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A scrumptious meal at Piroshky Piroshky in Pike Place Market.
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I round another point toward Alki Beach Lighthouse, and the commercial center of Alki Avenue becomes subdued, residential Beach Drive; sailboats and stand-up paddleboarders dot the horizon. The sunbathers are sitting or leaning on driftwood trunks, and a family is unloading an inflatable raft from their SUV. The strict warnings to leave the local seals alone pick up the eco theme: “Give them space or they may not return. If you find a seal or other marine mammal on the beach, keep people away and call [the] Seal Sitter Hotline.”

As I continue to hug the coast, the proudly unconventional quality of the neighborhood truly reveals itself. A cottage with a full diorama complete with pirate mannequins is plainly visible behind a bay window. Another artist’s home carries a motif of blue-glass bottles — they’re arranged among the geraniums in blue ceramic pots on the sidewalk. There’s a sculpture of a tree composed of bottles, and little pirate flags are strung across an ivy arch entrance. Another inscription: “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, nor a garden without love.”

The salty, fecund air hints of autumn, but there’s something about Seattle that puts me in mind of Thanksgiving throughout the year. The locals are irrepressibly reverent and celebratory about the gifts and sustenance of nature’s bounty and beauty. The sense of urban harvest — with attitude — is ongoing. The fresh food cum artistic vibe that characterizes Seattle certainly comes from love and sincerity, undeniable commitment … and more than a dash of bracingly rebellious — dare we say pioneer — spirit.

If You Go...
Pike Place Fish Market
86 Pike Place, Seattle
(206) 682-7181
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Daily Dozen Donut Co.
93 Pike St. #7, Seattle
(206) 467-7769

Tiny’s Organic
4660 East Marginal Way, Seattle
(206) 293-0633
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Canter-Berry Farms
19102 SE Green Valley Road, Auburn
(253) 939-2706
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Market Lavender
1501 Pike Place, Seattle
(253) 922-0245
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Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards
9821 Holmquist Road, Lynden
(360) 988-9240
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Martin Family Orchards
1501 Pike Place, Seattle
(509) 784-1700

Alvarez Farms
1501 Pike Place, Seattle
(509) 837-2381

Sur La Table
84 Pine St., Seattle
(206) 448-2244
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Jack’s Fish Spot
1514 Pike Place, Seattle
(206) 467-0514
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Pike Place Chowder
600 Pine St., Seattle
(206) 838-5680
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Cinnamon Works
1536 Pike Place, Seattle
(206) 583-0085
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Piroshky Piroshky
1908 Pike Place, Seattle
(206) 441-6068
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1600 Pike Place, Seattle
(206) 956-1964
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Local Harvest
403 Madison Ave., N. Bainbridge Island
(206) 842-2006
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Alki Kayak Tours
1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle
(206) 953-0237
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Alki Crab & Fish Co.

1660 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle
(206) 938-0975