A July 2005 trip
to Seattle by tiffanyrooprai
Quote: A journey with two dim-witted Idahoans who traveled to Seattle, visited the famous Pike Place Market, and purchased fresh fish to bring on home (okay, we're admittedly Wisconsin natives, so all we know is Lake Perch)
Restaurant | "Kitchenette in the Moore"
Head down to the Pike Place Market and buy your dinner (don't forget the wine). Grab your PJ's and your best partner and have a nice night watching the ships sail in the harbor and the city below you.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2005
1926 2nd Ave.
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.
Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101