Sooo it's been awhile since this blog has seen some action, which is a bummer and I apologize. It's a new year, so that that means new goals right? Well, hopefully...
I've sat on these images for awhile, but since the weather has been dreary and cold, it seemed the perfect time to feature Pike Place Market in winter.
It was a chilly, rainy morning when I first set foot in the place I had only seen featured in black and white images at the Seattle's Best Coffee station in our local Borders. Despite the weather, flocks of tourists wandered the halls, bundled in Seattle appropriate layers, clutching their various to go cups of warm coffee, munching on pastries. Knowing next to nothing about Pike Place other than its attachment to Starbucks, I was surprised to hear what sounded like shouting. Following the noise, I spotted men behind a counter filled to the brim with fresh seafood, calling back and forth while throwing a fish. It was as mesmerizing as it was amusing. Apparently, this is Fishmongers tradition and started as a prank, but has become a must see if you visit the market.
Speaking of seafood, there is SO much. Coming from a coastal town myself, you'd think I would have seen a lot of it by now, and I have, just not in one place. There are also multiple stories to the market, another fun, unexpected thing to discover.
While throwing fish and shouting is cool, Piroshky Piroshky was better. The smell of the bakery comes in second only to how delicious the piroshkys are. We were lucky to have a shorter line and left with 3 bags laden with warm, buttery goodness.
Pike Place Market is such a fun and fascinating place to explore. The neon signs, the displays, the stalls, and the people combine for a unique experience no matter what you're there for. Just remember to watch out for human propelled fish.