Today’s post is a travel update. Suzen and I have been visiting my daughter Kelly in Seattle. We’ve had a week of travel, tasting, and cooking. We’ve some lovely new recipes I will post this week, and deeper perspective on the American food scene. If you are worried about the quality of American food, or any decline in creativity, then a visit to any of several neighborhoods in Seattle reassure you that life and standards are really improving.

We’ve found some wonderful places to purchase food products and meals– especially if you consider a milk shake to be a meal. More importantly, these spots are packed with people who happily come to sample and to linger over caffeine or alcohol.¬†There are many of these beehive spots in Seattle — and other cities — where foodies can thrive and share inspiration.

More words and recipes to come!