Back in the day I was a food writer. Which is (part of) the reason I wrote The Conscious Kitchen. Mainly I just really, really love to eat. And especially real food — local, organic, tasty. So I spent some time researching where to eat before heading out on tour. I was really jazzed by what I read about Seattle. There were so many amazing restaurants to choose from that fit in to those categories, and went above and beyond. After much hemming/hawing (and drooling), I settled on Tilth. And here’s why (from their website):

“We feature New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients sourced from as many local farmers we are able to support. Our executive chef and owner, Maria Hines, is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northwest, as well as one of Food & Wine Magazine‚Äôs 10 Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2008, the New York Times deemed Tilth one of the best new restaurants in the country. Tilth received its organic certification from Oregon Tilth, an unaffiliated organization that promotes sustainability.”

My kind of place! Unfortunately, the flight from Denver got in too late for us to go. I was heartbroken, but also tired. Sitting at a table at that point would have been tough. So I loaded up at a Whole Foods near my hotel and climbed into bed with lovely regional cheeses and a tasty local wine to drown my sorrows and prepare myself for the next day.

I didn’t do any broadcast in Seattle, so had time to wander around before meeting with local moms in nearby Edmunds. Here are a few pictures of the gorgeous sculpture garden and the sign I saw instead of flying fish (Pike Place Market is renovating!). Seattle reminded me of San Francisco if you crossbred it with Helsinki (my daughter’s paternal grandmother is Finnish so we have spent lovely time in Finland). Happily I managed great coffee and some tasty food before road tripping to Portland later in the day. What a gorgeous drive. I’d love to go back to both.

Oddly, I’m posting this from way up in the air as I finally make my way back to snowy New York City. American Airlines has wireless. Brave new world.

On way to Portland.