On Saturday, I had the good fortune to spend an hour chatting with Tom Douglas in front of a packed audience of 300 or so fans at Bumbershoot. I’m an unabashed Fan of Tom. He’s not only a superlative chef and businessman, but one of the genuinely sweetest, humble people that I’ve ever met. And he’s funny, too.
During the Q&A, a person from the audience asked about food experiences one shouldn’t miss in the Northwest. Off the top of my head, I could only think of a couple. Since then, I’ve come up with a more complete list:
- Oysters on the picnic table at Taylor Shellfish Farm on Chuckanut Drive in autumn,
- A warm piroshky on a cold day at Pike Place Market
- Ivar’s fish and chips on a bright, sunny day at the waterfront
- a big piece of Alaskan salmon and cooking it on a plank on a grill,
- dim sum at in the International District on a bustling weekend morning
- eating Ranier cherries on a walk home from a farmer’s market
- an elegant light dinner at the bar at Il Terrazo Carmine,
- a picnic anywhere with a view packed from the Cheese Cellar
- the duck buns at Wild Ginger
- the triple coconut cream pie at the Dahlia Lounge
- cocktails on the deck at The Pink Door on a sunny day,
- fried chicken at The Kingfish Cafe
… and I know there’s plenty more. Sigh. I love the Northwest.