In Texas, they have a line of potato chips called Bob's. They are in red and white bags just like Tim's, and are fried in peanut oil, and have a spicy jalapeno flavor. I have never looked into the relationship, but I just point out that something similar to Tim's may be available in some parts of the country.