Sunday, September 5, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN FOOD HUNT AT SEATTLE'S PIKE PLACE MARKET

INTERNATIONAL FOOD BLOGGERS CONFERENCE
SEATTLE  AUGUST 27-29 2010
I'd read a bit about Pike Place Market from the gluten-free vegetarian perspective, so I was not expecting to find much I could eat. When I got really hungry, I hit First Avenue for the very small taco stand two doors down from the very large international corner newsstand. 


There I had a $3.50 lunch of two corn tacos, one with refried pinto beans and one with black beans, guaranteed gluten-free and vegetarian. Saved! I have to admit I hadn't made anything resembling an exhaustive tour of the Pike Place restaurants in search of gluten-free veg food (long flight, short nap), so there may very well be other foods I can eat there, but probably none this inexpensive! (Apologies for lack of photo, but I was distracted by hunger.)

The easiest sources of gluten-free and vegetarian food were the abundant produce stands,so I got fruits for snacking on at the conference seminars, and then just started to enjoy the non-food aspects of the place, which were numerous, diverse, and visually stimulating. 
Above, as the sign states, a real clown shoe. I'd never seen one of those close up before .


4 comments:

Shelley said...

so, what did you think of Pike's Market? I loved it there, but didn't have to worry about what I was eating because it was pre gluten free. Is it still easy to shop there being gluten free? Let me kow, as I will be going back there soon.

Thanks

G.F.Veg said...

as far as i could see, there were fruits and vegtables (i stocked up for the weekend) and the typical places where you could get a salad and an omelette (my staples when i'm in a non-gfree world). but now i wonder if some of the places are stocked by Wheatless in
Seattle. will check into that. i found going to the farmers markets in the "real" neighborhoods better than pike's place as far as food quality and prices. i'll be writing about Ballard's market, which was amazing!

Melissa Davlin said...

Another safe bet: Pike Place Chowder. They have a delicious vegan chowder made with veggies, coconut milk and lime juice. It was one of the best meals I had in Seattle.

G.F.Veg said...

Wow that sounds fabulous. I will keep it in mind for my next visit. Thanks!!