Often times when people talk about things being on sale, we flip over to check out the prices and they aren't exactly what we call "bargains." Just because something is 15% off, doesn't make it a deal! So we tried our hardest to scavenge the lowest of the low when it comes to kitchen clearance, for example, the money plates above ring in at only $.50 each!
City: Seattle, WA
Population: 3.3 million
Local specialties: Seafood, fresh-roasted coffee, cherries and other fruit
It's Escapes Month here at The Kitchn, and we want to give you ideas for things to eat and places to visit while you're away. We want to inspire your inner chef and introduce you to the best spots for food-lovers in a dozen or so major cities. These guides don't deal with restaurants; there are plenty of other guides for that. These are the spots for food-lovers and cooks: the markets, specialty cookshops, and best small-batch artisans. If you're traveling in one of these cities this summer, we hope these guides help you find something inspiring.
First up? Seattle! A homebase for cooks and food-lovers.
At the Alemany Farmer's Market this past weekend, I saw a lot of Filipino vegetables, stone fruits, beans, squash, and cherries. Tomatoes haven't hit their peak yet - there were a few, but they were too orange and need another week to ripen. See what else was in season at the market ...
One of the best places to find things to outfit your kitchen is Craigslist. That's no secret, but have you tried looking in the "business" section lately? Some of our most fabulous finds have been ones sold by businesses with too much inventory or ones who are closing their doors. Today, we did the legwork for you and found 25 of our favorite finds from all across the country!
Neighborhood Fruit is a Google map mashup that shows citizens of San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles (as well as a growing list of other cities) where to find fruit growing on public land. In other words, fruit you can forage for yourself at no cost!
This weekend in San Francisco there are two really interesting-looking food events. One is an exhibition of edible plants, and the other is a kimchi judging and tasting contest. Click through for times, addresses, and the full scoop.
We recently had the opportunity to try out fresh coffee beans from Storyville, a Seattle coffee company that sends their beans direct to your door. But this isn't just any mail-order coffee service. Storyville is on a serious mission: they are utterly determined to help you make a great cup of coffee, and they go to great lengths to see that happen. Here's how.
Where do you buy your meat? I think shopping a little more old-school by visiting a neighborhood butcher is such a bigger pleasure (and often a bigger savings) than buying meat from the grocery store.
In New York, I shop at Florence Fine Meat Market, a little storefront in our neighborhood that's been open since 1936. There's classical music on the radio, sawdust on the floor and just about all of the steaks are cut to order from meat pulled from the back. This means you can get the cuts you want (1 inch? 2 inches? You name it) and interact with the butchers themselves. I always get into a conversation about what to do with what cut, or where the meat comes from. And the prices are great.
Last Sunday, I went to the San Rafael Farmer's Market, which is in full winter swing. Christmas trees and cider were there, along with broccoli, kale, citrus, persimmons, carrots, brussels sprouts, potatoes, and many different kinds of squashes. The colors have changed from the summer; there are more oranges and greens and browns, and less reds.
I hope you enjoy these photos that I took, along with the recipe suggestions.