seattle eats

Over the past month or so (of course, I’ve been there before) I’ve headed up to Seattle a couple of times, once for Vegfest and once so Tom and I could hide out in a hotel room and pretend the rest of the world did not exist—we didn’t even tell our friends there we were coming. We watched crappy TV, we curled up in blankets, and we ate.

So here’s some stuff to eat (or not), should you find yourself in Seattle:

This is a NOT. Pizza Pi, however mildly cleverly named, was a sad, sad time indeed. My friend warned me against it long ago, but since then PP’s started offering Daiya so I had to check it out. I heart pizza so I feel it’s my duty to try them all. This one was barely cooked (deceptive browning and bubbling of the crust, but look at the Daiya), there was maybe as much garlic (an added topping) as I use in my sauce alone, and the sauce was almost a very one-dimensional barbecue sauce. Boo. Oh, and it was over $20.

My favorite, a breakfast built from side dishes! This is from Wayward Cafe, just across the street from Pizza Pi and Sidecar for Pigs Peace. The hash browns were hash-browny, the herby biscuit was super with jam (who’dathunkit?), and the tempeh was simple but crispy and filling.

Also from Wayward, the French toast. I wanted to like this much more than I did. The flavor was right, but it was a bit doughy.

Sorry for the blur, but it’s an action shot, baby! This is how Mighty-O Donuts are born!

Here’s what they look like at full maturity, ready to go in my belly. I always splurge for one of their fancy offerings because they really are fancier. This time it’s the one pictured in the lower left corner, orangy and delightful.

Wouldn’t you know it, our hotel was right across the street from Araya’s Place. We just got a bunch of fantastic appetizers as take-out, since the restaurant looked like your typical stripmall Thai joint, but it was super pretty inside! Next time. I didn’t want to bombard you with bad hotel-lit photos, but here’s the tofu satay.

So when’s the next visit? How about Sunday, May 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for The Great Seattle Vegan Chili Cook-off?! No, I don’t eat chili, but Vegan Iron Chef’s gonna head up there to table. This is a fundraiser for Seattle’s first Vegan Iron Chef event. (Can’t wait for Regionals!)

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