Pike Place Market contains hundreds of hidden “pockets”

SeattleTravel.com asked me to write an article about Pike Place Market, to share some local insights with potential tourists.  Without an abundance of words to work with, it was hard to choose what businesses to highlight.  I dare say, I could write this post five times over and still have businesses to talk about. Did your favorite Pike Place Market business make the cut? Let me know!  If not, chime in on the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!

An excerpt:

…Staying at a location that has a kitchenette? There’s nothing more satisfying than a fresh meal right from the market. Sosio’s Produce has been handed down through generations and their friendly staff are always at the ready with a sample to try, news of what’s in season, and are a great resource for produce questions. Prefer to have others do the cooking? You can’t walk far without stumbling over many incredible restaurants.  If you’re craving a Parisian experience– MaximilienCafe CampagneMarche and Le Pichet (oh, the pastries!) are local favorites.  The Crumpet Shop is a delight for the senses, with unique savory and sweet rotating menu options.  If you’re a sucker for freshly made pasta, you can’t go go wrong with Il Corvo, down the steps from the market on Western Avenue.  Want to show off to your friends by treating them an incredible meal at an  off-the-beaten path gem of a restaurant? Step up the stairs to the 3rd floor of the Corner Market Building to Matt’s in the Market, where you can dine on deliciously locally sourced dishes with a grand view of the market clock, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Full article, here.

Sosio’s Produce. Photo by Mark Hinderliter

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Contest

The Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is back for it’s 6th year!  This “spectacle of  ecdysiastic pageantry” opened last night at The Triple Door and plays until December 24th.  I’m excited to check it out live for the first time tomorrow night.  In a town swimming in Burlesque shows, this group of performers are some of the cream of the crop, including Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Kitten La Rue and Jasper McCann of The Atomic Bombshells and one of my personal favorite performers in Seattle: DanceBelt’s Waxie Moon.

Land of the Sweets is giving away a pair of tickets on their Facebook page (as well as 3 picture books from the show).  You can enter to win, here.

Now through December 24 – buy tickets here.

Carol Brunettes perform tonight at Figgy Pudding in Westlake Center

The Carol Brunettes are back for their 4th year, rewriting rock and pop songs into holiday carols, to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank, as part of a holiday tradition called “The Great Figgy Pudding!”

Come see our group sing between 6:15pm and 7:15pm tonight outside of All Saints at 5th & Pine in downtown Seattle.

Want to donate to the cause? Donate here, on Carol Brunette member dL’s page (she has a donor who has pledged to match up to $5000 in donations).

A donation of $25 will feed around 40 adults~  Any donation, even just $5 matters. You are helping feed and provide other important support to the low income and homeless folks in our area. Wish you could donate more, but can’t? Share this blog post, our Facebook Event page, or the donation link via Facebook, email or Twitter and encourage your friends to join you by making a small donation as well.  If you’ve donated here or on our other fundraising page, THANK YOU!

The Carol Brunettes won “Most Creative Performance” in 2010 Figgy Pudding, for their performance of “I Love Mistletoe,” a rewrite of the classic Joan Jett song.

2011 Carol Brunettes: Alida, Carolyn, dL, Harmony, Karianne, Keridwyn, Kristi, Laura, Leah, Somer & Teela!

The event is outdoors! Stay for our set (nine songs), then wander around to listen to the 39 other caroling groups.  Pick up a People’s Choice ballot at the info/check in desk and vote for us!  But most of all, bundle up and have fun as we sing  rewritten songs from Journey, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga and more, for this important cause!

5pm Pre-Figgy Entertainment

6:15-7:15 Teams singing on the streets

7:15 Drumline procession
7:30-8:30 Sing-off on main stage (The Carol Brunettes will sing one song if we are in the top two teams nominated for Most Creative or People’s Choice)