It is true I don’t write enough about Seattle. I figured everyone else has already done that. Only this past Sunday when the rain finally stopped, I decided to venture out and play tourist for a day.
First things first, a good lunch at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen.
If you’ve read my post about this kaiseiki popup event, you would be familiar with chef Hiro Tawara’s beautiful Pacific Northwest rendition of the Japanese cuisine. This month’s theme was Holiday Season and the menu was as follows:
Appetizer: Japanese egg omelet in crab sauce
Assortment of Appetizer: Chirashi sushi, Pinecone shaped taro
Grilled Dish: Braised duck breast with Miso and red wine sauce
Noodle Dish: Buckwheat noodle (Toshikoshi Soba)
Dessert: Mochi stuffed with sweet red bean paste and strawberry
After lunch, we decided to check out a new pastry shop that opened this year. Their specialties are cream puffs and éclairs.
We tried the pistachio cream filled éclair, it was nutty, creamy, simply delicious.
Of course a visit to the market is not complete without the notorious gum wall, which was cleaned merely a year ago but had since been re-decorated by its devoted fans.
Sanitary concerns aside, it is actually quite intriguing.
We then walked to the Sheraton and joined the line for their 24th Annual Gingerbread Village. This year’s theme is…
“Wizarding World of Harry Potter” – click each imagine for details
Scenes were recreated from six of the Harry Potter books in chronological order, with incredible details. It takes a year of planning, more than 1,000 volunteers along with an estimated 1,200 pounds of gingerbread dough, 800 pounds of icing, 200 pounds of white chocolate, 250 pounds of almond paste and hundreds of pounds of candy to construct this massive village.
It even comes with a moving staircase.
And a hidden #12 Grimmauld Place.
Donation accepted benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
On my way back through downtown, I passed several other Seattle Christmas traditions: Macy’s holiday star, a merry-go-round at Westlake Park and the Christmas tree outside Westlake Center.
Good night, Seattle, we love you!