Salivating in Seattle

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Seattle, Washington

I came to Washington to learn about organic farming but one of the most important things I have learned is that Mother Nature rules and you just have to go with it. Unfortunately this meant wildfires around Wenatchee and the air was thick with a delicious smell of burning wood.

Sadly there was no barbecue and our eyes were starting to water from the air quality. So there was a quick change in plans and unfortunately we had to go to Seattle. Seriously is this bad news?

It wasn’t.

Instead of touring more farms our itinerary included going to restaurants in Seattle that focused on using local, organic ingredients. I have never been to Seattle but it was already on my list after having such a good time in Portland.

I expected rain and clouds but instead we had sun, warm weather and lots of food. In fact some of the best food of the year.



Our first meal was at Tilth, the first certified organic restaurant in America. I would put it on par with Ned Ludd in Portland – some of the best food I have eaten all year. We had a five course meal and while I don’t like to curse on this site I have to say it was fucking incredible.

I started with a Chilled King’s Garden heirloom tomato soup and the table laughed at me because I described it as being punched in the mouth with a tomato, it was that good. I can never go back to ordinary tomato soup. The second course was a Carnroli risotto with carrot, dandelion green and pine nuts and our third course was a white corn and truffle plin, Chef Jason Brzozowy brought out a giant lobster mushroom in advance to tell us about the plin.

And finally the dessert came. and while I have always said I’m not a dessert person the Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake made me second guess such a bold statement.


tilth kitchen

And it didn’t hurt that the kitchen crew was so cute eh?

But great food in Seattle didn’t end there. The next day I had lunch at Chaco Canyon Cafe, which is also certified organic and has a lot of raw and vegan options. But I was most excited about the green smoothie options.



Our last meal in Seattle wasn’t certified organic but nonetheless memorable. Tavolata reminds me a lot of food in Toronto, great seasonal food with long tables for sharing. It’s a busy place and I can see why. If I come back to Seattle with friends we are definitely spending a long night of red wine and food here.

The West Coast has me hooked on food, first Portland, now Seattle. I’m almost afraid to go to San Francisco as you may not be able to pry me from the West Coast.



Disclosure: I was a guest of the Organic Trade Commission; Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears; Washington State Apple Commission; and Washington State Fruit Commission/ NW Cherry Growers. They did not ask me to write a favourable review or realize I have awakened my sweet tooth after that ganache.




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  1. Oh my gosh, that first meal looks so good! I love tomatoes so I have no doubt I would love the heirloom tomato soup.

  2. That ganache cake looks AMAZING!! xx

  3. Adventurous Kate says:

    And now I want to be punched in the face with a tomato.

    You weren’t kidding…there is a LOT of handsome in that kitchen!

  4. Suzzane from Travel Universally says:

    Tavolata, I’ve note down it , next time when I will be with my cousin and friends in Seattle , it will be our temporary stop for dinner.

  5. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Now I’m salivating!!!! Yum to both the food and the chefs!

  6. Ayngelina,

    Your photos are delicious (hope the food too:). It is good that we cannot eat them, so we can behave in front of the computer.

    Have you heard of The author is a canadian gardner. I have never met her but if I were anywhere near Toronto I would have a look on her work.

    Peace, love and lots of organic food on your road,

  7. Koren @ City Gal says:

    Yum. I think I’m heading to Seattle for the first time in a few weeks, so this was perfect timing!

  8. Nothing like a food tour. I haven’t been to much of the west coast, but I have heard great things about the food, even in LA. I think I have some new places to add to my wish list.

  9. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    I’ve been sick for the past few days, and I cannot wait to have my taste buds back to normal.

    Mmm… chocolate ganache!

  10. The first meal looks so delicious! Chaco Canyon Cafe sounds perfect to me. I would be also excited about the green smoothie options.

  11. I ate a Tavolata a couple weeks ago–so good!

  12. Glad I found your article. I’m in Seattle 4-5 times a year, and will definitely check these out! So far have tried El Gaucho (yum) and Sitka and Spruce, which I LOVED. You should try it if you’re still there!

  13. And here I thought the best thing about Seattle was the music scene. Glad to hear the food is delicious too!

  14. If you go to San Francisco, you won’t want to leave the West Coast. It’s dreamy there, right?

  15. Martine @ Chompchomp says:

    I may have to hit you up for eateries on the West Coast when we head over from Aus in 18 mths….we want to do a West Coast drive and then a week in NY. Cant wait !

  16. Mary @ Fit and Fed says:

    Chaco Canyon looks more up my alley than Tavolata, I’ve been wanting to get to Tilth for a long time. You did better at getting out to the restuarants than I did and I live here!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You must go to Tilth, it was one of the best meals I’ve eaten all year.

  17. It looks fucking incredible, i just ate and I’m starving again!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Sorry dude!

  18. Eating in nice restaurants is one of those sacrifices I have grudgingly made in order to travel on a super tight budget. I really look forward to the day when my income is a little higher and I can eat in places with cloth napkins again 🙂 These looks awesome!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I love street food as well but nothing compares to dinner at a fantastic restaurant.

  19. NOMNOMNOM I want!

    I do love the longtable idea. If I had a place, it would definitely be like that!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Some antisocial people hate it but I really like it too.

  20. Haha – you won’t want to leave San Fran…

    Stay away from Napa too =)

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh I know, I think it could be the whole West Coast as Portland was incredible too.

  21. Maybe write a review of the foodie highlights of 2012? That would be interesting 🙂

    The food looks delicious!! 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      My lovely I always look back at the year by the food I ate, it will be coming soon.

      1. <3

  22. Seattle does have some excellent dining options. Last time I was there, I went to a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I was surprised, no one really talks about the food in Seattle but there seems to be a lot of great places to go.

  23. You are enjoying some great meals lately…

  24. Emily in Chile says:

    Yum yum yum!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      That’s an understatement!

  25. Christine in Spain says:

    Seattle has an incredible restaurant scene–too bad you couldn’t have stayed a bit longer!

  26. Loved the food (and drinks) in Seattle! Great nightlife and lots of natural beauty as well. Check out my intro to the city, if you’re interested 🙂

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