There are a few things that are so northwest that sending them anywhere in the world will bring back a feeling of homesick to anyone who has spent a day in Pike Place Market Seattle. These happen to be some of my favorite things. My two little ones and I ventured into Pike Place Market to build a care package to send to family in the Midwest.
We started with Dungeness; there is no other crab that compares in flavor. I prefer to have the crab wrapped whole guts in, you will have to ask for this because the vendor will normally clean it for you. I have to clean it myself, I really can’t put my finger on why, but I do feel a little like great white hunter when I am ripping the shell off the body.
Next stop Mee Sum Pastry for BBQ beef Hum Bow and Steamed BBQ beef roll. Located on the east side of Pike Place Market’s main cobblestone street, Mee Sum has been around since I was a kid. There is always a line but the Hum Bow is the best I have tried in Seattle.
Ivar’s Clam Chowder is not normally found in the market fresh, it seems like a logical fit but you can find it refrigerated in a number of the grocery stores in the market. Ivar’s was a major institution in Seattle when Ivar was alive. Since they no longer run great commercials (Keep Clam) and no longer have the waterfront fireworks, I feel a loss. I needed those commercials, and those fireworks. Nothing else has changed and they have had little to no growth since Ivar’s passing. I hope they survive because their chowder and fried fish are better than most I have eaten in Boston.
My last stop is one that I never pass the market without making a purchase. I have written about this place and still it is my guiltiest of pleasures, the Daily Dozen. Yes donuts. This guy makes them fresh and he has four kinds, Cinnamon, powdered sugar, plain and chocolate with sprinkles. There is always a line and the guy helping is normally grumpy from stupid people not reading the cash only sign. These donuts have become an addiction of mine and will be served at my funeral someday.
A Pike Place care package for four adults including seven pounds of dry ice will cost around $100.00 with shipping. Not bad for anytime treat and really great for a Christmas snack. Check out my links and slideshow. Happy Holidays and God bless everyone.
Eating my way through Pike Place Market
The Daily Dozen