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8 days to fall in love with Seattle (with a day in Portland & Vancouver)

I'll be in Seattle (from Oz) between 17 and 26 January for a conference

I'm looking for help with a list of essential/must do food/wine experiences that define the Northwest, its local produce, wine drinks etc. I'm a specialist culinary bookseller

Budget is not really an issue although it doesn't need to be expensive & I'm a complete omnivore (as long as its good!). I'd love to learn more about local Pinot, Seattle Coffee seafood etc & books

So far my list consists of:
Seattle:
Espresso Vivace
Book Larder
Walrus & Carpenter
Pike St Market
Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium

Is the Seattle Food & Culture tour worthwhile?

Portland:
Powells
Toro Bravo
Le Pigeon

Vancouver
Barbara Jo's Cookbooks

Any tips, ideas gratefully received!

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  1. I would recommend Delancey's in Ballard. Amazing pizza.

    Edit: And if you get there early enough (before 4P), go to Honore and try the Kouign Amann and macarons.

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    1. re: PommeDeGuerre

      Thanks the menu @ Delancey's looks 'tight'. The charcuterie looks interesting and I always love an Eton mess :)

      Honore looks a very classy bakery - is the coffee as good as the pastry looks?

      1. re: booksforcooksAU

        Honore is small and not a "fancy" atmosphere at all. Maybe a touch hip. I find the coffee to be delicious, but I'm not that big a connoisseur. It's just good at what it does and comfortable (though a bit cramped). I hope you enjoy your trip the Pacific Northwest. California Street in West Seattle has good places to eat as well.

        I've also enjoyed Tilth and Mario Batali's dad's place (can't think of the name, but it's essentially a Salumeria). Both are in Seattle, proper.

        1. re: PommeDeGuerre

          Thanks - the Honore Canele are on the list and I've also added the Batali Salumeria to the list :)

      2. re: PommeDeGuerre

        I think the star at Honore is the cannele. I stopped by for a cannele yesterday and also had a kouign amann. Was very disappointed in the kouign amann, the salt should have been a nice touch, but there was zero sweetness to balance it. I like Bakery Nouveau's k.a., but that can be over the top sugary and gooey. Somewhere in between would be prefect for me.

      3. Not food related, but I did the underground tour of Seattle and found it fascinating and quite entertaining. Also, I think Voodoo donuts was in Seattle and quite yummy.

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        1. re: tlc0529

          Thanks for the tip - the tour looks good :)

          1. re: tlc0529

            voodoo doughnuts is in portland

            seattle's doughnut place is top pot

            1. re: macsak

              In Portland, Blue Star Donuts is miles better than Voodoo

              1. re: seattle_lee

                True statement. Voodoo is all kind of a gimmicky schtick. Blue Star actually makes great donuts.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  Thanks guys - we don't do doughnuts down under - can't believe the stupid hype we got with krispy kreme - we do have some great lebanese and greek doughnuts - with turkish delight inside!

          2. While you're at Book Larder, visit Dot's for lunch. Staff chefs give Dot's charcuterie and quality meats good attention. This is a Fremont culinary hot-spot, with Paseo, Via Tribunale and Caffe Vita across the street, Uneeda Burger at the corner, and Brad's Swingside Cafe down the block. Just blocks further gets you locovore gourmand Art of the Table. Of course after that you'll be in no shape to actually eat at the many highly chowish places you'll encounter between Fremont and Ballard Avenues. Save room for Peaks Frozen Custard &/or Full Tilt Ice Cream, though. >>>oh, yes, locals observe Pike Place Market, not Pike Street Market. You'll understand when you're there. Unlike the ubiquitous Rouse food courts, the Pike Place Market is maintained as a historic district and hosts chain stores only if they started here (sur la table, Starbuck's). These are striving and thriving local shops with local owners and it really is a community proudly built on local produce and effort over a hundred years. See also the burgeoning food-truck scene, neighborhood Farmer's markets, stellar neighborhood restaurants, meat markets, and holes-in-the wall. Two weeks in the lap of luxury. Ahh... Please let us know what you find out there.

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            1. re: mrnelso

              Thanks so much. Am looking forward to the 'real' market - its like what we have in Melbourne by the sounds of it. I'll be definitely checking out Fremont.

            2. Ok in addition to the recomendations above (thanks one & all) - what do people think of Sitka & Spruce or their sister restaurants?

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              1. re: booksforcooksAU

                On my recent visit I went to Sitka and Spruce for lunch, and I really loved it. The charcuterie plate was excellent, but the real standout was the beet salad, much to my surprise. If you like vegetable heavy dishes and complex flavors it will be for you.

              2. In Seattle I would consider Joule or Revel. Here's an article that may help.
                http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

                Don't miss Stumptown Coffee and Pok Pok in Portland.

                1. Vivace is good, but if you're looking for more coffee options, Herkimer is great for espresso drinks; Seattle Coffee Works has several methods to choose from, and does them all well. Both are roasters as well. Milstead and Trabant don't roast, but they are also good coffee shops. There's also a new place called Vif that seems promising. (There are a whole bunch of other local roasters and/or coffee shops, but this seems like a good start.)

                  As for food, Taylor Shellfish is a good place for oysters and such. Probably don't need both that and Walrus & Carpenter, though.