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May 24, 2011 07:03 PM

Food on the run - literally

I will be in Seattle for a conference in early June and have Saturday AM, early PM free. I love to run and thought I would take long run, with stops on the way to grab some grub. June is so lovely in Seattle. Some I won't eat, but can carry in a small daypack. I could eat some small treats or more towards the end of the run.

So - here is the challenge... something relatively light but very tastey, must be gluten free (but they don't need a gluten free menu), and not too expensive, within say 5 miles of downtown (staying near the convention center). Also, any treats that would fun to pick up that aren't too bulky. Help me plan a 10-13 mile run.

And I guess phase two would be anywhere within say a couple of miles that would have great food, or fun top notch gluten-free baked goods, chocolate, ice cream.

I will probably hit up Palace Kitchen again, the Pikes place market, maybe Sitka and Spruce if it fits in the budget or Matt's at the market.

I'm from the San Francisco area.

Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. The map puts Palace Kitchen up on Queen Anne - 5th W - that is incorrect. It is still downtown! And boy would that be a hill for you to run. June in Seattle - could be cold and rainy or very sunny (always seems like sunny the last week of classes!)

    I'm not sure what all is gluten free, but Fran's Chocolates has a shop at 1st and Union, across from Taste (at SAM.) A block south is a very good gelato stop - Bottega Italiano, or at 3rd and Union is Gelatiamo. There is a flavored popcorn shop on Pike Street - KuKuRuZa - no, never tried it but that would be light and gluten free? Between 2nd and 3rd.

    Andaluca, at the Mayflower Hotel is known to do well by for gluten free eating.

    Andaluca Restaurant
    407 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

    1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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    1. re: tsquare

      I have to agree about the weather. June is usually not lovely in Seattle.

      If you do want a challenge, run to the top QA--either on the Counterbalance or on one of the les steep routes. Then you can go to Chocopolis, which sells goregous truffles and bars from several makers. Pasta & Co. is also on top of the hill--they might have something you'd like, that you can take back with you. They have some local stuff, but also plenty you can buy in SF.

      Pasta & Co
      10218 NE 8th St Ste 2, Bellevue, WA 98004

    2. Everyone laughed when i suggested running up QA. Do people do that? Anyway, I ended up running up lake union across the fremont bridge and around UW. It was a lovely run. The Burke trail is wonderful! And for the foodie portion I stopped by the Frans kiosk in University Village - not too exciting as I can get most in California, the PCC in Fremont - fun to see another store, good chocolate selection there, and then to Theo. Theo was fun, liked their salted caramel and 72% dark, but really didn't enjoy their 82% (I usually really love high % chocolate but felt this was conched too long). i bought some ghost chili caramels to take home because my kids are obsessed with ghost chilis.

      Yesterday I ran up to whole foods to see the local selection there. I got a banana bread from Flying Apron - big meh. Ginger cookie from WOW - OK flavor, but GF texture, ice cream from Snoqualamie - lavender was pretty tasty. Picked up some GF snack mix for my son and a local Zing bar for the run today. The latter was good - sweet and I am not sure I believe their nutritional claims, but it helped when I missed lunch. On the way there I dropped by Marie and Frere, which was fun. She knows her chocolate. I loved the whole cacao beans, but the nibs were lack luster. The flavored chocolates and macaron were pretty typical.

      Tonight my aunt suggested we go to Siam in Lake Union. I enjoyed it. I don't get Thai often because my kids don't like it. It was fairly mainstream, but the scallops were cooked perfectly and the flavors balanced.

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      1. re: jsaimd

        Oops - I meant to say I liked the Theo Salted Almond - haven't tried the salted caramel.

        Today I walked to the top of QA. i don't know why people were laughing that I wanted to run it, but I suppose I have been tainted by San Francisco hills.

        Thinking of stopping by Top Pot doughnuts for a treat for my donought loving husband on the way out of town. Is it worth making an extra stop? He love Dynamo doughnuts in SF and liked Donut Plant in NYC, but also loves a really really good classic apple fritter.

        1. re: jsaimd

          I'm not much of a donut fan, but Top Pot is well rated. There is another location on 5th, in Belltown, so you don't have to run to the top of QA. But donuts don't really travel all that well (if you are suggesting taking one to SF?) Maybe something from the Dahlia Bakery instead?

          Even when I was running, I was a wuss on hills. I've walked the counterbalance, and I've friends who biked it, but it isn't something I'd recommend to a visitor without knowing a lot more about their abilities.

          1. re: tsquare

            Grabbed a couple of the doughnuts on the way home from my run. Husband said they were a bit sweet for his tastes and couldn't judge the texture since they were a few hours old. He said they were well done, but he prefers others. They were out of the apple fritters which is my husband's favorite kind of doughnut. He tried the cherry blossom (seasonal) and the old fashioned chocolate glazed. His big beef with the cherry blossom is that it was too cakey for a doughnut - but hey its a cake doughnut. I bet lots of people like it for it's texture.

            Stopped by Fran's for a couple of chocolates. Pretty yummy. I prefer their dark salted caramel to any of their others. I eyed JonJon caramels and Cadeaux chocolates at whole foods. Are these good? I also ran through the market. I think I need a local to help me out with the market. It felt so very touristy, but I am sure there are some gems there. I think I am more in love with the rest of Seattle I ran through.

            Thanks all for your help. Running through Belltown and Queen Anne there were so many yummy looking restaurants - wish the wallet was a bit fatter and the clock a bit more generous this time so I could have tried them!

            Queen Anne Cafe
            2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        2. re: jsaimd

          People here enjoy the polar bear plunge on the first of every January.
          Of course we run up the couterbalance!
          Welcome to Seattle.