Category Archives: foodie

Walking the Market on Pike Street in Seattle.

When people think Seattle they think Pacific Northwest, coffee, seafood, the Space Needle and Mount Lanier. One of the first things that came to mind also when I found out I’d be spending a little time there was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Right along Elliott Bay and Pike Street, in the heart of the city, is a foodie and shopping paradise. It’s one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

You’ll find many, many people capturing the signage and clock. It’s almost lunch time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One thing that will definitely catch the eye right away are the flowers. The assortment of boutiques, arrangements and flower colors at very reasonable prices will make the tourist wish they lived locally.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Being along the water in the Pacific Northwest you’ll definitely find a lot of every kind of seafood imaginable. The size of some of the fish you can buy wow!

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, fresh seafood

Ditto on the produce. One stand after another of colorful vegetables in perfect condition.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Walking outside of the main market area along Pike Street you’ll find shops, restaurants, stands and people lining the streets.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One of the shops is the original Starbucks. Of course I will notice anything coffee related. πŸ™‚ It’s definitely worth a visit, but get there early. If you want to sit inside and/or get a caffeinated coffee beverage, be prepared to stand in line. A good alternative is Local Color Art Coffee and More a few doors down. It’s part coffee shop, part gallery and a good place to people watch and hang out.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, original Starbucks, coffee shop

There are unique vendors all-around selling something for everyone. One that caught the eye was the tie-dyed t-shirts stand. If you’re looking for a local souvenir to take home check out Mt St Helen’s Ash and get something made of the ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Tip: Hearing a lot from the locals while there, finding a parking spot is a major issue so pack patience or walk/take public transportation.

Whether its people watching, shopping, hanging out in the big city or enjoying coffee and some eats, Pike Place Market in Seattle is definitely worth the time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

What other markets would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

Being a Foodie, Celebrity Cruise Style!

I’ve been a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad. I’ve always been a foodie on land, well that was until we went on an Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer. On a Celebrity Cruise, like others, you have the option to formally dine every evening on the ship. We took full advantage.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Below was just a sample of what I consumed at dinner the seven nights abroad the Celebrity Solstice. You name it I probably had it. The best part was that it was all-inclusive. I could have ordered the entire menu and they would have brought it to me. I did in fact order at least two appetizers, entrΓ©es and desserts most evenings. πŸ™‚

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Frog legs? They could have told me it was chicken and I would have believed them.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Oh I forget to mention the soup. I choose to start every meal with a bowl of French Onion covered in layers of cheese. πŸ™‚

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

The presentation was outstanding. The wait staff was extremely knowledge making suggestions every step along the way. If you didn’t like something they would take it back and bring you something else quickly. Because of that I tried lots new things on the cruise, like raw scallops. Definitely prefer the cooked one sitting next to the lamb chop below.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Sometimes I didn’t order multiple things off the menu, but instead two of the same dish. Two Thanksgiving Day meals please!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Just keep those cheesecakes and other cakes coming. πŸ™‚

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

I don’t know where I found the room to eat it all. I hadn’t even mentioned the continuous buffet they had going on morning, noon and night. Wound up in the buffet lines mostly in the early morning hours to load up on breakfast food. Poached eggs, omelets, corned beef and lots of bacon every morning sitting at the stern of the boat, perfect!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Being around the main dining area at dinner on the Celebrity Solstice resulted in so much good food being brought to the table with so little time to eat it all. πŸ™‚

Have you ever been on cruise? If so, what was your eating philosophy?

Checkout the time I’ve spent being a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad and on land.

Florida: Picking Up Some Blue Crabs.

Spending time in Florida over the years, I’ve heard lots of people talking about how they get their seafood, specifically their blue crabs, almost right out of the water. For me, the supermarket has always been featured, involving any seafood for the home. The supermarket wasn’t going to be visited today.

It was time to head to Island Crab Company in St. James City on Pine Island on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. You can find blue crab in the gulf among other places.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

There isn’t a store front. You just park and walk up to where they are picking the blue crabs they bought from independent fisherman, whom caught them that day. You tell them what you want.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

You’ll see them busy opening one crate after another…

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

…putting the still alive blue crabs in ice water, sorting by size. They will only sell the blue crabs that are still alive.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

They will put your order in a paper bag, you’ll go inside a room to pay and off you go.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Lot’s of empty crates. You can also get stone crabs, different kinds of fish, oysters, Pine Island clams and more there. Of course there will be lots of boats around. πŸ™‚

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Note: When you get to your destination to cook, make sure to only cook the ones that are still alive. The reason is due to bacterial concerns and also they will taste better. You don’t want to risk getting sick.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Who’s that guy?! I didn’t get pinched. πŸ™‚

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

It was a nice experience picking up seafood that didn’t come from the supermarket. Do you have any experiences picking up seafood outside of the supermarket environment (or even catching it yourself) around home or in your travels?

A Foodie: At Home, while Road Tripping and Abroad.

My inspiration for this post came from Karla of Traveller soul and her post Travel Theme: Food. Yum! πŸ™‚

When out on a day toad trip, traveling far, far away or roaming around home I’m always out on the lookout for great eats. You can be sure my camera is not to far away. I got hungry just processing these posts. Well without further ado.

Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast

Breakfast at Lucky's Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio

Shipwreck at Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast in San Francisco

The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast in San Francisco

The American Breakfast at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The American Breakfast at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Burgers, Sandwiches and More

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip's Cafe, Cincinnati

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip’s Cafe, Cincinnati

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sara's and Sally's Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

Sara’s and Sally’s Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman's Style - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman’s Style – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Seafood

New England Clam Chowder, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

New England Clam Chowder, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Mac ‘n Cheese

Steak Mac 'n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Steak Mac ‘n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine's, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine’s, Michigan

Logan's Mac 'n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Logan’s Mac ‘n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Mac 'n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Mac ‘n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Pizza

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino's East, Chicago

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino’s East, Chicago

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Butcher's Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

Butcher’s Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini's Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini’s Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Gotta Love Sample Platters

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Gotta go. Lots for eats to discover out on the open road. What food and drinks do you gravitate towards when dining out at home and in your travels?

Michigan: Frankenmuth Mac ‘n Brewed Beer.

The weekend before Christmas I stopped back into Frankenmuth Brewery right in the heart of the holiday friendly town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

The brewery was full of families and lots of holiday cheer. This year marks 150 since their opening in 1862, making it one of the oldest breweries in Michigan.

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

Of course since I was at a brewery I was going to order beer. Which beer to get? How about eight different ones?!

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

I ordered a beer flight which included eight beers, six of their old standbys and two seasonal. The two seasonal’s off to the far left were an Oktoberfest lager and a holiday ale. The next six from left to right, light to dark included:

  • Hefeweizen
  • American Blonde Ale
  • Frankenmuth Pilsener
  • Batch 69 American-Style India Pale Ale
  • Red Sky Ale
  • Munich Style Dunkel Lager

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

I’m usually a fan of lighter beers, but I would say “Das Good Bier!” to all eight. πŸ™‚

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

Sitting at the bar, I got to see all the brewery tanks and equipment up close. I liked how they strategically placed the beers on the card, so I could learn about each one as I was drinking. I just missed out on the free brewery tours they give. Something for next time.

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer

Frankenmuth Brewery is not just for brewed beer and beer lovers. It’s a place for foodies. I had their steak mac ‘n cheese which made with elbow pasta and topped with four cheeses and bread crumbs yum.

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer, steak mac 'n cheese

Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan beer, steak mac 'n cheese

It was a great break from the holiday shopping and photo capturing of the festive scene. Check out my time at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

Check the breweries website and also their presence on Facebook and Twitter. On Twitter follow the appropriately named #DasGoodBier hashtag.

What breweries around home or in your travels have you come across that you would recommend?