PNW Connection

Join us as we explore the fascinating people, places and things that captivate those who live, work and play in the Pacific Northwest -- or as we lovingly refer to as “The PNW”. Here, we team up with select PNW thought leaders to share some of our observations and insights about what makes the PNW so extraordinary.

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Food isn’t just something we consume to stay alive. We all enjoy the pleasure of flavors and appreciate how ingredients magically work together to make an amazing meal. So of course, there is a day to celebrate it!

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One word you see over and over again on Ivar’s menus is Dungeness, as in Dungeness crab. Ivar’s chefs find many creative uses for Seattle’s signature shellfish. There is the Dungeness Crab and Goat Cheese Dip appetizer, which is a fan favorite, as well as the Dungeness Crab Cakes. The Dungeness Crab Louie is one of Ivar’s most popular entree salads, and, at the Salmon House, the Dungeness Crab Bisque is served by the steaming bowl - but perhaps none is more popular and downright satisfying than a whole Dungeness Crab, steamed to perfection.

 

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On last week’s blog, we talked about what you can do to help your local bee population. We suggested buying local honey as one of the biggest ways to support not only bees but those who keep healthy populations. If you’re headed out to buy some tasty regional honey, here’s a few ways to put it to use with our favorite center-of-the-plate pick…seafood!

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Bring on summer in the Pacific Northwest, when gardens are in full glory, birds sing from first light into the evening, and pollinators are buzzing from flower to flower. Nature is booming with life. This is the perfect time to help our local honeybees, which work all spring and summer into early fall, to build up for the cold, wet winters that eventually follow.

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If you’re noticing vivid rainbow apparel and rainbow flags flying throughout Seattle, it’s because we’re in the midst of June, which is synonymous with Pride Month and surrounding summer celebrations.

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The Pacific Northwest is a haven for the most diverse experiences, bringing people together to delight in the best parts of life including magical beaches, lakes, mountains, spring flower fields, and of course, some of the finest dining options    

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Here at Ivar’s, we give a lot of attention to clams. “Acres of attention,” you could say. That doesn’t mean we don’t love their close bivalvia relative, the oyster, any less.

 

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Washington state’s fresh Asparagus season is at its peak right now; our state is also the top producer of domestic asparagus. The April-to-June fresh season means area farmers markets, grocers, and restaurants such as Ivar’s full-serves: Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing are filled with the bounty.

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Twice per year, a seafood auction quite unlike any other brings international bidders with clipboards in hand and serious game faces to Seattle’s Pier 91 in pursuit of prized Alaska Pollock Roe. Our Ivar’s Alaska Pollock fillet supplier, American Seafoods, graciously invited team members to catch a glimpse of this unique auction on a recent, brisk spring morning.

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Italian shrimp scampi is a delicious dish, but it doesn’t come without its own shrimpy joke. “Scampi” is the Italian word for shrimp, so basically when you ask for a serving of shrimp scampi, you’re technically asking for an extra healthy serving of shrimp shrimp! Since today, April 29, is National Shrimp Scampi Day, double the shrimp sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!

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