The first day of this grand food tour starts at Westfield Southcenter, the shopping epicenter of Seattle Southside. In addition to dozens of boutique shops and major retailers, Westfield also boasts some of the hottest international restaurants, bakeries, and shops in the area. Stop by Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian bakery that got its start at Pike Place Market in the early 90s, and grab a handmade Moscow roll or smoked salmon pate before heading in to the Filipino grocery juggernaut, Seafood City.
Inside Seafood City, you’ll see little known fruits, a diverse array of fish, a massive wall of lumpia, and some unique ice cream flavors (cheese). The unique flavors don’t stop there, right outside of the main entrance of Seafood City, you’ll find Red Ribbon Bakeshop, a small Filipino bakery which is home to the eye-catching vibrant purple Ube (purple yam) Overload Cake.
After all the snacking, you might want to let your stomach settle by shopping for a bit. Then, it’s time to enjoy a full meal at Moctezuma’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar. The bright fires and handmade tortillas welcome you to a Mexican dining experience unlike most in the United States. Start off with some chilaquiles and finish your meal with some shrimp and chorizo tacos or steak picado. If you didn’t fill up on Mexican brownies or deep fried ice cream, you should stop by Lolli & Pops. A classically themed candy shop, filled with so many sweet treats, you’ll have to take some home with you.
Day two begins with an extravagant brunch at a Seattle classic. Salty’s at Redondo hosts brunch every Sunday, a brunch that includes not only made to order omelets and crepes, but fresh seafood, Belgian waffles, and a selection of carved meats.
The day only gets better, as your next stop should be Seattle Chocolates for their Experience Chocolate factory tour. The favorite purveyor of delectable delights only recently opened up their factory for tours and it does not disappoint. You’ll get to see how the chocolate is made from start to finish and yes, there are plenty of choco-samples to go around.
End the day’s foodie tour at Odin Brewing Company, where the Norse inspired brewery is guaranteed to please the masses. Here is a tap room where you can feast like the heathen gods on a Viking platter of BBQ meats and potatoes and sip on some of the finest craft brews in the Pacific Northwest. The food is delicious, the drink selection is endless and the staff is known to be quite friendly.
Start your third day off at the Des Moines Farmers Market, checking out some of the best local produce vendors in the region. In addition to fresh tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, and more, enjoy live music from local blues, rock, and country music bands, and the sights and smells of the beautiful Des Moines Marina.
After you’ve purchased all of your fruits and veggies, head to the beautiful and eco-friendly Cedarbrook Lodge. Sitting on over eleven acres of naturally restored wetlands, this tranquil setting is perfect for a day at the spa. You might be thinking “what does a spa have to do with food?” Well, after experiencing an orange peel purifying facial, chai spice & vanilla body polish, or a hydrating honey, lemon and eucalyptus hand a foot treatment, you should be ready for your next foodie adventure at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar.
Adding to the overall eco-friendliness of Cedarbrook, Copperleaf specializes in fresh, farm-to-table fare. When they say “farm-to-table,” they mean from the onsite garden, to your table! From time to time, by special request, Culinary Director Roy Breiman has been known to take groups on a garden tour, capped off with a seasonally inspired crafted cocktail. If you take the garden tour, you could also ask Roy for some of his recommendations on Copperleaf’s extensive menu. Perhaps he recommends crispy skin striped bass or the bacon wrapped Lummi Island poulet bleu; either way, the final delicious decision is up to you.