I miss the markets in the West coast. I don't know what it is about them...perhaps it's the fact that it's a completely new environment and I take the thrill from something novel and different from what I get here.
My first stop was to the Fisherman's Wharf in Steveston. What better way to get the freshest fish than to buy them straight off the boat, the fish having been coat the day before, or better yet, that very morning.
As I mentioned in my previous post, the Sockeye salmon catch this year has been beyond excellent, and while it was nearing the tail-end of the season the day I visited the wharf, there were still a few boats selling their catch.
I arrived late in the day, so only sockeye salmon and another boat sailing sablefish were to be found, but come early in the day and at different times in the season, and you'll be greated with fresh spot prawns, sea urchin, scallops, oysters, and more.
And it never hurts to stop for a quick little snack of fried oysters.
During my quick stopover in Seattle, the one place I had to check out was Pike Place Market. Stepping into Pike Place Market is like stepping into another time period entirely. Still housed in its original building, Pike Place Market and its surrounding area holds the essence of years gone by, and the market has truly tried to keep that feel and historical value here.
The rowdy boys at Pike Place Fish Market, who make the fish "fly" every time a customer makes a purchase, and their amazing selection of fish.
The gorgeous (and oh-so-cheap!) flower arrangements.
Fresh halibut cheeks!
A little Russian snack at Piroshky, Piroshky.
And how can I forget lovely Granville Island in Vancouver? This little artsy, bohemian-chic market, tucked away on its own island, is a gem. Like Pike Place Market, you'll find a lot of local produce stalls and seafood stalls.
But any meatlover will definitely have to stop by Oyama Sausages, well known for their charcuterie. They have a huge selection, but trust me, anything that you end up trying will be excellent (their duck prosciutto is to die for!).
Buy a loaf of bread and a hunk of cheese at the other vendors, head on outside, and enjoy and impromptu lunch al-fresco while taking in the scene of the Vancouver harbour.
Be sure to drop by and check out my full set of photos from my Vancouver trip. Best of all, you won't need to run laps to work off all those calories like me! ;)