Top 5 tips for traveling with a food allergy

Top 5 tips for traveling with a food allergy

Adoration 4 Adventure’s top 5 tips for traveling with a food allergy.

While traveling in Europe last year, I experienced a number of strange symptoms that were totally new to me. Friends of mine who had food allergies recognized similarities in the symptoms and suggested that I might have some kind of gluten intolerance. I also have a lactose sensitivity and it is not uncommon to have more than one type of food allergy. I decided to cut gluten from my life, which I ended up doing for over three months. The day that I started was a sad one, particularly because carbohydrates had been my favorite food group up until that point.

Having a food allergy, intolerance or preference can mean making major lifestyle changes, however it shouldn’t necessarily cost the things you love the most, including travel. The following are methods that I use for traveling with a food preference and could also be applied to other dietary requirements, allergies or lifestyle choices including vegetarian and vegan.

Top 5 tips for traveling with a food allergy

5. Research before you go

Some destinations are more food allergy friendly than others so it is a good idea to research your destination before you book that plane ticket. For example, if you are lactose intolerant you may find it difficult to find soy milk (or other dairy alternatives) in more remote places.

In those situations, you may choose not to travel to a destination that doesn’t have easy access to alternatives or just skip that particular food type altogether, like switching to black coffee instead of using creamer. Either way, knowing more about the destination will help you prepare and make more informed decisions.

4. Seek out food allergy friendly restaurants

Look online or use an app like Yelp to search for restaurants that are allergy friendly and see what places are in the area that serve food you can eat.

It is a good idea to call the restaurant to make sure they have the proper ingredients in stock. Also check if you need to order ahead of arrival, as sometimes they need to make your meal from scratch.

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3. Tell everyone

When dining out make sure to be upfront and clear about your food allergy with your server. It helps to say “I am allergic to ….” rather than “I have an intolerance to …”. Saying you are “allergic” is often taken more seriously and the server will be more likely to communicate this message to the kitchen. For countries with a foreign language, you could create small cards (or even pieces of paper) with a sentence in the native language stating what your allergy is.

This applies to plane travel too. When booking your flights don’t forget to indicate that you have a food allergy. The positive is that you will be served your meal first.

It is also important to tell your friends, especially when being invited over for dinner. The only thing more uncomfortable than disclosing your food allergy, is to show up and have to sit there while everyone else eats. If you are worried about making a fuss, you could always offer to bring along a dish for yourself so that the cook doesn’t have to make a separate meal. More often than not, your host will be more than happy to accommodate you.

2. Cook your own

Since finding out that I had a gluten allergy, I cook more than I ever had. The upside is that I am saving more money and eating healthier.

Whenever possible, you can try this for your travels too. Either precook meals to take with you or once you arrive at your destination, head to the supermarket to purchase ingredients for cooking in your hostel/hotel kitchen.

Cook your own - Top 5 tips for traveling with a food allergy

1. Carry snacks

These days I always carry gluten free snacks on me whenever I am away from home. This way, if I find myself in a situation where there are no appropriate food options, I can fill up on fruit or a GF snack bar that I have hidden away in my bag.

There is nothing worse than waiting in an airport and realizing that there are no suitable food options for you. It is easy to pre-purchase snacks and take them on trips with you.


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Local cuisine and culture in Lisbon, Portugal

Local cuisine and culture in Lisbon, Portugal

Adoration 4 Adventure’s recommendations for local cuisine and culture in Lisbon, Portugal.

As a solo traveler, I am pretty comfortable with eating out on my own. However, given the chance, I will almost always choose to dine with company. One of the reasons I enjoy using BonAppetour is that it provides me with an opportunity to get to know new people over a meal.

BonAppetour is a community platform that brings travelers and local hosts together, from over 40 countries across the world. I first tried BonAppetour in Bangkok, Thailand with a Thai cooking class and meal. After having such a fun, social and relaxed time, I was hooked!

For my next BonAppetour experience, I attended a sit down 3 course meal in Lisbon, Portugal. Once again, my expectations (and the capacity of my stomach!) were well exceeded.

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Enjoying local cuisine

One of the richest aspects of travel is enjoying new and local cuisines. As this was my first trip to Lisbon, I chose a traditional Portuguese meal for my BonAppetour experience. However, often you can find an array of dining options from local cuisines to exotic dishes on the BonAppetour platform.

My host family were incredibly warm and kind. Luis met me near the underground station (just a short trip from my hostel in Praca de Rossio) and directed me to their apartment, where I was greeted by Patricia and their two lovely daughters. The atmosphere was very welcoming and I immediately felt like an old friend of the family’s.

Almost upon arrival, I was being seated for the first course of delicious cheeses and meats. The main was a dish that I had never heard of before but was grateful for the opportunity to try. “Carne de Porco a Alentejana” includes both pork and claims. For dessert we had a melt-in-your-mouth Portuguese pudding. Each dish was exquisite and paired with a hand picked local wine, liqueur and coffee. Don’t worry if you have food preferences or allergies, Patricia is happy to customize the menu.

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Discovering Portuguese culture

The added bonus of using BonAppetour for your dining experience, is that the hosts are locals. This provides an opportunity for you to get to know more about the culture and history of your destination.

I have a particular interest in Portugal, as I had lived in Brazil for a short time and now speak a little Brazilian Portuguese. It was great fun for me to practice my Portuguese with Patricia and her family over the meal. They also impressed me with their fluency in foreign languages and worldly travels.

Patricia was delighted to share her knowledge about Lisbon and other parts of Portugal. I left her apartment with a head full of suggestions, arms full of brochures to Sintra and a tummy full of Portuguese goodness.

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BonAppetour

Do you want to enjoy great food and connect with locals? BonAppetour provides the opportunity to “dine at homes around the world”.

And if there isn’t a host in a city near you, you can also sign up to become a host and home chef.

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BonAppetour - Explore Unique Home Restaurants

I was a complimentary guest of BonAppetour, however my opinion is my own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.  

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Finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand

Finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand

Adoration 4 Adventure’s recommendations for finding good food and company in Bangkok, Thailand.

There are two things that we all crave when arriving at a new destination – great food and good company. This can sometimes be difficult to find, especially if you are not familiar with the area and don’t have local contacts.

Well now there is a solution for travelers (or even locals) who are looking for a delicious meal and an opportunity to connect with others. BonAppetour is a community marketplace that connects diners with home chefs for an authentic dining experience.

Currently there are hosts in over forty countries across the world. When planning a trip you can search for a city and find a home dining experience that suits your tastes. Each listing includes details about the dining experience, menu, location and host to help you make an informed decision.

During my recent trip to Bangkok, I decided to try a Thai cooking class and meal through BonAppetour. This was a great option for me, as I was traveling solo and didn’t know anyone in the city. What followed was a fun filled afternoon of laughter, fun and delicious food.

Read on if you are looking for where to eat in Bangkok or in other destinations around the world.

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Finding good food

Fresh and quality produce are essential to a great meal. Luckily the locals usually know where to go to get the best fruit and vegetables. Some BonAppetour dining experiences, like my cooking class with Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy, even include a market tour.

After arriving at our meeting point, our host, Air, led the group into a nearby market. He guided us to specific stalls pointing out the produce that would be used in our meals. Our host was very passionate and knowledgeable about Thai cuisine. Sharing his culinary wisdom, Air told us what to look for in certain vegetables and what could be used as alternatives if we couldn’t find them in our home cities.

Fresh produce, Bangkok, Thailand

Meals are better shared

One of my favorite parts of this dining experience was getting to know the other diners and our host. Our group was made up of six lovely ladies (myself included) with four from the Philippines and one from Sweden. The host was Thai born and had lived in Australia during his teenage years. It was so interesting to hear everyone’s backgrounds and stories while cooking and eating together. From the first moment that I arrived, I felt very welcomed and comfortable.

Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy, Thailand

Our dinner was green curry chicken, pomelo salad, hot & sour prawn soup (Tom Yum Goong) and chicken satay with peanut sauce. BonAppetour hosts will often have a set menu, which may change from day to day, so be sure to check the menu section before booking your experience.

The food at was incredible and plentiful. In fact, I could barely eat half of the four meals put in front me. Fortunately, our host provided us with bags if we wanted to take our leftovers for later. I am a big curry fan, so the Thai Green Curry was the stand out dish for me. Going around the table, it seemed like everyone had a different favorite depending on their tastes.

At the end of the day, the group departed full of smiles and warm bellies. I was happy to have had such a nice experience during my trip to Bangkok.

Eating my Thai food at Bangkok Cooking Academy


BonAppetour

Do you want to enjoy great food and connect with locals? BonAppetour provides the opportunity to “dine at homes around the world”.

And if there isn’t a host in a city near you, you can also sign up to become a host and home chef.

Use the A4A Reader Discount Code “A4A10OFF” to receive 10% off your next BonAppetour experience.

BonAppetour - Explore Unique Home Restaurants

I was a complimentary guest of BonAppetour, however my opinion is my own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.  

This page contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission from purchases made through these links, however there is no extra cost to the reader. For more information, please read my disclaimer and privacy policy.


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A fine day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, South Australia

A fine day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, South Australia

Adoration 4 Adventure’s recommendations for a fine day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

The Barossa Valley is one the most well-known wine regions in Australia. Located in the state of South Australia and just an hours’ drive north of Adelaide, the word “Barossa” is synonymous with good wine.

When my Mum and I planned a girls’ weekend in Adelaide, I just knew that we had to visit the Barossa. As we intended on tasting loads of delicious wine, hiring a car was out of the question. The best option for us would be to join a tour group.

After searching around on the web, I came across Taste the Barossa tours. What I really liked about Taste the Barossa was that they operated smaller groups (maximum 20 people) and were very reasonably priced in comparison to many other tours. They also operated 7 days a week, unlike other tour companies which may only run Barossa tours every 2-3 days.

Our Taste the Barossa Premium Tour had a packed itinerary, starting with a 9:25am pick up from North Adelaide (right in front of our hotel doorstop) and finishing with a drop off just after 5pm.

This is how our fine day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley went down.

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Whispering Wall

The first stop of the day was a historical and fun site, although not wine related (don’t worry there’s plenty of wine tastings coming up soon!). The Whispering Wall is the curved concrete wall of a dam, called the Barossa Reservoir. The angle of the curve has created the ability of sound to travel from one side to the other.

Russell, our Taste the Barossa driver, encouraged us all to walk along the bridge of the dam to the other side, so we could test this for ourselves. Sure enough, when Russell spoke at a normal speaking level, we could hear him clearly from across the opposite side.

The Whispering Wall has some pretty interesting history and funny anecdotes, however I will let Russell tell you himself when you go on your own Taste the Barossa tour.

Château Yaldara

As the tour bus drives up to Château Yaldara, one of the first things you notice is the gorgeous archictecture. In fact, Château Yaldara is one of the most photographed buildings in South Australia. The winery was founded in 1947 and named “Yaldara” after the aboriginal word for sparkling.

After being directed into the tasting room, your first wine tasting experience of the day will begin. The tasting is a “structured” tasting which means the wines have been picked out and ordered specifically (usually from the lightest to most bold wines). At the end of each tasting, you will have an opportunity to purchase the wines you tasted, or any other wines on offer.

Chateau Yaldara, South Australia

Tanunda

The short stop in Tanunda was a really nice addition to the day. Tanunda is a small town in the valley of Barossa, with a real country feel. Russell dropped us off, armed with recommendations and directions to the lolly shop, then told us he would meet us at the other end of the road.

With so many choices of goodies, but also the knowledge that we would be eating lunch in less than an hour, my Mum and I settled with espresso coffees and candies. Although we were the last ones back on the bus (sorry Russell!) we were giggling and gleeful with our sweets in hand.

Peter Lehmann

Most drinkers of Australian wine will probably have heard of Peter Lehmann at some point. Don’t worry if you haven’t, both Russell and the expert staff will fill you in on all the rich history of Peter Lehmann wines. It’s a pretty inspirational tale.

Upon arrival, you are provided with a detailed handout of the tasting menu and Cellar Door sales list. This is handy so that you can remember which wine was your favorite, order a glass (or bottle) to have with lunch and even take home with you.

We tasted eight wines in total, with quite a few medium to full-bodied reds (my favorite!). This was also the first time that I ever tried a sparkling red, which is a unique Australian style of wine.

Peter Lehmann Wine Tasting

Following the tasting, we headed into a separate room to have our Weighbridge Platter Lunch. The whole lunch affair was a delight, with wine being passed around, platters and stories being shared. The food was absolutely sumptuous, with an arrangement of meats, cheeses, breads and olives (vegetarian platters are available upon request). I could not have imagined a better lunch to go with our day of wine tastings.

Peter Lehmann - Lunch

Langmeil

Fresh country air and a stretch of the legs are a good idea right about now. Following lunch, Russell will direct you on how to walk from Peter Lehmann’s to Langmeil Winery. Just a short and easy ten minute stroll away. Don’t worry if you don’t feel up to it – Russell is also happy to take you by bus.

Langmeil’s tasting room was very inviting with a warm roaring fire and helpful staff waiting to pour. This is the only tasting of the tour which is unstructured. It means that you can choose from their wine list, rather than the wines being picked out in advance. Compare your favorite or try something new. If you are completely stuck for ideas, then the staff at Langmeil will be happy to offer suggestions.

Mengler’s Hill

A day of wine in the Barossa, wouldn’t be complete without seeing the view of the valley. The whole area is stunningly beautiful and this is made even more so evident from this elevated viewpoint.

View of the Barossa Valley, South Australia

Murray Street Vineyards

Just when we thought we would never be able to eat again after our huge lunch at Peter Lehmann, our wine expert at Murray Street Vineyards had us dreaming of dinner with her detailed description of food and wine pairings. As we tried each delectable wine in our structured tasting, our wine guide would describe in detail the perfect foods to match with it.

The other aspect that I really enjoyed about our visit to Murray Street, was that the tasting room was lined with wine barrels. The whole place had a real charm. It was lovely to sit out in the garden afterwards, soaking up the sun and looking out across the vineyards.

Murray Street Vineyards - Tasting Room


Taste the Barossa

Taste the Barossa is a family-owned company, run by Dallas and his wife Nikki. They provide both daily group tours and private charters (upon request).

We took the Taste the Barossa Premium Tour, which includes wine tasting at four different wineries and a platter lunch. Our driver, Russell, was very knowledgeable about wines and the history of Barossa Valley.

Taste the Barossa makes pickups from Adelaide and Glenelg.

Website: http://www.tastethebarossa.com.au/

Taste the Barossa Tour Bus

My Mum and I were complimentary guests of Taste the Barossa, however my opinion is my own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.


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A day at a chocolate spa and museum in Granada, Nicaragua

A day at a chocolate spa and museum in Granada, Nicaragua

Adoration 4 Adventure’s recommendations for a chocolate spa and museum in Granada, Nicaragua. 

Most of us have day-dreamed about visiting a chocolate factory at some point in our childhood (or maybe even more recently). A place where you can see how chocolate is made, eat copious amounts and even cover yourself with it. Well, what if I told you that there is a grown-up version of this magical chocolate land?

Mansion de Chocolate is a chocolate-themed hotel with a spa, museum, pool club and chocolate-making workshops. Located in the city center of Granada, Nicaragua, Mansion de Chocolate is a choco lovers delight. We spent a full day there and it was one of the most fun indoor activities we did during our Central America backpacking trip.

Want to know what a day at at the Choco Spa and Choco Museum looks like? Here it is.

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The Cacao Pool Club - Pool Entrance

9am: Welcome

You will want to arrive bright and early for your big day of indulgence. We were warmly welcomed by the staff at the reception desk at 9am, where we confirmed our treatment appointments for the day. If you haven’t already made a reservation, you can browse one of the treatment menus and register for one of the four Bean-to-Bar workshops held each day.

For our big day, we chose the Azteca package which included Choco Therapy, Choco Mani and Choco Pedi. There are five different package options for chocolate treatments with combinations of facial, manicure, pedicure, therapy (body scrub) and reflexology. If being dipped in chocolate isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other classic spa treatments.

9:30am: Choco Therapy

Choco Therapy is a full body scrub and exfoliation with chocolate. As far as sweet dreams go – this is the jackpot! Darrell and I met with our masseurs and were escorted into our individual treatment rooms. Much like a traditional massage, you are provided an opportunity to disrobe in private.

After you have settled, the masseuse returns with a bowl of warm chocolate to be used as a body scrub. The chocolate is 100% organic and prepared on site. You can even taste it beforehand. The masseuse provides a light massage, while rubbing it into your skin. After one side is covered, you are left to soak in the cacao goodness for ten minutes. After this, it is repeated for the other side of your body. It is optional how much you want to be covered and the masseuse will check before applying.

I found this to be an utterly unique experience. While laying in the treatment room, fully coated in chocolate, I couldn’t help but giggle to myself about how surreal the situation was. The entire process takes one hour. Following that, you can hop into one of the Choco Spa showers and rinse yourself off.

Choco Spa Treatment Room - Massage and Treatments

10:30am: Choco Museum and Shop

While in between appointments, why not wander around the mansion and grounds. Tony, the concierge, will be more than happy to show you all the facilities, including the Choco Museum and Shop. He took us here to give us an overview of the history of cacao in Nicaragua, a few samples of chocolate (from light to dark) as well as chocolate tea, liquors and wine.

ChocoMuseo - Chocolate

11:00am: Choco Workshop

The “Beans to Bar” workshop is more than just a chocolate-making class. It is a mini-lesson in history, agriculture, cooking and how to have fun. We had Jose as our instructor and enjoyed trading travel stories as well as playful banter during our workshop.

During the class, guests make three different chocolate drinks. Starting with dried cacao beans, we roasted them and then cracked the shells, revealing the nibs. Using mortar and pestle bowels, we ground the nibs until they were a refined into a shiny paste. With the addition of a few typical kitchen ingredients, we whipped up the traditional chocolate drinks of the Aztecs, Mayans and Spanish. It was interesting to hear the history and tastes the difference between each.

As edible chocolate requires tempering, a more time consuming process, we skipped a few steps in order to make our bars. Presented with the pre-made batter, guests are able to choose from a variety of nuts and spices to add into their chocolate before setting. I picked cashews, while Darrell chose coffee. The third bar was a mixture of both. Once the batter is mixed and poured into the trays, it just needs to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you can take your bar away with you.

Choco Workshop - Chocolate Bars

1:00pm: Pool Time

After a full morning of rich indulgence, you may need to take a breather. The Cacao Pool Club is the perfect place to cool down with a dip in the swimming pool or a drink at the bar. I enjoyed a $2 USD daiquiri (drink special of the day) while chilling out by the pool and enjoying the complimentary WiFi.

There are plenty of meal and snack options available too, if you are feeling peckish after your treatments.

The Cacao Pool Club

3:00pm: Choco Mani Pedi

The next extravagant experience is the Choco Mani Pedi. The difference between this and a traditional Mani Pedi, is the cacao paste that is used as a skin exfoliate. Like the Choco Therapy, the batter is applied to your hands and feet, then left to soak. The end result leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling delicious.

The other benefit of having a Choco Mani Pedi, is the amount of attention and time that you receive. With most standard manicures and pedicures, it usually takes anywhere from forty to sixty minutes for both treatments. As this is a treat, it’s not something that should be rushed. Which is why I appreciated the two hour treatment at Choco Spa.

This unique place is like any others that we haven’t encountered during our travels. At the end of day of our decadent day, Darrell and I left feeling rejuvenated, pampered and refreshed.

Choco Mani - Chantell Collins


Mansion de Chocolate

Mansion de Chocolate is also a chocolate-themed hotel in the heart of Granada. Each morning, hotel guests are treated to an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. All facilities and activities, including the breakfast buffet, are open to the public for day visits.

Location: Calle Atravesada (corner of Calle El Arsenal), Granada, Nicaragua

Website: https://www.mansiondechocolate.com/

Mansion de Chocolate - Choco Spa

Adoration 4 Adventure were complimentary guests of Hotel Mansion de Chocolate, however our opinions are our own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.


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Tasting Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Tasting Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Adoration 4 Adventure’s favorite foods at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Pike Place Market was established over 100 years ago as a public market for farmers to sell direct to the public. Not only does it still remain as a public market today but also brings in visitors from all over the world.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting the market will know how overwhelming all the choices of fresh produce and gourmet goodies can be.

Therefore, we have done all the hard work for you. With help from Savor Seattle Tours, Adoration 4 Adventure has spent two days of food tasting to present our recommendations of places to eat in Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Fish Company

People come here to see the fish fly. When an order is made, the fish mongers call out the request before throwing the fish from the front of the stall to behind the counter. The order is then prepared for the customer as specified.

What some people may not know is that Pike Place Fish Company is 100% sustainable. This company prides itself on maintaining a business model that cares about the future of our oceans and food for the next generations.

Pike Place Fish Company, Seattle

Also the fish is delicious! We tried the Alderwood Smoked Salmon, Alderwood Smoked Salmon with Garlic & Pepper and “Salmon Jerky” all with distinctly unique and savory tastes. Our favorite was the Alderwood Smoked Salmon with Garlic & Pepper. As someone who is not overly fussed on seafood, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed munching on this zesty fish.

The smoked salmon is sold at a pound a piece and is ready to serve and share. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to get over to Seattle in the near future – they deliver!

Pike Place Fish Company, Seattle - Fish

Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt

Smooth, creamy texture and decadently rich. I would even be daring enough to say it is the best Greek yogurt I have tasted. First, we tried the Passion-fruit and Marionberry (Blackberry) yogurts which were equally delectable.

The following week, we returned and purchased a cup of Lemon Curd mixed with the Marionberry to share. The tangy taste of the lemon fused with the sweetness of the berry and yogurt makes a genius combination.

Save this scrumptious experience for dessert and don’t be surprised if you go back for seconds. Ellenos has expanded to other Seattle locations, recently including the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Ellenos Greek Yogurt in Pike Place

Pike Place Chowder

This chowder has won some serious awards. And well deserved too. There are a range of chowders to choose, from the more traditional “New England Clam Chowder” to the local “Market Chowder”.

There are even chowders available for those who have food allergies, including Vegan Chowder and Manhattan Style Chowder (both gluten free).

The hot, creamy New England Clam Chowder was perfect on a windy day and made an excellent pair with the optional sourdough bread.

Pike Place Chowder

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Beecher’s was born through the passion its founder had for food, free of preservatives and additives. In 2003, the first store was opened in Seattle followed by a second location in New York City a few years later.

Right here at the home base of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, visitors can see the cheese-making process first hand. Not only is the cheese out of this world good, but the signature Mac & Cheese will have you ordering it to-go by the tray loads.

If you are a fan of classic comfort food, they also serve grilled cheese (toasted cheese sandwiches).

Beecher's Homemade Cheese

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery

A pirsohky is a pastry filled pie, either sweet or savory, that can be held in your hand. This bakery was established in 1992 with the purpose of introducing Russian inspired baked goods. A few years back, I was brought by a Russian friend who was living in Seattle – so I think it is safe to say this bakery has had the Russian nod.

The line-up is worth the wait and provides a good chance to peruse the extensive menu. We tried two savory piroshkys. The Beef and Cheese has seasoned beef and warm cheese which will melt in your mouth while the Broccoli, Mozzarella and Mushroom pirsohky is filled with hearty mushrooms, a strong and rich cheesy taste, all encased in soft, textured buttery bread.

Piroshky Piroshky in Pike Place


Savor Seattle Food Tours

Want to experience all these foods plus many more? Savor Seattle Tours offers a range of great value food tours that any foodie will adore.

We took the traditional “Tour of Pike Place Market” and were impressed by the in-depth history and passion that our tour guide shared with us. The entire experience had a warm family feeling with many inside jokes and laughter all round.

To top it off, all group members depart with a VIP card providing 10-15% discount at partner locations. The card is valid for a whole 10 days following the tour and also scores you free chocolate truffles!

Our tour consisted of 7 stops at local delicatessens and produce stores, often with more than one generous sample at each stop. We also returned to the market with our Savor Seattle VIP cards to taste food at 2 more stores.

Savor Seattle, The Gum Wall, Seattle

Adoration 4 Adventure were complimentary guests on the Savor Seattle tour however our opinions are our own and will always remain unbiased in order to provide the best recommendations to our readers.


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Adoration 4 Adventure's top 5 favorite foods to try at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, U.S.A. 

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