Food: Chef Tom Douglas Takes Taste Buds on a tour of Seattle
As if he’s not busy enough opening new joints all over town, local chef Tom Douglas (Serious Pie, Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie, Etta’s) recently published an e-book, available only at Amazon’s Kindle store (but readable on iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys and other devices). Chef Walks: Seattle ($3.99, amazon.com/kindlestore) is a guided walking tour of several Seattle neighborhoods highlighting Douglas’ fave foodie haunts—and, no, they aren’t just the places he owns. Douglas recommends restaurants in Ballard (e.g., La Carta de Oaxaca, Bastille, Staple & Fancy Mercantile), Pike/Pine corridor (Café Presse, Quinn’s), the Pike Place Market (The Pink Door, DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine), the waterfront (Boat Street Café, Procopio Gelati) and the International District (which, he reveals, is where he eats most often, outside of his own restaurants). He also includes his own recipes (such as Etta’s clam chowder), tips on where to get a killer cup of coffee, music and art venues, local shops and, in case you take him up on too many of his culinary suggestions, Douglas maps out “stretch walks” for each ’hood. Released in January, Chef Walks: Seattle is the first in Amazon’s planned Kindle series of dining guides for various cities by resident chefs—so you can soon be eating like a local in places where you don’t feel like one.