'Pacific Northwest' on Serious Eats

The 8 Best Pizzas in the Pacific Northwest

While the major hubs in the Pacific Northwest don't have a pizza tradition, there are plenty of passionate pizza people that have opened up shop in Seattle and Portland. The pizza landscape has changed dramatically in the last seven years, so much so that Portland and Seattle seem to be leading the charge in the pizza renaissance. And despite not having regional styles steeped in history, pizzerias in the Pacific Northwest are putting their own stamp on Neopartisinal pies through local sourcing, creative toppings, and new approaches, all of which perpetuate the evolution of pizza. More

Video: Mussel Farming in the Pacific Northwest

In the latest video from Food Curated's Liza de Guia, we meet mussel farmer Gordon King. He farms 1.25 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels—an especially meaty-plump kind of mussel that's sought after by chefs—per year on the southern end of Washington's Puget Sound. He also looks like a brawnier version of Sean Connery, which is kind of what you'd hope for in a mussel farmer, right? Listen to him talk about harvest season in this video. More

Video: Farming Geoducks in the Pacific Northwest

Ever heard of geoducks? First of all, they're pronounced gooey-ducks. The prehistoric-looking and, well, pretty ugly shellfish, are native to the Pacific Northwest and fascinating creatures. Though tough to raise (it involves hours of hunched-over farming), they've been called the prime rib of clams. Liza de Guia of Food Curated tried some for the first time on her recent trip to Washington state. "I can honestly say as a seafood lover I felt like I had been missing out my whole life." Watch the video to learn more about geoducks. More

Palace Kitchen in Seattle: The Best Tom Douglas Restaurant?

Smoky lamb sausage appetizer and gateau basque dessert. [Photographs: Erin Zimmer] Palace Kitchen 2030 5th Avenue, Seattle Washington 98121 (b/n Virginia and Lenora Street; map); 206-448-2001 tomdouglas.com/palace-kitchen Tom Douglas has a bakery, pizzeria, seafood restaurant, Greek spot, and two other eateries in Seattle, all within walking distance of each other. Depending on what food mood you're in, you'll find the right one—or if you're just hungry (and in town for a day) you'll feel overwhelmed and confused. Which to pick?! On a recent visit, Carey and I squeezed in both Palace Kitchen for dinner and Dahlia Bakery for breakfast within about ten hours of each other. We were that serious about experiencing the Tom Douglas juggernaut that Ed (and... More

Serious Cheese: Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest

The day before I flew home from Seattle, I received an email from Tami Parr, author of the always-informative Pacific Northwest Cheese Project blog. She proudly announced the release of her first book, Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest. Oh, man, did I wish I'd had this book before going to Seattle. Largely a guidebook to the small-scale cheese producers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, the book is similar to Jeffrey Roberts' Atlas of American Cheese. It would be perfect for the intrepid agrotourist with a strong interest in cheese. For each producer profiled, Parr gives a brief one or two page summary, along with contact information, visitor information (if appropriate), and of course information about the cheeses... More

Serious Cheese: Mt. Townsend Creamery's Seastack

"The flavor is mushroomy and even almost nutty—seriously delicious." Photograph courtesy of Mt. Townsend Creamery Last week my family and I spent some time vacationing in Seattle, and of course whenever I visit a new place my first goal is always to scope out the local cheese scene. Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general, has a great local cheese scene. Over the next few weeks I plan to profile some of the exciting things going on out there, starting this week with one of the best American cheeses available: Mt. Townsend Creamery's Seastack. New Yorkers like me have access to only a subset of the wide array of artisan cheeses now being produced across the U.S. Most of the... More

Bikini Barista Trend Sweeping the Pacific Northwest

Speaking lascivious lattes, the Epicurious Epi-Log hips us to bikini baristas in the Pacific Northwest. At shops like Cowgirls Espresso in Washington state, the skimpy togs worn by the female staff members are meant to perk up male customers as much as the caffeine does. Not everyone's happy.... More

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