Seattle & Instant Pot Salmon Chowder
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Seattle is Portland’s older sibling: in Portland, it’s a burn-out smoking a joint on a park bench; in Seattle, he’s smoking a joint on a park bench and wearing a suit. Walking in Seattle, it doesn’t take long before you notice in a line of hipsters smoking a cigarette that one of those cigarettes contains something special. A little something extra. Is that a skunk?
I have a love-hate relationship with Seattle. When it’s sunny and warm, I relish in the fresh seafood and easy access to a body of water. In the winter, the biting cold and wetness drive me inside. It doesn’t help that nine times out of ten, I’m in Seattle for business. But there’s no denying that Seattle is the place for fresh seafood and, with easy access to Vancouver, BC and its aforementioned sibling to the south, it’s well situated for an extended Pacific Northwest visit.
Every time my job has sent me out to Seattle my boss out there takes a few of my colleagues and I out for lunch–my choice. Without fail, I request seafood. I live in a landlocked state these days and all I ever want is good, fresh seafood. A few of my favorites for seafood within a short walk from my office downtown are Capital Grille and Blueacre.
At Capital Grille, my boss and colleagues rave about the Maine Lobster Roll ($24) and the Lobster and Dungenous Crab Burger ($25). Although I don’t keep strictly kosher, I do however abstain from pork, meat+dairy, and shellfish, so I have to take their word on it for those. However, their Sushi-Grade Ahi Tuna with Gingered Rice ($35) and Seared Salmon with Avocado, Mango, and Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette ($21) ensure I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.
My personal favorite for lunch, however, is Blueacre Seafood. True, their menu is nearly all the furthest from kosher-style, their Grilled Alaskan Salmon ($26) with almonds, brown butter, and port cherries in insanely good. I haven’t had it, but one colleague ordered their Duck & Andouille Gumbo ($9 cup/ $12 bowl) which I decided was perfectly kosher for me to smell the aromas; she said it tasted as delicious as it smelled. I sampled my boss’s Tim’s Cascade Potato Chip Crusted Fish & Chips ($20) and report that my bite was divine.
If I lived in Seattle, I’d weigh at least 50 lbs more.
Seattle-Inspired Instant Pot Salmon Chowder
One thing I know I’m missing out on is the chowder found in Seattle. Between Pike Place Chowder and the variety of chowders at restaurants, there’s still few options for kosher-style. Pike Place Chowder has a smoked salmon chowder, I recently learned, but aside from that I’m not sure what other options I may have. On a recent rainy day, I found myself craving a little Seattle and found comfort in an Instant Pot Salmon Chowder I modified for my family.
I really love Seattle, although I’m not convinced I could ever live there. The constant dreary gloom makes for gorgeous photography, but a not so happy mood for me. If you live in Seattle or find yourself travelling there often, let me know in the comments how you beat the rainy day blues. For now, I think I’m happy visiting and eating Instant Pot Salmon Chowder the instances when I may miss it.