Any place that has 'cinnamon' in its name is a place I gotta stop at! They had a lot of baked goods so it made it hard to choose what to get. But being that this place is called Cinnamon Works, I definitely needed to get a cinnamon roll. It was extremely light and fluffy, which made it feel like it was almost healthy...or at least not terrible for you...like my other purchase. They also have giant cookies, so I just couldn't resist getting a giant pumpkin cookie (my favorite kind of cookie) all smothered in icing! Seriously, it's the size of your stretched out hand and probably and inch and a half thick in the middle. Delicious, but best to share for sure!
I love coffee, I drink it black because that's the only way that I think you should drink it - I am not, however, a coffee snob. I can appreciate a nice cup of coffee but I don't think that it is necessary to pay a lot for one. That being said, we had to stop at the original Starbucks while we were at the market. The line appears to be crazy long extending out the doorway but the register is actually a few steps inside so the line really isn't that bad. It was fun to go and try the Reserve Pike Place Roast that you can only get there and just to be able to say you were where it all started!
Pike Place Chowder is probably the most well know chowder place in the market, and probably also the busiest. Good thing the line moves pretty quickly. This place offers 4 standard chowders and 4 specialty chowders, and the best part is you can get a sampler of 4 of any of them! And each cup is 6 oz. So prepare yourself; it's a lot of chowder! We all kinda regretted not sharing because there was so much, probably woulda been best to split 1 sampler between 2 people.
Beecher's was another of our food stop in the market. This may have been my favorite stop. From the outside you can look into their processing facility and see them raking up curd and making large batches of cheese. Once you go inside there are many cheeses for sale and a couple to sample. The Flagship, a sharp cheddar cheese was our favorite...and you can get it here in Virginia :)
They also had raw curds for you to try, I had never had them before. They didn't have a whole lot of flavor themselves but you could also try them with oil and seasonings, sooo good!
The immediate priority for my mom and I whenever we go to the west coast is to get some clam chowder...like that is literally our first destination when leaving the airport. When Brad and I got to Seattle, we didn't even have to leave the airport to grab some at Anthony's. But of course one bowl while on the west coast simply is not nearly enough for the visit! While in Lacey, we only had chowder once, so when we headed into Seattle, my goal was to go chowder hoppin!!
Pike Place Market in Seattle is the quintessential food market of the world (at least of the ones I've been to so far)! Even the locals love it! I'd gone once the last time I was in Seattle and quickly fell in love. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of coming at the end of the trip both last visit and this visit, and therefore, it wasn't really feasible to buy a bunch of seafood and fresh produce to cook up for dinner.
Pike Place is probably most famous for the throwing of the fish. It takes place at the seafood stand at the center of the market, near the main entrance of the main building. Whenever someone orders a fish, the guys will give it a toss. Very entertaining when it's a big fish! They also let us sample some smoked salmon!
For lunch, while we were in Washington, we stopped into this Mexican restaurant, it seemed like a chain but I'm not familiar with it. Anyway, they had super huge portions, that's my kinda place! The food was not particularly good or bad, probably about on par with any standard Mexican restaurant but you cant beat the portions.
I got a chimichanga and burrito with rice and beans and couldn't finish all the rice and beans, that's saying a lot when it comes from me. Katherine ordered two appetizers that were very cheap expecting to get small portions...nope, they were like dinner portions each. She had the nachos and the quesadillas, neither of which got finished. So if you have a huge appetite and average food will suffice, this is the place!
For dinner one night in Washington, we stopped at Rock Wood Fired Pizza. The first thing I noticed when we sat down was that they served craft beers, accordingly I ordered a sampler of 6 of them. I'd say that 3 of them were w/e but the Red, the IPA and the stout were all very good. My only complaint was that one of the glasses was chipped and I think I swallowed a tiny piece of glass!!! Turns out if I did, I didn't die :) Also, the restaurant didn't charge me for the sampler and gave me a free full sized beer to make up for it.
So I saw the beer first, Katherine saw the chowder. We ordered a bowl right away and it was actually very good. Good enough that Katherine ordered a second bowl before we left the restaurant.
Katherine & Bradley
Two engineers with a passion for food and travel! Join us as we eat our way through the world!