If you live in a city long enough, you get a set repertoire of things to do when people come visit. If that city happens to be Seattle, you probably throw in at least a drive by of the Space Needle and a stop at Pike Place Market. After living there for almost 7 years, and taking MANY trips to the market, I had NEVER had such an incredible market experience as the one on the Savor Seattle Food Tour.
Like I said, I lived in the Seattle area for almost 7 years and it wasn’t until my very last weekend there that I got the complete DELIGHT of “savoring Seattle.” As one of the Residence Inn Moms I got to go on the 2 hour tour that takes you through the heart of Seattle – Pike Place Market. If every tour guide is only half as informative and funny as ours (Thanks again for an AMAZING time, Ezra.), you will learn and laugh more about Pike Place that you thought possible. We gathered in downtown Seattle, put on our earpieces (cleaned and sterilized) so we could hear our guide, then out popped the bright pink umbrella. In a place that can get a little busy, a bright pink umbrella definitely helped keep our guide in sight.
On the tour, you stop at specific places around the market and get to sample some of the amazing food that each local vendor has to offer. What kinds of things MIGHT be on your tour? We tasted mouth watering salmon at Pike Place Fish, award winning chowder at Pike Place Chowder, and some of the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had at Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses (Why, yes, that is the mac and cheese that made Oprah’s Favorite Things list…). That’s not even everything we had!
By the end of our tour, my belly (not to mention my taste buds) was happy! I also learned some pretty cool things about Pike Place Market that I honestly had never heard before. Do you know what this pig’s name is? Even for locals, that’s a bit of a tough one! How about the story behind the ALMOST original Starbuck’s? I can’t tell you here! You’ll just have to take the tour to find out!
As a person who loves food, loves history, and loves hearing about the behind the scenes work, the Savor Seattle Food Tour was something I would definitely do again. Whether you’re a local, or just in town for a visit, Savor Seattle should be on your must do list. If you want to make sure you have a great guide (at least in my opinion), ask for Ezra. J
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Thanks to Residence Inn by Marriott for providing the activities during the day and the lodging overnight. All opinions expressed are my own.