When Lauren and Kyle bought a 1910 fixer-upper in Seattle they quickly discovered that their new kitchen was the center of the house in more ways than one: It had 5 doorways! There was little efficiency in this old kitchen — it led everywhere else, but had no anchor. Now, after much hard work and a full kitchen remodel, these two architects have one of the most efficient, warm spaces we’ve ever featured at The Kitchn. Come see the kitchen before and after its big transform!
Rachel Yang has become a household name in Seattle food circles and beyond. Together with her husband and business partner, Seif Chirchi, she has three restaurants in Seattle and a fourth in Portland. Their first restaurant, Joule, earned the pair a James Beard nomination and a nod from Bon Appetit (the magazine ranked the Korean steakhouse #9 on its annual Best Restaurant in America in 2013).
When Renee Erickson opened her first French-inspired restaurant in Seattle, Boat Street Café, she was barely out of college, winging it in a major way with the support of friends and family, but not much else. Fast forward a few decades, and she has become a cornerstone of Seattle’s food scene, with a James Beard Award and heaping platefuls of national accolades.
Aran Goyoaga, an effervescent Seattleite who grew up above her family’s bakery in Spain’s Basque Country, has earned a reputation as one of the country’s best food photographers. Her bright, airy studio in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood doubles as a meeting space, where she also teaches photography workshops and hosts fundraisers.
Maybe you already know Seattle by heart. It’s that famous Pike Place Market sign, with a passenger ferry gliding peacefully along Puget Sound just beyond it, or a glamour shot of the towering Space Needle, with snow-capped Mt. Rainier boasting its 14,000-plus feet in the distance. It’s fat, tender salmon, roasted perfectly, and exquisite coffee at Starbucks’ flagship roastery. It’s a good bar with a serious water view.
It’s totally legit to spend a day exploring Seattle’s famous landmarks along the waterfront. In fact, I would encourage you to do so, especially if it’s your first time in Seattle. But if you really want to see and taste the Emerald City, you have to know that Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. And, in my completely unbiased opinion, Ballard (where I happen to live) is the tastiest of them all.
From salmon and crab to berries and wild mushrooms, the Seattle region’s natural resources make it an eater’s paradise. For visitors, a week eating here can feel like a fantasy — but how do you capture all those magical bites and take them home? I can’t beam you back to your favorite restaurants, but I can tell you that some of Seattle’s best bites actually do travel well.
Airport food is tough. You’re often lucky to pick up an overpriced, pre-packaged salad or sandwich. The same goes for food souvenirs. They’re usually the most appreciated by friends at home, but when it comes to convenience, they’re not ideal — edibles are often hard to pack and even harder to get through security.
I live on a rural island, a 15-minute ferry ride west of Seattle. Even people who have lived in this area for decades might never have ventured to Vashon. It seems far away and dreamy, a small town set in green forests and rocky beaches.
It’s not hard to find good food in Seattle. In 2016 alone, 160 new restaurants, bars that serve food, or little corner shops opened in this rainy city where food is a comfort and entertainment both. Southern-inspired brunch spot? Wings and waffles? Ethiopian food? Wood-fired Latin American dishes? Sustainable poke places? They’re all here now.
I recently met Kurt Timmermesiter, of Kurtwood Farms, located on Vashon island, near Seattle. He showed me a cheese that’s made on his farm, from his small herd of 16 cows. With a production of only about 300 small wheels a week, distribution is pretty limited, but if you live in Seattle, this cheese is your next must-have.Kurt is sole cheesemaker at Kurtwood Farms, the land he purchased in the midst of a cheffing career.
On a brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle, we hit up the Ballard Farmers Market, strolling through the tree-lined street, learning about the region’s seasonal specialties and sampling an impressive variety of artisan foods. There were sweet cherries and strawberries, curlicue garlic scapes, and the most incredible caramels we’ve ever tasted…Open every Sunday year round, rain or shine (and oh, the glorious blue skies we had yesterday!
My best friend just gave me the best birthday present, like, ever. A can of cheese. She knows me well.Cheese isn’t actually easy to gift. Unless you’re presenting it to a host or for a housewarming, you can’t necessarily count on the gift givee consuming it in a timely manner or storing it properly. Wedges under the Christmas tree? Not so much. In short, it can be an awkward gift. But this cheese, in a can, is another story altogether.
Hedgebrook is a retreat center for women writers located on Whidbey Island in Washington, not too far from Seattle. Their purpose is to offer women a quiet, beautiful space, surrounded by nature, so they can direct their energies towards their writing. Called radical hospitality, the staff is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that nourishes and supports the creative process.
Seattle is undoubtedly a city of neighborhoods, from the shady streets of Pioneer Square, to the cozy cafés in Capitol Hill, to the family-friendly brick streets of Ballard, to all the mini neighborhoods in between. It’s in those little corners that you’ll find the city’s most amazing food — the delicious evidence that Seattle’s become a cornerstone of the national food scene. Here are my favorite neighborhoods, and what I can’t miss when I’m there.
We are planning on making pizza this weekend, and so we are excited to follow these two tips offered by Molly and Brandon in this video. You may know Molly Wizenberg as the author of the popular food blog Orangette. Her husband, Brandon, has a passion for pizza, and so they decided to open a pizza restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
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.At first, we were rather skeptical of Storyville and its efforts to promote its beans. Why?