Abigail and I experienced the ultimate Seattle shopping experience known as Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market is 9 acres (or so a vendor told us) of shops and stands and yummy delicious goodness. We wondered down there on Tuesday (3/15) afternoon after catching the monorail to Westlake Center from Seattle Center. We actually had plans to get up super early on Wednesday and go before we went to the airport. I’m so glad we didn’t because we were exhausted on Wednesday and the sleep was worth it.
We walked around the market browsing the jewelry vendors and local crafters. Some of the most gorgeous Native American art can be found at Pike Place Market. Abigail and I finally found a souvenir shop that was cool enough and affordable so we stocked up on shirts fo people. My favorite is the cozy, purple hooded long sleeve shirt I found for myself. I want to wear it all the time.
I was also obsessed with the food and flowers at Pike Place Market. I picked up a couple of tulip stems and pressed them in a book when we got to the hotel. They were amazingly beautiful flowers– if I lived in Seattle I would have to have fresh flowers from the market weekly! I was also pretty insistent on getting fish from the fish market. Salmon is my favorite type of fish, and I eat it all the time. After seeing someone with a box of fish at the airport when we landed, I knew I had to bring some back. So I did.
We walked through the market until we found the right stand. I wanted the fish throwers, the one that everyone knows. Coincidentally, they also happened to the have the cheapest salmon prices. When Abigail and I got tired of walking around, we stopped to get fish.
We stopped and talked to one of the fish mongers and debated our options. I decided to go with Wild Coho Salmon, simply because it was approximately 1/3 the price of the Wild King Salmon. As much as I wanted to bring home the good stuff, well, the good stuff was a bit out of my price range. Perhaps if I hadn’t bought t-shirts for different people.
Once you determine what fish you want, the monger, mine was Scott Smith, tosses your fish to the guy behind the counter.
The monger behind the counter then fillets your fish, packs it for your journey (mine was packed with TSA approval for 48 hours), and rings you up. Super simple… Except that we had to carry the fish from Pike Place Market all the way back to the hotel via the monorail. Ten pounds of Wild Coho Salmon is heavy!
My fish was cut into two pieces and packed with TSA approved gel packs. When I got it home, I was able to cut it into 15 pieces roughly about the size of 4oz (or whatever it is that fits in my 21 day fix red container (yes! I’m still doing the 21 day fix!). Once they were cut, I vacuum sealed them and froze them. All in all, it came out to be about the same price for the same amount of portions of fresh Wild Coho Salmon that I would pay for salmon from HEB. And it has a much better story!
Have you ever been to Pike Place Market or found some place as equally as awesome to buy fresh seafood?