A Few BlogHer Food Speakers Dish On Their Favorite Seattle Food Spots

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The countdown to BlogHer Food '12 continues and so does our series of interviews with our amazing speakers. This week I asked the question that I know is on everyone's mind:

What's your favorite food spot in Seattle?

We asked some speakers who live in and around the Seattle area, of course. I also phrased it as such -- food spot -- in case someone wanted to give some outside-the-box food places in their recommendations. I was right to do that and you'll have to read on to see why.

Diana Johnson of Eating Richly will be speaking on Day One at Hunger in America: Understanding the Problem, Galvanizing Community Action. Her answer seems both fitting for who she is and what she's speaking about and, well, delicious.

As someone who’s passionate about both sushi and the environment, I am absolutely in love with Mashiko in West Seattle. It’s the only sustainable seafood sushi restaurant in Washington, and chef Hajime Sato’s genius is obvious in each and every menu item.

He works hard to source sustainable seafood to satisfy sushi cravings. For instance, I love the sadly unsustainable eel, but Hajime manages to create a very similar namagi nigiri from sustainably farmed catfish that’s absolutely to die for. From local geoduck to the freshest most succulent uni (sea urchin) you’ve ever had, every dish is surprising and satisfying.

If you have the money to splurge, make sure to ask for omakase at the bar. You’ll get the best dishes of the chef on duty served to you one after another, plus the chance to pick their brain about sustainable sushi as long as you want! Want to know more? Check out my post on our first omakase experience there.

Since we live an hour away, we don’t get to Seattle as often as we’d like. But when we want a special dinner that really showcases the heart of Seattle, Mashiko is definitely the restaurant we choose.

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Mashiko is located at 4725 California SW, Seattle, WA 98116 and their phone number is 206.935.4339. You might want to call ahead with a reservation!

You can follow Diana on twitter and Facebook. Mashiko is also on twitter and Facebook.

Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious and author of the Herbivoracious cookbook will be speaking on Day One about How Cookbook Photography Differs from Blog Photography.

Seattle has an amazing restaurant scene, so it is impossible to pick one favorite. But *everyone* should take the time to visit the ChefShop.com storefront over on Elliot. Tim and Eliza curate ingredients that simply can't be found anywhere else in America, due to their deep personal connections with producers. They have olive oils, artisanal vinegars, salts, chocolates, heirloom grains and beans, pickles, bitters, etc. that will blow your mind - and in many cases you can taste them in the store! Just a great place.

The storefront for ChefShop.com is located at 1425 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 and the hours are as follows: Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Be sure to like Herbivoracious on Facebook as well as ChefShop!

Adrian Nyland, IT guy extraordinairre and husband behind Guilty Kitchen, will be speaking on Day One about Get to Know Your Blog's Guts and Take Control of Your Blogging Destiny. He and his wife are looking forward to hitting a restaurant while in Seattle.

Elizabeth, my wife and writer/photographer of GuiltyKitchen.com, recommends Spur Gastropub as a place to eat in Seattle. I am looking forward to heading there once we are in town!

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Spur Gastropub is located at 113 Blanchard Street, Seattle, Washington, 98121 and their phone number is 206.728.6706. A heads up that their website says they're a 21+ establishment. They're open from 5pm to close.

You can follow Guilty Kitchen on twitter and Facebook. Spur is on Facebook and twitter as well.

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