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New York, New York
October 11, 2006
From journal Visiting Seattle Without Going Up the Space Needle
San Antonio, Texas
March 1, 2006
From journal Seattle—Minus the Rain!
by Emily May
February 10, 2006
If you are visiting Seattle, Pike's Place Market is a MUST SEE attraction. Located downtown, north of Pioneer Square, it’s just off of the water. Besides all of the fresh vegetables, fresh fish, fresh fruit, fresh flowers, spices, unique artisan crafts, and restaurants on the upper level, Pike’s Place offers many other stores on the floors beneath, magic, music and menagerie. One can get everything they need here to cook their own gourmet meal, decorate, and prep for a romantic atmosphere.
Home of the Throwing fish, the major fresh fish stand puts on a show for hoards of people every minute of every day, five pound pacific salmons fly across the counter; it’s a must admire even if your not buying any fish.
Flowers are, besides everything else, one of my favorite purchases. Massive bouquets of flowers are relatively cheap and arrangements come in all different varieties, from simple to extreme and complicated.
Across the street from the Market building, lie many other unique and worthwhile stands, restaurants, and curios. Grab a macchiato at the very first Starbucks, a fresh glass of lemonade, a 4 inch diameter pumpkin cookie, spiced balsamic vinegar, and a hotdog with cream cheese. Make a day of this experience. If you’re not using public transportation, park behind the market on Western Avenue and use the many elevators and stairs to get up to the top. Beware, the market starts to shut down at 5pm, so go early… 9ish or so, to spend the day.
From journal Seattle: A Few Years Still Felt Like a Vacation
February 7, 2006
Pike Place Market is a huge area to cover, but you can get a glimpse of what is sold here: food, crafts, merchandise, and services. Ask for validated parking from merchants as you shop. Some restaurants may offer free parking after 5pm. Individual merchant hours vary.
Parking Garage: 1531 Western Ave.
Pike Place/1st Avenue level: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Lower-Level Stores: Daily 11am-5pm
Phone: (206) 682-7453
From journal SEA
January 29, 2006
From journal Serenity in Seattle
August 4, 2005
I was more interested in what's outside of the market-the cookware store Sur la Table nearby and a new cheese shop, Beechers, that I wanted to make a pass through, I had little interest in buying some fish. Plus, we had yet one more stop at IKEA to make before the long drive back to Boise. I left The Tall One looking confused, hungry, and ready to spend money (a dangerous combination) in front of a fishmonger's booth. Before I left, I said "I like trout."
You see, I'm a fan of salmon, but my palette was honed on the farm-raised variety. I like to picture the fish in overalls, smoking corncob pipes and living a life of luxury on a few acres with a dozen cows and a smattering of chickens. I think this kind of living gives the fish a mild taste, which I love. The wild stuff is, for me, too gamey. All the fishmongers boast about their fresh, wild catches of salmon--what tourists and locals crave. The Tall One also loves the wild. I suggested trout because the idea of buying farmed fish one block from the ocean seems stupid--even I know that. The trout was wild and line-caught.
After I left him, I gave little thought to the future of the fish purchase, figuring it would go off without a hitch and in 20 minutes we'd have 5 pounds of fillet fishies to fry for the remainder of the summer. Besides, there was cheese to taste and cookware to drool over... When I next caught up to him, I noticed a strange look on his face and inquired. He replied that the fish guys were laughing--he was taking Idaho trout back to where it came from. I think he felt a little stupid. I felt a little sorry for him. He was so tempted to return to the booth and cancel the order but was torn between wondering what they would think of him for cancelling and what they think of him for not just catching his own back in Idaho.
We ended up taking the fish back and ate a couple the next night, freezing the rest. Still, I think we'll both feel a little stupid every time we thaw one.
From journal Idaho Trout in Seattle
March 28, 2005
From journal Living Large in Seattle
Seattle, Washington, Afghanistan
December 13, 2004
You have to go to the Pike Place market if you are in Seattle. In the summer and spring, it will be crowded, so be prepared for that. Some major market stops include the original and first Starbucks, the fish vendors (watch them toss and throw the fish!), and all the arts-and-crafts vendors. In the spring, summer, and fall, the back section of the market is almost all flower vendors, and their bouquets are just beautiful and fun to look at. If you can’t take home the fresh flowers, take a look at all the dried flower displays, as well. In the warmer months, there are also many additional vendors spreading out of the market enclosure, and some of them include those selling organic food items.
Memorial weekend each year is the Pike Place Market Fair, so there are even a few more vendors out and bigger crowds, along with live music. Some of my favorite stops in the market include the DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, MarketSpice tea shop, Crumpet Shop, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe and Specialty Foods and Beringer Farms (jams, honeys, fruit preserves).
Also near the market is the ticket booth where you get half-price, day-of show tickets for plays, concerts, and various performances around town. They have a board up by mid-morning with the day's listing of tickets for sale.
The market is a great place to stroll around in, and there are many little low-key cafes and restaurants to stop and have lunch in. Some of them have fabulous views of the sounds such as the (hence the name) the Sound View Café, Lowell’s, and the Athenian Inn.
The majority of the market activity starts up about 8am and settles down at dusk.
In the general market area, but not inside the market itself, are wonderful restaurants great for dinner, such as the Pink Door (great patio deck in the summer), Etta’s, Matt’s in the Market, and the Alibi Room.
From journal Seattle, my home
November 17, 2004
From journal Give Me Seattle or Give Me Death!
October 21, 2004
The large neon sign with the clock and the distinctive red letters announces the location of the Public Market Center. Not coincidentally, here is the most talked-about attraction of the market–the fish stall! The merchants of Pike Place Fish are world-famous for flinging fish to each other like circus acrobats. Unfortunately, when I was here on a Sunday morning, there were no flying fish. You see, it is not just an act, but part of the commercial sale of merchandise. When a crowd gathered with open camera lenses, but not open wallets, the guys even subliminally suggested that you could actually BUY some fish. No selling, no slinging! It was too bad because I have seen these fishmongers in action and they are like the Harlem Globetrotters of the fish world, tossing the slippery salmon while chatting away. One time a fellow missed an errant fish like a rookie receiver, and the guys all yelled, "discount"! Look out for the fake monkfish planted in the ice; it will try to snap at you if you get too close!
The fish market is the star of the show, but there is a lot going on here. There are good restaurants (some with great views of Elliott Bay) and a variety of terrific food stands and bakeries. Various stands sell fresh produce, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, while organic goods are featured on Wednesdays. Look for treats like Russian buns; candied cherries; and colorful, chewy candy sticks with fruity flavors. Wander around and perhaps you may get a free sample of something. There are merchants selling t-shirts, toys, hand-crafted objects, and retro souvenirs.
If you are near the fish market, look out for Rachel, a brass sculpture of a pig that is actually a piggy bank collecting money for the Pike Place Market Foundation. It was designed by local artist Georgia Gerber in 1986 and is definitely cuter than those glass boxes in airports collecting leftover change. There are typically all sorts of entertainers and street life going on, including musicians, mimes, balloon blowers, and perhaps some hucksters. This market can be a crazy slice of Seattle, and thankfully, it is not too homogenized like a suburban mall.
The hours of the hundreds of vendors vary at Pike Place Market. If you are coming from the waterfront, the best way up is to take the elevator. The way down is easier, as you can go down the Pike Street Hillclimb, a several-storied staircase that is bordered by a few restaurants and stores.
From journal Bill in the USA - SEATTLE