Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sightseeing Seattle Style

My Seattle trip was for business and I was able to get my marathon-training run in, but I also found time to do a tiny bit of sightseeing, and I do mean tiny. Originally, I'd wanted to see about doing something after my run and before the game I was in town for, but my legs had other ideas on Sunday afternoon.

So I'm glad I took the time to check out a local sight when I first got in to town on Saturday morning. I actually sort of stumbled upon this place.

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I drove around downtown and made my way towards the water. I actually wanted to find a bakery and have some coffee and maybe a bagel so I just parked my car and got about 40 minutes worth of time. I ended up walking towards the Public Market Center and was immediately drawn in.

This is the place famous for fish tossing. I'd seen it on television before and I was sucked in.

Someone from behind the counter tosses fish to someone standing outside, in Saturday's case this guy...

I tried but my camera was not strong enough to snap a pic of a flying fish. But it was entertaining nonetheless.

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I don't like seafood but the Pike Place Fish Market was quite appealing nonetheless. It made me long for seafood, well, long to enjoy it actually. It was one of the few times where I wished I liked seafood. I just don't.

But look at the selection!

The prices aren't cheap for a lot of what's sold here but it just looks like it would be fresh and tasty, if prepared properly of course.

Crabs just seem completely unappealing to me, but if you're into crabs this is crab nirvana. I don't even know what dungeness crabs are but whatever they are, it probably looks good to crab lovers.

Octopus... gross! All slimy and slippery... but again if you're into octopus I imagine it would be nice and fresh here.

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I wanted to share these pictures in particular with one of my readers. Jephy's Mom just happens to be a big connoisseur of these.

Not sure about her prawn of choice whether it's the Fresh Alaskan Spot variety or...

... the Jumbo White kind.

Whatever the case, she'd probably love to jam both hands into this...

I'd box some up and send some to you up in Canada, JM. Just don't know in what condition they'd arrive. Probably not edible. And smelly.

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Afterward, I went to a couple of places inside and picked up a few things, then went across the street to a fruit stand and had some delicious pears.

All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

And I even got a picture of me in front of the market.

8 comments:

Willoughby said...

Great pictures! I have always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest, Seattle in particular. I was shocked by the prices at the market. I assumed it would be much cheaper than seafood is around here since Michigan isn't too close to the ocean and everything has to be shipped in, but it looks like everything was two or three times as much as I pay. Who knew??

5thsister said...

I was thinking the same thing as Su! Regardless, I have always longed to visit that area of the country.

Jephy's Mom said...

How nice that you think of me when you smell fish!!!
I'd go for the Alaskan Spot Prawns in garlic butter.
I love taking a waking tour in an unfamiliar city and the local market with people throwing fish is a great find.

Kerrie T. said...

If you only had time for one place, that was the place to go! (I'm not a big fan of seafood either.)

Lisa said...

I don't think I know another adult besides myself that doesn't like seafood lol. Great pics and glad you were able to fit in a little bit of sightseeing.

Angie Eats Peace said...

Awesome! I have seen clips of them throwing fish around, I dont know if I would want to experience that for myself or not.

Zoƫ said...

You can't go wrong at Pike Place market! But yeah, the prices at that particular place are fairly steep...simply because it's touristy and "world famous." But it's fun watching them toss fish! There's plenty of places to get cheaper fresh seafood. :)

ChristineM said...

Nice! I want to visit there some day myself!