I moved to Seattle 21 summers ago this week. Back then — and frequently in my early years here, when I worked evenings rather than days — I’d get up early and head straight to Pike Place Market. I’d sit at the counter at Stewart Brothers (now Seattle’s Best Coffee) facing Post Alley, drinking a latte, reading the paper and watching the world go by, hardly able to believe that world was my world.
Beat the crowds at Pike Place Market: come early.
I was in a mad rush this morning (as I always seem to be these days) as I made my way through the Market, hot on the trail of some big news I’ll share with you Monday. But I wasn’t running so fast that it didn’t dawn on me that mornings at the Market are still a thrill — even at the height of the busy tourist season. If you get up early, you’ve practically got the place to yourself. Don’t believe me? Look at this:
Miles of aisles, just before 9 a.m.
No line at Piroshky, Piroshky? No way!
Le petite line at Le Panier Very French Bakery
Only two girls at Three Girls
When was the last time you saw no line at Daily Dozen Doughnut Company?
Making hombow at Mee Sum Pastry (and yes, there was no line there, either).
On my way back to the car, I couldn’t help myself: I stopped into Pike and Western Wine Merchants to say hi to Michael Teer, who didn’t have to talk me into a bottle of 2008 Chateau Bas rose ($9.99) — perfect for a hot summer day like this one. And I was lured into Sur la Table by the signs for a major sale. I bought a few necessities: one of those newfangled cocktail shakers I’ve been keeping my eye out for, plus some inexpensive dish towels, less 20-percent-off. The towels are going to look fabulous hanging on the new fridge in my new kitchen, which after a visit from Mr. Sledgehammer yesterday looked like this:
My new-kitchen floor (dust? what dust?)
Have fun this weekend, everybody. Going to the Bite of Seattle? Not me. I’ve bitten off more than I can chew this week and will be dealing with the aftermath of the above. After which I plan on cracking into that Chateau Bas.