Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Foraged food and Puget Sound seafood

There was a nice hour-long segment of KUOW's Weekday today devoted to foraged food. ("The Omnivore's Dilemma" piqued my interest in this topic recently).

One of the guests, Jeremy Faber, is a Seattleite and co-owner of Found Edibles which sell at various farmer's markets. (I need to check them out). "Wildman" Steve Brill was the other guest (he's from New York) and both were really interesting.
Near the end of the show they talk about mushroom foraging - something I hope to do this fall. It sounds like there are tons of varieties that can easily be found around Seattle, most notably chanterelles. Now I just need to find time to go to a basic mushroom-identification class at PSMS.

On a semi-related note (Weekday is involved again), an email discussion at work centered on where to take a visiting friend for good seafood near the U-District. Various suggestions followed: Ivar's Salmon House, Agua Verde, and Ray's Boathouse (which won). One sentence in the email exchange caught someone's eye:

"I’m thinking nice and simple where he can appreciate what happens when the fish doesn’t need to fly 2000 miles"
This came in response:

I hate to break it to you, but go here, and fast-forward to 1:59 into the
program. Specifically pay attention at 3:18 when they talk about Ray’s


We think of Seattle as being a great place for fresh seafood; it's eye-opening to hear how little of the seafood we eat comes from local waters.

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